• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Royal visit by the Duke of Blues

FEW PEOPLE play the blues like Duke Robillard. The guitarist and frontman for the Duke Robillard Band has won a slew of critical praise and many hardcore fans over the years.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20 in advance; $23 at the door

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: ‘Love & Lobsters’ at the Factory

THIS WEEKEND, see a staged reading of John Linscott’s musical “Love & Lobsters,” the story of a New York jazz singer who moves to Maine to find love — and lobsters. Janie Downey Maxwell directs a local cast.

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

WHERE: Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St.

HOW MUCH: Pay what you can

INFO: 865-5505; freeportfactory.com

Dining and Drink: Barbecue for sustainable ag

CHOW DOWN on a grilled burger, hot dog or veggie burger, and your donation will go to Cultivating Community and its projects promoting organic, sustainable farming practices.

WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset, Portland

HOW MUCH: $5

INFO: 774-7711

Et Cetera: Here’s an excuse to get all Victorian

NETWORK in proper Victorian style with PROPEL, the young professionals group of the Portland Chamber, when they take over the Victoria Mansion for After Hours Cocktails.

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

WHERE: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free for members; $5 for nonmembers

INFO: propelportland.org

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Hickory Strings kick off threefer at Blue

HICKORY STRINGS is an eclectic string band blending jazz, bluegrass, classical and world music. The Boston-based group is one of three acts at Blue Saturday: Hattie Simon plays at 6 p.m., while the Lincoln Allen Trio goes on at 10 p.m.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: No cover

INFO: 774-4111; portcityblue.com

Art and Theater: Get to know Maine Media College

JOIN MAINE MEDIA COLLEGE at Portland’s Addison Woolley Gallery for an exhibition of the 2012 Professional Certificate graduates’ capstone work. Visitors can meet Maine Media Workshop + College’s new president, Meg Weston; chair of the college’s Professional Certificate program, Brenton Hamilton; and various artists, assistants and graduates.

WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Addison Woolley Gallery, 132 Washington St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 450-8499; addisonwoolley.com

Dining and Drink: Meet-and-greet with winemaker Terrien

MEET WINEMAKER Michael Terrien, whose 2007 Terrien Chardonnay was chosen one of the five best wines of the year in 2011 by editors at Food and Wine at a local wine tasting. Terrien’s wines are served at such acclaimed restaurants as Per Se, The French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park.

WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. today

WHERE: Browne Trading Market, 262 Commercial St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 775-7560

Et Cetera: Savor a nice slice of summer in Maine

FROM pie eating contests to a dunk tank to live music, Poland Spring Heritage Day serves up a slice of summertime in Maine.

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

WHERE: Poland Spring Resort & Preservation Park

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: polandspringps.org