1. It’s art walk night in downtown Bangor on Friday, with galleries opening their doors from 5 until 9 p.m., and exhibitions on display including a gallery talk with sculptor Sachiko Akiyama, at the University of Maine Museum of Art, and a brand new display of silk art from Michael Shyka at his studio on Park Street. Out and about that night in town, you can hear the Blood Orange Martinis at Nocturnem Drafthaus, local indie rockers Rotating Taps at Paddy Murphy’s, a night of jazz with John Nowak at the Big Easy, and a special art walk performance from 6 to 8 by Stesha Cano at the Rock & Art Shop. Tantrum hosts a Friday night of hip hop, featuring N.O.R.E. and local guest stars Reks, Green Tank, Jon Haze and others. Oh yeah, and a Waterfront Concerts performance from pop-classical singing quartet Il Divo at the Cross Insurance Center. On Saturday night, Nocturnem hosts the ridiculously talented Americana duo the Coloradas (pictured above) for a night of dark, beautiful folk music. The Juke Rockets blues band are set for the Big Easy, the 220s will rock the stage at Paddy’s, up in Old Town, the electronic jam favorites the Cyborg Trio are set for Kingman’s, in Orono at the Collins Center for the Arts there’s Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the LED Out, and down in Winterport there’s the fun folk duo Him & Her at 4Points BBQ & Blues. It’s a good weekend to be in Bangor!
2. OK, Portland. Here’s what you can do Friday night. You can go to the Flannabis Ball at Empire and hear Ghost of Paul Revere, 8 Feet Tall and Wisdom, you can hear the Roberto Morbioli Blues Band at One Longfellow Square, you can rock with metal gods Queensryche at the Asylum (yes, Queensryche!) or out in Biddeford, enjoy Brooklyn singer-songwriters Carrie Ashley Hill and Spider with Mainers Meghan Yates and Greef at the Oak and the Ax. On Saturday, there’s a particularly epic show at the State Theatre with Canadian indie rockers Metric (pictured) and Canadian-American indie rockers The Box Tiger. There’s also, on Saturday, the return of Mod Night at Empire, so take your Vespa out and make your hair all floppy. Songwriters Keelan Donovan and Amy Allen are at One Longfellow, and Dustin Saucier and his Sad Bastards ply their brand of folk-rock with their friends in Worried Well at Slainte. On Sunday, Geno’s hosts two of Portland’s most long-standing and beloved punk bands, the Pubcrawlers and the Outsiders.
3. The fourth annual Maine Harvest Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, and as with every other year they’ve had it, the event keeps getting bigger and better. More than 100 vendors will sell every kind of fresh Maine food imaginable — from meat, cheese and produce to honey, wine, bread, condiments, candy, accessories and much, much more. It’s $5 to get in, but you literally could buy half your holiday gifts in one stop — provided you’ve got foodie friends and family (you probably do). Plus, bluegrass music, wine tastings and lots of fun people watching. It’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days. There’s also wood-fired pizza. Get it.
4. Weekend two of Ten Bucks Theatre’s “Time Stands Still” is set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Comins Hall in Eddington. This is serious, challenging theater, folks, with strong performances from local actors, and well worth attending. In Portland, another small and dedicated theater company, Good Theater (pictured), presents another weekend featuring the Maine premiere of A.R. Gurney’s play “The Grand Manner,” with performances set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Lawrence Arts, on Congress Street in Munjoy Hill. Finally, the Waterville Opera House offers up the beloved musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
5. You know what? Number five here could be anything. Are you hunting this weekend? Are you attending a craft fair? Going shopping? Seeing a band somewhere not listed above? Tell me, dear reader, what you’re up to. Have I forgotten something vitally important (I hope not, but I’m not perfect, am I?) Comments below are appreciated!