1. How is it one week until Thanksgiving? Where did that even come from? We’ve had early October weather in mid-November all week, and I haven’t even thought about dinner next week. Wild. This weekend in Bangor, there’s lots and lots to do. Friday night, there’s the last Downtown Bangor Art Walk of 2016; there’s also the Pecha Kucha night at the Bangor Public Library at 7 p.m., and there’s a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. at The Rock & Art Shop, and there’s the Penobscot Contradance at 8 p.m. at the UU Church. Later that evening, enjoy either roots rockers RatLeg and Tigerman Woah (pictured above) at the Central Gallery, Allison Bankston and Hippie Soup at Nocturnem Drafthaus, the Nikki Hunt Band at the Sea Dog, Wyld Lyfe at Woodman’s in Orono, or the Brad Hutchinson Project at the Boomhouse in Old Town. On Saturday, take your pick from either Sean Mercer at Nocturnem, The BSO Gets Heavy at the Central Gallery featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine playing classical version of heavy metal, folk duo Aztec Two-Step at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Up in Orono, comics Andre Sween, Tuck Tucker and Jeremy White are at the Bear Brew, and it’s Blazing Beats Night with DJ BCKWLD at Woodman’s. On Sunday, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra performs with the aforementioned violinist Pine at 3 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts.
2. In Portland this weekend, Friday night offers up an array of things to do. Jam bands Assembly of Dust and Todo Bien are at Port City Music Hall, there’s Saviors of Soul: A Tribute to the Commitments at Portland House of Music, and Maine bands Sassquatch, Happy Folk and New Noise are at Empire. Also on Friday, New England post-punk is on the bill with Minibeast, Cushing, Haru Bangs and Crystal Canyon at Space Gallery; folk duo Aztec Two-Step is at One Longfellow Square, roots artists Shanna Underwood, d. Gross and Welterweight are at Blue, and there’s an improv comedy show featuring Self IMPROVment and Mainely Improv at Mayo Street Arts. On Saturday, there’s the Red Hot & Ladylike burlesque show at Port City, there’s Soule Monde at Portland House of Music, there’s metal bands Feral and Lord Almighty at Empire, there’s blues band Ronnie Earl and the Broacasters at One Longfellow, rocker Turner Templeton at Bayside Bowl, and songwriters Sue n’ Blue, Taylor O’Donnell and Nihco Gallo at Blue.
3. There’s several really fun shows on the Midcoast this weekend, On Friday night, Rock City coffee in Rockland hosts the the By the Bay Jazz Trio, while on both Friday and Saturday there’s “The Rocky Horror Show” live, courtesy of the Barn Arts Collective (pictured above), at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, 8 p.m. Friday and then 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. On Saturday, rock duo When Particles Collide play at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, Americana songwriters Putnam Smith and Gabriel Zacchai are at Rock City Coffee, and rockers Ragged Jack are at the Myrtle Street Tavern, also in Rockland. On Sunday, the Colonial Theatre in Belfast screens Buster Keaton’s “The General” at 4 p.m., with a new score from Les Sorciers Perdus performed live.
4. Since it’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and we’re going into the time of year in which we’re feeling celebratory, there are two perfect events happening this weekend to get you right into the mood. First, there’s the sixth annual Maine Harvest Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center, and featuring more than 100 food, farm and Maine artisan vendors from all over the state. Secondly, at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay there’s the kickoff for Gardens Aglow, set for Friday, in which more than 360,000 LED lights brighten the gardens’ gorgeous grounds. S’mores, food trucks and more will accompany.
Finally, as I mentioned earlier, it’s been weirdly (some might say alarmingly) warm out this week. This is not the mid-November I’m accustomed to. Nevertheless, I’ll take it and use it to my advantage — this is actually a great weekend to hike, bike and otherwise enjoy the great outdoors, pre-show but post-hot weather. I suggest checking out some of the more recent late fall hikes from my pal Aislinn Sarnacki; or even going to the beach. The beach is still nice when it’s chilly out! No, you’re not going to swim, but it’s still beautiful! Schoodic! Sandy Point! Popham! St. Lucia! Get out there and enjoy before everything’s covered in snow.