1. It’s a jam-packed weekend in Bangor, beginning with the Downtown Bangor Art Walk on Friday night. Some of the new gallery shows going up that night includes two openings courtesy of KahBang Arts, who unveil two new gallery spaces in downtown. At their 84 Harlow St. space, poet Allan Lloyd Trott will offer up “Spoken Word: Transformed” and Polaroid photo artist David Cox will open his show “Today,” while at the 9 Central St. space, Bangor’s street artist Pigeon (pictured) will open “We Got To Stop Meeting This Way,” a show of new artwork. At Studio 36 on the second floor of 47 Main St, Phillip Flagg will show his never before seen photos of the Vietnam War. The University of Maine Museum of Art continues its exhibit featuring works from Alan Bray, Mayumi Sarai and Susan Jane Belton, and the Sohns Gallery at the Rock & Art Shop showcases the work of wood sculptor Randy Colbath and painter Melindria Tavoularis. In addition to all that, there’s Stesha Cano at Paddy Murphy’s, the Blast Addicts at Phoenix Pub, Bizzy Gruntry at the Big Easy, and the CD release for Bangor band Chamberlain is at 9 p.m. at 27 State St, Fourth Floor. Saturday night, you can hear Portland bluegrass band This Way at Paddy’s, the 220s at Ipanema, and at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s another edition of Her Majesty’s Cabaret set for 8 p.m., featuring sketch comedy and film from HMC (which features yours truly), magician Ethan Schneider, a dance performance from the Haus of Paradigm, and music from electro pop trio The Other Bones.
2. Two CD release shows from two unique bands in Portland this weekend: Worried Well offers up it’s indie punk with the release of its new EP, “She’s Got Something To Say,” set for Friday night at Empire with City Streets Country Roads and Dustin Saucier, while at Geno’s on Saturday there’s the lounge-metal band Johnny Cremains CD release; they’ll play with the Coalsack in Crux and Rural Ghosts. Elsewhere, you can hear JD Samson (of Le Tigre) and Men at the Space Gallery on Friday, along with Contrapposto and DJs Che Ros and Mosart212; there’s also Sidecar Radio and Planeside on Friday at the Big Easy, and Arborea and Lisa/Liza at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford. Saturday night, check out Spose, Cam Groves and DJ Verbatum in a Hurricane Sandy benefit at the Asylum, and a salsa and soul night at Empire with El Malo and DJ Boondocks. Also, I must recommend that you attempt to attend the Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland event at Mayo Street Arts this Saturday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Eight Lady Arm Wrestlers and their entourages will take up arms to benefit Mayo Street Arts and East Bayside Neighborhood Organization. Admission is $5, and competitors have names like Voom Voom Valhalla and Patty Poundcakes. ‘Nuff said.
3. There’s a show in Ellsworth Friday night that’s for a very good cause, which is helping local musician Fiddle Doug recover from a house fire in which he lost everything. Starting at 10 p.m. at Chummies, Gabe and Suz, Chris Ross, the Jon Wood Band and Trisha Mason will play a benefit show, along with a raffle for prizes from more than 20 area businesses. On the other side of the bay, in Belfast on Saturday you can hear the band So What at Bowen’s Tavern, in Rockland Friday night you can catch 14 Strings at Rock City Coffee at 5 p.m., and at the Camden Opera House on Friday, there’s the long-awaited “Mommie Queerest” performance, a drag revue version of cult classic movie “Mommie Dearest;” tickets are $25 and benefit gay rights organizations. It’s also Pecha Kucha night at the Thompson Community Center in Union; it starts at 7 p.m., and there are nearly 20 presenters from all over the Midcoast.
4. OMG you guys, guess what opens this weekend? LINCOLN! Oh wait… yeah that was for people who don’t care about sparkly vampires and prefer brooding Presidents. OMG TWILIGHT PART FOUR: BREAKING DAWN PART TWO. It’s finally here! It’s your last chance to gaze upon the melancholy face of Edward Cullen and the rippling pectoral muscles of Jacob Black on the big screen. Also out this weekend is the aforementioned “Lincoln,” Spielberg’s biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Also opening at both the Nickelodeon in Portland and at Railroad Square in Waterville is “The Sessions,” starring William H. Macy and Helen Hunt; and a special treat at Railroad Square is “Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day,” a concert film of a Led Zeppelin reunion concert in 2007, with showings at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
5. Though there’s no snow just yet, Sugarloaf is kicking off its event season this weekend with the first of its newly revamped wintertime shows at the Widowmaker Lounge. The Burnt Beard Band will play Friday night and two shows on Saturday, and at the Rack, there’s a screening at 6:30 p.m. Sunday of “Superheroes of Stoke,” an epic ski movie. Sunday River, however, has six trails open already, and though there’s no music there this weekend, there is a show with the Portland bluegrass band the Tricky Britches set for Saturday night at the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge in North Newry. For all the information you need about trails, conditions and apres-ski fun, visit sugarloaf.com and sundayriver.com, as well as saddlebackmaine.com, when they open for the season.