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1. The Gracie Theatre at Husson University has another great show set for this weekend, when acclaimed singer songwriter Greg Brown takes the stage at 7:30 pm on Saturday. The event benefits Squeaky Wheel Adventures, a Surry-based nonprofit that offers camping trips to children in foster care. Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 at the door; for information, visit squeakywheeladventures.org.
2. There are several fun craft and art fairs happening this weekend, for those who might already be thinking about Christmas shopping. In Belfast, the month-long Extravaganza sale starts Friday night at the Aarhus Gallery on Main St, featuring more than 100 artists and artisans from all over the state, selling everything from fine jewelry and prints to puppets and candy; the sale runs through Dec. 24, for info visit www.aarhusgalley.com. Also this weekend, check out the United Maine Craftsmen Bangor Arts and Crafts show, set for 9-5 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday at the Bangor Civic Center. More than 85 artisans will have their wares on display for sale. For info, visit unitedmainecraftsmen.com.
3. There are lots of great movies opening this weekend. On a national scale, Megamind, a new animated flick from Dreamworks featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt will hit screens, as will Due Date, a road comedy featuring Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifinakis. On the indie side, the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy opens at Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville on Friday, detailing the teenage years of the future Beatle. And River City Cinema in Bangor will screen Skeletons, a comedic thriller from England, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Union Street Brick Church.
4. Downtown Bangor plays host to two great bands this weekend. At Ipanema, check out soulful rockers the Climactics, starting at 9:30 p.m., and at Paddy Murphy’s you can hear the punk rocking party sounds of Queen City, also starting at 9:30 p.m. Both bars are pretty close together, so it’s possible you could go to both!
5. It’s the last weekend you can check out the Penobscot Theatre Company’s fabulous production of “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” a gritty, gory, stylish adaptation of the Victorian gothic classic. Shows are at 8 on Friday and Saturday, 4 on Saturday as well, and a 3 pm matinee on Sunday, all at the Bangor Opera House. Tickets start at $20, and are available online at penobscottheatre.org or at the box office.