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Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald.
She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Theater, Comedy, St. Paddy’s Parade, Harlem Globetrotters: 9 Things to Do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Stillson School of Irish Dance Performance
6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit, $5. ogunquitperformingarts.org
Need a St. Patrick's Day primer? Head south to Ogunquit for a performance by The Stillson School of Irish Dance. More than a dozen dancers donning
sparkling costumes will perform an enchanting array of jigs and reels. They're so good they've won awards at regional and international
competitions. When the show ends, they'll invite children and dancers of all ages to try out some steps, and a reception with refreshments will
follow. Staff photo by John Patriquin
Ides of March Bash
7 p.m. Saturday. Banded Horn Brewing Co., 32 Main St., Biddeford, $25, $35 includes commemorative pint glass. eventbrite.com You don't need to beware the Ides of March this year. Instead, you can party like you're Julius Caesar and benefit the non-profit arts
organization Engine at the same time. The gala is at Banded Horn Brewing Co. in Biddeford, where the suds will be flowing and you can nosh on Palace
Diner fried chicken, Custom Deluxe baked beans and Biscuits & Co. biscuits. Togas, garland and a photo booth will be waiting for you, and to honor
Engine's "maker" spirit, you'll be able to craft shields and swords out of cardboard, then play gladiator during low-contact but no-less-epic
battles with prizes and, of course, bragging rights. Massan/Shutterstock.com
Downeast Hysterical Society
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner, $16, $14 seniors, $5 youth. johnsonhall.org Guffaw your way through Saturday night with a comedy variety show full of novelty songs, Maine characters, "wicked good" juggling and
assorted sketches. The Downeast Hysterical Society stars Randy Junkins and Barney Martin, and these two fellas will crack you up — big
time. Photo courtesy of Randy Junkins
Jason Christopher Comedy Hypnosis
7 p.m. Saturday. Gardiner Area High School, 40 West Hill Road, Gardiner, $20. msad11.maineadulted.org For a truly spellbinding evening of hypnotic hilarity, head to Gardiner for a show by Jason Christopher. His comedy hypnosis show is a whirlwind of activity, including a whole bunch of audience participation. Christopher has written a book about hypnosis and has appeared all over the country. The show is a family-friendly one, so bring the whole gang. You are getting sleepy ... Actually, you'll be having too much fun to fall asleep, though you just might fall under Christopher's spell and wind up doing and saying things you didn't think were possible. Comic Jason Norkevicus opens the show. Igor Normann/Shutterstock.com
Portland St. Patrick's Day Parade
Noon Sunday. Commercial Street, free. irishofmaine.org Deck yourself out in everything green that you own and head to Portland's waterfront for the Irish American Club's annual St. Patrick's
Parade. This year's parade features the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band, Dunlop Highland Band, Kora Shriners Highlanders and members of the Stillson School
of Irish Dance. Other participants include The Maine Irish Heritage Center, Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Maine Police Emerald Society, Maine
Gaelic Sports Association, The Portland Hurling Club, Girl Scouts of America, Burns Ceili Group, local union representatives and public safety
representatives from local police and fire departments. It culminates with a rally at Bell Buoy Park, followed by a reception at the Maine Irish
Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., with a cash bar, food for sale, music and dancing. Staff photo by Jill Brady
Harlem Globe Trotters
3 p.m. Sunday. Cross Insurance Arena, 45 Spring St., Portland, $17 to $98. crossarenaportland.com They've been dazzling crowds since the 1920s, and now's your chance to see the legendary Harlem Globe Trotters exhibition basketball team do
their thing in person. You've never seen anything quite like the jaw-dropping ball-handling and trick shots that have been thrilling entire families
for decades. You'll walk out of Portland's Cross Arena grinning and whistling "Sweet Georgia Brown" and will likely head home and try to remember if
your old basketball is in the garage or basement. Scooter Christensen. Photo courtesy of The Harlem Globetrotters
'The Perfect Storm'
10 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 14. Flagship Cinemas, 206 Route 1, Falmouth, free. flagshipcinemas.com Escape the Maine winter for a few hours by setting sea on an ill-fated sword-fishing boat trip with George Clooney at the helm and Mark
Wahlberg on the crew. "The Perfect Storm" is the 2000 film based on Sebastian Junger's book about commercial fishing boat the Andrea Gail that was
lost at sea at the end of October in 1991 and never recovered. You may already know the ending, but it sure is comfortable at the new Falmouth
Flagship Cinemas, and the price is certainly right. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 15. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., $20 to $30. camdenoperahouse.com Make your midweek mesmerizing by seeing a performance by a Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company. Body Traffic is an edgy, creative
and innovative troupe of young dancers who will enthrall, inspire and thrill you with their choreography, flexibility and spirit. Image
courtesy of the Camden Opera House
'The Chalk Garden'
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Gaslight Theater at Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop St., $12, $10 students and seniors. gaslighttheater.org Family drama collides with wit as the secret world of childhood is explored through the lens of a dowager named Mrs. St. Maugham, her
eccentric teenage granddaughter, Laurel, and an enigmatic new governess with a green thumb named Mrs. Madrigal. "The Chalk Garden" also features a
valet named Maitland, recently released from prison, and Laurel's mother, Olivia, who comes to visit. The plot twist is a doozy, and "The Chalk
Garden" promises to be a riveting, memorable play. Erika Lamarre as Madrigal, Isabella Rose Coulombe as Laurel and Nina Tilander as Mrs. St.
Maugham in "The Chalk Garden." Photo courtesy of The Gaslight Theater