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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.
Pints for Paws, Capitol Steps and a burlesque ball: 8 things to do in Maine
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Pints for Paws
5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. 33 Elmwood, 33 Elmwood Ave., Westbrook. On Facebook Westbrook bowling alley and more 33 Elmwood, is collaborating with Boothbay Craft Brewery, Tavern & RV to
raise funds for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Donations earn you a raffle ticket, and up for grabs
is a whole bunch of nifty swag from the brewery. Your raffle ticket also gets your name into the monthly drawing
for a night's stay at the Sebasco Harbor Resort. Most of all, you'll be helping pets have a safe and positive
shelter stay while they wait for their forever homes. And while you're there, bowl a frame or two or play corn hole
and bocce. Ermolaev Alexander/Shutterstock.com
The Land that Sustains Us: Stories from the Field
7 p.m. Thursday. Maine Craft Distilling, 123 Washington Ave., Portland, free. On Facebook Maine Farmland Trust invites you to an enlightening evening of storytelling. You'll hear from several
farmers who will talk about the opportunities, triumphs and adversities associated with their chosen line of work.
You'll also hear about their all-important connection to the land. Farm-forward snacks will be available to chomp
on while the stories are being told, and Maine Craft Distilling invites you to pop in during the day for a
tour. Aleksandar Malivuk/Shutterstock.com
'Arabian Nights: The Porter's Tale'
7 p.m. Friday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. mayostreetarts.org See an extraordinary shadow puppet show performed by internationally-touring storyteller Jeff Gere.
"Arabian Nights: The Porter's Tale" is a series of stories that flow into one another and feature three one-eyed
men who have incredibly strange tales to tell. These are stories that date back 700 years and that will be animated
with Gere's amazing shadow puppets. Content note: These tales feature magic, philosophy and poetry, but also stray
occasionally into R-rated territory (sex and violence), so leave the kids at home for this one. Photo
courtesy of Mayo Street Arts
The Capitol Steps
7:30 p.m. Friday. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, $50 in advance, $55 day of show. rocklandstrand.com If we didn't laugh, we'd cry, right? That's where the Washington D.C.-based comedy troupe The Capitol Steps
come in. Nobody does political satire quite like them with a hilarious mix of music and comedy that will leave
everyone laughing, regardless of where you land on the political spectrum. Since 1981, Capitol Steps have released
30 albums with the most recent one being last year's "Orange is the New Barack." Photo courtesy of The
Illusionist Ben Zabin
7 p.m. Friday. Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Ave., Topsham, $15, $10 students. orionperformingartscenter.org Many things will amaze you about Ben Zabin, not the least of which is that he's been entertaining people
for 14 years, and he's only 19 years old. Catch his award-winning show that's a combination of Las Vegas-esque
illusions, mind-reading and some sleight of hand, all done masterfully and with Zabin's signature comedic timing.
Don't expect any cliche rabbits being pulled out of hats, instead expect an evening of interactive magic that will
keep you guessing and completely crack you up. Photo courtesy of the Orion Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 8. Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South
Portland, $20. portlandplayers.org Make sure your tray tables are locked, your seats are in the upright position and you're ready for a
hilarious night set in a Paris apartment. "Boeing Boeing" is a '60s French farce centered around the escapades of
Parisian womanizer Bernard. Turns out he has an American, a German and an Italian fiancée who are all flight
attendants he wines and dines during their layovers. But what happens when a schedule blip causes all three of them
to be in Paris at the same time and with the same plan to come knocking on Bernard's apartment door? Fasten your
seat belts and find out! Photo courtesy of The Portland Players
The Donut Queen's Burlesque Ball
8:30 p.m. Saturday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, 21-plus.
portlandhouseofmusic.com Performers Crema De la Phlegm and Vivian Vice present a very sweet burlesque show in which they've
transformed their love of donuts into a donut-themed burlesque show. You'll see the Doughnettes Troupe including
Honey Glazed, Candy Sprinkles, Heather le Feather, Paris Green and The Munch King, among others, do their thing on
the Portland House of Music stage in a show that was inspired by mid-century Donut Queen pageants. These pageants
were held from the mid-'40s into the late '50s during National Donut Week, and Donut Queens were crowned. The more
you know. Photo by Damon H. Loucks
Make Shift Coffee House: Gender Across Ages
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, free. portlandlibrary.com If you're interested in how people of different ages view gender roles and are curious about your own views
on gender, here's an opportunity to gather and have that conversation in a supportive environment. Your thoughts
and feelings, and how those thoughts and feelings were shaped by your childhood, education and other life
influences will all be explored. The Make Shift Coffee House series includes free refreshments and live music from
Dustin LeVasseur. Gts/Shutterstock.com