• HOT TICKETS

Art and Theater: ‘Heroes’ at Portland Stage

PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY presents “Heroes,” a comedy about three aging World War II veterans in a French retirement community. The final preview is tonight, followed by opening night Friday. The play continues through April 22.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave.

HOW MUCH: $15 to $39

INFO: portlandstage.org

Music and Nightlife: Los Lobos at Stone Mountain

LOS LOBOS’ show at Stone Mountain is being billed as “up close and personal” with the three-time Grammy Award winners. The guys started the band in 1973, but their music sounds neither dated nor out of touch.

WHEN: 8 p.m. today

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

HOW MUCH: $95

INFO: stonemountainartscenter.com

Dining and Drink: Sample Brazilian vegan treats Friday

SAMPLE BLACK BEAN sofrito empanadas, chipotle sweet potato bisque, avocado creme brulee and other Carnival-inspired treats at a Brazilian vegan tasting created by chef Michelle Goldman of the Sea Change Cooking School.

WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: The Danforth Inn, 163 Danforth St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $25

INFO: seachangecooking.com/events.html

Et Cetera: Students show their fashion chops

SEE WHAT STUDENTS really want to wear to school when the annual Portland Arts & Technology High School fashion show hits the runway.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

HOW MUCH: $5

INFO: 874-8165

• CHEAP THRILLS

Art and Theater: Quintet of artists find their ‘Rhythm’

THE GROUP EXHIBITION “A Thickening Rhythm” opens Friday at Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick. It features artists Lauren Fensterstock, Julie Poitras Santos, Carrie Scanga, Ling-Wen Tsai and Deborah Wing-Sproul.

WHEN: Opening reception, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. On view through May 19.

WHERE: Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross Mill, 14 Maine St., Brunswick

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: colemanburke.com

Music and Nightlife: It’s Jonny Corndawg at Empire, y’all

JONNY CORNDAWG is an up-and-coming country singer/songwriter who “worships at the altar of Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver and Michael Hurley,” according to his publicist. If his influences don’t convince you to see him, you might want to go just to see what a Jonny Corndawg looks like.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $8

INFO: portlandempire.com

Dining and Drink: Sweet Marguerites throws open its doors

EAT CHOCOLATE SAMPLES, drink hot chocolate and win prizes at the grand opening of Sweet Marguerites Chocolate Cafe.

WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: 382A Cottage Ave, South Portland (next to David’s 388)

HOW MUCH: Free admission and samples; bring cash if you want to buy chocolate

INFO: 767-6121

Et Cetera: A fabulous feast for bookworms

LITERARY LOVERS will gather this weekend for the annual Maine Festival of the Book. Attend talks, panel discussions and sessions about writing.

WHEN: Today to Sunday

WHERE: Various locations, mostly University of Southern Maine, Portland

HOW MUCH: Most events are free

INFO: mainereads.org