LIFT YR PALMS | In these days of dread and distrust, we cherish the occasion to spin your partner round and round. Tonight at the State Street Church, an old fashioned contra-dance can serve as a vital reminder that your neighbors are real, and their hands are just as sweaty as yours.
7 pm | FREE | United Church of Christ, 143 State St., Portland | www.portlandintowncontradance.com
Screenshot from "Reflection Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights".
HISTORICAL RECOVERY | Much has been covered about the Black Power Movement from a male perspective, covering the work of activists like Malcolm X to Fred Hampton, but a new feature-length documentary by the Brooklyn-based Nevline Nnaji, a film director, dancer, and activist, offers a necessary new look. Nnaji's film Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights pierces the civil rights movement at its point of feminist mobilization, covering the oft-overshadowed work of black and other women of color during the '60s and '70s.
5:45 pm | FREE | Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth | www.yarmouthlibrary.org
TFW UR TAX BASE IS HIGH BUT UR CITY IS BORING | Wokeness on the subject of gentrification is now a requisite trait of Portland citizenship. Tonight, join journalist and author Peter Moskowitz as he discusses his book How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood, covering how seemingly rote municipal decisions to sell off public assets, reduce housing regulation, and allow development spearheaded by private corporations has historically robbed cities of their culture, displaced marginalized communities, and increased inequality. It's a complicated issue. While certain types of development are of course good for cities, Moskowitz aims to articulate the difference in this free public discussion.
6 pm | FREE | Congress Square Park, corner of Congress and High Streets, Portland | http://congresssquarepark.org/
ANTAGONISM | Distinguished from their peers as a "punk rock" doom band (the genre's typical preoccupations far too deep down the rabbit hole to register politically), the Louisiana-based Thou have pioneered a manic, crusty, and decidedly shit-heavy aesthetic since their formation in 2005. More recently known for their multiple album collaborations with Providence-based heavy duo The Body, Thou's stop in Portland should be no less bleakly received. A chasmically dark show in the season of light, with Michigan-based grindcore act Cloud Rat, local harsh noise unit Nycterent, and others.
8 pm | $12-15 | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.space538.org
SLURPING SEASON | This summer, it's important not to forget the little things. And oysters are certainly little. Join a happy-hour shucking tonight at Rising Tide Brewing Company, where locally sourced bivalves from O'Oysters pair with belchworthy brews.
4-7 pm | Free | Rising Tide, 103 Fox St., Portland | http://www.risingtidebrewing.com/
DUST AND LIGHT | In August 2015, the magician David Blaine performed a stunt where he caught a bullet he fired from a shotgun in a small metal cup in his mouth. In 2003, he fasted for 44 days while held in a plexiglas case in public display, consuming only 4.5 liters of water per day. In 2009, he swam in open waters with dozens of great white sharks wearing a tuxedo. If all this impresses you, you're not alone. The world famous magician and illusionist and his bag of inexplicable tricks tours through Portland tonight, hitting the Merrill Auditorium.
8 pm | $38.50-88.50 | Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland | www.porttix.com
BLOCK BY BLOCK | For years now, one of the prime subjects for Portland small talk has been the revitalization of Bayside. "Things are really changing over there!", the people exclaim. They're not wrong. Today, witness that first hand at the Inner Washington Block Party, where you can sample bites and sippies from a pretty broad range of cultural purveyors and foodsmiths in the area, including barbecue joint Terlingua, Japanese maestros Izakaya Minato, brewchamps Oxbow, forthcoming Vietnamese restaurant Cong Tu Bot, Portland classic Silly's, and many more. Beyond the food realm, meet the neighborhood's other highlights, like the baby lifestyle shop Starry Eyes, the masterful photography gallery PhoPa, and bike shop Portland Gear Hub.
12-6 pm | Free | 49-59 Washington Ave., Portland
Five Of The Eyes photographed by Lauryn Hottinger.
THE OUTSIDE WORLD | Last month's shocking death of 52-year-old rock singer Chris Cornell was a chilling lesson in grief and empathy. As many noted, the subtext of Cornell's death was that even those who have sustained a career of success and admiration are not immune. And whether you grew up listening to Soundgarden or Temple of the Dog, the fact that Cornell had one of the most incredible and passionate set of vocals in rock music was inarguable. Tonight, a set of Portland artists (from Five of the Eyes, the Very Reverend, John Hughes Radio, pay tribute to his life's work — no easy feat — at tonight's event, aptly titled "No One Sings Like You Anymore," at the Portland House of Music — a benefit for The Opportunity Alliance.
8:30 pm | $5-8 | Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland | www.portlandhouseofmusic.com
YOU'RE PROJECTING | Bayside Bowl may have powered up this spring, but they haven't forgotten their roots. Celebrating the close-to-forgotten art of the drive-in projectionist, the main stage of Bayside Bowl tonight becomes the hub of a "Drive-In Dance Party," a collision of psych, garage, punk, and rockabilly sounds from New York's The Electric Mess, Portland duo The Tarantula Brothers, and longtime punkers the Flipsides.
8 pm | Free | Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland | www.baysidebowl.com
FLEXION | As declarations of independence go, tonight's appearance by the Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland is for my money amplitudes more powerful a statement than setting off fireworks. Donning decidedly "over the top" costumes and personae, these fierce and fulsome lady-folk aim to slay one another by way of the mighty bicep, with a ton of tough talk. A benefit for the Maine Tool Library.
8:30 pm | $10 | Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland | http://slapmaine.org/
NOTICE ME NEO | Will the film legend and Fountain of Youth sipper (seriously does the dude even age?) Keanu Reeves ever notice our local songsmith Jeff Beam? Who knows. But in the meantime, Beam’s side project (which is really just for funsies) Keanu Keanu will be offering up some bright pop originals, and a few covers too at the Rising Tide Brewing Company. Crack open a craft beer; they’ll pair well with the tunes!
| 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Rising Tide Brewery, 103 Fox St., Portland | http://www.risingtidebrewing.com/
SOUNDS OF SUMMER | The first big show on the Maine State Pier kicks off today with California’s reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid taking the stage alongside Iration, J Boog, and the Movement, for a night of sounds that might inspire you take up surfing or skateboarding. These eight multi-instrumentalists were inspired by the work of Sublime, 311, and No Doubt back in the day, and have been embracing that ocean sports punk aesthetic for almost 20 years. With eight albums and hundreds of shows under their belt, these rockers and their sunny blend of reggae-tinged rock are well poised to bring some Southern Californian culture to our shores. But please note, as much as their music may inspire you to light up a joint and vibe along on a nice high, security are enforcing a strict no smoking, clear bags-only policy. You’ve been warned!
| 3:30 pm | $35 | Maine State Pier, Portland | http://www.waterfrontconcerts.com/
FLEE THE REAPER | Do you want to abolish the notion of a “lazy Sunday afternoon” at least once in your life? Well, why not start the morning with the Thick Quad Squad running around Portland and capping it off with a coffee? Meet at CBD, introduce yourself to the crew, throw down some miles, and you’ll likely feel invigorated the rest of the day. Or maybe you’ll feel too exhausted to do anything else of substance, but in any case, this gathering sounds like a fulfilling way to spend a morning.
| 8:30 am | FREE | Coffee By Design, 1 Diamond St., Portland | http://www.thickquadsquad.com/
GET FUNKED | If you need some sweet funky grooves in your life, the Portland House of Music delivers at least once a week with many a smooth operator. One of those being the Red Eye Flight Crew, a local funk/rock/pop collective continuing their summer residency tonight led by the crooning (and effortlessly talented) vocalist Gina Alibrio. Mondays don’t have to be boring!
| 9:30 pm | $5 | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | https://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com/
DEPLORABLE DAY | I can’t be the only one who feels a little weird about celebrating 4th of July this year right? It’s meant to be a celebration of our country and its values, but do we, as a collective, even have a firm grip on what they are anymore? With Trump as President damaging our international reputation on almost a daily basis, and some of his supporters cloaking their xenophobia and ethno-nationalism under the guise of patriotism and free speech, it’s admittedly tough to feel American pride in 2017. And believe me, it’s not easy to write those words; I want to love this country, but some of the rhetoric floating in the mainstream these days is making me rethink my commitment to this supposed bastion of justice and democracy. But I suppose even if you don’t think America is #1, it’s possible to put aside those icky feelings for a day, and celebrate a country that still does ensure a great deal of freedom. If that sounds like you, Portland offers many chances to get in the spirit. State Representative Herb Adams kicks off the holiday at 10 am at the Maine Historical Society with a spirited reading of the Declaration of Independence, the document that started it all. Throughout the afternoon the modern country band Country Roads will be doing their thang on deck at the Porthole Restaurant. The South Portland Historical Society is hosting a classic American muscle car show at 11 am along with a finger-lickin good barbecue. And then, what’s more American than baseball? The Portland Sea Dogs are playing the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at 6 pm, so grab a red snapper and kick back! The holiday ends, of course, with the big Star Spangled Fireworks show at 9:20 pm on the Eastern Promenade, which you’ve got to arrive early to in order to snag a prime spot. Expect the usual: big crowds, a loud orchestra, and way too many vendors serving up artery clogging food. If you’re not a fan of humans en masses, then you could always enjoy the controlled explosions on the water; Casco Bay Lines is offering a cheap cruise with great views of the fireworks show.
| ALL DAY | Portland, Maine
ART WITH A MESSAGE | There’s a simple and reliable metric out there to ensure that a story about marginalized communities is worth your time. You just have to ask yourself: is the story told by someone in those communities? Because the best way to hear about the triumphs, strengths, and struggles of women of color in Maine is through their own speech and action. Let them convey their experiences in the ways that only they can. You’ll get that chance to listen when the Theater Ensemble of Color gather in Congress Square Park for an evening of originally devised performances dubbed Lived Experiences. For more information on the themes at play, check out Megan Grumbling’s preview on page 19.
| 6:00 pm | FREE | Congress Square Park, Congress St., Portland | http://congresssquarepark.org/
CALL SAUL | Often times legal battles make oddly compelling dramas. The film Abacus: Small Enough To Go To Jail certainly does, because it tells the true-life tale of a Chinese family facing criminal charges during the 2008 financial crisis. This underdog story will have you glued to the screen and thinking: who knew a documentary about a bank in Chinatown could be so compelling? Find out why.
| 6:30 pm | 8:00 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | http://www.space538.org/
FIRST PERSON FILMS | Speaking of interesting documentaries, next week marks the launch of a new film series at the Portland Public Library, all of which are shot from the first person point of view. It’s aptly called the Point Of View Film Series. Straightforward, we like it. Will this film technique immerse viewers into the narrative instantly? We’ll bring you all the details about these unique (and free!) screenings next week.
| 6:30 pm | FREE | Rine Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland | https://www.portlandlibrary.com/ |