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Posted: April 14, 2015

80s cruise, 80s prom, Symphony & Spirits and a canoe race: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Are you an 80s lover? Do you swoon over bangle bracelets, side ponytails and over-sized off-the-shoulder sweatshirts? Well welcome to heaven, because this is your weekend. There’s an 80s cruise AND an 80s prom. On different days, too, so you can GO TO BOTH! There’s also a canoe race in Bangor, Acadia is free, it’s Record Store Day and the PSO is bringing back Symphony & Spirits.

For the weekend of April 16-19, 2015

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Courtesy photo

Gregory Alan Isakov with Jolie Holland

8 p.m. Thursday, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $20 in advance, $22 day of show, $35 preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com
In celebration of his latest record “The Weatherman,” singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov is on a tour that includes a stop in Portland. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and now based in Colorado, Isakov has called the road home for most of his life. Opening the show is Jolie Hollad. Her latest and sixth album “Wine Dark Sea” is infused with everything from noise rock blues to country and jazz.


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Press Herald file photo

80s Fun on the Bay

6 to 10:20 p.m. Friday, aboard Casco Bay Lines ferry on Casco Bay, Portland. $25. www.cascobaylines.com
This year’s inter-island cruise has an 80s theme (which means you’re obliged to dress up in your awesomest 80s attire! Yes!). From the Ashes provides the music and The Inn on Peaks Island supplies the heavy apps.


"The Awesome 80s Prom" logo

“The Awesome 80s Prom” logo

The Awesome ’80s Prom

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Italian Heritage Center, Portland. $25. castasideproductions.com
This may be the best prom ever: Dance party (and contest!), an awesome prom outfit, prom photos and full bar (because you’re legal now!). Cast Aside Production’s performance of “The Awesome ’80s Prom” is an interactive experience. All your old pals will be there: The geek, the head cheerleader, the captain of the football team. And there will be dancing! Entry into the ’90s after-prom party included.


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Press Herald file photo

Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

Starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Kenduskeag. $20 person in advance, $40 per person day of. www.bangorparksandrec.com
Paddlers set off from the village of Kenduskeag and battle high-water rapids on the way to the finish line in downtown Bangor. There are open, recreational and beginner classes for this race, and afterward, lots of chili and chowder (and a warming tent).


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Press Herald file photos

Acadia is free

Saturday and Sunday. Acadia National Park. Free admission. www.nps.gov
For the opening weekend of National Park Week, everyone can visit Acadia for free. Bring a sandwich, go up the park loop, shake your blanket out on Sand Beach, and take in the scenery in one of Maine’s most beautiful spots.


Record Store Day logo

Record Store Day logo

Record Store Day

Saturday, participating record stores around the state. www.recordstoreday.com
Record Store Day returns with a slew of limited-edition releases and in-store performances.


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Shannon Bryan photo

Symphony and Spirits

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club and Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $20. www.eventbrite.com
Back in February, the PSO invited younger people (that’s people ages 21-39, which is younger than the average PSO concert attendee to the first Symphony & Sprits event. It began with a signature cocktail at Portland Hunt + Alpine Club and ended at Merrill for a PSO performance. The event so old. Rightfully. So the PSO is doing it again. This time, concert first, then cocktails at Hunt + Alpine.


WMPG Fashion Show 2014. Sarah Morrill/MaineToday.com photo

WMPG Fashion Show 2014. Sarah Morrill/MaineToday.com photo

WMPG Fashion Show

7 p.m. (auction), 8 p.m. Sunday, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 at the door for students. www.wmpg.org
Statement jewelry, repurposed and upcycled clothing and vintage-inspired garments. The annual WMPG Fashion Show highlights local designers and their creative fashions for women, men and children. Runway music provided by The Moodiest and Dark Follies and Lexi GoGo will also be there. Proceeds benefit WMPG.

On The Cheap

USM Youth Ensembles Spring Instrumental Concert
7 p.m. Thursday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $5 to $8 suggested donation, usm.maine.edu/music
Indulge your ears with a showcase by some of Maine’s talented young musicians. The performances include Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra and the Portland Young People’s String Consort.

Siegfried Cesh
7 p.m. Thursday, Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath, free, themustardseedbookstore.com
In remembrance of Holocaust Memorial day, Phippsburg author Siegfried Cesh will draw on his personal experiences as he speaks about the horrors of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia and shares from his autobiography “The River.”

Bowdoin Department of Theater and Dance presents Annual Spring Dance Concert
8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pickard Theater at Bowdoin College, 3725 College St., Brunswick, free, 207-725-3375.
The Bowdoin Department of Theater and Dance presents their annual Spring Dance Concert with music ranging from Puccini to Piazzolla. This season’s show features a duet choreographed by returning alumna Natalie Johnson ’13 and scored by Norberto Oldrini, performed by guest artists Anna Hulse and Justine Lee.

‘The Mafia Kills Only in Summer’
6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, $8, $6 for members and students with valid I.D., portlandmuseum.org
You’ll laugh your way through a black comedy that pokes fun at the mafia presence in Sicily from the 70s to the 90s through the story of a young man growing up in Palermo during that time.

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