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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.
Burlesque, comedy, full moon hike, train rides, films: 13 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
‘On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution’
6 p.m. Thursday. Artists at Work space, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, free. meca.edu/event/on-broadway-
from-rent-to-revolution Drew Hodges is the founder of the New York design company SpotCo and he's joining the graphic design faculty this fall at MECA. Hodges has written the book "On
Broadway: From Rent to Revolution," a visual and oral history of Broadway with artwork by SpotCo. The book features a foreword by graphic designer Chip Kidd and an
introduction by humorist David Sedaris. Hodges will be speaking about and signing copies of the book. Courtesy photo
Port City Peep Show
8 p.m. Thursday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, 21-plus. portlandhouseofmusic.com Port City Peep Show and Moxie Sazerac presents an all-star cast of local favorites who are putting on one heck of a burlesque and variety show. Spice up your
Thursday night with performances from Holly Danger, StrangeBeauty Bombshell, Nabintu, Lexo Gogo and several other acts guaranteed to make your eyes and ears pop with
Earth Day Celebration
8:30 a.m. to Noon. Friday. Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, free. wellsreserve.org Celebrate mother earth with a community gathering in Wells that includes wild games and craft projects. The Earth Day Celebration includes folks from the Center for
Wildlife, York County Audubon, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Maine Green Power, Stone Point Studio and
University of Maine Extension Master gardener volunteers. All seven miles of the reserve's trails will be open for exploring so be sure to wear your walking
shoes. Courtesy photo
Bayside Brew HaHa: Spring Edition
8 p.m. Friday. Rising Tide Brewing Company, 103 Fox St., Portland, $10. facebook.com/comeseecomedy Beer and comedy happily collide on Friday night. Laughs will be provided by comics Stephanie Doyle, Pat Bolduc, Will Green, Aharon Willows, Connor McGrath and other
funny folks. Admission includes your first pour of Rising Tide brew. If the need to nosh arises, food truck eats from Locally Sauced will be available. Courtesy
9:30 a.m. daily through Sunday. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, $10, $9 seniors, $6 for children 3 to 12, 2 and under free. mainenarrowgauge.org All aboard! The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is now boarding for school vacation week. Everyone loves a train ride, especially one that affords a scenic view of
Casco Bay. When the train pulls back into the station, hit the museum and learn about Maine's systems of railroads that date back to the 1870s. Photo by Jack
Biddeford: A Brief History
5:30 p.m. Friday. Elements: Books Coffee Beer, 265 Main St., Biddeford, free. elementsbookscoffeebeer.com University of New England Conversations invites you to join class of '08 alum and author Emma Bouthillette as she discusses her forthcoming book "Biddeford: A Brief
History." You'll learn about the progression of her career since graduating UNE and how she conducts her research to tell the story of her hometown from its settlement to
present day. A Q&A session and reception will follow Bouthillette's talk and you'll be able to share your own memories of the area with the author. Photo by Kari Wehrs
Full Moon Hike
7:30 p.m. Friday. Parking lot of Southern Maine Health and Homecare Services, 86 York St., Kennebunk, free. easterntrail.org Commune with nature by the light of the moon for a 90-minute walk that passes by a pond that's seen plenty of beaver activity, evidence of which you'll see from the
trail. You may be inspired to bay, bark or howl as you're led on this full moon hike in Kennebunk. Bring a spirit of adventure and beauty but leave the flashlights and pets at
home. Shutterstock image
Spring Fling Living History Day
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road, Livermore, $10, $6 for 12 and under, $25 families. norlands.org If you could turn back time you just might end up in the 1800s, especially if you head to Livermore on Saturday. Spring Fling Living History Day at the Washburn-
Norlands Living History Center includes building tours and interacting with historical characters right out of 1870. You can also take a horse-drawn wagon ride, help bake and
do a wash in the farmer's cottage, practice your reading, writing and arithmetic in the one-room schoolhouse, play period games, make a craft and meet a Washburn in the 1867
mansion. This is truly a fun and unique way to learn about history and life in post Civil War Maine. Press Herald file photo
'The Wizard of Oz'
2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $8, $5 for kids under 12, free for MSA members.
mayostreetarts.org You don't need a brain, courage or even a heart to go see the 1939 classic starring Judy Garland. "The Wizard of Oz" is the timeless story of finding your way back
home and knowing who your true friends are. It's also a lesson in witch removal and daydreaming about that place somewhere over the rainbow. Lions and tigers and bears...oh
my! Courtesy photo
The Enlightenment Expo
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Fireside Inn & Suites, 81 Riverside St., Portland, $5.
themagickcloset.com See the light this weekend during The Enlightenment Expo which brings together spiritual and holistic practitioners, products and services under one roof. Offerings
include workshops, psychic and angel reading, energy work, chair massage, crystals and songs of myth and magic by "The Greene Lady" Jenna Greene. Shutterstock
Party for the Pups
7 p.m. Saturday. Dunegrass Country Club, 200 Wild Dunes Way, Old Orchard Beach, $20 in advance, $25 day of. almosthomerescue.net The dog days of summer start early this year. The fifth annual Party for the Pups includes a silent auction, music and dancing with DJ Dave, games, a 50/50 raffle,
appetizers, dessert and a cash bar. All proceeds will help Almost Home Rescue bring dogs in need together with their forever home. Shutterstock image
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, free. bit.ly/1WDE8IF If you’re interested in experimenting with tools, learning new skills, and observing new ways of doing things, this is the event for you! Makers@PPL is a daylong experience with thematic tracks on STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to help participants understand that everyone is a maker. There are many hands-on workshops for all ages. Photo courtesy of the Portland Public Library
'City of Gold'
7:30 p.m. Sunday, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8, $6 for members and students with ID. space538.org The documentary "City of Gold" reveals a man with a palette for a wide range of cuisine and for learning about immigrants and their secret family recipes. Pulitzer
Prize-winning food critic and culinary geographer Jonathan Gold takes you on a tour of Los Angeles in his green pickup truck where he's on the hunt for his next food
discovery. Courtesy photo