1. What’s the word in downtown Bangor? Well, from the looks of it it’s going to be 100% gorgeous all weekend, so what better time to do some summery activities during the day, and then enjoy a mellow night in town? Nocturnem Drafthaus hosts another special acoustic night with the 220s on Friday, and then brings Mellow Endeavor on Saturday. Magnetic North plays two shows in Bangor this weekend; a regular set on Friday at Ipanema, and then a special set covering the entirety of Weezer’s Blue Album on Saturday at Paddy Murphy’s. On Friday, you can check out dynamic duo When Particles Collide at Paddy’s as well (that’s a picture of them, if you were wondering.”
2. Repeat the above advice for Portland, just try these shows on for size instead. On Friday, there’s bluegrass from North Carolina with Deep Chatham at Empire, while Restless Groove plays at the Big Easy, and Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket is at the Asylum. On Saturday, keep it going with Sunrunner, Pigboat and the reunion of beloved Portland horror punk band Covered in Bees at Geno’s (pictured); funk masters Sly Chi are at the Big Easy, and at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford Saturday enjoy some psychedelic indie rock with MV & EE, BR Garm, Jeff Beam and Herbcraft.
3. The coast is chock full of eclectic events this weekend. Rock City Cafe hosts two wonderful nights of music this weekend; on Friday, Portland bluegrass group Tricky Britches performs (pictured), and on Saturday, the enchanting standards duo will serenade you. Waldo County rockers Odlaw are at the Myrtle Street Tavern in Rockland, and the Pitch Black Ribbons take the stage at Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston. Also in Rockland is Midcoast Pecha Kucha, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Lincoln Street Arts. Belfast hosts two unique events: a party and raffle for the “Corrugation Nation” cardboard arts exhibit at Waterfall Arts on Friday night, and a 19th century fashion show, “A Day in the Life: Notable Women of Belfast and Their Fashions,” set for 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Margaret’s Parish House. On the other side of the river, the Larks bring the party to the Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor, and at the Stonington Opera House, the film “Big Miracle” screens, with a talkback afterwards with Cindy Lowry, the woman who helped rescue the grey whales featured in the film, set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
4. Portland this week hosts the 23rd annual Little Festival of the Unexpected, a week long series of new plays held at Portland Stage every May. On Saturday, all four plays featured in the festival will be performed, starting at 11:30 a.m.; visit the website for full details. In Bangor, the Robinson Ballet inaugurates its new Studio Series, with performances of some dance pieces from years prior set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Union Street Brick Church; admission is $15. At the Bangor Opera House, WBRC Architects presents a screening of “The Greenest Building,” set for 6 p.m. Friday. And, of course, Ten Bucks Theatre’s hit production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” continues this weekend at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth; performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
5. There are three supremely kid-friendly events this weekend in both the north and the south. In Bangor, there’s the Kid Central Festival, set for multiple locations in downtown between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday; it’s free! Meanwhile, in South Portland the annual Bug Light Kite Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the beautiful Bug Lighthouse, it’s free, but it’s BYOK – bring your own kite. And also on Sunday, the Maine Comics Arts Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland, with more than 100 comic artists and writers reading, engaging and offering up lots of books and art for fans of all ages.