Arc Iris


The pop-drenched Providence indie band ARC IRIS was born when Jocie Adams splintered from neo-folk abstractionists The Low Anthem in 2012. A trio Adams fronts, Arc Iris have a far fuller sound than their trim personnel may suggest. Their 2018 album Icon of Ego is a danceable, often ecstatic sort of indie chamber-rock full of odd timbres and rhythms, as though Joanna Newsom were to front the Dirty Projectors. They’re a thrill at One Longfellow Square, with an opening set from Portland dream-pop duet act ARMIES. | Dec 28 | Fri 8 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St, Portland | $15


You never know exactly what you’ll get from 2 Sheets Theater Company, but the small and adventurous collective of friends and collaborators produces original and devised theatrical works with tones that can shift between bizarrely comic, affectingly vulnerable, physically goofy and politically salient in a matter of minutes. They do two sets of original productions at the Apohadion this week, the second — titled HELL-IDAYS and mounting Friday and Saturday — comes with our recommendation. | Dec 28-29 | Fri-Sat 7 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St, Portland | $15


If last week — with Kenya Hall’s Stevie Wonder tribute and performance by Gina & the Red Eye Flight Crew — only whetted rather than sated your appetite for funk, head to the Old Port today for another slice. GINA ALIBRIO (of the Flight Crew) heads up a set at the Thirsty Pig at 7 pm. Arrive early for a Songwriters Showcase headed by indie-rock group SeepeopleS’ frontman Will Bradford, who brings members of Joel Thetford Band, Johnny Cremains, Covered in Bees, and more for open mic-style mini-sets at 2 pm. They’re calling the whole thing a YEAR-END PIG PARTY (because the place serves sausages, y’see). | Dec 29 | Sat 2 pm | The Thirsty Pig, 37 Exchange St, Portland | FREE


Where were you when you first heard THE GET UP KIDSFour Minute Mile? The year was 1997, so this writer was likely either working at the record store near the mall, driving behind the wheel of his Pontiac Bonneville, or waiting for his family computer’s dial-up modem to connect to the internet so he could update his Firefly account. Like him, countless disaffected punk kids across the country paid attention to the landmark, upbeat, kinda syrupy emo-punk debut from this Kansas City act. Now dads and far less drenched in youthful ennui, the Get Up Kids are still somewhat at it, popping out evolved and quite listenable updates on the upbeat Midwestern rock they rallied around two decades ago. They play with their Brooklyn-based disciples ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY and Chicago’s party-punk band RETIREMENT PARTY. | Dec 29 | Sat 8 pm | 3S Artspace, 619 Vaughan St, Portsmouth, NH | $23-26


Film: Minding the Gap


Something about skateboarding that makes for stirring coming-of-age films. To a decade-spanning list that includes Dragonslayer, Only the Young, and Skate Kitchen to name just a few, now add Bing Liu's debut film MINDING THE GAP, about three Rust Belt young adults bound by their love of skate as they attempt to steer their friendships through racial difference, fatherhood, and an economic recession. | Dec 30 | Sun 5:30 pm | SPACE, 538 Congress St, Portland | $8


A surefire bet for a rowdy party, the roots-country group THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND usher in the new year, doing their urban/ rural indie/country fusion thing at the Port City Music Hall. (The Phoenix gushed a bit about the impressive something-for-everybody range of the band’s new album Vive ‘acadie! last summer). Boston’s SAY DARLING, fronted by the charismatic Celia Woodsmith, open. | Dec 31 | Mon 9 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | $25-30


The Mallett Brothers Band [Photo by Scott Mohler]


The team of artists and artist-adjacents at the weekly Monday of the Minds hip hop hang (typically at Flask) throw a New Year’s party in Bayside tonight. The prolific rapper and producer GRAPHIC MELEE (who dropped at least two albums this year) does a set, along with ALUNARLANDING, abstract hip hop stalwart ILL MURRAY (peep his formidable full-length Vade Retro Satana out last March), and PEACE OUT PAT. | Dec 31 | Mon 5 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St, Portland | $10


Friend, if you’d rather go back than forward in time, we don’t know what to tell you but that Brian Boru throws a “GLITZ AND GLAM RAGTIME BALL” this evening, a detour from their typical Irish bar-meets-Top 40 club tone. They encourage “flappers and fellas” in their best costumes — $100 cash prizes awarded to each. | Dec 31 | Mon 7 pm | Brian Boru, 57 Center St, Portland


Those not in the mood to drop $75 on the holiday (lol, we feel you) but still looking to rage might consider doing a weird one at the Spring Point Tavern, that classic off-radar rager’s dive. They host PAPA TIM & THE DESPERATE MAN’S BLUES EXPLOSION, an off-the-rails locomotive of blues-rock frenzy in their big and hallucinogenically lit bar, all for a mere fiver. | Dec 31 | Mon 7 pm | Spring Point Tavern, 175 Pickett St, South Portland | $5


Film classic Battleship Potemkin (1925) screens at the St. Lawrence Arts Center courtesy of Kinonik


The classic film screening club Kinonik has ramped up activity lately, appreciated in the dark months. Next Thursday, they screen BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, the 1925 Sergei Eisenstein drama that tells of a team of Russian sailors enacting revolt against harsh working conditions dictated by the Tsar. With live musical accompaniment. | Jan 3 | Thu 7 pm | St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St, Portland | $8


If there’s an abstract concept you’re adopting as a New Year’s Resolution (i.e. being more social, drinking less, more physical activity, touching sweatier bodies, etc.), you’ll likely be able to check it off contra dancing. Hosted by experienced callers Dugan and Dela Murphy and the band Riptide, the PORTLAND INTOWN CONTRA DANCE crew has made it easier than ever to keep up this practice without leaving the city. | Jan 3 | Thu 7 pm | State Street United Church, 159 State St, Portland | $10


In this issue, film writer Christopher Gray gushes about WESTERN, Valeska Grisebach’s piece about a group of German laborers who take a job in the Bulgarian countryside, an event which rouses their sense of adventure and concealed prejudices. Part of the PMA’s ongoing German Film Series of works making hay at this year’s Lola Awards (that, you recall, is Germany’s version of the Oscars). | Jan 3 | Thu 5:30 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland | $8

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