• HOT TICKETS
Music and Nightlife: Bassnectar downsizes to State
THE EDM artist Bassnectar is big, but sometimes you want to see someone big in a place that’s not as big. The show has been moved from the Cumberland County Civic Center to the more intimate State Theatre. All tickets sold for the civic center will be honored, and refunds are available at point of purchase.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $35 in advance; $40 day of show
INFO: (800) 745-3000; statetheatreportland.com
Art and Theater: Painting for a Purpose benefit
THE PORTLAND-AREA arts organization Painting for a Purpose recently paired local artists with students to create colorful, whimsical wooden lobster boats and dories. Those creations will be auctioned, with proceeds funding service learning grants in Portland schools.
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $10 admission
INFO: 934-3616; paintingforapurpose.net
Dining and Drink: Salt Exchange hosts winemaker Merriam
COME MEET Peter Merriam, a native Mainer living the dream at his own vineyard in California. Merriam will be serving some of his family’s wines at a five-course wine dinner, with food by chef Adam White.
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: The Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $78 per person, includes tax and gratuity
Et Cetera: Gatsby bash seeks flappers and friends
DRESS AS your best Daisy Buchanan or Nick Carraway and dance the night away at the Great Gatsby Party. Mingle with other flappers and gangsters at this costume party while sipping mocktails and enjoying appetizers, then do the Charleston and the Lindy Hop to the tunes of Ben Baldwin’s Big Note and The Stairwells.
WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road
HOW MUCH: $10
• CHEAP THRILLS
Music and Nightlife: MTV celeb joins Loki for CD-release show
THERE WILL BE an added attraction on Friday when Portland alternative rockers Loki play a CD-release show at Asylum: Skateboarder Bam Margera of MTV’s “Jackass” will host. Also on the bill is The Hollow Glow.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $10
INFO: 772-8274; portlandasylum.com
Art and Theater: Japanese prints go up at Bowdoin
AN EXHIBITION of ancient Japanese woodblock prints opens at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art this weekend. “Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints” coincides with the 25th anniversary of Asian Studies at Bowdoin.
WHEN: Opens Friday. Through March 3.
WHERE: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick
HOW MUCH: Free
Dining and Drink: ‘Natural’ wines for Thanksgiving
LOOKING for something different for your Thanksgiving table? Let Ned Swain of Devenish Wines guide you toward some “natural” wines in this Thanksgiving-themed wine tasting.
WHEN: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Aurora Provisions, 64 Pine St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free
Et Cetera: If you love a good story, Tellebrate!
HEARD A GOOD YARN lately? If not, head over to the Portland Public Library for Tellabration! This worldwide storytelling event features local talent joining an international movement.
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
HOW MUCH: $10/donation