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Posted: November 12, 2014

Portland Uncorked, Cranksgiving & slumber bed races: 10 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

This weekend, fundraise with food during Portland Uncorked or ride your bike for good during Cranksgiving. You’ll have a find time AND do something beneficial for other people in the world. Of course, it’s also cool if you just kick back and enjoy some weekend comedy with the likes of a hilarious nun. Wake up early Saturday to shop in your PJs in Brunswick and stick around for the rolling slumber bed races.

For the weekend of Nov 13-16, 2014:

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Mike Doughty

8 p.m. Thursday, November 13. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | $25 |
Soul Coughing former frontman Mike Doughty presents his “world reknowned, award-winning” Question Jar show. That’s right music fans, there will be a jar, slips of paper and writing implements involved. There will also be plenty of music and Doughty will be joined by Andrew “Scrap” Livingston.

Portland uncorked graphic

Portland uncorked graphic

Portland Uncorked

5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday | Ocean Gateway, Portland | $30 |
This is the third annual beer and wine tasting event hosted by Engineers without Borders to help build schools and other community projects in Ghana and Ethiopia. The evening features local beers, wine, appetizers and desserts from the likes of Rising Tide, Geary’s, SoPo Wine and others.


9:30 am Saturday | Participants will spend $15-$20 | Meet at Deering Oaks Park, Portland |
Ride bike, do good during Cranksgiving. Participants will get a grocery list at the starting line and will race store to store to pick up the items. Whoever returns first wins. There’s no entry fee for this race, but riders can expect to spend $15-$20. And all that food is then donation to Project F.E.E.D. Not a bad reason to ride on a Saturday morning.

Shannon Bryan/ photo

Shannon Bryan/ photo

Early bird sale & rolling slumber bed races

6 a.m. (shopping) and 11 a.m. (bed race) Saturday | Downtown Brunswick | Free to watch |
We need more reasons to stay in our pajamas all day. And while wearing our sleeping attire out in public is still frowned upon in most situations (work, court appearances), pajamas are encouraged during the Early Bird Sale. Those PJs will even score you discounts at local shops, which are opening at 6 am on Saturday. At 11 am, the Rolling Slumber Bed Races kick off by Park Row. Local businesses and organizations race beds on wheels while dressed in themed costumes. It’s quite a sight.

"Late Nite Catechisms" at Franco Center, Lewiston graphic

“Late Nite Catechisms” at Franco Center, Lewiston graphic

“Late Nite Catechism”

7:30 p.m. Saturday | Franco Center, Lewiston | $35 |
Part catechism class, part stand-up routine, “Late Nite Catechism” is an interactive comedy that’ll take you back to back to Sunday mass. Except this time you won’t get chastised for laughing out loud. And audience members aren’t just audience members – they’re part of Sister’s class.

Local Laughs graphic

Local Laughs graphic

Local Laughs

8:30 p.m. Saturday | Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland | Free |
The laughs are free and there will be deals on food and drink (laughing works up such an appetite, amiright?). Check out featured comics Kate Ghiloni, Stephanie Doyle, and Gwen Tuttle.  The free show includes special guests and is hosted by Brett Groh of WCYY and the “Two Funny Guys and Ross” podcast).

On the Cheap

Chicky Stoltz and Captains Contagious
8 p.m. Saturday. The Fog Bar, 328 Main St., Rockland. No cover. 207-593-9371
Drummer extraordinaire and debonair gent Chicky Stoltz will be playing his swampy blues in Rockland on Saturday night. Stoltz will be joined by Noah Barnes and J.R. Braugh of the midcoast ska/rock band The Dolphin Strikers.

“Days of Change”
7 p.m. Monday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. $10 suggested donation.
The original play “Days of Change” is presented by the social justice organization Maine Inside Out. Their artists collaborate with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Mainers to create and share original theater. A discussion with community members about the obstacles this population faces will follow the performance.

Sarah E Geller
2 p.m. Sunday, Jewett Hall Auditorium, 46 University Dr., Augusta. $10, $5 students, free for 12 and under. 207-621-3551
Spend a scintillating Sunday afternoon with classical violinist Sarah E Geller who will be accompanied by pianist Wenham Anderson. The performance is called “Hungarian Rhapsody” and you’ll hear works by Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel.

The Flukes
7 p.m. Saturday, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Free.
Spend a lively night listening to local ukulele ensemble The Flukes. The group has grown to include 35 musicians since forming in 2012. You’ll hear oldies, bluegrass, Hawaiian ballads and even some rock ‘n’ roll.

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