Cover of “Taking a Knee for Change.” Image courtesy of Titi de Baccarat

‘Taking a Knee for Change’ book launch
2 p.m. Saturday. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.
Gabon-born Portland resident Titi de Baccarat is a multi-dimensional artist who will present his book “Taking a Knee for Change” during a gathering at the Portland Public Library. The book is the result of a Maine-based photography project that was created over two years with the goal of documenting individuals who care about ending racism and promoting social justice in Maine. Ten local photographers, including de Baccarat and other immigrants, contributed images to the book. The library event includes a video screening, music with DJ RRug, a book sale and signing, and appetizers.

A scene from “The Hip Hopera of 5P1N0K10.” Photo by Steven Pisano

‘The Hip Hopera of 5P1N0K10’
7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $15, $22 preferred seating.
“The Hip Hopera of 5P1NoK10” is like no other show you’ve seen involving puppetry. The production uses music, videos and found-object marionettes to recast the tale of Pinocchio as an Afrofururist in a story about a robot in a post-apocalyptic time who hopes to become a real boy. Along the way, 5P1NoK10 faces racism, oppression and police violence. It’s all from the mind of puppeteer Jeghetto, and his sons Tarin and Divine. At 5 p.m. Sunday, there will be a free puppeteer’s happy hour where Jeghetto, who has worked with Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliot among others, will speak about how he creates and animates his unique puppets.

The Maine Brew Fest is this weekend at Sunday River. Savitskaya Iryna/

Maine Brew Fest
Saturday and Sunday. Sunday River, 15 South Ridge Road, Newry, $45, $55 VIP, $17 designated driver.
If you’re a fan of local beer and cider, and want to mingle with fellow libation lovers on the side of a mountain, then Maine Brew Fest has your name all over it. Choose from two days of sessions featuring upwards of 30 brewers with tastes of more than 100 craft beers and ciders, plus live music from Skosh and Hello Newman. Figure out a designated driver or book a room for the weekend to attend both days and save a few bucks on bundled tickets.

Demetri Martin. Photo by Bronson Marshall

Demetri Martin
8 p.m. Sunday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $30 to $45 reserved seating.
Demetri Martin’s The Joke Machine tour comes through Portland on Sunday. Martin starred in the Comedy Central series “Important Things with Demetri Martin” and has had a few stand-up specials on Netflix, including “The Overthinker.” Martin is known for his quick one-liners and busting out his guitar to accompany himself while telling jokes.

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