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THURSDAY 28

 

BY REPUTATION | As much as the pliable, genre-hopping quality of his films, the Japanese director Takashi Miike is most widely known for being prolific. Having begun in earnest making movies in 1991, Miike recently finished his hundredth film, the samurai fantasy Blade of the Immortal. It’s a story in which a samurai named Manji, feeling sorry for himself that he’d been cursed with immortality after losing a fight, discovers a sliver of hope upon meeting Rin, a young girl whose parents were slain by swordsmen. With no discernible meaning left in his own life, Manji answers the call of vengeance on behalf of his newfound friend. Extrapolate what metaphors you will from that setup, but the now 57-year-old Miike seems pleased with it. Past films have brought the filmmaker attention for their excessive violence and gore. Be apprised that this one is not substantially tamer — it supposedly ends with an epic fight scene. | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | $8 | www.space538.org

FRIDAY 29

 

LIVE MANHANDLING | If you’re someone for whom there’s a strong correlation between holiday binge-eating and weird, out-of-character aggression over the days to follow, tonight’s “live pro wrestling” event at Geno’s could fix you up nice. Five regular battles give way to the title fight, a “Russian cage match” between Cocky Kyle and Cousin Larry. The evening is a product of the North Atlantic Wrestling Association (NAWA), which endeavors to train "the best wrestlers in the state" from their camp in Buxton. | Fri 8 pm | Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland | $8

 

SATURDAY 30

 

INVERTED UNION | Long holiday weekends being what they are, you’re afforded the chance to polarize your experiences. If you plan to glam it up Sunday, do the negative of that tonight, immersing yourself in the noisefeast at Geno’s, where improv-heavy freakout CUSE ME bring the pain. They’re joined by the serious doom band Opening Bell, from New York, and Nycterent, a pummeling lesson in power electronics by Jon Morse and company. Noise-punk group H.L open the night. | 9 pm | Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress Ave., Portland | $7

 

COOL AND WARM | On the flip side of that coin, one of the city’s longest running, chillest, and most slow-burn satisfying bands, Royal Hammer, convene in Bayside for their very well done take on reggae. Known for their long, ecstatic sets which slowly unwind over a span of a couple hours or more, this should be a fine reprieve from the seasonal iciness. | Sat 9:30 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland | $10

 

PRETTY HOLY | We’d be happy to hype the two Ghost of Paul Revere shows at Port City Saturday and Sunday night, but it looks like damn near a thousand of y’all are going anyway. They’re both plum sold out. Their well praised new album, Monarch, gave definitive proof that GPR’s one of the finest exports in the state (an accolade supported by the fact that they seized both the Best Americana and Best Local Act nods in our latest readers’ poll last month). Saturday’s show leans more toward the country side of things, with Parsonsfield and Joel Thetford, while Sunday’s gives us the plaintive songwriter Max Garcia Conover and Americana folkers GoldenOak. | Sat-Sun 8:30 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | SOLD OUT | www.statetheatreportland.com

 

LEARNING TO FLY | One of the year’s most surprisingly sad losses was Tom Petty. Perhaps highlighted by an era in which Americans were defined by their differences, it seemed shocking to learn how widely respected Tom Petty was throughout the various demographics, regions, and social strata of the country. Everyone loved that dude! Tonight’s Tribute to Tom Petty — featuring sets by Papa Tim and the Desperate Man’s Blues Explosion, Lincoln Continental, Level 7, and Captain Ray and the Castaways — should strike some emotional chords of a story much bigger than the man himself. | Sat 9 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | $10-12 | www.portlandhouseofmusic.com

 

SUNDAY 31

 

YOU JUST CALL | One of the most solid bets to be around good vibes at the stroke, ring your midnight in with R&B singer Kenya Hall, as she enlists friends to help with the “8th Annual Tribute to Stevie Wonder.” One of the finest annual music events in the state, Kenya’s tribute only gets better with age. Frankly, the same could be said of the music of Stevland Hardaway Morris, who after a hard few years of losing pop stars, is looking more definitively as one of the country’s greatest living artists. Find a whole mess of your friends at this one tonight. | Sun 9 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | $15-20 | www.statetheatreportland.com

 

MAKE STRIDES | If you’re the sort who wants to spend the night dancing rather than merely drinking, the intimate juncture at One Longfellow Square is a solid bet, where Primo Cubano sparks dance partners of many generations to see how things shake out. The group play a traditional Cuban style called “son,” a variant of salsa, and word is place sold out when they sent off 2015 on this same stage. Join the dance floor or chill on the balcony tonight. | Sun 8 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | $20-25 | www.onelongfellowsquare.com

 

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MONDAY 1

 

BRING MY MILKSHAKE | Virtually nothing on the official entertainment books today, so why not head to the Nick? We can vouch for Lady Bird, the new coming-of-age flick by Greta Gerwig about a plucky high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) in Sacramento, California, and for Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri, an exhilarating small-town drama (if a little far-fetched) driven by terrific performances by Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage. Fingers crossed they’re able to get Phantom Thread by Monday. The highly anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson work (said to Daniel Day Lewis’s “exit film”) has received high marks by critics, but though it was released on December 25 is mysteriously absent from all Maine theaters. Of course, there’s always that other movie, too. | Nickelodeon Cinemas, 239 Park Ave., Portland | $8 | www.patriotcinemas.com

 

TUESDAY 2

 

GET REAL | While the rest of the world hibernates, join Portland-based Falls of Rauros for a sort of homecoming, as the folk/black metal band return from several weeks on the road supporting their new and blitzkrieging long player Vigilance Perennial. The four-piece Chicago band Immortal Bird, whose black and death metal styles exhibited on the 2015 record Empress/Abscess keep pace with their Portland allies, open the night, along with Boston’s Infera Bruo. Hard to find a harsher, bleaker, more invigorating way to start the year. | 9 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | $7-10 | www.portlandempire.com

 

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WEDNESDAY 3

 

CANNOT FORGET (ABOUT SWEAT) | Self-care always ranks high on the list of January items, and the weekly “pub run,” put on by Runaways Run Club, should slot into your agenda. Meet the social club at Urban Farm Fermentory at 6 pm, where a few hellos precede disembarkation on a 3.5 mile run around Bayside, followed by some more chill time at UFF. If you’re having a dry January, they’ve got non-alcoholic options. | 6 pm | Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland | FREE | www.fermentory.com

 

THURSDAY 4

 

DARK NIGHTS | Next Thursday, the city returns to some semblance of entertainment normalcy — except we’ll be taking some time off. We’ll be back to help navigate the arts scene in late January. Hope everyone got some good books.

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