1. Lots to do this weekend in the Bangor area. You can start it off early tonight, Thursday, when the Main Street 2 play progressive bluegrass at The Big Easy at the Charles Inn, starting at 9 p.m. Saturday night is the really big show, with the WPC Presents gigantic indie rock blowout at the Bear Brew Pub in Orono, featuring The Other Bones, Taillons and Boxes out of Portland, Lit on the Flash out of Wells, Frank and the Redhots from Orono (pictured at left), Queen City and Scott McAllister from Bangor and James Reiss from St Albans; doors open at 8 p.m, and it’s going to be quite an evening. In Bangor, you can check out the high energy rock of the Blast Addicts at Paddy Murphy’s on Saturday, and, also on Saturday, at Kingman’s in Old Town you can hear the dubby, jammy sounds of Gorilla Finger Dub Band, People With Instruments and The Hornitz.
2. In Portland, Friday sees the roots act the Coloradas CD release party at One Longfellow Square with opening act This Way. Dean Ford, Young London and A Severe Joy will bring the power pop joy at Bayside Bowl, and indie rockers and songwriters Dilly Dilly, Brian Carpenter and the Confessions, and Old Soul will be at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford; both shows are on Friday, as well. On Saturday, enjoy a night of Maine hip hop with Alias, Trails, Sandbag and Educated Advocates at the Space Gallery, and at Geno’s Rock Club, enjoy The Shondes, the Rattlesnakes and Kurt Baker.
3. OK, so apparently there’s enough snow at Sugarloaf that you can actually do some real skiing and snowboarding, and not feel like you’re ice skating with skis. About gersh dern time! When you’re done with that, check out groovy rock band Superfrog at the King Pine Room on Friday and Saturday, Bangor’s own funk voyagers Big Time at the Widowmaker Lounge on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday, and jazz/Zappa fusion band Twiddle at the Rack on Saturday night. It’s going to be really cold this weekend, so bundle up, you crazy kids!
4. For those more comedically or theatrically minded, the Focus Group returns from a brief hiatus to bring the improv comedy funny on Friday night at the Next Generation Theater in Brewer; show is at 8, and admission is $5. In Brunswick, the Theater Project offers up the Maine premiere of Annie Baker’s hilarious send up of community theatre, “Circle Mirror Transformation,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Down south, the Portland Players offer up their steampunk-inspired take on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 Sunday, at their South Portland theatre.
5. So, now that the Golden Globes are over and the Oscar nominations are set to be announced on Tuesday, it’s time to start watching everything you can, while it’s still in theaters. Railroad Square Cinema has got “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Descendents” and “Carnage,” Friday through Thursday. You can see “The Descendents” all weekend at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, too. The Grand in Ellsworth has a two special showings of Terrence Malick’s stunning “The Tree of Life” on Thursday and Friday, and you can still see Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” at the Colonial Theater in Belfast all weekend, along with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “War Horse.” Oh, and George Lucas’ heartfelt action flick about the Tuskeegee Airmen, “Red Tails,” starts Friday at Bangor Mall Cinemas.