Big sound,budget price

AMAZING FACT: B.B. King averages about 250 live shows a year, and he’s now 88 years old. Math aside, the King of the Blues appeals to people on an emotional level, and that’s at least part of the reason he keeps playing, and playing … and playing.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $56.50 to $84


Dark fun at Portland Stage

DARK COMEDIES always seem like such fun. Nothing like laughing at misery. Portland Stage Company next week opens “Vigil.” A man rushes to his dying aunt’s bedside, vowing to stay with her until the end. Only, the end can’t come soon enough.

WHEN: Previews at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 31; opens 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1; through Nov. 17

WHERE: Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave.

HOW MUCH: $35 to $45

INFO: 774-0465;

Fairest of the fare at Harvest

SAMPLE FOOD, WINES, BEER AND LIQUORS made right here in Maine at one of two marketplace sessions at Harvest on the Harbor.

WHEN: Noon to 2:30 p.m.; 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Under the big tent at Oceanside Pavilion, Ocean Gateway, Portland

HOW MUCH: $45 per session


Orange ya glad it’s harvest time?

FALL MEANS PUMPKINS, doesn’t it? So it makes sense then that Saco’s annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival is a celebration of all things fall. Main Street is closed to cars Saturday afternoon, when it becomes the site of music, games, pony rides, arts and crafts, hayrides, animals, face painting and, of course, pumpkins.

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday; ending time TBA

WHERE: Main Street, Saco

HOW MUCH: Free admission; food and crafts for sale



Big sound,budget price

A WHOLE JAZZ orchestra for just $5? Yes, it’s true, and it’s not just any jazz orchestra, it’s the 18-piece Portland Jazz Orchestra playing Thursday night at One Longfellow Square in Portland.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday

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



With string quartet,the oud abides

IRAQI OUD PLAYER Rahim Alhaj joins the Portland String Quartet to perform works written by him for oud and string quartet. The ensemble also will perform Debussy’s Quartet Op. 10.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday

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

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

INFO: 761-1522;

Maine-made food… and other stuff

CHOCOLATES, TEA, JAMS, CHEESES, WINE – lots to sample at the Maine Made 2013 consumer show from the Maine Food Producers Alliance.

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

WHERE: Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton St., Rockport

HOW MUCH: $5 adults, $4 seniors 60 or over, $2.50 children under 12; wine/beer tasting $8 for six samples

INFO: 236-4404

Freakishly good fun in Westbrook

DO YOU GET freaky when you dance? Then we have the perfect event for you, the Get Ur Freak On Halloween Bash at Avant Dance and Event Center in Westbrook. Dancing to a DJ, a performance by a burlesque group, a costume contest, cash bar and candy treats are all part of the fun.

WHEN: 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday

WHERE: Avant Dance and Event Center, 865 Spring St., Westbrook




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