5 Things To Do This Weekend, Dec. 20-22: And how cold was it?

aurora 1. Holy moly, Christmas is less than a week away. I still have at least three more presents to buy. 2014 is less than two weeks away! What is &%$# is going on?! As wise man Steve Miller once said, “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.” Actually, that doesn’t really make any sense. Moving on. This Friday in Bangor, you have your choice of either the Pitch Black Ribbons at Paddy Murphy’s, the Aurora Jazz Project (pictured above) playing an “Anchorman”-themed night at Nocturnem Drafthaus, night one of two nights of Eightysomething at the Penobscot Pourhouse, rockers Lights in Phoenix at the Phoenix Pub, and DJs Jeff Bujak and Moses at Tantrum. On Saturday, you have your choice of either the Galley Rats at Paddy’s, Stesha Cano at Nocturnem, comedian Steve Robbins at the Big Easy, or out in Winterport, Him & Her at 4Points.

forget forget2. Lorem Ipsum Recordings celebrates the holidays with a year-end celebration on Friday night at Slainte Wine Bar in Portland, featuring a huge number of the label’s artists, including Rural Ghosts, Starlight Cicada, Tall Horse, Muckie Mittens, Wildcat, Welterweight and others. Also on Friday, there’s a triple bill featuring Forget Forget (pictured), ShaShaSha and Temperature of the Sun at Empire, while on Saturday night there’s Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the State Theatre, Anna Lombard and the Other Bones at Port City Music Hall, and the Box Tiger, Tancred and Theodore Treehouse at the Space Gallery. On Sunday, there’s a solstice celebration with Inanna at One Longfellow Square.

nemos3. Mt. Desert Island is home to two cool musical events this weekend; Friday night features roots songwriter Paul Cataldo at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor, and on Saturday the American Legion Hall in Southwest Harbor hosts an all day party (noon to midnight) to benefit the family and employees of Cap’n Nemo’s, a SW Harbor restaurant that several weeks ago burned to the ground; bands performing include the Junkyard Cats, Jason Newby, Suz & Gibb Wood, Knotty Pine, the Bare Ass Chickens, the Jon Wood Band, Bobbi Lane and Stephen Bowman. Also this weekend is the Impartial Crowd at the Black Anchor Pub in Blue Hill on Friday, the Worthy Bones at Chummies in Ellsworth on Friday, Chris Ross at Chummies on Saturday, and across the bay, John Ruis and Spike Hyssong at Rock City Coffee in Rockland on Saturday.

554151_651682161521188_1225036821_n4. This weekend brings the yearly performance of the Robinson Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” and the only weekend of performances that will feature the Bangor Symphony Orchestra; performances are set for 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono. There’s also the final weekend of performances of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Theatre, and there’s a rescheduled performance of Down East Singers’ “Black Nativity,” set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Camden Opera House. Finally, the Magic of Christmas, the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday extravaganza, has six performances this weekend, set for 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

5. HOWEVER, Saturday night into Sunday it looks as though we can expect another wallop of snow — this time with the added benefit of ice, too. Oh, goody. Can’t wait. Is it too late to buy stock in rock salt? How about whiskey?

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a University of Maine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, taken belly dancing classes, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.