• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Ladies’ night out in Portland

GET AN EARLY JUMP on St. Patrick’s Day at One Longfellow Square this weekend, when the critically acclaimed Irish-American music ensemble Cherish the Ladies performs.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $32 in advance; $37 at door

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: ‘Big Mouth’ ends run this weekend

THIS WEEK presents the final chance (for now) to see Bess Welden’s latest one-woman play, “Big Mouth Thunder Thighs,” a funny, spirited variety show about body and food. Welden plans to take the show on the road across Maine.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday

WHERE: Portland Stage Company studio theater, 25A Forest Ave.

HOW MUCH: $15

INFO: 774-0465; portlandstage.org

Dining and Drink: You can sip, savor at Signature Event

SIP COCKTAILS and sample decadent desserts at the Signature Event, the party that marks the close of Maine Restaurant Week.

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Prime Mercedes Benz, 137 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough

HOW MUCH: $45

INFO: mainerestaurantweek.com/events

Et Cetera: AudioBody christens Theater of Awesome

CHECK OUT the grand opening weekend at the new Freeport Theater of Awesome with three shows by the high-tech comedy duo AudioBody. The brothers mix contortion, juggling, LED light shows and musical sounds in a show that’s hard to describe.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St.

HOW MUCH: $12 to $18

INFO: awesometheater.com

 

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Irish tunes on the cheap in SoPo

IN THE MOOD for Irish music, but your pot of gold is a little light these days? Check out a free concert at the South Portland Public Library featuring multi-instrumentalist duo Wessels & Wilsbach.

WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 767-7660; southportlandlibrary.com

Art and Theater: Ancient art form on view

MAINE ARTIST Cheslye Ventimiglia shows a series of encaustic paintings in which she utilized ancient techniques to mix paint and wax.

WHEN: Through April 30

WHERE: Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 773-6011

Dining and Drink: Cook-off proceeds mean extra helping

WARM YOUR BONES at the “Chili & Chowder Cook-off for a Cure” with tastes of local chilis and chowders, then vote for your favorites. This late-winter cook-off benefits the American Cancer Society.

WHEN: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: The Galley Restaurant, 245 Centre St., Bath

HOW MUCH: $5 donation at the door. Children 10 and under get in free.

INFO: Call 443-9888 or email helpinghearts_2013@yahoo.com

Et Cetera: MOOSE yarn spinners yak it up Wednesday

HEY, WANT TO HEAR a story? You’ll get the chance on Wednesday, when the Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts (MOOSE) opens its monthly meeting up to folks. The evening begins with an open mic session, then writer and performer Katy Rydell will regale the group with her tales.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 7 p.m. open mic; 8:10 p.m. featured storyteller

WHERE: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

HOW MUCH: $5/donation for featured storyteller; free for meeting and open mic

INFO: moosetellers.ning.com