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.
Big Band Ballroom Bash, Puppet Slam, Boxing: 9 Things to Do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
USM Husky Harvest Food Festival
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Woodbury Campus Center at the University of Sourthern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, free. usm.maine.edu/tourism/fourth-annual-husky-harvest Want to treat your taste buds to a kaleidoscope of flavors? The fourth annual USM Husky Harvest Food Festival will do just that with samples of global dishes from Spain, India, Somalia, Egypt, China, Argentina and more. While you nibble, there will be live entertainment and performances, including African drumming, Irish step-dancing and salsa dancing. Put a little multi-cultural flair into your Thursday and hit this festival. Thorsten Schmitt/Shutterstock.com
'The Language Archive'
7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Russell Hall, University of Southern Maine, 37 College Ave., Gorham, $15, $11 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $8 students. usm.maine.edu/theatre Catch a play about a serious-minded linguist named George who loves dying languages. What happens when he starts finding cryptic notes hidden in his shoes and coffee cup? Find out in a comedy directed by Sara Valentine that's whimsical and quirky. Photo courtesy of USM Theatre Dept.
Ice Skating at Thompson's Point
2 to 4 p.m., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. Friday. The Rink at Thompson's Point, 10 Thompson's Point, Portland, $8, $2 skate rentals, free for veterans and one guest. therinkatthompsonspoint.com Skate into fun this Veterans Day, when the rink at Thompson's Point opens for the season. Bring your own skates or rent a pair, then do your best Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton or Johnny Weir. And, yes, you can marvel at the Zamboni, as it will be working its magic between each session. Oh, and here are a few relevant fun facts: The rink has a warming room, heated lounge and on-site eatery. Photo by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
State Street Holiday Stroll
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. State Street, Portland. maineirish.com/celtic-fair Ready or not, the holiday season is more or less upon us, and several locations are opening their doors for the annual State Street Holiday Stroll. Stops on the stroll include Mercy Hospital, the Maine Irish Heritage Center, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 75 State Street and One Longfellow Square, among others. Get a jump on your – gulp – holiday shopping, as there will be handmade craft-fair items, along with bake sales, attic treasures, music, caroling, hot beverages and an all-around cheery vibe. Photo by Lauryn Hottinger
Rolling Slumber Bed Races
6 a.m. (early bird sale), 11 a.m. (Slumber Bed Races) Saturday. Park Row, Brunswick, spectators free, $35 per team, $25 for returning teams. brunswickdowntown.org Don your favorite pair of PJs and head to downtown Brunswick for a whole bunch of morning merriment. Several businesses will be opening early and offering special discounts. Stick around because, at 11 a.m., teams of five will hit the sack, so to speak. They'll be racing queen-sized beds down Brunswick's Park Row, and it's a sight to behold. Community members, families, businesses and local organizations are invited to create a bed to race, and prizes will be awarded for speed, creativity and team spirit. Photo courtesy of Downtown Brunswick
Big Band Ballroom Bash
6 p.m. dance lesson, 7 p.m. live music and dancing. Saturday. Warren Hill Gymnasium, 37 College Ave., Gorham, $20, $35 per couple, free for veterans and students with University of Southern Maine ID. usm.maine.edu/theatre/usm-big-band-ballroom-bash-1 You ain't got a thing, if you ain't got that swing, so head to Gorham for a USO-style ballroom dance. You'll twirl around the dance floor to the sounds of the Portland Jazz Orchestra and USM Jazz Ensemble directed by Chris Oberholtzer. Dance demos will be performed by professional ballroom dancers and USM dance students. Drinks and edibles will be available for purchase and, since it's Veteran's Day weekend, all vets get in free. Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com
King Friday's Dungeon: A Puppet Slam!
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $10, $8 seniors and students. mayostreetarts.org Forget what you think you know about puppet shows. King Friday's Dungeon is a wild variety show and cabaret of puppet acts rife with edgy humor and adult themes. Featured performers include Peaks Island Puppets, Dylan Rohman, Zach Rohman, Alexander Adams, Erika-Clark Jensen, Blainor McGough, Chris Patch, Maggie Muth, Ian Bannon, Devon Kelley-Yurdin and Cecilia Zizo. Photo courtesy of Mayo Street Arts
New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off
9 p.m. Saturday. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $7, 18-plus. space538.org Legendary NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin is coming to Maine, and he's bringing his dazzling collection of 60s soul 45s with him. This is the party to catch, if you wanna get down in downtown Portland. You can go extra crazy and join the dance-off to win a cool $100 prize. Photo by Alexander Thompson
All Star Boxing
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Portland Expo, 239 Park Ave., Portland. $32 to $57. porttix.com Knock yourself out on Saturday night by catching an evening of professional and amateur boxing presented by Portland Boxing Club. You'll see Portland's middleweight pugilist Russell Lamour, Jr., bantamweight fighter Jorge Abiague and superweight slugger Casey Kramlich, as well as New England's other rising stars of the ring. And get this, there will also be a special guest appearance by former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Kapow! Alex Veresovich/Shutterstock.com