• Music and Nightlife: Maine – the way music should be

THE DECEMBERISTS are blowing up nationally, and we can’t help but think it’s in large part because their recent album was recorded in Maine. The title is “Live at Bull Moose,” and the cover art is a picture of the Bull Moose record store in Scarborough on the day last January the band played there. Behold the power of Maine.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $39.50

INFO: (800) 745-3000;

• Art and Theater: ‘Blue Moon’ duo staged for Pride Weekend

TWO PLAYS of the trilogy “The Blue Moon Chronicles” are on stage as part of Pride Weekend. This trilogy looks at love, marriage, family and relationships told from the perspective of a young, ambitious gay lawyer from Connecticut. The plays are being performed in repertory through June 26.

WHEN: “My Gay Son’s Wedding,” 7 tonight, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday; “Once in a Blue Moon,” 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland

: $20

INFO: 899-3993;

• Dining and Drink: Food, fun, more at Taste of Brunswick

AT THE annual Taste of Brunswick, 17 restaurants provide samples of their specialties, from sushi to pulled pork. Wash it down with a libation from the beer and wine tent, then watch the Wait Staff Challenge, an obstacle course for the restaurants’ employees.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Town Mall, Brunswick

HOW: Admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the gate. Food tickets are sold in $1 increments.


• Et Cetera: Summer house tour offers peek at Deering

TOUR HOMES and gardens in Portland’s Deering Highlands and Coyle Park neighborhoods during the Greater Portland Landmarks summer house tour.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Pick up tickets at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland

: $30 members, $35 nonmembers in advance; $35 members, $40 nonmembers day of event




• Music and Nightlife: Brzowski’s back in town

BRZOWSKI (Portlander Jay Cornell) is an MC and lyricist who, over the past five years, self-financed national and international tours with more than 600 performances. Now he’s back in Portland to release his new album, “A Fitful Sleep.”

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland


INFO: 828-5600;

• Art and Theater: Portland Museum mounts John Marin show for summer

THE PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART opens its major summer show next week. “John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury” explores the late period of Marin’s life and career, from 1933 until his death in 1953.

WHEN: Members-only opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Opens June 23. Through Oct. 10.

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

: $10; $8 seniors and students; $4 ages 6 to 17; free ages 5 and younger.

INFO: 775-6148;

• Dining and Drink: This little piggy went to the Lottery

GO WHOLE HOG at the Moose Lottery barbecue competition, where you’ll be able to sample meat from — you guessed it — a whole hog that will be smoked on site. Six to eight teams will compete for $1,800 in prize money.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday. Winners announced at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Cabela’s, 100 Cabela’s Blvd., Scarborough

: Free

INFO: 883-7400

• Et Cetera: Nemitz, other notables tell tales

NOTABLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS, including Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz, singer-songwriter Emilia Dahlin and New York Times best-selling author Melissa Coleman, tell 10-minute stories without notes or props during “Slant: A Storytelling Series.”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

: Free