• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Stars come out at Port City

IF YOU’VE been hearing about the Canadian indie-pop band Stars, here’s your chance to hear them for yourselves. The band is slated to play Port City Music Hall on Thursday. Diamond Rings open.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $22 to $34

INFO: (888) 512-SHOW; portcitymusichall.com

Art and Theater: PMA serves heaping helping of Homer

THE PORTLAND Museum of Art opens its long-anticipated exhibition, “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” on Saturday. The show coincides with the opening of Homer’s renovated Prouts Neck studio on Tuesday, and features work that Homer made while he lived there.

WHEN: Opens Saturday. Through Dec. 30.

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOW MUCH: $12; $10 for seniors and students; $6 for ages 13 to 17; free for ages 12 and younger; free for all after 5 p.m. Fridays

INFO: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org

Dining and Drink: Smokin’ hot time at Calabash

FANS OF “Mad Men,” this is your lucky day. Chow down on a manly dinner of rib eye, garlic mashed potatoes, Greek salad and Key lime pie, drink some beer and smoke a Perdomo cigar.

WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Calabash Cigar Cafe, 425 Western Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: $59.95

INFO: 774-8673

Et Cetera: Mirage 2012 promises dancing feat

LIKE AN OASIS emerging from the desert, Mirage 2012 will shimmer, stop, shimmy and shake its way onto the stage. An evening of international dance, the performance features belly dance, capoeira, Chinese cultural dance, Irish step dance and tango.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center, 76 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $18 in advance; $25 at door

INFO: stlawrencearts.org

 

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Local bands line up at Empire

GET A LOCAL rock three-fer on Saturday at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland: Holy Boys Danger Club, Murcielago and The Class Machine are all on the bill.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $6

INFO: 879-8988; portlandempire.com

Art and Theater: The colors fly at Damariscotta space

THE DAMARISCOTTA River Grill presents “Flying Colors,” featuring the works of Jeannette Steele Esposito and Susan Guest McPhail.

WHEN: Through Oct. 29

WHERE: Damariscotta River Grill, 155 Main St., Damariscotta

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 563-2992

Dining and Drink: New meaning to the term ‘food coloring’

EAT SOME LUNCH, then learn from an artist how to turn your food waste into natural dyes at “From Sandwich to Shirt: Dyeing Fabric from Basic Food Waste.” Yes, it’s weird, but we like it.

WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $15

INFO: space538.org

Et Cetera: Colored diamonds star of show

CLEAR DIAMONDS may command the highest prices, but the prestigious gem occurs in many colors. See a rainbow of rare natural colored diamonds during this free gemstone exhibit.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

WHERE: Old Masonic Hall, 11 Mechanic St., Freeport

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 865-4126; browngoldsmiths.com