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 little something extra for those into getting weird with Disney lore. | $15adv, $20 day of | 9 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | www.portlandhouseofmusic.com
COME TO LIFE | Little known fact about Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell's 1998 musical that centers a gender nonconforming musician during the fall of the Berlin Wall, is that it was built in rock clubs instead of in a theater. As the story goes, Mitchell and lyricist Stephen Trask insisted that the show required a certain propulsive energy you couldn’t conjure in rehearsals alone, and felt (correctly) that ‘90s rock clubs had an urgency missing from standard theater musicals. We can only imagine that the team at Cast Aside Productions, who mount the modern classic this weekend and next in the Portland Ballet Studio, bring that same touch to this show, which Portland audiences haven't seen in years.| $25-40 | August 17-26, Thu-Sat 8 pm | Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Congress St., Portland | www.castasideproductions.com
SEE FOR DAYS | Protests are important to defend these days, but life is so nuanced that you can protest without even knowing it. For instance, if enough folks gather in Fort Allen Park tonight to see long-running reggae band/ stewards of chill Royal Hammer, nothing will happen. But it may shape broader opinion among the powers-that-be that this particular park is an invaluable part of public city life — particularly its view. And placing condos in its way would be like insisting a death metal guitarist play through Royal Hammer's set. Not chill.| FREE | 6:30 pm | Fort Allen Park, North St., Portland
COMPLEX RHYTHMS | The New York singer Taina Asili specializes in AfroCaribbean rock and reggae, and her band, a five-piece unit called La Banda Rebelde, contains former Mainer Dylan Blanchard, formerly of the flamenco-folk band Olas. Continuing a tradition of poetic, politically astute genre-hopping that rarely travel up here much, her show in the outdoor dancing space at midtown pizza-place Slab should feel early weekend-right.| FREE | 7 pm | Slab, 25 Preble St., Portland | www.slabportland.com
TAKE TO THE AIR | Out on the outstretches of town, Circus Maine readies their bi-monthly cabaret, a weekend's worth of aerial events, juggling, clowning, acrobatics, and more. Situated in the increasingly all-purpose entertainment complex at Thompson's Point, families numbering one person to a dozen could hang at one of these three-weekend shows, as food trucks, music by the Hadocol Bouncers, and alcohol is all within reach.| $12-16 | Fri-Sat 7 pm; Sun 4 pm | Circus Maine, Thompson's Point, Portland | www.circusmaine.org
INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENTS | Recall how hungry the world was in the year 2000 for an obscure martial arts film set in the Qing Dynasty in the eighteenth century. Now what in your life are you that hungry for? Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon grossed over $213 million, though the profit margins counted among filmgoers hearts are incalculable. Expounded from a piece of sixth-century Yu Xin poetry and beautifully shot with dialogue in Mandarin, it's a major touchstone of film lore, and according to many one of its precious gems. See it in public tonight, where you can try to grab one of those oversized, crayon-colored wooden chairs. | FREE | 8:15 pm | Congress Square Park, Portland | http://congresssquarepark.org
LIFETIME SALT DIET | Long ago, the inimitable Boston songwriter Thalia Zedek fronted the gritty, moody, haunting post-punk bands Uzi, Live Skull and Come. Those Since, she's amassed a good 20 years of work as a solo artist — including some heart-wrenching albums on Sub Pop and otherwise. These past few years, Zedek co-fronting a noisy garage-blues trio called A Band Called E, with Jason Sanford of Neptune and Gavin McCarthy of Karate. The three play a show as part of a live studio recording at Bayside's tape recording studio Prism Analog. Should be intimate as hell, and watching musicians who've spent 75 percent of their lives making noise is a beautiful thing.
| $5 | 8 pm | Prism Analog, 222 Anderson St., Portland | www.prismanalog.com
ATLANTIC MUSIC | In the bygone days of this city, the Maine-folk band Devonsquare were one of the premier (read: only) bands around. The New England trio of Tom Dean, Alana MacDonald, and Herb Ludwig formed in 1976. They signed to a major label in '87 — an unheard-of accomplishment for a band north of Boston — and went on to produce music into the nineties. Ludwig passed away several years ago, so the present-day incarnation features longtime Maine bassist Teg Glendon. The group play with Boston folk act Aztec Two-Step in a throwback show tonight in Ogunquit. | $37.50-41.50 | 8 pm | Jonathan's, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit | www.jonathansogunquit.com
CUTTING FROM NEW CLOTH | One of the highlights of this summer's PortFringe — and hell, the last couple years of Portland theater — has been Bare Portland. The brave and experimental outfit of young artists have been in the process of evolving from a troupe heavy into Shakespeare into a collective that incorporates the dérive, audience interactivity, critical literary readings, improvisation, and more. They're super fun, and are some of those helping take the form to where it next needs to go. This weekend and next, they present The Yellow Wallpaper, a devised original play based on a short story published in 1892 by New England feminist writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman. You can find the performance in the off-road locale at the end of Anderson Street in Bayside. No password. | $10 | Fri-Sun 8 pm | Through August 26 | 229 Anderson St., Portland
EVER-BUILDING | Hopefully last weekend's appearance by legendary hip hop group Das Efx stoked your fire for the genre and its history. Today, there are two events celebrating the legacy and importance of hip hop culture — the first is at noon in Congress Square Park, where the 5th Annual Maine Hip Hop Summit folds in breakdance, street art, music, and more. Tonight, a block down the road at Geno's, see several of its adherents put the words into motion, from Ben Shorr, Words of Phrase, Indigenous Immigrants, and more.| $5 | 9 pm | Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland
NECESSARY ART | Formed in Port-au-Prince after Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010, the nine-piece collective Lakou Mizik are a stunning example of music in its grade-A form. Born from the necessity of building community and connecting with one another spiritually, and involving musicians spanning several generations, Lakou Mizik sound exactly like the type of hopeful music the members needed to make given the time and circumstances they've been in. Their appearance tonight is thoroughly recommended. | $12adv/$15 | 9 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.space538.org
KEEPING MENTALLY FIT | Portland's roots reggae act Mystic Vibes have been at it since 1998, and having shared stages with Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, the Wailers, and more, we imagine founder Dequhn Lobutua and company have grown incredibly intimate with the whatness of Rastafari. Pushing their twentieth year as a band, they get their own show this evening at Bayside's Mayo Street Arts. | $12 | 7:30 pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland | www.mayostreetarts.org
SHOWIN' UP | As we go to press, President Trump is doubling down on last weekend's condemnation of "both sides" of the Charlottesville attack, and berating journalists to better cover the "alt-left" as though they were some type of extremist group. As false dichotomies go, this is a big one. On the one hand, the alt-right are neo-Nazis now showing up in large groups in public — without wearing masks — looking to halt immigration and threaten to enact or perform violence on people of color, women, LGBTQ people, Jews, and anyone else who isn't a white dude. On the other, the "alt-left" wants ... what? Oh, right. Universal health care and basic human rights. We don't know what's going to happen for the planned "alt-right" rally in Boston Saturday, which features some of the same planned speakers as last weekend's violent gathering in Charlottesville. (We don't even know if it'll happen — Boston mayor, Marty Walsh, was reportedly looking into ways to shut it down as of Sunday.) But a Fight Supremacy Boston Counter-protest in Boston Common will surely number larger than the demonstrators themselves. If you wish to count yourselves among them, it'd likely be one of your more honorable Saturdays. | 10 am | Boston Common, Boston
FINDING YR BREATH | In the '60s and '70s, the jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk was known as the guy who could play two saxophones at once. (Occasionally three.) At least one young dude took note. Colin Stetson, the classically trained saxophone player from Montreal, gets compared frequently to Kirk for similarly being able to pull off the trick of circular breathing, which basically turns your body into a set of bagpipes. Stetson has been a contributor to acts like The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, but the music he's made under his own name is a different and bewildering beast entirely. So too is Ex Eye, the supergroup he's formed with drummer Greg Fox (of New York black metal band Liturgy and jazz experimentalists ZS), Shahzad Ismaily (of desert-prog group Secret Chiefs 3 and bleak folk darling Bonnie Prince Billy), and Toby Summerfield (of the Chicago free-jazz noise scene's Crush Kill Destroy). Jazz-meets-metal assemblies like these take John Zorn's Naked City as a touchstone, but Stetson's outfit is arguably a lot richer and modern (and with less obsession with Ennio Morricone). For those who enjoy pushing the limits of musical expression without sacrificing the form. Ex Eye play with Dirty Projectors' bassist Nat Baldwin and Foret Endormie, with members of black metal band Falls of Rauros. | $12adv, $14 day of | 8:30 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.space538.org/
TALK AT IT | Still plenty of summer left, which could mean plenty of excuses to go out on a Monday. Six fine comics line up the "Worst Night of the Week" series at Blue tonight — Kevin Neales, Jordan Handren-Seavey, Catherine Goding, Owen Kane, Al Ghanekar and Sam Pelletier inherit an audience that may have a lot of muck through, but they should be up to the task. | $5 | 8 pm | Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland | www.portcityblue.com
BATON-PASSERS | Don't be fooled by the smarmy-ass title, the 2014 film She's Beautiful When She's Angry isn't some Judd Apatow rom-com. Mary Dore's powerful documentary about the early years of the women's liberation movement in the U.S. covers 1966 to 1972, including dramatizations, performance, and archival footage. This evening's screening is produced by the Maine Women's Lobby and civil rights action group March Forth Maine, and highlights important work being done by the Southern Maine Workers' Center. Childcare will be provided on-site. | FREE | 6:30 pm | Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland
PAIR IT UP | If, say, your partner's a Virgo or you're looking to make a late-summer splash, maybe you'd wanna pony up for a special five-course dinner tonight in the Old Port. Part of the Chef's Dinner Series produced by Hugo's Mike Wiley and Andrew Taylor, tonight's meal pairs dishes with five wines courtesy of James Christopher Tracy of Long Island's Channing Daughters Winery. | $150 (incl. tax and service) | 6 pm | Hugo's, 88 Middle St., Portland | http://www.hugos.net/
ART PARTIES | Get a bead on next Thursday's events by gobbling up the new record Wires & Tubes by Leverett (or at least the review on page 18), who play a classic album release/last show tonight at SPACE Gallery (with Jeff Beam, The Asthmatic, and Midwestern Medicine). Quietly some of the most original musicians in town, Leverett's albums have illustrated a depth of musical knowledge that far outstrips their peers, and Wires & Tubes attests to a maturity to match. Best wishes to these talented, large-hearted lads wherever they end up. Elsewhere, the excellent Peaks Island art photography magazine Wilt Press throws a release party at the Apohadion, featuring sets by Greef, Jared Fairfield, and Altar Boys.
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