1. We’re over a third of the way through winter. The days are finally starting to get a tiny bit longer. You know what we need? A dance party. Some cardio would do us good, I think. Fortunately, this weekend in Bangor, you can easily get just that. For starters, Friday is the start of the University of Maine Museum of Art’s Winter Wig Out Weekend, three days of 21 plus dancing, costumes, good food and wigs — why not wear something fun and funky and colorful? Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Museum on Harlow Street there’s the Wigtopia party with DJ Baby Bok Choy (that’s me!). After that, there’s another dance party at the Central Gallery starting at 9 p.m. with the next Wax On installment pitting DJs playing Duran Duran vs. Depeche Mode against each other. There’s also Isaiah Olson, Jon Zorn (the local songwriter, not the avant garde jazz composer) and Sam Chase at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s karaoke at Paddy Murphy’s, and up in Orono, there’s singer Justin Walton at Black Bear Brewery and Roots, Rhythm & Dub at Woodman’s. On Saturday, wig weekend continues with a 9 p.m. dance party at 58 Main St. with DJ Thermomatt (keep that wig and wear it!); there’s also hardcore and punk rock with Corrective Measure, Standard Issue and Combatant at the Central Gallery, there’s the Pitch Black Ribbons at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s Tomorrow Morning at Paddy Murphy’s, there’s Raven at the Downunder Club at Seasons, and in Brewer, there’s the Skyliners Big Band at the Next Generation Theatre. On Sunday, there’s a wigtastic brunch at Blaze all morning/early afternoon.
2. Hey, there’s more dancing in Portland on Friday! All sorts of it. There’s Throwback Hip Hop night with DJ KTF at Empire on Friday, to start. There’s some punk rock with Jimmy Ahearn and the Roots Rock Rebels, Thee Icepicks and Meantone at Geno’s. There’s also Lonesome Leash, Blood Warrior and the Orchards at the Space Gallery, and roots ensemble Gunther Brown are at Portland HOME. On Saturday, I’m most disappointed that I can’t make it to We Can Be Heroes, a local tribute to David Bowie organized by Spencer Albee (pictured) and featuring a who’s who of Portland musicians is set for 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Elsewhere, Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas and Jesse Dee are at One Longfellow Square, 80s cover band The Awesome are at Portland HOME, rockabilly and surf bands including the very busy Thee Icepicks, the Gamma Goochies and the Murder Weapon are at Bayside Bowl. On Sunday, Swedish rockers Graveyard are at Port City Music Hall, and One Longfellow Square will screen David Bowie’s “Labyrinth” at 5 p.m. and “The Man Who Fell to Earth” at 7:15 p.m.
3. On the Midcoast, Friday nights brings two fun shows in Rockland, with the By the Bay Jazz Trio at Rock City, and the Liz Lannon Band at the Speakeasy. On Saturday, Waldo County is the place to be, with the first Free Range Music Series offering featuring Blood Warrior and Asa Irons at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, and folk band Windborne at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Across the bay on Saturday, the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth hosts To Warm a Winter’s Night, a fundraiser for local heating relief featuring musicians Trisha Mason, Bobbi Lane and MacLir. In Bar Harbor, the Criterion Theatre hosts the always-wonderful Ghost of Paul Revere.
4. We’ve got a winter wonderland out there, folks. Why not enjoy it while it’s still here? For example, we’ve had enough of a chilly week this week that there’s finally some proper, safe ice out there, and it just so happens there are two fun ice derbies happening this weekend. There’s the 1st Annual Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Wassookeag (Dexter), Big Indian Pond (St. Albans) and Great Moose Lake (Hartland), from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; admission fee is $5. There’s another ice fishing derby from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Great Pond Outdoor Adventure Center, with a $5 admission fee benefiting the House in the Woods veteran’s center. And, in Portland, the Winterkids Welcome to Winter Festival starts at noon and features sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and much more at Payson Park. It’s free!
5. I’ll be honest, though. So far in 2016, I’ve watched a LOT of TV. Because there’s so much good TV! It’s crazy. We truly are living in a golden age. What’s your favorite things you’ve seen recently? I watched all of “Mozart in the Jungle” last week, I caught up on the newly-released-to-Netflix tenth season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and I of course watched all of the second season of “Transparent,” a heartbreakingly wonderful show. Ah “Jessica Jones,” of course. Everyone needs to watch that. How about you?