Rehearsal scene from “The Winter’s Tale.” Photo by French Photography

‘The Winter’ Tale’
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 5. Russell Hall at University of Southern Maine, 24 University Way, Gorham, $18, $12 seniors, $8 students/youth/10 a.m. shows on Nov. 1 & 3, pay what you can on Nov. 2.
Let Shakespeare bring you to a land between Sicilia and Bohemia where a concoction of drama, comedy, suspense and romance will spark a bevy of emotions. “The Winter’s Tale” examines the power of privileged families and what it takes to repair years of damage. Director Tess Van Horn calls the play “grand, exciting, elaborate and incredibly entertaining.” Find out if she’s right.

Alex Kileys of the Maine Mariners tumbles in the crease after being wedged between Reading goalkeeper Nolan Maier and Mason Millman during an ECHL playoff game at Cross Insurance Arena . Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

Maine Mariners vs. Adirondack Thunder
Postponed. 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland, $12 to $20.
Hoorah! It’s hockey season, and our Maine Mariners are facing off against the Adirondack Thunders. This marks the Mariners’ fifth season as part of the AA league. The games are always thrilling, and it never gets old to watch the Zambonis work their magic. Is this the year we go all the way? Catch an early season game to help get off to a winning start.

You can eat your fill of oysters at Oysterfest, part of Harvest on the Harbor. Photo by Diane Hudson

Maine Oysterfest
1-3 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. Saturday. O’Maine Studios, 54 Danforth St., Portland, $90, 21-plus
This year’s Harvest on the Harbor food festival winds down with the Maine Oysterfest. It’s time for a little splurge in the name of celebrating Maine seafood, specifically oysters harvested from all along Maine’s lengthy coast. Admission includes 18 oysters, though you can add on more when you buy your ticket. You’ll wash them all down with drinks from Austin Street Brewing, Kit NA, Freedom’s Edge Cider, Oxbow Brewing, Talisker Whisky, Bulleit Bourbon, Lunetta Prosecco and Bottega Vinaia and Yealands Wines while you chat with the farmers and enjoy live music.

Scenes from a previous Dancing with the Dentists fundraiser. Photo by Abbie McGilvery

Dancing with the Dentists
5:30 p.m. Saturday. Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, $75, $750 table for ten.
When they’re not busy making sure our choppers are in good shape, six local dentists have been working on their ballroom dancing skills, and you can see them strut their stuff with professional dance partners while raising funds for two local causes that provide dental care and food to individuals, families and communities. A panel of judges includes L.L. Bean CEO Steve Smith and Justin Chenette, the county commissioner for Saco, among others. DJ Jon from Hot Radio Maine will be in charge of music, and the DWTD host is Erin Ovalle from the TV series “Maine Life.” The evening also features a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, cocktails and a ton of tasty hors d’oeuvres.

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