• 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

INFO: Statetheatreportland.com  

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

INFO: 967-6550 

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

INFO: awesometheater.com 

• 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

INFO: Thehivekennebunk.com 

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

INFO: yarmouthartfestival.com 

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

INFO: wine@browntrading.com 

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

INFO: ooblibrary.org