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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.
Yoga, theater, dog show, kite festival, marble show: 10 Things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Brews + Breath
5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland, $20 (includes class and one beverage), 21-plus. portlandpoweryoga.com/programsevents Here's an event you didn't know you'd been waiting for your whole life. Brews + Breath is a yoga class that includes an adult beverage. The two
words to remember are "namaste" and "cheers" as you take a class led by instructor Kristen Moustrouphis and then enjoy a hard cider, kombucha or mead
from Urban Farm Fermentory. BYOM (bring your own mat). Brews + Breath will be happening all summer on the third Thursday night of the month.
An Evening of Contemporary Flamenco
7 p.m. Thursday. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $15. stlawrencearts.org You'll see spectacular, three-set show with performances by flamenco guitarist and composer Gregoíre Pearce, contemporary flamenco dancer and
choreographer Lindsey Bourassa. The duo create and perform all original music and dance works that adhere to the traditions of flamenco while pushing
the art form's boundaries. You'll also hear Tom Kovacevic who makes original music using the oud, an Arabic fretless flute, and his voice. Lastly
there's Snaex , the Portland based musical project of Chris Teret and Chriss Sutherland.
Photo by Jonathan Cooper
7 p.m. Thursday. The Footlights Theatre, 190 U.S. Route One, Falmouth, $15. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com Don't miss the boat on a comedy featuring three couples and three madcap misadventures about a Staten Island ferry. The first story centers on
two widows, he's trying to get on with his life while she's trying to end hers. Next is a tale about a longtime couple and what happens when the ferry
collides with a barge full of cows. The final story is one of closure about a wife who gets visited by her husband's ghost as she's about to throw his
ashes off the ferry.
Photo by Mark Calkins
2016 Southern Maine Coastal Classic Dog Show
8 a.m. Thursday to Sunday. Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco St., Scarborough, $5 per carload. yorkcountykennelclub.org Maine will literally go to the dogs for four days of the AKC all-breed dog shows and obedience and rally trials in Scarborough. Each day
features conformation, obedience and rally competitions with a Best in Show winner. The event will feature hundreds of dogs and it all happens
outdoors, rain or shine. York County Kennel Club and Vacationland Dog Club, Inc. invite you to meet some of AKC's 180 recognized breeds and to cheer on
the four-legged friends as they compete.
Bike Night at the PMA
5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, free. portlandmuseum.org/events/pma360-presents-bike-night-pma PMA360 is teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for a bicycle-themed night at the museum. The festivities include valet bike parking,
on-the-spot bike tune-ups from Cyclemania, self-guided museum tour, a raffle for a bike donated by L.L. Bean, make-and-take tiny bike buttons, music by
DH Mosart212, a beer tasting by Aurora Provisions, gallery take by Duncan Hewitt's Bike Tires and a screening of the documentary "Marinoni: The Fire in
the Frame," about champion cyclist and bike maker Giuseppe Marinoni with a post-film Q&A session with filmmaker Tony Girardin. (Note, movie tickets are
$8, $6 for students).
Psychic Medium Reading Seminar
7:30 p.m. Friday. Cumston Hall, 796 Main St., $35. theateratmonmouth.org Whether you're interested in the metaphysical or just want to enjoy a night out that will give a portion of its proceeds to benefit the Theater
at Monmouth, consider a jaunt to Monmouth to see psychic medium Angelina Diana. She'll be giving readings to random audience members and will discuss
all things metaphysical.
Photo courtesy of Angelina Diana
Maine Marble Show
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Best Western Merry Manor Inn, 700 Main St., South Portland. 420-1354
Have you completely lost your marbles? Not a problem, just head to South Portland on Saturday for the Maine Marble show. You can buy, sell and
trade antique and vintage marbles so be sure to roll on in because marbles have been around for at least 3,000 years. Isn't it about time you start
Bug Light Kite Festival
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Bug Light Park, South Portland, free. bit.ly/1T8Gwre Go fly a kite! For real. It's time for the annual Bug Light Kite Festival where you can fly your kite with like-minded kite fans. Kite experts
will be on hand offering tips and workshops. If you don't own a kite you can purchase one at the South Portland Historical Society's museum gift shop.
Bug Light will be open for tours, food and drinks will be for sale and the museum is holding a BBQ so you can make a day out of it.
Photo by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
Night at Our Museum
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk, $15, free for under 18. brickstoremuseum.org The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk will be a lively place with behind-the-scenes tours of its over 70,000 object collection that's rarely seen
by the public. You'll also see the museum's famous "Collections Set to Music" on the big screen so dancing shoes are encouraged. While you're there
you'll snack on appetizers from local restaurants, play games, check out mini-histories and pop-up exhibits and get a sneak peak at three brand new
exhibitions. Advance registration is required for this fabulous night out.
Photo by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer
8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $15 reserved seating, $20 general admission. onelongfellowsquare.com For the 9th consecutive year, it's time for Rosa Noreen's Springtime Spectacular. The show brings together dance and music from belly dance to
blues and this year you'll see internationally acclaimed belly dancer Lotus Niraja. Musician Samuel James will be playing and acting as MC. Also on the
bill is belly dancer Noreen, Latin music and dance by Viva & The Reinforcements, fusion belly dance by Heather Powers & the Echo Impressions, hoop
performance by Alexis Powers and aerial arts by Miss F. Pearl.