Start the weekend (or Thursday – close enough) all dressed up, and end the weekend covered in mud. Goodwill’s Little Black Dress Event is a good excuse to bust out the ol’ LBD, and Sunday’s Into the Mud Challenge is a good excuse to splash in wet dirt. Also this weekend: Maine Roller Derby, Meet the Brewers, Deaf Film Festival, Bike Swap, and free fly fishing lesson.
For the weekend of April 24-27:
6-9 pm Thursday | Ocean Gateway, Portland | $30 | www.goodwillnne.org
If any of your clothes deserve a party, it’s your little black dress. It’s been there for you through everything (six blind dates, three swanky fundraisers, one 30th birthday, and more cocktail parties than you can remember). And unlike your fickle pants, you can always count on your LBD. Besides, this event helps raise funds for Goodwill’s Veterans Fund. Expect a fashion show, food and drink, live and silent auction, and little black dresses to buy.
7:30-9:30 pm Friday | Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford | Free (the event is free, not the beer) | www.facebook.com
It’s the question every parent dreads. Little Timmy (who’s 21, by the way) comes home from school one day and asks, “Mom, Dad, where does beer come from?” Give Timmy an education at Elements in Biddeford. They’re launching a Meet the Brewer series and are starting off with Joel and John from Foundation Brewing Company. The duo are former home brewers turned brewery owners, so they know what they’re talking about. More info
Screenings around the state Friday and Saturday | www.facebook.com/BeneathTheHarvestSky
In the tradition of coming-of-age movies like “The Outsiders” and “Stand By Me,” “Beneath the Harvest Sky” tells the story of two teenage boys — best friends — eager to escape their rural hometown of Van Buren, Maine and move to Boston, but they have wildly differing ideas about how they can get together enough money to make the move. Directors (and Bar Harbor residents) Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet are the same team behind “The Way We Get By.”
5-10 pm Saturday | The Expo, Portland | $12/$14 | mainerollerderby.com
It’s a roller derby double header on Saturday night as Maine’s Calamity Janes and The Port Authorities take on the Green Mountain Derby Dames from Vermont. Doors open at 5 pm, first bout is at 6 pm. There’s a beer garden close to the action for the grownups and plenty of seating for families, too.
Noon-11 pm Saturday | Three Tides & Marshall Wharf Brewing Company, Belfast | $10 | freerangemusicfestival.com
The Free Range Music Festival returns to Belfast this weekend. This year’s event, called COOPED UP, is a pared down version, but proceeds go towards the 2015 festival, which will be as big as always. Performers this year include: Jacob Augustine, Chamberlain, When Particles Collide, The Rugged, Travis Cyr, and Jim Dandy.
Wednesday-Saturday | $8-$10 per film, free for USM students, discounts for seniors & children, USM and Nickelodeon, Portland | mainedeaffilmfest.com
“Sure, there’s subtitling on DVDs, closed captioning on television and foreign language films, but sometimes everyone, deaf or hearing, just wants to go to the theater, munch some popcorn and watch Liam Neeson kick some dudes in the face and mumble menacingly about his ‘particular set of skills.’ Enter the Maine Deaf Film Festival ” – Dennis Perkins (read his whole column: Indie Film: Hopeful signs from the Maine Deaf Film Festival). The four-day festival includes a selection of films screening at the Nickelodeon and at USM.
8 am (registration), 10:45 am (first wave) Sunday | Gorham Middle School, Gorham | $35/$40 day of | www.intothemudchallenge.com
MUD! Get dirty this Sunday in Gorham. Do it because you’re tired of being clean. Do it because your mom told you to keep your clothes looking nice. Do it to stick it to the man! This is a 2.5-mile muddy obstacle course around the grounds of Gorham Middle School. Oh, and Sebago Brewing will he on-site, too. How handy.
10 am-1 pm | USM Sullivan Gym, Portland | $3 admission | www.bikemaine.org
Buy a bike, sell a bike. If you’re in need of a two-wheeled ride (or need to unload one), hit the Great Maine Bike Swap for a selection of hundreds of gently used bikes, from road bikes to mountain bikes. But get there early!
Noon-1 pm & 5-7 pm Saturday & Sunday | Patagonia Outlet, Freeport | Free | patagoniapresents.com
Remember “A River Runs Through It”? Remember how rhythmic and enchanting the fly fishing scenes were? Or heck, just imagine yourself in a Maine river this summer, casting over the water like some fish whisperer. Patagonia in Freeport is offering free fly fishing lessons this weekend, so take advantage. Learn a new skill and enchant those fish! More info