1. There’s no time to waste for this week’s events roundup, so let’s get down to business. Friday night in Bangor brings the final Downtown Bangor Art Walk of the year, set for 4 to 9 p.m. throughout downtown. During the art walk, in addition to the art, you can check out “In the Blood,” Sumner McKane’s audio-visual performance piece about Maine logging at 7 p.m. at the Bangor Opera House; there’s also a poetry reading featuring Saleh Saterstrom, Megan Dowling and Katie Lattari at 7 p.m. at the Central Gallery. Later that night, songwrite Andrew McKnight plays at the Unitarian Church on Park Street, the Aurora Jazz Project is at Nocturnem Drafthaus, trio Koostix are at Paddy Murphy’s, and at the Downunder Lounge at Seasons, the Eric Green Party plays a benefit supper for Michael Kelley, a local man with a genetic disorder who needs a special wheelchair. Up in Orono/Old Town, the Rotating Taps are at Woodman’s and Sudden Karma is at the Boomhouse. On Saturday, Bangor Roller Derby takes on the Rock Coast Rollers at 4 p.m. at the Skehan Recreation Center in Hampden, while later that night, art-piano rock duo Pocket Vinyl is at The Rock & Art Shop at 7 p.m., Wilkinson and the Deluxe is at Nocturnem Drafthaus, the Rotating Taps are at Paddy Murphy’s, and Tomorrow Morning is at Ipanema; in Old Town, Atlantic Breeze is at the Boomhouse.
2. Portland has a fun array of creative events this weekend, starting with Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour, a literary event featuring Bill Roorbach and Dave Gessner set for 7:30 p.m. at the Space Gallery. Also that night, the Dave Rawlings Machine is at the State Theatre and Carbon Leaf and the DuPont Brothers are at Port City Music Hall. Elsewhere, songwriters Clara Junken, Jenny Lou Drew and John Zack are at Empire, jam band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is at Portland HOME, Parsonsfield and Max Garcia Conover are at One Longfellow Square, Klezmer musician Yaeko Miranda Elmahleh is at Mayo Street Arts, songwriter Morgan James is at the Asylum, and Raging Brass Reggae is at Bayside Bowl. And that’s just Friday! What about Saturday? So, first off, at 4 p.m., One Longfellow Square hosts Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, and at 5 p.m., Maine Roller Derby hosts their annual charity bout at Happy Wheels. Later that night, Bronze Radio Return is at Port City Music Hall; Chris Ross and the North, Town Meeting and Conor Watson are at Empire; Mama’s Boomshack is at Portland HOME; Coke Weed, Mail the Horse and Footings are at Bayside Bowl; punk rockers Nuclear Bootz, MoMe and the Bumbling Woohas are at Geno’s, and, at Mayo Street Arts, the Half Moon Jug Band — pictured above and featuring the BDN’s own Troy Bennett! — plays a CD release party. On Sunday, Nate Ruess of FUN and Surfer Blood are at the State Theatre.
3. On the Midcoast, there’s a very tasty variety of fun events happening Friday night. First off, there’s the glow show interactive art exhibit, set for 7 to 10 at Waterfall Arts in Belfast — an installation of glowy glowy pretty things. In Camden, there’s Midcoast Pecha Kucha at 7 p.m. at Camden Opera House. In Thomaston, folk group the Rusty Hinges at 7 p.m. are at the Highlands Coffeehouse. In Rockland, the Blood Orange Martinis are at the Speakeasy. And in Unity, comedian Kegan Page takes the stage at 7 p.m. at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Rockland is the place to be on Saturday, however, with Hurry Down Sunshine at Rock City Coffee, rockabilly and surf bands the Murder Weapon (pictured above) and Thee Icepicks at the Myrtle Street Tavern, and the 220s at the Speakeasy.
4. This weekend brings the fifth annual Maine Harvest Festival, a two-day celebration of all the delicious things to eat, drink and wear in Maine. It boasts approximately 200 vendors and will occupy the entire Cross Insurance Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Farmers, food processors, brewers, fiber artisans and chefs offer everything from demonstrations and pie contests to a Maine fiber fashion show and bluegrass music. Admission is $8 — free for kids under 12 — and you’ll want to bring cash because you’ll definitely want to buy something. Definitely.
5. Finally, we’ve had some unseasonably warm weather the past few weeks, and this weekend — while not balmy — will certainly be comfortable for mid-November. Upper 40s, sunny and not too breezy. Sounds like a great weekend for some hiking! Our friend Aislinn Sarnacki has posted some cool new hikes on her blog, such as the Patten Stream Preserve in Surry, the Green Lake Nature Trails in Ellsworth, Settlement Quarry in Deer Isle, and the new and improved trails at Essex Woods in Bangor. Take your pick! Before the dreaded s-word arrives.