• HOT TICKETS
Music and Nightlife: Trey Anastasio Band makes State stop
TREY ANASTASIO is a founding member of the jam-rock band Phish. True. But Anastasio has also released eight albums on his own and collaborated with everyone from Dave Matthews to B.B. King, so checking out his Portland show with his own band seems a worthy thing to do.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $42.50
INFO: (800) 745-3000; statetheatreportland.com
Art and Theater: Midcoast performs Copland, Wagner
THE MIDCOAST Symphony Orchestra performs its second concert series of the season this weekend. Peter Jenkin, an Australian clarinetist, will perform Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, and the orchestra also will perform Richard Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman Overture” and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97.
WHEN & WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Franco American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston; 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Orion Performing Arts Center, 50 Republic Ave., Topsham
HOW MUCH: $18; free for ages 18 and younger
INFO: 846-5378; midcoastsymphony.org
Dining and Drink: Brew and brie … and a whole lot more
HERE’S ALL you need to know about the Sixth Annual Beer & Cheese Tasting: 30 beers, 30 cheeses, $30.
WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Vignola Cinque Terre, 10 Dana St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $30
INFO: 772-1330; reservations required
Et Cetera: NAACP’s MLK Breakfast is Monday
CELEBRATE CIVIL RIGHTS with the NAACP at the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration, featuring a performance by The Kenya Hall Band, a keynote speech by Rinku Sen and a live stream of the presidential inauguration.
WHEN: 8 a.m. Monday
WHERE: Holiday Inn By the Bay, Spring Street, Portland
HOW MUCH: $35
• CHEAP THRILLS
Music and Nightlife: It’ll be a funk-filled evening at Empire
THE TWO BANDS playing Empire on Friday have a couple of the best band names we’ve heard in a long time: Chaos Sauce and Shut Down Brown. Both are based in Maine, play funk-tinged tunes and obviously have a way with words.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday
HERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free; 21-plus
INFO: 879-8988; portlandempire.com
Art and Theater: ‘Bengal Tiger’ gets Maine premiere
MAD HORSE Theatre Company offers the Maine premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” which throws two American soldiers, an Iraqi translator, a brooding tiger and a host of spirits together in war-torn Iraq.
WHEN: Previews at 7:30 tonight and Friday; opens Saturday; runs through Feb. 3
WHERE: Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland
HOW MUCH: Pay-what-you-can Thursdays; $20, $15 students and seniors other days
INFO: 730-2389; madhorse.com
Dining and Drink: Whole Foods screens ‘Betting the Farm’
IF YOU haven’t seen “Betting the Farm,” a film about a group of rural Maine organic dairy farmers who launch their own milk company, here’s a chance to catch it for free and have some healthy snacks too.
WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset, Portland
HOW MUCH: Free
Et Cetera: Dancers on the move for diversity
FROM WEST AFRICAN to Middle Eastern and American Tribal to Latin, the World Dance showcase features more than a dozen dancers in a celebration of diversity timed to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Bright Star Studio, 496 Congress St., 4th Floor, Portland
HOW MUCH: $10 in advance; $12 at door; $15 premium seating