1. Full disclosure: I am married to Zachary Robbins, the man who puts on Her Majesty’s Cabaret. So yes, I’m definitely biased when it comes to this Saturday’s show, set for 8 to 11 p.m. at Nocturnem Drafthaus on Main Street in downtown Bangor. But if you’re into music, dance, comedy and alternative theater, then this is totally your jam. This show’s theme is “Radio Radio,” and incorporates old-timey radio shows and broadcasts into a variety revue, featuring Bangor’s own When Particles Collide, Tony Sohns the Bug Guy, dance troupe Paradigm, comedy group The Bit Players out of Newport RI, jazz vocalist Kristen Burkholder with pianist Brian Catell, and an all original radio play. Admission is $6, and there is a cupcake cocktail hour starting at 8 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m. I promise you, it’s worth it. And that’s not just cause I think the guy who runs the show is pretty cool.
2. Black Friday is a big deal. We get that. But after you go to your big box stores and national chains to buy a TV for 50 bucks and a camera for $10, do something good for your community and shop locally on Small Business Saturday. In every downtown in Maine, there are small businesses owned by local people — some of whom may be people you know! — who need the influx of cash and attention just as much as nationwide corporations. And you’ll find something totally unique to give to someone you love. Don’t know where to start? Try downtown Bangor, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Rockland, Boothbay, Damariscotta or Portland.
3. River City Cinema in Bangor offers up two great films for your viewing pleasure this holiday weekend. “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” a family-friendly documentary about Kevin Clash, the man behind Sesame Street’s Elmo; and “Bombay Beach” a stunning independent film about three lives in the poor, rural Salton Sea area of California. “Being Elmo” is set for 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and “Bombay Beach” is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, both at the Union Street Brick Church. Admission is $6. Alternately, you can see a $1 screening of “Home Alone” at 1 and 7 p.m. Friday at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth. Take the kids. You’ll be glad you did.
4. Down Portland way, there’s a really neat night of music set for Saturday at Empire Dine & Dance. The first annual Thanksgiving Weekend Acoustic Bash features Aroostook County’s own Travis Cyr and the Strings of Calamity (who’s just released a new album!), bluegrass group Tricky Britches, songwriter Putnam Smith and the Americana ensemble Dark Hollow Bottling Company. The show starts at 9 p.m. and goes until close, and it’s just $8 to see some of Maine’s premiere acoustic songwriters. Plus, it’ll be a nice warm up for Gillian Welch’s show at the State Theatre on Sunday.
5. I know, shopping, right? There are lots of craft fairs all over the state, but Aarhus Gallery in Belfast hosts one of the biggest and best in Maine. The annual Holiday Extravaganza runs through the month of December, and brings together over 60 talented Maine artists from throughout the Midcoast. A dazzling variety of mediums are represented, including pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, turned wood, fiber, leather bags, assemblage, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, chocolates and more. Whew. Aarhus is located at 50 Main St. in downtown Belfast, and is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For information, visit aarhusgallery.com.