1. Friday night in Bangor brings the quarterly Downtown Bangor Art Walk, and though details on what exactly is happening during said walk are in short supply, it’s set for 5 to 9 p.m., so get your art-walkin’ shoes on. Also Friday evening in Bangor, it’s night two of Cirque du Soleil’s four night stand at the Cross Insurance Center, the Central Gallery hosts a double feature screening of 80s John Hughes classics “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink,” starting at 8 p.m., Nocturnem Drafthaus hosts jazz man Bill Barnes, jam band Merther is at the Sea Dog, and Stesha Cano plays with her Jerks at Paddy’s Murphy’s. On Saturday, the Waterfront Concerts season in Bangor kicks off with country star Dierks Bentley at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, while elsewhere, there’s the First Saturday Art Opening with Freehand Armada at the Central Gallery, there’s the Tyler Healy Band at the Sea Dog, the Junkyard Cats at Paddy’s, singer John Nowak at Nocturnem, and up in Old Town, rockers The Fossils are set for the Boomhouse. Sunday evening brings the Norumbega Collective’s poetry reading with Sara Majka, set for 7:30 p.m. at The Rock & Art Shop in downtown Bangor.
2. But wait! There’s another art walk in Portland this weekend, with the annual First Friday Art Walk set for (you guessed it!) Friday, with cool arts events both visual and performing all over town. Later that night, take your pick of cool stuff like either When Particles Collide, Aloud, Jargon Party and Rigor Samsa at Portland House of Music, a pop up dance party at Empire, songwriters Roy Davis and Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Soucy at One Longfellow Square, or the Blues Prophets and the Some Guys Band at St. Lawrence Arts. On Saturday, ballsy songwriter Brandi Carlisle is at Thompson’s Point, NPR’s The Moth Mainstage tapes a live recording at the State Theatre, and there’s some 90s hip hop with Fat Joe, Ty Dolla Sign and Post Malone at the Maine State Pier. More locally and independently speaking, there’s songwriter Tall Heights with Western Den at Portland House of Music, there’s a triple bill featuring Vaughn, Beggers and Holiday Music at Empire, there’s a dance party with Double Dessert and Ms. Wrecks to benefit Planned Parenthood, and on the comedy side of things, there’s two shows from Maine comedian Bob Marley at One Longfellow Square, and there’s the monthly Local Laughs local comedy showcase at the Asylum. On Sunday, The Renovators play a CD release show at One Longfellow Square.
3. What a unique bunch of things to do this weekend on the Midcoast! On Friday night, jazz-rock trio Micromasse is set for the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, there’s the monthly Belfast Flying Shoes contradance with music from the Stingrays at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, and in Rockland, guitarist Will Brown is at Rock City Coffee, and Adonis Rising at the Speakeasy. Then, on Saturday, the third annual Ukulele Festival is set for Steamboat Landing in Belfast, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with performances from Victoria Vox, Tom Hassenger and ukulele ensembles from the Midcoast, Rockland, Machias, Farmington, Peaks Island, and Southwest Harbor. In Rockland, songwriter Tom Savage is at Rock City Coffee, Mid Life Crisis is at the Myrtle Street Tavern, and the Blame Hounds are at the Speakeasy.
4. There’s also an art walk this Friday in Bar Harbor, which gives you a lovely opportunity to walk around town at the beginning of the summer season. Also on Friday Downeast, the Grand Theatre hosts a weekend-long performance of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Farnsworth Invention,” a Maine premiere with performances on Friday, twice on Saturday, and on Sunday. On Saturday, MDI has lots of fun things to do, including folk trio Golden Oak at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor, jazz group Mes Amis at Coda in Southwest Harbor, Trisha Mason at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor, and the Barn Arts Collective presents a new play and a new musical from its summer resident theater artists, starting at 7 p.m. at their barn theater space in Bass Harbor.
5. Finally — and, let’s face it, most importantly — Friday is National Doughnut Day. Surprisingly, this actually has a real, historical aspect to it. Started by the Salvation Army in 1938, to honor their volunteers who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, and to raise money for people in need during the Great Depression, it’s now also an opportunity to semi-guiltlessly eat doughnuts. So eat a doughnut on Friday, people. For America.