• HOT TICKETS
Music and Nightlife: Infectious gypsy jazz at One Longfellow
THE GYPSY MOTH QUARTET is led by Daisy Castro, who started playing violin at age 6. The group’s gypsy jazz will have you tapping your toes and drumming your fingers.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $15 in advance; $20 at door
Art and Theater: USM Youth Ensembles to take center stage
MORE THAN 200 young people from across southern Maine will perform a spring concert as part of the USM Youth Ensembles at Merrill Auditorium. Four instrumental groups comprise the ensembles: The Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, the Portland Young People’s String Consort, the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $6; $3 for seniors and students
INFO: 780-5555; usm.maine.edu/music
Dining and Drink: Eastern European wines to pour over
LEARN ABOUT Eastern European wines at a five-course dinner featuring the wines of Hungary, Croatia, Austria and Slovenia.
WHEN: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Caiola’s, 58 Pine St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity
INFO: Reservations required: 772-1110
Et Cetera: Antiques show last of the season
IT’S THE END of the season at the Bath Antique Show & Sale. The show on Sunday will feature more than 50 dealers, including Tim Gaudet, a midcoast dealer with expertise in fine quality Victorian glass and porcelain.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road
HOW MUCH: $4 admission
• CHEAP THRILLS
Music and NIghtlife: Pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Roost
COME OUT and jam, or just come out and listen. It’s time once again for the Southern Maine Monthly Bluegrass Jam. And it’s all acoustic.
WHERE: Roost Function Hall, 62 Chicopee Road, Buxton
WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: $7
Art and Theater: Cariani’s labor of love plays on
PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY continues its run of John Cariani’s new play, “Love/Sick.” The show tells the story of love with humor and just enough scorn to make it feel all too real.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 21.
WHERE: Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave.
HOW MUCH: $20 to $44
INFO: 774-0465; portlandstage.org
Dining and Drink: All that jazz deserves some celebration
CELEBRATE JAZZ Appreciation Month with cocktail and beer specials.
WHEN: Every Wednesday (5 to 11 p.m.) and Thursday (5 p.m. to midnight) in April
WHERE: Gingko Blue Jazz & Blues Lounge, 455 Fore St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Cocktail special, $8; Brother Thelonius Belgian Style Abbey Ale, $4
INFO: 541-9190; gingkoblue.com
Et Cetera: You’re the pawn in this chess game
FOR MOST OF US, chess is confusing enough. But people who know the game and wanted to make it even more challenging developed transcendental chess, where the back rows of the board are lined up by chance and chosen out of a hat. Come watch the chaos that ensues, or test your chess skills yourself.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free; bring chess board to play