1. Now this is what I call a Friday night in Bangor! It’s packed with fun, so don’t be shy – we’re nice folks, here in the Queen City. Start your night off with either the winter edition of Bangor Pecha Kucha, set for 7 p.m. at the Union Street Brick Church. There’s also the monthy contradance at 8 p.m. at the UU Church on Park Street. Later that night, there’s a dance party at 58 Main with DJ BCKWLD benefiting Mabel Wadsworth and the Health Equity Alliance, there’s a record release party for indie artist Greasy Grass (pictured at left) with Wyld Lyfe and Buddusky at Central Gallery, there’s rockers Magnetic North at Paddy Murphy’s or Three Button Deluxe at Nocturnem Drafthaus, and up in Orono, there’s Chamberlain and the Tough End String Band at Woodman’s, or Eric Green and Lawton Mann at Black Bear Brewing. It’s also opening night for UMaine’s School of Performing Arts musical, “Urinetown,” at 7:30 p.m. at Hauck Auditorium on campus. On Saturday, there’s a cool experimental rock show with Quantum, Taboo and Model T and the Shivs at Central Gallery, there’s rockers the Blast Addicts at the Downunder Club, there’s another Magnetic North show this time at Ipanema, there’s Circus at Paddy’s, Positive People at Nocturnem or the Tyler Healy Band at the Sea Dog. In Old Town, jam band Fish Jug is at the Boomhouse. On Sunday night, legendary reggae band The Wailers is at the Collins Center for the Arts.
2. Friday night in Portland, take your pick of either BoomBox and Ben Silver at Port City Music Hall, Throwback hip hop night with DJ KTF at Empire, the almighty rockers Murcielago with Bully Mammoth and Long Time at Portland House of Music and Events, Six Organs of Admittance and Tongue Oven at Space Gallery, or Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies at Bayside Bowl. On Saturday, there’s a songwriter’s showcase at Empire, there’s the Fogcutters big band record release show with opening act Sorcha and the Clearing at Portland House of Music, there’s Howard Fishman at One Longfellow Square, there’s metal with KYOTY, Sterling Black, FRKSE, All Night and Final Boss at the Space Gallery, and there’s Retro Rockets, Curse of Kona and the Flipsides at Bayside Bowl.
3. In addition to this weekend being the annual Camden Conference in the Midcoast, there’s also some fun later evening stuff to do, whether you’re in attendance or not. Friday night, Latin band Primo Cubano is at the Speakeasy in Rockland. Saturday, there are three great shows happening, including Belfast Free Range Music Series presenting Edith & Bennett and Sugarbush at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, there’s the Winter Luau with Steelin’ Thunder at Rock City Coffee to benefit that lovely business’ purchase of a smokeless coffee roaster, and there’s rockabilly punk band the Murder Weapon at the Myrtle Street Tavern, also in Rockland.
4. So who’s seen “Deadpool”? I did. I loved it. I don’t care what haters say, it was a riot. That movie is still dominating movie theaters this weekend, and one of the best-reviewed horror movies in recent years, the terrifying 17th century flick “The Witch,” is also opening. On the Oscar side of things, only “The Revenant” remains at Bangor Mall Cinemas, while at indie theaters, “Carol” is at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor, and “Brooklyn,” “Spotlight” and “Room” are all at the Nick in Portland. There’s also movies that are just good for no reason other than they’re just good regardless of silly awards and trophies, like “The Lady in the Van” with the wonderful Maggie Smith at Railroad Square in Waterville, and the Coen Brothers’ “Hail Caesar,” which is everywhere.
5. What else? You tell me. What are your plans for this weekend? I want to know! Tell me! This can’t be a one-sided relationship. I know you’ve got plans.