Music and Nightlife: Oy wonder: Multi-talented Matisyahu

TALK ABOUT MUSIC being a religious experience. Matisyahu fuses rap, beatboxing and hip-hop in general with the more traditional vocal disciplines of jazz’s scat singing and Judaism’s hazzan style of songful prayer. He’ll play Portland next week with The Dirty Heads and Moon Taxi.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $30 in advance; $35 day of show

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

Art and Theater: Wood portraits reunite to celebrate artist

FRIENDS AND FANS celebrate the life of the late Maine artist Bryce Muir in an exhibition at Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham through September. On Sunday, the arts center hosts the Bryce Wooden Portrait Reunion, which will bring together more than three dozen portraits that Muir made in wood. Photographer Jack Montgomery will photograph each piece with its owner and model.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 E. Main St., Bowdoinham


INFO: 710-0349; merrymeetingartscenter.org

Dining and Drink: Roguepalooza set at Novare Red Cafe

ALMOST three dozen brews from Oregon’s Rogue Ales will be on tap at the fifth annual Roguepalooza.

WHEN: 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; noon to 1 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Novare Red Bier Cafe, 4 Canal Plaza, Portland

HOW MUCH: Cost of beer

INFO: 761-2437; novareresbiercafe.com

Et Cetera: Pirates make a splash at Fort Knox

IF YOU’VE never been to historic Fort Knox in Prospect, Saturday would be a good time to visit. The professional Pirates of the Dark Rose will “attack” the fort — complete with cannon fire! — and visitors are invited to take part in a treasure hunt and a pirate parade.

WHERE: Fort Knox, 740 Fort Knox Road, Prospect

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

HOW MUCH: $3/donation; $20 for an hourlong pirate ship cruise (advance purchase recommended)

INFO: 469-6553; fortknox.maineguide.com



Music and Nightlife: Sexton and ‘Summer in the Park’

SUMMER IS free concert time. And sometimes, you get lucky enough to find a free outdoor concert you’d be willing to pay good money to see, like singer-songwriter Martin Sexton, who will play L.L. Bean as part of the retailer’s “Summer in the Park” series.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Discovery Park, L.L. Bean, 95 Main St., Freeport

HOW MUCH: Free; bring lawn chairs or blankets

INFO: llbean.com/summer

Art and Theater: Authors to offer peeks at Peaks life

A PAIR of Peaks Island authors make the trek over to the mainland for a reading and book signing. Fran Houston will talk about her book, “For the Love of Peaks,” while Nancy 3. Hoffman, director and curator of the Peaks Island Umbrella Cover Museum, will present “Uncovered and Exposed — A Guide to the Umbrella Cover Museum.”

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square


INFO: 871-1700; portlandlibrary.com

Dining and Drink: When life gives you cukes, make pickles

GOT A LOT of cucumbers in the garden this year? Learn how to turn them into fresh and tasty homemade pickles at a workshop led by an educator from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. Beginners welcome.

WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset, Portland

HOW MUCH: $5; registration and advance payment required

INFO: 774-7711

Et Cetera: Show brings classic books to life

FIND OUT what happens when four siblings are left to fend for themselves on a Maine island in “The Boxcar Children,” a series of vignettes based on the classic children’s books. Adult supervision? Pshaw.

WHEN: 3 p.m. today; 4 p.m. Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $8, $9

INFO: kitetails.org