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Posted: April 7, 2015

Chocolate, Fairy Tales, Reggae & Your Prom: 13 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Chocolate. Reggae. Your prom all over again. This weekend, revel in food and drink with Toast on the Coast and the Chocolate Lover’s Fling. Catch a re-worked fairy tale or a revamped Shakespearean play. Revel in reggae. Watch a bunch of films in Lewiston. And bust out your old prom dress and dance the night away (instead of sneaking out early to drink wine coolers in the parking lot like you did back in high school).

For the weekend of April 9-12, 2015:



Toast on the Coast

6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Ocean Gateway, Portland. $100.
Gourmet fare. Fine wines. Sunset. There will be plenty to eat and drink at this benefit for Easter Seals Maine, and you’ll als get to cast your vote for the best dish.

Emerge Film Festival graphic

Emerge Film Festival graphic

Emerge Film Festival

Thursday through Sunday, multiple venues in Lewiston and Auburn. $5-$75 VIP festival pass.
Four days and over 40 films will be screened in Lewiston and Auburn during the Emerge Film Festival. From comedy to drama, the film festival also includes a few fantastic parties and a tribute to stand-up comedy.

Some mohawk love during that Reggae Festival at Sugarloaf Mountain a few years ago. Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

Some mohawk love during that Reggae Festival at Sugarloaf Mountain a few years ago. Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

Reggae Festival

Thursday through Sunday, Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley.
If you love spring skiing and reggae, this is your jam. This festival bills itself as being Maine’s biggest winter music event. Buy a “Good Vibes Pass” for $25 in advance and $35 at the door for access to all the goings on in the King Pine Room and Widowmaker Lounge. Some shows free, cover charge for others.

"Into the Woods" promotional photo.

Waterville Opera House photo.

“Into the Woods”

7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St., Waterville. $23 adults, $21 seniors and youth.
There won’t be any Anna Kendrick in this performance of “Into the Woods,” but there will be a host of our favorite fairy tale characters and a solid life lesson (because aren’t life lessons what fairy tales are all about?): responsibility comes with getting what you want.

Portland Ballet graphic

Portland Ballet graphic

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook. $23-30, $10 students and children.
Expect a passionate interpretation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Portland Ballet says, while you think you may know the story of this intriguing love triangle, think again. This classic tale has been reinvented.

Decades of Prom Spring Dance Social

7:15 to 11 p.m. Friday, Avant Dance and Event Center, 865 Spring St., Westbrook. $10 dance only, $15 with lesson, too.
You never forget your prom. For better or worse. If your prom rocked, here’s a chance to relive it during this spring dance social! And if your prom stunk, here’s your chance to make a better memory. Wear formal wear from the decade of your prom. Waltz lesson at 7:15 pm.m. and dancing from 8 to 10:30 p.m.!



1 p.m. Saturday, Bayside Bowl, Portland. $12.
The MAMM SLAM prelims are here. Thirteen high school bands from around the state will compete for the title of best high school band in Maine. It’s a friendly competition that showcases their musical talents – they’ll also be judged on all the elements that matter in real-world music careers, including songwriting, performance skills, web presence, marketing and other aspects of being a professional touring and recording musician.

Ah, Chocolate Lover's Flings of yesteryear. Press Herald file photo

Ah, Chocolate Lover’s Flings of yesteryear. Press Herald file photo

Chocolate Lover’s Fling

1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. $50.
When’s the last time someone served you chocolate? Local chocolatiers from York and Cumberland counties will be making their tastiest, most creative chocolate treats, which will be brought right to your table – no loitering in long lines and plenty of time to savor each piece.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Joan Osborne

8 p.m. Monday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. $40.
20 years ago Joan Osborne, the singer with the powerful, bluesy voice released an album called “Relish,” home to wildly popular song “One of Us.” Since then she’s released seven studio albums including last year’s “Love and Hate.”

On the Cheap

Comedy Fix XX!
8 p.m. Friday, Fireside Inn, 1777 Washington St. South, Auburn, $10, 21-plus,
Laugh the night away with host Marc Turcotte while helping out the Good Shepherd Food Bank who will receive all the proceeds. You’ll hear comedy from Rich Harrison, Kennedy Richard, Nick Lavallee, Nathan Burke and Will Green.

“Dirty Deeds At The Depot”
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford, $10, free with UNE ID,
The UNE players present an old fashioned melodrama. Lacie Camisole sits in wait of her future husband Dusty Rhoads at the depot but discovers the new stationmaster is her long-lost love, Justin Thyme. Meanwhile, Professor Mack’s traveling medicine show rolls into town but can the good doctor be trusted? So much drama and so much laughter awaits you this weekend.

Sprout Film Festival
6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial Hall at Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland.
Spurwink presents an entertaining, inspiring and memorable evening of short films made by, and about, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year’s festival has a focus on autism.

Bruce Spang
Noon Tuesday. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with poet Bruce Spang courtesy of the Friends of Falmouth Memorial Library. The former Poet Laureate of Portland published his third book of poems “Boy at the Screen Door” and his debut novel, “The Deception of the Thrush” last year.

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