1. I’ve been wearing dresses and skirts and sandals all week. Heaven. In Bangor this weekend, on Friday night there’s quite a lineup of fun things to do in town. The Central Gallery hosts the Maine Mayhem Student Film Festival at 8 p.m., while later that night, there are two great rock shows, including Raven, The Resistance and Bangtown Timebomb at the Sea Dog, and metal with Chaos Machine, Destination Void, Culling the Herd, Night Life and Bruiser at the Mezzenine Social Club at Zen Asian Bistro. Elsewhere, the Trendy Robots are at Paddy Murphy’s, singer-guitarist Everett Dumas at the Big Easy, there’s jazz with Sonja Harrington and the Mystical Harem of Sound at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s rock group Koostix at the Downunder Club at Seasons, and up in Orono, indie folk band Goldenoak is at Woodman’s. On Saturday, the first Waterfront Concert of the season takes the stage at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, with the Rise Above Fest featuring Godsmack, Seether, Slash and many more heavy bands, all afternoon and evening (veterans can show their military ID and get in for free). Also that night, there’s rockers Fool’s Rule at Paddy’s, folk trio the Otter Folk at the Big Easy and jazz ensemble Crosswinds at Nocturnem.
2. My husband and I have also been grilling most nights this week. Glorious. In Portland this weekend, on Friday night there’s a night of hip hop featuring Yoni Wolf — of the band Why?, doing strictly rap — with Serengeti and Stranger Cat at Space Gallery. There’s folk duo Luluc at One Longfellow Square, there’s songwriter Gordon Bok at St. Lawrence Arts, there’s Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble at Mayo Street Arts, and it’s Foundation Friday at Flask with DJs Dr. Nicotine and Mr. Dereloid. On Saturday night, there’s a sweet metal show at Port City Music Hall featuring Periphery, Capture the Sun and Caricature. There’s also that completely sold-out Death Cab for Cutie show at the State Theatre, there’s indie rock with Ginlab, Aloud (pictured above) and Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards at Bayside Bowl, there’s folk trio Open the Door for Three at One Longfellow Square, and there’s longtime Maine songwriters Kate Schrock and Glen DaCosta at St. Lawrence Arts. There’s also punk rock and rockabilly with the Murder Weapon, the Outsiders and El Grande at Geno’s Rock Club.
3. We hung up the hammock in the backyard Tuesday evening. Wonderful. It’s a big, brash roller derby weekend on the Midcoast, as six teams compete in 11 bouts at the Coastal Chaos Tournament, at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport, including Maine’s own Rock Coast Rollers, the Worcester Roller Derby (MA), the Bay State Brawlers (MA), Shore Points Roller Derby (NJ), Five 40 Roller Girls (VA) and Granite State Roller Derby (NH); check out the Rock Coast Rollers website for bout times. Also in Rockland that weekend, on Friday folk trio Motherhood Looks Good On You is at Rock City Coffee, songwriters Jonathan Edwards and Cheryl Wheeler are at the Strand Theatre, and blues from Just Teachers and the Blood Orange Martinis are at Speakeasy. On Saturday, songbird Stesha Cano sings at Rock City. Across the bay in Hancock County, on Friday night rockers the Blazing Apostles are at Sips in Southwest Harbor, Fools Rule are at the Dockside Inn, also in Southwest Harbor, and at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor, enjoy songwriter Jacob Augustine. At Chummies in Ellsworth, on Friday night the Tyler Healy Band performs, and on Saturday it’s the Trendy Robots, while at Mainely Meat on Main in Ellsworth, on Friday night the Trisha Mason Band will play.
4. Seeing as the weather’s been so nice, why not try some lovely outdoors activities this weekend? Fields Pond Audubon Center hosts the free Spring Fest on Saturday, in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day; there’s bird walks, print making, plant identification and children’s activities from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Up north, there’s the annual Baskahegan Stream Canoe Race, a 34-mile canoe or kayak trek for hardy paddlers that starts off at 7 a.m. at the Baskahegan streamhead in Kossuth. There’s also the East Grand Adventure Race, a 20-mile race involving paddling, hiking, a tough mudder crawl, tomahawk throwing, log rolling, sawing and a lot of other burly dude/lady outdoor sports. Are you tough enough? Entry fee is $20 per person. Starts at the East Grand School gym in Danforth at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Visit www.eastgrandschool.org for more information.
5. Sunday is Mother’s Day, and after you’ve all tucked into a tasty brunch, treat your mom to a fun time in the afternoon. Is she more of a food and wine person? The Mother’s Day Wine and Chocolate Extravaganza at Savage Oakes Winery in Union is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Is she more active? There’s a Mother’s Day 5k sponsored by the Portland Sea Dogs and the Maine Track Club starting at the Portland Expo; registration is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and there’s a Mother’s Day paddle at the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Finally, if mom’s a little more artsy, you can make a bud vase, glass heart, or drinking glass with your mom at David Jacobson Glass Studio in Montville, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday; to register for the $45, 30 minute session, call 914-715-6848.