BASIC ECSTASIES | One of the myriad highlights of last weekend's Waking Windows festival was watching artist Chani Bockwinkel deliver a passionate, scripture-driven lecture as Justin Bieber. Styled as a "Ted Talk" — please don't sue us or her, Ted — the dance-artist explained to a rapt Apohadion audience the hidden religious and sapphic undertones to Bieber's renaissance. It was mighty. Presently an artist-in-residence at SPACE Gallery, Bockwinkel pivots from the Bieber obsession to head a discussion about their film Those Who Wait, a queer-feminist retelling of a religious doomsday movement in nineteenth-century Maine.
| 6-7:30 pm | New Fruit Collective, 82 Parris St., Portland | www.space538.org
MASS SOLITUDE | Channeling catharsis since 1999, the Toronto-based indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene churned out their first album in seven years this summer, the quite-well-received Hug of Thunder, about which in various interviews bandleader Kevin Drew made statements toward the futility of cynicism. Still a strange group to have sustained success, Drew's songwriting has always been the big sell, and whether he "means it" or doesn't, that hasn't lost a step. With the Scotland indie band Frightened Rabbit.
| 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | $31 adv, $36 | www.statetheatreportland.com
STANDING TOGETHER | One of the distinguishing features of our American era, besides the unceasing series of apocalyptic events, is a pervading feeling of being disconnected from our peers and communities. Call it an affect owing to the ubiquity of internet life, call it whatever you want, but it's difficult to shoulder the heaviness of daily life as a single atomized individual. If last weekend's catastrophic and inexplicable shooting in Las Vegas has you reeling, join your city in a mass reprieve this evening in Monument Square, where we collectively host a candlelight vigil. | 5:30-7:30 pm | Monument Square, Portland
COMMON THREADS | In the heart of what might be the the last of the year's art walks in bearable weather, the new tattoo parlor Broken Crow Collective holds some space for a fundraiser benefiting those doing work around suicide prevention. Collaborating with the Maine clothiers Catalyst for Change (Kyle Poissonnier), NovaWave (Kyle Treadwell), the tattoo collective offers beer, food, and music by the funk-rock act The Lost Woods while raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. | 6-9 pm | Broken Crow Collective, 594 Congress St., Portland | by donation
YOU ONLY YOLO ONCE | The songwriter Ralph White, who busked for years after helping found the old-timey bluegrass punk band Bad Livers in Austin, Texas, in the early '90s, swoops through Portland to play a characteristically under-the-radar set in Bayside tonight. As lore has it, White left the Bad Livers in '96 to take a bicycle trip across Africa with nothing much in tow but his banjo, playing alongside local musicians he'd encounter and adding know-how around the the mbira, kalimba, and African thumb piano. Dude has lived some life, and plays tonight with fellow livers Colby Nathan and Tom Kovasevic, and side project solo sets from two members of the Oregon freak band Million Brazilians, including Suzanne Stone's White Gourd and DJ Corum on the interstitials.
| 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland
STAYING GOLD | Old-school toughies could consider lacing up the boots tonight, as New York hardcore brethren Murphy's Law — still fronted by the immortal Jimmy Gestapo — post up at Geno's. It's been 16 years since we've heard any new material from these fellas, so you can be guaranteed a hazy, THC-infused trip down memory lane. With Maine punk groups Cryptid, USA Waste, and the Pubcrawlers.
| 8 pm | Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland | $12-15
INTELLIGENCE GATEKEEPER | Ostensibly, Senator Angus King will appear for a discussion in Portland this evening to talk about his former role within the Pine Tree Legal Association organization, where he worked in the late sixties. In this appearance, he's expected to talk about "justice, poverty, and current events," and we can only imagine how he's preparing to field questions about the batshit political climate he's been thrust into under the Trump administration. If it weren't so distressing, it'd be prime entertainment. King would obviously be able to say nothing whatsoever about his role on the Senate Intelligence Committee while FBI Director Robert Mueller investigates Russian influence on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, but it'd be fun to watch his face if you ask.
| 5 pm | University of Southern Maine, Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford St., Portland
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD | Check elsewhere in this issue for a glowing spotlight on the aesthetic orgy of printed matter found at this weekend's New England Art Book Fair, enshrined tonight and tomorrow at SPACE Gallery. Bring cash.
| Fri 5-9 pm; Sat 10 am-4 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.neartbookfair.com
THE WAY OUT | If you want the art walk festivities to elude you, party on the outskirts of town at the ever-chill Bunker Brewing, which hosts a soul dance party honoring their one-year anniversary at the new location. DJs BKLYN Tighten Up and the Soul 45 Boys play out R&B and passion-jams while you sip and sip away the summer.
| 5-10 pm | Bunker Brewing Company, 17 Westfield St., Portland | www.bunkerbrewingco.com
ALONG THE SPECTRUM | But this week's winner for most polycultural show is Urban Farm Fermentory, which hosts a four-artist showcase with new wave pop act Forget, Forget along with R&B emanations of Bright Boy, two Portland artists. They hold down the fort for Western Massachusetts's sing/speak anti-folk songwriter Alyssa Kai and the alt-country act Julie Cira, a four-piece.
| 8 pm | Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland | www.fermentory.com
COMMON BRILLIANCE | As quintessential Maine acts go, seeing a performance of The Early Evening Show is as fundamental as traveling to Acadia or skiing Sugarloaf. The original variety show from comedian, improviser and Buckfield native Mike Miclon has been entertaining audiences for roughly 20 years, and has quietly grown to be an incredible part of the state's cultural fabric. See Miclon try on his various characters in this largely improvised, late night-talk show style variety show performed in front of a live audience of regular folks, fully 100 percent of whom are with him at the show's finish. | 7:30 pm | Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Rd, South Paris | $10-15 | www.celebrationbarn.com
LISTEN TO YOUR CITY'S YOUNG PEOPLE | Surely you've heard of Fair Rent Portland, the upstart organization endeavoring to curb the swell of gentrification by introducing rent stabilization measures to city housing codes for landlords and property owners who own more than five units. Their goal is too complex to cover in an 8 Days post, and while some are opposing their efforts (on the somewhat morally shaky ground of free-market economic determinism), it's hard not to appreciate what they're trying to do. If you're among their supporters, dance with your kind tonight at Zero Station, which hosts a fundraiser for the group while DJs spin '90s and aughties classics. | 9 pm | Zero Station, 222 Anderson St, Portland
HOWDY STRANGERS | The all-time fave-type band Modest Mouse sold out the State Theatre long ago, now you just have to commit to it. Can't imagine Brock and company won't roll out some tribute to Tom Petty, whose music aged into a Venn diagram with indie-rock fandom about as well as any other rock 'n' roll superstar. | Sun 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | www.statetheatreportland.com
CULTIVATE AN INTEREST | If you're the sort of person who watches films to the point where you talk or think about them, or you aspire to be the sort of person who does because you suspect it's not a bad life (you're onto something), a primer could come in handy today at the PMA. The auteur Bertrand Tavernier relishes the strain of cinema history that has traveled through France, and the documentary, appropriately titled My Journey Through French Cinema, could be all you need to flip that little switch within.
| Sat-Sun 2 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq., Portland | www.portlandmuseum.org
PROFESSIONAL TIMING | PA solid smattering of jokers converge on Blue's reliable hunker-down Worst Day of the Week tonight. For a fiver and a strongly suggested glass of wine, soak up the peculiar thoughts of Stephen Spinola, Connor McGrath, Mike Gray, Micaela Tepler, and many more. | 8 pm | Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland | www.portcityblue.com
BE ARMED | Read columnist Brian Sonenstein for an in-depth look at why knowing how to talk to cops (and how to let them talk to you) is an important skill for living in today's society. In his column ("Do You Know Your Rights? on page 8), he highlights the Maine Community Law Center's workshop this evening and their commitment to fighting "the justice gap," which helps to explain why some of the people most vulnerable to the legal system and the methods of its agents are the ones who have the most limited access to knowledge about that system. Join professionals from the MCLC for this workshop, titled "They Can't Do That! Can They?" | 5:30 pm | Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland | www.portlandlibrary.com
CHAIN OF EVENTS | You don't need me to rattle off some shopworn anecdote to remind you the importance of storytelling. It's likely that someone in your life, friend or family, is underappreciated for their natural-born storytelling skills, and would be a perfect candidate to joinup for tonight's story slam. Using a prompt of "stormy," amateur tellers share tales of kindness, resilience, weathering the storm, and all points in between tonight, hosted by the Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts' Jean Armstrong. | 7 pm | Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland | $5
LIFE IS SCARY | With Damnationland right around the corner, it's officially the season of the witch. (I'm into witches, but feel free to substitute your monster of choice.) Now a fully established festival of homegrown horror film talent, Damnationland season costs a pretty penny to produce. Titled "Nothing to Fear But Beer Itself," this event helps raise some funds at Oxbow tonight, as filmmakers, actors, and brewers hobnob in a dark cavernous place, lit by horror films and the sonic decay of DJ Remy Brecht. | 8:30 pm | Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland | by donation | www.oxbow.com