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8 Days A Week: Beatles' Nights, Funk Nights, Worst Nights

  THURSDAY 23 GIVE RIGHT | If you’re someone in need of a meal today, the soup kitchen team from Wayside Food Programs is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 1. | Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood St., Portland | FREE | www.waysidemaine.org FRIDAY 24 PLUCKED FROM REALITY | Sometimes in order to better understand the realities of our world, we need to turn to artifice. Friday and Saturday, the 19th Annual…

8 Days a Week: Men breaking down, pre-holiday anxieties, and constructive girl talk

THURSDAY 16   REAL BOYS | If there’s one thing men could learn from this cultural moment, it’s that they have a lot of work to do. Earlier this week, the journalist Eve Peysey published a piece titled “How to Apologize, A Guide for Men,” noting that if there’s one thing absent from the rationalizing explanations issued by Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein (to say nothing of the flat-out disavowals of Alabama GOP candidate…

8 Days a Week: Cannabis Fighters, Rap Legends, No Mansplainers

THURSDAY 9 HEAR THIS | Everyone grew up so punk. Bucking the authority of fathers, teachers, priests and blowhards was one of the first things many of us learned to do. It's a defensible move, one I'd do again. But might it have had unintended consequences? One of today's malaises is a pronounced inability to listen to one another. I don't even mean "third way" or "bridge the political divide"-type listening. Just old fashioned hearing…

8 Days: Electronic mayhem, ancient art-forms, and chances to be a better person

THURSDAY 2   PEOPLE NEED A PUSH | No matter how many of our Facebook friends complain about the latest political issue, voter turnout continues to be abysmal. Imagine if everyone that lamented about today’s current climate actually registered to vote and supported progressive causes. What would that world look like? Gather with supporters of Question 2 — a measure that would expand health insurance to 70,000 Mainers — for a rally that will hopefully…

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…

8 Days a Week: The Undead, The Timeless, and the Stone Aged

THURSDAY 19 HUMBLE BOWS | Some say the world has already been built, that its great artists have already sung their songs, its coliseums hosted their finest battles, and that we're just here to interpret and rearrange the existing cultural vocabulary into affinity groups. That's horseshit, of course. But the tradition of singing tributes to the world's favorite artists is unflappable, in Portland as it is anywhere, and tonight, several noteworthy Portland musicians and singers abandon their…

8 Days: Small Town Horrors, Uncovered Gems, and Art Dissections

THURSDAY 12 BEST IN THE BIZ | A big reason why Portland — unlike some rapidly growing American cities — retains its unique and hyper-local charm, is because of the success of its small businesses. Without out them, Congress St. would likely resemble Main Street USA: a soulless strip packed with chain restaurants, big box stores, and corporate kitsch. Today Portland honors its vibrant independent business community at the annual Indie Biz Awards. Although we…

8 Days a Week: American troubadours, Intelligent Senators, and Peace efforts

THURSDAY 5   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…

8 Days: Questionable Comedy, High-Flying Dancers, and a Whole Bunch of Rats

THURSDAY 28   GET VERTICAL | If you’re in the area, make sure to spend your lunch break in Congress Square Park today, because you’ll get to witness something exciting and unusual: acrobats, tethered on ropes, dancing on the side of the Westin building. The Bandaloop troupe is coming to town and is quite a sight to behold. A fear of heights is not a hindrance for these brave acrobats; they’ve danced on the side…

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…
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