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Posted: July 3, 2014

Cemetery tours, comedy & film: 4 things to do that are unrelated to Independence Day

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It’s true. This three-day weekend is highly focused on the Fourth of July. And for good reason – I mean, the fireworks, the barbecues, the independence! (If you’re looking for ways to spend the Fourth: Things to do this Fourth of July: Parades, fireworks & island party)

But before and after Friday, you’re going to need to find something to do. Maybe you should go on a Maine Mini Adventure. And check out these events:

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SPIRITS ALIVE TOURS AT EASTERN CEMETERY

1:30 p.m. Saturday | Eastern Cemetery, 224 Congress St., Portland | $10, $5 students and seniors, under 12 free | www.spiritsalive.org

One of the most historical and interesting cemeteries in Maine opens its gates for tours led by Spirits Alive volunteers. The nonprofit is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland’s Eastern Cemetery. Tours run three days a week through mid-October.


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‘RETURN TO HOMS’

7:30 p.m. Tuesday | Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | $8 | space538.org

Winner of World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance this year, “Return to Homs” tells the story of a 19-year-old goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team named Basset. At the onset of revolution, he becomes an iconic protest leader and singer who writes songs about peaceful liberation. Basset is filmed by 24-year-old media activist Ossama; the pair are thrown into the insurgency with tragic results. The film is in Arabic with English subtitles. A discussion will follow the screening.


PORTLAND COMEDY CO-OP

8 p.m. Thursday | She Doesn’t Like Guthries, 115 Middle St., Lewiston | Free, donations appreciated; all ages but 18+ suggested | www.guthriesplace.com

Laugh the night away in Lewiston with a lineup of Maine’s best up-and- coming comics from the Portland Comedy Co-Op. Headlining the show is California native Cloud Morris. Morris will be cracking wise about his life experiences – including his odd name – along with Katie Ferreira and Will Green.


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World Cup Semifinals

4 p.m. Tuesday | Congress Square, Portland | Free | www.parksideneighborhood.org/fifa-world-cup

Every four years many of us suddenly become soccer – or futbol – fans during the FIFA World Cup. Gather ’round large screen TVs and cheer your heart out because it’s guaranteed to be sweaty, exhilarating and full of colorful cleats, funky hairdos and body-painted fans going nuts down in Brazil.

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