Bring her some waterfront

SHE’S ONLY 50, but it seems Melissa Etheridge has been rocking our whole lives. The singer/songwriter went to music school in Boston, started her career in that city in the 1980s, and has been recording hits for more than 20 years, including “Bring Me Some Water,” “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Bangor Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St.

HOW MUCH: $41.50 to $71.50

INFO: 783-2009;

Two cool styles ‘Alive’ in the square

BIG BAND MUSIC for free is a good deal. But big band AND funk for free? Yup, that’s what you’ll get tonight when the Fogcutters Big Band (made up of Portland-area rock musicians) and funk-jazz group Sly-Chi perform as part of Portland’s “Alive at Five” concert series in Monument Square.

WHEN: 5 to 7:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Monument Square, Congress and Elm streets, Portland


INFO: 772-6828;

They’ll string you along – in a good way

MMERSE YOURSELF in the sounds of the country’s top musical talent during the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s Monday Sonatas program featuring works by Piazzolla, Brahms and Strauss.

7:30 p.m., Monday

WHERE: Studzinkski Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick



Letting Sendak out of his nutshell

by renowned children’s book illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak highlighting how he was influenced by the old and new worlds, in the traveling exhibition “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak.”

WHEN: Regular library hours through Aug. 18

WHERE: York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road



Mingle with the captains of cuisine

SAMPLE FOOD AND DRINK from more than 30 Maine restaurants and caterers at “Tastefully Maine – Midsummer Food & Spirits in the Gardens” while you listen to big band music and preview the weekend’s Midsummer Market.

WHEN: 5 to 8 tonight

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay

HOW MUCH: $75; 21-plus


What to do with all that great produce

DON’T KNOW what to do with all that farmers market produce? Let Sandra Garson, author of “How to Fix a Leek,” give you some ideas in a cooking demonstration that will answer your questions and send you home with some recipes.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front St., Bath



Coasting expected on Lobster Ride

JOIN the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for a scenic ride along winding country lanes and breathtaking rockbound coast during the 10th annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll.

WHEN: 7 a.m. (registration) Saturday

WHERE: Oceanside High School, Rockland

HOW MUCH: $95 (discounts available for members, seniors and children)


Animals and ATVs will share the park

VISIT the animals this weekend, then check out the latest and greatest in all-terrain vehicles during ATV Maine’s special exhibit.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray

HOW MUCH: $7 adults; $5 kids