HOT TICKETS 

Gorka to perform at – and for – St. Lawrence

Singer-songwriter John Gorka will be doing his bit to help keep the local arts scene alive Sunday, when he plays a benefit concert for St. Lawrence Arts in Portland.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $50

INFO: Stlawrencearts.org 

It’s an oyster-ganza at Robert’s Maine Grill

An all-you-can-eat Oysterfest will feature oysters from several local farms, passed hors d’oeurves and cocktails. Learn how to open oysters and how to make a mignonette.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Robert’s Maine Grill,

326 U.S. Route 1, Kittery

HOW MUCH: $45

INFO: Call 439-0300, email [email protected] or go to robertsmainegrill.com. Advance purchase required. 

Skaters to slice ice at Falmouth show

Embrace this endless winter by attending an April ice show. The North Atlantic Figure Skating Club’s 16th annual Ice Show, to be specific.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth

HOW MUCH: $8 to $20

INFO: 781-5058 

CHEAP THRILLS 

Boffa to show softer side at Gingko Blue

Tony Boffa is a local music legend, both for his playing in various bands and his teaching hundreds of musicians. See his softer, cooler side when he brings the “cool and soft jazz” of his Tony Boffa Quartet to Gingko Blue Thursday.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland

HOW MUCH: No cover

INFO: Gingkoblue.com

Artists at Greenhut interpret Portland

Greenhut Galleries opens its biennial invitational “Portland Show,” featuring 50 artists who pay tribute to Maine’s largest city in a variety of styles and media.

WHEN: On view through April 26; reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 772-2693; greenhutgalleries.com 

Poet pays homage to Holocaust victim

Former Portland poet laureate Martin Steingesser and the Thinking Heart Ensemble present “The Return – Pilgrimage to the Heart.” This is their first performance of their tribute to Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum since their return to Maine from the former Auschwitz death camp, where they performed the piece in the spot where Hillesum was killed.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday

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

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: thereturnpilgrimage.wordpress.com or 329-9854 

What it is about that daily joe that won’t let us go

America’s favorite drug is the topic of Murray Carpenter’s book “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us.” Come hear him talk, and don’t forget to bring a cuppa.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Longfellow Books, 1 Monument Way, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 772-4045 

A new chapter for lovers of book arts

Talk to the people who make the books at the Book Arts Bazaar Sunday in Portland. There will be book artists, papermakers, printmakers, educators, writers and all things book.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine, 34 Bedford St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: Usm.maine.edu/bookarts