1. After Christmas and New Year’s, I don’t know about you, but I am holiday-d out. It’s hibernation time for me. And yet, the magnetic pull of being among my fellow humans, usually among music or movies or other creative things, is hard to resist. This weekend in downtown Bangor, you can on Friday try something like, say, a night of epic electronic music at Tantrum featuring Squnto, Levitation Jones, Dhost and Skylyne, or Stesha Cano (pictured) at Paddy Murphy’s, or the Bill Barnes Jazz Trio at Nocturnem Drafthaus — along with the release of their brewing collaboration with Sea Dog Brewing, the winter warmer Frostbound. On Saturday, rockers Fools Rule take over Paddy’s, there a sweet night of vinyl featuring DJs Matt, Zeth and Zach from 7 to 11 at Nocturnem, the Big Easy hosts the Bill Barnes Jazz Trio, and there’s an art opening at the Central Gallery featuring new work from artist Meg Webster.
2. Friday night in Portland, fans of Maine’s punk and emo scene are in luck, because Sparks the Rescue, the Minus Scale, the Sophomore Beat and Mike Naran are at Port City Music Hall. There’s also a Led Zeppelin tribute band at Empire and, of course, it’s First Friday Art Walk night around town. On Saturday, the State Theatre hosts The Devil Makes Three with Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, while Port City Music Hall plays host to a seriously great rock double bill featuring the Mallett Brothers Band and Boston’s Tigerman WOAH! (pictured), One Longfellow Square has got Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, experimental duo Twinrova plays a benefit show for Grime Studios at Local Sprouts, and Bayside Bowl offers some fuzzy rock with Lunch Cult, Street City Surf, A Very Drony Christmas and Un Mouton Torero.
3. It’s a sleepy weekend for big events, but there are lots of great movies to check out — it’s prestige movie season, after all, when studios put out the big guns after subjecting us to a year of talking turtles, explosions and one-dimensional female characters. For example, this week at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, you can see “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon as a woman, yes, out in the wild; Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” the Channing Tatum and Steve Carell tour de force “Foxcatcher” (pictured), or pioneer saga “The Homesman.” “Wild” is also at your mega multiplexes, as are holiday blockbusters like “Into The Woods,” “The Hobbit,” “Unbroken” and something called “The Gambler,” which I was disappointed to find did not star Kenny Rogers, but instead Mark Wahlberg. “Birdman” — which was EXCELLENT in my humble opinion — is open this weekend at the newly reopened Reel Pizza Cinerama in Bar Harbor, and many of the aforementioned are at the Nickelodeon in Portland, along with “Big Eyes,” the latest Tim Burton film.
4. The kids are likely still on break, so this is a great time to enjoy some fun family things together. First off, museums like the Portland Museum of Art and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland are both open this weekend, each offering some wonderful shows, including the fascinating Shakers exhibition at the Farnsworth, and the showcase of the Berger collection of British paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries at the PMA. For the more sports-inclined, there are Portland Pirates games on both Friday and Saturday, against the Springfield Falcons and the Providence Bruins, respectively, at 7 p.m. both nights at the Cross Insurance Arena (Cumberland County Civic Center).
5. Or, as this weekend caps off two solid weeks of revelry, perhaps this is as good a time as any to stay home, relax, watch Netflix and polish off the remainder of the Christmas cookies. Maybe do a couple dishes. Watch a movie at home — the incredibly well-received “Boyhood” is available on streaming now, as isn’t the delightful “Guardians of the Galaxy.” You know. What January is for. Because it’s January now. In 2015. Crazy.