Band of presidential timbre

HOW MANY ROCK bands have you seen that have played for the president? Well, up your total this week by catching Bronze Radio Return in Portland. The Connecticut-based roots-rock outfit was picked to represent that state’s music scene at a performance for President Obama in 2010.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday

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

HOW MUCH: $12 advance; $15 day of; $25 preferred seating

INFO: Statetheatreportland.com

Paul Taylor dancers leap onto the Merrill stage

THE COMPANY of renowned choreographer Paul Taylor brings a series of dances spanning three decades to Merrill Auditorium. Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform “Dust” from 1977, “Mercuric Tidings” from 1982 and “Piazzolla Caldera” from 1997.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $32 to $44, through Merrill box office, PortTix or porttix.com

INFO: portlandovations.org

On the dining trail with Rising Tide

LIKE BEER? LIKE PROGRESSIVE DINNERS? Try this Rising Tide traveling beer dinner that makes stops at Outliers, Little Tap House, Portland & Rochester and Love Cupcakes. Each course paired with a Rising Tide Beer.

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: The Maine Brew Bus will pick up and drop off at Rising Tide Brewing, 103 Fox St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $89

INFO: Call 200-9111 or visit risingtidebeerdinner.eventbrite.com

Saturday’s the day for ‘Friday Slam’

MAYO STREET ARTS is puppet central around these parts, and one of the place’s signature puppet events is the “King Friday’s Dungeon Puppet Slam.” It’s a fairly raucous, sometimes rude, adult-themed puppet variety show. And it’ll be happening Saturday night.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10

INFO: mayostreetarts.org

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A rockin’, poppin three-fer

IT’S A NEW ENGLAND triple bill of rock and pop music at Asylum this weekend. Portland’s Rural Ghosts and Bangor’s When Particles Collide will open for Boston’s Air Traffic Controller. And that last band, yes, features a member who was actually in charge of air traffic.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $5

INFO: portlandasylum.com

Artist Alsoudani to discuss exhibit with PMA director

THE PORTLAND MUSEUM of Art hosts a conversation between artist Ahmed Alsoudani and museum director Mark Bessire. They will discuss Alsoudani’s current exhibition, “Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted.”

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOW MUCH: Free, but reservations are recommended

INFO: portlandmuseum.org

Nothing but treats at Halloween tasting

TOO OLD FOR TRICK-OR-TREATING? Spend All Hallow’s Eve sampling some great seasonal wines at Ned Swain’s annual “Hallowine Tasting” on Thursday at Aurora Provisions, 64 Pine St., Portland.

WHEN: 5 to 6:30 Thursday

WHERE: Aurora Provisions, 64 Pine St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 871-9060

Team Goth goes wild at Halloween

GOT GOTH? If you don’t and you want it, the best place to get your Goth on is probably the Goth Ball Friday at Asylum. The folks who organize the regular Goth nights at Asylum go all out around Halloween. There will be dancing to DJs and $100 in cash prizes for the best costume.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $6 in advance; $8 at the event

INFO: Gothicmaine.com