HOT TICKETS

• Music and Nightlife: He’s so big, Maine State Pier can’t hold him

RAPPER WIZ KHALIFA is so big (“How big is he?”), he sold out the 3,000-capacity Maine State Pier in Portland fast enough to convince promoters to move his show to a nearby waterfront venue — the Ocean Gateway marine terminal.

WHEN: 7 p.m. today

WHERE: Ocean Gateway, Commercial and India streets, Portland

HOW MUCH: $32

INFO: (512) 389-0315; statepier.com

• Art and Theater: ‘Daughter’ of Bangor stars in comic opera

HOMEGROWN SINGER Ashley Emerson leads the cast of the PORTopera production of “Daughter of the Regiment” at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Emerson, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine from Bangor, plays opposite Andrew Bidlack in the comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

TICKETS: $41 to $105

INFO: 842-0800; portopera.org

• Dining and Drink: See cool kitchens, sample hot cuisine

TOUR seven midcoast kitchens, nosh on food from 14 chefs and caterers, and possibly win a dinner at one of chef Brian Hill’s popular restaurants during the Merryspring Kitchen Tour, a benefit for the Merryspring Nature Center.

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

WHERE: Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road

HOW MUCH: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Individual kitchens may be visited for $10 each.

INFO: 236-2239; merryspring.org

• Et Cetera: Cars, cars, cars: Come to compete, or just to look

DROOL OVER antique and speciality cars, or bring your own hot rod and see how it stacks up against the competition at the Saco Spirit Car Show.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Main Street, Saco

HOW MUCH: Free to attend; $5 to register a car

INFO: sacospirit.com


CHEAP THRILLS

• Music and Nightlife: All you need: Ears and a blanket

L.L. BEAN’S free summer concert series rolls on this week with the  soulful folk sounds of Amos Lee. His latest album, “Mission Bell,” shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its January release.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Discovery Park at L.L. Bean, 95 Main St., Freeport

HOW MUCH: Free; bring lawn chairs or blankets

INFO: (877) 755-2326; www.llbean.com/shop/retailStores/summerInThePark

• Art and Theater: ‘Twelfth Night’ shows Bard’s funny side

EXPERIENCE the Bard’s lush language as the Freeport Shakespeare Festival returns for its second year with the comedy “Twelfth Night.” This production is shaping up as a summer highlight.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 12, except for Aug. 8

WHERE: L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport

ADMISSION: Free; bring a lawn chair or blanket

INFO: freeportshakespearefestival.org

• Dining and Drink: Fair will have bread like you read about

BREAD HEADS will converge on Skowhegan Saturday to scarf up the wood-fired artisan breads that bakers attending the annual Kneading Conference have been creating all night long. The Artisan Bread Fair is well worth the road trip.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, 33 Constitution Ave.

HOW MUCH: Free admission; $2 for parking

INFO: kneadingconference.com/2011-artisan-bread-fair

• Et Cetera: The more nations, the merrier

IMMERSE YOURSELF in music, dance, performing arts and food from diverse cultures during the annual Festival of Nations.

WHEN: 2 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Deering Oaks, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: wini.us/festival.htm