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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.
Wrestling, Roller Derby and baby lambs: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Circus Maine's Cabaret: Circus on the Point
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Circus Maine, 4 Thompson's Point, Portland, $16, $12 students and
kids, $25 VIP front row. circusmaine.org Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret. The Circus Maine cabaret to be exact. Housed in what was
once a rail car repair facility, Circus Maine has made a comfortable home at Portland's Thompson's Point. The
cabaret shows brings together a melange of local, regional and national performers who are all about aerial feats,
theater, dance, acrobatics and comedy, with the mission of making the human experience better with art. Shows
include live music, and if you come on Friday or Saturday, a food truck and bar will be on site. Kseniia
Take the Stage
7:30 p.m. Friday. The Grand, 165 Main St., Ellsworth, $10. grandonline.org The Grand presents a spectacular open mic night featuring all sorts of performers. From music to magic and
likely everything in between, this will be a fun and entertaining night of local talent. Concessions and a cash bar
will be available. Maybe you'll see your favorite bank teller or fish monger or neighbor displaying talents you
didn't know they had. Such is the spirit of open mic night, so be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Jason
Live Pro Wrestling
8:30 p.m. Friday. Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland, $8, 21-plus. On Facebook The North Atlantic Wrestling Club invites you to a NAWA (North Atlantic Wrestling Association) pro
heavyweight championship match happening at Geno's Rock Club. Matt "Big Deal" Mahoney will be facing "Classic"
Kalvin Strange, and you'll see action from "Flash" Nick McKenna versus Big Geno Bauer, as well as "Shatterproof"
Derek Shorey versus Tyler Nitro. The night kicks off with live music from Weapons At Hand, then the fighters hit
the mat and the mayhem begins! Roka Pics/Shutterstock.com
10 p.m. Friday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $54 to $84. porttix.com The 7:30 p.m. show sold out a while ago ,but there are still tickets left for the 10 p.m. performance by
Emmy and Peabody award-winner Trevor Noah. Noah, a comedian and writer (among other things), has been the host of
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" since 2015, and his first book "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African
Childhood" landed on the New York Times bestseller list and won him a pair of NAACP Image Awards. Photo
courtesy of Trevor Noah
Ri Ra St. Paddy's Day Plunge
5:30 a.m. Saturday. East End Beach, Eastern Promenade, Portland. rira.com Start your St. Patrick's Day off before the crack of dawn and on a, shall we say, refreshing note! The Annual Ri Ra St. Paddy's Day Plunge will have you running into Casco Bay at the East End Beach as you raise funds for Portland Firefighters Children's Burns Foundation. Sign up in advance and start hitting up everyone you know to kick in some dough for this worthy cause. After the plunge, you'll repair down the road to Ri Ra where a complimentary Irish breakfast awaits all brave swimmers. Breakfast goes until 7 a.m. and then the official Plunge Cup will be handed out for the top fundraising team and individual. Photo by Claire Hutchins
Out Like A Lamb!
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Wolfe's Neck Center, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, $5, 2 and under free, pre-
registration appreciated. wolfesneck.org Sorry Agent Starling, the last thing we want today is the silence of the lambs. Gather one and all to
Wolfe's Neck Center in Freeport for their Out Like A Lamb! event which welcomes spring and new lambs. The fuzzy
festivities include story time, lamb greetings, meet-a-farmer with hands-on livestock interactions, lamb-themed
crafts and family fun. Photo courtesy of Wolfe's Neck Center
'West Side Story'
2 p.m. Saturday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, $10 in advance, $12 day of film, $8 students and
seniors. mjff.org The Maine Jewish Film Festival presents a screening of the classic 1961 musical "West Side Story" starring
Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. The film won a staggering 10 Oscars, including best
picture. Musical numbers include "Jet Song, "Maria," "America," "One Hand, One Heart," "I Feel Pretty" and
"Somewhere." Since the film is 153 minutes long, there will be an intermission and a really fun one at that. The
Maine Gay Men's Chorus will be on hand to lead a "West Side Story" sing-along. Richard Beymer and Natalie
Wood in "West Side Story"Photo courtesy of United Artists
Lucky Lass Throwdown 2018
5 p.m. Saturday. Happy Wheels Skate Center, 331 Warren Ave., Portland, $8, $5 for 11 to 15, free for 10 and
under. mainerollerderby.com Kick off your St. Patrick's Day festivities with a Maine Roller Derby bout. The Lucky Lass Throwdown will
pit Maine Roller Derby All-Stars against Central Maine's Northwood Knockouts. Sit track-side, if you dare, for a
thrilling view of the most exciting flat-track action you'll see on four wheels. Staff photo by Derek
2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, Brunswick 10, 19 Gurnet Road, Brunswick; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cinemagic Saco
and Cinemagic Westbrook, $12.50. fathomevents.com Hello, hello, (hola), go see the Hitchcock film called "Vertigo." That's right, 60 years after its initial
release, it's back on the big screen for a limited run. This is one of our favorite Hitchcock films, and it helps
that it stars James Stewart and Kim Novak. "Vertigo" has a plot full of dizzying intrigue, and it will literally
have you on the edge of your seat. Don't look down! Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures