• HOT TICKET

Music and Nightlife: Brown connects at One Longfellow

ERICA BROWN started playing fiddle at age 6, and lucky for bluegrass fans, it wasn’t just a passing phase. She’s opened for the likes of Dwight Yoakam and Ricky Skaggs, and will play with her own band, The Bluegrass Connection, on Friday.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

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

HOW MUCH: $10 in advance; $15 at door.

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: Moody, PSO feature Beethoven’s Fifth

ROBERT MOODY leads the Portland Symphony Orchestra in a program that celebrates the compositional brilliance of Beethoven, featuring the most-famous symphony ever written, Beethoven’s Fifth.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $31 to $76

INFO: 842-0800; porttix.com; portlandsymphony.org

Dining and Drink: Roll your own at Pie Dough 101

LEARN TO roll and crimp at Pie Dough 101, one of several Sunday afternoon hands-on baking classes that Two Fat Cats Bakery will be holding during the next few months.

WHEN: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Two Fat Cats Bakery, 47 India St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $35

INFO: 347-5144

Auction to benefit grieving center

WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE lose a loved one, the Center for Grieving Children is there to help. Now you can help the center while bidding on fabulous auction items and enjoying delicious eats during the Love Really Counts Auction and Dinner.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring Street, Portland

HOW MUCH: $90

INFO: cgcmaine.org 

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Richardson takes Oak and Ax stage

PORTLAND SINGER/SONGWRITER Sara Hallie Richardson brings her music — a blend of folk, indie and electronic styles — to Biddeford’s The Oak and The Ax. The Reverie Machine is also on the bill.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: The Oak and The Ax, 140 Main Street, Suite 107 (back alley), Biddeford

HOW MUCH: $7

INFO: theoakandtheax.blogspot.com

Art and Theater: Library hosts party for print exhibition

PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY hosts a reception for “Prints: Breaking Boundaries” during the First Friday Art Walk. In addition, Acorn Productions’ Naked Shakespeare troupe presents the works of the Bard without sets, lights and costumes.

WHEN: “Prints” reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Lewis Gallery; Naked Shakespeare, 6 p.m., in the atrium

WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: portlandlibrary.com

Dining and Drink: Sample Super beers on Thursday

SUPER SUDS for the Super Bowl will be on tap at this tasting of beers that are 5 percent alcohol or less, but still have a lot of flavor.

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Bier Cellar, 299 Forest Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 200-MALT

Et Cetera: Celebrate winter with Biddeford

HEAD TO downtown Biddeford for a rail jam contest, sliding, skating, sleigh rides, lobster stew, chili, a lip-syncing competition, a pie contest and sidewalk sales during this year’s WinterFest weekend.

WHEN: Various times Friday to Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Biddeford

HOW MUCH: Most activities are free

INFO: facebook.com/WinterFest2013