HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Toubab Krewe lets instruments sing

TIRED OF HEARING people’s voices all day long? Try relaxing to the instrumental blend of rock, African and folk music created by North Carolina-based Toubab Krewe. They play Port City Music Hall Saturday.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $12 advance; $15 day of show

INFO: portcitymusichall.com

Art and Theater: Unparalleled tunes on Pops! playlist

PORTLAND SYMPHONY Pops! will present the music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin this weekend. Broadway singers Jennifer Hope Wills and Mike Eldred will join the orchestra and music director Robert Moody on “Summertime” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” among others.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $31 t0 $81; Merrill box office and porttix.com; 842-0800

INFO: portlandsymphony.org

Dining and Drink: The Black Birch creates dinner to go with Oxbow

OXBOW BREWING COMPANY and The Black Birch pair up for a multi-course extravaganza in a series of Sunday beer dinners.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday, dinner begins at 5:45

WHERE: The Black Birch, 2 Government St., Kittery

HOW MUCH: $75

INFO: (207) 703-2294

Et Cetera: Take in beauty of vintage barns and quilts

EVER WONDER what some of Maine’s cool old barns look like on the inside? Well, find out Saturday at the 4th annual Historic Barns & Quilts tour sponsored by the Freeport Historical Society.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop, Route 1, Freeport.

HOW MUCH: $35; Must be purchased in advance

INFO: freeporthistoricalsociety.org

CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Bettencourt will make The Hive buzz

LOCAL SINGER-SONGWRITER Eric Bettencourt brings his songs, and his soulful voice, to The Hive in Kennebunk on Thursday.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: The Hive, 84 Main St., Kennebunk

HOW MUCH: $10

INFO: thehivekennebunk.com

Art and Theater: 30 artists rise to top of biennial selections

AFFIRMING ITS commitment to contemporary art, the Portland Museum of Art opens its latest biennial on Thursday. The exhibition features more than 70 works by 30 artists who live in Maine at least part time, or have ties to the state.

WHEN: Oct. 3 to Jan. 5; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, with extended hours to 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOW MUCH: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students with ID, $6 ages 13 to 17, free 12 and younger; free for all after 5 p.m. Friday

INFO: portlandmuseum.org or 775-6148

Dining and Drink: Dinner and auction will help kids grow at school

EAT VEGETABLE LASAGNA, bid on some auctions and support school gardens.

WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Bonny Eagle Middle School, 92 Sokokis Trail, Buxton

HOW MUCH: $10 adults, $5 youth and $1 children under 4

INFO: 776-4961

Et Cetera: Crafty day in Cornish helps library

NEED AN EXCUSE to take a drive out in the country to see some fall colors? Here’s one: the Autumn Craft Fair in Cornish, to benefit the Bonney Memorial Library expansion project. There will be crafters, Maine-made items, a raffle and homemade cookies for sale.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Masonic Lodge Hall, 142 Maple St. (Route 25),

Cornish

HOW MUCH: Free admission; Food and crafts for sale

INFO: Bonney.lib.me.us