March Calendar

Photo courtesy of Zack Bowen of Knack Factory

Go here. Do this. See that.
March 2015

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 “Of all the things that get us through a long Maine winter, meeting friends for a meal on the town is numero uno.”
— Kathleen Pierce, Bangor Daily News

The inadequately named Maine Restaurant Week has swelled to two weeks of special menus and special events across a state increasingly known for its prodigious, inventive, and locally focused restaurant scene. Some of Maine’s best chefs dream up prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for this multi-week restaurant crawl. The feast of feasts kicks off with a breakfast cook-off on Feb. 27, gets zany with a costumed pancake race on March 4, and hosts a gala cocktail party on March 8 (among other events). Special menus March 1–14. 207-775-2126. mainerestaurantweek.com

The Good People of Southie
March 13-22

Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire grew up in South Boston, and his Tony-nominated Good People considers whether a person can ever leave humble roots behind. Frances McDormand won a Tony for playing the lead on Broadway. Aqua City Actors Theatre tackles this raw dramedy. $12. Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St., Waterville. 207-873-7000. acattheatre.org

State Function
March 21

8a673aae-f921-4dab-a750-ca413f95d8f0The third annual State of the State concert is an omni-genre odyssey of Maine popular music, hosted by the State Theatre. There’s a roots vibe to the day show, with string outfits Tumbling Bones and Tricky Britches and folk troubadour David Mallett. Veteran Mallet hosts a songwriter’s Q+A in the afternoon, then the night show launches and all bets are off: Five bands include the electro-pop of Crusoe, the driving rock of When Particles Collide, and the nu-metal of 6gig. March 21. 1 p.m. day show, 7 p.m. night show. $35 for all events; individual event tickets available. 609 Congress St., Portland. 207-956-6000. statetheatreportland.com

Freeskiing Hijinks at Sunday River
March 27-28

Ever marveled at the freeskiers during the X Games or Olympics? Then grab a patch of snow among the spectators at the Dumont Cup. Maine-bred freeskiing champ Simon Dumont hosts his pro-skier pals as they get airborne at Sunday River’s T72 terrain park. Sunday River Resort, Newry. 207-824-3000. dumontcup.com

Feeling Puckish
March 28

Portland’s old pro-hockey team, the Maine Mariners, moved away in 1992, becoming the Providence Bruins. The Portland Pirates came to town the next year, and a hockey rivalry was born. Catch an old-school New England clash on ice when the Pirates host the Bruins at the Cross Insurance Arena. March 28. 7 p.m. $22–$29. 1 Civic Center Sq., Portland. 207-747-2837. portlandpirates.com

 

Kid Stuff

Kids, Kartoons & Kotzschmar
March 1

Sailing is the theme for a sing-along-friendly performance of the grand Kotzschmar organ (with tours to follow). 3 p.m. $18. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-842-0800. foko.org

Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby
March 7

Can your son or daughter pull in a lunker? The first 500 kids to show up before 10 a.m. get set up with free ice-fishing gear. 8 a.m. Range Ponds State Park, Poland Spring. icefishingderby.com

Creatures of the Night
March 11

Head to the planetarium at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine for an eye-opening demonstration of how bats, owls, and other nocturnal animals go about their nightly business. 10:30 a.m. 142 Free St., Portland. 207-828-1234. kitetails.org

Maine Science Festival
March 20–22

Want to learn about forensics at a simulated crime scene? See how Pixar works its magic? Hear children’s authors dish on science for kids? These and other egghead events fill the schedule at Bangor’s citywide science fair. $15 for keynote, other events free. Locations across Bangor. mainesciencefestival.org

Portland Children’s Film Festival
March 25–29

Cool stop-motion animation and short films by K–12 students are among the highlights of this kid-centric cinema spree. Some films free; others $5–$10. Venues across Portland. portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com


Jillian Bedell

Jillian Bedell is a marketing strategist at Rockland’s Dream Local Digital and co-author of Eating in Maine.