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WeekendWatch: Five ways to have fun

Photo courtesy Northeastern Athletics.

Husky soccer: The men’s soccer team, which is led by head coach Brian Ainscough and captains Ryan Burnham, Jeremy Klein and Andre Ciliotta, is off to a strong 3-1-1 start. See if the Huskies can keep up their winning ways against Fairfield at Parsons Field on Saturday at 6 p.m. And while you’re in a soccer frame of mind, catch the women’s game against Rhode Island at Parsons Field tonight at 6 p.m.

Northern exposure: You know that the best cannoli in Boston can be found in the North End. And maybe you have followed the Freedom Trail to Paul Revere’s house that one time you braved the flocks of tourists. But there’s so much more to learn about Boston’s oldest neighborhood. To get a history lesson, take a 90-minute tour through the historic neighborhood’s winding streets. Tours, which cost $12 for adults, depart from corner of Hanover and Cross streets at 1 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday though the end of October.

The best medicine: Feeling blue? Channel your inner Dick Van Dyke and laugh — loud and long and clear — by attending Spiritual Life’s “Funny Fridays” Spiritual Meditation. The free program will be held at 12:30 in the Spiritual Space, which is located on the second floor of Ell Hall. There’s no word on whether laughing will propel you skyward like Mary Poppins’ Uncle Albert, but comfortable chairs and cushions will be available.

Penn, the teller: Known as much for his outspoken opinions as his magic act, performer Penn Gillette has made a name for himself as someone who is unafraid to address almost any topic, including drugs, religion and sexuality. He’ll be at Brookline Booksmith on Saturday at 7 p.m. to read and discuss his new book, “God, No!” Tickets are required, though admission is free if you purchase a book.

‘Group’ projects: The Piano Factory, located at 791 Tremont St., was once among the nation’s top piano manufactures. Today, the mixed-use facility doubles as an apartment complex for local artists and venue for theater and art shows. The factory’s 2011 Annual Group Show, which showcases work by local artists in its gallery, will be on display through the end of the month. The gallery is open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Send your WeekendWatch tips and suggestions to m.collette@neu.edu.