1. TO DREAM OF CRIME

The French experimental director Bertrand Mandico’s feature debut THE WILD BOYS is indeed a wild film. It tells the tale of five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) who love art but cannot help but be drawn to crime and other transgressions. What’s a boy to do?! In this surreal fantasy film, they’re steered by a chaos deity named Trevor to commit a heinous act, and are punished by being put on a boat with a captain who tries to tame them — good luck, pal! The Wild Boys is described as “brimming with eroticism, genderfluidity, and humor” with a ton of intertextual film and literary nods. Fun night. | January 31 | Thu 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St, Portland | $8

2. LEARN TO CALL BULLSHIT

If there’s a silver lining to life in this dumb patriarchy ever inching toward its extreme, it’s that young women, femmes, and non-binary folks are louder and more unapologetic about taking up space than ever, and they recognizing from younger ages that they should be. Here, a group of young artists, some of them Casco Bay High School students, rally under a banner “GIRLS TO THE FRONT,” performing to benefit the organization Women in Music, who educate about gender discrimination in the music industry. | Feb 1 | Fri 7:30 pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland | $5-20 sugg. donation

3. ENDLESS REDEMPTION

This week brings the birthday of old Tuff Gong himself, Bob Marley. Portland reggae group MIGHTY MYSTIC fires one in his honor, marking the occasion with the release of their new album, Enter the Mystic. GORILLA FINGER DUB BAND and SOUL REBEL PROJECT warm us. | Feb 1 | Fri 7 pm | Aura, 121 Center St, Portland | $15

4. SOUND FRIEND

Tonight’s edition of “Does,” an ongoing series collecting noise, experimental, and improv artists as assembled by area noise maestro ID M THEFT ABLE, looks to be a real gourdbender. Boston’s ANDREA PENSADO, a frequent collaborator, reups with id m theft able here, and the two add CHARMAINE LEE, a captivating voice artist from New York who gets up to plenty of electroacoustic tricks. Joining are Portland’s guitarand-horn buds GUEST BEDROOM, the harsh ritual drone group KØVVNS, and ULNA, an industrial barrage from New Yorker Tom Toye. | Feb 1 | Fri 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St, Portland | by donation

5. A DOGGONE WHODUNIT

It’s easy to pooh a murder mystery from afar. (Trust me, it can be easy from near as well.) But a well-executed whodunit can make someone doubt their own instincts, and that’s a good and humbling feeling. None other than very famous, taught-in-high schools paperback writer Agatha Christie is responsible for the one opening this weekend at Lyric Music Theater. Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP began its run in London’s West End in 1952 and has literally never stopped running, over 25,000 shows later. The faithful thesps at Lyric do their part this month, riding all the twists and turns in the story of these seven strangers trapped in a blizzard. | Feb 1-17 | Fri-Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 2:30 pm | Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer Rd, South Portland | $23, $19 seniors/youth

6. ZOMBIES LIVE FOREVER

The '60s psych band the Zombies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, but founding member COLIN BLUNSTONE isn't up to no victory lap, touring the US and UK and rumored to be working on an album for 2019. Began way back in 1961 when Blunstone was a choir boy in grammar school, the singer of this well-aged British Invasion group swings through with his own band, playing hits like "She's Not There," "This Will Be Our Year," and of course "Time of the Season." This legend plays with the Ohio-raised folk songwriter CLARENCE BUCARO. | Feb 4 | Mon 8 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St, Portland | $48

7. OPEN HEARTS, OPEN MICS

The young folk of MAINE INSIDE OUT host another open mic this Monday, telling stories born outta their first-hand looks inside Maine's youth correction center. I'd figure it's not a experience a lot of folks understand, myself included, and their work is as a result always some measure of humbling, inspiring and illuminating. | Feb 4 | Mon 7 pm | Local Sprouts Cooperative, 653 Congress St, Portland | FREE

8. IT'S IN THE BODY

The performance group WE'RE MUSLIM, DON'T PANIC is a contemporary dance outfit headed by the artist Amirah Sackett, a choreographer, hip hop dancer, teacher, and cultural diplomat in the U.S. State Department in Bangladesh and Malaysia. In this program Maine is frankly lucky to see, Sackett explores Muslim American identity, mixing Islamic culture with hip hop and other cultural and political crossovers, dispelling misconception and facilitating discussions. | Feb 5 | Tue 7 pm | Bates College, Schaeffer Theater, 305 College St, Lewiston | 7:30 pm | $15

9. WHAT WAS THE MALE?

Vanessa Anspaugh is a dancer, a choreographer, and devoted student of masculinity studies. Her original piece, "THE END OF MEN, AN ODE TO OCEAN," explores what power exists and is conferred in bodies, and the themes and rituals of domination, religion, surrender, and vulnerability that have defined masculinity throughout history. It's that rare theater/dance performance written and directed by a woman and featuring an all-male cast. This award-winning show returns to Maine for a one-night-only performance, and it's recommended. | Feb 6 | Wed 7 pm | SPACE, 538 Congress St, Portland | $20

10. THE 60-FINGERED ARTIST

We all batten down in winter, doing our work with personal reflection, deep study, detox, etc.  A little sprinkle of guitar virtuosity can slice through that routine like margarine. You can see six such craftspeople playing together at the Merrill tonight, as the CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO meets up with the MONTREAL GUITAR TRIO for a collaborative set. | Feb 7 | Thu 7:30 pm | Hannaford Hall - USM, 83 Bedford St, Portland | $40

11. COUNT IT OFF

The nimble post-rock instrumental duo EL TEN ELEVEN have been a sneaky satisfying listen since they started in 2004, playing a Chicago-style indie-rock that critics described as a "stripped-down Tortoise." Their music is cinematic and uplifting, but tends to move a bit, while other post-rock groups can often to dwell in grandiosity. They headline a show opened by cult indie-rock crew JOAN OF ARC, an always adventurous, sometimes maddening, sometimes exhilarating art-house indie-rock outfit started by Tim Kinsella in 1996. | Feb 8 | Fri 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | $12-15

12. GRASS OF THE SELF

The Santa Cruz trio THE DEVIL MAKES THREE has nearly perfected their soup of bluegrass, ragtime, and folk music, a style of music they often play like a band that knows a thing or two about punk and rock 'n' roll. On their new album Chains Are Broken, singer Pete Bernhard puts away some of the formalities of bluegrass music for a more personal approach to his lyrics, which adds a dimension most stringbands don't bother with. | Feb 9 | Sat 9 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St, Portland | $27.50

13. MANY MANY MEN CAN'T SEE THE OPEN ROAD

Founded in 2004 as the world's first all-female Zep tribute band, LEZ ZEPPELIN has been an unfuckwithable force ever since, staying true to the spirit of the rock gods while bringing up the gender performances of the original, which are essay-worthy alone. | Feb 10 | Sun 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | $27.50

14. YOU'RE IN HISTORY RIGHT NOW

The documentary film OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE tells the story of the 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win at the 1936 Olympic Games, set in Berlin. Set against the turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, torn between boycotting Hitler's Olympics or participating in the Third Reich's showcase, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. Put on by the Maine Jewish Film Festival and the JCA, with a post-screening discussion with legislator and Portland NAACP chapter president Rachel Talbot Ross, with Shenna Bellows and David Greenham from the Holocaust and Human Rights Center. | Feb 10 | Sun 2 pm | Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, 1342 Congress St, Portland | FREE

15. TRUTHTELLERS

The weekly PORT VERITAS poetry night and open mic brings Wayne Henry, a South Central L.A.-raised spoken word artist and slam champion poet whose material slices into the meaty subjects of mental health, systems of oppression, and spiritual growth. These are good words to hear out loud. | Feb 12 | Tue 8 pm | Bull Feeney's, 375 Fore St, Portland | $3-5

16. YOUTUBE WORKED FOR ME

Kansas fingerstyle guitarist ANDY MCKEE made his nut after his original song "Drifting" went viral and became a featured YouTube video in 2005. That song then appeared on his 2005 album Art of Motion, which marks a very specific time in American history where an artist is able to achieve internet virality as a means to sell physical copies of their albums. McKee received another bump when he opened for Prince on the great one's 2012 Australian tour. Now he's as known as it gets in the genre, which by the way is the bluegrass/prog/classical realm of things. | Feb 12 | Tue 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | 8 pm | $20-25

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