• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: It’s Primo at El Rayo

HOW ABOUT some Cuban to go with your Mexican? Music with food, that is. The band Primo Cubano is playing Wednesday as part of the Summer Music Series at El Rayo Taqueria.

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: El Rayo Taqueria, 101 York St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free with your meal

INFO: elrayotaqueria.com

Art and Theater: Maine State Ballet  has ‘Don Quixote’

MAINE STATE BALLET presents “Don Quixote,” a full-length ballet full of spirited dancing and colorful costumes that tells the story of a barber who wins the hand of the village beauty.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 17.

WHERE: Maine State Ballet Theatre, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth

HOW MUCH: $17 to $23

INFO: 781-3587; mainestateballet.org

Dining and Drink: Many hats for young growers/chefs

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY’S youth growers will be the chefs at this week’s Twilight Dinner in the orchard at Turkey Hill Farm.

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: 120 Old Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth

HOW MUCH: $40 (BYOB)

INFO: 761-4769; cultivatingcommunity.org

Et Cetera: Sail on over to boat show

THE ANNUAL Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors show is not just about boats, homes and harbors. The massive event also features artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers and marine gear vendors — all in one place.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Harbor Park, 275 Main St., Rockland

HOW MUCH: $12; free for children under 12

INFO: maineboats.com

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: See Guster free at Bean concert

GUSTER HAS gained a fanbase around the country for its lively alt-rock, but at least one member feels most at home in Maine. Adam Gardner, who married a Mainer, has been living in Portland for about eight years. He and his bandmates will play a free outdoor show at L.L. Bean as part of the retailer’s summer concert series.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: L.L. Bean Discovery Park, 95 Main St., Freeport

HOW MUCH: Free; bring lawn chairs or blankets

INFO: llbean.com/summer

Art and Theater: Columnist to give free talk Thursday

NATIONALLY SYNDICATED newspaper columnist and author Ellen Goodman addresses the issue of aging and end-of-life care in a free talk in Kennebunk.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Kennebunk Town Hall, 1 Summer St.

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 283-7234

Dining and Drink: Brew on this: Beer tasting at Bear

SAMPLE JACK ‘DOR AND BABY TREE from the Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, which owner Dann Paquette says is “an idea, not a brewery.”

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Great Lost Bear, 540 Forest Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: Special prices, usually $2.99 per pint

INFO: 772-0300; prettythingsbeertoday.com/wp

Et Cetera: Just on a lark, go see Art in the Park

ART IN THE PARK in South Portland is in its 34th year. The annual show and sale is in picturesque Mill Creek Park, complete with a duck pond. There will also be food, music and children’s activities.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; rain date is Sunday

WHERE: Mill Creek Park, Broadway and Ocean Street, South Portland

HOW MUCH: Free admission; food will be sold

INFO: artintheparkmaine.com