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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
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.
Two classic 80s films, ‘Snow White’ dance performance, “Out” skating party: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
'Voices in Our Midst'
Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Runs through March 3. Pho Pa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland. phopagallery.com Now through early March, catch a compelling show of street photography and portraits shot in Portland by
Sean Alonzo Harris. Harris focuses on the human experiences and identities and aims to tell untold stories and
speak for the forgotten voices through the photographic image. He honed his skills as the Art Institute of Boston
and Maine Media Workshops and works in commercial, fine and editorial photography in Maine, Boston and New
York. Photo courtesy of Sean Alonzo Harris
8 p.m. Thursday. Cinemagic Stadium Theater, 183 County Road, Westbrook, $8.75 all seats. cinemagicmovies.com Now you've had the time of your life and you've never felt like this before! Oh wait, you probably did if
you saw "Dirty Dancing" back in 1987. The Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey mega-hit is back on the big screen for
one night only. Now more than ever, nobody puts baby in the corner. Frances, Johnny and the entire "Dirty Dancing"
gang have been hanging around back in 1963 at Kellerman's waiting for you to drop in. So head on over to Westbrook
with your hungry eyes and have at it. Image courtesy of Vestron Pictures
PMA Family Day: Winter Sculptures
11 a.m. Saturday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, free for 14 and under. portlandmuseum.org Gather up every young person you know and bring them to the Portland Museum of Art on Saturday for a fun
and flaky winter-themed activity session. Winter sculptures will be constructed by twisting paper into symmetrical
snowflakes, and just like real ones, no two will be alike. Visiting artist Sarah Yakawonis leads the session, and
after making art, you can explore the galleries or join a docent-led gallery tour just for
4 p.m. Saturday. Drouin Dance Center, 90 Bridge St., Westbrook, $15. tickets.shovation.com It's a classic 19th-century fairytale that's being given a new lease of life with a cast of more than 100
children dancers. Drouin Dance Center's take on "Snow White" showcases ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop and
more. So gather up every Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleep, Dopey, Bashful and Sneezy you know and head to Westbrook for a
wonderful Saturday afternoon performance. Photo courtesy of Drouin Dance Center
Out on Ice!
5:30-7:30 p.m. (students, youth, families), 8-10 p.m. community members (both sessions open to all) Saturday.
The Rink at Thompson's Point, 10 Thompson's Point, Portland, $8, $2 skate rentals. On Facebook Support Equality Maine and GLSEN (programs to create safer schools for LGBT youth in southern Maine) and do
it on a skating rink. Blake and Eva from the Coast 93.1 morning show will be hosting the third annual Out on Ice!
party, which features music and dancing with DJ Foxy and DJ Disco Dungeon along with drag performances, food
trucks, fire pit, warming hut and a cash bar for the 21-plus crowd. Even if skating's not your bag, you're still
invited to come hang out. Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com
'The Karate Kid'
6:30 p.m. Saturday. Allagash Brewing Co., 50 Industrial Way, Portland, $10 includes movie, popcorn and cookies. On Facebook The Brewhouse Movie Series at Allagash continues with a screening of one of the most inspirational films ever made. Of course we're talking about "The Karate Kid." See Daniel-san, Mr. Miyagi and evil villain Johnny in all of their 1984 glory and remember: wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off. Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures
Comedy for a Cause
7 p.m. Saturday. Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland, $10 suggested donation. On Facebook The Portland Comedy Co-op is teaming up with its favorite organization, The Telling Room, for a fun night
of comedy and fundraising. Both groups hope to diversify their comedic offerings and to teach kids how to express
themselves and be more comfortable in their own skin through comedy. Plan on spending quite a bit of time laughing
to the comedic stylings of Jed Bloom, Anders Nielsen, Katie Ferreira, Ali Simpson, Connor McGrath and Kyron Hoody.
Micaela Tepler will be handling hosting duties. Cougarsan/Shutterstock.com
Women's March First Anniversary Celebration
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Space Gallery. 538 Congress St., Portland, $10. space538.org Spend a festive and motivational afternoon celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Women's March.
You'll hear from a diverse mix of speakers, and there will be multi-disciplinary performers along with music,
printmaking and even donuts. The gathering is co-hosted by March Forth, Space Gallery and Pickwick Independent
Press. Staff photo by Joe Phelan