ATLANTIC INJUSTICE | The sixth screening in the Portland Public Library’s free Point of View Documentary Series commences this night, offering a break from an otherwise stressful and menial existence. Watch it, and step into the lives of others who undoubtedly have it worse off than you, but still manage to be more interesting. That’s because the film, The Islands and the Whales, follows the people of the North Faroe Islands and their high seas struggle whale hunting in polluted waters. You see, it’s hard to compare to grizzled seaman fighting for their daily survival. These native islanders have an extremely rough, unhealthy life, thanks to the dirty industries that poisoned their resources. If depressing nonfiction films about man’s relationship to the natural world are your thing, here’s a chance to observe.
| FREE | 6:30 pm | Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland | https://www.portlandlibrary.com/
John Hodgman and Jean Grae play many characters while on stage together.
SPIN DA WHEEL | John Hodgman’s a writer and comedian who’s a big creative force on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Jean Grae’s a multi-genre artist and speaker. Apart from their race and gender, these two stage performers have a lot in common. Both can sing. Both command the stage. And both are hilarious, charming, and witty; and they’re friends that tour together! How marketable! Catch their who-knows-what's-gonna-happen variety show dubbed plainly “Jean and John,” at the Port City Music Hall. Laughter’s pretty much guaranteed. | $30 | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portcitymusichall.com/
MAGA MESS | You might disagree with politics, but you can’t deny that Ted Nugent can shred a guitar solo like nobody’s business. He’s playing in town — in Aura of all places — for all you gun-toting, overtly patriotic, expired rock loving, “politically incorrect” readers out there. Which I suspect is about eight percent of you. Grab a cowboy hat and rock on inside the club, or boycott the event in disgusted defiance; we’re just here to tell you it’s happening. | $35 | 8 pm | Aura, 121 Center St., Portland | www.auramaine.com
HEAVY LANDSCAPES | Portland’s Capture the Sun create a compelling atmosphere with their soaring rhythms and increasingly intense guitar instrumentals. The lack of vocals keeps their music distinct and focused. They’re not as heavy as the two other bands they’ll be sharing the stage with this night — Objet and Destination:Void — and squeeze in enough break sections from their onslaught of sounds to let listeners ponder where it took them. A post-apocalyptic wasteland? A mountaintop utopia? The very moment a planet formed? It’s up to you really. Let your imagination run wild when they debut some tracks from their latest, an epic sonic expanse titled Terra Ignora.
| $7 | 9 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | http://www.portlandempire.com/
Explore the cosmos inside your head with Highly Suspect's anticipated new album, The Boy Who Died Wolf.
NOISE THERAPY | Will your mind be blown by the track “Hello, My Name is Human” when Highly Suspect runs through their most recent album The Boy Who Died Wolf? It’s considered the best from their new work. We’d say it’s fast-paced punk done right; dynamic and intense, yet light-hearted and grungy. They’re joined by And the Kids, a youthful indie-rock trio that claims to transform “existential crises into pop euphoria.” | $25 | 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | http://www.statetheatreportland.com/
TRIBAL FEMINISM | A trio of master percussionists will be channeling the energy of a Sumerian goddess through drum beats and harmonies if you want to deviate slightly from your downtown stroll and into an ancient soundscape. They’re called Inanna — Sisters In Rhythm and seem to be a welcome distraction. We’re sure you’ll hear them thundering anyway. | FREE | 6 pm | Congress Square Park, 599 Congress St., Portland | http://congresssquarepark.org
NEW MOVEMENT | We just had a First Friday so I imagine you’ve dipped into the New American Sculpture exhibit at the PMA by now. If not, that’s also completely reasonable; life’s too demanding these days to pay attention to every single new art exhibit. Time is precious! Regardless, this night might be the best one for a museum trip, as the staff there will pose an interesting question: what would their statues look like in motion? The immensely talented performers of the Portland Ballet Company will answer with performance, translating the raw, eternal stillness of sculpture into vivid motion and grace.
| $8 | 5 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq., Portland | http://www.portlandmuseum.org
On top of the Thompson's Point show, Guster will also be playing an intimate show on board a boat in Casco Bay, but there's no room for you.
OCEANSIDE SATELLITES | In our jaded consumer culture, denouncing what’s popular and mainstream is popular and mainstream. Good bands take a lot of unnecessary heat and hate these days — even ones with a big grassroots following, and buckets of money like Guster. Maybe the haters are just envious. Although many like to mock Guster, we happen to think they should garner more respect, at least from the people that know the band from more than just references in pop culture. In any case, Guster will be fine without the support of those on the fence. Almost a thousand people will go see these Boston pop-rockers play on Thompson’s Point today, so you’ve got time to decide whether you actually care for them or not. The concert’s openers are pretty dope too: Portland’s own Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, Spencer Albee, and the Ghosts of Paul Revere. | $40 | 6 pm | Thompson’s Point, Thompson's Point Rd., Portland | http://www.thompsonspointmaine.com/
ROCK THE BASEMENT | The nonprofit organization Go Big For Hunger is hosting another concert in line with their ongoing mission of addressing childhood hunger in Maine, where it’s said that one in four kids experience food insecurity. Jam out to some nostalgic '90s hits courtesy of bands Syd’s Kids, Squagmyre, and Lazy Beyond Description. Throw a couple bills at these folks doing good honest work in this profoundly unjust world. | $20 | 8 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | https://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com
HAPPY BDAY | Tandem Coffee has proven that as long as you brew delicious java and bake great morning treats, you can sell them in an old gas station building next to an operational gas station and still be one of the hippest spots in town. (I guess it helps if you renovate it beautifully.) Tandem’s turning five years old today, which calls for a celebration. Head over to their party for booze, hot dogs, lawn games, karaoke, ice cream, and some above average mingling. Oh, and coffee too. | FREE | 5 pm | Tandem Coffee, 122 Anderson St., Portland | https://www.tandemcoffee.com/bakery
Providence's punk group the Downtown Boys are not here for your white tears.
RESIST (BUT HAVE FUN) | After learning about the political leanings of Providence’s radical rock band Downtown Boys we’re reminded of this quote by Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” This punk band would agree by saying that apolitical music doesn’t exist; in a world rife with corruption and inequalities, even when you remain silent, you’re making a statement. What a musician chooses not to create art about can say a lot about their character. And staying “out of politics” isn’t the most effective use of one’s privilege. That’s basically the ethos behind the Downtown Boys who make clear what side of history they’re on, by serving up most of their songs with a dose of social justice. Lyrical themes range from fighting racism and homophobia to police brutality and the prison system. With a no-fucks-given attitude, they’ll perform serious songs off their latest album Cost of Living, and play their small part in chipping away at the ultra-powerful establishment. These sonic activists are joined by the diamond-sharp vocalist Bright Boy, and the hardcore feminist outfit Phallus Über Alles. | $12 | 8 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | http://space538.org/
STORIES THAT MATTER | We need more movies that humanize immigrants, and accurately portray the complexities of issues around identity, inclusion, and assimilation. Although we haven’t seen it yet, judging from the trailers, the drama The Visitor seems to achieve this. It’s screening tonight outside in Congress Square Park if you’re in need of an antidote to some of the xenophobia present in mainstream media and culture at large. | FREE | 8 pm | Congress Square Park, 599 Congress St., Portland | http://congresssquarepark.org/
TUNES FOR THOUGHT| Brooklyn’s psych-folk-rock band Grizzly Bear are back after a five-year hiatus with a new album called Painted Ruins. It’s not out until the 18th, but it’s garnered some positive reviews already, with critics writing that it sounds like the same cool, weird guitar music Grizzly Bear fans are used to, but with a more synthy, stripped down approach. It’s not as dense and beautifully textured as previous works like Shields, but it still demands attention, and easily facilitates a close listening. They’ll be joined by a previous collaborator: Portland’s Nat Baldwin, a writer, academic and solo musician, who you probably know better as the bassist for the Dirty Projectors. | $45 | 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | http://www.statetheatreportland.com
Heather Perry and Hopper McDonough sought to document the people toiling away in our collective blind spot.
FACES AND VOICES | Maine creators Heather Perry and Hopper McDonough set up a portrait/interview booth outside the huge shipyard in Bath and waited to see who’d be willing to talk to them about what their work was like (turns out, it’s pretty grueling). Over the course of their stay, they documented stories from 50 of Maine’s gritty, hard hat wearing shipyard workers, the ones curious enough to check out the photo booth in between cigarette drags on their lunch break. The oddly intriguing portraits and quotes they procured are on display in the lower level gallery of the Portland Public Library. Perfectly lit and well composed, these shots, titled Southgate Faces offer a rare glimpse into an overlooked industry. | FREE | 9 am to 5 pm | Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland | https://www.portlandlibrary.com
MAN ON THE ROOF | Portland’s amorphous electronica rocker, Dan Capaldi (who bounces between several different bands) will don the familiar one man stage persona of Sea Level at an unfamiliar spot: the rooftop of Bayside Bowl. It may be the best place to catch his polyrhythmic waves, or at the very least, the sunset! | FREE | 6 pm | Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland | https://www.baysidebowl.com
IRIS REDUX | Here’s likely the biggest event happening today: the band that provided the emotional backdrop to all of your high-school slow dances is making a rare Portland appearance. The Goo Goo Dolls play the pier with their latest album, Boxes, and some classic hits. We’ve matured since the days of their radio domination, but have they? Do they still deserve that much airtime? Certainly. Tickets are steep, but many are finding the chance to revisit their youth worth it these days. | $25.75-99.75 | 6 pm | Maine State Pier, Portland | http://www.waterfrontconcerts.com/
WATCH AND LEARN | Next week offers a lot to do, but Thursday requires some consideration, as some interesting events fall around the same timeframe. Choose wisely! First up, there’s a chance to pull the blinders off our eyes with the Portland Library’s screening of Raising Bertie, an unflinching look at growing up black in rural North Carolina. Several have After that you’re evening could take rapidly different turns. You could head to Falmouth to the Maine Audubon and get up close and personal with our state’s raptors, eagles, and owls, during an outdoor event about birds of prey (there’s beer!). Or, you could stay in town for the Afro-Latin-reggae-fusion bonanza happening at Slab thanks to the heart-stirring talents of Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde. If you’re feeling like getting down to some reggae, but are yearning for grass at your feet (and a better view), the Eastern Promenade’s hosting the seven piece roots reggae collective Royal Hammer. Until then, enjoy life, it's the only thing we’ve got!
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