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8 Days A Week: Sexy Geeks, Strange Storytellers, and the Return Of At Least Three Local Legends

THURSDAY 18   WATER WORLD | Do you care about the health of our oceans but know precious little about them? A film, titled Ocean Frontiers III, is screening this week and will illuminate the most pressing threats and challenges to marine conservation. As residents of a coastal city, it’s imperative that we discuss these issues and empower those fighting for a sustainable ocean future. A panel of regional experts will lead an interactive discuss…

8 Days A Week: Secret Sites, Endorphin Rushes, and Music Legends

THURSDAY 11   WATER IS LIFE | We take water for granted every damn day. We go most of our day without even thinking about water, but if we were deprived of it for just eight hours, getting our lips wet would leap to top priority. Although it’s one of our most important resources, like many aspects of a privileged existence, we just expect it to be there. But, as Jessica Yu will elucidate with…

8 Days A Week: Masculinity Studies, Air Sex, and Famous Dudes Who Hate Metal

THURSDAY 4   KILLER PARTY | In the spring, we dance. No arguments there. And those who can't (or won't) dance watch others dance, and that group covers more or less everyone. The young hearts at Bowdoin College are as-we-speak preparing a dance performance for this night, itself exciting news. That their show is headlined by an appearance by Rakiya A. Orange, the Bowdoin grad and now-New Yorker whose dual research in Dance and Anthropology…

8 Days A Week: Boss Hogs, Goat-Lions, and Horsemen of the Apocalypse

THURSDAY 27   KILLER PARTY | Film festivals make strange vacations. On the one hand, you got to admit they're low-key national treasures, marrying the best of university and bohemian life into one weekend. I mean, who doesn't love a sanctioned space for challenging ideas in a strange city with a bunch of good bars, intelligent people, and interesting food? On the other, what kind of festival collects a bunch of super-cerebral adults for the…

8 Days A Week: High Concepts, Holy Noise, and a Huge Best Of Party

THURSDAY 20   GIVE LOVE | It's 4/20, which is of course the day we celebrate the Civil Rights Act of 1871, which enabled the POTUS to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to white supremacist groups like the KKK. Great work! (The POTUS at that time was the magnanimous Ulysses S. Grant, who was actually born Hiram Ulysses Grant but was so embarrassed by his initials -- 'HUG' -- that he initiated a change.…

8 Days: The Return of Rustic, Freaky Beat Shows, and One Very Famous Rapper

THURSDAY 13   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…

8 Days A Week: Hot Religious Fetishes, Hot Dog Parties, and Hot Drag Shows

THURSDAY 6   TWINKLIN' | Were this 1992, the multi-instrumentalist Ahmad Hassan Muhammad would be pumping out records on Nonesuch or ESP-Disk or some other independent jazz label of mighty caliber, but in the oversaturated music landscape of 2017, the Bowdoin graduate and upper echelon Portland musician showcases his incredible fusion compositions at spots like Blue. Lucky us. Under the name Kafari, the jazz pianist and member of hip-hop fusion group Jaw Gems plays with tenor…

8 Days A Week: Drone Artists, Anti-Trump Roadshows, and Donnie Darko

THURSDAY 30 THIS CHARMING MAN | When I was an undergrad student in New York and performing stand-up comedy, I had a mediocre joke near the top of my routine about the weird names people call their grandparents. It wasn't the world's best joke, but it got the ball rolling, because for the punchline I'd bellow the words mamou and papou at the audience in various tongues, and it loosened everyone up. Now get this! While…

8 Days: Soul Icons, Maple Syrup Breakfasts, and Heavy Metal Skates

THURSDAY 23   LASTING ACHIEVEMENT | There’s just simply not a ton of chances left in this life to see an authentic ‘60s soul singer from the deep south. But we’ve got one here. Betty Harris, who produced three Billboard R&B hits in the songs “Cry to Me” (1963), “His Kiss” (1964), and “Nearer to You” (1967), has made indelible contributions to the genre, and appears tonight in little old Portland. The label Soul Jazz…

8 Days a Week: Tribute Shows, Native Dance Music, and Cooking Spag 4 Your Luv

THURSDAY 16   ART IN SPADES | In this unconventional and attractive pairing, the Maine artist Martha Miller shows her stunning self-portrait paintings and textile pieces — which she says are inspired by dream images, spiritual connections to the outer world, and "dark inner realms" — in an exhibition alongside performers of Portland's Theater Ensemble of Color, who model on a floor stylized in the day's political parlance as the Pussycat Walk. Miller's exhibition runs…
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