January 2

Hot Tickets and Cheap Thrills, Jan. 2, 2014

Miss Tess and The Talkbacks at One Longfellow / Choral Art Society performs Epiphany Celebration / Burger-and-a-Pint-Night at Sebago Brewing / Monster truck event in Bangor / Cardboard Sea at Mayo Street Arts / Lauren Fensterstock artist reception / ‘Oyster Thursday’ / SPACE welcomes winter

• 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

INFO: Onelongfellowsquare.com

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

INFO: choralart.org

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

INFO: 775-2337

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

INFO: crossinsurancecenter.com

• 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

INFO: Mayostreetarts.org

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

INFO: 761-0555

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

INFO: space538.org

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