• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Notes from the Great American Songbook

GEORGE COLE and Eurocana play songs from the Great American Songbook with inspiration from the gypsy-fueled jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Don’t see that every day.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $15 in advance; $20 at door

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: Dodd retrospective going up at PMA

“LOIS DODD: Catching the Light” at the Portland Museum of Art celebrates the career of one of Maine’s best-loved painters. Dodd, who summers in Cushing, will show more than 50 paintings spanning six decades Jan. 17 to April 7. Before the opening, art critic Karen Wilkin will interview Dodd on Wednesday at Holiday Inn by the Bay.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Wednesday (talk)

WHERE: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10

INFO: portlandmuseum.org

Dining and Drink: Eve’s serves cuisine of the Middle East

DINE ON authentic Middle Eastern foods, such as lahmajoun and fattouch sala, at the first of a series of international dinners prepared by executive chef Tim Labonte.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Eve’s at the Garden, Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St.

HOW MUCH: $65; includes dinner, wine pairings, tax, gratuity and valet parking

INFO: 775-9090

Et Cetera: Revue promises to be a real drag

HEAT UP your January with 5G’s presentation of “Fire and Ice.” This variety show features performances by Kings of the Hill, USM’s Royal Drag Queen, Little Boy Broadway and more. You’re bound to leave all hot and bothered.

WHEN: 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $12

INFO: stlawrencearts.com 

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Gary Wittner sits in with Forbes Quartet

VETERAN jazz guitarist Gary Wittner will be playing with the Jacob Forbes Quartet at Blue in Portland on Saturday. Earlier in the night, at 8 p.m., the jazz/folk group Hee Hawk will play.

WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Pass the hat; one purchase minimum

INFO: 774-4111; portcityblue.com

Art and Theater: Schwartz prints  at Jewish Museum

MAINE ARTIST Dorothy Schwartz opens an exhibition this week that examines her career as a printmaker.

WHEN: Reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Exhibition on view through Feb. 25.

WHERE: Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 329-9854; treeoflifemuseum.org

Dining and Drink: Team Sebago invites you to try new beers

TRY SOME brand new beers created by the staff of Sebago Brewing Co. at its next Pilot Beer Night.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Sebago Brewing Co. brewpub, 201 Southborough Drive, Scarborough

HOW MUCH: $3 for a 12-ounce pour

INFO: 874-2337

Et Cetera: Experience Ecstatic Dance fever

LET THE MUSIC and movement take you away to the land of rapture and bliss during the weekly Ecstatic Dance event. This safe, drug-free environment allows you to dance free from inhibitions and judgment. Creativity and scarfs welcome.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday

WHERE: 408 Broadway, South Portland

HOW MUCH: $10 to $15 sliding scale

INFO: ecstaticdanceme.com