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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 WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
‘The Trip to Bountiful,’ Green Neighbor Family Fest, Caribbean Night: 9 Things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
'The Trip to Bountiful'
7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 30. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St.,
Portland, $22 to $30.goodtheater.com Good Theater presents a timeless, moving classic by Horton Foote that stars Broadway veteran Louisa Flaningam. "The Trip to Bountiful" tells
the story of an elderly woman named Carrie Watts who hopes to escape the confines of a too-small apartment she shares with her complicated children.
Will she make it back to her hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one last time, and if so, will she find it the way she left it? You can find out for
yourself through the end of the month. Photo courtesy of The Good Theater
6:30 p.m. Friday. Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, free. patten.lib.me.us He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and he'll be talking about – and signing copies of – his book "Everybody's Fool." Richard Russo has
penned eight novels, two collections of stories and a memoir. He won the Pulitzer for "Empire Falls, which was made into a film, as was his
"Nobody's Fool." The Mustard Seed Bookstore will have copies of Russo's books available for sale. Staff photo by Whitney Hayward Davis
'The Red Barn': Multimedia Book Launch
7 p.m. Friday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, free; donations accepted. space538.org Musician Nat Baldwin is wearing another hat, this time as book author. "The Red Barn" is a collection of stories and Baldwin will be reading
excerpts from some of them. The evening also features performances by Kafari, Mark Baumer, Claire Donato, Lauren Tosswill, Annie Bielski, Lisa/Liza
and Le Sang Des Betes with a live soundtrack from Rare Storms and Baldwin himself. Print: A Bookstore will be selling copies of "The Red Barn" and
proceeds will go to 350 Maine, a grassroots movement dedicated to solving the planetary climate crisis, and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy
Project. Image courtesy of Calamari Press
Green Neighbor Family Fest
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Deering High School, 370 Stevens Ave., Portland, free. urbanrunoff5k.com/festival The city of Portland invites you to a community, family-friendly event with hands-on activities about water. You'll learn how to become a
green neighbor, and the event is a kick-off to the city's Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams program aimed at keeping Capisic Brook clean.
There's also the Urban Runoff 5K Race & Walk that starts at 9 a.m. See urbanrunoff5k.com for registration info. Melissa Doar/Shutterstock.com
Johnny Peers & The Muttsville Comix
2 p.m. Saturday. Chocolate Church Arts Center Curtis Room Annex, 798 Washington St., Bath, $10. chocolatechurcharts.org Spend an afternoon with Johnny Peers and his canine troupe of tail-wagging comics. The Muttsville Comix include a skateboarding pup named
Noodles, a ladder-climbing fox terrier named Murphy and a border collie named Willy who prefers to be called "Sir." Their human, Peers, is from New
Orleans and got into circus life at an early age by way of his father who was a concessionaire at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. All
of his performing pooches are rescue dogs from animal shelters across the country, and they've performed all over North and South America and in
Europe. Photo courtesy of The Chocolate Church Arts Center
7 p.m. Saturday. Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave., $10 in advance, $15 at the door. boothbayoperahouse.com This is an annual event that people of the midcoast look forward to every year. Caribbean Night features music from the Pan Fried Steel Drum
Band, which plays everything from classical to beach rock. Flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts are encouraged, and the specialty drinks will be flowing
as you try to make it under the limbo bar. Proceeds go to towards Opera House building maintenance. The building is supposedly haunted, but even the
ghosts love the distinctly summer sound of a tin drum. Pan Fried Steel at the Opera House
Matthew McKee Photography
7 p.m. Saturday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $15, $4 kids. mayostreetarts.org Comedian James Swaka hosts a very special evening featuring South Sudanese recording artist African Dundada. Proceeds benefit Mayo Street
Arts youth programs, the ACLU of Maine, Action Against Hunger and Sound Sudan Care. You'll also be treated to performances by Mr. Lumemo, Dequhn
Lobutua and The Acholi Traditional Dancers. Image courtesy of Mayo Street Arts
13th Annual WMPG Fashion Show
8 p.m. Sunday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $20 preferred seating, $5 students. portcitymusichall.com Local and wildly creative designers from around southern Maine will be showing off their wearable art for women, men and children in an
annual event that features street clothes, formal wear and everything in between. The runway will be rocking as models strut their stuff to tunes
from DJ Shane. Circus Maine will open the evening with a spectacular performance. Photo by Amy Paradysz
6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, $60. eventbrite.com The Salvation Army of Portland invites you to come together, right now, for its annual Champions for Kids benefit show. This one is going to
make you twist and shout because it stars the nationally acclaimed Beatles tribute band Beatlemania Magic. All you need to do is wake up, fall out
of bed, drag a comb across your head and buy a ticket to this very special evening of quintessential Fab Four tunes. There's a meet-and-greet
reception with the band starting at 6 p.m. with a light buffet and beverages, then at 7 p.m. the music starts all across the universe — or at least
in the hotel ballroom. Photo courtesy of Beatlemania Magic