Rebecca Hosley is a long-time Portland resident and professional gadabout. She is a trivia ninja and connoisseur of local beer and spirits. When not enjoying the amazing food and beer scene of Portland, she can often be found playing tennis or disc golf.

Weekend Guide February 12-14, 2016

Weekend Guide February 12-14, 2016

For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.

Friday, February 12: If you’ve never been to a tribute show at Empire, we recommend you make it a point to start with tonight’s Tribute 2 Florence + the Machine. We haven’t seen the lineup, but hear that several of Portland’s many talented singers and musicians will be performing Florence’s top tunes. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and the show is at 10 p.m.  Tickets are $8. Empire, 575 Congress St. [Read more…]

Weekend Guide February 5-7, 2016

Weekend Guide February 5-7, 2016

For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.

Friday, February 5: Don’t let the snow deter you, it’s still First Friday y’all, and time to get out and get your art on. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery at 48 Free Street will feature Dan Graziano’s exhibit, titled “Dining,” which runs through February 27. Psst, word on the street is that some wine and cheese will also make an appearance. Funiturea at 75 Market Street will host the opening of “Let Them Buy Art,” featuring artwork on paper and wood. And, according to their listing, tasty cakes will be provided. Get it? Let them eat cake? We saw what you did there, Furniturea. Next, make your way to the opening of “400 Years of New Mainers” at the Maine Historical Society, located at 489 Congress Street. The exhibition highlights personal stories of immigration through photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest’s contemporary portraits of “New Mainers,” as well as original works by street artist Pigeon. Also featured will be photos and anecdotes of the centuries-long history of immigration in Maine. Finally, Naked Shakespeare will perform Cupid’s Arrow at 7 p.m. at Mechanics Hall Ballroom at 519 Congress Street. It’s billed as a rom-com meets “The Big Chill.” The performance is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation. You can view the full lineup for First Friday here. [Read more…]

Weekend Guide January 29-31 2016

Weekend Guide January 29-31 2016

For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.

Friday, January 29: Body Worlds has left the Portland Science Center, and my night terrors are starting to subside. Sorry, I know it’s all educational and stuff, but I am not down with spending my leisure time with cadavers. Moving on, that means a brand new exhibit, or rather, exhibits are moving in! Starting today, the Portland Science Center will be hosting SPACE: A Journey to Our Future AND The Robot Zoo. SPACE is geared toward kids ages 7-17 and will feature a demonstration of what it’s like to be in space, rocks from our moon and Mars, and the chance to view several artifacts from NASA’s space program. It will focus both on the past of our space program, as well as today’s interstellar explorers. The Robot Zoo is for kiddos ages 4 and up, and will feature robot animals natch, and several hands-on activities that explain unusual animal traits, like how a chameleon changes colors and how a fly walks on the ceiling. Tickets are $15.50 for children, and $19.50 for adults. Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial Street, Maine Wharf. [Read more…]

Weekend Guide January 22-24, 2016

Weekend Guide January 22-24, 2016

For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.

Friday, January 22: Tonight one of our favorite Portland watering holes, The Thirsty Pig, is celebrating a half decade of pouring local beers and serving up delicious savory sausages with their 5 Year Anniversary Party. They have quickly become an Old Port institution, so it’s hard to believe it’s only been five short years since the Pig opened their doors on Exchange Street. Tonight’s beer line up will include: Allagash Brewing Company, Bissell Brothers, Foundation Brewing Company, Maine Beer Company and Marsh Island Brewing. Mosart212 and Dj Babyjay will provide the beats. The Pig is getting this party started at 5 p.m. Free to attend, pay as you go for food/beer. The Thirsty Pig, 37 Exchange Street. [Read more…]

Weekend Guide January 15-17, 2016

Weekend Guide January 15-17, 2016

For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.

Friday, January 15: Portland is home to a lot of amazingly talented singers, dancers, actors and comedians. But did you know that we also are home to some stellar improv artists? Mayo Street Arts will be playing hosts to two local improv comedy groups on Friday night, the Improvised Puppet Project and the Teacher’s Lounge Mafia, for Mixed Nuts: An Improvised Night of Midwinter Mayhem. Tickets are just $10 or $15 at the door, which in our humble opinion, is a bargain for a Friday night out in Portland! 8 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street. [Read more…]

Weekend Guide January 8-10, 2016

Weekend Guide January 8-10, 2016

For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.

Friday, January 8: If you have little ones, or are just a sucker for watching people execute triple axels while dressed up as Cinderella or Buzz Lightyear, then tonight is your night as Disney on Ice Treasure Trove will be bringing a little Disney magic to the Cross Insurance Center. Several Disney princesses will appear, including Ariel, Belle, Mulan and Jasmine. Peter Pan and Captain Hook will also be on hand, as well as Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon from “The Lion King.” Tickets start at $15, and there are additional performances also scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. 7 p.m., Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square. [Read more…]

Return To The The Escape Room

Part 2: Electric Bugaloo

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Back in July the Portland Old Port crew was invited to be among the first visitors to the newly opened The Escape Room. In case you missed our first article, the premise is simple – up to 10 people are locked in a room and must work as a team to crack codes and solve puzzles in order to unlock the door and “escape” within the allotted 60 minutes. In our first go-round we came close…but failed. Just one unsolved clue stood between us and victory.

When The Escape Room opened they had one room, The Hunting Lodge, and one mystery – you are locked in a hunting lodge and needed to solve the clues and escape before the hunter returns. A few months later, they added a second room with a Stephen Kind theme and all-new puzzles. We were recently invited back to preview the newest room, The Bunker, which takes the place of the original Hunting Lodge room. [Read more…]

Weekend Guide January 1-3, 2016

Weekend Guide January 1-3, 2016

For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.

Friday, January 1: Shake off that hangover at the 2016 Pajama Jammy Jam Brunch at MJ’s Wine Bar. Wear your favorite PJs to MJ’s and indulge in $4 waffles with strawberries, accompanied by $3 bubbles. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., MJ’s Wine Bar, 1 City Center. [Read more…]

29 Ways to Ring in Your New Year in Portland’s Old Port

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From 14-course tasting menus, to midnight champagne toasts from one of the highest vantage points in Portland – there is truly something for anyone looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Old Port. With this many choices you are bound to find the perfect New Year’s celebration for you. If only finding the right date was this easy! [Read more…]

Weekend Guide December 25-27

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For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.

Friday, December 25:  If you aren’t able to spend Christmas with friends and family, don’t celebrate Christmas, or just want to skip the whole tree and presents thing, why not spend the day with like-minded folks at one of two Portland mainstays: Rosie’s and Ruski’s.

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