HOT TICKETS

• Music and Nightlife: A double dose of Mr. Greg Brown

SINGER-SONGWRITER Greg Brown’s songs have been performed by Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, to name a few. After his concert Friday at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, he’s heading up to Brownfield for a show Sunday at 8 p.m. at Stone Mountain Arts Center.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Jonathan’s, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit

HOW MUCH: $37.50 in advance; $42.50 day of show

INFO: 646-4777; jonathansrestaurant.com

• Art and Theater: PORTopera Young Artists debut

PORTOPERA presents the debut performances of “Cafe Vienna” by American composer Richard Pearson Thomas across southern Maine through July 15. The performances are part of the opera company’s Young Artists Program, featuring young singers chosen through national audition.

WHEN & WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jewett Hall, University of Maine, Augusta; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center.

TICKETS & INFO: For Portland performance, $20 ($15 for students), 842-0800 or porttix.com; Augusta, 621-3551; Fryeburg, 935-9232.

FULL SCHEDULE: portopera.org

• Dining and Drink: Belly up to the baklava at Greek fest

GET YOUR GREEK ON at what has become the best three-day party in Portland: the annual Greek Food Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Sample authentic Greek pastries, then indulge in some live music and traditional dancing.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today to Saturday

WHERE: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Admission is free, but bring lots of money for food.

INFO: 774-0281; holytrinityportland.org/festival.asp

• Et Cetera: Balloon festival fun in Old Orchard

TAKE A hot air balloon ride, check out the street bazaar, watch the skydivers and take part in Night Glow on the beach during the Spirit in America Hot Air Balloon Festival in Old Orchard Beach.

WHEN: All day, Friday to Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Old Orchard Beach

HOW MUCH: Free; $20 for a tethered balloon ride

INFO: oob365.com

 

CHEAP  THRILLS

• Music and Nightlife: Marion Grace headlines Empire bill

INDIE-MINDED rockers Marion Grace — it’s a group, not a person — will perform Saturday night at Empire Dine & Dance in Portland. The openers, Michael Bernier and The Uprising, plus Joe Gallant, will dish out folk rock and alt-country.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $6

INFO: 879-8988; portlandempire.com

• Art and Theater: Video association to screen top docs

THREE TOP documentaries-in-progress will be screened at a meeting of the Maine Film & Video Association, which is open to the public. The documentaries include “Love of Life” by Sharon Paul Brusie, “Incident at Roslindale” by Kate Kaminski, and “Angkor’s Children” by Lauren Shaw.

WHEN: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10

• Dining and Drink: Standard Baking cooks up tour, nosh

CHECK OUT what goes on behind the scenes at Standard Baking Co. during its first open house. Tours will be given at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., and free samples will be available.

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

WHERE: Standard Baking Co., 75 Commercial St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: Registration is required. Call 332-1502 or register in person on Saturday.

• Et Cetera: Showdown, more at Family Day

MORE THAN 80 events and activities and the Country Showdown will fill Capitol Park during Family Day, which is part of the Great Kennebec River Whatever Festival.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Capitol Park, State and Capitol streets, Augusta

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 623-4559