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Salt-N-Pepa’s Cheryl “Salt” James talks music

Colette Greenstein | 6/18/2014, 10:48 a.m.
Cheryl “Salt” James discusses Salt-n-Pepa’s role as pioneering female hip hop act and their longevity on the music scene

From concerts, comedy and food festivals around the city, there’s a lot to keep you busy this week. Here’s a look at what’s hot:

Future Boston Alliance

This Wednesday, mingle with members of Future Boston Alliance over snacks and beverages at the Museum of Fine Arts from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event is free with cost of admission to the MFA (Adults $25; Seniors & Students $23). For more information, visit www.mfa.org.

Extra Helpings – Comedy to Fill Your Belly

Also on Wednesday evening, the Milky Way in JP hosts Extra Helpings – Comedy to Fill Your Belly, featuring standup, sketch and musical comedy at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

“Third Thursdays: Garden Party”

On June 19, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum presents an enchanted evening of music and food with “Third Thursdays: Garden Party” featuring Brazilian Bossa Nova y Samba and a live DJ. Tickets: Free for members; Adults, $15; Seniors, $12 and College students, $5. Go to www.gardnermuseum.org.

Salt-N-Pepa

Legendary hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa perform at the Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival this Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. on City Hall Plaza. General Admission tickets: $15 (includes access to food vendors); VIP tickets: $72.70 (21+; includes premium Beer Garden viewing access, VIP BBQ access and one BBQ dinner). To purchase in advance, go to www.ticketmaster.com.

Ying Yang Twins

Leedz Edutainment presents the Ying Yang Twins at the Middle East-Downstairs this Friday night. Doors open at 8 p.m. 18 years and over. Tickets: $16. To purchase go to www.ticketweb.com.

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Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson

Also this Friday, Scullers Jazz Club presents Cassandra Wilson for two shows at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Show: $48; Dinner & Show: $88. Purchase at www.scullersjazz.com.

Brookline Booksmith

The Brookline Booksmith presents author Jennifer Weiner reading from her new book All Fall Down this Saturday at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. www.brooklinebooksmith.com

On June 21, Laugh Boston presents comedian Deon Cole from Comedy Central at 8 p.m. till 10:15 p.m. Tickets: $25. To purchase go to www.laughboston.com.

Star Trek Convention

For all you Trekkies! The official Star Trek Convention is in town this Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 at the Hynes Convention Center. Special guests include Avery Brooks from “Deep Space Nine” and Walter Koening ‘Chekov’ from the original Star Trek. For tickets, passes, and more information, visit www.creationent.com.