• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: State show qualifies as big, gigantic even

CELEBRATE Valentine’s Day with some big beats. Big Gigantic is known for big beats, thunderous bass and frenetic melodies. The big sound has made the band — excuse our overuse — big in the worlds of EDM and hip-hop. Kill Paris and Manic Focus open.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20; all ages

INFO: (800) 745-3000; statetheatreportland.com

Art and Theater: Jazz trio to riff on Stravinsky

PORTLAND OVATIONS brings The Bad Plus to USM’s Hannaford Hall for an evening of jazz. The trio will perform Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” in a multimedia concert that integrates live video into the performance.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland

HOW MUCH: $28, with a limited number of $10 student tickets

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

WHAT ELSE: At 6 p.m., Ovations Offstage offers a pre-performance lecture with USM associate professor and resident composer Daniel Sonenberg.

Dining and Drink: Warm up to the cold in Freeport

COZY UP to the ice bar at Flavors of Freeport. There will be a martini luge, ice sculptures, music, barbecue from Buck’s Naked BBQ, coffee from Coffee By Design and plenty of fires to keep you warm.

WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St., Freeport

HOW MUCH: $15

INFO: flavorsoffreeport.eventbrite.com

Et Cetera: A fun way to enjoy all that snow

GO AHEAD, embrace the snow. One good way to do that is to head out to the Second Annual Loon Echo Land Trust Snowfest in South Bridgton. There will be cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowman making contests and more.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Five Fields Farm, Route 107, South Bridgton

HOW MUCH: Cross-country race is $10 for adults and $5 for children; other activities are free if you bring your own equipment

INFO: 647-4352

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Get mod, and get on over to Empire

IF YOU’RE a cheap date (and there’s nothing wrong with that), spend Valentine’s Day night at Empire Dine and Dance for free. Kurt Milton Baker is headlining a “Valentine’s Mod Night” at the club, so dress in your mod finery and try to act just a tad more cool than you normally would.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St. Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: portlandempire.com

Art and Theater: Architectural work on display

THE DANFORTH GALLERY at UMaine Augusta hosts a juried student exhibition featuring the best work from the school’s architecture program.

WHEN: Through March 1

WHERE: Danforth Gallery, University of Maine Augusta, Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 621-3261

Dining and Drink: See red, and sip it, at the Bear

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY by drinking nothing but red ales, including Sebago Runabout, Belfast Lobster, Green Flash Hop Head and Moat Mountain Matilda’s. Valentine giveaways all night.

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: The Great Lost Bear, 540 Forest Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: All pints of red ale will be $2.99

INFO: 772-0300

Et Cetera: Laser magic with a far-out soundtrack

THE NAME says it all: Laseropolloza 2013. The Southworth Planetarium at USM is hosting full-dome laser shows Friday through Feb. 24. Some of the shows will be accompanied by the music of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles or Pink Floyd, while others have titles like “Laser Hypnotica.”

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday. Through Feb. 24. Check website for specific show times and themes.

WHERE: Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, 70 Falmouth St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $5.50; $1 for 3-D glasses

INFO: usm.maine.edu/planet/laseropolloza-2013