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Music and Nightlife: O.A.R. rolling in for State show

WHAT DOES O.A.R. stand for? Of a Revolution. And they make records and CDs, get it, so their music literally revolves. And the band itself keeps on spinning, having been named one of the 100 Most Influential Independent Artists of the last 15 years by Performing Songwriter.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $30 in advance, $35 day of show

INFO: (800) 745-3000; statetheatreportland.com

Art and Theater: It’s a ’10’ in Damariscotta

IF YOU’RE on the Midcoast, consider stopping in at the Damariscotta River Grill to view “Hang 10 with the Maine 10,” a group exhibition of works by 10 women artists in Maine. Included are pastels, oils, acrylics, watercolor and photography.

WHEN: Opens Tuesday with a reception 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Damariscotta River Grill, 155 Main St.

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 563-2992

Dining and Drink: Recipe to help budding chefs

CHOOSE FROM A VARIETY of dining options and bid on items during the Casco Bay chapter of the American Culinary Federation’s 14th annual fundraising dinner and auction. Proceeds will provide scholarships for students enrolled in the culinary arts program at Southern Maine Community College and support the school’s culinary club as it competes in the Northeast Regional Knowledge Bowl.

WHEN: Sunday

WHERE: Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland

HOW MUCH: $30

TICKETS & INFO: [email protected] 

Et Cetera: Earth Day, city style: Be there in M Square

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY city style, during Portland’s Urban Earth Day celebration. Learn about green tech, local farms, recycling and urban gardening.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Monument Square, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 939-3052

 

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: At O&A: Stelling, Old Soul, Lisa/Liza  O

IT’S HARD TO SAY you won’t get your money’s worth at any of the three-act music shows featured at The Oak and The Ax in Biddeford. On Sunday, it’s New York City singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling along with Old Soul and Lisa/Liza.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: The Oak and The Ax, 140 Main St., Suite 107 (back alley), Biddeford

HOW MUCH: $7

INFO: theoakandtheax.blogspot.com

Art and Theater: Ailey tribute at Merrill

PORTLAND OVATIONS presents the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Merrill Auditorium. The performance celebrates 50 years of “Revelations,” a classic that pays tribute to Ailey’s African-American heritage.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 239 Park Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: $51 to $66

INFO: porttix.com

Dining and Drink: ‘Wake up’ call for Urban Farm

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY by helping Cultivating Community “wake up” the Boyd Street Urban Farm in downtown Portland and get it ready for the 2012 growing season. Ask the staff all your gardening questions.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Sunday

WHERE: Boyd Street Urban Farm, East Bayside neighborhood, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 761-GROW

Et Cetera: Give a hoot – scoop the poop Saturday

DESPITE PUBLIC SHAMING and easy access to plastic bags, some dog owners still don’t pick up after their pets. Be a better person and do the dirty work for them during the 20th annual April Stools Day clean up.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

WHERE: meet at the Eastern Promenade, Fort Sumner Park, Reiche School or Baxter Woods, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free (gloves, trash bags and litter tongs provided)

INFO: http://bit.ly/JGurj8