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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.
Bach and Beer, photography exhibit opening, two comedy shows, Comics Arts Festival: 8 Things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
'The City: Photographs of Portland, Maine" Opening
5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Acoustic Artisans, 594 Congress St. 2nd floor, Portland. acousticartisans.com For a fascinating look at the city of Portland as seen through the eyes and lenses of six Portland photographers. "The City" features shots
from Nicholas Gervin, who is known for his no-holds barred street photography, along with Corey Templeton, Ben McCanna, Liz Bieber, Jonathan Cooper and
John Duncan. Photographers will be on hand to talk about their work during the First Friday opening reception. Photo by Ben McCanna
Bach and Beer
8 p.m. Friday. Rising Tide Brewing, 103 Fox St., Portland. Name your own ticket price. bit.ly/27VvdHv Internationally recognized cellist Steuart Pincombe pairs three Bach cello suites with three brews at Rising Tide Brewery. You'll hear - and
taste - the notes as the program is interlaced with short explanations of Pincombe's historical, interpretive approach and the historical brewing
method of each beer. Each suite will be paired with one of Rising Tide's own brews. Said another way, this is classical with quaffs. Courtesy
'My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother'
8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $15, $12 seniors and kids. stlawrencearts.org Here's a chance to see writer Elizabeth Peavey's one-woman show about loss and grief, strewn with plenty of wit and levity. Peavey's monologues
will take you through the journey of losing a parent and the question of what to do with all their stuff after they're gone. A Polynesian hors d'oeuvre
platter, an outdated evening coat and some teacups are among the objects that take on a life of their own in Peavey's emotionally poignant and
delightfully humorous show. Photo by Gregory Rec
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Circus Maine, Thompson's Point, Portland, $75 in advance, $100 at the door. bit.ly/1WQDtEV The Cancer Community Center cordially invites you to a high-flying fundraiser to benefit people living with cancer. The soirée includes dancing
to classic and modern rock from The Loose Threads, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar by Kitchen Chicks Catering, Sushi Maine and Love Kupcakes, a live
auction and raffle drawings. Shutterstock image
Seashore Trolley Dog Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, $10, $8 seniors, $7.50 for kids 6 to 16, $5 for ages 3 to 5,
free for under 3. trolleymuseum.org Here's one time that you won't need to leave your faithful canine companion at home when you go to do something fun. Dog Day is an annual
gathering at the Seashore Trolley Museum where tails are wagging at full speed. The day includes a Blessing of the Dogs, demos, info and products for
sale from dog-related organizations and businesses, demonstrations by the Capable Canine, dog adoptions from the Animal Welfare Society and Lucky Pup
Rescue, and a book singing for "Gooch's Pooche: The Dogs of Kennebunk Beach" by photographer Robert Dennis and editor Annette Hall Quezada. And best of
all, you AND your pooch can ride the vintage streetcars, check out the exhibits and visit the museum store. Photo by CA Smith
The Maine Comics Arts Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, free. mainecomicsfestival.com More than 120 comic writers, artists, publishers and cartoonists will gather for the eighth annual Comic Arts Festival put on by Casablanca
Comics.This year's special guests are Stephen Bissette ("Saga of the Swamp Thing," "Taboo") George O'Connor ("Olympians") and Maris Wicks ("Human Body
Theater," "Primates.") Photo by Tim Greenway
The Last Laugh!
8 p.m. Saturday. Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland, free. portlandasylum.com Local Laughs presents the final comedy show in the Asylum Lounge in its current form before renovations start. The crew responsible for
splitting your side is Connor McGrath, Mike Johnson, Rachel Gendron and George Hamm, and they are all up for the task. Food and drink specials will be
running all night, as will the jokes. Photo of George Hamm by Gabe Souza
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $35 reserved seating. statetheatreportland.com He's the host and executive producer of Comedy Central's Emmy Award-winning comedy game show "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" and he'll next be
seen as host of NBC's new game show series "The Wall." Spend an evening with comedian, actor, TV host, author, writer, producer and podcaster Chris
Hardwick. He's known for his quick wit and knowledge of current events and pop culture, so expect him to come at you hard and leave you rolling in the
aisles. Courtesy photo