ART IN SPADES | In this unconventional and attractive pairing, the Maine artist Martha Miller shows her stunning self-portrait paintings and textile pieces — which she says are inspired by dream images, spiritual connections to the outer world, and "dark inner realms" — in an exhibition alongside performers of Portland's Theater Ensemble of Color, who model on a floor stylized in the day's political parlance as the Pussycat Walk. Miller's exhibition runs through April 29, but this one-night-only affair is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
| by donation | 7 p.m. | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland | http://mayostreetarts.org
ELEVATED | Deep night, chill with Portland synthwave collective Lyokha, who's on some other shit lately, as they bless the Jewel Box with lush and wispy beats. An excellent backdrop for your frank feelings, part of the bar's Thursday night SYNTH series.
| FREE | 10 p.m. | The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box, 644 Congress St., Portland
WAREHOUSE DRAMA | A cadre of local actors storm Urban Farm Fermentory tonight to host Love's Labour's Lost, an inspired original production of a Shakespearean play you likely haven't seen, with some of the city's finest and bravest young actors. Stamped by the new dramatic troupe Sound and Fury Productions. Playing tonight and Saturday in Bayside, and on the cheap.
| pay-what-you-can | 7:30 pm | Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St. | https://www.facebook.com/soundandfuryportland/
RISE UP | The 2017 Empower the Immigrant Woman conference is an all-day event that shares the stories and experiences of New Mainers and migrant women who have emerged as leaders in their communities, through social organizing, entrepreneurial efforts, or character. The conference is a brainchild of Mufalo Chitam, who came to Portland in 2000 by way of her home country of Zambia after doing work for Child Fund International, an American-based organization, outside her capital city of Lusaka. Selected by a committee of social stakeholders from throughout the Portland community, the Empower the Immigrant Woman conference features a panel of "trailblazers," who discuss workplace needs, resources, advocacy and accountability in the Portland work landscape, the challenges they face in getting their entrepreneurial efforts off the ground, and the leadership qualities they've accrued in their lives both abroad and in Maine. This year's five trailblazers are inspiring. There's Edith Flores from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, a former migrant farmworker who emigrated to the U.S. when she was nine and started the nonprofit outreach organization Mano en Mano. Somalia's Fowsia Musse came to Maine in 2003, where she's been an advocate for victims of abuse in Lewiston and served on their City Council's Immigrant and Refugee Integration and Policy Development Working Group. Burundi's Claudette Ndayininahaze came to Maine four years ago and founded In Her Presence, a group for young immigrant women. Lewiston's Parivash Rohani, originally from Iran, organized against hate groups attacking the Lewiston-Auburn's Somali community in 2003, is a member of Welcoming Maine and helped organize Portland's World Refugee Day. And Bakhita Saabino came to the States from war-torn South Sudan in 2000, and keeps community with the groups Azande Community of Maine and Boston's My Sister's Keeper. The day conference is free — though donations are accepted — while an evening gala at Congregation Bet Ha'am allows attendees to hang with the trailblazers.
| by donation | 9 a.m-1 p.m. | University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, Portland | http://www.empowerimmigrantwoman.org/
WORDS ABOUT WORDS | Celebrate the deep literary virtues (or the fact that you once used to read books) tonight in the center of town, as the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance presents a reading of three distinguished writers from the Maine Literary Awards. They include fiction writer Douglas W. Milliken, poet David Sloan, and essayist Penny Guisinger, an editor at the literary nonfiction magazine Brevity. Tonight's reading, titled "Short & Sweet," should get your imagination going. You'll need it in the months to come.
| 6 p.m. | Longfellow Books, 1 Monumen Way, Portland | http://www.longfellowbooks.com
HOT TIP | According to a cult movement on Twitter, if a dude texts a woman the first line of the third verse of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" — apropos of nothing, mind you — and she texts him back the second line, then you know the love is for real. Not making that shit up, dude! Try it as part of your research for tonight's "Tribute to Notorious B.I.G." at Empire, performed live by Dray Sr. and DJ Steady.
$10 | 9 p.m. | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://portlandempire.com
FLIPPIN' | A solid zine festival is generally pudding-ready proof that a city's art scene is healthy and nourished. Portland still could use a little more meat on its bones, but efforts like this weekend's Zine Market Flea Fair, put together by some truly smokin' folks, is a good place to find out. This is a two-day thang, so if you can't make it 11 to 5 Saturday, then may the great gods of FOMO carry you here this afternoon.
| FREE | 2-7 p.m. | you're gonna have to look up this address online | https://commonfield.org/member/n-e-w-f-r-u-i-t
REPRESENTING | From Canada, the trio A Tribe Called Red has been making heavy, politically engaged electronic music, blending modern beats, hip hop, and traditional indigenous pow wow drumming and vocals. They began this in 2011, and almost immediately gained power among native youth movements and smart people. Today, they represent the sound of a new voice for aboriginal rights and visibility. Their album, We Are the Halluci Nation, comes recommended with their show tonight at Port City Music Hall.
| $15-18 | 8 p.m. | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portcitymusichall.com
POWERFUL STUFF | The rise and fall of Amy Winehouse remains one of the more powerful mythologies in modern music. The star London singer passed in her prime suggests that tributes to her work, like tonight's at Portland House of Music, won't go away anytime soon. A Night of Amy Winehouse features local musicians Gina Alibrio, Owen Conforte, Colin Winsor, Jon Truman, Fred Copeman, Susanne Gerry, Jenny Guiggey, Andrew Doody, James Hebert, Matt Day, and Amanda Tubbs. Yeh.
| FREE | 7 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | https://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com
EXODUS | Imagine a world where every musician is an introspective, soul-searching white dad. Terrible! Thankfully, that's not the world we're in — that's only roughly 60 percent of recorded music — so we can therefore appreciate the lifelong stars of the genre without risk of oversaturation. Tonight, local emulators perform the music of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, two former prog artists whose egos were too large to be contained in a single group (Genesis) and so instead split off into separate cosmos. Tonight's Clash of the Titans is worth it to see if someone takes on "Invisible Touch."
| $6 | 10 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | www.portlandempire.com
DO YOUR WORK | If you haven't sat in on a meeting with the Greater Portland chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), tonight's a good opportunity. At the Maine Irish Heritage Center, the group hosts a primer and community discussion on the topic and necessity of direct action in political protest, with a reminder that Maine allies — namely, white people — need to bear the responsiblity for confronting injustice, even when it's difficult, awkward, or controversial. "Direct Action is Never Popular," the community event, runs from 6 to 8 p.m and is free.
| 8 pm | Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland | https://www.facebook.com/greaterportlandSURJ
ICAL UP | The State Theatre just announced a slew of big ticket shows this summer, including Ween, Wilco, Pixies, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket (with Jaw Gems), Fleet Foxes, and the Shins. Spend tonight making yourself and a loved one spaghetti so that you can save up for those tickets.
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