1. So aside from that big festival that everyone including myself can’t stop talking about, there’s still plenty of other stuff going on in the Queen City and surrounding environs. When you’re not listening to one of the more than 50 bands, artists and other creative people taking over every venue in town for KahBang, you can check out Penobscot Theatre’s Dramatic Academy production of both “Schoolhouse Rock” and “Spring Awakening,” the latter (pictured, in rehearsal) being the critically acclaimed Broadway smash having its first production in Maine. Showtimes are at both 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Bangor Opera House. You can also check out weekend two of the Summer Musical Theatre Festival at the University of Maine, as they present “Johnny Baseball” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Hauck Auditorium. And don’t forget that Friday night is the Downtown Bangor Art Walk – co-sponsored by KahBang, of course – from 5 to 9 p.m. in galleries and retail spaces all over town.
2. Portland’s a bit sleepy this weekend – after the Mumford bonanza last weekend, everyone just needs a nice, lazy summer weekend. That said, at the Space Gallery there’s a fun day featuring the kids art installation “RGB Experiments,” in which youngsters can play with lights to activate different colors; it’s from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Also at Space, you can see a special second screening of “Shut Up And Play The Hits,” the LCD Soundsystem concert documentary, at 7 p.m. Sunday (the trailer is embedded below!). On Friday night at Slainte it’s Presque Isle’s own Crunk Witch with A Severe Joy; on Saturday night at Geno’s there’s some good old fashioned New England punk rock with Pinko and the Action Boys and the Jonee Earthquake Band; and at Empire this weekend it’s Black Taxi and Ms. Fairchild on Friday and the Zach Jones CD release party Saturday, featuring Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia.
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3. In jolly old Rockland town it’s a seafaring kind of weekend as the Maine Boats Home & Harbors show comes to town. At the Strand Theatre there’s an evening of lovely indie rock on Saturday, with the ethereal sounds of Winterpills and roots ensemble Darlingside. Camden Civic Theatre’s first weekend of the beloved musical “The Fantasticks” is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Camden Opera House. Heading east, in Bar Harbor the gypsy jazz ensemble Ameranouche plays Friday night at the Lompoc, followed by Portland’s Ginlab on Saturday. There’s a performance Friday from singer songwriter Chris Ross, and a contra dance Saturday night at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, featuring the Sheep Island Rovers, both starting at 7 p.m. And at Chummies in Ellsworth, you can rock with the 220s.
4. Two former College of the Atlantic students – Alicia Hynes and Daniel Mahler – have come back to Bar Harbor to form the Harborside Shakespeare Company, dedicated to performing contemporary versions of Shakespeare plays on MDI. Their first production, “Romeo and Juliet,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Gates Community Center at COA. Also Downeast, Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House restages its beautiful, charming, original children’s musical “Burt Dow, Deep Water Man,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Opera House.
5. Summer’s been too busy to keep up with all the new movies out there! Opening this weekend is “The Campaign,” a sure to be funny and, likely, rather stupid vehicle for the comedic talents of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis. There’s also “Hope Springs,” a film I’ve been told is refreshingly honest in its portrayal of married life in your 50s, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. “The Bourne Legacy” opens, too, and at Movie Magic in Bangor you can see “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Magic Mike” for super cheap. You can also see “Moonrise” at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, along with Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” and the hugely critically acclaimed “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a film I’ve told myself I have to see by the end of the summer.