1. I’ll spare you all the usual comments about eating too much and going shopping and yadda yadda yadda. I did it, you did it, we all did it. I feel no shame. My husband and I ate leftover turkey out of a Ziploc bag for a midnight snack last night. God Bless America. Naturally, since people tend to be in town for Thanksgiving, there’s plenty to do this weekend. On Friday night in Bangor, you can enjoy the first of a two-night stand with hometown heroes When Particles Collide (pictured at left), first at Nocturnem Drafthaus; singer Kevin Hamel is set for the Sea Dog; rockers Bizzy Gruntry are at the Big Easy, and over in Brewer, there’s the Focus Group at the Next Generation Theatre. Saturday night, WPC again rocks at Paddy Murphy’s, the Galley Rats are set for Nocturnem, and Carl Mazzarelli will take the stage at the Big Easy; Chris Ross is set for 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport.
2. I love this: Friday night at the Asylum in Portland, a whole bunch of local bands take on the back catalog of Led Zeppelin, be it the heaviest of heavies (Murcielago or Clubber Lang) or their lyrical folk side (Ghost of Paul Revere, pictured, and Olas); the show is set for 9 p.m. and it’s six bucks. Elsewhere in Portland on Friday, there’s North of Nashville and Tricky Britches at Empire, there’s Hessian, the Kip Brown Kronikles and Triage at Geno’s, legendary songwriter Tom Chapin at One Longfellow Square, legendary Maine songwriter David Mallett at St. Lawrence Arts, and Phish tribute band Pardon Me Doug at Port City Music Hall. On Saturday night, the State Theatre hosts Spencer Albee’s annual Beatles Night, in which he and some fantastic local musicians take on the Beatles catalog; at Empire, enjoy Volcano Rabbit, Laces Out, Take One Car and City Streets Country Roads, and at One Longfellow, enjoy bluegrass with Joe Walsh, Darrel Anger, Grant Gordy and Brittany Karlson.
3. On the coast, it’s pretty sleepy, but if you’re feeling sociable, don’t forget the Blazing Apostles at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor on Friday, Shanna Underwood at Billy’s Tavern in Thomason, also on Friday, and the 220s at Myrtle Street Tavern in Rockland on Saturday; there’s also two nights of the band Dakota at Chummies in Ellsworth.
4. If you are one of those people that tries to get all of their holiday shopping done this weekend, well boy howdy, good luck to you. Maybe you’ve already braved the Black Friday crowds at the mall. Maybe you’ve already done all your Amazon shopping. Maybe you got a sweet new TV. All I want is for you to consider buying things in stores that aren’t owned by corporations, where almost none of the money stays local. Even if you just buy one thing, it will make a difference. And then you can have lunch or dinner in a restaurant, or see some local art or music or theater. Seriously. Just buy one thing in a local business. It’ll make you feel good. I love to shop just as much as you do, but buying whatever it is from a person who owns the business you’re standing in makes it even better.