8 Days A Week (135)

8 Days: Election Distractions, a TED Event, Revolutionary Dance Parties and the return of Jaw Gems

THURSDAY, Nov. 3     Photo By: Nathanial Wilson   Artist Lecture: Saya Woolfak | Fall down the rabbit hole of Saya Woolfalk’s newest exhibition, her “virtual chimeric space.” Gazing into her renditions of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetics and fuse with plants, is akin to walking into a psychedelic fairy tale. This New York based artist blends science fiction and fantasy to reimagine the world…

8 Days: Halloween Parties, Kat Wright, GRiZ and a Cinematic Harpist

THURSDAY, Oct. 27   The OLS Masquerade Jam | What happens when you mix the elegance of a masquerade ball with the rough and tumble, down home, feel good vibes of an old fashioned jam session around the campfire? A party like no other. Liz Pettengill from One Longfellow Square has gathered all the ingredients for an interesting, one-of-a-kind party: costumed guests, an open jam session (seriously, bring an instrument), an auction, delicious local food,…

8 Days: Cosmic Americana, Thought Provoking Hip Hop, Achy Folk and Steampunk Acrobatics on Portland's stages.

THURSDAY, Oct. 20   Agricultural Gems of Maine | The Portland Farmer’s Market is taking over the tiny kitchen at the Jewel Box and offering up some wonderfully fresh local fruits, veggies, meats and cheeses. So far here’s what’s been confirmed on this free menu: smoked feta from Balfour Farm, delicious pork from Cornerstone Farm, hearty brussels sprouts from Merrifield Farm, lovely radishes from Two Farmers Farm, flavorful herbs from Dandelion Spring Farm and fat…

8 Days: Press some cider, check your privilege and jam out to Marshal Crenshaw, Sister Sparrow, Futuristic and the Dirty Heads

THURSDAY, Oct. 13   Sounds at Sprouts | The Apohadion Theatre is hosting a sweet little slurry of sounds for you to muse to while you snack on Sprouts’ delicious veggie burger. Climbing up on the small, one-step stage will be Portsmouth’s Friendship, a rock quartet who’ll perform songs from their latest album,You’re Going To Have To Trust Me. Also on the bill is the enchanting folk songstress Lisa/Liza, who recently got her atmospheric, eerie…

8 Days: Impressive mandolinists, superior country ballads, traditional Americana and modern funk tunes

THURSDAY, Oct. 6   In This Realm | What does it mean to be an individual? Dig deep into the meaning of this social construct and uncover complex ideas about gender, identity and cultural paradigms, with the “In This Realm” exhibition. Five artists’ work are on display there, and all attempt to “traverse the language of the art historical, psychoanalytic, poetic and philosophic." I’m familiar with one of the artists, Cobi Moules, who paints a…

8 Days: Waking Windows, the Indie Biz Awards, Oktoberfest and JamFest 2016

THURSDAY, Sept. 29   MECA’s Artist Lecture | The Maine College of Art welcomes David Johansen and Mara Hennessey as speakers in the next edition of their “visiting artist lecture series.” You probably know Johansen as a member of the proto-punk band the New York Dolls, but he’s done a lot more in his long, illustrious creative career. He’s also an actor and stage performer and though he’d disagree, a philosopher and a poet. Hennessy’s…

8 Days: The Noshbow Block Party, Shadow Puppets, Unconventional Comedy and Inspiring Folk Shows

THURSDAY, Sept. 22   Hello Havana | As most followers of the news know, 2014 was a milestone for U.S. and Cuban relations. But even before that embargo was lifted a group of professional photographers travelled to Cuba to retrace the footsteps of the renowned documentary photographer Walker Evans and document life on the streets. They’ve come back with colorful and resonant images that reinterpret Evans’ iconic images of Cuba’s culture and people in the…

8 Days: A Harvest Moon Dance, a Natural Pharmacy, the Belgian Beer Fest, and a Very Worldly Folk Concert

THURSDAY, Sept. 15   Blues and Pizza | Make sure you finish the savory, pillowy goodness of Slab’s pizza pies before Jon King’s ready to perform on the patio outside, because you’ll probably want your hands free to clap along. King’s blues rock rhythm, sweet but scratchy voice and satisfying slide guitar skills, will do that to ya. King lives in Boston, but is originally from Maine and never fails to captivate when he performs…

8 Days: Underground dance parties, the Portland Greenfest, PorchFest 2016 and Leon Bridges

THURSDAY, Sept. 8   Film Screening: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai | The title of this provocative film means: “rain the color blue with a little red in it.” It tells the universal story of a musician that’s trying to make it, “against all odds,” set against the backdrop of the “raucous subculture of the Tuareg guitar.” Centered around the real life musician, Mdou Moctar, this film serves as an experiment in modern ethnographic filmmaking, and…

8 Days: ZZ Top, an Animal Free Circus, Outdoor Reggae, a Beer Election and the English Beat

THURSDAY, Sept. 1   Sea Kayak Sunset Tour | Not many people on the peninsula have kayaks or canoes stowed away in their tiny closets or basements. So it’s likely that many of them haven’t seen Portland from the perspective of the serene waters of Casco Bay. According to some participants of Portland Paddle’s guided sea kayak tours, the sights are beautiful and totally worth it. If anyone out there is looking for a place…
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