POP UP SQUATS | If you want a booty looking like it walked off a Tyga music video, you’ve got to put in the time...and the squats. The social athletes at Booty Bomb are turning the Stroudwater Distillery into a boot camp, so if you want to shape your rump, or just shake off the seasonal lethargy, I suggest you enlist. And if it’s been awhile since you’ve broken a sweat, don’t worry, the instructors here will work at your pace. The best part? A full-service bar and the Mami Food Truck will be on hand to serve you after the workout, but you’ve got to earn it first.
| $30 | 6 pm to 8 pm | Stroudwater Distillery, 4 Thompson’s Pt., Portland | http://www.stroudwaterdistillery.com/
PSYCHEDELIC SAUCE | A rare fungal ear infection known as “psytrance” originated in 1996 by way of two sonic innovators that call themselves the Infected Mushroom, and it's set to re-infect hundreds this month. This Israeli electronic music duo is known for putting on a pretty trippy show: aggressive beats, layers of dreamlike instrumentation, strange samples, and an amorphous structure. Catch this bizarre bug when Infected Mushroom debuts the unrestrained experience of their newest album Return to the Sauce, on a Portland crowd that might not even be ready for it. Prepare your eardrums (and maybe your pineal gland too). International trance star Randy Seidman opens.
| $25 | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portcitymusichall.com/
KICK OFF SHOW | Maine’s own Fall of Rauros have new folk-laden black metal nightmares to share with their new work Vigilance Perennial (check out Nick Schroeder’s take on the album on page TK). They’ll be joined by Obsidian Tongue, purveyors of an organic, apocalyptic, and truly fucked up style of black metal. Also on the bill are the doom-tinged folk collective Ada, and the chamber ensemble Forêt Endormie.
| $10 | 8 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | http://www.space538.org/
STRIPPED DOWN SHOW | If you’ve finally untwisted your knickers over that one-asshole-bouncer-in-Empire drama, then head over there for a wholesome night of original music. Alternative folk artist Dan Tedesco will guide the room through a journey about his music addiction — which has led to the mastery of at least five instruments. Like most great musicians, he too is a misfit, a social outcast. He’s joined by Calen Perkins and Portland’s own Pretty Sad.
| $8 | 9 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portlandempire.com/
VIBRANT SAFE SPACE | The SPACE Gallery is screening an ode to gay New York with Kiki, a film about the beauty and struggle of LGBTQ youth of color in an underground ballroom scene. It’s an honest, if somber, take on the gay house scene. Recommended.
| FREE | 7 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | http://www.space538.org/
The visually and audibly arresting Sofia Talvik. Photo by Tiffany Thoelke.
SHIVERS FROM SCANDINAVIA | Enter Sofia Talvik, a Swedish singer/musician described as “a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy with a twang of Americana.” She’ll be performing her special niche of folk music to a small crowd at Blue, and soothing all their souls in the meantime. When you hear the Siren’s song, you can’t help but dive into her cold and mysterious waters. Talvik’s music is bright, passionate, thought-provoking, and sorely missing from your sonic diet.
| one-drink-minimum | 8 pm | Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland | http://portcityblue.com/
Waka Flocka's newest music video, "Workin", is intense AF.
NO HANDS | Hot 104.7 Maine has resurrected a rapper whose time in the international spotlight was about five years ago with the release of singles No Hands, and Hard In The Paint. Yes, I’m talking about Waka Flocka Flame, the dude whose barks and beats you’ve probably slammed down many a shot to. He’s back in the mainstream discourse on the heels of a new album called Flockaveli 2 (and an intense beef with Gucci Mane). Prepare for a decisively rowdy experience.
| $30 | 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | http://www.statetheatreportland.com/
Dave Gutter of Rustive Overtones unleashing that signature voice.
OUR TREASURE | Perhaps Maine’s most worthwhile export to the rock and soul scene, the Rustic Overtones, are swinging back through home country for a show. Let sounds of Dave Gutter's smooth but gravely voice and his ass-kickin backup brass follow you all the way home. They’ll be performing their 2012 album Let’s Start A Cult from start to finish. They’ll be joined by the circus punk powerhouse of Bella’s Bartok, a genuine conspiracy to get shy people everywhere dancing.
| $20 | 9 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | http://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com/
GRAB A PEPSI | It’s time for another protest. With our daily news cycle inundated with fresh scandals and controversies, it’s easy to forget the old unresolved ones. Like President Trump’s tax returns -- what up with them? Why haven’t they been released? How long is this IRS audit going to take, and why isn’t the public told anything at all about the investigation? The people want answers, and they’re planning on demanding them at another protest that starts at City Hall. It’s time to put a stamp on this conspiracy of Russian business ties as either fact or fiction, once and for all. Show up.
| FREE | noon to 1:30 pm | Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland
A SERIOUS ACT | Emanuel Ax, described as a master of the concert stage, and universally respected piano player is scheduled to make a triumphant return to Portland today. He’s bringing with him masterful live renditions of solo works by Franz Schubert, Samuel Adams, and Frédéric Chopin. Students get in for $15. That’s a sweet deal for this classical culture bomb.
| $50 | 3 pm | Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland | http://portlandovations.org/
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin play tradional music for modern audiences.
NEW SCHOOL | They’re youthful, energetic, and know how to squeeze the life out of a fiddle, a guitar, and a hand drum. They’re Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, a trio from Canada’s Prince Edward Island who aims to give traditional music that modern edge it needs to stay relevant in 2017. “We’re less anchored in traditional structures, the way many players assemble dance sets,” said Rowen Gallant, one of the trio’s string players. “We’ve left them by the wayside. We retain the melodic elements, but we’re not opposed to messing with things.” Sometimes moody, sometimes raucous and prone to some serious stomping; Ten Strings and a Goat Skin will make you feel all the feels.
| $18 | 8 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | https://onelongfellowsquare.com/
HAPPINESS NOW | Swing by Geno’s for release show of Wedding Camps’ new EP, Clear Fizzy Things. Female fronted, soaked in lo-fi sounds and a soft punk attitude, Wedding Camp unpretentiously oozes with coolness. They’re joined by Portland friends Cadaverette, Ossalot, and Notches. Grab a beer and open up to some local tunes will ya?
| $5 | 9 pm | Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland
YOU GOT A PROBLEM | Xander Nelson’s punchy melodic rock band is also throwing an album release concert, just down the street from Geno’s at Empire. These dudes are going to rock out by debuting A Dull Roar, and they're going to look dapper as hell doing it. Also on the bill is the Johnny Cash-inspired Americana band Love to Burn, and local death punks Covered In Bees.
| $7 | 10 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portlandempire.com/
LAUGHTER PLEASE | When comedians like Louis CK and Dave Chappelle — whom liberals usually love — get dragged on social media for jokes that go too far, you might ask yourself: where do we draw the line? In this time of hyper-political correctness, how are our local comedians faring? How do the navigate the balance between what’s funny and what’s too offensive? By sticking to weed jokes? Portland’s own Ian Stuart (who’s picked up some impressive national cred over the years) will host a comedy night with a rotating cast of funny men and women. Let’s see what they’re made of.
| $4 | 7:30 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portlandempire.com/
JUST RELAX | George Winston plays the piano three ways — melodic rural folk style, stride style inspired by Teddy Wilson, and New Orleans R&B style — and does it all with the excellence that only comes from decades of practice. His mastery of the keys can provide the background for a nice, chill night. No drama. Just a cocktail and the soft drip like melodies of a great pianist. Do you deserve it?
| $35 | 7:30 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | https://onelongfellowsquare.com/
Joshua and Ryan, the Minimalists, say that their movement is about "the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which actually aren’t things at all."
LESS IS NOW | Having just spent an entire day last week donating nearly half of my possessions (including furniture, books, media, and clothes) I can sense there’s something to the whole “minimalist movement.” It’s liberating in a way, to know that all my belongings can fit into 2-3 bags and I can take off and live anywhere at a moment's notice. I have no mortgage, or car payments tying me down either. In 2017, too much of our wealth, identity, and physical space is tied to material objects. Joshua and Ryan, filmmakers and speakers of the “Minimalist Movement” are touring through Portland to share their wisdom on an intimidating, but ultimately rewarding alternative to the American dream.
| $27 | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portcitymusichall.com/
Face it, this 13-year old Kazakh girl is probably more badass than you'll ever be. Screenshot from "The Eagle Huntress" - Sony Pictures.
A SOARING TALE | Ready to be floored by an exhilarating and visually epic documentary about a young eagle huntress from Kazakh? The PMA is screening The Eagle Huntress, which Vice Magazine has lauded as a “breathtaking documentary that shows when we encourage our daughters, amazing things happen." This cultural treat is screening all week.
| $8 | 11:30 am | The Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq., Portland | http://www.portlandmuseum.org/
ART FOR EARTH | Do you ever go outside? Do you like it out there? It’s pretty depressing (and infuriating) that we still have to rally to convince others that climate change is indeed a thing that’s happening. But we do. Radical action is needed to support the EPA and other climate change initiatives that Trump has either gutted or undermined. Join the Artist’s Rapid Response Team and make signs, puppets, and other visual aids for the People’s Climate March in Augusta and Washington D.C. And because protestors are typically fueled by pizza, Flatbread has donated some slices of their sweet, thin and delicious pies. Yum. Part of the GET READY WEEKLY art residency at SPACE throughout this month (read Nick Schroeder's interview with GRW principals Erin Colleen Johnson and Marieke Van Der Steenhoven on page TK.)
| FREE | 5:30 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.space538.org/
BRILLIANT BEATS | Because it was so popular last year, local DJs Dirty Keys, Zimbra and DoomsdayJ will spin some post punk and synth pop hits for their 2nd Annual Talking Heads night. They’re hard to categorize but easy to dance to. Props to Flask for not only hosting consistent and free dance nights but also for keeping that new wave spirit alive-n-kickin.
| FREE | 8 pm | Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St., Portland | http://flasklounge.com/
Zachary Mullin (AKA Stay On Mars) is more than just a Portland rapper; he's a community organizer, activist, and youth educator. Photo by: Jackie Spencer.
INTROSPECTIVE CYPHERS | Monday of the Minds, Portland premiere hip hop night delivers in both style and substance. They’re moving the show to Empire for one week to accommodate Cryptic Wisdom, a deep-thinking kind of rapper touring from Tuscon Arizona. Other acts include James Grant, Ill Murray, and Portland’s faithful trap-hop artist, cultural critic and founder of Monday of the Minds, Stay on Mars. Get your brain fed behind a sick beat.
| $7 | 9 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portlandempire.com/
WAR SUCKS | Did you know that today is the International Day Against Military Spending & National Peace Action's Move the Money Campaign Day? Me neither. Maine Resists will be tabling all day with the hopes of inspiring others to join the anti-war effort. To some degree, we’re disconnected from reality in peaceful ol’ Maine, but it’s important to be reminded that our tax dollars often end up funding death and despair around the world.
| FREE | noon | Monument Square, Portland | http://www.maineresists.org/
Rene Johnson can teach even those with two left feet how to dance with grace and confidence.
CONFIDENCE BOOST | Chances are you either know how to dance or you don’t; there’s really no in-between. Furthermore, if you can’t dance you’ve probably made peace with it and reconciled with the fact that dancefloors will forever be foreign territory for you. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The talented and exuberant local artist Rene Johnson, artistic director of the Theater Ensemble of Color, is hosting a class called “Dancing For Non-Dancers.” Don’t be shy; all you need are two working legs.
| $35 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm | Acorn Productions, 519 Congress St., Portland | https://acornproductionsportland.wordpress.com/
COME ON DOWN | If you’re a '90s kid, you’ve likely fantasized about winning money on the "Big Wheel" from The Price is Right. I certainly did. With a bizarre mix of optimism and bewilderment, I learned this week that The Price is Right tours with an interactive stage show, and it’s coming to Maine! Portlanders will get a chance to play all those wacky stage games, and actually win money, appliances, cars, and vacations. Are you feeling lucky?
| $39 | 7:30 pm | Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland | https://tickets.porttix.com/
CREATURE COMFORTS | If you don’t think that the Kora Shrine Circus is in the business of animal abuse and exploitation, then you can head over to their last couple of performances in blissful ignorance. This day marks the last of their Portland visits this year.
| $12 | 2 pm and 7 pm | Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Sq., Portland | http://korashriners.org/circus/
CULTURAL CONFECTION | Talented musicians take you places inside your head. Great ones accomplish even more. The Argentinian folk artist Richard Shindell writes songs that “paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be.” You’re in for a treat with this one, trust me.
| $30 | 8 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | https://onelongfellowsquare.com/
Kishi Bashi is touring with his new album Sonderlust "a rapturous mix of '70s soft rock, disco and synth pop."
HEARTBROKEN HUMANS | The indie strangeling and multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi has crafted an album from globs of his heart and shreds of his soul. It’s called Sonderlust, and it’s staggeringly creative and quite adventurous for clear-cut pop-rock. The violin gymnastics and deeply emotive storytelling present on the album might have something to do with its mysterious quality. Tall Tall Trees are set to open.
| $17 | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portcitymusichall.com/
LOOKING AHEAD | There are many hip happenings coming down the arts/entertainment/nightlife pipeline, but you’re going to have to wait until next week for details. Here’s a preview of some Portland events that have caught my eye: one of the greatest forces of Irish music hits the State Theatre; Ian Stuart is releasing his 4/20 themed comedy album; the real life Catch Me If You Can con-man Frank Abagnale Jr. is going to give a talk on security at USM; Mighty Mystic is set to perform and host a big reggae party at Port City; and noise act Wolf Eyes is set to chill spines at SPACE Gallery.