8 Days A Week (149)

8Days: African beats and reggae roots

THURSDAY 20FOR THE RECORD | Since 2009 there’s been a numerous posts on social media, each year, begging for a certain comedian to come and grace Portland with her hilarious spontaneity and no-holds-barred jokes about celebrities and pop culture. “Please come to Portland, I promise we will fill a venue,” wrote Derek Theriault on Twitter. “When are you coming to Maine,” writes Jackie Major. “I’ll round up the gays for you and throw in a…

8 Days a Week: Beach Boys feel the Love; Bond, Mike Bond with new thriller

THURSDAY, 8/13ART HORIZONS | A lecture with art historian John Wilmerding at the Portland Museum of Art encompasses two big worlds of artistic endeavor: landscapes and still lifes. Wilmerding discusses the works and artists in A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection. Wilmerding will provide insights into landscape painting in the first part of the 19th century and still lifes in the latter part of the century, and frame the works in the…

8Days: From Streetcar to Cambodian storm chasers

THURSDAY, 8/6LOST & FOUND | Elizabeth Fossett, Jim Bridge, and Kobuk the dog visit the York Public Library to bark about Maine Search and Rescue Dogs (www.mesard.org), a volunteer K9 search and rescue group that works with cops across the state. A K9 handler and a search dog make up the dynamic MESARD duo and have completed extensive training and passed certifications.Fossett and Kobuk, who live in York, will give a demonstration of how Kobuk…

8Days: Peck in the park; an old axe murder to keep us intrigued

THURSDAY, 7/30STORYBOOK WATERS | The works of MECA instructor and professional illustrator Jamie Hogan anchor this exhibit in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library of the Portland Public Library. Hogan, who grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, now lives on Peaks Island and spends her spare time, according to her bio, walking the island and “beachcombing” in a quest for inspiration. This exhibit is quietly inspired and celebrates “the lush pastel and…

8Days: A jazz legend, and a film of the Rolling Stones on tour

THURSDAY 7/23PHUNK | Master of paradoxes, the solo dude behind local act KAFARI is striking the tender balances between ambient and electronica; psychedelic and piano; drone and dance. Catch the up-and-coming trip-hop phenom play a live set at BLUE on Thursday. Given the venue, you're more likely to catch the more precious side of Kafari's weird travels. Free, but you gotta buy a glass of fine booze to go with your music. 7:00pm. 650A Congress…

8Days: Interpol indoors and other highlights

Thurs July 16GRUNGE | FAILURE is the kind of band that you used to listen to while sharing lunch with your dad up against his pickup truck circa 1996. At least, those are the the kind of memories that Failure's 1996 album, Fantastic Planet, invokes for one YouTube user named “would26.” No joke, though: Failure was one of the best alternative acts of the ’90s, if not the most popular — does that make them…

8Days: Shakespeare in Monmouth

Thursday 7/9FEARLESS FOLK | An untethered soul from New Jersey currently wandering around Bar Harbor, 22-year-old JONAH TOLCHIN is a low-key kinda guy. With big, sad blue eyes, pouty lips, and warbly, Neil Young-esque vocals, Tolchin's newest album, Clover Road, is proof of the Diamond Mind Tolchin is harboring (that's the name of one of the best tracks off Road). Tolchin joins dual Maine-natives: the very folk-forward DAN BLAKESLEE, and ANNIE BACON, the latter soundin'…

8Days: Dead streamed live at the State

THURSDAY 7/2CHARM | Hey, get to know the bird of a different feather before judging. You can do that on Thursday, at the screening of I AM BIG BIRD: THE CARROLL SPINNEY STORY at FRONTIER in Brunswick. If you still can't get into the idea of watching 2+ hours about the jovial character behind Sesame Street's main squeeze, would it tickle you to know that Spinney is both the voice of Big Bird and Oscar…

8 Days: Chocolate Factory revisited: Primus at Thompson’s Point

Thurs 6/25SHENANDOAH | An exciting, intimate evening with your dad's penultimate mancrush, BILL FRISELL, can be your cross to bear on Thursday night. No matter your preferred flavor of prog-jazz, country-noise rock, there's no denying Frisell's venerable reputation, and the innate dad-coolness promised by his upcoming performance at BLUE. What else? Frisell is playing two performances; one at 6pm, and one at 9:00. $29.50//$30 at the door | 650A Congress St. | 207.774.4111

8 Days a Week: The gamut, from Slayer to Oh Honey

6/18HURT SEEKERS | It's slay day at THE STATE THEATRE on Thursday. That's when SLAYER is in town, for you to really shake any lingering spring sadness that Mercury Retrograde left intact last week. Other young creatives might have the time and energy to think of all the ways to describe the show in band lyrics and fan terminology, but we'll settle to make it known that this is not for those at risk of…
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