• HOT TICKETS
Music and Nightlife: Rubblebucket to crank it up at Port City
THE INDIE DANCE outfit Rubblebucket comes to Portland Thursday from its home base of Brooklyn, N.Y. But the band began at the University of Vermont, so one would guess the members are New Englanders at heart.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $15 to $30
Art and Theater: Kung fu masters to perform
NEARLY 1,500 years after the Shaolin monastery was founded, more than 20 Shaolin kung fu masters display their mental and physical skills in a fully choreographed theatrical production. Each Shaolin Warrior trains from a very young age to master feats one only thought possible in movies.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
TICKETS: $32 to $44
INFO: 842-0800; portlandovations.org
Dining and Drink: Experience a fine French tradition
CELEBRATE the French tradition of Beaujolais Nouveau with a four-course tasting menu paired with wines. Diners will also receive a complimentary bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau.
WHEN: Tonight. There will be two seatings: One from 5 to 6 p.m.; the second from 7:45 p.m. to close.
WHERE: Petite Jacqueline, 190 State St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $55
Et Cetera: Ladies out on the town, guns a-blazin’
LAST YEAR, Voom Voom Vahalla took down Lumbersmack Sally in a muscle-heavy contest at the Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland tournament. Will she hold her title this year? Bet on her or your favorite wrestler (maybe Glamazon? Or Patti Poundcakes?) with Slap Bucks and raise money for Mayo Street Arts and the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $5
• CHEAP THRILLS
Music and Nightlife: Follow the bongo beat to State Street
PRIMO CUBANO is a Maine-based, five-piece combo that plays the national music of Cuba (called “Son”), so there’s sure to be dancing when it visits One Longfellow this weekend.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $8 in advance; $10 at door
Art and Theater: MECA’S BFA show wraps Friday
THERE ARE only two more days to see the Maine College of Art’s 2012 BFA Show, featuring the work of 93 students. This show provides an opportunity to see an array of work by Bachelor of Fine Arts students competing for scholarships and awards.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday
WHERE: Porteous Building, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free
Dining and Drink: For holiday varietals, consider the Italians
NEED HELP choosing wines for the holidays? Try some Italian wines that the experts say are perfect for this time of year.
WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Rosemont Market, 580 Brighton Ave., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free
Et Cetera: Brunswick rolls with annual Slumber party
SOMETIMES, before the holidays kick into high gear, you need to let off a little steam. What better way than by watching someone become a winner in bed? Head to Brunswick’s Park Row and check out the Rolling Slumber Bed Races.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Park Row, Brunswick
HOW MUCH: Free