Music and Nightlife: Your Buddy and mine at the State

BUDDY GUY has been called the best guitarist in blues. He’s certainly a living link between the giants of the genre — he’s played with Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf, among others — and the modern scene. The Michael Williams Band opens.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St. Portland

HOW MUCH: $35 to $45

INFO: (800) 745-3000; statetheatreportland.com

Art and Theater: Belting ’em out at the Merrill

FIVE BROADWAY STARS, accompanied by an all-star band, present the greatest hits of the Great White Way in Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway.” The show re-creates the biggest moments from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” among others.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $37 to $46

INFO: 842-0800; portlandovations.org

Dining and Drink: Bourdain, Ripert try the retort reparte

DON’T MISS the showdown between Anthony Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel show “No Reservations,” and Eric Ripert, renowned chef of Le Bernardin. Come prepared to grill ’em during the Q&A.

WHEN: 7:30 tonight

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $52 to $62

INFO: porttix.com

Et Cetera: Feeling naughty? Peek-a-Boo

WATCH the suggestive, titillating and humorous moves of the dancers from the Dirty Dishes, Kitty De Light and Whistlebait during the Peek-a-Boo Burlesque Revue.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Center Theatre, 20 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft

HOW MUCH: $12 in advance; $15 at door

INFO: centertheatre.org



Music and Nightlife: Go check out the local talent

NEW MONTHLY SERIES! The Maine Songwriters Association will present a lineup of local talent every second Wednesday.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland


INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: ArtWalk: That’s just how we stroll

THE FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK sometimes slows down this time of year. But Friday’s free ArtWalk is shaping up nicely. Our pick for the week are woodblock prints by printmaker Holly Meade.

WHEN: Opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and runs through Nov. 26. Regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

WHERE: Addison Woolley Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland

Dining and Drink: Gluten-free bakery offers seasonal bites

GRAB A CUP of coffee and sample some seasonal treats at Bam Bam Bakery’s fall open house. The gluten-free bakery will also be taking orders for stuffing and Thanksgiving pies.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: 267 Commercial St., Portland


INFO: 899-4100; [email protected]

Et Cetera: Freeport Waldorf school throws a party

THE PRIVATE Merriconeag Waldorf School hosts a fall festival and open house, giving people the chance to tour the school, listen to live music, enjoy international food and see puppet shows.

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

WHERE: 57 Desert Road, Freeport


INFO: 865-3900