HERE'S YOUR CHANCE | Tell you what. You could skip this whole weekend and drive to New York right now to see the Fall, the legendary post-punk band from Manchester, UK, fronted by the brilliant and asinine Mark E. Smith. They play the first of five consecutive nights in Brooklyn tonight, a mere six-hour drive. No? Okay, then. Closer fantasies at hand, the fine folks at Bayside’s elevated barbecue joint Terlingua get weird with special one-night-only pours from Austin Street Brewery (whose Patina Pale Ale collects high marks on Beer Advocate) and sup from Cold Springs Ranch, a grassfed beef operation also from Portland. This pairing dinner starts at 6pm, prices a la carte. | 6 pm | Terlingua, 52 Washington Ave., Portland | www.terlingua.me
INTERPERSONALITY | As we roll into harvest season, and as city officials continue to tweak and grapple with the city’s food systems, it’s a decent time to think about your relationship to the stuff. Tonight, you’ve got a chance to sit in with peers, visionaries, re-imaginers, and industry folks to do just that. With a hat tip to Solange, A Seat at the Table is a fine idea drafted earlier this year by writer and activist Chanel Lewis, collecting interested parties to gather face-to-face to discuss real, high-stakes issues, and see which of those are included among the important decisions and resources in our world. Tonight’s discussion revolves around food and food systems — sit in. | 5:30-7 pm | Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland | https://treehouseinstitute.typeform.com/to/TnWq7S
FATES DECIDE TOGETHER | As the country again rallied the last couple weeks opposing the repeal of DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy put into place during the Obama administration — an ethics of mass protest is something of value. Enter The Maribor Uprisings, an interactive participatory film made by Colby College educators Maple Razsa and Milton “Milo” Guillen. This groundbreaking film uses documentary footage from a real-life, highstakes protest in 2012 Slovenia, where the people of Maribor had hit their limit from the mayor’s corrupt extortionist policie. In the film, the audience collectively decides, choose-your-own-adventure style, which actions to take during the protest, while Razsa and Guillen (among other facilitators) contextualize the group’s decisions. A film festival highlight, the screening becomes an interesting experiment in a freely accessible public square. | 7 pm | Congress Square, Congress and High Streets, Portland | www.congresssquarepark.org
POP RELEASE VALVE | No more dedicated a singer than she is a performer, the New Zealand artist Aldous Harding infuses her songs with humor, danger, and confession. Recommended for fans of Jenny Hval, St. Vincent, and Julia Holter, this gothic-folk songwriter is on the up, and likely won’t come around for another little while. Have a listen to her lovely new album, Party, which ripples with bottled energy and is full of bold choices. Bonus: it features the musician John Parish, who was all over those fantastic early PJ Harvey records — another touchstone. Harding plays with Wildflower and the microdub sensations of Artie Appleseed. | 7:30 pm | $8 adv, $10 day of | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.space538.org
SWINGIN' PARTY | If you're of a certain persuasion, there's no way you aren't all over the Trey Anastasio Band's show on the meadows of Thompson's Point tonight. But did you know local Phish tribute band Pardon Me, Doug was priming the pump (and then cooling it down) on the complex's Brick South from 3 am until late night? Your epic late-summer Phish session is upon you. | 6 pm | Thompson's Point, 4 Thompson's Point, Portland | $45-50 | www.statetheatreportland.com
JELLIES DELISH | One of Biddeford's biggest, silliest celebrations, the annual River Jam Festival collects a smorgasbord of activities and music in Southern Maine's most intriguing Portland suburb. There's a 5K race, a "Dash to the Sea" kayak race, canoe trips, a charter boat (a/k/a party boat), and nightly sets from some of Portland's most talked-about artists, from the pop singer Amy Allen to the roots country act Mallett Brothers Band to pop artist Spencer Albee's most recent configuration. Stay for the day, and then swoop into this next listing in the evening... | Fri-Sat all day | River Jam Festival, Biddeford | Free | www.riverjamfest.com
LANDSPUN | ...because metastasized within the vast former textile mill in Biddeford is the compelling art installation Influx, an exhibition of notable Maine artists threaded together by the interdisciplinary artist Sarah Baldwin. In an exhibition tying the Pepperell Mill both to its history as a site of labor for countless families in Southern Maine and its future as a hub of art, commerce, and lifestyle that it's ascendant to today. Influx is up just two weeks; the smart move is making sure you're in town for the reception tonight.
| 5-9 pm | Pepperell Mill, 2 Main St, Biddeford | free | http://autuscollective.weebly.com/events.html
TRICK OF THE NEEDLE | Some might say the band Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings have one trick, but goddamn it's a good one. The old-time string-plucking quintet made their first album entirely on wax cylinder, a method for recording invented by Thomas Edison in 1888. The medium helps Roochie Toochie to sound like they're poached in time, but tonight at Mayo Street, you get to hear them play their selection of Tin Pan Alley tooters in real-time. Featuring the old Portland musician Tim Findlen (of Over a Cardboard Sea), an inimitable showman and tremendous student of the ukulele. | 8 pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland | $12 | www.mayostreetarts.org
DEPTHLESS ADVENTURES | If you can't make it up to the national-caliber Camden International Film Festival this weekend (more on that on page 5), some slim consolation could be had in Freeport, where the Maine Outdoor Film Festival transpires on the L.L.Bean Discovery Park grounds. That's not a dig — for that subset of filmgoers who love nature docs, however rugged, this is surely preferable to a weekend of politically thorny, ponderous, experimental, or otherwise niche flicks. There's also a major difference in commitment: the whole program at L.L.Bean is only about an hour and fifteen minutes. | 8 pm | L.L.Bean Discovery Park, Freeport | $3-5
IN MEMORIAM | Let me tell you a story. Once, a Portland resident endeavored to run the Trail to Ale 10K. The night before, he ran into an old friend he hadn't seen in awhile and very casually sipped three martinis with him, and when the morning came and the sky was awash with rain, he woke confident it would be cancelled, and he could return to bed for a few more hours in lieu of running. But, since he was up, he figured he'd treat himself to a huge breakfast at Hot Suppa before returning to bed. And though he was confident throughout his delicious meal of eggs and biscuits and gravy that the rains would wash out the race (it was his first Trail to Ale 10K, you see), he learned only at the conclusion of that breakfast, when his friends texted him that they'd pick him up in five, that he was dead wrong. The Portland resident quickly ran home to change, and was whisked away to the East End to stretch for what seemed (it was reported to me) like an impossible task: running six-plus miles in the pouring rain on a hangover and a full stomach. But strangely, he hadn't realized that running long distances with several hundred other people is bizarrely invigorating, far more (or so he told me) than running alone. Though slow, he finished the race without stopping and finished in the low 500s — truly a heroic feat. And though it was said that he couldn't feel his legs for fully five days after the fact, it was 100 percent worth it. If there's a moral here, it's that road races don't rain out. Get on your horse, Portland.
| Trail to Ale, Eastern Promenade, Portland | www.trails.org/t2a | $35 | Portland
EMBODIMENT | A stalwart of the Portland theater scene (and a medical doctor in his free time), actor and director Hal Cohen opens his self-directed dark comedy Intervention this weekend, which hovers around the increasingly harrowing matter of addiction. Starring Portland actors Aileen Andrews, Thomas Campbell, Anna Gravél, Sarah Barlow, and Steven Leighton, Intervention plays at 2 pm today, the first weekend of a two-week run. | https://on-a-dare-productions.ticketleap.com/ | Portland Ballet Studio, 517 Forest Ave., Portland | $18 |
MAN IN CHAINS | How does a person follow up an album as coolly deep and surprisingly affecting as War On Drugs' 2014 full-length Lost in the Dream? Beats us, but Philadelphia musician Adam Granduciel just made his attempt, putting out the understated indie-rock album A Deeper Understanding last month. The thing still sounds like a modern reframing of '80s soft-rock hits like the Eagles, Dire Straits, Bruce Hornsby, and while it lacks the holy shit element the last one did, it should hardly disappoint true believers. I don't know how this stuff manages to hit the spot for thoughtful, sensitive millennial men (though there are theories — listening to this is often easier, or more possible, than talking to their dads), but it does. Granduciel and co. play the State Theatre tonight with Elizabeth Powell's quirky and emotionally resonant project Land of Talk, from Montreal. | 7:30 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | $35 | www.statetheatreportland.com
GROUND GAME | A true highlight of the Camden International Film Festival (profiled on page 5) is the film Whose Streets?, an incredibly moving documentary of the protests and foundation of the Black Lives Matter movement in the weeks after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Made by filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, two residents of the St. Louis region whose on-the-ground footage and participation in the uprising allowed for an incredible access, it's a tremendously powerful film. (This writer saw it in Columbia, Missouri when it premiered at the True/False Film Festival, and a 1,200-seat theater at full capacity was on its feet. Tonight (and Wednesday), Portland receives a gift of a screening complemented by an appearance and discussion with filmmaker Sabaah Folayan. | Mon and Wed 7 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | $8 | www.spacegallery.org
THE ONCE OVER TWICE | It's with some astonishment that Portland receives the legendary punk rock band X tonight. The hugely impactful Los Angeles group, led by John Doe and Exene Cervenka, circle the country as part of a 40-year anniversary tour, playing tracks from their staple albums Los Angeles, Wild Gift, and more. We hear Cervenka's been bit by the same bug that got former Saturday Night Live comedian Victoria Jackson and is now something of a right-wing conspiracy theorist, but hey, life is complex. With Skating Polly. | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | $30-35
THE MAN WHO LOVES TO HURT HIMSELF | Long ago, a good chunk of late '90s hardcore punk bands got stuck for ideas. Bored with looking to '80s stalwarts like Agnostic Front, Youth of Today, and Minor Threat for inspiration, and fully exhausting the reserves of thrash-metal crossover acts like Vio-lence, Voivod, and Slayer, a good crop of them started taking cues from Today is the Day, a little-known noise-rock band from Nashville fronted by the seethingly angry Steve Austin. Early Today is the Day records on Amphetamine Reptile weren't exactly as metal as the pummeling beast the band turned into — 1994's Willpower is a raw and shockingly complex record, at times almost indie-rocky and no less heavy for it. But much devolution occurred, and 20 years later, Austin has become a sort of singular titan among metal dogs, even though his band has never snugly fit the genre. Now a Mainer, he plays the entirety of TITD's psychotic breakthrough record Temple of the Morning Star, from 1997, with Portland's black-metal group Shabti, harsh-to-the-point-of-meditative noise act Nycterent, and more. | 8 pm | Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland | $10
CERTAIN FUTURES | Next week, we inch closer to fall festival season (Common Ground starts September 22, Cumberland County the 24th, and the Fryeburg Fair a week later). Keep the pumpkin spice memes flowing.
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