1. Now that the heavy, muggy heat has lifted, you can sleep a little easier and not worry about sticking to your chairs! In Bangor this weekend it’s a mix of laid back and wild and crazy, starting with Friday night, with encore karaoke at Paddy Murphy’s, DJ Paul Wolfe at Ipanema, and the final gig of The Main Street 3, the progressive bluegrass wizards who say goodbye to mandolin player Bill Thibodeau as he moves south. You can also see River City Cinema’s free screening of “West Side Story” in Pickering Square at sundown. Saturday brings the fourth annual West Market Festival, set for 2 to 8 p.m. in, you guessed it, West Market Square. Join the excellent bands Rotating Taps, Worried Well, Temperature of the Sun (pictured) and Lit on the Flash, as well as vendors, dance performance from Paradigm East, and much more. And it’s free! Later that night, you can catch Skyscraper at Paddy’s, the 220s at Ipanema, Mellow Endeavor at Nocturnem, and across the bridge melt faces with a CD release party for metal band Nobis, set for 8 p.m. at the Time Out Event Center.
2. Man, the Mallett Brothers Band (pictured at left) get around, don’t they? Fresh off tour dates all over the Northeast, they’re playing at Empire on Friday with Jake Hill, Deep Creek and Darlingside; on Saturday at Empire, it’s the CD release party for Ghost of Paul Revere. Friday night at the Big Easy you can hear indie-electro band Ginlab. There’s a triple threat at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford, with Sean Bones and Mike O’Hehir on Friday, Middle Eastern ensemble Alhan Saturday, and Peter Squires and Dubb Nubb on Sunday. Saturday night at Geno’s there’s some seriously excellent alternative comedy from all over New England, dubbed The Punk Hunks of Comedy, featuring Ethan Marsh, Ian Stuart, Kit Rivers, Joe “Unbookable” Timmins, Josh Day and Aharon Willows-Hebert. Friday night at the Asylum you can see the band Candlebox – yes, that band from the 90s – and Saturday night it’s Clubber Lang, Bora and Sinfist. Finally, this weekend at One Longfellow Square its Roy Book Binder on Friday and Freedy Johnston on Saturday.
3. Just in time for recovery from last weekend’s Midcoast festival, this weekend you can look forward to Belfast’s annual Maine Celtic Celebration, set for Saturday and Sunday on the Belfast Waterfront. Lots of music – from the likes of Vishten, Sprag Session, Michael Black and many others – cheese rolling, boot tossing, log throwing, tasty food and dancing. What’s not to love? It’s free, but donations are strongly encouraged. In Rockland Saturday night you can catch Odlaw at the Myrtle Street Tavern, the utterly enchanting piano and song duo Tango at Rock City, and at the Midcoast Recreation Center, the Rock Coast Rollers host the “Edna St. Vincent Melee” (AWESOME name), an intra-league roller derby bout set for 5 p.m. Over the river, at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor there’s Dan Blakeslee Friday night and the Asher Kurtz Quintet Saturday; the Blood Orange Martinis are at the Thirsty Whale on Saturday; and at Sips in Southwest Harbor there’s Clusterfunk. Ellsworth hosts the band Destroy Them My Robots live and free in the park on Friday, and also on Friday Chris Ross will play all three of his albums, in order, live at Chummies.
4. This is a great weekend to see some up and coming young actors and actresses in the area. Penobscot Theatre presents its two youth shows this weekend, “Winnie the Pooh” featuring all the cute little ones, and “Into the Woods” for the older kids; shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bangor Opera House. Meanwhile in Ellsworth, the theatre camp at the Grand presents its adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” set for 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. You can make it a full weekend by seeing some more Shakespeare, courtesy of Ten Bucks Theatre, who have another year of outside performances at Indian Trail Park in Brewer – this time a wondrously strange version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Oh wait, there’s more Shakespeare? Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House presents the second weekend of “Antony and Cleopatra” at their new Burn Cove Church venue; shows are at 7:30 Friday-Sunday, reserve tickets at operahousearts.org.
5. OK, song and dance fans, here’s your big chance to see some of the big names from “Dancing With the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” AND “American Idol” up close and personal. The Ogunquit Playhouse hosts two nights of ballroom dance with a twist, featuring contestants from the above shows. They’ll infuse hip hop and other contemporary dance styles into the foxtrot, cha cha and tango. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, with a special 8 p.m. show Saturday featuring Carson Kressley from “DWTS” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Tickets start at $39. If you’re a fan of any of that, this is not to be missed.