1. Bar Harbor is a pretty happenin’ place to be this weekend. Rock fans and theater fans should check out College of the Atlantic’s glam rock take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, featuring the music of David Bowie, Queen and the Velvet Underground. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, it happens at COA’s Gates Community Center, and admission is by donation. Also in Bar Harbor is the first-ever Matinee to Midnight concert event, happening on Saturday from noon to midnight, as a benefit for the historic Criterion Theater. Everyone from the jazz rock stylings of Dirty Martini to groovemasters River Bottom Funk are set to perform; a $10 donation helps the Criterion provide year-round programming. For info, visit criteriontheater.org.
2. It’s never too early to Christmas shop, and you’ve got yet another great early opporunity to get some Maine-made gifts. The Gifted Hand Fine Art and Craft show will happen for the fifth year in a row, set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Acadia Park Hotel, formerly the Holiday Inn, in Ellsworth. More than 50 artists from all over the state will sell their wares. a $2 donation at the door helps support Schoodic Arts for All, providing arts programming all year for Down east residents. For info visit giftedhandshow.com.
3. Winterport Open Stage presents their production of John Cariani’s funny, touching play “Almost Maine” at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Wagner Middle School in Winterport. Friendship, love and family in Aroostook County are the main subjects of Cariani’s play, which has been one of the most produced shows around the country in recent years. Admission is $8, for info, visit winterportopenstage.com.
4. As for live music this weekend in downtown Bangor, you’ve got some fun options. Travis James Humphrey will play his kick butt blend of rock n roll and country at Hollywood Slots for two whole nights, starting at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; look up his killer cover of Dick Curless’ Tombstone Every Mile if you haven’t heard it yet. The Eric Green Party will get your motor runnin’ at Paddy Murphys Saturday, starting at 9:30 p.m., and epic ’90s cover band Smells Like the Nineties plays at Ipanema on Saturday as well.
5. Finally, close your weekend out with a rousing concert by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Collins Center for the Arts. Violinist Stefan Jackiw and guest conductor Edward Cumming will lead the BSO through a program of Sibelius, Beethoven and Dvorak, and tickets start at $16 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. For information, visit bangorsymphony.org.