8 Days A Week (149)

8 Days A Week: Time Machines, Politically Conscious Comedy, and the Fight of a Generation

THURSDAY 24 FLASHBACK | In these anxiety-inducing times, where it seems that World War III, Civil War II, or domination from technological overlords could each easily be over the horizon, many of us are missing our youth. If you’re a '90s kid like me, you probably yearn for those simpler times, back when your only concern was pulling a rare Pokémon card from a booster pack and making it home from school on time to…

8 Days a Week: Disney Burlesque, Haitian Pop, and Showin' Up

THURSDAY 17   FINGERS CROSSED FOR URSULA | In a reckless world, onight's burlesque show is something you can put some faith in. Produced by the smart, silly, multimedia-friendly Voulez-Vous Cabaret, who've become one of the foremost such troupes in the city, audiences by now know they're not getting an old-school, male-gazey show complete with hot cars, leopard prints, and pin-up girls. Tonight's act has broader designs. And, titled Bippity Boppity Boobs, it packs a…

8 Days A Week: Dead Whales, Resurrected Goddesses, and Other Hallucinations

THURSDAY 10   ATLANTIC INJUSTICE | The sixth screening in the Portland Public Library’s free Point of View Documentary Series commences this night, offering a break from an otherwise stressful and menial existence. Watch it, and step into the lives of others who undoubtedly have it worse off than you, but still manage to be more interesting. That’s because the film, The Islands and the Whales, follows the people of the North Faroe Islands and…

8 Days a Week: Rainbows, Moonlight, Ghost Stories, and Dark Stars

THURSDAY 3 PICTORIAL BUCKET LIST | Maine folks could soon be running out of chances to see Moonlight, Barry Jenkins's gripping 2016 coming-of-age tale about a young black man growing up in Miami. The Best Picture Oscar-winner ran through Portland months ago, but Frontier twinkles a week of screenings at us from up north, with scattered times through August 6. See it tonight at 7 pm. | $8 ($7 seniors/students) | Thu-Fri 7 pm; Sat-Sun 3…

8 Days a Week: Beer Festivals, Country Dads, and Radical Compassion

THURSDAY 27   LET IT DRIPPETH | All damn day, the folks at the Oxbow facility in Portland host a tap intrusion by Jester King, a farmhouse brewery outta Austin, Texas, said to eff around with fermentation and weird cultures. The Jester King folks have brought five strains of their beer for us to sip on. If one of them is the Atrial Rubicite — which boasts a quite-high rating on Beer Advocate — then…

8 Days A Week: Distant Clams, Tough Stories, and a Sprinkling of Wes Anderson

THURSDAY 20   ART BRINGETH TOGETHER | If you haven't driven by the cheerfully Lego-tastic sculpture adjacent the Portland Museum of Art along High Street, God bless you. It's the work of Ogunquit-based Jonathan Borofsky (who'd surely be annoyed I called his work Lego-tastic, but how do you describe art to the amorphous and indifferent masses?) The piece is a lovely meditation on the interconnectedness of society, and the Boston-raised Borofsky himself is a master…

8 Days: Arctic Activism, Drum Therapy, Jungle Quests, and Exploding Heads

THURSDAY 13   The cover of Miho Aida's book which features the work of several photographers documenting the lives of Indigenous peoples in the Arctic.   ARCTIC ACTION | You should get familiar with Miho Aida. She’s a Japanese activist and filmmaker who’s devoted most of her career to amplifying the voices of women of color in environmentalism, a field where they typically don’t get a lot of recognition. Aida’s biking from Washington DC to…

8 Days a Week: MTV Criticism, Comedy Duos, and Kurosawa Classics

THURSDAY 6 EVERYTHING IS COMPLICATED | Among the many forums the world needs is one where sensible, woke-ass people can talk in person about how bizarre, amazing, and fucked up pop music videos can be. Wait, we got that. This evening, journalist Nadia Prupis and art critic Jenna Crowder (of the Maine arts journal The Chart) return with their series MTV Crits!, dissecting videos by Mykke Blanco, Grace Jones, Jenny Lewis, and Double Duchess, this…

8 Days a Week: Illusionist Bros, Tarantula Bros, and Slightly Stoopid Bros

THURSDAY 29 LIFT YR PALMS | In these days of dread and distrust, we cherish the occasion to spin your partner round and round. Tonight at the State Street Church, an old fashioned contra-dance can serve as a vital reminder that your neighbors are real, and their hands are just as sweaty as yours. 7 pm | FREE | United Church of Christ, 143 State St., Portland | www.portlandintowncontradance.com   Screenshot from "Reflection Unheard: Black…

8 Days A Week: Decolonization Lessons, Coal Studies, and Girl Talk

THURSDAY 22 SOLAR OBLIVION | President Trump says he loves coal miners. He’s also said, at various points along the campaign, that he loves “the Hispanics, the Evangelicals, the Mexican people, the wounded warriors, the generals, the Saudis, the Mormons, and the poorly educated.” As voting blocs go, those in coal mining country are pretty high up there, and the 24 percent increase in American coal production over last year at this time (according to…
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