1. So, after six days of Rain with a capital R, I’m thinking the predicted sunshine for this weekend will inspire thoughts of frolicking about like little lambs. If you’re not up to camp, you can come to Nocturnem Drafthaus in Bangor and hear the dulcet tones of vocalist Stesha Cano on Friday, and the indie rock antics of Her Majesty’s Cabaret on Friday; HMC’s got a set from Belfast jazz duo Tango at 8 p.m., a preview set of sketch comedy from its upcoming June show at 9, and a performance from one man electro party A Severe Joy at 9:45. At Paddy Murphy’s, there’s karaoke on Friday and funk band deluxe Juicebox on Saturday. Ipanema kicks it up a notch this weekend, with Chris Ross on Friday and the 220s on Saturday, and at the Big Easy on Friday, there’s Trisha Mason. And at Zen Asian Bistro, rapper Slaine – a Boston MC who’s worked with everyone from Cypress Hill to Everlast to Jedi Mind Tricks – will bring it starting at 9:30 p.m. Friday, with local rappers 2 Phat, Lord T, Frontline, Boss, Erok and Bender.
2. It’s Old Port Festival weekend, which means that all day Sunday Portland will be mobbed with people of all ages, ambling through the streets to see lots of music, enjoy lots of family-friendly activities, and eat lots of tasty street food. Meanwhile, Empire Dine & Dance has a CD release party from Portland bluegrass group Dark Hollow Bottling Company (pictured) on Friday, with special guests Travis Cyr, Blues Bus and The Ghost of Paul Revere; on Saturday, it’s rock pianist Marco Benevento. There are two wonderful shows at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford this weekend, with avant-folk groups Brown Bird and Tallahassee on Friday, and underground punk legend Daniel Higgs with Tom K and Asa Irons on Saturday. At Geno’s in Portland this weekend, there’s DoomStone, the Blue Loafers, Brzowski and Johnny Cremains on Friday, and Halloween in June with Covered in Bees, the Watchers and Spiderheart on Saturday.
3. Let’s start in the west and move Downeast, shall we? Starting in Rockland, there’s bluesman Blind Albert on Friday and folk duo the Pitch Black Ribbons on Saturday at Rock City Coffee, while Mid Life Crisis will rock Rockland’s Myrtle Street Tavern, also on Saturday. Meanwhile, in Ellsworth, Saturday night brings the triumphant return of the Blast Addicts, after a months-long hiatus for writing and recording; they’ll play at Chummies starting at 9. Doug Hoyt’s brand of British Invasion-themed rock is on the menu at the Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor on Friday. And at the Lompoc Cafe, also in Bar Harbor, you can hear indie rockers Orca Age on Friday, and indie pop group Golden Bloom.
4. Weekend number two of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at the Penobscot Theatre, and the show is getting wonderful feedback from attendees; performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill opens its first summer show, with “Steel Magnolias” (pictured) set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Hill Town Hall. At the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, students from the Haworth Academic Center will perform Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. And further south, the Chocolate Church in Bath hosts the Studio Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m., while Portland Stage continues its production of “2 Pianos, 4 Hands” all weekend. Oh, and in Orono on Saturday old-timey Maine humorist Tim Sample is set for the Collins Center for the Arts.
5. Well, this is the end of the road for lots of Maine school kids – some are graduating, some are already out of school for the summer. Want to celebrate with them? Here’s three neat things you can do statewide with kids of all ages. First, the summer schedule for Maine’s Narrow Gauge Railroad, based in Portland, has been set, and there are train rides on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for kids aged 3 to 12. Option number two is the annual Fishing Derby at Aroostook National Wildlife Rescue in Limestone; kids 16 and under can register to catch a fish, between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. And number three? The Atlantic Ballet Company, the Midcoast’s ballet school, will perform “Peter Pan” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Camden Opera House; tickets are $10 for kids and seniors, $14 for adults.