Know what's happening with our weekly newsletter. Enter your email. Start knowing things!
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.
First Friday Art Walk, hockey’s last hoorah: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
National Geographic Live 'Wild Seas, Secret Shores'
7 p.m. Thursday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $39, $47. porttix.com Portland Ovations invites you to take a deep dive into the world of Thomas Peschak's award-winning photography.
Humpback whales off the coast of Canada and South African great white sharks are among his subjects, and Peschak is known
for getting up close and personal with these and many other ocean dwellers. During his multimedia presentation, the marine
biologist-turned-National Geographic photographer will show you the world's oceans as seen through his adventurous lens
and keen eye. Photo by Thomas Peschak, courtesy of Portland Ovations
Hot Chocolate Jubilee
7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $15 in
advance, $18 day of show. chocolatechurcharts.org Every year, Chocolate Church Arts Center pulls out all the stops for its annual fundraising variety show. The Hot
Chocolate Jubilee features music, singing and dancing, this year under the theme As Time Goes By. The show is a lively way
to spend a few hours while supporting the nonprofit arts center that's been home to theatrical and musical performances,
along with art exhibits, lectures and workshops, for more than three decades. A scene from the 2017 Hot Chocolate
Jubilee show.Photo courtesy of Chocolate Church Arts Center
First Friday Art Walk
5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Downtown Portland. creativeportland.com With any luck, the sidewalks will be free of ice and maybe, just maybe, there will be a touch of spring in the air during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. Extended gallery hours and spontaneous street performances always make the art walk a well-attended adventure. Ed Samuel/Shutterstock.com
Wild Kratts Live 2.0: Activate Creature Power
6:30 p.m. Friday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $57 to $107. porttix.com "Wild Kratts" is the wildly popular PBS Kids live-action and animated series created by and starring brothers
Chris and Martin Kratt. Here's a chance to see the savvy siblings live on stage, along with the Wild Kratts team, in an
exciting road show that will have your kids – and maybe even you – cheering your heads off. Which creature powers will be
activated and what incredible animal facts will be revealed? There's only one way to find out. Photo by Jason
Quigley. courtesy of Portland Ovations
Game of Thrones Pre-Party
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday. Aura (lower level), 121 Center St., Portland, $5, $3 before 9:30 p.m., 21-plus. On Facebook The final season of HBO’s epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” starts on April 14, and event host Plague invites you celebrate the show’s eight-season run at a gathering Friday night. Come dressed as your favorite character (there’s a costume contest at midnight) and knock back the official Game of Thrones beer from Ommegang called For the Throne. It’s a strong golden ale fermented with Pinot Grigio and Viognier grape juice, and it sounds delicious! You’ll dance to all sorts of Gothic and industrial music and will feel like you’re beyond the wall, dodging White Walkers all night long. Marc Bruxelle/Shutterstock.com
North Atlantic Figure Skating Club 21st Annual Ice Show
Noon and 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth, $15, $25 premium seating, $10
seniors and children. northatlanticfigureskating.org Summer will be here in the blink of an eye, but there's still time for a few more frozen hoorahs. This year's
North Atlantic Figure Skating Club's ice show theme is So You Think You Can Skate? and it stars the team-skating pair of
Allison Timlen and Justin Highgate-Brutman. Grab a ticket and be ready to be wowed by the wonder on the
3 p.m. Sunday. Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, $9 to $24. marinersofmaine.com It's time to put the inaugural season of the Maine Mariners on ice, and there's no better way to do so than by catching their last game of the regular season. The puck drops at 3 p.m. as our boys take on the Newfoundland Growlers. The Mariners will be giving it their all and their playoff chances will come down to the wire as the season winds down. Here's a chance to show your appreciation for a team with heart and soul to spare. Staff photo by John Ewing
8 p.m. Sunday. Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $5, 21-plus. portlandempire.com Local comic Ali Simpson will make you laugh so much that you’ll still be snickering Monday morning at work. She’s been honing her comedic craft for three years in bowling alleys, breweries and popular comedy spots like Comedy Studio and ImprovBoston. Caleb Sherman and Jim Martin will also hit the Empire stage. All you have to do is show up to crack up. Photo by Jonathan Shepardson-Legere