1. This weekend marks the final weekend of KahBang Arts Spring Gallery shows at Zen, with a one-two punch of progressive bluegrass band This Way on Friday night, and Maine alt-country heroes the Mallett Brothers Band on Saturday. But there’s plenty of stuff going on elsewhere, too, with Friday night bringing you First Friday Jazz at Nocturnem Drafthaus, alternative pop with Trisha Mason and the Whiskey Warlocks at Ipanema, and pure, unadulterated rock n’ roll with the 220s at Paddy Murphy’s. And Friday, of course, there’s the Music Saved Me show at Curva Ultra Lounge in Orono, featuring Paranoid Social Club (pictured above) with Bangor area favorites When Particles Collide, Mines of Paris, One Shot Nothing and the Transducers, starting at $8 p.m. It’s 18 plus, and the $10 admission benefits pediatric oncology center of Eastern Maine Medical Center.
2. Heading south, dig some heavy music Friday night in Portland, with Trapper Keeper, Heavy Breathing and the Restless Shades at Geno’s, and Terrible Old Man, Hessian, Adversaries, Infera Bruo and Shabti at the Big Easy. The fun continues on Saturday at Geno’s, with the Outfits, Cuss, RSO and Mouth Washington, and at Empire on Saturday, there’s a very special event to raise money for the displaced people and businesses due to the Downtown Fort Kent Fire. Empire hosts Dominic and The Lucid, John Clavette, Frank Hopkins, performing artist Tony Chexmix, Saint Solitude; admission is $7, and poutine will be on special all night. Also on Saturday, electronic artists Ben Vida, Artie Appleseed and Dark Urru perform at the Space Gallery, and at Port City Music Hall, there’s a crazy laser black light fog machine go go dancer electronica party, with DJ Bamboora and others.
3. Beer geeks, assemble! The Central Maine Brew Fest is set for this weekend at the Augusta Armory, and whew, what a lineup of Maine brewers! 15 in total, including Allagash, Peak Organic, Belfast Bay, Penobscot Bay, Fatty Bampkins Cider, Kennebec River, Shipyard, Seadog, Oak Pond, Geary’s, Gritty’s, Baxter, Liberal Cup, Downeast Cider and Sebago. Your admission (at the door) gets you a taste of all the Maine-made brews available. The Blues Prophets and the Pat Pepin Blues Band will be on hand, there’s lots of food, and Central Street Farmhouse will be there to share their homebrewing secrets. One of the premier events of the year for beer enthusiasts.
4. What’s in theaters this weekend? Well, River City Cinema shows Oscar also-ran “Albert Nobbs,” featuring Glenn Close in extremely convincing Victorian butler drag, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Union Street Brick Church in Bangor. At Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor, the Iranian Best Foreign Language Film winner “A Separation” screens, and at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, the dark comedy “Thin Ice” opens. At 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Strand Theatre in Rockland the short film program “Rockland Shorts” screens, featuring short films from Iran, Turkey, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Portugal and the United States. Nationwide for mainstream movies, Jason Biggs performs CPR on his career with yet another “American Pie” movie — this one saying that oh, it’s twelve years later, and oh, now we have kids and wives and stuff, but don’t worry, we’re still the childish, stupid people we were in high school – but wait, we’re learning a lesson! FRIENDSHIP! There’s also “Titanic 3D.” No one asked me if I wanted to relive my last two years of high school.
5. Two shows continue their runs in the Bangor area this weekend: “INK,” at the Penobscot Theatre, has shows 8 p.m.Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, and the Maine Masque performs “Equus” at Hauck Auditorium at UMaine, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. This weekend also brings the opening of the new show at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, featuring (pictured at left) “John Goodman: Moments Abstracted,” “Ruth Marshall: Vanished Into Stitches,” and “Jemma Gascoine: Slab Waltz.” And in Belfast, there’s the wildly popular First Friday Flying Shoes Contradance, starting at 6:30 with a family dance and 8 p.m. with a full dance, at the American Legion Hall on High Street.