HER AGAIN | Regina Spektor has aged well. Well, as a lyricist, performer, song writer — I don't know how what she's like as a person. She hasn't drifted into adult contemporary (like Tori did at this point in her career). Years pass between albums, a sign of confidence and care, and yet she doesn't seem to share Fiona's painstaking, blood-ripped-from-a-stone catharsis. And while the disconfigurations of love clearly serve as her primary muse, she never gets half as abstruse or esoteric as Joanna can. Sure, some of last September's full-length, Remember Us To Life, sound like they're lifted off the Titanic soundtrack. Buuuuuut! The majority of it is just as quirky, rhapsodic, and heart-achingly direct as it's ever been. On tracks like "Grand Hotel," the 37-year-old New Yorker sounds like our generation's Billy Joel, but from a woman's perspective. And better.
| $40 adv, $42 day of | 7 p.m. | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | http://www.statetheatreportland.com
THE FIRST ART | After countless hours in front of computer screens and participating in innumerable Facebook comment threads gone horribly wrong, folks today discover the inevitable appreciation for the art of storytelling, with the realization that participating in that medium can often be a humanizing, radical act. Tonight, Mainers can opt in to such a realization by heading up to a spot most agree they should visit more often. At Guthrie's (sometimes styled as She Doesn't Like Guthrie's), Bates professor Michael Sargent hosts another edition of his program The Corner, a terrific engine within the cultural life of Lewiston. Tellers include Ekhlas Ismail Ahmed, a teacher at Casco Bay High School (who recently appeared on the TV show Ellen); Maine Women Magazine's Shannon Bryan; former Onion staffer Chet Clem; SMCC instructor Rosemarie De Angelis; Albanian coffee entrepreneur Mateo Hodo; and Lewiston celebrity ZamZam Mohamud, a certified nursing assistant and member of the Lewiston Public Library board of trustees. Go up for dinner and soak it up.
| $7 | 7 p.m. | Guthries, 115 Middle St., Lewiston | http://www.guthriesplace.com
COOL CIVIL RIGHTS PARTY | In the last month, the ACLU of Maine has spoken out against the budget proposed by Governor LePage (for the unconstitutionality inherent in singling out certain groups who receive general assistance, which the governor proposes to cut). They've issued statements about the distressingly brutal shoot-to-kill approach given Chance David Baker, the 22-year-old who died at the hands of Portland police after reportedly waving a pellet gun around the parking lot of the store he bought it in. And they've opposed two Maine bills, LD 121 and LD 155, which would implement additional hurdles in the process of voting — one requiring Mainers to present photo IDs at the polls and another requiring students to pay additional fees and taxes in order to vote. In Maine and nationally, theirs is some of the most vital work being done right now. Help steer energy their way at a massive Portland-based concert, where wise-ass rapper Spose is the frosting on a wonderful layer cake of local music tonight, one that includes psych-rock duder Jeff Beam, R&B singer Bright Boy, pop-punk trio Weakened Friends, jazz magicians Amarantos Quartet, singer-songwriter Anna Lombard, and synth-pop group Sunset Hearts.
| $10 adv, $15 day of | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portcitymusichall.com
FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC | File under "only in Portland," the old-time jazz group the Fogcutters play with doom-welcoming heavy rock group Eldemur Krimm, who woke fully revived from their harsh slumber a couple years ago. More dissonant local concert pairings like this please.
| $12 adv, $15 day of | 8 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, Portland | http://www.mayostreetarts.org
MR. MOM? | One of the dumbest, most bizarre, and worst-best kids movies (of the generation presently entering deep adulthood) remains Beetlejuice, which taught many Americans the wonders of Winona Ryder (and I guess Michael Keaton), light horror mythology, and the versatility of Harry Belafonte songs. Each are easily revisitable tonight at Allagash Brewery on Industrial Way, which wraps up their winter series of film screenings with Tim Burton's 1988 film.
| $10 ($5 youth 21 & under) | 6 p.m. | Allagash Brewing Company, 50 Industrial Way, Portland | https://fareharbor.com/allagash/
ASK FOR THE WEIRD GANSETT | One of the upsides(?) of being so engrossed in politics all winter is you didn't even realize it's over. Just kidding — it's nowhere near over. But now's the time of the season you can start using that as a conversation starter, and who knows where that road can lead. Often, it's food. (Many roads lead to food.) And Salvage (presently in the running for Best Barbecue on our 100 Best of Portland ballot), has many piles of that worth investigating. What makes tonight special is that they've also got a cluster of men who answer to Tail Light Rebellion, and who play music they describe as "high energy Rust Belt folk-punk." Aiyii.
| FREE | 8 pm | Salvage BBQ, 919 Congress St., Portland | http://www.salvagebbq.com
STOCK UP TO GET DOWN | Just a reminder, folks: Fork Food Lab is here. It's like a five-minute walk from your favorite restaurant, and it hosts 27 different foodmakers under its roof. This morning they kick open the gates to host a spring market, and they do it, rightfully, proudly. Attend, and you're promised to get caught-up on the mechanics of the facility, the progress that co-founders Neil Spillane and Eric Holstein have made over the winter, and the many local purveyors within. Try it for lunch, and sip on some of the St. Paddy's beers rumored to make an appearance.
| 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Fork Food Lab, 72 Parris St., Portland | http://www.forkfoodlab.com
MUST BE NICE | Nearly 20 years since first peddling their trade, the Tarbox Ramblers and their swanky, sinewy Appalachian-inspired blues-folk still betray hints of their humble Yankee beginnings as a Cambridge-area bar band. They're nothing rowdy, but they're good, capable students of the form.
| $15 adv, $20 day of | 8 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | https://onelongfellowsquare.com
HUNKY LITTLE BUNNY | Very little overtly freaky about today's iteration of Devendra Banhart, which is meant less as a dig than a reminder that 2002, when he sounded like a psychotic street singer from a Jodorowsky film, is a long time ago. Today he's chill Nick Drake.
| $25 | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://portcitymusichall.com
GOGOGO BOXCAR | Assuming you're reading this mid-week, there's still time for you to rummage the hallways of your apartment building, or maybe behind the fridge, for enough materials to participate in the 5th Annual Cardboard Box Derby. The early morning race awards prizes for the Fastest Box (three places), but if you're more the bumbling type, you could still take home gold for Best Costume, Most Creative, and Most [People] in a Box. At the very fun Camden Snow Bowl.
| $25 | 8:30 a.m. | 20 Barnestown Rd., Camden | http://www.camdensnowbowl.com
DO YOUR HOMEWORK | Reviewed in full by Megan Grumbling in last week's issue, today's order is to see Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro, a film that marries insights and wisdom from the indispensible American writer James Baldwin to images of black America's fight for equality and civil rights today. Screening twice Friday and three times today at Portland Museum of Art, and more to come in April.
| $8 | 11:30 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m. | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq., Portland | http://www.portlandmuseum.org
COMMON PRACTICE | Hey there, fans of life! Tonight's delicious creamsicle of entertainment comes to us in the form of Boxed Wine? — that's how they style their name, not some oblique commentary on my part. An offshoot of the every-Monday-night comedy program that goes on here called "Worst Night of the Week," Boxed Wine? are a gang of Portland people who similarly perform improv and stand-up comedy, enduringly some of the most difficult and affirming acts of all the human acts. You'll recall your inner musings to the effect of getting away from the computer screen, of radically not participating in the toxic Facebook comment thread. This follows that. With the freed headspace, you're prepared to watch these folks work. If you need me to spoil tonight's episode of The Bachelor to make this work, slide into my DMs.
| $5-10 | 8 p.m. | Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland | http://portcityblue.com
ALMOST RHYMES WITH HOW BIZARRE | If you've made progress on that stack of books this winter, take yourself out to tonight's Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-cha-koocha), a longstanding Maine program where artists, thinkers, and designers present slide-shows and fast-paced stories of the work they do, or the things they're amazed by, in their field. Tonight's theme is "Provoked: Inspired, Moved, Motivated," and we don't know what to expect.
| FREE | 7 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | https://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com
TAKE YOURSELF DOWN | A real slice of heaven for those who love hell, four different avant, black metal and noise bands put their heads together tonight in an effort to build a better society. Spoiler alert: they come up short. New York's out-group Opening Bell; black metal band Apollyon and noise unit Nycterent, both from Maine; and New Hampshire's Northern Curse put a dark little boogie in it.
| $8 | 10 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | www.portlandempire.com
BECOME TICKLED | Speaking of Billy Joel, as I was two thousand words ago, Portland musicians whip up a tribute to that old maestro tonight at Empire. Too soon to tell who's playing, but educated guesses could steer you toward a belief that local ivory-wiggler Kris Rodgers is involved. But that is unsubstantiated info.
| $8 day of | 10 p.m. | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://portlandempire.com
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