MARCH 4

‘In Our Wake’

Maine’s maritime heritage is the focus of a nautical film program, “In Our Wake: Maine’s Maritime Heritage on Film.” Home movies, travelogues and other film types have been compiled by Northeast Historic Film to highlight not just the boats and industry of Maine’s maritime heritage, but the individuals and communities, too. Go to www.oldfilm.org.

When: 7 p.m. tonight and March 11

Where: Alamo Theatre, Main Street, Bucksport tonight; Atlantic Challenge, 643 Main St., Rockland on March 11

How much: Free tonight; $5 on March 11

Megan Bayra

Local blues singer Megan Bayra has got some pipes and she is not afraid to use them. She released the album “Raw Era” last year, which includes some blues favorites like “The Thrill is Gone” and some rock favorites given the blues treatment. Go to www.portcityblue.com.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland

How much: By donation

Portland Boat Show

Boat show season is here. Things get under way Friday through Sunday with the family-friendly Portland Boat Show at the Portland Sports Complex. Go to www.theportlandboatshow.com to find a list of exhibitors and more information.

When: 3 to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Portland Sports Complex, 512 Warren Ave.

How much: $7, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children under age 6

 

MARCH 5 

DaPonte String Quartet

The DaPonte String Quartet presents works by Mozart, Leos Janacek and Beethoven in three concerts this weekend. Go to www.daponte.org for information.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: St. Andrews Church, 11 Glidden St., Newcastle on Friday; State Street Church, 159 State St., Portland on Saturday; United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, Brunswick on Sunday

How much: $22, $18 for seniors, free for those age 21 and younger 

The Rat Pack

Three actors impersonating Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. will entertain you at Lincoln County Community Theater Friday night. The trio will re-create the joshing among Sinatra, Martin and Davis and perform the songs everyone still loves to hear. The performance is a benefit for the Community Energy Fund. Local comedian Steve Robbins opens. Call 563-3424 for tickets.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Lincoln County Community Theater, 2 Theatre St., Damariscotta

How much: $35 in advance, $45 at the door 

Maeve Gilchrist

Scottish vocalist and harpist Maeve Gilchrist was born and raised in Edinburgh but now makes her home in Boston. Gilchrist blends traditional Celtic music with jazz. Per her Web site, this month she’ll be working on a new album with Portland-based fiddler Darol Anger. Go to www.maevegilchristmusic.com and click on “discography.” Select an album to get the audio player. Call 442-8455 or go to chocolatechurcharts.org.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath

How much: $12 in advance, $14 at the door

Meddiebempsters and BellaMafia

Bowdoin College a cappella ensembles, Meddiebempsters and BellaMafia, present a concert in Thomaston Friday evening. The all-male Meddiebempsters sing everything from jazz standards to pop. The BellaMafia, all females, perform pop and rock. Friday’s performance benefits a school in Haiti and the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist. Call 372-6438 for information.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Watts Hall, 174 Main St. (Route 1), Thomaston

How much: $15

Morrissey and Erelli

Gruff-voiced singer/songwriter Bill Morrissey shares the stage with smooth-voiced Mark Erelli at Portland’s One Longfellow Square Friday night. Check out Erelli’s upcoming album, “Little Vigils,” at www.markerelli.com. Call 761-1757 or go to www.onelongfellowsquare.com.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: One Longfellow Square, State and Congress streets, Portland

How much: $15 in advance, $18 at the door

 

MARCH 6 

Kioku

Wynn Yamami, an artist in residence at Colby College in Waterville, and his bandmates in Kioku perform at the college Saturday. The trio is based in New York City and performs an experimental blend of traditional Japanese and Korean music, with jazz improv and electronica. Go to www.kiokugroup.com and click on “multimedia” to watch video and launch the audio player. Go to www.colby.edu for information.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Given Auditorium, Colby College, Waterville

How much: Free 

“La Boutique Fantasque”

Androscoggin Dance Company presents “La Boutique Fantasque,” a ballet for children about a magical doll shop. The company will also perform “How the Marigold Came to Be.” Call 782-7228 for tickets.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Franco-American Heritage Center, Cedar Street, Lewiston

How much: $12, $8 for children age 12 and younger

Cage the Elephant

The rock quintet Cage the Elephant may blow fans away with the energy of its songs and live shows, but the band’s music doesn’t forget to give itself teeth with story songs that tackle life stories — grit and all. Go to www.cagetheelephant.com and click on “music” to listen to audio. Cage the Elephant will be joined by As Tall As Lions and the Morning Teleportation. This is a 21-plus show. Tickets at Bull Moose stores and at www.portcitymusichall.com.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

How much: $15 in advance, $18 day of show; $30 VIP seated tickets

Bill McKibben

Environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben takes part in Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s Winter Community Forum on Saturday evening. McKibben, author of “The End of Nature,” talks about the subject of his new book, “Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.” Go to www.wolfesneckfarm.org for information.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrook Street

How much: $5 suggested donation

 

MARCH 7

Mermaid Theatre

Beloved bedtime stories “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny” jump off the page and onto the stage in Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptation of the two classics. The stage production is appropriate for children ages 2 to 8. Sunday, the production will be shown in Orono. The show will stop in South Portland on March 20. Go to www.collinscenterforthearts.com for tickets to Sunday’s performances in Orono. Call PortTix at 842-0800 or go to www.porttix.com for tickets to the March 20 performance.

When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. March 20

Where: Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono Sunday. South Portland High School Auditorium, 637 Highland Ave. on March 20.

How much: $12 to $15 Sunday; $10 on March 20

International Women’s Day

There are several events surrounding International Women’s Day, including a dramatization called “Turning the World Upside Down” about sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimke, daughters of a slave owner, who toured northern cities in the 1800s telling people about the horrors of slavery. Go to www.peaceworksbrunswickme.org for information.

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

How much: $10 suggested donation

 

MARCH 8

Jason Middleton

Jason Middleton, experimental filmmaker and co-editor of “Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cell Phones,” talks about the American horror film genre in the context of the “war on terror” when he presents his program, “American Horror Cinema in the ‘Age of Terror’: Reading the Politics of Eli Roth’s ‘Hostel.’” Go to www.bates.edu for information.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Keck Classroom, Pettengill Hall, Bates College, 4 Andrews Road, Lewiston

How much: Free

 

MARCH 9

Judith Jones

Author and editor Judith Jones talks about working with Julia Child, her latest book, “The Pleasures of Cooking for One” and more on Tuesday evening in Portland. Jones championed Child’s cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” and also served as editor for cookbook writers and chefs such as Jacques Pepin and Nina Simonds. A book signing follows her program. Call 775-6148, ext. 3227 for tickets.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring Street, Portland

How much: $15

Portland Symphony Orchestra

The Portland Symphony Orchestra presents a concert program centered around the themes of life, death and the human experience. Included in the program are works by Christopher Theofanidis, Richard Strauss and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Guests are the Choral Art Society’s Masterworks Chorus, soprano Natalie Fagnan, tenor Michael Ryan and boy soprano Christopher McIntyre. Pre-concert conversation begins at 6:15 p.m. A Q&A with the artists follows the performance. Call PortTix at 842-0800 or go to www.porttix.com for tickets.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

How much: $26 to $76

 

MARCH 10

Altan

Irish band Altan is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new album and tour. The album, “Altan: 25th Anniversary Celebration,” was released in the U.S. on March 2. It was released in Ireland last month. Go to www.stonemountainartscenter.com for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield

How much: $40