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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.
Owl Prowl, Big Lebowski Night: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
January Owl Prowl
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Maine Beer Co., 525 Route 1, Freeport, $20. eventbrite.com In what can best be described as a wise decision, Maine Beer Co. is teaming up with the Center for Wildlife,
and you really should give a hoot. The January Owl Prowl starts at the brewery where you'll gather in the tasting
room for a beer and to learn about native owl species, their ecology and adaptations. A few local representatives
will be there, wide-eyed with wonder as you say hello. Then you'll head over to Freeport Conservation Trust's Sayles
Field for a guided stroll in the surrounding habitat where you'll call for owls and listen for responses. Dress
warmly and wear shoes that can handle muddy or icy terrain. Headlamps and flashlights are also a good
'This is Spinal Tap'
8 p.m. Thursday. Cinemagic Stadium Theaters, 183 County Road, Westbrook, $8.75. cinemagicmovies.com Winter is always an excellent time of year to re-visit – or see for the first time – cult classic films. The
1984 mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap," starring Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean is a hilarious
and satirical film centered on the 1982 concert tour of fictional British heavy metal act Spinal Tap, out on the road
in support of their "Smell the Glove" album. You'll never look at Stonehenge the same way, and you'll forever want to
turn the sound on your stereo up to 11 after seeing "This Is Spinal Tap." Trivia with prizes kicks things off, and
the film starts promptly at 8 p.m. Image courtesy of MGM Studios
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 26. Freeport Harraseeket Grange No. 9. 13 Elm St., $15. On Facebook Royal River Community Players invite you venture down the rabbit hole with a musical interpretation of the
Lewis Carroll classic stories "Alice in Wonderland" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass." "Alice!" is a Maine-made
musical with original songs by Henry Garrou and Rudy Gabrielson with adaptation by Kathleen Connelly and directed by
Jesica Garrou. The show includes favorite Carol characters including The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, Tweedledee,
Tweedledum, The Cheshire Cat and, of course, Alice all portrayed by a local cast from Yarmouth, North Yarmouth and
Portland. Photo courtesy of Royal River Community Players
Tap Tap Jazz
1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 26. 7 p.m. Jan 25. Lopez Theater at Maine State Ballet, 848 Route 1, Falmouth, $15
to $20. mainestateballet.org Over the course of two weekends, Maine State Ballet presents a Broadway-style song and dance performance. Tap
Tap Jazz features choreography by Maine State Music Theater's Glenn Davis and is directed by Janet Davis. The other
fun fact is that the performance features Broadway veterans Jonathan and Linda Miele along with Maine State Ballet
company members. Check your calendar, grab some tix and get ready to kick back while some dazzling dancers kick up
their heels. Dancer Kallee Gallant. Photo courtesy of Maine State Ballet
Sounds from the Underground Breakdancing Competition
2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Dance Hall, 7 Walker St., Kittery, $8 in advance, $10 at the door. thedancehallkittery.org Let us break it down for you: Sounds from the Underground is a breakdancing competition open to dancers of
all ages. The three-hour event starts with an hour of warm-up dancing and then the competition heats up with cash
prizes on the line. The breakdance dance battle is open to everyone, so just show up and sign up to enter the
competition, or you can hang out on the sidelines and watch an impressive array of moves busted before your eyes.
Take a break from your usual Saturday afternoon and watch 'em kill it in Kittery. OSTILL is Franck
'Beauty and the Beast'
4 p.m. Saturday. Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, $15. drouindancecenter.com It's the timeless tale of love – and beauty – being way more than skin deep, and it's being presented by way
of ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop and other styles of dance. Drouin Dance Center invites you to be their
guest for an afternoon performance of "Beauty and the Beast." You'll see more than 100 young dancers interpret the
French fairytale that dates back to the mid-1700s and was famously reimagined in 1991 by Disney, with many other film
and stage version in between, including 2017's live action version from Disney. Photo by Brittany Goodnow
Big Lebowski Night
7 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $5, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com Grab your big ugly cardigans and bathrobes and head to Port City Music Hall for Big Lebowski Night. It's a
celebration of the 1998 Coen Brothers classic film starring Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, along with
Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Sam Elliot and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others. The
night kicks off with a trivia contest, followed by a costume contest. This is where the ugly cardigans and bathrobes
come in (paired with cheap sunglasses, white V-necks, shorts and sandals). Or maybe you want to rock the Jesus
Quintana look? If so, find yourself some tight purple pants with a matching collared shirt and a hairnet. Another
option is The Stranger who dons a standard cowboy ensemble. Should you really want to knock it out of the park,
Viking dream girl Maude Lebowski's horned helmet, bowling ball bikini ensemble is another way to go. Lastly, "The Big
Lebowski" will be screened in all its glory. Portland's local Dude will play host. And yes, the bar will be serving
White Russians. Careful man, there's a beverage here! Serhiy Shullye/Shutterstock.com
Nurture Holistic Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland, $5 suggested donation. On Facebook Here's a chance to find more than 10 psychics, mediums, healers and readers gathered all under one roof.
You'll also find several local artisans with hand-crafted products, crystals and apothecary items. The Nurture
Holistic Fair will also include Irish psychic Yvonne O'Brien out of Dublin. Stick around after the fair ends for live
music from Tom Faunce and Friends from 4 to 7 p.m. All donations for both the fair and the music will go directly to
Go Big For Hunger, which helps support food insecurity initiatives in Maine. Klerik78/Shutterstock.com
7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. Schaeffer Theatre at Bates College, 305 College St., Lewiston, free. bates.edu/mlk The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated all day long with several events at
Bates College, including an evening dance performance by student group Sankofa. Sankofa explores stories of the
African diaspora through dance, music, theater and spoken word, and its annual MLK show symbolizes pride,
accomplishment and diversity. Michael Hogue, a junior from Chicago, who created and directed the performance.
Photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College