1. Summer is blooming all over the place! On Friday night in Bangor comes the second installment this year of Pecha Kucha – this time around, it’s set for 6 p.m. at Nocturnem Drafthaus, and it features presentations from everyone from Jesse Salisbury of the Schoodic Sculpture Symposium, to the cheese gurus at Olde Oak Farm in Howland; admission is $5. Later that night at Nocturnem, it’s First Friday Jazz, and on Saturday, it’s Mark “Guitar” Miller. Paddy Murphy’s has a rip-roaring weekend planned, with Boston rockers Aloud set for Friday, and the always entertaining Trisha Mason on Saturday. Saturday night also welcomes country stars the Zac Brown Band to the Bangor Waterfront. And at Therapy Lounge on Friday there’s the monthly drag show, featuring four queens from New Hampshire led by Portia Chanel.
2. It’s First Friday in Portland, which means there’s lots of stuff going on. At Space Gallery, longtime Portland experimental gadfly Crank Sturgeon unveils his latest installation, while at Empire there’s a CD release party for Mother Leopard, who play with Lit on the Flash. Geoff Zimmerman plays with Grant Street Orchestra at the Big Easy, and out in Biddeford, the Oak and the Ax hosts bluesman Samuel James, along with Lloyd Thayer and River Whyless. Moving onto Saturday, the Big Easy hosts the CD release party for Anna & the Diggs, the Asylum hosts a benefit concert featuring the Mallett Brothers Band, Spose and the Other Bones, sponsored by Elykssor Clothing, and at Space Gallery there’s the six-band mini-festival called, appropriately, SIX, featuring the likes of Sunset Hearts (pictured above), Foam Castles, Mai Mai, Glass Fingers, Altered Gee and Verla.
3. The Rock Coast Rollers – the Midcoast’s own roller derby league – will host their very first home bout at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The ladies on wheels will split into two teams and compete against each other! Admission is $5, free for kids under 12, and there’s an after party at the Waterworks Pub in Rockland. In Belfast, there’s the monthly Flying Shoes Contradance on Friday night at the American Legion Hall – doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dancing goes until at least 10 p.m.; admission is $2 from 6:30 to 8 and $10 from 8 onwards, less for teens. Moving down the coast, the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor’s got a wicked fun weekend, with swaggering rockers Coke Weed set for Friday night, playing with Tyler Weeks; the music continues Saturday with DJ Captain Trips and on Sunday with River Whyless.
4. It’s another one of those stretches where half the theater companies in Maine seem to have a show up. Penobscot Theatre in Bangor opens its production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” on Friday night; shows run through Sunday. The comedy “2 Pianos, 4 Hands” opens at Portland Stage on Friday, and has shows also through Sunday. Mid Coast Actor’s Studio continues its production of “Hedda Gabler” at the Camden Public Library, Friday and Saturday. Alternately, you could see a film – “Snow White and the Huntsman” opens this weekend, and for indie flicks, there’s “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” “The Island President” and “Darling Companion” at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville.
5. Predicted poor weather be damned – it’s a great weekend to get outside and see what’s growing in Maine. There are a number of plant sales set for this weekend, including the Belfast Garden Club’s unusual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at Carol’s Collectibles on Swanville, as well as the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor’s annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the Bangor Farmer’s Market kicks off the season from noon until 3 p.m. in the Abbott Square Parking Lot – come see what all the fuss is about! And, finally, Saturday and Sunday are Maine’s Free Family Fishing Days, which means anyone can fish without a license. Oh, and my fellow BDN blogmaster John Holyoke tells me Saturday is Outdoor Family Fun Day in Brewer, with workshops for all ages on canoeing, fishing, archery and much more; events are set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Penobscot County Conservation Association’s Brewer clubhouse.