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Posted: December 30, 2014

Lobster Dip, Mallett Brothers & Recycled Shakespeare: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend

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Truth: New Year’s Eve is the show-stealer this week. By the time Friday rolls around, you’re going to be spent – emotionally and financially – following several weeks worth of holiday parties, dinners, celebrations, shopping, gift exchanges, ball drops, more dinners, more shopping and wow. We all need a nap. My point: No one will judge you for taking this weekend to recover, relax and catch up on episodes of 48 Hours Investigates. But if you’d prefer to get out into the world and keep the fun going, we’ve still got some options for you:

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Lobster Dip

Noon Thursday, the beach in front of The Brunswick, Old Orchard Beach. Raise at least $100. specialolympicsmaine.org
There’s only one good reason to jump into the cold Atlantic on a cold winter afternoon in Maine: A good cause. The annual Lobster Dip has encouraged locals to shirk logic and warmth and sprint into the frigid water since 1989 – and for good reason. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maine. But even the cold-averse can participate. There’s a “chicken lobster dip” for folks who just want to raise money.


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The Mallett Brothers Band with Tigerman WOAH!

8 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $12 in advance, $15 day of show, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com
If you have yet to see the alt.country/rock sensations The Mallett Brothers Band here’s a chance to cross this of your 2015 list early. The band is led by brothers Luke and Will Mallett and this year marks five years since the band came together. They’ve released three full-length albums and have toured the US from sea to shining sea. But they’ll always belong to us Mainers.


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Recycled Shakespeare Company presents Madcap Madrigal Three

6 p.m. Saturday, St. Joseph’s Marionite Catholic Church, 3 Appleton St, Waterville. $20. facebook.com/RecycledShakespeare
The Medieval-style dinner is just a part of the evening’s festivities. In this Recycled Shakespeare Company performance, the king and queen invite all the lords and ladies (ahem, that’s you) to celebrate the winter solstice and the New Year with feasting and singing and, yes, you’re encouraged to dress in Medieval attire. For tickets: recycledshakespeare@gmail.com or 207-314-8607


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PORTLAND PIRATES HOCKEY

7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, $18 to $25 in advance, $19 to $26 day of game, portlandpirates.com
The Pirates are in the thick of their season with a series of home games this week. They face off against Springfield on Friday, Providence on Saturday and Binghamton on Wednesday. In addition to the fast-paced game on the ice, there is music, random yelling in the stands and beer (and not just the typical national stuff). You can get local brews from Shipyard, Sea Dog, Baxter, Gritty’s and Atlantic at the games. What’s not to like?


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The Devil Makes Three

9 p.m. Saturday, State Theatre, Portland, $20 advance, $25 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
Catch a West Coast trio with a sound that encompasses bluegrass, folk and country with vocals, guitars and upright bass. You’ll hear songs from their latest record “I’m a Stranger Here” and the three that came before it.

On the cheap

Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin Tribute

10 p.m. Friday. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6, 21+. portlandempire.com
Local musicians Scott Girouard, Jya Marie, Jason Ingalls and Jon Blake will bringing you a whole lotta love on Friday night as they pay homage to one of rock’s most famous bands. You’ll have to climb one flight of stairs but just consider it the stairway to heaven and let the dancing days begin. Hey hey what can you do? Go to this show and let Empire become your house of the holy.

National Gallery

5:30 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, $8, $6 for members and students with valid ID, portlandmuseum.org
Even if you haven’t had a chance to see the “Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection” exhibit, you can still enjoy the best from the Brits. Spend time – by way of the silver screen – in the celebrated National Gallery in London with the documentary by Frederick Wiseman from Belfast, Maine.

Downton Abbey Tea Party

4 p.m. Monday, Curtis Memorial Library, Morell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free. curtislibrary.com
The day after the Season 5 premiere you can discuss at length the Crawleys and the rest of the gang at the Downton Abbey Tea Party. You’re invited to enjoy tea, trivia, games and crafts. Please bring your favorite tea cup and your best high-tea treats to share. Millinery and attire from the era is cheerfully encouraged.

Fun Longfellow Square

9 p.m. Monday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5. onelongfellowsquare.com
Laugh yourself silly, and on a Monday night no less. Fun Longfellow Square is a night of raucous stand-up comedy hosted by Will Green and featuring John Randall, Karen Morgan and Mike Johnson.

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