HOT TICKETS

• Music and Nightlife: Ramblin’ man at One Longfellow

RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT is a folk legend, a living link between Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. But be forewarned — they don’t call him “Ramblin”‘ Jack because he likes to travel. You’ll get more stories than music — but the stories are worth it. 

WHEN: 8 tonight 

WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $25 

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com 

• Art and Theater: Ogunquit Playhouse takes on ‘Avenue Q’THE OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE opens for the season on Wednesday with “Avenue Q,” a Tony Award-winning musical about the harsh realities of coming of age. The production stars Howie Michael Smith from the Broadway version. Parents take note: Despite the puppets, it’s not kid-friendly. 

WHEN: Previews at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday; opens May 26 and runs through June 18. 

WHERE: Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St.

HOW MUCH: $50.50 to $72.50 

INFO: (800) 982-2787; ogunquitplayhouse.org

• Dining and Drink: Top chefs share stove for charity soiree

JAMES BEARD AWARD-WINNING chefs Sam Hayward of Fore Street and Rob Evans of Hugo’s will be cooking together to fight childhood hunger at the launch of a special dinner series sponsored by Share Our Strength. In addition to cocktails and a multi-course dinner with wine, you’ll be able to bid on auction items that include in-home dinners prepared by the chefs. 

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Sunday 

WHERE: Hugo’s, 88 Middle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $250 per person 

INFO: 774-8538

• Et Cetera: Ease into summer with ‘Grease’

GET YOUR SUMMER lovin’ fix (along with a healthy dose of slumber parties, milkshakes and hot rods) during a special screening of the 1978 film classic “Grease.” 

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday 

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $6 

INFO: statetheatreportland.com

 

CHEAP THRILLS

• Music and Nightlife: Get into a jam at Empire Monday

MONDAY is Bluegrass Monday at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland. Beginning at 7 p.m. there’s an open bluegrass jam downstairs, then at 9 p.m., The Stowaways play upstairs.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH
: Free

INFO: 879-8988; portlandempire.com

• Art and Theater: Shakespeare fest doth continue

ACORN PRODUCTIONS continues its Riverbank Shakespeare Festival through the weekend. Members of the troupe’s Naked Shakespeare ensemble wrap up a three-week residency with performances of “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Cymbeline.”

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Riverbank Park, Main Street, Westbrook

HOW MUCH
: Free; suggested donation of $10

INFO: acorn-productions.org

• Dining and Drink: Cheesemeister shows the whey

LIFE WITHOUT CHEESE is not worth living. So get yourself over to Rosemont Market to meet Barb Skalpa from Echo Ridge Organic Cheese in Mt. Vernon, and taste her raw-milk, organic, Chaource-, Reblochon- and Taleggio-style cheeses.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Rosemont Market, 580 Brighton Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH
: Free

INFO: 774-8129

• Et Cetera: Dog days open in Scarborough

WATCH AS pooches prance and parade their way into the winners circle during the Southern Maine Coastal Classic dog show in Scarborough.

WHEN: Today to Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. each day

WHERE: Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco St., Scarborough

HOW MUCH
: $4 per vehicle

INFO: yorkcountykennelclub.homestead.com