1. What better way to start off the first 5 Things post in almost a year, than by giving the lowdown on shows in Bangor this weekend? Sure, I may be cheating a little, seeing as there’s at least five things in this post alone – but honestly, how is that in any way a bad thing? Friday night brings three fantastic shows featuring four local bands. The newly-revamped line up of the Tree Streets will play their Bangor-centric brand of jangly indie pop in a double bill with Belfast garage rock duo the Class Machine; the show starts at 9 p.m. at the the Main Tavern on Main Street. There’s an air hockey tournament with a $5 buy-in all night. Watch this video of the rock fury of the Class Machine and tell me you don’t want to go.
Also on Friday, the 220s, a Bangor live favorite, will play a very special acoustic set at Nocturnem Drafthaus starting at 8:30 p.m., while down the street at Paddy Murphy’s Magnetic North will play quirky covers, starting at 9:30 p.m. And up in Orono, the Celtic rockers the BArSTuARDs will play all night at the Bear Brew Pub, starting at 10 p.m. Moving onto Saturday night, the allmighty Blast Addicts will tear the roof off the sucka at Ipanema Bar & Grill, starting at 9 p.m., while the Main Street 3 will play virtuosic bluegrass covers of everything from Jimi Hendrix to the Talking Heads. It’s going to be a good weekend in the 04401.
2. As if that wasn’t enough Bangor excitement, Friday night is also the next installment of the now-monthly Downtown Bangor Arts Walk, from 5 to 9 p.m. New exhibits this time around include letterpress artist John Vincent at One Lupine Fiber Arts, illustrator and co-creator of the “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” graphic novel Ben Bishop at the Briar Patch, charcoal artist Orson Horchler at the Maine Discovery Museum, along with all the other downtown galleries and shops, open for your perusal. There’s also a holiday food drive, collecting non-perishable goods to donate to local pantries; all participating art walk locations will collect donations. For a map of the art walk, visit the web site.
3. Indulge the Victorian dandy that may or may not be living inside you, and head down to the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth to see their one-night-only, staged reading of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It’ll be a nice, laid-back night of theater, that will prepare audiences for Ten Bucks Theatre’s spring production of the play — this time with costumes and sets and all that jazz. The show is at 7 p.m., and admission is $5.
4. The Rock Coast Rollers recently had their first full-on roller derby bout, and now, still high on the excitement of it all, they’re throwing a party to celebrate. In collaboration with Hot Pink Flannel, the first-ever Derby Tante Ball will be held at the Waterworks Restaurant and Pub, on Lindsey Street in downtown Rockland. Starting at 9 p.m., derby girls and the people who love them can get down to the sounds of Bangor band When Particles Collide. Admission is $5, which helps the RCR offer more bouts and other events to skaters and fans alike.
5. Finally, apparently there’s some movie opening this weekend about a girl who falls in obsessive love with a sparkly, moderately handsome guy who looks extremely good for his age. “Twilight,” or something? I guess people are pretty excited about it or whatever, especially since in this installment of the series she gets married to said sparkly dude, and then pregnant with his baby. It’s playing everywhere, so if that’s your thing, I guess you should probably go see it. I clearly can’t control my excitement. Clearly. Also opening this weekend is “Happy Feet Two,” about more tapdancing penguins, as well as the critically acclaimed Sundance Film Festival favorite, “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which starts Friday at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville.