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Pharoahe Monch Saturday November 11, 8 pm | Oxbow Blending and Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland | $24 Pharoahe Monch Saturday November 11, 8 pm | Oxbow Blending and Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland | $24


HEAR THIS | Everyone grew up so punk. Bucking the authority of fathers, teachers, priests and blowhards was one of the first things many of us learned to do. It's a defensible move, one I'd do again. But might it have had unintended consequences? One of today's malaises is a pronounced inability to listen to one another. I don't even mean "third way" or "bridge the political divide"-type listening. Just old fashioned hearing folks out. Doesn't seem like people have the time. (This is an affliction that affects men, particularly those who believe their time is "valuable.") If you know someone who fits this description, you might forcibly bring them to tonight's edition of the series A Seat at the Table, which focuses on "Listening and Learning." Founded by writer and activist Chanel Jones (formerly Chanel Lewis) and supported by the Treehouse Institute, it's an opportunity, in particular, to listen to the experiences and wisdom of women and people of color. | 6 pm | Coffee By Design, 1 Diamond St., Portland | FREE | http://thetreehouseinstitute.org/a-seat-at-the-table/

AMERICAN BRUISE | The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, a documentary by Brett Story about the isolated ecosystem that American prisons and their inmates inhabit, is the sort of film that everyday Americans need to see. Shot from the inside out, the film attempts to collapse the tidy framework around our understanding of American incarceration and get viewers a closer view of the connections that bind those on the outside with those who've found themselves in jail, and where each intersect with those making profit. The next in a necessary series of films at SPACE Gallery sponsored by the ACLU of Maine. | 7 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | $7 | www.space538.org


PUTTING IN | Read our feature this week for a discussion with Jo Silver and Todd Weeks, two Mainers who just returned from Puerto Rico (where Jo's from) to assist family and community with relief efforts, where over half the island is still without electricity and numerous communities are still in disrepair. Their insights and stories of resilience are illuminating, and if you want to hear their call to action, the first thing you can do is attend tonight's benefit for the Maria Fund, a Puerto Rican-led effort to get resources and build sustainable agriculture on the frontlines of the island's most vulnerable communities. It also happens to be a kickass show, with sets from nationally acclaimed rapper milo, folk artists Lina Tullgren and Lisa/Liza, rap/reggae artist AFRiCAN DUNDADA, and jazz keyboardist maestro Kafari. | "Maine Stands With Puerto Rico" | 8 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St. Portland | $10 | www.space538.org

PUBLIC PARTY | Down in Kittery, join the terrain-shifting Portland artist Jimmy Viera, a painter, for the opening reception of his new exhibit, DISPLAY CASE. Forged from gestures, memories of pleasures past, and "perceived infinity," Viera's compositions recall uncanny spaces of domestic mundanity. In his words: "Taking a wobbly line I made today and placing it in a painting with a cylindrical shape I made three months ago, I am able to collage my gestures into a piece with more history than if I had been just painting intuitively." What do you do? | 6 pm | Buoy Gallery, 2 Government St. Kittery | FREE

SELF-ASSESSMENT | Heralded as a deeply gratifying comic who can leverage vulnerable personal stories into inane bouts of absurdity and near-schizophrenic personae, the stand-up artist Maria Bamford, fresh off numerous Netflix specials (including the semiautobiographical Lady Dynamite), swings Northeast for a set at Portsmouth's Music Hall. | 8 pm | The Music Hall, 131 Congress St. Portsmouth, NH | $34 | www.themusichall.com

BLEEPS, BLOOPS | As our Portland Music Awards go live this week, we fondly recall Galen Richmond's Computer at Sea project, which was a staple for Best Electronic Act several years running. Richmond is a veritable genius and one of Portland's many cultural mayors, but doesn't trot his machines out quite as much anymore. Which is why tonight's appearance at Bayside Bowl, alongside the sweat-thrumming indie rock band Rigor Samsa and FonFon Ru, a rock troupe forged from the ashes of Leverett, do one for the ages. At the low price of nil, commitment is demanded. | 8 pm | Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland | FREE | www.baysidebowl.com

ENDURANCE | Surely the world still thinks about A Perfect Circle. The group hasn't toured in six years nor released an album in, oh, 14 of them. But Billy Howerdel and his vocalist of choice, the inimitable Maynard James Keenan, hit the city's biggest indoor venue tonight, playing their moody and emotional hard-rock/indie metal. With a celebrity round-up of James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer), and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal), their set is opened by L.A.'s The Beta Machine. | 8 pm | Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Sq., Portland | $46-67 | www.crossarenaportland.com


GET EXTRA | Hip-hop legend Pharoahe Monch, formerly one half of the duo Organized Konfusion of the vaunted Rawkus Records masthead, swings through Portland tonight for a first-ever performance in the state. He shows up with DJ Boogie Blind as part of Portland rapper Ben Shorr's Hip-Hops series, which has platformed a solid number of underground and independent rap legends of the past couple decades. Hear Shorr rep his place on our Portland Music Awards ballot with new album Pyrokinesis as well as on this bill, alongside rappers TABLEEK, Flowpez, and the supergroups HUMAN Speakers (eyenine, Seth Gagnon, and DJ Myth) and Beards (Shane Reis, Thommy Kane, and Rustic's Dave Gutter.) | 8 pm | Oxbow Blending and Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland | $24 | https://www.facebook.com/events/1518052874905012/

ALL OVER THE WORLD | The indie-prog rock group Five of the Eyes appear on our Portland Music Awards ballot four times (Best Local Act; Best Album; Best Hard Rock Act and Best Live Act), and could have easily snagged a fifth nod for frontman Darrell Foster's soaring pipes. Warmed from a two-week stint of the states, they play a homecoming show tonight at Empire, with Brooklyn's illustrious Brazilian/American rock band Added Color and QUAD, with Portland musicians Devon Colella and Chris Wilkes. | 8 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | $5-8 | www.portlandempire.com


SEE FOR MILES | The elder statesmen of rock have been falling like redwoods these days, but 76-year-old David Crosby, of course formerly of the psych-folk band The Byrds, still seems to soar. Playing hits from that band and his many years with Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Los Angeles-born songwriter's "Sky Trails" tour is a cozy and simpler times-ish to spend a Sunday evening. Dad vibes high. | 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | $31-61 | www.statetheatreportland.com


PALETTE TRAINING | There’s an exhaustive amount of beer, wine, and other libations available in Portland — surely, it would take a lifetime to try them all. But despite the choices, cherry wine isn’t readily available outside of RSVP on outer Forest. Tonight, however, closer to the peninsula, is a special tasting of cherry wines from the Frederiksdal Kirsebaervin estate, a place allegedly on the forefront of a “wine revolution” in Denmark. We think you should see what all the hype’s about. | 5 pm to 7 pm | Bier Cellar, 299 Forest Ave., Portland | https://www.biercellar.com/

PIANO VIBES | Adept at classic covers and known for their accessible take on avant-jazz, the Bad Plus tour through Portland today with their original pianist Ethan Iverson (who’s due to be replaced with Orrin Evans next year). This trio does what most musicians claim to do: break the illusion of familiarity you’d expect from genre shows — and, judging from their live concert footage on Youtube, they do this in a humble, stimulating manner. They’re fusion of electronic, pop, and rock into fairly structured jazz compositions into really interesting! Peep their set if you’re after a night that’s both jolting and relaxing. | 7 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | $32 | https://onelongfellowsquare.com/ |


PA’LANTE MAINE | Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean almost three months ago leaving huge parts of Puerto Rico looking like a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Four out of five residents there are still without electricity and running water. We hope our feature this week has inspired you to support relief efforts addressing Puerto Rico’s worst humanitarian disaster on record. But here’s perhaps the simplest way to tacitly support the cause redirect some money to the folks that need to rebuild their lives: just go buy your day’s coffee at CBD. Owner Mary Allen Lindemann plans to donate 10 percent of sales to The One America Appeal, an organization dedicated to hurricane recovery work. | ALL FIVE COFFEE BY DESIGN LOCATIONS | Portland, Maine | https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/ |

TAKE A SHOT | A conversation between the renowned Maine photographer Peter Ralston and the award-winning photojournalist Gregory Rec of the Portland Press Herald would prove fascinating for anyone interested in the art form. Ralston’s work documenting the Maine coast over the decades is often imitated but never duplicated with the same amount of character and careful composition. Photographers both budding and experienced could learn alot from this edition of the Maine Voices Live conversation series. | 7 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland | $15 | http://www.portlandmuseum.org/ |

MOUNTAINTOP REVELRY | The Yonder Mountain String Band returns to Portland today as part of their fall tour, and we’re ready to stamp our feet to their blend of bluegrass, rock, and folk. They’re performing their latest Love Ain't Love, which can be the subtly uplifting soundtrack many of us seek during this gray, moody time of year. Durable, timeless, and evoking the type of free-wheeling spirit that typically only deep reflection in the wilderness can bring, this showcase of instrumental prowess may be the best thing to experience tonight. Opening for this Colorado rooted ensemble is the Last Revel, a band of similar rockabilly persuasions. | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | $30 | https://www.portcitymusichall.com/


NOW WHAT? | Because Gov. LePage vetoed the Maine Marijuana Legalization Act last week, the recreational market returns to legal limbo and legislators are sent back to the drawing board after eight months of solid work. What does this mean for the hundreds of cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who hoped to launch into this potentially lucrative market? David Boyer of the Maine Marijuana Policy project will provide some answers at the Maine Cannabis Industry Mixer — although much of the future at this point remains uncertain. Welcome back to purgatory growers and smokers. | 6 pm | Cloudport, 63 Federal St., Portland | Free | https://cloudportme.com/

MAGNIFIQUE | You’re going to want to set aside time this evening to experience some of Leyla McCalla’s cello mastery during a live performance of her debut album, Vari-Colored Songs, a beautiful record that serves as a tribute to the late Langston Hughes, one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance and pioneers of a jazz poetry. The New York Times had this to say about the album: “Her magnificently transparent music holds tidings of family, memory, solitude and the inexorability of time: weighty thoughts handled with the lightest touch imaginable.” McCalla, a Haitian-American, draws from 300 years of creole history for this ambitious, haunting tour of Haitian folk that resonates even with those that don’t know much about French or this deeply rich genre. Don’t miss it. | 7 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | $15 | https://onelongfellowsquare.com/

LEARN ABOUT THIS | For those blessed with a job that pays the bills it might be hard to grapple with the fact that 16 percent of Maine households experience food insecurity, defined here as a lack of sufficient access to food resources. Chances are, you just don’t see evidence of it in your daily life, but don’t be mistaken: hundreds of adults and children go to bed hungry every day in this state. A study conducted by Preble Street last year found that Maine ranks third in the nation for rates of hunger. It’s a sad fact that everyone should be concerned about. Mark Winne, the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, holds a talk today laying out the myths and realities about poverty and food insecurity in Maine in hopes of empowering audience members to seek out creative solutions in their communities. | 6 to 8 pm | USM Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland | Free | https://usm.maine.edu/ |


ANTIDOTES | Given that the world doesn’t descend into apocalypse or collective madness within the next week — which honestly seems more and more likely these days — we’ll continue to blink some notable events on your radar. A classical showcase of time-tested tunes from the Portland Jazz Orchestra caught our eye. As did an Empire tribute show catered to the musical tastes we had back in high school. This Thursday also brings a no cover Middle Eastern dance performance at Blue, and an oddly popular recurring workshop at the Urban Farm Fermentory that teaches people how to harvest, process, and consume acorns. Weird, but we’re into it. These happenings might prove effective at ignoring the onslaught of troubling realities present in our daily news cycle, even if only temporarily.

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