1. So far this week, I’ve managed to accidentally get peppermint oil in my eye (not recommended), cause an open box of cereal to fall on my head (clean up ensued), spill half a cup of hot hot coffee all over my lap (cold, stale coffee smells great), and jam my knee into the corner of my bed frame for the 50th time, first thing in the morning (permanent damage? Maybe!). Come at me, weekend. Bring it. On Friday night in the Bangor area, take your pick of either the Crown Vics at Paddy Murphy’s, jazz man Bill Barnes at Nocturnem Drafthaus, the 13th annual Winter Beach Ball to benefit the EMMC Auxiliary at the Cross Insurance Center, comedian Krazy Jake at the Bear Brew in Orono, or rockers Wyld Lyfe at the Boomhouse in Old Town. On Saturday, the Central Gallery hosts Jeff Beam (pictured at left), with guests Sarah Sinford and Zach Thompson. There’s also the Trisha Mason Band at Paddy’s, bluesman Eric Green at Nocturnem, and comedian Brian Brinegar at the Bear Brew in Orono. On Sunday, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra performs at the Collins Center for the Arts at 3 p.m.
2. Friday is art walk night in Portland, and there are a number of really cool events happening around it — aside from the art itself, there’s the Pop Up Hamlet events, with scenes from “Hamlet” happening all over town during the Art Walk and then continuing all weekend in Portland, there’s Shoestring Theatre’s puppet Alice in Wonderland at Mayo Street Arts (pictured at left), and there’s sweet sexy local burlesque with the Rare Birds of Pleasure at the Space Gallery. Later that night, enjoy Girls Rock! with Amy & the Engine and Yard Sail at Port City Music Hall, the Maine Dead Project Grateful Dead tribute band at Portland House of Music and Events, or the Cocek Brass Band at Bayside Bowl. On Saturday, comedian Lisa Lampanelli is at the State Theatre, while there’s some experimental indie rock with Tashi Dorjj, Diva Cup and Dechenes/Baldwin/McLaughlin at the Space Gallery, there’s the CD release show for An Overnight Low CD with Builder of the House and Ryan Halliburton at Empire, there’s the Cats Under the Stairs at One Longfellow Square, there’s punk rock with the Hopelessly Obscure, Tiger Bomb and the Black Souls at Bayside Bowl, and there’s the Sly Chi farewell for now show at Portland House of Music.
3. Friday night on the Midcoast, there’s the premiere weekend of Midcoast Actor’s Studio’s production of Sam Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind,” set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. There’s the legendary “Jungle” Jack Hanna and his creatures at the Camden Opera House on Friday night, also, and in Rockland, Dave Johnson and Rossi Meachum are at Rock City Coffee. On Saturday, Maine favorites the Ghost of Paul Revere (pictured) are at the Blue Goose in Northport, the group Happy Folk is at Rock City Coffee, and blues band the Blame Hounds are at the Speakeasy, also in Rockland.
4. “Downton Abbey” fans are a patient lot. While their beloved television program gets continually outranked by the Superbowl, the Oscars and any number of other big pop culture events, this silly but addictive British soap opera keeps soldiering on, offering a highly idealized version of humanity that’s a lot more satisfying than the real world. The final episode airs this Sunday, and I know I’ll be sad to see it go. You can watch it early at 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre in Portland, to be among your fellow fans.
5. Other unique cinematic/performative events happening this weekend include a screening Friday night by River City Cinema of Oscar winner “The Danish Girl,” set for 7:30 p.m. at Coespace in downtown Bangor. On Saturday, the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts hosts Sumner McKane’s “In the Blood,” a multimedia music and film performance about Maine’s lumberjack history. And on Sunday, Friends of the Kotschmar Organ in Portland hosts a screening of Fritz Lang’s silent film masterpiece “Metropolis,” with live musical accompaniment, set for 3 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium.