Ever wonder why your loving cat suddenly attacks your ankles when you walk by? Or is refusing to use its litter box? Three feline behavior experts answer all your questions and more tonight in Brunswick during the presentation “Catitude: Unraveling the Mysteries of Cat Behavior.” The program is part of the Coastal Humane Society’s pet health and wellness series. Call 725-5051, Ext. 12.

When: 6 to 7:45 p.m.

Where: Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

How much: Free

The Bee Eaters

The string quartet the Bee Eaters is a group of musicians with quite a musical pedigree. Two members of the group are Grand National Fiddle champs. One of those champions tours with Crooked Still. The quartet’s self-titled album was produced by Portland resident and musician Darol Anger. Go to and click on “music” for audio. Mike Block opens. Call 761-1757 or go to

When: 8 p.m.

Where: One Longfellow Square, State and Congress streets, Portland

How much: $15 in advance, $18 at the door



Art Blakey’s Music 

The University of Southern Maine’s Jazz Faculty, led by drummer Les Harris Jr., will pay tribute to legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers in Gorham. The program will feature music performed by the group from the 1950s to the 1980s. A reception with the musicians follows the concert. Call 780-5555 for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Corthell Concert Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham

How much: $15; $10 for seniors, $5 for students 

Buskin and Batteau

You may not recognize the names David Buskin and Robin Batteau, but you will recognize some of their TV commercial jingles, such as “Heartbeat of America,” for Chevrolet. Batteau and Buskin perform and record their own songs. Some of their songs have been recorded by Anne Murray, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Mel Torme. Go to to hear audio. Rod Picott opens. Call 761-1757 or go to

When: 8 p.m.

Where: One Longfellow Square, State and Congress streets, Portland

How much: $18 in advance, $20 at the door


MAY 1 

Sugar Ray Nocia

Blues singer and harmonica player Sugar Ray Nocia has been performing for more than 30 years. He’s led his own bands, including one with guitarist Ronnie Earl, and been a part of bands such as Roomful of Blues. Myron Samuels and Kevin Midgley open. Go to for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Venue Music Bar and Bistro, 5 Depot St., Freeport

How much: $20 

Celestial Poetry Evening

With poetry, song and prose, local authors and poets celebrate the ancient Irish festival of Beltane under the star dome of Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine. Beltane honors the return of spring. Call 780-4249 for information.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, Falmouth Street, Portland

How much: donation 

May Day

Kennebunk’s annual May Day Festival takes place on Saturday. The day’s events include a parade at 1:30 p.m., an open house at the Brick Store Museum, arts and crafts booths, faerie garden planting, May pole dancing and more. Go to for details.

When: Events begin at 8 a.m.

Where: Various locations, Kennebunk

How much: Free

Seize the Mic

The finals of the statewide karaoke contest Seize the Mic take place in Waterville on Saturday. Three winners will be selected from five finalists. A prize of $500 goes to the first place winner. Go to for information.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St.

How much: $8; $6 for youths and seniors 


Bath celebrates spring with its annual Mayfair. There’s a citywide yard sale, May pole dancing, face painting, a downtown scavenger hunt, live music, food and more. Go to for information.

When: Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Various locations, Bath

How much: Free 

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Falmouth Rotary’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta features a Mexican food cook-off, live music, food tasting, dancing and more. The event benefits Safe Passage. Go to for information.

When: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Gold Room, 512 Warren Ave., Portland

How much: $8; $5 for children; $25 for a family 

LEGO Youth Build

Two LEGO-based building competitions taking place in the Portland-area benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater Portland. The first building competition for youth (ages 5 to 16) and families takes place at the Maine Mall’s center court. Advance registration is recommended. An adult build takes place from 3 to 8 p.m. May 22 at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland. Advance registration is not required. Competition is by donation. Go to to register and for information.

When: Noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Center court, Maine Mall, Maine Mall Road, South Portland

How much: Advance registration is $10 ($5 for seniors). Day of registration is $15 ($10 for seniors). 


MAY 2 

Mighty Mahler

The Portland Symphony Orchestra wraps up its season with two concerts featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”). The piece will be performed without intermission. Guests include vocalists Lisa Saffer and Mary Phillips and the Masterworks Chorus of the Choral Art Society. A preconcert conversation begins 75 minutes before each performance. Each concert concludes with a Q&A with the artists. Students in grades fifth through college are invited to attend the dress rehearsal at 4 p.m. for free. Space is limited. Call 773-6128, Ext. 308, for reservations. For tickets to the performances, call PortTix at 842-0800 or go to

When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

How much: $17 to $70 

Sayat Nova

In honor of the 95th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide, Sayat Nova will perform in Portland. The Massachusetts-based company is a dance troupe performing the stories and music of Armenia through traditional folk dances. Go to for tickets.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Portland High School, 284 Cumberland Ave.

How much: $15; $10 for ages 10 and younger 


MAY 3 

Drinking Water Week

The Portland Water District is offering a number of free events in conjunction with National Drinking Water Week. Activities begin with a workshop on vernal pools. Other events include a tour of the East End Wastewater Treatment Facility, programs on birds of prey, loons and rain barrels and gardens. Reservations are required for all events. Go to for a schedule.

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Sebago Lake Ecology Center, routes 237 and 35, Standish

How much: Free 

Rolling Roots Revue

A traveling group of recording artists with Massachusetts-based Wepecket Island Records makes a stop in Portland to perform old-time music, blues, ragtime and more. Audience members are invited to bring their instruments (and voices) to jam with the band at the end of the evening. Call 761-1757 or go to for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: One Longfellow Square, State and Congress streets, Portland

How much: $12 in advance; $15 at the door 


MAY 4 

Jazz Ensembles

The University of Southern Maine’s Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will join forces for a concert before the university term ends. The two groups will highlight the music of Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble New York Voices. Call 761-1757 or go to for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: One Longfellow Square, State and Congress streets, Portland

How much: $5 in advance; $9 at the door; $5 for students and seniors 


MAY 5 

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Portland Ovations ends its season with a performance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The contemporary ballet company will perform a reconstruction of Twyla Tharp’s “Sue’s Leg” and other pieces. A pre-performance lecture with Portland Ballet’s Eugenia O’Brien about the program begins at 6 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800 or go to for tickets.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

How much: $30 to $38; $10 for students 

Evan Thomas

At the turn of the last century, the U.S. declared war on Spain after the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. Journalist Evan Thomas’ new book, “The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1898,” released earlier this week, examines what happened, the principal players at the time and what repercussions we still feel today. The award-winning author will read from and talk about his new book in Kennebunk. Reservations are recommended. Call 967-6136.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Kennebooks, 149 Port Road, Kennebunk

How much: Free 

Marco Benevento Trio

The Los Angeles Times calls pianist Marco Benevento a “sound sculptor.” He and his trio are on tour in support of Benevento’s new album, “Between the Needles and Nightfall.” The new album, set for release on May 11, is Benevento’s third studio album. Go to to stream audio. This is an 18-and-older show. Tickets at Bull Moose Music stores and at

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Space, 538 Congress St., Portland

How much: $10 in advance; $12 day of show


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