1. It’s Art Walk night in downtown Bangor, and the weather couldn’t be more picture-perfect – and in addition to the many galleries and businesses hosting art exhibits and events between 6 and 9, there’s lots of other fun stuff to do. At the Big Easy at the Charles Inn there’s country-rockers Bizzy Gruntry; the Sea Dog plays host to songbird, at Paddy’s you can hear the sweet bluegrass sounds of Maximum Blue, DJ Magic Man gets the crowd moving at Ipanema, and at Nocturnum, Bangor supergroup of sorts Downtown Soul play soul and r&b all night. Moving onto Saturday, you rock with The Larks at Paddy’s, the Pitch Black Ribbons are at Nocturnem, and Axiom brings the noise at Ipanema. Wind down the whole weekend on Sunday – take your Dad for Father’s Day and make him a happy man – when national blues star Chris Duarte plays at 4 Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport.
2. If you’re in the southern climes, there’s quite the weekend of music set for the Portland area. Empire hosts a night of both hip hop and punk rock with Whale Oil, Ill By Instinct and Brzowski on Friday, while on Saturday you can enjoy Nate Gibson and the Hi-Fly Rangers. Space Gallery has a big show Saturday, with Jukebox the Ghost, Savoir Adore and Bright Moments. Geno’s Rock Club hosts Sungods in Exise, Infernal Overdrive and Super Scissor on Friday, while metal reigns Saturday with Sonic Pulse, Terrible Old Man and Paige Turner. Finally, there’s a night of beautiful experimental indie rock on Sunday at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford, with the enchanting Arborea (pictured), Herbcraft and 200 Years (Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance).
3. Oh Rock-o-land, Rock-o-land, how lovely are you. What better weekend to hit the cost than this one? It’s still early, so Route 1 isn’t at full throttle madness. At Rock City Coffee, check the Mehuman Trio on Friday, and banjo player supreme Putnam Smith on Saturday. For something a bit more raucous, come out to hear the 220s at the Myrtle Street Tavern. Down MDI way, the Lompoc Cafe keeps on with its excellent summer schedule – Colin Capers and Sean Murphy bring both music and film on Friday, and Electric Organ Discharge rocks the house on Saturday.
4. It’s the last weekend of Penobscot Theatre Company’s utterly charming “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” with shows set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. It’s also weekend two for “The Foreigner,” Bangor Community Theatre’s production at the Cyrus Pavilion Theater on the University of Maine campus, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Studio Theatre of Bath continues its production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Or, you can get your laugh on in both Ellsworth and Brewer, with the Best of the Boston Comedy Festival featuring comics Jim McCue (pictured), Chris Pennie and George Hamm at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Theatre; tickets are $22 at the door. In Brewer, The Focus Group comes home to the Next Generation Theatre, with their improv show set for 8 p.m.
5. Summer movie season is in full swing – though I won’t be satisfied until I see both “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Dark Knight Rises” – and this weekend, “Rock of Ages” opens. It’s based on the musical of the same name, using hair metal songs from Poison, Guns n’ Roses and Journey to tell the story of a couple of starry-eyed wannabe rock stars. It’s got Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand. Say what you will; it looks like a ton of fun. There’s also “Madagascar 3″ in theaters, and a still-steady run from “Prometheus.” Less flashy, more though-provoking films like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Hysteria” are playing in lots of indie theaters, like Railroad Square in Waterville and the Strand Theatre in Rockland.