1. Friday night in the Bangor area, the Haus of Paradigm brings its yearly Paraween spooky dance, costume and music extravaganza to two stages; a preview performance at 8 p.m. at Nocturnem Drafthaus, and two shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer; admission to the Brewer shows is $10. Later that night on Friday, rockers the Junkyard Cats at Paddy’s, hardcore bands Bellyache, Buddusky and They Called Me Legion are at the Central Gallery, it’s acoustic night starting at 9 p.m. at Nocturnem Drafthaus featuring Wendy Girbin, Zoe Stefanic and host Sam Chase. Further afield, banjo man and magician Hal Meyers is at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport, rockers Stone Free are at Woodman’s in Orono, and popular Maine roots band the Ghost of Paul Revere is at the Boomhouse in Old Town. On Saturday, at 3 p.m. on the Bangor Waterfront there’s the annual Bangor Zombie Walk — get dressed up in your zombie getup and stumble through town! Later on, the Rock & Art Shop and the Norumbega Collective hosts a 7:30 p.m. poetry reading featuring Seth Landsman and Jessica Fjeld; there’s the band Circus at Paddy Murphy’s, there’s Three Button Deluxe at Nocturnem Drafthaus, and up in Old Town, the Mallett Brothers Band will take the stage at the Boomhouse.
2. Friday night is a bit overwhelming in Portland — there’s truly an overabundance of great stuff happening. For starters, there’s some excellent rock featuring Rigor Samsa, Dixon Pendejo Trash and Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards at Empire. There’s there’s Young the Giant and Wildling at the State Theatre, and there’s screamo (or whatever it’s called these days) with Vanna, Rarity, Too Late The Hero and Ruin at Port City Music Hall. North of Nashville plays its goodbye-to-Maine show at Portland HOME, there’s Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad at One Longfellow Sqaure, and there’s first of two nights of jam band Phonosynthesis at Bayside Bowl. See? That’s just Friday. Saturday, enjoy some hip hop with Griz, Big Wild and Muzzy Bear at the State Theatre, there’s the Ghosts of Johnson City record release with guests Welterweight and Dark Hollow Bottling Company at Portland HOME, there’s the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival at both Port City Music Hall and at One Longfellow Square, and there’s jazz legends Spyro Gyra at the Asylum. On Sunday, take your pick of either children’s artist Gustafer Yellowgold at the Space Gallery, comic Des Bishop at One Longfellow Square, songwriter Andrea Gibson at Port City Music Hall, and reggae bands Iration, The Green and the Movement at the State Theatre.
3. Friday is the Fourth Friday Art Walk in Belfast, with lots of neat stuff both visual art-centric and musical happening at places like Waterfall Arts and many downtown galleries. Also that night, Crystal Bowersox and Seth Glier are at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, bluesman Blind Albert is at the Speakeasy, also in Rockland, and the Seth Warner Duo is at Rock City Coffee. On Saturday, Rock Coast Rollers roller derby team offer up their Derbytante Costume Ball at Trackside Station in Rockland, while that night brings Stesha Cano at the Speakeasy, Putnam Smith at Rock City, and rockers Rick Graham and the Usuals at Myrtle Street Tavern, all in Rockland.
4. There are three excellent theatrical performances happening this weekend in eastern and central Maine, and it’s entirely possible you could go to all three if you’re feeling adventurous. For starters, it’s opening weekend for Penobscot Theatre’s “Dr. Cerberus” (pictured at left) set for 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bangor Opera House. Secondly, the Waterville Opera House opens their production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. And finally, it’s the third weekend of “Mary Poppins” at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth, a heartwarming family musical with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Don’t ever say there’s not stuff to do ’round here!
5. Harvest on the Harbor, a three-day food and wine festival with chefs and vineyards from around the country put on by the Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, is set for this weekend in Portland; a full schedule of food and wine and other special events can be found online at harvestontheharbor.com. In the Bangor region, Bangor Beer Week continues, including tap takeovers at Blaze in Bangor and at Black Bear Brewing in Orono, both on Friday, the Pints and Pizza event on Saturday at Blaze, and the Pumpkin and Beer Festival at Square Tail Brewing in Amherst on Sunday.