Posted: November 3, 2015
Brewers Fest, Scenic Film & Swing Dance: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend
Drink wine to help a puppy rescue or drink beer just because you want to. This weekend also boasts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Improv ME Festival, a Fall Festival (with paintball guns!) and a swing dancing crash course.
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Grape & Palette
5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, The Portland Club, 156 State Street, Portland. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. www.eventbrite.com
This wine and art event benefits Lucky Pup Rescue, which means your evening of wine tasting and art appreciating goes to a good cause. That's pretty lucky for you, too! Expect unique wines, poured by Ned Swain of Devenish Wines, and lots of unique art, which you'll be free to bid on. (Event poster)
Improv ME Festival
8:30 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer. $10. nextgenerationtheatre.com
Laugh your night away with a whole mess of improv comedy from all over New England. Groups include Improv Boston, The Focus Group, ImprovAcadia, Teachers Lounge Mafia, Improvised Puppet Project, Providence Improv Guild and Running with Scissors. Expect the kind and laughs that only improv can provide. If you're over 21, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick. $12 suggestion (pay what you can). www.theaterproject.com
It's opening weekend for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," an adaptation of the well-known novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. And this performance by the Theater Project's Young Company, promises to be a "new and shocking version" of Dr. Jekyll's battle with his other self. ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde film poster)
Maine Brewers Festival
Two sessions: 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m Saturday (half hour earlier for VIP), Portland Expo, 239 Park Ave., Portland. $40 general admission, $50 VIP. mainebrewersfestival.com
Some of Maine’s best breweries will be pouring samples just for you during the Maine Brewers Festival. The ticket cost includes a fancy tasting glass (it’s real glass!) and tickets to enjoy 12, four-ounce pours of Maine craft beer. There will be food, vendors, music, and prizes. (Amy Paradysz photo)
Two shows: 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Cross Insurance Arena, Spring and Center streets, Portland. $36 to $66. crossarenaportland.com
Comedian Amy Schumer is in Portland Saturday for two stand-up performances at Cross Insurance Arena. She's probably going to talk about sex. A lot. And other hilarious/awkward stuff we can all relate to, because Schumer keeps it real. (Courtesy photo)
Read more: Comedian Amy Schumer at Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena Saturday. Tickets still available!
Quarry Road Fall Festival & 5K Paintball Biathlon
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5K biathlon at 10:30 a.m.), Quarry Road Recreation Area, Quarry Road, Waterville. Festival is free, 5K biathlon $10 youth, $15 adults inadvance, $15 youth, $20 adults day of. www.quarryroadrecarea.org
Take to the trails at the Quarry Road Recreation Area during the Fall Festival. You can also try the hay bale maze, bowl with pumpkins, get your face paiting or hit the trails on your mountain bike. There will also be demos (like dryland dog sledding and fat bikes). You can also sign up for the 5K Paintball Biathlon (paintball equipment provided). (Quarry Road Rec Area photo)
Swing Dance Crash Course
10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, John F. Kennedy School, 64 West St., Biddeford, $20. biddeford.coursestorm.com
Learn to swing - no partner or experience needed. What you will need: comfy clothes and smooth-soled shoes that aren't too sticky (so you can turn easily on the floor). And you will be turning, all right. This crash course covers the basics of 6-count swing (aka, East Coast Swing) and participants will rotate partners, so everyone gets to dance with everyone. (shutterstock.com)
8th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
4 p.m. Saturday, University of Southern Maine Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland. $27 in advance and $32 at the door. www.cascobay.org/events/film-festival/
We already adore and appreciate Maine's outdoors (for good reason - they're stunning!). The Wild & Scenic Film Festival helps us outdoors fans adore and appreciate the outside all over the world, with smart films about things like the highlands of Fiji, surfing in northern Norway and mountain biking over the craggy hills on the Isle of Skye (plus some films shot right here in Maine). (Festival poster)
Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Saturday, Gorham Middle School Auditorium, 106 Weeks Road. $8, $5 seniors, students, USM employees and alumni. usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice
Here's a chance to see and hear a classical orchestra perform with a professional ballet company. USM's Southern Maine Symphony presents an evening of dance-inspired music featuring student soloists. You'll hear works from Respighi, Fauré and Strauss paired with dance performances by members of Portland Ballet Company.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Free. camdenconference.org/event/west-african-drumming
West African drummer Jordan Benissan is a member of the Ewe people and he was introduced to music and dance at an early age by way of rituals and ceremonies. He has taught and performed for all levels from elementary school through college level and Benissan teaches at Colby College and he's performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. His performance in Belfast is suitable for everyone and is absolutely free.
'Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art'
6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. $8. www.portlandmuseum.org
The SPACE Gallery and Portland Museum of Art invite you to a documentary about the history of land art in the late 60s and early 70s. "Troublemakers" features renegade New York artists who were on a mission to stretch the ordinary limits of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a grand scale in the desolate, desert spaces of the American southwest. It includes rare footage and interviews with artists Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer.
For the weekend of Nov. 6-8, 2015
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