8 Days A Week (153)

8 Days a Week: Dark Crystals, Half Moons, All Black Everything

THURSDAY 21 FOISTED EAST | One of the summer's successful music series, Are You Kidding Me? Tapes' Thursday night showcases of weird, experimental, and next-wave rock, has moved from Geno's Rock Club to Bayside's Urban Farm Fermentory. Besides bands of unpredictable and high-personality musicians, the prime virtue of this series, the project of a DIY tape label project by musician Chris Gervais and Jason Engler, is its ubiquity. A cheap weekly showcase of local rock…

8 Days a Week: Posi-Jams, Lawn Hangs, and Street Talk

THURSDAY 14 HERE'S YOUR CHANCE | Tell you what. You could skip this whole weekend and drive to New York right now to see the Fall, the legendary post-punk band from Manchester, UK, fronted by the brilliant and asinine Mark E. Smith. They play the first of five consecutive nights in Brooklyn tonight, a mere six-hour drive. No? Okay, then. Closer fantasies at hand, the fine folks at Bayside’s elevated barbecue joint Terlingua get weird…

8 Days a Week: Six-Fingered Men, Victorian Revivals, and Badass Poets

THURSDAY 7   TO BLAVE | One of the most quoted, celebrated, and influential movies of a generation, the '80s fantasy film The Princess Bride gets a one-night-only screening at the Nickelodeon tonight. Some of this film's lines have been embedded in my vernacular so long I'd forgotten where they came from. (I've been addressing my entire family the way Andre the Giant calls up to Princess Buttercup for about 20 years now.) The late…

8 Days A Week: Ear Candy, Brain Food, and Sublime Moments

THURSDAY 31 IN MEMORIAM | Almost 100 people are dying every day from drug related accidents or overdoses. Experts say that half a million Americans will die from opiates in the next decade. The problem isn’t going anywhere, and we’ve heard disturbingly little out of both LePage and Trump’s administration on strategies to alleviate this deadly crisis. For now, Mainer’s will gather in Monument Square for International Overdose Awareness Day, to do the one thing…

8 Days A Week: Time Machines, Politically Conscious Comedy, and the Fight of a Generation

THURSDAY 24 FLASHBACK | In these anxiety-inducing times, where it seems that World War III, Civil War II, or domination from technological overlords could each easily be over the horizon, many of us are missing our youth. If you’re a '90s kid like me, you probably yearn for those simpler times, back when your only concern was pulling a rare Pokémon card from a booster pack and making it home from school on time to…

8 Days a Week: Disney Burlesque, Haitian Pop, and Showin' Up

THURSDAY 17   FINGERS CROSSED FOR URSULA | In a reckless world, onight's burlesque show is something you can put some faith in. Produced by the smart, silly, multimedia-friendly Voulez-Vous Cabaret, who've become one of the foremost such troupes in the city, audiences by now know they're not getting an old-school, male-gazey show complete with hot cars, leopard prints, and pin-up girls. Tonight's act has broader designs. And, titled Bippity Boppity Boobs, it packs a…

8 Days A Week: Dead Whales, Resurrected Goddesses, and Other Hallucinations

THURSDAY 10   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…

8 Days a Week: Rainbows, Moonlight, Ghost Stories, and Dark Stars

THURSDAY 3 PICTORIAL BUCKET LIST | Maine folks could soon be running out of chances to see Moonlight, Barry Jenkins's gripping 2016 coming-of-age tale about a young black man growing up in Miami. The Best Picture Oscar-winner ran through Portland months ago, but Frontier twinkles a week of screenings at us from up north, with scattered times through August 6. See it tonight at 7 pm. | $8 ($7 seniors/students) | Thu-Fri 7 pm; Sat-Sun 3…

8 Days a Week: Beer Festivals, Country Dads, and Radical Compassion

THURSDAY 27   LET IT DRIPPETH | All damn day, the folks at the Oxbow facility in Portland host a tap intrusion by Jester King, a farmhouse brewery outta Austin, Texas, said to eff around with fermentation and weird cultures. The Jester King folks have brought five strains of their beer for us to sip on. If one of them is the Atrial Rubicite — which boasts a quite-high rating on Beer Advocate — then…

8 Days A Week: Distant Clams, Tough Stories, and a Sprinkling of Wes Anderson

THURSDAY 20   ART BRINGETH TOGETHER | If you haven't driven by the cheerfully Lego-tastic sculpture adjacent the Portland Museum of Art along High Street, God bless you. It's the work of Ogunquit-based Jonathan Borofsky (who'd surely be annoyed I called his work Lego-tastic, but how do you describe art to the amorphous and indifferent masses?) The piece is a lovely meditation on the interconnectedness of society, and the Boston-raised Borofsky himself is a master…
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