1. What’s good in the ‘hood this weekend? For the Bangor area, here are your Friday night options. River City Cinema screens the charming and funny indie movie “Don’t Think Twice,” at 7 p.m. at Coespace on Columbia Street. Prince Edward Island indie rockers Paper Lions play at 7 p.m. at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer; later in the evening, Livid Orange and Sea Level are at the Central Gallery, it’s night one of two nights of theTrendy Robots at the Penobscot Pourhouse, Tomorrow Morning is at Paddy Murphy’s, and jazz man Bill Barnes is at Nocturnem Drafthaus. On Saturday, there’s the press your own cider event between 2 and 8 p.m. at Central Street Farmhouse’s Pocket Park, while in the evening, the Rotating Taps album release show is at the Central Gallery, Stone Free is at Paddy’s, and Dave Mello is at Nocturnem Drafthaus. Up in Orono/Old Town, there’s a contradance at 7:30 p.m. at the Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono, and rockers Skyfoot are at the Boomhouse. On Sunday, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra season premiere is at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono; the 3 p.m. concert features a performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” There’s also a triple bill of heavy metal with Vermin Womb, Gadget and Flooding Panama at 7 p.m. the Central Gallery.
2. It’s First Friday Art Walk night again in Portland, with cool things like the New England Art Book Fair, selling extremely cool books and prints at the Space Gallery all weekend, and a free show from the Jeff Beam Band at 6 p.m. in Congress Square Park. Also Friday night, there’s Jimkata, Argonaut and Wasp at Port City Music Hall, it’s throwback night with DJ KTF at Empire, there’s The Maine Dead Project at Portland House of Music, the The Band Band at One Longfellow Square, and Holly Danger’s Illuminaughty Burlesque is at Mayo Street Arts. On Saturday, there’s some local hip hop and electronic music with Tek.Lun, God.Damn.Chan and Mike Clouds at Portland House of Music, there’s punk rock with the Battery Steele at Bayside Bowl, there’s Dave Douglas and OurBigBand at the Space Gallery, and there’s an album release for Joe K. Walsh’s excellent bluegrass tour de force “Borderland” at One Longfellow. On Sunday, Jason Isbell and Josh Ritter are at the State Theatre, Riff Raff, Zak Downtown and DJ Jay-C are at Portland House of Music, Inter Arma, Call of the Void and Kyoty are at the Space Gallery, and there’s the long-awaited talk from Anthony Bourdain, set for 6 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena.
3. On the Midcoast, there’s the monthly Belfast Flying Shoes Contradance at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall on High Street in Belfast; in Rockland, there’s folk ensemble Happy Folk at Rock City Coffee, and rockers Kelly Raven and Lowell Thompson are at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. On Saturday, legendary guitarist Leo Kottke is at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the Mike Whitehead Group is at Rock City Coffee, and indie rockers Rural Electric are at Three Tides. On Sunday, comedian Bob Marley performs at the Camden Opera House.
4. Seen any good movies lately? There’s a bunch in theaters right now that are worth your attention. In your local multiplex, there’s the disaster flick “Deepwater Horizon,” the film adaptation of the bestseller “The Girl On the Train,” and there’s the reimagined remake of “The Magnificent Seven.” In your indie cinemas, like Railroad Square in Waterville or the Nickelodeon in Portland, there’s some winners like “Queen of Katwe” (featuring real queen Lupita N’yongo) and “Birth of a Nation,” though the latter is also at Bangor Mall Cinemas.
5. Finally, seeing as we’re entering peak foliage season, I’d like to turn the recommendations around to you, dear reader: where you do like to go to see the lovely leaves? I’ve got my favorites; what about you? Leave your responses in the comments below. Have fun this weekend!