1. You know, polar bears have got the right idea. Same with walruses and beluga whales. A layer of super thick fur or blubber to keep you warm. We need it this week, don’t we? Yeesh. If cabin fever has got you down, there’s always a warm spot in downtown Bangor for you. On Friday, Dave Mello plays at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s Between Dead Stations at Paddy Murphy’s, singer-guitarist Everett Dumas is at the Big Easy, and at Hollywood Casino, enjoy Bangor’s own Eric Green Party; out in Winterport, country songwriter Meghan Clark plays at 4Points BBQ & Blues. On Saturday, Paddy’s hosts the 220s, Carlie and Cory Deshane will entertain the crap out of you at Nocturnem, folk trio the Otter Folk perform at the Big Easy, and at the Downunder Lounge at Seasons, Bangor rockers Fools Rule perform back to back full album covers of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and Led Zeppelin “II.” At 4Points in Winterport, local favorite Chris Ross performs. There’s also a performance by the Bangor Ballet at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.
2. Friday night in Portland One Longfellow Square hosts a screening of the wildly entertaining “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” set for 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. and featuring a full shadow cast. Also that night, the Raging Brass Reggae Horns perform at Bayside Bowl and Providence rockers Ravi Shavi are at Empire. On Saturday, take your pick of either Okbari Middle Eastern ensemble at One Longfellow, Bruce Springsteen cover band Bruce in the USA at Port City Music Hall, songwriter Clara Junken plays a CD release party at Empire, First in Maths, Ginlab and Jargon Party are at Flask Lounge, and Geno’s hosts Portland mainstays Twisted Roots, Big Meat Hammer and Thee Icepicks, in a benefit for Portland punk godmother Mimi Feld. There’s also a special 2 p.m. show at the Space Gallery featuring Plains and Tom Kovacevic. On Sunday, metal gods High on Fire, Mountain of Wizard and Eastern Spell (pictured above) are at Port City.
3. Rockland has lots of great stuff happening this weekend, despite the deep freeze. Maine legend David Mallett plays a concert Friday night at the Strand Theatre, set for 7:30 p.m.; also that night, Echo Entertainment plans a full night of fun at the Speakeasy, and Bangor rock duo the Royal Bones (pictured) are set for Rock City Coffee. Also on Friday in Belfast we bid a fond farewell to the Aarhus Gallery, who have decided to close after seven years of showcasing visual and performing arts on the coast; a goodbye party will help raise funds to pay off the gallery’s remaining bills, and will feature music from Tom Luther, Annadeene and Tom Fowler, Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni, Rossi Meacham and Dave Johnson and Alan and Ethan Crighton. On Saturday, the Camden songwriter Alice Limoges plays at Rock City.
4. If you are brave (read: crazy) enough to hit the slopes this weekend, you’ll find some great skiing conditions even with the frigid temps. Temps will rise just a little bit over the weekend, though, and with lots of snow both natural and man-made, there’s plenty of fun to be had. At Sugarloaf, the Adam Ezra Group will rock the Widowmaker on both Friday and Saturday, and at the Rack in Carrabassett Valley the Band Apollo will play on Saturday night. At Sunday River, Friday brings the Red Bull Frozen Rush Party, with stunt truck drivers on the snow from noon to 3, while on Saturday hip hop artist Mickey Avalon is set for the Foggy Goggle at 9 p.m.
5. Movies! Cold weather is a great time for movies. Early Oscar favorites “Selma” and “The Imitation Game” are playing widely now, at theaters from Bangor Mall Cinemas to Railroad Square in Waterville to the Nickelodeon in Portland. Fellow buzzworthy titles “Wild” and “Foxcatcher” are at both Railroad and the Nick, while the Nick also hosts Maine’s first screening of “Inherent Vice,” (pictured) beginning this weekend. And yes, it’s true: “Taken 3,” yet another installment of the Liam Neeson killing everybody movie franchise, opens this weekend. It’s like the “Die Hard” series, minus the humor. Enjoy!