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Meet the Hollywood stars now living in Maine at a screening of "The Maestro" at the State Theatre. Plus, get the scoop on Blue Spoon's new West End cafe and the newest breweries to open in the midcoast, all in MaineToday Magazine in your Thursday edition of the Portland Press Herald.
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.
Pokémon GO, Steampunk Fair, Lobster Festival, PICNIC Music + Arts Festival, ‘On Golden Pond:’ 12 Things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
‘In the Blood’
8 p.m. Thursday. Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St., Ogunquit, $10. leavittheatre.com See a film that illustrates the life, history and character of turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen and river drivers. Maine filmmaker Sumner McKane will not only be
screening his film but will be providing live musical accompaniment along with musician Josh Robbins. Photo courtesy of Sumner McKane
The Maine Lobster Festival Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer
Summer Sizzle Show
8:30 p.m. Friday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $20 VIP (includes gift bag). chocolatechurcharts.org Red Hot & Ladylike and Bath’s Wicked Burlesque dance troupes want to steam up your summer with Summer Sizzle, a modern, risqué show that will take you on a provocative
journey. Guest artists include Haremstella and Tribe. Summer Sizzle is for adults only, and the doors – and bar – open at 7:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Chocolate Church
Pokémon GO at Historical Society Art Walk
5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, free. mainehistory.org During the First Friday Art Walk, the Maine Historical Society invites all "trainers" to play Pokémon GO on its campus and in the Longfellow Garden. Bring a team or
come solo, and you'll learn more about the history of nearby Pokéstops, meet fellow gamers and can even charge your phone. While you're there, you're encouraged to explore new
exhibitions: "Designing Acadia: Creating Maine's National Park Experience" and "Images of Destruction: Remembering the Great Portland Fire of 1866." Photo by Brianna
PICNIC Music & Arts Festival
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Lincoln Park, Portland. picnicportland.com Peruse and purchase clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, photography, housewares, fine art, vintage goods and more as you stroll around
Lincoln Park. The 9th Annual PICNIC juried indie craft fair features more than 100 vendors. There will be live music all day and food trucks for refueling. Photo by
John Ewing/staff photographer
Southern Maine Steampunk Fair
Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk, $2. brickstoremuseum.org Steampunk is the term used to describe how people in the 19th century might have envisioned the future. At the Southern Maine Steampunk Fair, you'll find crafters of
Victorian-futuristic art and crafts and will be entertained by wandering performers. You'll also visit with Queen Victoria and play Victorian lawn games. Family-friendly
costumes are encouraged as you immerse yourself in the fashion, culture, architectural style and inventions of the era, like those found in the pages of books by H.G. Wells
and Jules Verne. Photo courtesy of Brick Store Museum
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Mall, Maine Street, Downtown Brunswick, free. peaceworksbrunswickme.org With the mission of celebrating a vision for a cooperative and compassionate future, acknowledging the challenges that stand in the way and considering actions that
lead to change, the 12th Annual Peace Fair happens Saturday in the heart of Brunswick. There will be music by the Bald Hill Band and The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus, a choir
of immigrant children living in Maine, as well as impromptu performances, a poetry writing workshop, food, games and activities for all ages. Give peace a chance!
Jamaican Independence Day Festival
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Bandstand, Deering Oaks Park, Portland, free. Facebook. Everyone is welcome to celebrate at the 4th annual Jamaican Independence Day Festival in Portland. It's a family-friendly event with face-painting and other kids
activities,food, including traditional Jamaican jerk chicken from Yardie Ting, performances from Higher Level entertainment and DJs spinning tunes under the oak
trees. Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock.com
‘On Golden Pond’
8 p.m. Sunday. Congress Square Park, Portland, free. portlandsummerfilms.com See the 1981 award-winning film starring Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda outside in Portland on Sunday night. “On Golden Pond” is a story about love, family dynamics
and finding peace late in life. Popcorn and tissues are both suggested. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures/Photofest
7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $18. porttix.com Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ invite you to a performance by theater organist Dave Wickerham. He’s known for his fresh approach to the American Song Book standards,
movie music and genres from the ’60s and ’70s. Hear for yourself the magic Wickerham makes behind the keys of Maine’s most famous organ. Catch two other Orgelfest performances
with Katelyn Emerson on Aug. 16 and with Ray Cornils & Festival Brass on Aug. 23. Photo courtesy of Dave Wickerham
An Evening with Adam Pascal
5 p.m. Tuesday. Star Theater at Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, $40. patrickdorowproductions.com Spend an early evening with Broadway star Adam Pascal. Pascal is best known for his role as Roger Davis in the original cast of Jonathan Larson’s Tony-winning musical
“Rent,” which first opened in 1996. He was also in the 2005 film version of the show. Pascal’s appearance in Kittery won’t last for five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six
hundred minutes, but it will be memorable. He’ll talk about his career, how he got started and what the “Rent” experience was like. Photo Courtesy of Patrick Dorow
Lights! Camera! Mystery!
6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Top of the Pier Night Club, Old Orchard Beach Pier, $40. oobpier.com/murder_mystery.html Mystery for Hire Dinner Show presents “Lights! Camera! Mystery!” an Academy Awards Show-themed murder mystery. You’ll enjoy a lobster or chicken dinner while getting
caught up in solving a mystery set at the Oscars. It’ll be a real whodunit set over the Atlantic Ocean at Old Orchard Beach. Come dressed up as a movie star for your chance to
win your own Oscar. Dm_Cherry/Shutterstock.com