• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: ‘Idol’ winner Allen sings at the Strand

“AMERICAN IDOL” winner Kris Allen brings his music to Maine on Friday. He may not be as well-known as Carrie Underwood, but he’s had five singles on the Billboard charts since being crowned the show’s winner in 2009.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland

HOW MUCH: $20

INFO: rocklandstrand.com

Art and Theater: Van Beest exhibit and more in Pownal 

MAINE ARTISTS Andrea and Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest will open an exhibition of photographs, paintings and etchings in conjunction with a “Keep Me Warm” fuel assistance benefit concert by the folk/blues group Meteora and Jamie Pearson.

WHEN: Opening reception, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday; concert at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mallett Hall, 429 Hallowell Road, Pownal

HOW MUCH: Art show and reception is free; concert costs $10

INFO: addisonwoolley.com

Dining and Drink: Brew Bus to hit the road for Newcastle

IF YOU LOVE OXBOW craft brews as much as we do, don’t miss the Maine Brew Bus’ field trip to the brewery in Newcastle.

WHEN: 3 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Pick-up spot at The Thirsty Pig, 37 Exchange St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $39

INFO: 200-9111

Et Cetera: Shake, rattle and roll at One Longfellow

CELEBRATE SPRING with a show that combines belly dance, blues, hip-hop, aerial arts and more: The 5th Annual Springtime Spectacular variety show.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $15 general admission in advance; $18 at door; $20 reserved front row

INFO: onelongfellowsquare.com

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Frontier wraps up songwriter series

IT’S ALMOST MAY, which means it’s season finale time, and not just on TV. At The Frontier in Brunswick, Wednesday marks the season finale of the “Songwriters in the Round” series, with Lisa Redfern, Paul Chase Jr., Heather Hardy and Brad Strause.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: The Frontier, 14 Maine St., Brunswick

HOW MUCH: $10

INFO: explorefrontier.com

Art and Theater: Baroque selections await music lovers

GO BAROQUE with members of the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra when they perform string sections from the Baroque period on Saturday. Robert Lehmann conducts.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Corthell Concert Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham

HOW MUCH: $6; $3 for students, seniors and USM employees and alumni

INFO: 780-5555; usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice

Dining and Drink: Bier Cellar to host  preview of The Festival

GET A PREVIEW of The Festival, the big craft beer love-in sponsored by Shelton Bros. that will be in Portland this summer. At this tasting, you’ll be able to sample some of the brews that will be making an appearance at the event.

WHEN: 5 to 7:30 p.m. tonight

WHERE: The Bier Cellar, 299 Forest Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 200-MALT

Et Cetera: ‘Wishes’ granted at Mayo Street Arts

MORE OFTEN than not, it seems Mayo Street Arts is putting on a puppet show. That’s the case Sunday, with a kid-friendly performance called “Wishes.”

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday; 1:30 p.m. doors

WHERE: Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $4 children; $8 adults

INFO: 615-3609; mayostreetarts.org