1. It’s not expected to get above 35 for most of the weekend. It’s also less than a week until Thanksgiving. Winter is upon us, folks, even if that silly calendar says it doesn’t start until later in December. Warm up on Friday night with Bangor indie pop band Temperature of the Sun at Paddy Murphy’s, bluesman Blind Albert at Nocturnem Drafthaus, or rockers One Shot Nothing at the Big Easy. Saturday, the afternoon belongs to “Dr. Who,” with a party for the screening of the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” pictured above, set for 2 p.m. at the Sea Dog Brewing Company. That night, you can check out Stesha Cano at Nocturnem, rockabilly tuff guys the Crown Vics at Ipanema, a hip hop night at the Big Easy, or the Blood Orange Martinis at Paddy’s. In Winterport Saturday night, there’s Eric Green and Tommy O’Connell at 4Points BBQ & Blues, and at Kingman’s in Old Town there’s the 220s.
2. Four great local shows Friday night in the Portland area, including Paper Castles, Wes Hartley and the Traveling Trees (pictured) and Great Western Plain at Geno’s, a night of Maine (and New England) songwriters at Slainte, a triple bill featuring Leveret, Lisa/Liza and Erik Neilson at Mayo Street Arts, and out in Biddeford, there’s Samuel James, Old Soul, Starlight Cicada and Lewis Lazar at the Oak and the Ax. There’s also Johnny Gates and the Invite at the Asylum, Heather Maloney at One Longfellow, and a night of burlesque featuring the Suicide Girls at Port City Music Hall. On Saturday, your choices include Wee Lollies, Narps and Come Back Pluto at Geno’s, Melissa Ferrick at One Longfellow, The Devil Makes Three and Shakey Graves at the State, the Plain White Tees and Parachute at Asylum, or When Particles Collide with Boston’s the Bynars at Bayside Bowl. Wrap it up on Sunday with a hip hop show featuring Lloyd Banks and Bangor’s own Brandon Ross at the Asylum.
3. Now here’s a really neat show at the Strand Theatre in Rockland on Friday night: Hollerfest will feature three great alt-folk bands, including North Haven’s the Toughcats (pictured), Portland’s the Ghost of Paul Revere, and Boston-based string band Darlingside. Across the way, in Bar Harbor Friday there’s going to be an epic show featuring 80s rockers Destroy Them My Robots at the Thirsty Whale; there’s also the Blast Addicts at the Black Anchor in Blue Hill, the Crown Vics at Skywalker’s in Machias, and Chris Ross at Chummies in Ellsworth. Decisions, decisions! Saturday there’s County Line at Chummies.
4. Oh boy, this weekend brings the hotly anticipated premiere of the second installment in the The Hunger Games “Catching Fire,” which opens in theaters late Thursday and all day Friday. Fans of the books – or just fans of Jennifer Lawrence or Liam Hemsworth – are sure to be thrilled. Other films screening around Maine this weekend include four serious contenders for the Oscar race at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, starting Friday: “12 Years A Slave,” “All Is Lost,” “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” and – ooh la la! – “Blue Is The Warmest Color.” All those above mentioned films but “Dallas” are also screening at the Nickelodeon in Portland.
5. Food events set for this weekend include several events around Beaujolais Nouveau, the seasonal wine that always comes out before Thanksgiving each year. Petite Jacqueline in Portland will host a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and wine shops statewide will have the light, delicious varietal available for purchase. Sunday in Ellsworth, Cleonice offers its annual wild game dinner, serving up boar, venison and other wild treats that evening. It’s also the last weekend of the Bangor Farmer’s Market in Abbott Square; expect the market to return the first week of May in 2014.