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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
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 News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Acton Fair, ‘Dial M For Murder’: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
'Dial M For Murder'
2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday; through Sept. 1. Hackmatack Playhouse, 583 School
St., Route 9. Berwick, $20 to $30, $15 for 20 and under. hackmatack.org Put a little intrigue into the dwindling days of summer with a trip to Berwick to see the thriller "Dial M
For Murder." The play premiered in 1952 on BBC Television and opened later that year in London's West End and then
on Broadway. In 1954, Alfred Hitchcock's famous film version starring Grace Kelly hit the silver screen. "Dial M"
tells of a plan to murder for money and how it all goes wrong. This local production stars Bretton Reis who is
known for being a very nice guy in real life. See him take quite the evil turn as the greedy and sinister
Tony. Adam Laframboise of Kittery, as Captain Lesgate, and Crystal Lisbon of Dover, as Margot, appear in
“Dial M For Murder”.Photo by Danica Carlson
Thursday to Sunday. Acton Fairgrounds, Route 109, $8, under 12 free, seniors free on Friday until 4 p.m., $25
for midway wristbands. actonfair.net The Acton Fair has everything a proper Maine fair should have: animal exhibits, baking contests, amusement
rides, live music, entertainment and even a women's skillet throwing contest. Other fun includes the Cruise'n Car
Show, horse show, Woodsmen's Day, pig scramble, Ms. Acton Pageant and a parade. Entertainers include ventriloquist
Donna Marie, Gary the Silent Clown, the Dum Dum Silly Willy Puppet Show, the Stan Jr. Variety Show tribute to Elvis
and magician Dana Perkins, among several others. Have at it! Staff photo by Whitney Hayward
The Second City: Made in America (Some Assembly Required)
8 p.m. Thursday. Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, $40, $45. vinegarhillmusictheatre.com Second City is a giant of the comedy world, and it's bringing its Made in America (Some Assembly Required)
show to Arundel. Second City has been honing its craft since 1959, and its members are absolute masters of satire.
The Made in America show shines a side-splitting light on what makes America tick. Catch this one-night only revue
that is best suited for adults and be ready to lose yourself in a fast-paced, gut-busting romp. Image
courtesy of Vinegar Hill Music Theatre
McQueen: Black Cat
8:30 p.m. Thursday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $10 in advance, $12 day of show. space538.org SMcQueen Adams presents a multimedia show of celebrity impressions, music and comedy, and you can expect to
be dazzled by all of this. Black Cat is his latest show, and he'll knock your socks off with an improv set to the
music of bands like Daft Punk and Cold Play. He'll also hit you with impressions of Lord of the Rings wizard
Gandalf, his mother's cat and other occupants of his vivid imagination. As an added bonus, local comic Connor
McGrath kicks the night off. Photo by Eric Korenman
'Much Ado About Nothing:' Shakespeare in the Plaza
7 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Dufresne Plaza, 72 Lisbon St., Lewiston, free, donations appreciated. On Facebook. The Gypsy Lew Theater Company invites you to an outdoor performance of the Shakespeare comedic classic
"Much Ado About Nothing." Pack a picnic and blanket and find your spot as you see what unfolds with Beatrice and
Benedick and hear lines including "I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves
Cape Con 2018
Noon to 4 p.m. Friday. Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, free. thomasmemoriallibrary.org Cape Elizabeth is getting into the comic convention (better known as comic con) action with its first
annual Cape Con. The event includes free comic books, local comic book authors, cosplayers, gaming stations, face
painting and more. For those of you not in the know about cosplay, it's short for costume play, and fans fashion
homemade costumes in homage to their favorite characters, often from comic books, films, TV shows and video games.
All ages and stripes are welcome to attend this fun afternoon of nerdy wonderment. Athanasia
Salsa in the Square
6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Congress Square Park, Portland, free. On Facebook. Spice up your Friday night with some salsa dancing in the heart of downtown Portland. Congress Square Arts
presents Salsa in the Square, which kicks off with a half-hour lesson at 6:30 p.m. Then the real fun begins with
live music from Primo Cubano as the corner of High and Congress streets becomes a temporary Copacabana, the hottest
spot north of Kittery. Music and passion will indeed be in fashion. Artur
Maine State Chili Cookoff
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Wells Junior High School, 1470 Post Road, free admission and parking, $5 for
people’s choice tasting kits. wellschilifest.com This is the 18th year for of the Maine State Chili Cookoff sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce. The
cookoff is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the competition really heats up in chili, chili verde
and salsa divisions. Your taste buds will also be put to good use when you cast your vote in the people’s choice
category. All is well in Wells when you chill out with some chili. Liliya
6 p.m. Sunday. Banded Horn Brewing Co., 32 Main St., Biddeford, $10, 21-plus. bandedbrewing.com Wash down some hearty laughs with a cold one out on the deck at Banded Horn Brewing. This Sunday is the
finale of the Portland Comedy Co-Op outdoor summer comedy series. You’ll hear from comics Sam Ike, Kindra
Landsburg, Sam Pelletier and Jamie Roux with host Anders J. Nielsen. Tickets include your first pour, and some of
the tempting brews include Alternate Rhizomes, Breakfast Land, Lemon Sorbet IPA and Surf Logger. Photo by
Erin Little Photography