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 start time here will deter some of the less hardcore following, but around midnight, right around the point where you hit the pit of eternal despair, you'll realize who your people are. The Princess Bride kicks off a really respectable late-night Thursday Night Throwback series, which continues weekly until the end of the year. We're about it.
| 11 pm | Nickelodeon Cinemas, 1 Temple St., Portland | www.patriotcinemas.com
CONNECTING DOTS | Hear Waverley, the new album by indie-rock act An Overnight Low, and you may detect nods toward the slightly acid-caked neo-psychedelia of British rock group the Soft Boys as well as American cult heroes like Gram Parsons. With a sound that moves effortlessly between haunted and sober, the group, fronted by Manchester-reared songwriter and educator Chad Walls, release their third full-length album tonight at Portland House of Music, with Bri Lane and Dominic Lavoie, formerly of the longtime Portland psych-rock band Dominic and the Lucid. Walls has taught at SMCC, MECA, and UNE, so his relationship-building skills in this community are strong. We hope for a warm night.
| 8 pm | Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland | www.portlandhouseofmusic.com
WRITERS WRITE | If you've slayed your stack of summer beach reads and feel ready to tackle something with a little more heft, allow us to introduce you to Seth Rogoff's debut novel First, The Raven: A Preface. A hiccupy title, perhaps, but numerous writers have attested to the hypnotic power of this debut novel by Rogoff, a Maine native who's lived in Prague the last two years. The premise is this. After decades apart, two old friends meet in a townie Maine bar — the Czech translator Sy Kirschbaum and the playwright Gabe Slatky — where they, y'know, compare notes. Rogoff's book has drawn comparisons to My Dinner With Andre, the influential film-where-nothing-happens, and the fiction of Kafka, a writer he himself translates. Also a professor at the Maine College of Art, Rogoff appears tonight at Print to discuss his mesmerizing book.
| 7 pm | Print: A Bookstore, 273 Congress St., Portland | www.printbookstore.com
DANCING ABOUT INCARCERATION | If you witnessed or enjoyed last week's tent spectacle at Thompson's Point, the one whipped up by Alison Chase and her band of performers (and that dude from the Hold Steady), then listen up. This weekend's ineffable dance/theater hybrid is totally different! The Freedom Project, a devised piece by the intergenerational, multicultural Everett Company, explores the theme of mass incarceration in the U.S. One would be hard-pressed to find a weightier subject to tackle, but this cluster of five dancers weave personal narratives, daring physicality, and historical framework to dance around their point, which is the ways in which the "Land of the Free" became the country with the most incarcerated citizens in the world.
| Fri-Sat 7:30 pm | $18 adv, $20 day of | 7:30 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | www.space538.org
IDEA CITY | Tonight marks the second of two benefit shows for Elijah True, the Lewiston punk statesman, father of two, and drummer of the otherworldly instrumental rock band An Anderson, who's been battling a form of cancer since last winter. Shooting into Bayside from the last show's environs, see experimentalist id m theft able, rock burlies Cushing, Alex Merrill's longtime song project Old Night, and more at the warm confines of the Apohadion.
| 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland | by donation
FUZZY BUDDIES | Returning to us tonight is the gifted songwriter Henry Jamison, whom locals may remember as the frontman of the dreamy and sophisticated folk-rock act The Milkman's Union. Jamison's been living in Vermont and flying solo lately, and his singles, particularly the restrained joy of "Real Peach," have been catching the attention of all sorts of listeners. (Seriously, I listened to that song just once over a year ago, and I get it stuck in my head all the time.) Jamison's a songwriting slugger, and it's easy to root for someone who goes deep this often. He plays tonight at One Longfellow Square, with estimable alt-country act Tall Horse and the piano/violin duo Gracie and Rachel.
| 8 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | $12-15 | www.onelongfellowsquare.com
LAYING IN THE SUN | Against the backdrop of a waning summer, weekend hours are precious. A reliable option is HenryFest, the thirteenth annual outdoor shindig of string music and Americana conjuring, with dance workshops for kids, food trucks, craft beer, an "instrument discovery truck," and, fingers crossed, some hot slabs of late summer sun. (Reports circulate that Hurricane Irma may travel as far up the East Coast as Maine, which would certainly change the tenor of this party.) The Gawler Family String Band, a fiddle-playing family of five from Belgrade, Maine, serve as a sort of headliner for this one, reaching into their kettle of Scottish, Irish, and Franco-American fiddle tunes. They're joined by Portland songwriter Katie Matzell, the great Emilia Dahlin, Congolese drumming group Mbondo Africa, and more.
| noon-7 pm | Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth | $18-20 ($35 for the family) | www.skylinefarm.org
PUSHING FOR EQUITY | It's good news that registration for today's action workshop, titled "Changing Maine: Centering Anti-Racism in Our Movements," is mostly filled. Sponsored by a coalition of groups committed to the long, slow process of anti-racist justice work and spearheaded by Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), the workshop collects anti-racist activists from here and out of state to help train locals to advance racial equity. As a response to the election, the political climate, and the white liberal-heavy vibe of organizing spaces (and the state in general), the workshop's organizers have planned for black and POC breakout sessions, recognizing that needs and questions differ among those showing up for this. For more information, visit the website below.
| 8 am-5 pm | YWCA of Maine, 130 East Ave., Lewiston | sliding scale $0-50 (no one turned away) | www.resourcesforsocialchange.org
FREAK SCENE | Somehow, the Portland pop group Weakened Friends scored Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J Mascis to solo on their new song, "Hate Mail." It rips. And it seems to be working — the surly, snarly rock song (an unsentimental missive about the end of a relationship fueled by gaslighting) debuted on Stereogum this week, and should help propel the Portland-trio forward. As weirdo punk rock idols go, there aren't many better out there — maybe I should ask J to write an 8 Days entry. I digress; fans should follow the former Box Tiger and Audience rockers to their show in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, tonight, where they play with Badfellows and Heavy Pockets.
| 9 pm | The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Portsmouth, NH | $7 | www.stonechurchrocks.com
REFORMERS ENGAGE | The annual Portland Greenfest kicks off in Monument Square today, a high positivity eco-event that models creative solutions to deal with the environmental challenges to come. It may be a grim distinction that this event co-incides with Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm which at the time of this writing is potentially slated to hit Florida and possibly travel up the East Coast. But with luck, this part of the country won't be disturbed, and the day's demonstrations of hybrid cars, upcycle artmaking, and a "pollinator parade" will all continue without a hitch.
| 10 am-4 pm | Monument Square, Portland | www.portlandgreenfest.org
NO BYE, NO ALOHA | They may be playing it chill themselves, but those who've partied with DJs Barfhorse and Laura Vanilla know that it's the end of an era when the two retire their "SLIME" party this month. The last of an ongoing party that was for awhile one of the most eclectic, hard-hitting, and knowledgeable in town, the duo lay it down tonight for one last time, before Laura Vanilla (a/k/a Portland designer and hairstylist extraordinaire Meghan Harrington) moves out west.
| 9 pm | Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St., Portsmouth, NH | free | www.flasklounge.com
KICK THE CAN | Now that the steampunk wave is mostly behind us, it's okay for the rest of us to poke around with Victorian-era aesthetics again. The city's favorite precious dollhouse museum, the admittedly fascinating Victoria Mansion, hosts its biennial Victorian Fair, with interactive exhibitions, demonstrations, tarot readers, tea etiquette instruction, a cider press, a Punch & Judy performance, and tons more. Whether you find this stuff uncanny and creepy, perversely exciting, or unironically beautiful, you'd be among friends today. | 11 am | Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland | $10 | www.victoriamansion.org
LIVING HISTORY | Read artist and poet LaLa Drew's review on page 24 for a more in-depth take on tonight's documentary film The Revival: Women and the Word, a fiery documentary by Sekiya Dorsett covering the salon-style national poetry tour launched by poet Yaani Supreme (a/k/a Jake Foster) that has amplified the art of thousands of queer women and femmes of color around the country. Drew hosts a performance of their homegrown poetry reading series BloodLetting following the film, with a collection of fine area poets front and center. | 7:30 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | $6-8 | www.space538.org
TUGGING THE CHORDS | If the transition to fall returns you to states only loud music can penetrate, then drench yourself in the power-chord syrup of pop-punk band The Menzingers, who play tonight with Long Island emo/hardcore band Movielife, who formed in the late '90s, split, and reunited again several years ago. They're also joined by MakeWar, a Brooklyn punk band much nearer drinking age. | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | $20-23 | www.portcitymusichall.com
FINDING TREASURE | Comedy scenes burn out quick. If you're peeking around for a new one, peep into Bayside's Apohadion Theater tonight, where local personality Jack Slattery hosts an inaugural showcase of joke-tellers TBA.| 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland | by donation
CERTAIN FUTURES | Next week, the vaunted Camden International Film Festival plans to kick off in the Midcoast; playwright and actor Hal Cohen unveils Intervention, his theatrical inquiry into addiction and harm reduction; and Portland House of Music continues their comedy series with "Cocktails and Comedy 5." Let you know next week who's got the mic.