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1. The fifth and biggest Downtown Bangor Art Walk of the year is set for 5-9 p.m. Friday, in 23 locations throughout the downtown area. More than 70 artists and artisans will display their work, ranging from newcomers Annie and Hannah Kuhn and their paintings and photography at Central Street Farmhouse, to an array of local art at the Charles Inn, including works by Harrison Scott Ankers, Sylvia Belanger, Robert Dowling & Lawton Mann. While you’re out, enjoy tasty, specially prepared, creative dishes at a variety of downtown eateries. Be sure to bundle up and take advantage of all downtown Bangor has to offer.
2. Down Ellsworth ways, the weather might be a bit chilly, but it’ll be hot hot hot inside the Grand Theatre, when WERU and the Grand present Maine’s own salsa and Cuban band Primo Cubano, in a night of sizzling Latin music perfect for dancing. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $12. For info, visit grandonline.org.
3. In Orono, the Collins Center for the Arts hosts an extremely special evening with internationally renowned choreographer Alison Chase. Chase debuts her new contemporary dance company, Alison Chase Performance, in a fascinating, beautiful, mind-bending show set for 8 p.m. Friday at the CCA. Tickets are $27 and are available online at collinscenterforthearts.com.
4. The boys are back in town at the second annual Comedy Riot, a night of all Maine made stand up comedy, set for 8 p.m. Saturday at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. Join funnymen Travis Cowing, Jeremy White, Adam Hatch, Erik Gundersen, Tuck Tucker and Johnny Brayson for a night of unbridled hilarity. Tickets are just $12.
5. Finally, this weekend kicks off the new film program at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth, with a two-week film festival of late60s/early70s American counterculture films. Screening this weekend until Nov. 24 will be the classics Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces, and starting Nov. 26 will be the King of Marvin Gardens and The Last Picture Show. Admission to all screenings is $7, $5 for seniors and students, visit grandonline.org for a full schedule.