• 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
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
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
• 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
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
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
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