• BENEFITS

“License to Chill,” comedy, live music, food and silent auction; benefits Winterkids; Bubba’s Sulky Lounge, Portland. $35. biddingforgood.com/winterkids. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. today.

Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Party on the Pier, silent and live auction, boat tours, hors d’oeuvres, dinner sampler and live music from The Dam Jam; The Contented Sole, New Harbor. $25. pemaquidwatershed.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Madama Butterfly” Gala Dinner Dance & Auction, cocktails, Japanese dinner, live auction, live music and dancing; benefits PORTopera; Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. $130. 879-7678. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Pet and People Walk, walkers collect pledges; benefits the Center for Grieving Children; Payson Park, Portland. 775-5216. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Kennebunkport Festival, fine food, art and wine, live music and inn tours, various locations, Kennebunkport. Prices vary. Schedule at kennebunkportfestival.com. Today to Saturday.

Annual OOB Back to the Beach Corvette Weekend, Corvette display, parade, old-fashioned clambake and more, Old Orchard Beach. back2thebeach.net. Prices vary. Today to Sunday.

City of Saco 250th Anniversary Celebration, parade, family events and more, downtown Saco. sacomaine.org/saco250.shtml. 10 a.m. Saturday. Weekends through July 8.

Margaretta Days Festival, celebrates the first naval battle of the American Revolution on June 12, 1775, with demonstrations, a children’s area, arts and crafts and more, University of Maine at Machias. Free. machiaschamber.org/calendar.php. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Piccadilly Circus’ “Blast,” acrobats, animals, comedy, music and more, Topsham Fairgrounds. $35 to $45 (buy one, get one free); child’s ringside VIP $8; general admission child seats are free. thefuncircus.com. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

“Ulysses for the Fun of It,” weekly listening session of a recording of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” performed by Irish actors, Maine Irish Heritage Center, Portland. Free. maineirish.com. 6 to 7:30 p.m. today and June 14. Through June 28.

FRIDAY

The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. $20 in advance; $25 day of show; $10 in advance for ages 12 to 18. boothbayoperahouse.com. 7:30 p.m.

“Passport to Adventure,” experience 12 locales with 12 presenters including “Survivor” winner Bob Crowley, food, costumes and interactive activities, Lucid Stage, Portland. $25. lucidstage.com. 8 p.m.

Open Mic and Poetry Slam, First Universalist Church, Auburn. Free. 783-0461. 7:30 p.m.

Monster Jam, monster truck show, Speedway 95, Herman. $20 to $30; $8 for ages 12 and younger. speedway95racing.com/MonsterJam/MonsterJam.html. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY

Solstice Spectacular Variety Show, belly dance, blues, hip hop, aerial arts and more, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $15 in advance; $18 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com. 8 p.m.

Blacksmithing Demonstration, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. Free. 926-4597. 10 a.m.

Trendsetting European White Wines, sommelier Erica Archer leades a guided viticultural tasting and walking tour of the Old Port, 21-plus; Eve’s at the Garden, Portland Harbor Hotel. $35 in advance; $40 day of event. winewiseevents.com. 3 to 5 p.m.

BoatSMART 2012, tours of Coast Guard cutters and boats, vessel safety checks, flare and self-rescue demonstrations and more, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, 259 High St., South Portland. uscg.mil/d1/sectnne. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SUNDAY

The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist, Jonathan’s Restaurant, Ogunquit. $20 in advance; $23 day of show. jonathansrestaurant.com. 7 p.m.

MONDAY

Seanachie Nights, Bloomsday Celebration with James Joyce’s works read by Sebastian Lockwood, Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $9. 253-0288. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Occupy Poetry Reading, with Belfast Poet Laureate Jacob Fricke, Lisa Panepinto, Genevieve Shepard and several others, Whitehall Inn, Camden. 236-3391. 7 p.m.

• FILMS

TODAY

“The Redemption of General Butt Naked” (2011), documentary about former Libyan warlord Joshua Milton Blahyi, Space Gallery, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m.

“Renascence: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Poet” (1992), documentary, Whitehall Inn, Camden. 239-3391. 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

“Metropolis” (1927), restored version of silent sci-fi classic with 30 minutes of missing footage and accompanied by original live music, Leavitt Theatre, Ogunquit. $10. leavitttheatre.com. 8 p.m.

MONDAY

“Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991, rated PG), Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. $5/donation. 563-5513. 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

“The Philadelphia Story” (1940), Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. 443-5141. 6:30 p.m.

Sprout Touring Film Festival, short films related to autism, Asperger’s syndrome and intellectual disabilities, University of Maine (Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Michael Klahr Center), Augusta. Free/donation. gosprout.org. Noon and 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

“Guilty Pleasures,” documentary, Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 5:30 p.m.

JUNE 14

“Beyond the Black Rainbow” (2012, rated R), Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday cartoons, Space Gallery, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m.

“Ulysses” (1967), Bloomsday week screening with talk by USM professor Francis McGrath, Portland Public Library. Free. 799-5327. 6:30 p.m.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Melissa Coleman, author of “This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak,” University of New England, Portland. 221-4375. Noon.

Melissa Coleman, author of “This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak,” Freeport Community Library. Free. freeportconservationtrust.org. 7 p.m.

James Witherell, author of “L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company,” Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.

Gerry Boyle, author of “Port City Black & White,” South Portland Library. Free. 767-7660. 6:30 p.m.

Kate Stone Lombardi, author of “The Mama’s Boy Myth: Why Keeping our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Lowry’s Lodge, reading series featuring Jay Franzel and Jim Donnelly, Acorn Studios, Westbrook. $5/donation. acorn-productions.org. 7 p.m.

Dena Riegel, author of “Maine Staycation Guide,” Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

SATURDAY

Brooke Dojny, author of “Lobster! 55 Fresh & Simple Recipes for Everyday Eating,” Gritty McDuff’s, Portland. 772-2739. 2 to 4 p.m.

TUESDAY

Katherine Mayfield, author of the memoir “A Box of Daughter: Overcoming a Legacy of Emotional Abuse,” York Public Library. Free. york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Richard and Kate Russo, author and artist of “Interventions,” Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. 563-3207. 10 a.m.

Gibson Fay LeBlanc, author of the poetry book “Death of a Ventriloquist,” Portland Public Library (Rines Auditorium). Free. portlandlibrary.com. Noon.

JUNE 14

Kate Shaffer, author of “Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier,” Stonewall Kitchen, York. 351-2712. 10:30 a.m.

• PRO SPORTS

Portland Sea Dogs, Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, Hadlock Field, Portland. $4 to $9. milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t546. Vs. Bowie, noon today; vs. Richmond, 7 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

The Joint is Jumpin’ Swing Dance, with DJ PJ, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $8. mayostreetarts.org. Lessons at 7:30 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Contra Dance, with caller Nils Fredland, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $10; $7 for students and seniors. (Family dance costs $3 per person and $12 per family.) 233-4325. 6 p.m. family dance; 7 p.m. potluck (bring a dish to share); lessons at 7:30 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.