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Ten reasons to get out of the house this weekend

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Book of Mormon
The hilarious, award winning musical from the creators of South Park returns to PPAC for a limited run. Raunchy, hilarious and heartfelt, this musical story of two Mormon missionaries in Africa is a must see.
Friday - Sunday, various times. $30-$150
Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. More info...

New Urban Arts Benefit Show
Roz and the Rice Cakes, Downtown Boys, Math the Band, Lovesick and Amanda Salemi all stack the bill for a concert benefiting New Urban Arts, a community-based arts after school program. This will be the Rice Cakes last show of 2015, so clear your schedule.
Friday, 6:30-9:30pm. $5-$10 donation.
New Urban Arts, 705 Westminster Street, Providence. More info...

New Harvest Anniversary Party at the Arcade
If you love coffee and live in Rhode Island then you probably love New Harvest. They’ve been roasting coffee in the Ocean State for 15 years, and they’re celebrating that anniversary at New Harvest Coffee and Spirits at The Arcade. Food? Music? A latte with bourbon in it? What more could you ask for?
Friday, 6-10pm. Free.
New Harvest Coffee and Spirits, 65 Weybosset Street, Providence. More info...

The Bucket Brewery Friday Night Sound Check
Head to Pawtucket to catch Bucket Brewery’s monthly Sound Check. This month, see roots rockers The ‘Mericans. The cost of admission gets you a four beer sample tickets and entry into raffles. Bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank gets you an extra beer ticket.
Friday, 6-9pm. $15.
The Bucket Brewery, 100 Carver Street Pawtucket. More info...

Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation
Maybe it’s been a long week, and much as you’d like to get out for a drink and catch a rock show you just can’t. Why not opt for a more mellow evening out at the Zettmar Studio, where musician and yoga teacher Sam Ogden will calm your overworked chakras by playing nine quartz crystal bowls all tuned specifically to chill chill chill your body out.
Friday, 6:30pm. $15
Zettmar Studio, 73 Pelham Street, Newport. More info...

Save the Bay Seal Cruise
Bundle up the kids and take them on a scenic cruise of Little Narragansett Bay. The autumn foliage may have fallen away, but the winter harbor seals are back and barking like it’s their job. After a long work week, you deserve to ogle something adorable.
Saturday and Sunday, 11am-12:30pm. $17 for Save the Bay members, kids and seniors; $22 for non-members
Viking Marina, 19 Margin Street Westerly. More info...

Wild Sun at The Knickerbocker Cafe
Wild Sun brings its brand of psychedelic-tinged 90s rock to the Knickerbocker. Back in January So Rhode Island we called them a band that will “restore [your] faith in the local scene. Having Phish and Pavement producer work on their debut record, we’d like to amend that to read “a band you should see now before they hit the big time”. Joining them will be Sirs and Madams from Brooklyn.
Saturday, 9pm. $5
The Knickerbocker Cafe, 35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly. More info...

Christmas at the Newport Mansions
Revisit the holidays of the Gilded Age with a tour of The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, three of Newport’s glamorous mansions. With halls fully decked for the season it’s sure to be a yuletide delight.
Starts Saturday. Winter passport $25 for adults; $9 kids 9-17
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Mews Tavern Gear ‘n Beer
Think you’ve got your 5k locked down? Why not up the ante to a 6.9k? Mews Tavern has been running this race to benefit Easter Seals RI for 16 years now, adding the extra 1.9k last November. The cost of entry will get you food and a free pint (if you pick up your racing bib on Saturday) plus the satisfaction of helping a good cause and running a solid race. Online registration and team sign ups are due by Friday, but in-person signups on Saturday and Sunday can be done at Mews Tavern.
Sunday, 12pm. $40 day of, $38 in advanced
Mews Tavern, 456 Main Street, Wakefield. More info...

Windharp at Linden Place
Cozy up by the fire in Linden Place’s historic ballroom for an intimate performance by Celtic folk group, Windharp. Enjoy the blend of contemporary and traditional Celtic music, then stick around for a post-performance wine reception.
Sunday, 2pm. $10 for Linden Place members; $15 general admission
500 Hope Street, Bristol. www,lindenplace.org