• 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

INFO: portcitymusichall.com

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

INFO: 553-7044

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

INFO: mayostreetarts.org

 

• 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

INFO: onelongfellowsquare.com

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

INFO: meca.edu

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

INFO: 774-8129

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

INFO: brunswickdowntown.org