• HOT TICKETS
Music and Nightlife: It takes a big band to produce EMEFE’s sound
EMEFE has had its music described as “Afrobeat mixed with the funk of Sly Stone” as well as jazz, hip hop and rock. The group certainly fills a stage, what with four horns, two guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, shekere and congas. See for yourself at One Longfellow Square.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $10 in advance; $15 at door
Art and Theater: ‘Dreamgirls’ about to take final bows
MAINE STATE MUSIC THEATRE in Brunswick ends its run of the Motown show “Dreamgirls” this weekend. If you haven’t seen it and want to, this is your last chance to put these tunes into your head for the rest of the summer.
WHEN: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Maine State Music Theatre, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
HOW MUCH: $43 to $59
INFO: 725-8769; msmt.org
Dining and Drink: Taste of the Nation seriously satisfying
TASTE THE CREATIONS of 28 Maine chefs at the annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation dinner that fights childhood hunger. Then bid on lots of food-related auction items, including meals prepared by local chefs just for you.
WHEN: 4:30 to 8 p.m. general admission; 3 to 8 p.m. VIP ticket holders Sunday
WHERE: Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport
HOW MUCH: General admission $125; VIP $200
Et Cetera: It’s a juggling act, running a theater
THE FREEPORT THEATER of Awesome is a fairly new venue run by performers: Maine’s juggling-comedy-electronic gadgetry duo The Tardy Brothers. And one of the perks of running a theater is that you can book yourself to perform there. Which the Tardys have done, scheduling a show for Sunday afternoon.
WHERE: Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: $15 in advance; $18 day of show
• CHEAP THRILLS
Music and Nightlife: Restaurant staffers try to outplay each other
FOOD FIGHT! Sound good? It should, and it won’t even be messy. Food Fight is the title of a battle of the bands featuring groups formed from the staffs of area restaurants. Come out and cheer for your favorite eatery.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Big Easy, 55 Market St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $5
Art and Theater: Gallery owner puts own art out there
ANDY VERZOSA is known as one of Portland’s most outgoing fine-art gallery owners. Through Sunday, Verzosa is showing his own paintings at Isaac Dyer Galleries in Gorham under the title “An Elephant in the Room.”
WHEN: Through Sunday, with a closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Isaac Dyer Galleries, 180 Fort Hill Road, Gorham
HOW MUCH: Free
Dining and Drink: Sample exotic brews before main event
WARM UP FOR THE WEEKEND’S beer extravaganza known as The Festival with a precursor at the Great Lost Bear. Drink from dedicated taps picked by the Shelton Brothers themselves, including Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis (Quadrupel from Canada); De Ranke XX Bitter (Belgian IPA); Page 24/N? ?Rhub’ (IPA from France/Norway); High and Mighty pas de Dieux (saison from Massachusetts); and Cantillion Gueze from Belgium.
WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Great Lost Bear, 540 Forest Ave., Portland
HOW MUCH: Tulip glasses priced $4.99 to $5.99
Et Cetera: Crafters gather on Windham green
ARTISANS ON THE Green is Windham Historical Society’s gathering of old-time crafters putting on public demonstrations. On Saturday there will be a blacksmith, a candle maker, a woodworker, a quilter, a basket maker and more.
WHERE: Windham Historical Society, 234 Windham Center Road
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
HOW MUCH: $5/donation; free for those under 12