• HOT TICKETS
Music and Nightlife: Say hello to Miss Tess and The Talkbacks
MISS TESS plays a mean 1940s archtop guitar, belting out swing, blues, country and folk tunes. She’ll be in Portland Friday with her band, Miss Tess and The Talkbacks, at One Longfellow Square.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $12
Art and Theater: Epiphany tradition continues
The Choral Art Society hold its annual Epiphany Celebration, conducted by Music Director Robert Russell and featuring the Choral Art Society Camerata. The performance will feature the music of Bach, Benjamin Britten, Morten Lauridsen, Francis Poulenc, Paul Mealor and Charles Villiers Stanford.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $18 at Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth, Nonesuch Books in South Portland and Biddeford, and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick
Dining and Drink: Burger and beer to fuel Trivia Night
IT’S BURGER-AND-A-PINT NIGHT, and that means you can get a burger and a beer for $9.99. Bring some smart friends along and you can compete in Team Trivia Night too.
WHEN: Burger-and-beer deal available from 4 p.m. to close.
WHERE: Sebago Brewing Co., 211 Fore St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $9.99
Et Cetera: Thrasher & company at monster truck event
FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY. It’s Monster Jam at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. See Monster Jam Trucks like El Toro Loco, Crushstation and Thrasher! And don’t forget to practice your crazy monster truck announcer voice on the two-hour drive to Bangor.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor
HOW MUCH: $10 to $39
• CHEAP THRILLS
Music and Nightlife: Cardboard Sea sails into Mayo Street Arts
MUSICAL TRIVIA tidbit of the day: What classic old pop song included the lyric “over a cardboard sea.” First clue is that there’s a band called Over a Cardboard Sea, playing music “from days gone by.” Second clue is that they are playing at Mayo Street Arts Saturday with Tumbling Bones. And the answer? “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $10
Art and Theater: See Fensterstock’s work on First Friday
Portland artist Lauren Fensterstock shows drawings that she makes to help develop ideas for her large-scale temporary installations. This show features two dozen unframed preparatory drawings for recent projects at the Portland Museum of Art and the Kohler Art Center,
WHEN: Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday as part of First Friday Art Walk
WHERE: Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free
INFO: 775-2222 or aucocisco.com
Dining and Drink: It’s a brine idea: ‘Oyster Thursday’
WINTER OYSTERS ARE THE BEST; slurp down as many as you want at this price on “Oyster Thursday.”
WHEN: Available while they last, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Point 5 Lounge, Five Fifty-Five Restaurant, 555 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: $1.55 per oyster
Et Cetera: ‘Come Darkness’ event Friday at SPACE Gallery
ART WALKS in winter? Yes, Portland still has its First Friday Art Walk in winter. In fact, SPACE Gallery on Congress Street is hosting a welcoming winter event called “Come Darkness” during the art walk Friday. Warming cocktails, ambient visuals and soundscapes are all on tap.
WHEN: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: Free