The Maine Jewish Film Festival will bring thrillers, love stories and documentaries — about 22 films in all — to Portland, Rockland, Brunswick, Bangor and Waterville. And in case you were going to ask: No, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy these movies. Because we can’t all make it to every show, I asked the festival’s director, Louise Rosen, to tell me what we absolutely have to go see.
You have a chance to do some amazing things with cardboard this weekend (specifically, ride it down a mountain). Craft a sled from cardboard and duct tape for the Cardboard Box Race at Camden’s Snow Bowl. There’s also a record sale (for those who know what records are) at Portland’s Flea-for-All, which runs in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk. Learn some circus arts during the Circus Atlantic open house and end the weekend with dinner’s two best parts – the cocktails and the dessert – during the Signature Event Cocktail and Dessert Competition. Oh, and in between you can get yourself hypnotized and buy and boyfriend!
Hey, winter: Go die. March is supposed to be about hope, hope of warmer days and sun dresses and, I don’t know, a tan maybe.
A few decades ago, Mainers seeking a respite from winter could find it in places like Sing’s Polynesian Restaurant and Waikiki Lounge or the Hu Ke Lau. They may be gone, but in Portland, you can still get a Dr. Funk cocktail and share a Scorpion Bowl, thanks to bartenders with a love for tiki culture.
Noche Latina Portland translates to Latin Night Portland, and Latin night is certainly is every Thursday at The Pearl in Portland. The weekly event starts at 7:15 pm with a free salsa lesson for intermediate dancers, followed by a lesson for beginners at 8:15 pm. And at 9 pm, the lights go down, DJ Braulio turns up the salsa, merengue, and bachata music and the floor opens up to local dancers of every age and experience level.
Considering all that desserts and cocktails have done for us, it’s about time we gave them a celebration to call their own (besides, desserts are frankly tired of playing second fiddle to those first come, always first-served appetizers).
The Signature Event rounds up some of Maine’s best cocktails and desserts and celebrates those master cocktail shakers and dessert makers who bake, blend, and create the fare we love the most.