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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.
Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, Maine Flower Show, Luxotica Lounge Cabaret: 8 Things to Do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That?
7 p.m. Thursday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $49.75, $69.75. porttix.com Fresh off his Showtime special filmed at New York's Beacon Theatre, Sebastian Maniscalco is bringing his comedy tour to Portland. He's
Chicago-born, transplanted to Los Angeles and got his start performing in bars and bowling alleys while making rent as a waiter at Beverly Hills
Four Seasons Hotel. Maniscalco eventually flew onto the radar of actor Vince Vaughan, who chose him to appear in his film "Vince Vaughan's Wild West
Comedy Show." After viewing several YouTube clips, we can tell you that this guy's hilarious with his commentary on topics including Whole Foods,
Chipotle and the airport check-in process. Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography
Maine Flower Show
Thursday through Sunday. Thompson's Point, Portland, $15, $8 seniors, $5 veterans (Friday only), 12 and under free. maineflowershow.com What better way to welcome April than with a whole bunch flowers. We mean thousands of flowers including 16 garden displays. The Maine
Flower Show will have 100 exhibits of plants, hardscapes, arbor and garden supplies and everything under the sun related to outdoor yardscaping and
living. This is one time where you really can stop and smell the roses. Staff photo by Gregory Rec
The Kids Are Alright concert
10:30 a.m. Saturday. Rines Auditorium at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, free. portlandlibrary.com The Maine Academy of Modern Music happily continues their The Kids Are Alright concert series with a performance by Kate Beever. Beever's a
board-certified music therapist who works with people with cancer, brain injuries and developmental delays. She's also a heck of a percussionist,
vibraphonist and vocalist. These family-friendly shows are aimed at encouraging kids' involvement in music. Each show includes a Q-and-A session
with the artist, and there will be an instrument petting zoo where kids can try out instruments. Photo by Kevin Bloom
The April Fool's Show
7 p.m. Saturday. Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, $3. usm.maine.edu/planet It's a silly tradition from the starry-eyed folks at Southworth Planetarium. The April Fool's show is a complete mystery, and to decide on
what the program is going to be, they roll Dungeons and Dragons dice. No one knows what the planetary presentation will be in the planetarium's
incredible dome, but it will for sure be an out-of-this world experience. NASA images/Shutterstock.com
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Fireside Inn & Suites, 81 Riverside St., Portland, $2 admission, fees for readings vary. onthenewedge.com From tarot cards to runes and more, unlock the inner mysteries of your past, present and future self with a visit to Psychic Sunday. Readers
and artisans will be on hand to help guide you on life's path and may even reach out to the great beyond. Come with an open mind and
31st Annual Chocolate Lovers' Fling
1 p.m. Sunday. Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland, $50. brownpapertickets.com Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine knows how to throw a fundraiser, and they do it using one very special ingredient:
chocolate. This year is the 31st anniversary of the Chocolate Lovers' Fling, where you'll sample yourself into a chocolate coma with a multiple-
course chocolate tasting menu. You'll also meet local chocolatiers and can partake in a fabulous silent auction. In a word: yum!
Maine Acoustic Festival Student Showcase
4 p.m. Sunday. Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford St., Portland, $15, $10 seniors, students and under 12. maineacousticfestival.com These kids are more than just all right, they're extremely talented. The Maine Acoustic Festival Student Showcase will drive this point home
as you enjoy a performance presented by 317 Main Community Music Center and North Yarmouth Academy. The festival is dedicated to honoring,
sustaining and developing the unique roots music traditions that have enriched America. You can expect to hear music of the Franco-American,
bluegrass, American harmony, Irish and old-time persuasions. Andriano.cz/Shutterstock.com
Luxotica Lounge Cabaret
8 p.m. Sunday. Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 at the door, 21-plus. luxoticaloungecabaret.com This is not your mother's cabaret. Luxotica Lounge Cabaret is an avant-garde, edgy one that fuses feats of danger with dancing ladies and
gentlemen and live music with a retro, exotica and lounge sound. They're a nationally touring troupe that always includes local performers, and
you'll see high-kicking burlesque, mesmerizing acts of body contortion and some unconventional audience participation. Performers include Whirlwind
with the Crimson Grin, Vivacious Miss Audacious and Gurl Haggard of the Rocket Doll Revue, along with some special guests. The four-piece band is
headed by knife-juggling saxophonist Dr. Rocktagon aka Eli Wilson. This brings new meaning to the term "Sunday Funday." Va va voom! Photo by
Spilt Sugar Photography