1. Start your weekend in the Bangor area off with some laughs, with a show from improv troupe The Focus Group, at 8 p.m. Friday at Next Generation Theatre in Brewer; afterwards, enjoy jazz with Bill Barnes at Nocturnem Drafthaus, rock with Stone Free at Paddy Murphy’s, and in Orono, some sweet solo blues and rock with Eric Green and Lawton Mann at Black Bear Brewing. On Saturday, lo and behold you can start your night off with funnies again — there’s two person improv featuring Amy Roeder and Jen Shepherd of ImprovAcadia at 7 pm. at The Rock & Art Shop. Later that night, enjoy a night of local hip hop at Zen featuring Ian Matthews, Brandon Ross, Angel Ideal and Seven; songwriter Chris Ross (pictured) and his band are at Paddy’s, songwriter Aaron Beaulieu is at the Big Easy, indie rockers the Dapper Gents are at the Downunder Club at Seasons, and blues band the Blood Orange Martinis are at Nocturnem. At Johnny’s in Old Town there’s the Blast Addicts, and out in Winterport, enjoy Jake Irish at 4Points BBQ & Blues.
2. It’s First Friday Art Walk night in Portland — the first truly non-winter art walk since October! — and my guess is the artists, walkers, weirdos and out-of-towners will be out in full force. Apres walk, there’s some fun stuff in town including Marco Benevento and Hank and Cupcakes at Empire. On Saturday, Empire hosts three of the coolest indie rock and alt-folk bands and artists in Portland: Sunset Hearts (pictured at left), Endless Jags and Lisa/Liza. At the Space Gallery there’s another edition of 1UP: A Night of Beats and Culture, featuring DJs and rappers including Odd Couple, God.Damn.Chan.,Yung Wiggins and Tranx, and at One Longfellow Square, there’s Cuban jazz ensemble Primo Cubano.
3. Rock-o-town is rock-n-rolling this weekend; in Rockland and surrounding towns on Friday night, enjoy either By The Bay jazz trio at Rock City Coffee, rockabilly with Ragged Jack at the Speakeasy; up in Belfast, the monthly Flying Shoes Contradance gets going around 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. On Saturday in Rockland, rockers No Guts No Glory are at Trackside Station, Mes Amis gypsy jazz are at the Spekeasy, rockers Mid Life Crisis are at Myrtle Street Tavern, and roots duo Velocipede are at Rock City Coffee.
4. It doesn’t seem possible that it’s Easter Weekend, does it? That crept right up on us. Religious or not, if you’re looking for an Easter event to celebrate the season with the family, there are lots of great egg hunts and spring-y events all over the state. The Children’s Museum of Maine in Portland hosts their annual Egg Hunt at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning; it’s $15 and is a truly inventive event. The Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor also hosts an egg-centric event Saturday; egg decorating is set for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with museum admission. Waterville’s annual city-wide egg hunt is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday starting at the Head of Falls on Front Street; there are hundreds of eggs and the Easter Bunny his/herself may even be there.
5. What else? Well, you know, you might say it’s the most “hipster” thing to ever happen. Or, you might just admit that it sounds like a lot of fun. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, Pillow Fight Portland take over Monument Square. The concept is simple: meet up in the Square for the biggest pillow fight you’ve ever seen. Bring your pillow, your A-game, and wear a ridiculous costume. It starts at 3 p.m., and organizers ask that you only bring soft pillows and not wear glasses. It’s free and all ages, so try not to go too hard on small children, yeah? There’s a $100 prize for the best costume. Give it a shot!