1. There are so many ways to dance this weekend in Bangor. Earlier in the evening on Friday, there’s the monthly contradance at the Unitarian Church with contra band Velocipede and caller Bill Olson, and there’s west coast swing dancing at the Next Generation in Brewer. Later that night, there’s some seriously killer electronic music with Slammin’ Salmon, Tranceform, Good Tymez and DJ Les at Tantrum, as well as fire dancing and belly dancing from the Haus of Paradigm and ice carving from SubZero Ice Carving. Also on Friday is volume 11 of Bangor Pecha Kucha, set for 6:30 at the Union Street Brick Church, the wildly talented duo of Emma Stanley and Josh Duym at Nocturnem Drafthaus, songwriter Carl Mazzarelli at the Big Easy at the Charles Inn, and at Paddy Murphy’s, there’s Magnetic North, celebrating their fourth year as a band. On Saturday, enjoy the Junkyard Cats at Paddy’s or the Scott Cleveland Quartet at Nocturnem, as well as another set from Magnetic North at Ipanema.
2. Culture Shock friends the Ghost of Paul Revere (pictured) are playing their big CD release party for their new album “Believe” this Friday at Port City Music Hall, with guests Theodore Treehouse and Four Legged Faithful. Also on Friday are the highly unique sounds of the Lovers of Fiction with the Robin & Rose at Empire, Bangor indie rockers Rotating Taps at Slainte, a night of Maine and New England metal and punk with I Barbarian, the Fervents and Psycho at Geno’s Rock Club, electronic music with DJs Redshift, Bitcrusher and Josiah Scribes at Flask Lounge, and at One Longfellow Square, there’s gypsy swing with Caravan of Thieves. On Saturday, check out Tall Horse, Ginlab, and Contrapposto at Empire, there’s banjo virtuoso and former Punch Brother Noam Pikelny with friends including Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales and Jesse Cobb at One Longfellow Square, and The Figgs, the Connection and Kris Rodgers at Geno’s.
3. Bar Harbor psych rockers Coke Weed play their first show in nearly two months when they take the stage at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor this Friday with guests Cousins and Passerine; also on Friday is Danny and the Bluetones at the Black Anchor Pub in Blue Hill, and the Crown Vics are at Finns in Ellsworth on Saturday. Across the bay, there’s the intoxicating sounds of Primo Cubano at Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston on Friday, and on Saturday there’s Matt at the Barnburners Saturday at Myrtle Street Tavern in Rockland, and the Exact Change Jazz Quartet at Rock City Coffee.
4. The Everyman Repertory Theatre, based out of the Midcoast, is now in the second weekend of their Maine premiere of the acclaimed play “Red,” which tells a story about the life of painter Mark Rothko; this two-man show has performances at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. Also happening this weekend in the world of Maine theater is the University of Maine’s production of the classic musical “Grease,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Hauck Auditorium on the UMaine campus. Oh, and if you’re down south, be sure to check out Mad Horse Theatre Company’s production of “Big Mouth Thunder Thighs,” a hilarious one woman show with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at their theater at the Hutchins School in South Portland.
5. If you missed the ice bars in Rockland and Portland in late January, fear not: Ice Fest LA will bring three days of ice bars, ice sculptures and fine food and beverages to Fountain Plaza at the Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday there’s an ice bar open to adults 21 and over, and admission is just $10. On Sunday, the whole family is invited, with music and kid’s activities too. Light hors d’oevres will be served. Proceeds benefit L/A Arts. For information, visit icefestla.com.