1. GO WHOLE HORSE OR NO HORSE AT ALL

A fine and widely admired poet, KENNETH ROSEN has (in this writer’s opinion) penned some of the most lively, adventurous and ripened verse in Portland’s modern history. His stirring volumes Whole Horse, Longfellow Square, and The Origins of Tragedy read to me a bit like what Jack Gilbert might have written if he’d lived in the liberatory early years of Portland cultural life in the 1970s and ‘80s. Published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and Poetry magazine, Rosen is a local pillar, and reads new material tonight. | Nov 15 | Thu 5:45 pm | Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St, Portland | greenhutgalleries.com

2. WELL-DRAWN GUY

Renowned Portland painter, muralist, sign-maker and comic artist PATRICK CORRIGAN re-ups his semiannual art show at Mayo Street Arts this month, which savvy city collectors rightly see as an early holiday sale. A one-time Phoenix contributor, Corrigan’s signature style is witty, episodic, and reasonably priced (they make for great gifts). Likely familiar to you through his signage and decor at the Apohadion and Local 188, and within the monthly publication The Bollard. | Through December 31 | opening reception Nov 15 | Thu 5:30-7:30 pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland | mayostreetarts.org

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Flight, works by Alison Hildreth

3. WORLD-BUILDER

ALISON HILDRETH has made some of the most rewarding and complex art work in the state of Maine over the past several decades, often containing multiple interpretations, laborious processes, and constellatory structures (and a heavy use of the color black). She’s an avid reader and historian (regarding the writer W.G. Sebald, Hildreth says, “If I could paint the way this man writes, I could have exactly what I want to do.”), and her current show, titled Flight, has been fantastically well received in its location at SPEEDWELL Projects, where the artist has fused ideas concerning migrations, refugees, medical drawings, astronomy, architectural traces, and more. Flight has been open to the public the last several weeks, but an artist talk between Hildreth and artist/educators Katarina Weslien and Sean Foley offers a rare insight into this Maine contemporary artist.  | Through November 30 | artist talk Nov 15 | Thu 6 pm | Speedwell Projects, 630 Forest Ave, Portland | www.speedwellprojects.com

4. EVERYONE NEEDS A DISCO DUNGEON

We haven’t witnessed Aura’s semi-regular queer dance party PRISM yet, but we support anything that seems like a successful reclamation of LGBTQ-centric dance nights in this city, which otherwise exist on a sort of irregular popup basis. Even something with a monthly schedule, like this, is welcome. DJs Foxy, Disco Dungeon, and MJ spin it out.  | Nov 15 | Thu 9 pm | Aura, 121 Center St, Portland | $5 | www.auramaine.com

5. BECOME OFF THE PLANET

Issue yourself a reminder that as we are very much nearing the end times, and it is imperative to make thorough and serious inquests into the practice of nihilistics. Therefore tonight’s noise-ass show at Geno’s, headlined by the Pittsburgh monster squad MICROWAVES, is a responsible choice. Driven by David Kuzy’s angular, spasmodically animalistic guitar work, the trio is an exercise in coiled tension. They play with Portland’s CUSE ME, a purely destructive effort from members and non-members of Mouth Washington, and KICKING DIRT, with Lee from Color Hex. | Nov 15 | Thu 8:30 pm | Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St, Portland | $8 | 21+

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Film: LIYANA at the Portland Museum of Art

6. UR-MYTH

Amanda Kopp’s animation/ documentary film hybrid LIYANA tells the story of tells the original fable of five children in the mythical Kingdom of Eswatini who overcome trauma. Among them is a girl named Liyana who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers.  | Nov 17 | Fri 2 & 6 pm; Sat-Sun 2 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland | $8 | www.portlandmuseum.org

7. WHEN FAST WAS FAST

Responsible chances to blow off steam are few and far between these days, but a solid one comes tonight in the form of a lovingly confrontational hardcore show at Sun Tiki Studios, fast becoming the new Portland it-spot. Expect anvil-heavy d-beats from DNA, a revitalized Maine hardcore punk group harkening to early ‘80s skate thrash. BAKKARA, COMBATANT, and FORCED CONTROL all tread in similarly scorched-dark terrain, while STANDARD ISSUE mix in some melodic guitar work common to the Southern California region they call home. A solid, largely metal-free hardcore punk show. | Nov 17 | Sat 6 pm | Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Congress St, Portland | $10 | All ages

8. NO, THANK U

Something about the holiday season always seems to kick the burlesque circuit up a notch. The troupe RED HOT & LADYLIKE animate the perversions embedded in the holiday season with “Give Spanks,” a rousing set of bawdy and bendy burlesque. All proceeds benefit the Family Crisis Center, which works to prevent domestic violence, so even if your naughty side leads the decisions this evening, you can be sure a warm gush of gratitude will overcome you in the end. | Nov 17 | Sat 8:30 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | $25-35 | 18+ | www.portcitymusichall.com

9. SEASON OF THE SLAP

Is arm wrestling the opposite of burlesque? We're not sure, but the SUPERHERO LADY ARMWRESTLERS OF PORTLAND appearance down the road at P.H.O.M.E. seems a fitting companion piece to the burlesque show above. (Or perhaps the hardcore punk show above that? Either way, we digress.) "Slapsgiving" brings eight lady armwrestlers together to square off for the title, with all proceeds benefiting Journey House, an organization assisting in finding low-barrier sober housing for people in recovery.  | Nov 17 | Sat 9 pm | Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St, Portland | $8 | 18+ | www.portlandhouseofmusic.com

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Flamenco artists Miguel Vargas and Ale El Cano: "Solea Con-Partida" [Photo: Donne Ashlock]

10. SENSITIVE DIALOGUE

From Spain, the internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer MIGUEL VARGAS has performed and toured in Japan, Singapore, Greece, Norway, Austria, and the U.S., and is now regarded as one of the best in the business. Here collaborating with ALE EL CANO, a singer and fellow artist from Seville, Mayo Street Arts hosts “Solea Con-Partida,” a passionate original piece which roughly translates to “shared solitude.” The fine Portland flamenco artist LINDSEY BOURASSA opens the show with a dance of her own.  | Nov 17-18 | Sat 8 pm; Sun 4 pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland | $15-30 | www.mayostreetarts.org

    

11. SHOWING UP

Maine TransNet, a vital organization offering support, resources, and advocacy for Maine’s transgender population, hosts a gathering for the annual TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE this afternoon, remembering the lives near and far who have been lost to transphobic violence. More info at their site. | Nov 18 | Sun 4-7 pm | MaineTransNet, 511 Congress St, Portland | FREE | mainetransnet.org

12. TELL US A WEIRD ONE

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Rustic Overtones

Come winter (a/k/a now), the ideal is that we finally have time and patience to sit and listen to one another tell stories. So with election season wrapped and America’s celebration of colonialism right around the corner, you’re permitted to shift things into a lower gear. Sit back and soak up a storytelling event in Falmouth, as the “Mothstyle” tellers’ event STORIES ON STAGE revels around the theme of “childhood memories.” | Nov 19 | Mon 7 pm | The Footlights, 190 U.S. Rte 1, Falmouth | pay-what-you-can | all ages | www.thefootlightstheatre.com

   

13. ENDLESS PARTY

The RUSTIC OVERTONES, Maine’s eternal party-funk outfit, emerge from a short hibernation to reprise their winter revelry. Dave Gutter and company pull from a collection that for many Mainers has become the soundtrack to growing up (or staying young, depending how it all went). The up-and-coming singer-songwriter KATIE MATZELL opens the night. | Nov 21 | Wed 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | $18-23 | 18+ | www.portcitymusichall.com

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