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

The New Pornographers $32-37 | Saturday 22, 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | www.statetheatreportland.com The New Pornographers $32-37 | Saturday 22, 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | www.statetheatreportland.com

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 of contemporary installation, his towering works permanently on public display in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Munich, and Los Angeles. Tonight, hear a talk about Borofsky's work and the piece he designed for Portland, said to connect the city to San Francisco, Vancouver, and Beijing, with independent curator Patterson Sims and the artist himself. | FREE | 6:30 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq. Portland | www.portlandmuseum.org

TELLING | Reliably entertaining is tonight's Sound Bites program, which collects hot personalities, amateur storytellers, and Moth StorySlam champions. Put on by the venerable Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Lewiston's telling series The Corner, tonight's program consists of tales on the prompt of "Out of the Frying Pan, and Into the Fire," and features Portland writer Kari Wagner-Peck, Moth GrandSlam champion Erin Barker, Sound Bites returnee and Auburn resident Alia Abdulahi, Moth winner and counselor Kevin Gallagher, and Biddeford's Ryan Fecteau, the youngest openly gay representative in the state. | $9 | 7:30 pm | Frontier, 14 Maine St., Brunswick | www.explorefrontier.com

REPORTING IN | In December of 2016, the artistic director of upstart Portland theater troupe 60 Grit set out to collect stories of men and women in long-term recovery. Informed by personal experience and a faith in the healing power of storytelling and theater, the company set out to find actors to use the stories as source material to devise original theater on this difficult theme. Described as "part whimsy, part physical theater," the play, titled Unsinkable, runs for one weekend only at the Portland Ballet Studio on Forest Avenue. Tickets are $15, but tonight's preview is $10. | $10-15 | Thu-Sun 7:30 pm | Portland Ballet Studio, 517 Forest Ave., Portland | http://60grit.brownpapertickets.com/

FRIDAY 21

BODY OF WORK | The SPACE Gallery artist-in-residence, Keijaun Thomas, a femme-identifying artist who creates live performances and multimedia oscillations that, she says, function as social tools. In her own words, Thomas "makes work primarily about and for a black and brown audience," deploying symbols, histories and referents "that construct notions of Black identity within black personhood." Having shown work New York, L.A., Paris, Taipei, Saskatechewan, Miami, and many other places around the globe, Thomas performs her original work-in-progress work — a visceral piece involving nudity, spoken word, and music titled "My Last American Dollar" — tonight at 6. | FREE | 6 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.space538.org

COUNT YOUR VALVES | That's right, it's the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Now in its 52nd year (a shocking thing if you think about it), the annual summer fete doesn't seem to have suffered from the obvious elephant-in-the-room regarding the state's clam harvest. Launching tonight at 10 pm, you know what you're getting with this one. | FREE | 10 pm through the weekend | Yarmouth Clam Festival, 162 Main St. Yarmouth | www.clamfestival.com

PASSED OUT IN THE STORM | I'd be lying if I didn't say I spent my first few years as a teenager eagerly anticipating Portland appearances by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. I'd also be lying if I didn't see many of Portland's now-upstanding citizens also waiting in line, wearing similarly ugly clothing. I'd even be lying if I said there wasn't a tattered cassette out there of a very youthful band I played in covering a song by Bosstones' singer Dicky Barrett's first band, the unfathomably crucial and utterly listenable '80s hardcore group Impact Unit. The jury may still be out if the Bosstones' brand of post-punk, frat-ready, ska-core aged well, but the times certainly did. For a band obsessed with drinking and devil-worship whose singer made do with a truly unlistenable voice, they were a remarkably positive band. (Dicky Barrett once snuck a 13-year-old me in to a sold out show — I've got nothing bad to say about him.) On what might very well be their last tour, see if those memories don't hold up. | FREE | 8 pm | Aura, 121 Center St., Portland | www.auramaine.com

 

YOUTH SAY | The ever-ambitious youth crew Kesho Wazo and their voracious art appetites have generated their own festival this weekend, kicking off tonight with a "multi-faith blessing" in Fox Field in Bayside's Kennedy Park, that may or may not dissolve into a dance party. They encourage all attendees to wear white and bring flags of countries represented by Mainers from around the globe. The three-day weekend festival continues with a kickball game Saturday and a community clean-up Sunday. | $10-20 donation | 6 pm | Fox Field at Kennedy Park, Fox & Anderson Sts., Portland | https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wazo-fest-tickets-35902871455

 

SATURDAY 22

PRINT YOUR LIFE OUT | The wonderful Portland-based art collective Pickwick Independent Press hosts a festival of their original works and others' today in Congress Square Park. If your living room (or bathroom or foyer) needs some sprucing, head over. | FREE | 10 am to 2 pm | Congress Square Park, Portland | https://www.pickwickindependentpress.com/

COSMIC VIBES ARE A PLUS | What's that? Another homegrown festival? Giddy up. The first annual Cosmic Bridge Festival smushes bands like Nuclear Bootz, the Bumbling Woohas, Lacuna, Burr, Safe/Word, and many others together for a hopefully fun day in the sun. A lot of these groups are a year or two old, and many of them make up the vanguard of Portland's indie-, post-, or whatever-rock scene. Live a little, friends! | FREE | 8:30 pm | Thomas Knight Park, 18 Ocean St., South Portland

 

OUT GO THE LIGHTS | Of course, tonight's major order of business is the return of snazzy-ass rock band Spoon, debatably one of the most popular groups in the world the last five years (to folks equipped with a particular wiring of radar). They play with the resurgent New Pornographers, the power-pop project of Neko Case and A.C. Newman, whose new album, Whiteout Conditions, is too good to consider arriving to the State Theatre late. In fact, you're gonna need to pregame for this around 4 pm, as the psych-rock musician Jeff Beam opens this one, a cosmic reward for throwing a Spoon afterparty two years ago that caught the attention of frontman Britt Daniel and made national news. | $32-37 | 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | www.statetheatreportland.com

 

SUNDAY 23

MANY PATHS | Oddly, the singer Chuck Mosely, a one-time member of Bad Brains and Faith No More, appears at Mathew's tonight, playing songs on an acoustic tour. If the shoe fits, wear it. | 7 pm | Mathew's Pub, 133 Free St., Portland

MAKESHIFT PICNIC | If the sun be roaring and your belly be dancing, head to Slab this afternoon as the Grateful Dead devotees of A Band Beyond Description, who've been summoning Jerry vibes since 2000, play an outdoor set. Doesn't hurt that the pizza's unfuckwithable, either. | 3 pm | Slab, 25 Preble St., Portland | www.slabportland.com

MONDAY 24

GATHER ROUND | Indie pop songwriter Chris Robley’s storytelling series, Verses Vs. Verses returns this week, with a showcase of the creative musings of three interesting locals. Fitting the new theme of “Fun House,” singer/songwriter Emilia Dahlin, songstress Hannah Daman, and poet Rachel Contreni Flynn will share what words and ideas they’ve linked together. | FREE | 5:30 pm | Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland | http://portcityblue.com/

FOR THE BEES | Some of the toughest words that Spelling Bee competitors have had to spell out over the years include unattractive words like xanthosis, logorrhea, pococurante, and chiaroscurist. Yes, those are real words but don’t ask us what they mean, because we already forgot. Hopefully the words at Arcadia's Intoxicated Spelling Bee are bit more palatable because if not, the 15 people signed up for the challenge won’t be able to spit them out — especially all boozed up. But hey, isn’t that the fun of it? | FREE | 8 pm | Arcadia National Bar, 24 Preble St., Portland | http://arcadiaportland.com/

TUESDAY 25


LA VIDA LOCA |
For better or for worse, hot '90s pop hits will likely stay branded in the memory of most millennials and Gen Xers. Will we ever forget the words to such timeless odes to youth like “Wonderwall,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and even “...Baby One More Time”? Probably not. Stride confidently down memory lane when singer/songwriter Caroline Cotter resurrects nostalgic songs from the '90s with a little help from Monique Barrett, Connor Garvey, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, Jed Bresette, Ashley Storrow, Dave Richardson, Michael Howard, William Joseph Jiordan, and Joel Thetford.
| FREE | 5:30 pm | Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland | http://portcityblue.com/

STRANGER THINGS | Maybe your week needs a solid dose of weirdness. The Urban Farm’s got you covered with a cheap show featuring a solid lineup of big-thinkers adept at sounds waves in the fringe-genres. Guiding you through this night of kombucha-n-dance fueled introspection is the experimental psychedelic pop artist Count Vaseline, the three piece electronic brotherhood of Lyokha, and the oddly beguiling vocals of the Asthmatic, aka Sigrid Harmon. Come feel all the feels. | $10 | 7:30 pm | Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland

WEDNESDAY 26

WITH YOUR BEST SHOT | Here’s a rare chance to see one of the '80s boldest and most distinctive rock 'n' roll lovebirds perform their greatest hits live and in the flesh. Transport yourself back to the golden age of MTV when the powerhouse duo of Pat Benatar and her guitar wizard husband Neil Giraldo take the stage at the Maine State Pier during their “We Ride For Love” tour. | $25-80 | 6-9 pm | Maine State Pier, Portland | http://mainestatepier.boxoffice-tickets.com/

IRANIAN ACTION | For some reason, many Westerners are surprised to learn that Iran has snowy capped mountains, let alone skiers and snowboarders. It’s almost like the country is reduced to a desert wasteland stereotype in the minds of some ignorant Americans, despite featuring beautiful and varied environments. In reality, Iran is a superb spot for action sports; plenty of people skate, ski, and surf there. Broaden your horizons just a tiny bit with the Maine Surfers Union, as they watch and discuss an adrenaline-pumping series of mini-docs titled, We Ride In Iran. | FREE | 6:30 pm | Oxbow Blending and Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland | http://oxbowbeer.com/

UNITED ALLIES | Resisting oppression often comes with legal consequences. Explore the pros, costs, and risks associated with confrontation and protest, during this Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant book release and talk. The Portland CONFRONT Community Network and the Tilted Scales Collective will lay down the framework to “combat state repression and come out stronger as a result.” This learning experience couldn’t have come at a better time. | FREE | 7 pm | Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland | https://www.fermentory.com/

COLORS GALORE | The next film in Bayside Bowl’s Summer Rooftop Series is a delightful one. Folks there are screening Wes Anderson’s latest movie (and instant classic) The Grand Budapest Hotel. Even if you don’t find the antics between legendary European hotel concierge Monsieur Gustave and his lobby boy Moustafa unpredictably amusing, you’ll be floored by the film’s colorful and meticulously thought out cinematography. Seriously, almost every frame of this film could double as a painting. | FREE | 8 pm | Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland | https://www.baysidebowl.com/

THURSDAY 27

DOGGIE DAYS | This summer feels like it’s flying by; that’s not just us right? Take advantage of the warm air and plant yourself on Slab’s patio for an evening jam sesh with the Latin inspired band Primo Cubano. Next Thursday offers plenty of other cultural escapes from the daily grind including a Fleet Foxes concert on Thompson’s Point, and the continuation of the well received POV Summer movies series at the PMA. Hmmm, what else does Portland got going on? The Global Shapers Hub are hosting a conversation and SPACE Gallery, that we all should be having more often, to be honest: how do we empower young people to stay living and working in Maine? Apart from that, we’ll tell you where to get the best beer and oyster deals, and what’s up with the resurgence of Pecha Kucha shows lately. Catch the details between these pages in about 8 days.

Last modified onMonday, 24 July 2017 14:26