• HOT TICKETS
Long-lived metal band to play Asylum
QUEENSRYCHE HAS been rocking now for 30 years, carrying labels like “progressive metal” and “power metal.” The band rocks hard, whatever critics want to call their music, we know that. They’ll be at Asylum in Portland on Friday.
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $30 in advance; $33 day of the show
USM company stages darkly funny ‘Cripple’
THE UNIVERSITY of Southern Maine Department of Theatre presents the dark comedy “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” complete with foul language, anti-religious sentiment and generally bad behavior throughout. It is one of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s best-known and most-loved plays.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday; and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22-23 and 5 p.m. Nov. 24.
WHERE: Russell Hall, USM, Gorham
HOW MUCH: $15; $11, seniors. USM employees and alumni; $8 students; all seats $5 on Wednesday
INFO: 780-5151; usm.maine.edu/theatre
Appreciating underused species
ATLANTIC POLLOCK, REDFISH and other underused fish species will be the focus of the next dinner promoting the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Out of the Blue program.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Five Fifty-Five, 555 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $60 per person, or $90 with wine pairings
Ida on the loose in Ogunquit
WHO IS IDA? Well, on one hand, she’s a funny lady who lives in fictional Mahoosuc Mills, Maine, and tells funny stories about her life there. On the other hand, she’s a character played by performer Susan Poulin. Either way, she helps you get in touch with your “innah Mainah.”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: S. Judson Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit
HOW MUCH: $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the show
• CHEAP THRILLS
Middle Eastern music flows from Okbari
EVER HEAR the sounds of an oud? Or what about a riqq? Well, you can if you venture to Biddeford Sunday to hear a free show by the Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St., Biddeford
HOW MUCH: Free
Players breathe new life into an old tale
ACORN PRODUCTIONS presents a new work by the company’s Fairy Tale Players, a group of experienced students from the company’s Acorn Acting Academy. The first Fairy Tale Players show of the season is a humorous take on an old classic, “The Three Piggs” by Michael Levine.
WHEN: 11 a.m Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; and 11 a.m. Nov. 23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24.
WHERE: Acorn Studio Theater, 90 Bridge St., Dana Warp Mill, Westbrook
HOW MUCH: $6 adults, $4 ages 12 and younger
INFO: 854-0065; acorn-productions.org
Fruit of the vine at Browne Trading
BROWNE TRADING MARKET has one of the best wine collections in the city. Stop by the market’s regular weekly wine tasting and see what’s new.
WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Browne Trading Market, 260 Commercial St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free
INFO: 775-7560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Odds are, he’ll have stories to share
ODDS BODKIN! It’s time for stories about Thanksgiving already. You can hear some told by internationally acclaimed storyteller Odds Bodkin when he comes to Cape Elizabeth on Saturday.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth
HOW MUCH: Free