April 4, 2013

Hot Tickets and Cheap Thrills

Nelson sons at Merrill / 'Great Expectations' in Rockland / Buttons in Biddeford, and more ...

HOT TICKETS

Hot Ticket: The late Ricky Nelson's twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, pay homage to Dad in a performance Friday at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

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Cheap Thrill: The work of Louise Philbrick is part of "Double Dozen" at Aucocisco Galleries.

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Nelsons channel Dad and his music

THE LATE Ricky Nelson is looked upon as America's first "teen idol," and the guy made some great music in the early days of rock. Twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are singing his songs in "Ricky Nelson Remembered."

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $40 to $55

INFO: porttix.com

• Live in Rockland, it's 'Great Expectations'

YOU'VE PROBABLY
heard of the HD broadcasts of opera at various theaters. Well, now it seems classic stage plays are coming to a screen near you as well. The Charles Dickens classic "Great Expectations" is being put on in London, but you can see a live broadcast of it at the Strand Theatre in Rockland.

WHEN:
1 and 6 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland

HOW MUCH: $15; $10 for students

INFO: rocklandstrand.com

• Pay attention, chocoholics

LOTS OF CHOCOLATE
, and no long lines to get it. Need we say more? This year's Chocolate Lovers' Fling features full-table service to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $50

INFO: 828-1035 

• Pianist Perry sits in with PSO

BRUNSWICK-BASED pianist Martin Perry joins the Portland Symphony Orchestra for Barber's Piano Concerto, and the orchestra closes its Tuesday Classical program with Edward Elgar's "Enigma" Variations. 

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland 

HOW MUCH: $31 to $76 

INFO: 842-0800; porttix.com; portlandsymphony.org

CHEAP THRILLS

• Debut CD a reason to party

MAINE-BASED singer-songwriter Max Garcia Conover will celebrate the arrival of his debut album, "Burrow," with a CD-release show at Mayo Street Arts.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

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

HOW MUCH: $4

INFO: mayostreetarts.org

• Button up and make tracks to Biddeford

SO MANY
buttons, so little time. See more kinds of buttons than you imagined existed at the Maine State Button Society's 10th Annual Button Show and Button Sale in Biddeford.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: St. Louis Alumni Hall, 649 Elm St., Biddeford

HOW MUCH:
Free

INFO: mainebuttons.com

• Appetite for a good book?

SALIVATE OVER
the tasty tomes at the Edible Book Festival. Take bets on whether there will be a lip-smacking copy of "The Hunger Games" to try.

WHEN: Display from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; awards and eating at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

HOW MUCH:
Free

INFO:
871-1700, Ext. 723; email weyand@portland.lib.me.us

• Aucocisco opens a bang-bang series

AUCOCISCO GALLERIES
stages "Double Dozen," a series of 12 quick shows in succession that pair artists of similar sensibility, style or approach. The series opens Thursday with the work of Louise Philbrick (pictured) and Toni Wolf.

WHEN: Thursday to Saturday; followed by another pair of artists next week for a total of 12 weeks

WHERE: Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO:
775-2222; aucocisco.com

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