1. Quite the two-fer going on at Nocturnem Drafthaus in Bangor this weekend: start it off with holler folk four piece the Ghost of Paul Revere, who are set for Friday night. Elsewhere in Bangor on Friday, enjoy Chris Ross at Paddy Murphy’s, the Blood Orange Martinis at the Big Easy, and up in Orono, there’s a performance by Dominic Lavoie’s ShaShaSha project at the IMRC on the University of Maine campus, and at the Bear Brew, there’s a comedy show that I mistakenly said was happening LAST Friday, but is actually happening THIS Friday, featuring George Hamm, Travis Cowing, Adam Hatch and others. On Saturday night the two-fer continues with Bangor indie pop band Temperature of the Sun (pictured above) at Nocturnem, Tomorrow Morning at Paddy’s, East Side River at the Big Easy, Pitch Black Ribbons at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport, and up in Old Town, there’s the always entertaining Lovewhip at Kingman’s. Maybe it’s possible you could score some of the quick-selling tickets to Penobscot Theatre’s “Cinderella”? Get ‘em fast!
2. It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas in Portland this weekend — well, it already was, between the giant tree in Monument Square and Santacon last weekend. Friday night, the State Theatre hosts pianist Jim Brickman’s “Joy of Christmas” show, while over at Port City Music Hall there’s Eleanor Friedberger (pictured), known from the indie band the Fiery Furnaces. There’s also the Low Anthem Vio/Mire and Family Planning at the Space Gallery, Ginlab, the Feather Lungs and First in Maths at Slainte, the stripped down sounds of Builder of the House, Yes We Kan and Tall Horse at Mayo Street Arts, and songwriter Patty Larkin at One Longfellow Square. On Saturday, take your pick between Richard James and the Name Changers at Port City, two shows at 3 and 8 p.m. of the enchanting Yulegrass holiday bluegrass show at One Longfellow Square, KGFREEZE with Soft Powers and Afraid at Empire, or a hip hop show with Indigenous Immigrants and Caro Khan at Slainte. On Sunday, there’s hip hop legends Blacklicious at Port City, a surround sound listening party for Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” at Empire, or the State Theatre hosts a Christmas double feature starting at 4 p.m. with “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
3. Going to be a chilly one this weekend, isn’t it? Warm up on Friday on the coast, with either Trisha Mason at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor, Livewire at Chummies in Ellsworth, or Bobbi Lane at the Brickhouse in Searsport. On Saturday, your options include the Bill Barnes Jazz Trio at Rock City Coffee in Rockland, the alt-country sounds of Portland-via-NYC songwriter Elijah Ocean (pictured) at Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston, and over in Ellsworth, there’s River Bottom Funk at Chummies.
4. Well, I for one am excited that “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” opens this weekend. I am well aware of the fact that “The Hobbit” movies are not as good as the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but being the Tolkien obsessive that I am, I of course will be going and loving every minute of it. There’s also some newer movies including Disney’s “Frozen” and “Out of the Furnace,” starring Christian Bale. “The Book Thief,” starring Geoffrey Rush and Emma Watson, is at both Railroad Square in Waterville and the Nickelodeon in Portland, as is “12 Years a Slave,” “Philomena” and, at Railroad Square, the Daniel Radcliffe-starring “Kill Your Darlings.”
5. How about some holiday events this weekend? Well, here are three good ones. In Ellsworth, Bangor Community Theatre offers weekend one of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” a delightful musical set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Theatre; tickets are $22, students and seniors $18. In Camden, the Downeast Singers present their yearly holiday concert, a performance of “Black Nativity,” a gospel choral piece, featuring soloist Kristen Burkholder and set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Camden Opera House; tickets $20. Finallly, in Portland the Vivid Motion dance troupe (pictured) presents its annual “Nutcracker Burlesque,” a slightly naughty version of the holiday classic, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday; tickets $15.