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Weekend Best Bets

Just in case you need some ideas to fill out your Fourth of July weekend.

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It's a pretty major holiday weekend, but that doesn't mean business as usual comes to a halt. Here's what's happening in between this weekend's patriotic festivities (but if you want to find out where the fireworks are clicke here).

INC Providence at Aurora
Spend your Saturday night with the International Noise Conference at Aurora. Bands from all over the world will perform a 15-minute set, giving you the perfect opportunity to experience some new tunes. The sounds will range from electronic pop to rock and roll, so there will be something for every music lover out there. Saturday. $5. 276 Westminster Street, Providence. More info… 

Live Bait’s 8th Anniversary Show
AS220 will celebrate the 8th anniversary of their “Live Bait” show with a theme: “Fresh Starts and New Beginnings.” To mark the occasion, the event will be held at an earlier time than usual and feature a special anniversary cake. If you have a story you’d like to tell the audience, you can put your name in the fishbowl and wait for your name to be called. Not into public speaking? Sit back with some cake and enjoy other people’s tales. Friday. $7. 95 Empire Street, Providence. More info… 

Harold and Maude at 2nd Story Theatre

See the stage-play adaptation of Hal Ashby’s classic dark comedy, Harold and Maude, at the 2nd Story Theatre this weekend. Watch as a death-obsessed 19-year-old man develops a taboo relationship with a 79-year-old woman, despite his mother’s meddling. Together, the two will discover that life is a precious gift. All weekend. $30. 28 Market Street, Warren. More info… 

Clambake at Fort Adams
Sooth those clam cravings at Fort Adams’ Public Clambake with McGrath Clambakes. Packed with all your favorite New England foods, entertainment, and an open bar, this is the perfect way to kick off your weekend. There will also be a Children’s Buffet for those little eaters, so feel free to bring the whole family. Friday. 84 Fort Adams Drive, Newport. More info… 

Dinosaur Haven at the Van Vessem Gallery
Attend a prehistoric party this holiday weekend with Jeff “Fish” Wells, where you’ll be able to see old and new works. The art is created using various materials, from plywood to duct tape. Complete with dinosaur sculptures and visiting lizards, this event is perfect for any dinosaur fanatic. All weekend. 63 Muse Way, Tiverton. More info… 

Berkshire Choral International at Trinity Episcopal Church
Enjoy some glorious choral music with the Berkshire Choral International as they take you through the sounds of Bach and Mendelssohn. The choir will be led by notable conductor David Hayes and will feature a professional orchestra, soloists, and amateur choristers from around the world. With so much talent in one room, this evening is bound to be music to your ears. Saturday. $20. 141 Spring Street, Newport. More info… 

Golden Era Strikes Back at Lupo’s
Everyone knows that the 90s were a golden age for amazing hip hop music. At the Golden Era Strikes Back show at Lupo’s, you’ll be able to experience the biggest 90s hip hop concert around with headliner RAKIM and featuring artists like 3X’s Dope, DJ Rukis, Fred Da Great, Brand Nubian, and more. True hip hop fans can also purchase tickets to meet the artists. Friday. $40. 79 Washington Street, Providence. More info… 

“Axis Art” at Artists Exchange
This weekend will mark one of your last chances to see the “Axis Art: A Community Drawing Survey” at Artists Exchange, a group exhibition from community artists and educators. The exhibition is meant to emphasize the importance of art as a shared space and will feature a variety of styles. Join the artists, experience the art, and support the local talent. Saturday. Free. 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. More info… 

6th Annual Summer Soirée
Enjoy some drinks, art and summery hors d’oeuvres at the Jamestown Arts Center’s 6th Annual Summer Soirée. The event will also include a raw bar from Mantunuck Oyster Bar, specialty cocktails and a live auction featuring jewelry from Three Golden Apples. Learn about the summer exhibition, Blanc de Blanc, while sipping away on bubbly. If you want to match the theme, put on your best summer whites. Friday. $125-150. 18 Valley Street, Jamestown. More info… 

Summer Stargazing at The Frosty Drew Observatory
What better way to spend a summer night than by gazing at the stars? The Frosty Drew will open up the telescopes, Sky Theatre and the Observatory for your viewing pleasure. You can stay up as long as you want and wonder at the vast galaxies, beautiful planets and nebulae. Bring all your friends and settle in for a night of stars. Friday. Free. 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. More info…