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.
Beer & Oysters in Portland, Flea Market in Brownfield: 9 Things to Do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Heroes & Villains Masquerade Dance Party
8 p.m. Thursday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $6 in advance, $8 at the door, 21-plus. portlandhouseofmusic.com Unleash either your inner superhero or your inner villain and shake your booty while you're at it. Come dressed as your favorite good or bad guy (or gal) and, as you get your
ensemble ready, keep in mind that awards for best costume will be handed out. They'll also be passing out awards for worst costume, best pun, most obscure and other fun categories.
Tunes will be enthusiastically spun by DJ Corbin who plans on jumping all over different genres and time periods, as long as there's a solid groove to get down to. Stock photo
Beer & Oysters
4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Rising Tide Brewing Co., 103 Fox St., Portland. facebook.com They're a match made in heaven, and they can be yours on Friday afternoon into early evening. Head on down to Rising Tide Brewing Co. with cash in hand, then drink your fill
of beer and eat some hand-shucked O'Oysters. Bring a gaggle of pals for even more fun, as you click your beer glasses and tilt your heads back on your way to oyster
nirvana. Stock photo ID:557552611/Shutterstock.com
Taping of 'The Nite Show with Danny Cashman'
6 p.m. Friday. Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., free, paper or e-tickets required, 14-plus, arrive by 5:45 p.m. westbrookpac.org Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a studio audience member of a TV show taping? Now's your chance and, what's more, it's free! "The Nite Show with Danny Cashman" is
filming an episode in Westbrook, and you're invited. Dan, Joe, and Brian Nadeau & The Nite Show Band with special guest Tom "Bones" Malone will all be on stage, when Bob Duchesne from
"Bob Duchesne's Wild Maine" and musician Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step stop by. Two shows will be taped, and they'll air on Feb. 4 and 11. Visit theniteshowmaine.com for more info
about the program. Photo by Michael C. York
Winterfest South Portland
Friday and Saturday. Wainwright Recreation Complex, 125 Gary L. Maietta Parkway and Mill Creek Park, South Portland, free. facebook.com Winterfest starts on Friday night with a skating party at Mill Creek Park. On Saturday, the festivities move to Wainwright Recreation Complex. There will be a pancake
breakfast, horse carriage rides, a kids' ice fishing derby, ice sculpture demos, a chili and chowder contest (yum!), a sledding hill, ice skating, food trucks and fireworks. South
Portland loves winter and hopes you join in on this whole mess of fun — wherever you're from. Photo by Gabe Zouza/Staff Photographer
Sangai Asia Night
7:30 p.m. Friday. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, 329 College St, Lewiston, free. bates.edu/events For a variety show with an international spin, you can bet on Bates being the place to go. Sangia Asia Night will make your Friday night festive with a dazzling dive into
Asian culture, including fashion and performance. Photo by Bates College student Max Huang
Stone Mountain Winter Flea Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $3, 12 and under free. stonemountainartscenter.com If you thought flea markets only happened in the summer, think again. Stone Mountain Arts Center is holding a two-day flea market in its gorgeous barn space, and live music
will be happening from noon to 2 p.m. on both days. They'll also have the kitchen open for morning nibbles and lunchables, including stews, soups, wraps and desserts for your sweet
tooth. The bar will also be open to quench whatever you might be thirsty for. Best of all, you'll be able to peruse and purchase assorted antiques, collectibles and quirky items you
didn't know you needed but suddenly can't live without. Stock illustration ID:553026484/Shutterstock.com
'Bonnie and Clyde'
Happy hour at 6:30 p.m., film at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $5, free for MSA members. mayostreetarts.org Catch a classic 1967 film that's riddled with bank robberies and bullets and stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. "Bonnie and Clyde" is
based on the real-life crime duo who made waves during the Great Depression with their thieving, murderous spree. It's worth noting that the film's climax is one of the most memorable
ambush scenes to hit the silver screen. Photo Courtesy of Mayo Street Arts
Photo Talk with Portland Press Herald: Arianna's Story
Noon Saturday. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, free. portlandlibrary.com You may recall the story earlier this year about Chrissy Chavez, Troy Jethro and their 5-year-old daughter, Arianna, who all lived in the woods in Portland this summer for
weeks before finally securing housing in Auburn. Join photographer Brianna Soukup and reporter Randy Billings as they talk with Chavez about the complicated process of telling her
family's story. After the talk, stick around and peruse the riveting images by Press Herald photographers in the "Photos of the Year" show. Photo by Brianna Soukup/Staff
Bike, ski or snowshoe the Conant property
CANCELLED DUE TO POOR CONDITIONS.
11 a.m. Sunday. Conant property, 99 Conant St., Westbrook, suggested donation $5 for Portland Trails members, $7 for non-members, pre-registration required. facebook.com Portland Trails invites to you bundle up and head to Westbrook with your cross-country skis or snowshoes for a trek across riverfront property in Westbrook. Afterwards, you'll
repair to Ernie's Cycle Shop, where there will be s'mores, cider and two fat bikes on hand for you to try. If you'd like a guided showshoe tour, it starts at 11:30 a.m. Head to
portlandtrails.org for all the info. Stock photo ID:558774721/Shutterstock.com