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Music and Nightlife: Chocolate Church hosts Smither

CHRIS SMITHER is one of those musicians who isn’t exactly a household name, yet serious music fans always know who they are. He’s an accomplished guitarist and songwriter whose folk/blues music draws heavily from poetry and philosophy.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath

HOW MUCH: $22 in advance; $25 at the door

INFO: Chocolatechurch.com

Art and Theater: ‘Old’ and ‘New’ from Antonacos of USM

ANASTASIA ANTONACOS, a member of the School of Music faculty at the University of Southern Maine, will present an evening of both classical and contemporary works. “Something Old, Something New,” will feature selections by Franz Liszt, Leoš Janácek and Einojuhani Rautavaara, and expressive modern pieces by British composer Cecilia McDowall.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus,37 College Ave., Gorham

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

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

Dining and Drink: Vinland goes hammer and tong for Thor

CELEBRATE ‘THOR’S DAY’ AND THE PAGAN GOD THOR with an eight-course tasting menu inspired by Icelandic traditions.

WHEN: 5:30 (first seating) and 8:15 (second seating) Thursday

WHERE: Vinland, 593 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Dinner $65, beer pairings $25

INFO: [email protected] or (207) 653-8617

Et Cetera: Playing for laughs, always

THE SECOND CITY touring comedy troupe has been filled with rising stars over the years. Just a few of the members have included Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler and Steve Carell. Who’s next?

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St.

HOW MUCH: $25

INFO: Operahouse.org

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Dominic and The Lucid at Empire

LOCAL ROCKERS Dominic and The Lucid are doing their first show together in two years. What have they done in the meantime? Come out and ask them.

WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10

INFO: Portlandempire.com

Art and Theater: Jewish Museum shows Auslender

THE MAINE JEWISH MUSEUM shows the work of Cape Elizabeth artist Josefina Auslender in an exhibition titled “Departures and Arrivals.” The exhibition is curated by Bruce Brown.

WHERE: Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland

WHEN: Through April 21, with First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 4

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 773-2339 or mainejewishmuseum.org

Dining and Drink: Food for though, ‘Food for Change’ at co-op

WATCH THE FILM “Food for Change” after attending a reception where you’ll learn more about the Portland Food Co-op and its effort to open a retail store. Light snacks from Local Sprouts and a cash bar are included.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 828-5600

Et Cetera: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on a Shoestring

AS IF “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” isn’t trippy enough, there’s a puppet version of it too. The Shoestring Theater’s adaption is being performed in three episodes using large marionettes, hand puppets and actors and musicians. Episode 2 has two showings this weekend.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $10; $5 for children 12 and under

INFO: Mayostreetarts.org