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Cheap Summer Thrills

August 7, 2008

By Michael Marotta, Boston Herald

Aug. 7–EVENT

ArtsUnion’s Vidfest 2008

Union Square, Somerville, Friday at 7:30 p.m. (Rain date is Saturday)

FREE

Live music and video art collide at Vidfest, an outdoor festival that blurs the line between audio and visual. With more than 10 video artists adding colorful sights to the sounds of local electronic act Secret Sea (ex-U.V. Protection), New York’s Mixel Pixel and Providence comedy duo Awesome Brothers, Vidfest is a pleasant assault on the senses.

Info: somervilleartscouncil.org

SPLURGE

Summer Restaurant Week Boston

Beginning Sunday, running through Aug. 15, and Aug. 17-22.

$20.08, $33.08

The eighth annual Summer Restaurant Week Boston kicks off this weekend, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is helping to lower the cost through Open Table, an online site that lets the hungry peruse the menus of more than 180 eateries taking part. Check the Web site url below to make a reservation for a three-course lunch for $20.08 and dinners for $33.08.

Info: BostonUSA.com/RestaurantWeek

ROAD TRIP

Plymouth Rox Summer Fest

Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth; Saturday at 7 p.m.

FREE

It’s former boy-banders and current party people landing in Plymouth for a free concert featuring seven artists and more than five hours of music. Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees and local boy Rich Cronin of LFO highlight the lineup, which also features the Funky Bunch, Kung Fu Girls and the Bello Project. Snag a ticket in advance, or take your chances at the door.

Info: memorialhall.com or call 508-747-1622

MILES: 38.5

AVG GAS PRICE, PER AAA: $3.88

. Info: memorialhall.com or call 508-747-1622

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