• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Nutopians re-imagine John Lennon classics

HERE’S A NEW TWIST on the music of John Lennon: Versions of his songs by an ensemble featuring folk musicians. The Nutopians were created by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare. They will play a CD-release show for their latest recording, “Lennon Re-Imagined,” on Friday.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

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

HOW MUCH: $30

INFO: 761-1757; onelongfellowsquare.com

Art and Theater: On Sunday, four plus four equals great

FOR ITS CONCERT on Sunday, the Portland String Quartet welcomes the Spelaeus Quartet to Portland as guest artists. During the concert, the PSQ will receive the Chamber Music America’s CMAcclaim award, recognizing the quartet’s long-standing commitment to the arts in Portland.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $22; $20 for seniors; free for ages 21 and younger

INFO: 761-1522; larksociety.org

Dining and Drink: Good and plenty: Wine event

WINE LOVERS, here’s your chance to sample more than 125 wines, plus some beers and ciders, all for a good cause. The annual Good Wine for a Good Cause event benefits the Cancer Community Center.

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $25 in advance at RSVP, or $30 at the door

INFO: stayclassy.com/2013GoodWine

Et Cetera: It’s fun and game with Globetrotters

THE CLOWN PRINCES of basketball just keep going and going. You loved them as a kid, and your folks probably did too. Now you can bring your kids to see all the dribbling and pranking that the Harlem Globetrotters can fit into a basketball game, and they plan to stay on court afterwards for autographs and photographs.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center, 45 Spring St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $16 to $81

INFO: 775-3481, Ext. 348; theciviccenter.com

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Soundwavz travel to Empire D&D

DANCE AWAY your Sunday night at Empire Dine and Dance to a Latin/jazz fusion beat. The Soundwavz dance group featuring Donna Maria Bordeaux will be on hand to show you a few moves.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday

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

HOW MUCH: $7

INFO: 879-8988; portlandempire.com

Art and Theater: Killaars installation topic of art talk

THE CURATOR of art at the Andy Warhol Museum is among the panelists in a discussion of Fransje Killaars’ textile-installation exhibition “Color at the Center” Thursday at Bates College in Lewiston. The exhibition ends Friday.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Olin Arts Center at Bates College, 75 Russell St., Lewiston

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 786-6158; bates.edu/museum

Dining and Drink: Sweet – it’s Maine Maple Sunday time

GET A TASTE of spring by visiting a sugar house on Maine Maple Sunday. Most offer samples and treats like maple syrup on ice cream or maple sugar candy.

WHEN: Sunday; hours vary

WHERE: Sugar houses all over the state (see websites below to find one near you)

HOW MUCH: Free; fees may apply for breakfasts

INFO: mainemaplemproducers.com; getrealmaine.com

Et Cetera: Gym Dandies court hometown crowd

NEVER SEEN THE Gym Dandies? The Scarborough-based children’s circus puts on a show that features more than 150 unicyclists and jugglers, just to name a few. They performed at the Presidential Inaugural Parade this year, and this week, they’ll do two community performances for their home crowd.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday

WHERE: Scarborough High School Gymnasium, 259 U.S. Route 1

HOW MUCH: $5; $4 for seniors; $3 for school-aged children; free for pre-schoolers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

INFO: gymdandies.org

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