• HOT TICKETS

Sick of winter? Good news: The doctor is in

GOT A CASE of the winter blues? Let the good doctor cure you with his musical medicine. Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack) has been practicing his New Orleans-flavored music for more than 50 years, though he might be best known for his 1973 radio hit “Right Place Wrong Time.” Maine’s Kenya Hall is also on the bill.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $39 to $75

INFO: Portlandasylum.com

Art and Theater: A musical Valentine to Clara Schumann

VIOLINIST RONALD LANTZ and pianist Laura Kargul celebrate Valentine’s Day with a program of romantic music. The concert, “Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul: To Clara, with Love,” will feature works written for and by Clara Schumann, the pianist and composer beloved by both Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Corthell Concert Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus, 37 College Ave., Gorham

HOW MUCH: $15 general public; $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni; $5 students

INFO: usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice; 780-5555

Art and Theater: Celebrated writers to discuss the craft

THE MAINE WRITERS & Publishers Alliance and Cobscook Community Learning Center at SPACE Gallery offer a lively literary conversation on craft, the writing life, the novella form, the Oxford comma and more. with Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo and National Book Award finalist Andre Dubus III. The evening will be moderated by MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell, and serves as a fundraiser for the MWPA and CCLC.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday; reception at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Space, 538 Congress St. Portland

HOW MUCH: $15 advance, $20 at the door for conversation; $40 for reception, advance purchase only; dubusandrusso.brownpapertickets.com

INFO: space538.org

Dining and Drink: Join the Allagash brew crew at Piccolo

ENJOY SOME VINTAGE and seasonal Allagash Brewing Co. beers at a five-course dinner prepared by the chefs of Piccolo.

WHEN: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Piccolo, 111 Middle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity

INFO: 747-5307

Et Cetera: Crash course at Happy Wheels

ROLLER DERBY just never gets old, does it? It was on TV in the ’70s, made a comeback a while ago, and is still going strong. Check it out in person as the Calamity Janes take on Roller Derby Quebec.

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Happy Wheels Skate Center, 331 Warren Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: $7 in advance; $8 at the door; $5 for ages 5 to 12; free for kids 5 and under

INFO: Mainerollerderby.com/

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Hot Club du Monde brings the heat

HOT CLUB du Monde plays Gypsy jazz and swing with acoustic guitars, bass and violin. An inexpensive way to heat up your evening.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland

HOW MUCH: No cover

INFO: Gingkoblue.com

Dining and Drink: Sweet sips at new Sweetgrass space

SAMPLE THE AWARD-WINNING Back River Gin, along with Cranberry Smash, Three Crow Rum, apple brandy and other wines and spirits – some paired with chocolates – at the opening of a new tasting room and shop in the Old Port.

WHEN: 12 to 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, 324 Fore St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 785-3024 or sweetgrasswinery.com

Et Cetera: Feud rages in Westbrook

SURVEY SAYS … it’s time to play Westbrook Feud! As benefit for the Westbrook High School Class of 2014, teachers and students will square off in their own version of “Family Feud.” Before a live audience, no less.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook

HOW MUCH: $7 for adults and $5 for students

INFO: WestbrookPAC.org