1. The Bangor area heats up this weekend with a Friday night made just for graduating college seniors. In Orono there’s a night of electronic music at the Bear Brew featuring DJs TranceForm, Control Freque, SkyLyne and Nocturnel, as well as rockers One Shot Nothing at the Roost. Meanwhile, in Bangor Friday there’s even more electronic music – drum n’ bass and jungle, specifically - at Tantrum featuring DJs Elusid, Coastal and Decibel Kaos. Also on Friday, there’s the Blast Addicts at the Phoenix Pub, Stesha Cano and the Wicked Friggin’ Jerks at Paddy Murphy’s (pictured)
, the Junkyard Cats at Ipanema, and the Blind Albert Blues Band at Nocturnem Drafthaus. On Saturday, you can enjoy some post-graduation relaxation with the Bill Barnes Jazz Trio at Nocturnem, River Bottom Funk at Paddy’s, Knotty Pine at Ipanema, and Larry and Leslie Latour at the Big Easy at the Charles Inn. Wrap it all up on Sunday afternoon with Between Dead Stations at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport.
2. There’s a dirty punk show at Geno’s on Friday in Portland – fuzz blues with Meantone, garage punk with Thee Icepicks and rock with Antiseptic. There’s also some electronic-influenced indie rock Friday at the St. Lawrence Arts with Sha Sha Sha and Old Soul, a CD release for Billy Wylder with special guest Sorcha out at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford, and a night of heavy rock with Starlight Cicada, Beach the Whale and Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards at Slainte. Oh, and Station 85, Ginlab and Hutch Heelan at the Big Easy. Friday is definitely THE night. But don’t worry – on Saturday there’s the Bob Charest Band at the Big Easy, there’s Danger I Reckon, Old Hat and the Woulds at Geno’s, and at One Longfellow Square there’s a CD release party for the bluegrass dudes the Tricky Britches, with guests Tall Heights and Ghost of Paul Revere (pictured).
3. Mt. Desert Island and surrounding environs are coming back to life in a big way already – the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor plays host to folk band Lisa/Liza and Mass Wasting on Friday, at Sips in Southwest Harbor on Saturday there’s Banned From Eden, and on Sunday at 5 p.m. at College of the Atlantic’s Gates Center there’s a one time only concert featuring The Darol Anger, Joe Walsh, Grant Gordy, and Corey DiMario Quartet, an all-star lineup. In Ellsworth at Chummie’s there’s Skyscraper on Friday and Juicebox on Saturday, and don’t forget the party rockers The Larks at Mainely Meat on Main in Ellsworth on Sunday afternoon. Across the bay, on Friday night the Mallett Brothers Band (pictured) make their long-awaited appearance at Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston and at Rock City Coffee in Rockland there’s songwriter Tom Albury. Saturday brings an Irish session at Rock City, the Yankee Wailers at the Myrtle Street Tavern in Rockland, and at Bell the Cat in Belfast there’s the Leaky Boot Jug Band.
4. And just like that, it’s blockbuster season. Last weekend saw the release of the wildly entertaining “Iron Man 3,” and this weekend sees the opening of “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann’s already divisive 3D treatment of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. For indie film fans, Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville hosts Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep,” a biopic of the painter “Renoir” and Terrence Malick’s new film, “To The Wonder,” the latter of which is also at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. At Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor, “Gatsby” opens alongside “Gimme The Loot,” a graffiti-themed indie caper flick. River City Cinema in Bangor screens the U.S. education system documentary “The Revisionaries,” set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Brewer Performing Arts Center, and the Skip Baker Film Festival continues at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth, featuring Gary Cooper’s “High Noon” at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and “Cinema Paradiso” and 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
5. Sunday is Mother’s Day, and if you’re looking for something special to do for dear ol’ Mom, might I suggest any of the following? There’s some gorgeous Mother’s Day Brunches statewide, all of which require reservations – try the Harraseeket in Freeport for elegance, the Fiddlehead Restaurant in Bangor for high-end comfort food, Fromviandoux in Camden for high tea, or Mediterranean creativity at Cleonice in Ellsworth. There’s also the annual Sweet Weekend – a celebration of sweet baked treats – at bakeries all over Portland from Friday through Sunday. Got other suggestions? Post them in the comments.