• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Bluegrass and Brunswick back together 

THE THOMAS POINT BEACH Bluegrass Festival was officially “retired” after a 30-year run in 2008. But now it’s back as a three-day “bluegrass special” event with big-name acts including Del McCoury, Rhonda Vincent, Tony Rice and Peter Rowan.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Friday through 11 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Thomas Point Beach and Campground, 29 Meadow Road, Brunswick

HOW MUCH: $35 (Friday only) to $120 (three-day ticket at the gate)

INFO: 725-6009; thomaspointbeach.com

Art and Theater: ‘Paint the ‘Bunk’ sale set for this weekend

HEARTWOOD COLLEGE OF ART presents the second annual “Paint the ‘Bunk” art sale Friday and Saturday. Artists capture Kennebunk in all its glory, and 100 pieces of original artwork will be sold for $200 each on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Brick Store Museum Program Center, Route 1, Kennebunk

HOW MUCH: Each piece sells for $200

INFO: 985-0985

Dining and Drink: Raise a glass and toast summer 2011

TOAST THE END of summer with some Pennsylvania brews at a special price. Victory Brewing Company in Downington, Pa., uses whole flower hops in its beers.

WHEN: 5 to 9 tonight

WHERE: Great Lost Bear, 540 Forest Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: $2.99 pints

INFO: 772-0300

Et Cetera: Puppet film series Sunday at Mayo

THE TRADITION of the Muppets lives on in the Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Series, which offers its first screening this Sunday at Mayo Street Arts.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $7

INFO: mayostreetarts.org

 

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Ventura to Bean’s for America tunes

AMERICA will bid adieu to the summer (sniff) at L.L. Bean on Saturday with a setlist that’s sure to include a healthy helping of the band’s 1970s soft-rock hits, including “A Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “Ventura Highway.”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: (877) 755-2326; tinyurl.com/LLBeanconcerts

Art and Theater: ‘Curtain’ call: Free preview of ’11-’12 shows

EXPERIENCE THE VITALITY of Portland’s theater community at “Curtain Up!,” a preview of what many companies will offer during the 2011-12 season. Fourteen theaters will participate, performing excerpts from their shows.

WHEN: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Congress Square, corner of Congress and High streets

HOW MUCH: Free

Dining and Drink: Mmm — free peek at new food co-op

IF YOU LOVE local foods or you’re on a budget, check out what the new Portland Food Co-op has to offer at its free open house: Low-cost food in exchange for a C-note and a few hours of volunteer work.

WHEN: 5 to 8 tonight

WHERE: 56 Hampshire St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: portlandfood coop.org

Et Cetera: Set a course for Camden fest

VIEW MAJESTIC windjammers and enjoy fireworks, a talent show, a pirate duel, a lobster crate race and a chowder challenge (and many other festivities) at the Camden Windjammer Festival.

WHEN: Times vary Friday through Sunday

WHERE: Various locations, Camden

HOW MUCH: Most events are free

INFO: camdenwindjammerfestival.com