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BRZOWSKI

1. POUR ONE FOR BRZO

One of the realest dogs in the Portland music scene is about to leave it. Jason Cornell, who has booked countless shows and released verbose progressive rap records and under the name BRZOWSKI for the last 17 years, is moving to Dallas, Texas. He plays his final show as a Maine resident Thursday, with opening sets by doom metal/rap hybrid band VINYL CAPE (which also includes Cornell), SHAMEEK THE GOD, ANTHONY MAINTAIN, and ZAK G.  | December 13 | Thu 8:30 pm | Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St, Portland | $8

2. STILL BLOOMIN'

KATH BLOOM seemed to have figured something out. A cult folk/blues songwriter from Connecticut, Bloom began playing in the early 1970s, drawing comparisons to Vashti Bunyan and Joni Mitchell. She kept playing, collaborating with the improvisational blues guitarist Loren Mazzacane Connors for awhile in the 1980s, but her solo work especially plays like beautiful meditations on the joys and sorrows of daily life. With AISHA BURNS, a folk artist from Western Mass, who plays in the instrumental group Balmohrea.  | December 13 | Thu 8:30 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St, Portland | $10

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Kath Bloom

3. TAKE YR MEDICINE

The Portland trio MIDWESTERN MEDICINE play an impressive blend of artful, energetic post-punk propelled by Brock Ginther's maximalist, poetically inclined lyrics. It'd be ideal that you came acquainted with the words for their impressive new full-length, The Winking Badge, before attending this one, but alas, it's the release show, that seems unlikely. It's a grower of an album, but a shower of a band. They play with Ginther's second act, the Bob Pollard-conjuring LEMON PITCH, and dark lounge act JOHNNY CREMAINS.  | December 13 | Thu 8:30 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | $8 | www.portcitymusichall.com

4. WHOSE FANTASY IS THIS?

Hailed as a "quintessential art house film," the 1987 romantic fantasy film WINGS OF DESIRE by Wim Wenders and cinematographer Henri Alekan tells the story of a guardian angel in Wall-divided Berlin who falls in love with a melancholic trapeze artist, which prompts the decision of whether to give up his wings. You may remember the Nick Cave songs on the soundtrack. | December 14-16 | Fri 2 & 5:30 pm; Sat-Sun 2 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland | $8 | www.portlandmuseum.org

5. GOING DARK

Photography is often low on my list of items to get people for the holidays, but should it be? The ANNUAL PHOTO A GO-GO, now in its impressive 18th year, is a showcase of photography from artists belonging to the Bakery Collective. They're outfit for sale (framed as a soiree with music from rockabilly group King Memphis), and proceeds benefit their darkroom facilities.  | December 14 | Fri 6-9 pm | SPEEDWELL projects, 630 Forest Ave, Portland | FREE

6. TAKE YOUR HANDS AND THROW THEM ON THE ITEM

More, more, and more local shopping opportunities this weekend. The Bayside art complex RUNNING WITH SCISSORS houses dozens of makers, potters, painters, ceramicists, and other craftspeople worth your attention, and they converge for a pop-up holiday sale this evening, with Tandem coffee and food from Baristas + Bites and Black Dinah Chocolatiers. | December 14 | Fri 4-8 pm | Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson St, Portland | www.rwsartstudios.com

7. IN SEARCH OF LOST YUKS

We tire of comedy. Everyone's free to pursue a form of expression, and the art of making others laugh is a fine one. But there's a hard cap to how many boundary-pushing, “confrontational” hot takes from white guys with neck beards we can hear in this life, and we're already dangerously close to it. Thankfully, that figure won't increase substantially tonight at Quill Books and Beverage, which hosts a program called WE'RE HERE!: A NIGHT OF QUEER AND FEMINIST COMEDY with Corey Saunders, Leah Douglass, Nikki Martin, Aly York, and hosted by Michael Beling. | December 14 | Fri 7-9 pm | Quill Books and Beverage, 1 Westbrook Common, Westbrook | $10

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J Mascis

8. STILL CHOPPIN' ***NOTE: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED***

Our Instagram feed has lately featured party photos that pictured J MASCIS, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, and clothing designer Marc Jacobs locked in conversation, which is a surefire indicator that it's 2018. Another is that J, with the legendary sludge-rock trio Dinosaur Jr. he's fronted since 1988, played Fenway Park this summer. Also in 2018, Mascis released his third proper album of solo original tracks, a sweet collection titled Elastic Days, which he pulls from in this sold out show tonight. | December 15 | Sat 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | SOLD OUT | www.portcitymusichall.com

9. HE THINKS OF TOTS

SPOSE seems to never not have an interesting year. Last year he put out an album written and recorded in 24 hours, and this year — a few weeks ago, actually — released We All Got Lost, a sort of rap/alternative roots-rock hybrid album that features help from God.Damn.Chan, Chris Webby, Lily Frost, Grieves, Lyle Divinsky, Sara Hallie Richardson, members of Armies and more. Expect a good number of those folks to show up at his annual "P-DANK XMAS" party, a benefit for Toys for Tots. | December 15 | Sat 8:30 pm | Aura, 121 Center St, Portland | $15

10. PLACE YOUR BIDS

Our holiday craft listings are a little Portland-centric, but there's a big one in Biddeford today. The second annual CONFETTI BAZAAR 2018 collects several dozen artists, makers, and vintage purveyors in Southern Maine with a good helping of food and coffee options too. | December 16 | Sun 11 am-5 pm | 40 Main St, Biddeford

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Louie Anderson

11. BELZER RABBIT HOLE

Far more than Family Feud, more than the Saturday morning cartoon Life With Louie, we remember LOUIE ANDERSON from his role in the bizarre '80s camp comedy The Wrong Guys, which we'd be more tempted to revisit if we weren't convinced it was an awful film in the cold light of day, 2018. The threetime Emmy Award-winning stand-up comic, game show host, and celebrity does a set in Portland tonight. | December 16 | Sun 7 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | $40-50

12. MONDAY, THE BIRD OF DEATH

As if right on cue, the film appreciation group Kinonik reins the city in from our schmaltzy holiday aesthetics with a screening of NOSFERATU, the 1922 silent film classic by F.W. Murnau, which remains one of the crowning achievements of lo-fi horror cinema. The film is screened in 16mm and accompanied by live piano by Carolyn Swartz. | December 17 | Mon 7 pm | St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St, Portland | $8

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Count Orlok of Nosferatu

13. I GOT FIVE ON IT

We're always eager to plug off-note holiday events, and the mock-speakeasy spot Lincolns plays host to an interesting-looking one tonight. Watch six storytellers speak in a gathering titled "CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS," which we read as the sort of party where people tell messy stuff. | December 18 | Tue 7 pm | Lincolns, Exchange St, Portland (right near Pat's Pizza) | $8

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