1. Happy spring! This weekend brings the end of the winter-that-wasn’t, and comes on the heels on St. Patrick’s Day, in the midst of March Madness. Is there anything more totally March than that? Friday night in Bangor, there’s the monthly Contradance at 8 p.m. the UU Church on Park Street, Bangor favorite bar band Magnetic North are at Paddy Murphy’s and at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s jazz from Indigo. Saturday, take your pick from a number of fun events, including the annual BRLI Laugh-In featuring improv groups The Focus Group and Improv Acadia at 6 p.m. at Spectacular Events Center. In downtown, the Central Gallery hosts The Waking Life, Aneurysm, Sleepwalker and Halfpastfive, there’s jazz from Shades of Blue at Nocturnem, there’s rockers the Blast Addicts at Paddy Murphy’s, Magnetic North again this time at Ipanema, up in Old Town there’s Merther at the Boomhouse, and down in Winterport, there’s Eric Green at 4Points BBQ & Blues. On Sunday, the Central Gallery hosts a night of hardcore with Corrective Measure, Standard Issue, Lockdown and RatLeg.
2. In Portland on Friday night, you can start your night off with a fun party, with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s annual CeleSoirée, featuring African drumming Akwaaba Ensemble, at 5:30 p.m. at Ocean Gateway. Later that night, Jukebox the Ghost and the Family Crest are at Port City Music Hall, Jay Bragg, Starcrossed Lovers, Joel Thetford and Crushed Out are all at Empire, there’s a songwriter’s tribute to Patty Griffin and John Prine at One Longfellow Square, there’s the annual Stache Pag mustache party at Portland House of Music, and there’s Raging Brass Reggae at Bayside Bowl. On Saturday, Max Creek and the Noonday Crawlers are set for Port City Music Hall, Habana Sax is at One Longfellow, Motor Booty Affair is at Portland House of Music, and there’s some punk rock with Video Nasties, Gamma Goochies and Thee Icepicks at Bayside Bowl. On Sunday, pop punk takes over the State Theatre, with Mayday Parade, the Maine, the Technicolors and Weakened Friends.
3. The Midcoast is home to a few fun musical events this weekend, including Friday night in Rockland when Rock City Coffee hosts the By the Bay Jazz Trio, and the Speakeasy hosts the Zeme Libre reggae band. On Saturday, there’s the funny songwriters, Christine Lavin and Don White at the Camden Opera House, there’s songwriter Alex Bigney at Rock City, and there’s the Liz Lannon Blues Band at the Speakeasy.
4. Bangor is host to an almost overwhelming array of panels, workshops, performances and displays all focusing on one big topic: science! The second annual Maine Science Festival is set for Friday through Sunday in locations throughout the city, and if you’re at all interested in science or technology of any type, there’s probably something you’ll enjoy, from keynote speaker Nate Silver, to presentations on science and tech in Maine, to the Maine Science Fair at the Cross Insurance Center. I wrote a story this week about it, but there’s more information to be found online at mainesciencefestival.com.
5. Finally, we all know that the Internet runs on cats. Well, and through a series of interconnected tubes. But mostly cats. In celebration of our beloved felines, the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth plays host to the touring film festival the Internet Cat Video Festival, this Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. It is exactly what it sounds like — a full program film festival featuring cat videos, put together by the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. Come on. You know you want to. Admission is $5 to $10. You’re going. Don’t pretend you’re not.