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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.
Chocolate tour, DJ battle, bluegrass ‘Tommy’ and improv comedy: 10 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
7 p.m. Thursday. Sunday River, 15 South Ridge Road, Newry, $8, $5 age 12 and under, free for 5 and under. sundayriver.com
There’s more than just skiing happening at Sunday River. Black Diamond Entertainment invites you to an enthralling performance by Circus Maine.
You’ll ooh and aah when you see aerialists, acrobats, clowns and more take over the welcome center and turn it into a circus tent. Photo by
PMA360 presents Spring Flowers
5 p.m. Friday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, free. portlandmuseum.org As we start saying a slow goodbye to winter, the people at the Portland Museum of Art have flowers on their minds. They’re gathering a
bouquet of local floral designers to talk about their favorite works of art, and they’ll also be having an aromatic bitters tasting with Coastal
Root Cocktail Bitters. You can get crafty learning how to create paper flowers inspired by a work of art with artist Sarah Yakawonis. This bud’s for
you! Staff photo by Joe Phelan
Scenes from New England
8 p.m. Friday. Corthell Concert Hall, 37 College Ave., Gorham, $15, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students. usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice Feed your head and ears with an unusual performance on Friday night. Voice artist faculty members Elisabeth Marshall and Scott Wheatley,
with Bridget Convey on piano, present a dramatic and emotional musical program of poems and stories from Maine and New England by composers Scott
Wheeler and Roger Ames and author Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as a world premiere of a new collection of Emily Dickinson songs by James
Kallembach. You’ll also hear excerpts from the operas Merry Mount and The Crucible, and the entire show will be set against a backdrop of New
England landscapes. Wor Sang Jun/Shutterstock.com
Chocolate Factory Tour
11 and 11:45 a.m., 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. Saturday. Wilbur's of Maine, 174 Lower Main St., Freeport, $4.50. wilburs.com Sometimes life really is like a box of chocolates, especially when you take a tour of Wilbur's of Maine in Freeport. You'll hear some of the
company's history, and more importantly, you'll take a hands-on tour that includes samples and a tasty treat to take home. Eat your chocolate heart
out, Willy Wonka! Photo courtesy of Wilbur's of Maine
Teeny Teacup Fairy Gardens
10 a.m. Saturday. Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, 938 Post Road (Route 1), Wells, $10 per family, call 646-4775 to reserve a spot. historicalsocietyofwellsandogunquit.org The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit is teaming up with art therapy company Artsea to present a unique art-making family program.
Fairy houses and gardens in the U.S. date back to 1893, and this workshop follows in those footsteps. You'll be given everything you need to create
your own tiny world that you'll then take home with you. Adelso Bausdorf/Shutterstock.com
Capital City Improv Comedy
7 p.m. Saturday. Unity College, Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity, $15.uccpa.unity.edu For a night of improv comedy that will have you laughing so hard you’ll cry, head to Unity for a performance by Capital City Improv Comedy.
The troupe is led by Dennis Price who studied and performed in Chicago with The Second City. The show is family-friendly and you might end up part
of the show, as they are known for audience participation antics. Photo courtesy of Capital City Improv
Hip-Hops Round 2
7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland, $10, 21-plus. eventbrite.com In a convergence of two equally satisfying elements, you can toss back some hops while listening to some sweet hip-hop jams hosted by Ben
Shorr & Dy Myth and featuring Boston hip-hop legend Mr. Lif. You’ll also hear from MCs and DJs Trails, Ape the Grim, Shameek the God, Shane Reis,
Myles Bullen Music, Farout, Peace Out Pat, The Human Speakers and Ben Shorr. hurricanehank/Shutterstock.com
End of Winter Stargazing
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Pringle Wildlife Reserve, Windham, free, 18-plus, RSVP required. prlt.org As we stand on the precipice of spring, here's a chance to see the end-of-winter stars, while learning about constellations, astronomy and
celestial navigation, along with community issues like light pollution. The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust will have several telescopes set up at
the Observation Deck at Pringle Wildlife Preserve, and you're welcome to bring your own. Buckle up your Orion's belt and reach for the
VERSUS: Madonna vs. Lady Gaga
9 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $6 in advance, $8 day of show, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com Get into the groove as you avoid bad romance down at Port City Music Hall on Saturday night. "Versus: Madonna vs. Lady Gaga" pits the two
divas against each other in an epic DJ battle. Whether you were born this way or just want to express yourself, this dance party will not
disappoint. Just be sure to strike a pose and put on your best poker face! Madonna by Yakub88/Shutterstock.com and Lady Gaga by Sky
The Hillbenders perform ‘Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry’
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Curtis Room Annex at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath, $22 in advance, $25 at the door. chocolatechurcharts.org For an entirely different but absolutely sensational version of The Who’s iconic rock opera “Tommy,” head to Bath on Sunday night. The
Hillbenders is an bluegrass and Americana act out of Missouri, and in 2015, they released “Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry,” a bluegrass re-imagining of The
Who’s classic 1969 album, which in 1975 was made into a film that maintains its cult status. You’ll hear The Hillbenders sing and play the entire
double-album, including “Amazing Journey,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “I’m Free” and “Pinball Wizard,” on mandolin, bass, guitar, banjo and dobro.
You ain’t seen nothing like The Hillbenders in an amusement hall. Photo courtesy of the artist