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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.
Goat Snuggling and Outdoor Yoga: 8 things to do this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
'The Last Five Years'
7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Through May 19.
Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, $36 to $64. portlandstage.org Catch a hit musical by Tony award-winning lyricist Jason Robert Brown. "The Last Five Years" with
director Kevin R. Free and music director/pianist Ed Reichert tells the tale in reverse chronological order
of a love affair and marriage's demise. The story of aspiring novelist Jamie Wellerstein, played by Johnny
Shea, and struggling actress Cathy Hiatt, played by Laura Darrell, is told through songs like "Still
Hurting," "The Next Ten Minutes" and "Nobody Needs to Know." Fun fact: Jamie and Cathy only share the stage
for one number when their timelines convene for a wedding song. Johnny Shea and Laura Darrell in
"The Last Five Years" Photo by Aaron Flacke
6 p.m. Friday. Mechanics' Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland, free, $10 suggested donation. mainecharitablemechanicassociation.com Here's another fabulous reason to hit First Friday Art Walk in Portland. Mechanics' Hall is
launching a performance arts series, and it kicks off this week. The inaugural show includes pirate-folk by
the Shank Painters, juggling from Janoah Bailin, choreography by Rose Hutchins from Ballet Bloom Project,
acoustic music from Unofficial: The Good Guys Band and more choreography from Brie Hinman. Swing in for
some or all of it. Juggler Janoah Bailin. Photo by Arthur Fink
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray, $7.50, $5.50 for ages 4 to 12
and over 60. maine.gov/ifw/wildlife-
park/events Spring is indeed back, and a sure sign is that Maine Wildlife Park is open for the season. They'll
celebrate the opening with their new songbird exhibit, along with all sorts of games and activities around
the park centered on backyard birds. You'll also learn how to ID migratory birds, so be sure to bring your
binoculars. Put down your smartphone and let yourself be reminded what a real-life tweet sounds
like. Bonnie Taylor Barry/Shutterstock.com
'Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall'
11 a.m. Saturday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $18. portlandovations.org Here's a chance to see a one-hour, family-friendly show that's based on Patrick McDonnell's Caldecott
Award-winning book. "Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall" is a musical comedy that takes
you inside the world of a young Jane Goodall and her many outdoor adventures. With her toy chimpanzee
Jubilee, Goodall comes to love the glory of nature, and these early days shaped her future career as a
famous primatologist. Erin Weaver as Jane Goodall. Photo by Teresa Wood.
Free Comic Book Day
Hours vary. Saturday. Statewide locations. freecomicbookday.com It's a national holiday like none other for fans of comic books. Free Comic Book Day is an annual
celebration of the art and creativity of comic books. This year's array of free books includes "Doctor
Who," "Avengers" and "Stranger Things," along with several other epic ones. Find your store and get there
early as supplies are limited. Participating locations include Casablanca Comics in Portland and Windham,
Coast City Comics in Portland and The Complex in Scarborough, among many
Kentucky Derby Party
3 p.m. Saturday. Dock Fore, 336 Fore St., Portland. On Facebook The 145th running of The Kentucky Derby will be two of the most exciting minutes of the year, and
the party at Dock Fore will last for hours. There's a build-your-own bloody Mary bar for $3.95 along with
$2.95 mimosas. Of course, it wouldn't be a derby party without mint juleps, so those will also be
available. Contests galore will be happening, including one for best derby hat. The race itself starts at
6:50 p.m., giving you plenty of time to choose your favorite horse and place friendly bets with pals. This
year's field includes Maximum Security, Game Winner, By My Standards and Improbable, among other speedy
steeds. Patrimonio Designs Ltd/Shutterstock.com
4th Annual Kickoff to Outdoor Yoga
10 a.m. Sunday. Bug Light Park, South Portland, $9 to $15 sliding scale. kellyrichyoga.com After another long Maine winter is behind us, it's time to get your Om on outside. Kripalu-
registered yoga teacher Kelly Rich kicks off the season of outdoor yoga at Bug Light Park in South Portland
with this first session of the year. You'll salute the sun as you bend, stretch and relax while inhaling
seaside air. No need to bend over backwards to catch this particular class, Rich will be namastaying all
summer long, offering classes on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Kokulina/Shutterstock.com
Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Sunflower Farm Creamery, 12 Harmon Way, Cumberland, free, donations welcome. sunflowerfarm.info Do we really need to say anything else? The joy of goat snuggling speaks for itself. These kids are
all right, and they're awfully adorable, too. Can't make it this weekend? Snuggles also available on May 12
and 19. While you're there, grab a burrito from the Locally Sauced food truck. Staff photo by Derek