8 Days a Week: Petty Worship, American Primitivism, and Reproductive Justice

 

THURSDAY 26

ZIG WHILE U ZAG | A good chunk of today's social innovation and startup culture involves the question of how to stack functions over drinking beer. This evening, at Oxbow's "Beer & Learn" series, join the roofing specialists Sika Sarnafil in a discussion of form and function in green roofing. The AIA-accredited Sika Sarnafil — that's an organization, not a person — cover techniques for waterproofing and proper maintenance of green roofing in this one-hour hang. | 4-6 pm | Oxbow Blending and Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland | FREE | www.oxbowbeer.com   

DANCE CHANNELS | A good idea we hope will continue, tonight's "Body and Soul" dance party gives people a spot to dance to R&B, neo-soul, funk, jazz, and hip-hop in a setting that's aware of the historical appropriation of those and other black-originated genres for the profit of organizations and corporations that systematically exclude people of color from their employ or profits. Ergo, it's a fine idea that One Longfellow Square donate proceeds from tonight's party to the Black Lives Matter movement. | 6-8 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | $10 | www.onelongfellowsquare.com    

PEEP ON IT | Right in the heart of the harvest season, Port City Peep Show's coven of dancers revel in the sensual, darkly spiritual themes of divination and sisterhood. This wolfpack of burlesque dancers and artists have decades of collective experience and put on an imaginative, out-there variety show of dance, song, live music, and other surprises. | 8:30 pm | Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland | $12-15 | www.portlandhouseofmusic.com    

FRIDAY 27

NOW ZONING | The only style of music it's impossible to grow out of is jazz. Book it! True statement! Test that theory the next few decades if you don’t trust me, but if you already do, then jell with the form tonight at SPACE Gallery, where Finnish-born, NYC-based pianist Frank Carlberg performs a suite of music directly inspired by Thelonius Monk, the otherworldly jazz musician who used to get up and run circles around his piano mid-set, or occasionally fall asleep at the keyboard. (The unpredictable Monk is a terrific one to pull inspiration from; though while his eccentric personality was inextricable from his music, I don’t mean to make light of his struggles with mental health.) Carlberg leads a 17-piece ensemble called OURBIGBAND through a devotional program titled "Monk Dreams, Hallucinations, and Nightmares" in celebration of the influential jazz artist's 100th birthday. | 8:30 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | $15-20 | www.space538.org 

HORROR HOTEL | Perhaps Damnationland awakened in you an unholy hunger for vintage horror flicks. Perhaps you made a pact long ago to watch all the movies Glenn Danzig named Misfits songs after. Or perhaps celebrating Halloween is an interior condition better triggered by cinema than dressing up and eating trash. Whatever the case, the city's museum readies a weekend of screenings of Night of the Living Dead, a restored version of George Romero's 1968 zombie-horror classic. See it today at 2 and 6:30 pm (or Saturday and Sunday at 2). | 2 & 6:30 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland | $8 | www.portlandmuseum.org 

FRONTLINES | The GOP's war on women's reproductive health is a sort of scary that transcends seasonal humors. This evening, keep in solidarity with an appearance by Dr. Willie Parker, a Southern Christian OB/GYN working for reproductive justice in Montgomery, Alabama, who has been featured in the documentaries Trapped and Jackson about the effort to preserve access to abortion. In this program called "In This Together," 100 percent of ticket sales benefit "direct patient care" for Planned Parenthood. The evening segues into a dance party benefiting the same cause at 9 pm, helmed by DJ Jay-C, with a $5 cover. | 6-9 pm | Aura, 121 Center St., Portland | $35 | www.auramaine.com  

DROP | The apocalyptic hardcore punk band Leash play their last show tonight. Their crusty, d-beat-driven sound recalls the genre's glory days with artists like His Hero is Gone, Amebix, and Left For Dead, though recordings demonstrate the original flare they brought to the style. They play at Geno's with Baltimore darkwave crew Curse, plus Maine punk acts H.L. and HazelKrust| 8 pm | Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland | $7 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS | The common talking point that the country is "divided" often sounds wishy-washy, ahistorical and lacking in substantive political understanding. But it's true that many types of public discourse are vitriolic, antagonistic, and exclusionary, and that a lot of Americans are raised with a vocabulary of aggression, competition, and violence. Folks gotta work on it! An appearance by the nonviolent communication trainer Peggy Smith, co-founder of the Maine Center for Nonviolent Communication, helps teach individuals ways to remedy that in their daily thoughts, actions, and interactions. A public school teacher for 32 years, Smith has studied with Thich Nhat Hanh since 1991, and brings a lot of humor to her work. Her one-and-a-half day workshop, titled "Building Connection in Difficult Times," begins Friday night and continues all day Saturday, and fifty percent of profits benefit the restoration of Portland's Abyssinian Meeting House, the third oldest African-American Meeting House in the United States.  | Fri 6:30-9 pm; Sat 9 am-5 pm | First Congregational Church, UCC of South Portland, 301 Cottage St., South Portland | $150 | www.opencommunication.org   

IN THE FINGERS | The American Primitive guitarist Glenn Jones once played in the '90s Boston experimental band Cul De Sac, and, meaningfully, studied with the late Fahey, a student, practitioner, and preservationist of guitar-folk traditions from the early 20th century. Now 64, Jones himself is getting to be one of the craft's most experienced teachers, playing guitar and banjo in a lyrical style owing to Fahey and the decades of folk guitar ghosts of history. His wisdom shines tonight at the Apohadion, where he plays a set with Maine folk artist Micah Blue Smaldone opening. | 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland | $8-10 

SATURDAY 28

PRINTWORTHY | Check our feature section for the full rundown of Halloween events this weekend, with a heavy concentration today, but if you want to carry on a normal, Halloween-free life, keep reading. The artist Demian DinéYazhi' of Portland, Oregon is here, and we're lucky for it. DinéYazhi' makes "radical indigenous queer feminist art" and is the artist behind a line of popular #DECOLONIZEFEMINISM posters, and we're lucky to have him lead a screenprinting workshop today at Pickwick Independent Press. | 1-4 pm | Pickwick Independent Press, 522 Congress St., Portland | $5-10 donation | www.border-patrol.net 

HIT THE BARS | Not really a Halloween-type thing (again, look elsewhere in this issue for that), but the rapper REKS from Lawrence, Massachusetts, teams up with Portland rapper Ben Shorr, fresh off the release of his new album Pyrokinesis, for a rowdy show at Bayside Bowl tonight. The up-and-coming rapper Graphic Melee of Portland also plans to throw down some bars and spin a little, while Zaya HumanNature (of the Kesho Wazo crew), Mike Wing, and Jacobsen have at it too. | 8 pm | Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland | $12-15 | www.baysidebowl.com  

THIS GUY | The songwriter Josh Ritter's been at this two decades now. Having been a pop songwriter and musician in the modern Americana mold, he's also been a New York Times bestselling author for his 2011 novel Bright's Passage. See this popular darling of American life tonight with his Royal City Band at the State Theatre, with the group Good Old War| 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | $25-30 | www.statetheatreportland.com   

 

SUNDAY 29

PLAYIN' MAKE-UP | Halloween being the undisputable best holiday, it's inevitable to imagine a reality in which it lasts all year round. That sounds far-fetched, but then I remember that people into cosplay have essentially already turned that corner, leaving normies like me in their fantastical dust. If you're one of them, or if Halloween is a fantasy you're ready to make a commitment to, poke into the Cosplay Contest at the Portland Comic Expo. The contest is at 3 today, though the convention lasts all day from 10 am to 5. | 3 pm | Portland Comic Expo, Portland Exposition Building, 239 Park Ave., Portland | www.portlandcomicexpo.com 

 

MONDAY 30

I'LL TAKE WHATEVER YOU GOT | Empire's experimental Monday night programming for the last few months has been something called "The Great Open Mic Challenge," the conceit being that anyone can share or perform anything — poems, comedy, music, a Powerpoint presentation about the mineral content of the rocks in Cape Elizabeth, whatever. It can get pretty loosey-goosey, but tonight's the finals, so the evening's presenters have been vetted by a team of local artists and celebrities to be the cream of the crop. A winner will be crowned and adorned with regionally significant prizes. And then a new idea for how to suffer Monday occurs next week. | 7-9 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | www.portlandempire.com 

 

SEE A LITTLE LIGHT | In these days, battered as we are not only by cruel and retrogressive policy proposals but by the economy of outrage traded in by mainstream media and the very real outrage-provoking menace that is the U.S. president and his cabinet, it's been a beacon of light to see the slow-process, relationship-building, justice-driven work of the Southern Maine Workers' Center. The homegrown Portland-based group has been at the forefront of numerous citizen-led movements over the last few years, from their Health Care is a Human Right campaign, the Work With Dignity campaign, and most recently, their Paid Sick Days initiative, which endeavors to close a serious health and equity gap among Portland workers — particularly those working in food service and hospitality — who've grown accustom to going to work sick. The SMWC holds a new member orientation tonight at their location on 56 North Street on Munjoy Hill. If you've been in the dark, see what they're about. | 6-7:30 pm | Southern Maine Workers' Center, 56 North St., Suite 100., Portland | www.maineworkers.org  

 

TUESDAY 31

AGAIN IN SONG | Awkwardly falling on the week's most vanilla day, Halloween-on-a-Tuesday still has a few killer parties worth summoning your inner undead. The return of the silver-throated Lyle Divinsky and his Denver-based funk troupe The Motet is one. Portlanders have stamped his parties bona fide since early last decade. Divinsky's first appearance with the band was on last year's Totem, a full-length album he recorded in the studio after having joined the group six weeks prior. They're unequivocally a good time. | 8 pm | Aura, 121 Center St., Portland | $31 | www.auramaine.com

AGAIN IN SONG | If you're still stoked from last weekend's Queens of the Stone Age show, you mind find similar thrills in tonight's appearance by The Very Reverend, Portland's hip-swaggering rock band much in the same mold. They drop their debut EP, Gold to a Thief, tonight, with the help of rapper Sarah Violette and Renee Coolbrith| 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland | $8

 

WEDNESDAY 1

GROWTH PATTERNS | Rabbit rabbit, m'dudes! Tonight marks the tour kickoff show of Portland songsmith Jeff Beam, who drops a corresponding EP single called Something Came From Nothing before heading on the most ambitious westerly tour he's ever wrangled. Beam's been painted with a reputation of one of the hardest-working musicians in the state. It's possible you thought his psyched-out indie jams were a little impenetrable half a decade ago, but his songs are pretty all aboard these days. Single "Something Came From Nothing" has some eerie Tom Petty-meets-Radiohead vibes (read a full review on page 19). Beam's support tonight is none other than despatched local favorites Theodore Treehouse, who've been broke up awhile now but manage to come together on special occasions from time to time, and Fort Gorgeous, an alias of former Portlander Billy Libby. | 8 pm | Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland | $7-10 | www.portlandhouseofmusic.com 

 

THURSDAY 2

AROUND THE CORNER | The sudden drop into early winter could come at any time. Next week brings a dynamic comedy performance by stand-up artists/partners Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher (at Portland House of Music and Events), a showing by indie-rock sensations And the Kids (at SPACE), and a workshop about how to build sustainable birdfeeders at Urban Farm Fermentory.

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