• Music and Nightlife: Here and there: O’Connell in Maine shows

MAURA O’CONNELL brings her Celtic-inspired music to One Longfellow Square on Friday and the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor on Saturday.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland; and the Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor

HOW MUCH: $22 in advance; $25 at door Friday/$18 in advance; $22 at door Saturday


• Art and Theater: Catch ‘Catechism’ for fun with nun

THE OFF-BROADWAY HIT “Late Night Catechism” features actress Coleen Moore as a witty, hectoring nun whose pupils never know what’s coming next.

WHEN: Opens at 7:30 p.m. today. Through June 12.

WHERE: Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St.

HOW MUCH: $27; reservations recommended

INFO: 865-5505;

• Dining and Drink: Here’s the deal: Tasty bites, cheaper tickets

WANT TO get a taste of the Kennebunkport Festival but can’t afford the $150 to $185 tickets for the more lavish dinners? Check out the Grand Tasting, where more than 60 restaurants, food purveyors and wineries will be serving up bites of deliciousness in an oceanside setting.

WHEN: Noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: The Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport



• Et Cetera: Work up a thirst, then take care of it apres ride

PEDAL, THEN PARTY during the annual Maine Women’s Ride, which benefits the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. After the ride, head over to the after-party at Gritty’s in Freeport.

WHEN: 8 a.m. (50-mile route), 9 a.m. (25-mile route), 9:30 a.m. (15-mile and 5-mile routes) Sunday

WHERE: Register on site at L.L. Bean’s Casco Conference Center, Freeport

HOW MUCH: $35 members; $45 nonmembers



• Music and Nightlife: Jack Tar, Antiseptic at Empire tonight

JACK TAR, Portland’s self-proclaimed “anthemic/indie/power pop” trio, plays Empire Dine and Dance in Portland tonight with Antiseptic.

WHEN: 9 p.m. today

WHERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland


INFO: 879-8988;

• Art and Theater: Dave Astor Show reunion at Port City

THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY turns the clock back a generation or three for the Dave Astor Show reunion, featuring Portland TV personality Dave Astor with musicians Tony Boffa, Steve Romanoff and Fred Thompson.

WHEN: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $5/donation


• Dining and Drink: Sweet! Life’s about to give you Lemonade Day

MISS “The Apprentice”? Check out the junior version this weekend when pint-sized entrepreneurs try their hand at making lemonade and a few bucks during Lemonade Day Maine.

WHEN: All day Sunday, although organizers are suggesting that stands be open from noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Most stands are in the Greater Portland area. Check the website to find a stand near you.

HOW MUCH: Depends upon the stand. There’s overhead to consider, y’know.


• Et Cetera: Try paddling at weekend Bean fest

GIVE A KAYAK a try before you buy one during L.L. Bean’s 30th annual PaddleSports Weekend. Test out boats, kayaks and canoes, enjoy an oceanside cookout and groove to The Pete Kilpatrick Band.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday

WHERE: L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Freeport


INFO: (877) 755-2326