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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.
Vintage Bazaar, homage to Ursula: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
'A Peter Rabbit Tale' Opening Night Show & Gala
4 p.m. Thursday. Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, $18,
includes admission to the post-show party. kitetails.org Hop on over to the center of downtown Portland for a production of "A Peter
Rabbit Tale," written by Sarah Brandt and inspired by Beatrix Potter's famous stories.
You and your kids will find out what happens when Peter Rabbit decides to run away
from home in search of freedom. Shows run through April 28 at the Children's Museum &
Theatre of Maine, and regular admission is $10. But you might want to consider opening
night, when you can see the show and attend a party, even if you're having a bad hare
day. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
ArtWord: Poetry Night
5-8 p.m. Friday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, free. portlandmuseum.org Spend an evening enjoying poetic readings from several Maine poets who have
been inspired by artwork at the Portland Museum of Art. ArtWord Poetry night is co-
presented by the museum, Beloit Poetry Journal and Maine Writers & Publishers
Alliance. When you're done listening, you can roam around the museum seeking out your
own inspiration. Staff photo by Gabe Souza
Vintage Bazaar Spring Special
5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Brick South at
Thompson's Point, Portland, $10, $15. eventbrite.com If you have a love for vintage treasures, upcycled salvage styles and handmade
items, this event has your name written all over it. The Vintage Bazaar Spring Special
will feature nearly 75 vendors selling their wares. But that's not all. All weekend
long, there will be live local music. On Friday night, you'll hear indie soul and folk
from GoldenOak. On Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Jon King from King Kyote
will be slinging rock-'n'-roll soul. That same slot Sunday will be filled by singer-
songwriter Travis Cyr. Photo courtesy of Vintage Bazaar New
Pink Floyd Laser Show
7 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday. Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern
Maine, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, $6, $1 extra for 3-D glasses. usm.maine.edu.planet You might not need no education, but maybe you're in the mood for a Pink Floyd
laser show? USM's Southworth Planetarium is the place to go Friday night to a full-
dome laser show set to "The Wall" album, and Saturday night, it will be "Dark Side of
the Moon." Expect to feel comfortably numb as you take it all
Record Store Day
Hours vary, Saturday. Bull Moose locations statewide, Newbury Comics in South
Portland, The Record Connection in Waterville, The Grasshopper Shop in Ellsworth,
Manny's in Camden, Everyday Music in Farmington and Niche, Inc. in Gardiner. recordstoreday.com Put the needle on the record and shop 'til you drop, vinyl fans! It's
Christmas and your birthday combined because Record Store Day features special,
limited-edition releases from a massive list of artists including Courtney Barnett,
David Bowie, Pearl Jam and Prince. Independent record stores are national treasures,
and here's an ideal reason to get out and support
All About Seaweed Workshop
1 p.m. Saturday. Wolfe's Neck Center, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, $15 (geared for ages 12 and up). wolfesneck.org If you're going to learn about seaweed and its many health benefits, you may as well do it at a gorgeous, ocean-side location. Be sure to sign up in advance, then head to Wolfe's Neck Center in Freeport. The workshop includes sampling of several seaweed varieties, and you'll leave knowing how to incorporate seaweed into your daily life. You won't be able to kelp yourself! Aniok/Shutterstock.com
'Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin'
7 p.m. Sunday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8. space538.org It's an homage to Ursula in the form of the documentary "Worlds of Ursula K.
Le Guin." The late sci-fi writer's contributions are immeasurable, and here's a chance
to celebrate her work. Before the film, Maine-based science fiction and fantasy writer
Alex Irvine will present a reading with commentary on Le Guin's legacy. Image
courtesy of Space Gallery
International Ocean Film Tour Volume 6
7 p.m. Sunday. Port City Music Hall, 504Congress St., Portland, $18 in advance, $20 at
the door. statetheatreportland.com If you've got sea water running through your veins, you won't want to miss the
International Ocean Film Tour Volume 6 when it comes through Portland on Sunday.
You'll spend two hours seeing six inspiring short films about the magical and
mysterious realm of the world's ocean. No life jacket needed for this fantastic voyage
across the seven seas. Photo by Laurent Ballesta, courtesy of International
Ocean Film Tour