• HOT TICKETS
Music and Nightlife: Umphrey’s McGee to improg-rock the State
UMPHREY’S MCGEE is often categorized as an “improg” or “progressive improvisation” band. That’s because they can improvise, like the jam bands of the ’90s, but they’re heavily influenced by the progressive rock of the ’70s. That’s quite a combo. Saturday they’ll be playing the State Theatre, with The London Souls.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $22.50 in advance; $25 day of the show
Art and Theater: Love, Maine-comedy style
THE PUBLIC THEATRE in Lewiston begins its 23rd season with the romantic comedy “Love/Sick,” written by Mainer John Cariani. The playwright tackles the topic of love, and dares to ask, “Once you find love, what the heck do you do with it, and how do you make it last?”
WHEN: Opens Friday and runs through Oct. 27; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with additional matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 26.
WHERE: Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston
HOW MUCH: $20
INFO: 782-3200 or thepublictheatre.org
Dining and Drink: Think green at Earth’s Sommelier’s Sunday
ARE GREEN WINES REALLY BETTER FOR YOU? Learn all about organic and biodynamic wines in the second installment of American Sommelier’s Sunday wine seminars.
WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Earth at Hidden Pond, 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport
HOW MUCH: $60
Et Cetera: Pumpkin juggling, bed of nails speak of season
WHAT BETTER WAY to celebrate the season than with some pumpkin juggling? Not to mention a bed of nails, crazy lighting and music and some madcap comedy. It’s the Halloween Family Show put on by Audiobody, the comedy-juggling-music duo, at the Freeport Theater of Awesome.
WHEN: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St., Freeport.
HOW MUCH: $12 to $17
• CHEAP THRILLS
The Hive to buzz with honey of a jazz jam
LOOKING FOR a jazz jam session? Jazz musician and teacher Chris Humphrey will play the monthly jazz jam night at The Hive in Kennebunk. He’ll be there Wednesday with his trio.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: The Hive, 84 Main St., Kennebunk
HOW MUCH: $5
Art galore at Yarmouth fest
MORE THAN 70 Maine artists will exhibit 163 pieces of artwork at the fifth annual Yarmouth Art Festival. The juried show features painting, sculpture, photography, etching and digital media.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Reception with artists from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
WHERE: St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth
HOW MUCH: Free
Free tasting and fresh fish at Browne Trading
SAMPLE SOME OF THE GREAT WINES they have in their extensive collection, then pick up some fresh fish for dinner.
WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Browne Trading Co., 260 Commercial St.
HOW MUCH: Free
Scary stories will be told by candlelight
IT’S ALSO TIME for spooky stories. And who’s got spooky stories? The library. In this case it’s the Libby Library in Old Orchard Beach, offering a theatrical story experience called “Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight.” Appropriate for mature teens and older.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Libby Library, 27 Staples St., Old Orchard Beach
HOW MUCH: Free