Music and Nightlife: Clutch keeps trying to defy labeling

HARD ROCK? Funk metal? Stoner rock? These labels have all been tagged onto Clutch since it formed more than 20 years ago, so if you see the band in Portland this week, be ready for anything. The Sword, Lionize and Never Got Caught are also on the bill.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20 in advance; $25 day of show

Paley show: Chance to see some major art

AT THE RISK of sounding hyperbolic, “The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism” exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art is one of the most significant shows the museum has ever hosted. The collection includes key paintings by many of the most influential artists in modern art, including Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and Degas.

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

WHEN: Opens Thursday. On view through Sept. 8.

HOW MUCH: $17; $15 for seniors and students with ID; $11 for ages 13 to 17; free for ages 12 and younger

INFO: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org

Dining and Drink: Underground supper club to wrap 

IT’S YOUR LAST CHANCE to attend a Cloak & Dagger dinner. This BYOB underground supper club dinner will have an “ultimate picnic” theme. Feast on pies, barbecue chicken, falafel, cold ramen and more.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Location announced with ticket purchase

HOW MUCH: $55 per person, not including gratuity

INFO: RSVP by sending an emailed request to [email protected]

Et Cetera: Ladies arm wrestle for a good cause

IT’S TIME FOR another thrilling installment of “Superhero Lady Arm Wrestlers of Portland.” These events are held throughout the year, and feature arm-wrestling battles between costumed grapplers with names like Voom Voom Valhalla, Lumbersmack Sally and Sally Slam. This one is a benefit for A Company of Girls.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland


INFO: mayostreetarts.org


Music and Nightlife: See what’s coming from young rockers

LOOKING FOR SOME new bands to follow? You might want to check out a Portland show Saturday where the Maine Academy of Modern Music presents a slate of its teen rock bands, including Emergency Sirens, Yard Sail, Illegal Eagle, Metal Sideburns, Battle Taxi and Rupture the Fish. The “May the Fourth Be With You” event has a “Star Wars” theme and if you dress in costume you get in for $3.

WHERE: Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday; DJ dance party, 5 to 6 p.m.

HOW MUCH: $3 to $5

INFO: maineacademyofmodernmusic.org 

Painter’s work up for a day in Portland

PORTLAND PAINTER Roy Germon will preview his spring show at the Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor with a reception on Sunday at Greenhut Galleries, where Germon works. The Portland preview is a one-day event, while the Winter Harbor show will be on view May 26 to July 6.

WHERE: Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland

WHEN: Reception, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday


INFO: greenhutgalleries.com

Dining and Drink: El Rayo is bullish on Cinco de Mayo

CELEBRATE Cinco de Mayo with a burrito and a beer, then hop on a mechanical bull and embrace your inner vaquero.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: El Rayo Tequeria y Cantina, 101 York St., High Street, Portland

HOW MUCH: Lots of food and drink choices under $10; free glass when you order a Dos XX Amber on draft or a margarita made with Herradura tequila (begins mid-day); $5 for unlimited bull rides

INFO: 780-8226

Et Cetera: You buy the coffee, but comedy’s free

COFFEE AND COMEDY, what a rush. Imagine how much harder you could laugh if you were fully caffeinated. You can find out on Friday, when the Portland Comedy Co-Op hosts its “Comedy By Design” free show — with multiple comics and a musical performance to boot.

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

WHERE: Coffee By Design, 67 India St., Portland


INFO: [email protected]