1. Feel that? The slight chill in the air in the evenings? It’s a little tangy, right? A little spicy? Midday still feels like August, but after 6 p.m.? Oh, it’s fall, baby. In Bangor this weekend there’s lots of fun stuff to do on Friday night, so let’s get right to it. First off, there’s a downtown Bangor art walk from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and there’s also the monthly contradance at 8 p.m. at the UU Church with Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler. Later that night, enjoy the Calypso Soldiers at Paddy Murphy’s, Allison Bankston and Hippie Soup at Nocturnem Drafthaus, or night one of two nights of Dakota at Penobscot Pourhouse. Up in Orono, at 7 p.m. on the UMaine campus there’s a free screening of “Finding Dory” on Morse Field (the football field), later that night, the Villains Duo plays at Black Bear Brewing Company in Orono, and Merther plays at the Boomhouse in Old Town. In Winterport, banjo man Hal Meyers plays at Pub in the Port. On Saturday, there’s the Robinson Ballet’s fall showcase at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University, while in downtown, Bangor metal band Holy Filth (pictured above) plays a record release show with guests Hessian, Manic Abraxas and Ratleg at Central Gallery; the Blast Addicts are at the Downunder Club at Season, blues band Between Dead Stations is at Paddy’s, and songwriter Shawn Mercer is at Nocturnem.
2. There’s an almost overwhelming amount of cool stuff happening in Portland this weekend; let’s waste no time then. First off, on Friday, nugrass band Old Crow Medicine Show and Robbie Fulks are at the State Theatre, while part-time Mainer Judge John Hodgman does his show at Port City Music Hall, Scott Sorry and Borderlines are at Empire, and Pink Talking Fish — somehow, bewilderingly a tribute to Pink Floyd, the Talking Heads and Phish simultaneously — are at Portland House of Music. Elsewhere, Maine’s own Jonathan Edwards plays with Grace Young and Jereome Degey at One Longfellow Square, there’s the Red F, Computer at Sea and Pat Lafontaine at Space Gallery, and there’s two great punk shows on Friday night: Bellwire, People Skills and Tsula and the Sad Boys at Bayside Bowl, or Port City Saints, Zukie Boys, Sonic Libido, the Runouts and Hogan’s Alley at Geno’s Rock Club. On Saturday, Ziggy Marley plays at the State Theatre, there’s the Temperance Movement at Portland House of Music, and there’s a Queen tribute night at Port City Music Hall. Songwriters Sean Hayes, Tim Carr and Charley Crocket are at One Longfellow, comedians Bryan Babylon and Lisa Treyger at Space Gallery, and there’s some more garage and punk with Rattlesnake Ralph, Zombie Beach, Thee Icepicks and DJ Matt Little at Bayside Bowl. On Sunday, the terrifyingly named Make America Rock Again tour is at the State Theatre, with Trapt, Saliva, Saving Abel, Alien Ant Farm, Crazy Town, 12 Stones and Tantric on the bill. If late 90s bro rock isn’t your thing, there’s the opposite elsewhere in town, with American ensemble The Goodbye Girls at One Longfellow, or Bulgarian ensemble Bulgarika at Mayo Street Arts.
3. On the Midcoast, there’s the second weekend of Midcoast Actor’s Studio production “Arms and the Man” at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast; also on Friday, Americana ensemble Spuyten Duyvil is at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, and in Rockland, the By the Bay jazz trio is at Rock City Coffee. On Saturday, Rockland hosts stuff like folk trio Meteora at Rock City or rockers Midlife Crisis at Trackside Station, while in Belfast, there’s the annual, Feedback Festival, a celebration of loud, fuzzy music featuring bands including Quantum, Bad Island, Million Brazilians and the Acetones, set for 6:30 p.m. at Waterfall Arts. On Sunday, venerable Maine bluegrass band Evergreen is at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts.
4. This weekend brings the Camden International Film Festival, the yearly four-day showcase for the best in documentary filmmaking from all over the world. I wrote about the fest for the BDN earlier this week, but I’d like to also link to another cool trailer for another movie screening there, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You,” about one of the U.S.’s great artists of the 20th century, Norman Lear, who produced TV shows like “All In The Family” and “The Jeffersons” and many others and changed the way TV works, and in turn, parts of society. There are so many great films this weekend, and I’m so sad I can’t make it. I hope you can!
5. From the desk of Ms. Aislinn Sarnacki comes the low down on this weekend’s Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, the biggest yet, with more than 130 events planned from Friday through Sunday throughout Maine. The event lineup includes a birding event in Winter Harbor, a “treasure hunt” on trails in Yarmouth, a full moon hike in Steuben, and a hawk watch on Cadillac Mountain. There’s the Maine Outdoor Film Festival in Bethel, the Trails End Festival in Millinocket and Acadia’s Car Free Morning, an event that draws hundreds of bicyclists to the park’s scenic roads. For a full schedule, visit greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org.