5 things to do this Dec. 18 weekend

Posted Dec. 18, 2010, at 1:21 p.m.

1. After the past week of snow, you know that the skiing and boarding at Maine’s mountains is in prime form. Take a pre-Christmas jaunt up to Sugarloaf and check out New England jam band the Richard James Band on Saturday night. Sunday River, on the other hand, hosts Maine favorites Motor Booty Affair at their annual Saturday night Christmas party, this time with an ’80s theme. Also, Maine residents get a discount if they ski this Sunday at Saddleback in Rangley. For info, visit sugarloaf.com, sundayriver.com and saddlebackmountain.com.

2. The Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor is showing some seriously great movies this weekend, at the cutting edge of film this awards season. On both Thursday and Saturday catch Howl, the biopic starring James Franco as beat icon Allen Ginsberg, detailing his early years as a poet. On Friday and Saturday, the biting satire Four Lions will screen, a film about modern day terrorism and warfare that’s being compared to Dr. Strangelove for its smart humor. Also on Friday is a one-night-only screening of a short documentary made about Maine boat builder Chummy Rich. For information, visit criteriontheater.com.

3. Down at Roots & Tendrils in Belfast, up and coming Portland indie rock band Marion Grace will bring their dark, intelligent alt-country sound to the stage, starting at 8 p.m. They’ll play with Rural Electric, a Waldo County band with a passion for jangly rock. The show is 5 bucks and it’s all ages, for more info, visit rootsandtendrils.com.

4. Up in Bangor, the Thai Siam Lounge on Main Street in downtown hosts two very fun events this weekend. Friday night, DJ Dan Flannery, former house DJ for the Thai Lounge and one half of the Flannery Brothers, will play a one night only set of 80s, pop and hip-hop. Saturday night, the last Her Majesty’s Cabaret of 2010 is set, with an eclectic, never-before-seen in Bangor performance featuring music, comedy, visual art and puppetry, and everything in between. Admission is 5 dollars, and doors open at 8:30.

5. It’s the last weekend before Christmas, and you’re feeling some fear, everyone is worried they’d missed something this year. May we suggest coming to downtown Bangor and doing some shopping AND Christmas fun? Toys and housewares are at the Grasshopper Shop, funky clothes and accessories are at Bella Luna, Metropolitan Soul, American Retro and Main St. Alternative, outdoors and sports goods are at Epic Sports and Triathlete Sports, unique books at Lippincott, Bookmarcs and Briar Patch, and, well, we could go on. That’s not even to mention the restaurants. Or that Penobscot Theatre Company’s Plaid Tidings and the Velveteen Rabbit are still running this weekend. Or that Santa will be at the Charles Inn at West Market Square from noon to 4. Visit downtownbangor.com for more info.

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