This weekend in Bangor brings the opening of the yearly Ice Bar at Timber Restaurant; there’s also a Story Slam at 6:30 p.m. at West Market Square Coffeehouse, and there’s the premiere weekend of country musical “Honky Tonk Laundry” at the Penobscot Theatre. Later on in the evening, the psychedelic blues band Livid Orange will play at Queen City Cinema Club, jazzman Bill Barnes is at Nocturnem Drafthaus, and country rock group the Allison Ames Band is at the Sea Dog. Up in Orono, indie rock duo Harry Magdalene is at the Common Loon, Otis is at Woodman’s, and starting this weekend and throughout February, the Jordan Planetarium at UMaine will offer “David Bowie Dreams,” a laser music show set for 9 p.m. each Friday. On Saturday, rock band Salty Dog is at Paddy Murphy’s, Troy Youngblood is at Nocturnem, there’s standup comedy with Kyle Crawford and Nick Lavalee at the Downunder Club at Seasons, there’s long-form improv with Improv Acadia at 8 p.m. at 51 Main St., and at the Bangor Arts Exchange, there’s a full shadow cast screening — complete with props and costumes — of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” set for 8 p.m.
Down in Portland, on Friday, it’s art walk night again throughout downtown, from 5 to 9 p.m. Later in the evening, Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis play with the Muddy Ruckus at Port City Music Hall, a capella group Voctave is at Merrill Auditorium, reggae bands Mighty Mystic, Gorilla Finger Dub and Soul Rebel Project are at Aura, there’s a Traveling Wilbury’s tribute show at Portland House of Music, Maine icon David Mallett performs at One Longfellow Square, metal bands Crushed By Amps, Osmia and Monarch are at Geno’s, and there’s a night of experimental music hosted by ID M Theft Able at the Apohadion. There’s also standup comedy, all weekend long at Empire. On Saturday, Umphrey’s McGee and Robert Walter’s 20th Congress are at the State Theatre, there’s a night of rockabilly with Jittery Jack and Miss Amy Griffin at Bayside Bowl, Toby McAllister and the Wolff Sisters are at the Thirsty Pig, and Search Vs. Rescue and Supernormal are at the Apohadion.
This Sunday, of course, is the Super Bowl, pitting the New England Patriots against some other team. Why not make it a whole weekend of nifty sporting events? Here in Bangor, New England Fights holds its annual Winter MMA night at the Cross Insurance Center, set for 8 p.m. Saturday, while down in Portland, there’s a match between Casco Bay Roller Derby and Maine Roller Derby at 5 p.m. at Happy Wheels. And, all weekend way out in beautiful Rangeley, there’s the 13th annual New England Pond Hockey Tournament, a yearly celebration of outdoor ice hockey played on real ponds.
But hey — maybe you don’t care about the Superbowl. Maybe you want to watch the Kitten Bowl on Saturday on Hallmark, or the Puppy Bowl on Sunday on Animal Planet. Maybe you want to watch John Malkovich tackle the role of Hercule Poirot on the new Amazon Prime series “The ABC Mysteries,” which premieres on Friday. Maybe you want to watch the new Jake Gyllenhaal movie, “Velvet Buzzsaw,” on Netflix on Friday. Or the highly reviewed new series “Russian Doll,” also on Netflix, also on Friday. The weekend is your oyster, friends!