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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…

8 Days a Week: Aging Hippies, ACLU Bennies, and Weird Michael Keaton

THURSDAY 9   HER AGAIN | Regina Spektor has aged well. Well, as a lyricist, performer, song writer — I don't know how what she's like as a person. She hasn't drifted into adult contemporary (like Tori did at this point in her career). Years pass between albums, a sign of confidence and care, and yet she doesn't seem to share Fiona's painstaking, blood-ripped-from-a-stone catharsis. And while the disconfigurations of love clearly serve as her primary…

8 Days a Week: Resistance Summits, Shakespeare Parties, and New Mainer Fashion Shows

THURSDAY 2   WATER WARS | While the winter air here in Maine begins to thicken, the contested site of Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota remains at a stark chill. Protesters were cleared out this month as production surged on the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline after an executive order by you-know-who, and the site is reportedly a ghost village of left-behind belongings and stray animals. Last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer…

8 Days: Metal Maelstroms, a Beatles Orchestra, Brewery Comedy, and Nostalgic Parties

THURSDAY, 23   EASILY AMUSED | Janoah Bailin’s not a clown, but he’s got the skill set of one. Dip into the library for a surefire way to make your afternoon a little less dull, as Janoah will be putting on a 40 minute performance jam-packed with juggling, unicycle tricks, and puppetry. Libraries aren’t just places for knowledge; they’re also cultural centers and sometimes double as markets for absurdity and laughter, which is much appreciated…

8 Days: Hellish Concerts, Strange Dates, and a World-Building Workshop

THURSDAY, 16   SPICE OF LIFE | Take my advice and unplug from current events. Turn your phone off (heck, why not leave it at home for once?). Link up with your favorite human, and attend this variety show brought on by the Art Department and Bomb Diggity Arts. Hilarity will likely ensue, and you could use a dose of that. If you’re craving something a little out of this world, stick around for Tim…

8 Days a Week: LSD Lessons, Ladies' Health Rallies, and Letter-Writing Parties

THURSDAY 9 MADCAP THEATER | The actor and writer Brent Askari has spent the last several years carving out a status as one of the best character actors in Portland — truly, if only there were awards for such a thing. One wonders, however, that the distinction might overshadow his considerable talents as a playwright. His original comedy Digby’s Home drew strong praise in its production last year, and his award-winning madcap play Cocktails and…

8 Days a Week: Playing Rough, Standing Up, and Fighting the Fight

THURSDAY 2 BITTER SILVER | There's a silver lining to this moment in history, albeit thin, and it's this. If you're a person who's feeling stressed, unsafe, or in despair, conditions are actually better than ever that you could talk to someone about it. A friend, acquaintance, bartender, stranger — whoever — they're probably feeling similarly. (I wouldn't bother the bartender too much if they're working. On the other hand, what is work, really?) Not all people find comfort…
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