• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Twenty years on, still built to rock

IDAHO GROWS more than potatoes, apparently. The state also produced indie rockers Built to Spill, who are still going strong after 20 years. The band plays the State Theatre tonight with Helvetia and Revolt Revolt.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $25

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

Art and Theater: Local playwrights introduce new work

IF YOU HAPPEN to be Down East this weekend, be sure to check out seven new 10-minute plays at Stonington Opera House written by Deer Isle community members. The plays in “Locally & Organically Grown” were written in January at the fourth annual Opera House Arts Playwrighting Workshop.

WHEN: 1 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

WHERE: Stonington Opera House

HOW MUCH: $12

INFO: 367-2788; operahousearts.org

Dining and Drink: Portland Brew Festival taps off

SAMPLE 75-PLUS BREWS from some of the top craft brewers in the Northeast at the Second Annual Portland Brew Festival. More than 30 brewers will be there, along with plenty of demonstrations, food and home-brewing supplies.

WHEN: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday; 12:30 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St.

HOW MUCH: Each session costs $35

INFO: portlandbrewfestival.com

Et Cetera: Scarborough Marsh by light of the moon

UNDER THE GLOW of the full moon, paddle a canoe through the mysterious nightime world of the Scarborough Marsh and watch for harbor seals, muskrats, herons and egrets.

WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday

WHERE: Maine Audubon Scarborough Marsh, Pine Point Road, Scarborough

HOW MUCH: $12; $10 for children

INFO: 883-5100; advance registration required

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Good reason to hear R.I.-style Americana

RHODE ISLAND was one of the original 13 colonies, so it’s appropriate that it exports some Americana bands. Just such exporting will happen when Joe Fletcher and The Wrong Reasons play Empire Dine and Dance with Patrick Sweany.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $6

INFO: portlandempire.com

Art and Theater: Marine art on display at Wiscasset gallery

FANS of maritime art should consider stopping in the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset before Sept. 23. J. Russell Jinishian, a leading authority on contemporary marine art, has selected work by Maine marine artists for this gallery show.

WHEN: Through Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Maine Art Gallery, in the Old Academy Building at Hodge and Warren streets in Wiscasset

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 882-7511; maineartgallery.org

Dining and Drink: Friday Child biographer to sign

CHAT WITH BOB SPITZ, author of the new Julia Child biography “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child,” at a meet-and-greet and book signing.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 772-4045

Et Cetera: Fly your ’80s flag Friday at Asylum

SHAKE YOUR BOOTY back to the decade of MTV with the ’80s Underground Video Dance Party featuring DJ Sandman at the Asylum, where you can dance to music from New Order, Madness, Depeche Mode and The Clash.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $1; 21-plus

INFO: portlandasylum.com