Bob Weir in solo acoustic show

GRATEFUL DEAD co-vocalist and guitarist Bob Weir was in Portland just last year, playing in the band Furthur. On Tuesday, Weir, 64, will return to play a solo acoustic show at the State Theatre.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $40 in advance; $45 day of show

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

Playwrights Festival resumes tonight

THE MAINE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL continues with performances tonight through Saturday. This is a great chance to see 10 locally written plays performed with professional actors and direction.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $14; $12 for students and seniors

INFO: 854-0065; acorn-productions.org

Kitchen Gardeners’ Doiron to speak

LISTEN TO ROGER DOIRON of Kitchen Gardeners International, the man behind the national campaign for a White House garden, talk about the benefits of growing your own food. Then go upstairs to the restaurant and eat dinner made with seasonal foods.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Grace, 15 Chestnut St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $10 (dinner not included)

INFO: restaurantgrace.com/events; kitchengardeners.org

Calm the spirit, ease the mind

GRAB YOUR MEDITATION cushion and head to the Spiritual Renaissance Open House & Crystal Fair, where you can learn about ayurveda, sound healing, Thai massage and energy healing.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Spiritual Renaissance Center, 884 Broadway, South Portland


INFO: 838-1081 



Honky-tonk types: Go to Bayside Bowl 

IN THE MOOD for some good old-fashioned country honky-tonk music, stuff that sounds like a broken beer bottle? Well, all you Buck Owens/George Jones types should probably head over to Bayside Bowl on Saturday for the live music experience known as “Too Broke to Be This Drunk.”

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland


INFO: 791-2695; baysidebowl.com

‘Print Power’ fills Running with Scissors

THE POWER OF PRINT will be on display this weekend with “Print Power!”, an exhibition of mini-posters made by students and faculty at the University of Southern Maine, Maine College of Art and Southern Maine Community College. The concept was to create works that embody attempts at persuading the audience to hop aboard each artist’s chosen cause.

WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Running with Scissors, 54 Cove St., Portland


INFO: 332-2098; [email protected]m

Wine and cheese – anyone interested?

SAMPLE NAPA VALLEY WINES from Orin Swift Cellars paired with smoked salmon and gourmet cheeses.

WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. today

WHERE: Browne Trading Market, 262 Commercial St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free (must be 21 or older to sample wines)

INFO: 775-7560

Wheel and deal at the Great Bike Swap

WHETHER you’re looking to buy a new bike or sell your old ride — or just browse — the annual Great Portland Bike Swap is the place to be.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (drop off bikes to sell from 8 to 9:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Sullivan Gymnasium, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $3 admission; free for USM students and children ages 12 and younger

INFO: bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap