1. If you’re one of those fellas that grew a mustache for Movember – or you’re a fella or lady with an awesome fake mustache – you definitely should check out Paddy Murphy’s annual Mustache Bash, a best mustache competition set for Friday night, and featuring music from the Larks; the fun continues at Paddy’s on Saturday with When Particles Collide and Boston band the Blackboard Nails. Also in Bangor this weekend, there’s First Friday Jazz and the Trisha Mason Band on Saturday at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s River Bottom Funk at Ipanema on Friday, there’s Mark Miller on Friday and Larry and Leslie Latour on Saturday at the Big Easy, and across the river there’s Ryan T. Comedy at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, starting at 7 p.m. Up in Orono, you can check out the Skastitutes on Friday and James Gilmore on Saturday at Woodmans. And don’t forget that downtown Bangor’s got Santa visits and gift wrapping all weekend!
2. It’s art walk night in Portland on Friday, so you know it’ll be extra fun around town; there are more than 40 galleries and other venues showcasing all sorts of visual arts. The Fogcutters – those brassy, classy, sassy lads and ladies and their big ol’ band – play their annual show at the State Theatre Friday night, with an array of local musicians, with an after party set for the Big Easy; the State Theatre also hosts Band of Horses with Jason Lytle on on Saturday night. The Empire has got a CD release party for Boston soul sisters Miss Fairchild, and a honky tonkin’ holiday show featuring This Way on Sunday. Also on Friday night, at Geno’s, you can catch If and It, along with the band An Evening With. Flask Lounge on Saturday hosts some punk rock with the Pubcrawlers, The Motor Creeps, Jimmy Jacked, Nuclear Boots, and I, Barbarian, while the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford has got Darlingside, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Heather Maloney on Saturday, and Sub Pop recording artist Sera Cahoone with Chris Pureka on Sunday. Patrick Watson Arborea Sunday Space.
3. It also happens to be First Friday Art Walk night in Rockland, with all sorts of galleries open downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. You can also check out the ukulele ensemble Nukulele at Rock City Coffee from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as the Sweetback Sisters holiday show at the Strand Theatre at 8 p.m.; continuing through to Saturday, 90s cover band Hello Newman is at the Myrtle Street Tavern. In Unity there’s a fundraiser concert for Hurricane Sandy on Saturday featuring Maine bluegrass duo the Coloradas, while in Belfast on Saturday you can catch the 220s at Bowen’s Tavern. And, of course, there’s the seventh anniversary of the wild and woolly Belfast Flying Shoes Contradance, set for 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Hall on High Street; this edition features the band Wild Asparagus and caller George Marshall.
4. This is a gangbusters weekend for theater in Maine. You can start with the irresistibly adorable production of “Annie” that Penobscot Theatre’s got opening this weekend; shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bangor Opera House; get your tickets fast, as they could all sell out. Also in Bangor is Husson University Theatre’s production of the brand new play “Easter Parade,” written by playwright Laura Emack; performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gracie Theatre. On the coast, the Mid Coast Actor’s Studio presents its winter production of August Strindberg’s smoldering play “Miss Julie,” with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas Church in Camden. The Slightly Off Center Players perform “Miracle on 34th Street” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft. The Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth hosts Ten Bucks Theatre’s staged reading of “A Christmas Carol,” set for 7 p.m. Saturday; the New Surry Theatre also has a production of Tim Pugliese’s one man version of “A Christmas Carol,” set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor. Finally, Portland Stage has got “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon and 5 p.m. Sunday, in repertory with “The Santaland Diaries” at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
5. You want craft fairs? We got craft fairs. The big one has got to be the Picnic Holiday Sale, set for Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Portland Company Complex on Fore Street; countless artisans from all over southern Maine will help you find that one of a kind gift. Up the coast, the Trenton Grange hosts an artisan craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a selection of Downeast crafts, body products and more. The Aarhus Gallery in Belfast continues its Extravaganza Art Sale through the month, and on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. there’s a chocolate tasting and sale featuring Dean’s Sweets from Portland. Finally, in Orono there’s the annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Collins Center for the arts, and Congregation Beth Israel in Bangor hosts a Hanukkah Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.