1. The weather will take a significant turn for the better this weekend, so it’s prime season for walking around downtown Bangor. Musically speaking, there’s an excellent lineup at Nocturnem Drafthaus both nights this weekend, which offers up the music of soul woman Stesha Cano on Friday and blues man Eric Green on Saturday. Ipanema Bar & Grill has got the Seasick Crocodiles on Friday and Live Wire on Saturday. Across the bridge on Friday, you can check out the Sirradon jazz ensemble, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer. A little bit out of town, there’s a really big show at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth, featuring none other than Rustic Overtones and The Brew, starting at 7:30 p.m.; tickets at the door are $20. On Saturday night, you can hear Belfast power trio Odlaw at Paddy Murphy’s in Bangor, and at Kingman’s in Old Town, there’s progressive jam band Turbine, who have come all the way from New York to play.
2. Mmm. Smell that. It’s the smell of ROCK. You can start with Portland hip hop crew the Dirty White Hats, who release their new EP at The Big Easy on Friday night. As usual, there are two great shows at Empire this weekend — Friday night, get down and dirty with Sun Gods in Exile, Loki and Clubber Lang with burlesque troupe Atomic Trash; on Saturday night, there’s lots of bluegrass with Hot Buttered Rum, Saccarrappa Boys, Tricky Britches and Acoustic Flight Test. Tricky Britches somehow play another show that same night, with Vermont Joy Parade, at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford. Saturday night at Geno’s, there’s a triple bill featuring Volcano Rabbit, Worried Well and Black Firs, and, also on Saturday night, there’s a jammy dance party with Conspirator, Indobox and Of The Trees at Port City Music Hall.
3. Going coastal, Rock City Coffee in Rockland has two fun events this weekend – gypsy jazz group Gypsy Caravan will play Friday, and the Mehuman Trio play on Saturday. On Saturday night in Rockland, the Rock Coast Rollers, your friendly neighborhood roller derby league, will host a Big Lebowski Party at the Waterworks Pub – bring your bathrobes, and be ready to drink White Russians. Inland a bit, Unity College hosts a night of hip hop (sandwiched in between Canadian fiddlers, no doubt) on Saturday night, when the Knarley Party Tour featuring Da Boy Bake rolls into town. And at the Belfast Dance Studio there’s a community swing dance, so you can lindy hop, swing and waltz the night away, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.
4. You can catch the last weekend of Penobscot Theatre’s “Ink,” set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bangor Opera House; you can also see Robinson Ballet’s first weekend of its spring showcase, set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Ellsworth High School. Husson University opens its student production of “Dracula” at the Gracie Theatre, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Blue Hill Town Hall hosts another weekend of New Surry Theatre’s “Man of La Mancha,” set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and weekend three of Portland Stage’s production of Tom Stoppard’s “Heroes” continues, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at its theatre on Forest Avenue in downtown Portland.
5. Perhaps the most happening place to be this weekend in Maine is the Lewiston-Auburn area, which will play host to the annual Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival, set for April 13-15 in several locations throughout both communities. Featured films include everything from the offbeat Texan comedy “A Schizophrenic Love Story” to “The Pact,” a story about friendships and relationships; there are documentaries, like “Dislecksia: The Movie” and “Welcome to Lee, Maine” about the small community that lost two people in the Iraq War. Passes start at $22; for more information, visit lafilmfestival.org.