• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Taking Back Sunday on Thursday

TAKING BACK SUNDAY is a rock band from Amityville, N.Y. Does that mean their songs will haunt you? Their guitar work is scary good?

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $25 in advance; $30 day of show

INFO: Statetheatreportland.com

Art and Theater: ‘Flat Stanley’ at Portland Ballet

PORTLAND BALLET brings audiences on a tour of the world with its latest production, “Around the World with Flat Stanley – the Case of the Red Shoes.” The performance is part of Portland Ballet’s Kids 4 Kids Arts in Education Initiative.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $10 adults, $5 children

INFO: 772-9671 or portlandballet.org

Dining and Drink: Washington Post editor to lead class

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES with Joe Yonan, food and travel editor for the Washington Post, in a class where you’ll learn several dishes, including kimchi deviled eggs and Thai-style kabocha squash.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School, 2 Stonewall Lane, York

HOW MUCH: $50

INFO: (877) 899-8363

Et Cetera: Stars on Ice brings Olympians to Portland

THE OLYMPICS may be over, but the skaters keep on moving. Stars on Ice is bringing U.S. Figure Skating Team members to Portland, including ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center, 45 Spring St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $14.50 to $132

INFO: theciviccenter.com

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Chicago Blues at Gingko Blue

CHICAGO BLUES will be delivered to Portland this weekend when Rick Miller and His Band play at Gingko Blue Friday night.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland

HOW MUCH: No cover

INFO: gingkoblue.com

Art and Theater: Aucocisco shows Maine duo

MAINE ARTISTS Dozier Bell and Gail Spaien show their latest work in a two-women show at Aucocisco Galleries in Portland. Bell recently learned that the American Academy of Arts and Letters has purchased one of her works.

WHEN: On view through April 26

WHERE: Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 775-2222 or aucocisco.com

Dining and Drink: Sweetgrass spirits and smoked seafood

PAIR WINES AND SPIRITS from this Union-based company with smoked seafood from Sullivan Harbor Smokehouse.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery Old Port tasting room, 324 Fore St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 761-8446

Et Cetera: Magic and juggling at the Portland library

MAGICIAN AND JUGGLER Scott Jameson will put on a free show Wednesday. Umbrellas and basketballs will be involved.

WHEN: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: Portlandlibrary.com