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From Berlin to Portland, pianist Carolyn Swartz provides the sound for silent films and we preview her upcoming series of shows accompanying the Kinonik Film Series. We also send you to Belfast for the sensational, all local All Roads Music Festival.
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.
‘Nunsense,’ Life Happens Outside Festival: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Bike the Eastern Trail
Anytime. Easterntrail.org Sometimes there's no better way to see the world than from a bicycle. The Eastern Trail offers the
opportunity to do just that with 22 off-road miles from Bug Light Park in South Portland to Kennebunk. There's also
a scenic on-road route along tranquil country roads that you can follow from Casco Bay (Bug Light Park) all the way
to Kittery's Piscataqua River. Fill up those water bottles, bring some snacks, check your tire pressure and hit the
road. Staff photo by Derek Davis
11:30 a.m. Thursday. Jade Integrative Health, 12 Windorf Circle, Brunswick, $10, pre-registration appreciated.
btlt.org Taking a walk in the woods is not only peaceful, it also uses the meditative power of nature to heal.
Acupuncturist and former Buddhist Monk Cleo Wolf will lead, and you'll learn techniques for mindfulness and walking
meditation while in the idyllic setting of a Brunswick forest. Studies have shown that forest bathing can help
improve mood, sleep, energy and focus. It also can boost your immune system, lower blood pressure and reduce stress
levels. Who knew? Kichigin/Shutterstock.com
7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Through Sept. 2. Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, $48 to $57. portlandstage.org Kick the habit of not having any fun this summer because Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage are
co-presenting “Nunsense” and we pray you find your way to this hilarious show. The show was won numerous awards
including four Outer Critics Circle Awards and Best Off-Broadway Musical. The action centers of what happens with
the cook Sister Julia accidentally poisons 52 of her sisters and a fundraiser is planned to cover burial costs. It
might sound morbid but “Nunsense” is anything but as the sisters will sing, dance and crack you up all night long.
Have faith. Photo by Aaron Flacke
‘Grumpy Old Men The Musical’
2:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday, 2:30 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday. Through Sept. 1. Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St., $52 to $120. ogunquitplayouse.org Twenty-five years after its debut on the silver screen, “Grumpy Old Men” is making its U.S. premiere as a
musical comedy right here in Maine with a run at the Ogunquit Playhouse. The rivalry between neighbors Max and John
is reignited with a cast that includes Hal Linden as Grandpa Gustafson and Sally Struthers as fresh arrival Punky. Photo by Gary Ng
Life Happens Outside Festival
Friday to Sunday. Discovery Park at L.L. Bean, Freeport, free admission, charges for some activities. lifehappensoutside.org Celebrate Maine's great outdoors by heading to Freeport for some or even all three days of the second
annual Life Happens Outside Festival. The festival's goal is to promote Teens to Trails and their mission to
educate youth, teens and families on how and where to get outside. The schedule of activities is chock full of
terrific options including kayaking, the Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Teens to Trail Base Camp with gear raffles
and gear drive, the Sterling Rope Vertical Challenge, paddling, stand-up paddling, biking, hiking, outdoor
storytelling and more.
Craft Brew Races
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Payson Park, 700 Baxter Boulevard, Portland, $60 in advance, $70 day of race; $50 in
advance, $60 day of race for non-drinking runners or festival attendance only; $15 in advance, $25 day of for non-
running designated drivers, 21-plus event. craftbrewraces.com First you'll get some exercise, then you'll drink some beer. It's as simple as that! The Craft Brew Races
is a 5K race that's open to everyone from elite runners to slowpoke walkers. You'll make your way around scenic
Back Cove in Portland and then repair to Payson Park where a beer festival will be waiting for you with 40
breweries on hand and ready to share samples. Bring cash for the food trucks and rock out while you refuel with
live music. All 5K participants will receive a souvenir pint glass. Mubus7/shutterstock.com
Wet Hot Portland Summer
9 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $8 in advance, $12 day of show, $25 preferred
seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com The Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland (SLAP) invite you to a special competition with a summer camp
theme. Visiting arm wrestlers will be in town, including Marie Armtoinette from Olympia, Washington, and all told
you'll see eight matches. Halftime entertainment comes courtesy of Marilyn Melons of Voulez-Vous Burlesque, and all
proceeds benefit The Locker Project and Maine Foodscapes. Elton John was right when he sang "Saturday Night's
Alright for Fighting," and surely that includes arm wrestling! Photo by Tina "Machina" Lewis
8th Annual Steamy Nights
7 p.m. Saturday. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $18 in advance, $20 at the door. stlawrencearts.org Regardless of what the mercury says, it will be a red-hot night up on Munjoy Hill at the eighth annual
Steamy Nights burlesque and dance show benefit. The emcees are Gay Jay and Bunny the Stage, Mime and performers
include Vivid Motion, Dark Follies, Miss Diamond DeVille, Anathema Steele, Leggz, Sapphire Rose, Paris Greene,
Pixie Bust and a few too racy to mention. Suffice it to say, this is a leave-the-kids-at-home kind of night. Shout
out to all of the performers for donating their time in support of St. Lawrence Arts. Blue
Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Topsham Fairgrounds, Grandstands Road, $15, $5 kids. mainehighlandgames.org You don't need to be Scottish to immerse yourself in the annual Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival.
All are welcome for the one-day celebration with Celtic music, fiddlers, dancers, a Highland athletic competition,
Massed Highland Pipe and Drum bands, a sheep dog competition, historical reenactors, the gathering of the clans,
Scottish food and merchandise and an all around happy Scottish vibe. By the way, this year marks the 40th
anniversary of the event! Lukassek/Shutterstock.com