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Music and Nightlife: No ordinary Joe at Stone Mountain Arts

JOE ELY is known to many for his Texas honky-tonk sound and his time as a member of The Flatlanders. But he’s written and performed with everyone from The Clash to Bruce Springsteen.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Road, Brownfield

HOW MUCH: $38

INFO: 935-7292; stonemountainartscenter.com

Art and Theater: Arundel Barn doors open

THE ARUNDEL Barn Playhouse opens its season this week with the fast-paced comedy thriller “The 39 Steps,” based on a classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie about a man who accidentally becomes embroiled in a spy ring.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; matinees at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through June 25.

WHERE: Arundel Barn Playhouse, 53 Old Post Road

HOW MUCH: $28 to $39

INFO: 985-5552; arundelbarnplayhouse.com

Dining and Drink: Discover the secrets of la dolce vita

LEARN ABOUT Prosciutto di Parma, sip luscious Italian wines, and find out how they make those classic copper pots and pans at the Italian Life Expo.

WHEN: Sessions will be held Friday and Saturday throughout the day, beginning at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland

HOW MUCH: $35 per session; $90 for a full-day pass

INFO: italianlifeexpo.com

Et Cetera: Entreverge awards honor entrepreneurs

WHOOP IT UP with Portland’s young professionals during the third annual Entreverge business awards party. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar, and find out which entrepreneurs will walk away with the prize guitars.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10 for PROPEL members; $15 for nonmembers

INFO: entreverge.com

CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Reidfest to rock iconic state park

SUN, SAND, surf and songs. That’s Reidfest 2011 in a nutshell. Reid State Park hosts its own music festival on Saturday with four acts: Yaicha, children’s music; Paddy Mills, singer-songwriter; Jimmy Midnight and The Yardbirds, rockabilly; and Mumbasue, rock/reggae/hip hop/R&B.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday into the early evening

WHERE: Reid State Park, 375 Seguinland Road, Georgetown

HOW MUCH: Free with park admission ($4.50)

INFO: 371-2303

Art and Theater: ‘Maine Mornings’ on canvas

UP THE COAST in Thomaston, Haynes Galleries presents recent egg tempera, drybrush and watercolor paintings by Gary Akers in a show titled “Maine Mornings.” The work will remain on view through June 29.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

WHERE: Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St., Thomaston

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 354-0605; haynesgalleries.com

Dining and Drink: B&B breakfasts yours for the tasting

LEARN HOW TO create a beautiful morning meal from former innkeeper Dana Moos and sample some dishes from her new cookbook, “The Art of Breakfast: How to Bring B&B Entertaining Home” at her book signing.

WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: The Danforth, 163 Danforth St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free (except for the cost of the book)

INFO: downeast.com/node/24905

Et Cetera: SailMaine offers free rides and more

SET SAIL on Sunday during SailMaine’s Open House. In addition to free sailboat rides, the party features a marine yard sale, children’s activities and food.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Drive past the Ocean Gateway Terminal on Thames Street and park in the lot marked with SailMaine signs.

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: sailmaine.org