Ray McGovern, as painted by Robert Shetterly.

Friday, May 3

Comedy is an art form — one of the oldest, actually — so why not swing by Coffee By Design (67 India St., Portland) this First Friday for Comedy By Design, a showcase that this month features funnymen Paul Hunt, Erik Gunderson, Doug Collins and Brett Groh. Local bluegrass faves Tricky Britches open the free show at 6:30 p.m. 780-6767. coffeebydesign.com. Alternately — way alternately — go check out former CIA official turned activist Ray McGovern, who gives a presentation on atrocities being perpetuated by the U.S. and what we can do to stop them, at the Talbot Lecture Hall on USM’s Portland campus at 7 p.m. He’ll be a Bowdoin College’s Kresge Auditorium tomorrow night. raymcgovern.com.