1. First off, what better way to warm up during this frigid weekend than at a Contradance? Join your fellow Mainers for some good exercise and good company. There’s a dance set for 7:30 p.m. Friday night at the Unitarian Church on Park Street in Bangor, with an $8 admission, featuring Ellen and Elsie Gawler and caller Tavi Merrill, and then there’s another dance set for 8 p.m. Saturday night at Simonton Corners Community Hall in Rockport, also with an $8, featuring Rock the Boat and caller Maggie Robinson. For more info on all things contradance, visit deffa.org.
2. Feel like getting out and seeing some great local bands? We’ve got you covered. Starting at 9:30 Friday night you can see epic ’90s cover band Smells Like the ’90s at Ipanema in downtown Bangor, or a solo set from bluesman Eric Green at the Big Easy. On Saturday night at Bowen’s Tavern in Belfast check out Waldo County rockers the 220s, and at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor the Larks will bring their unhinged party music to the scene, starting at 9:30 p.m., also on Saturday.
3. Actor, comedian, clown and all-around performing artist Avner the Eccentric, aka Avner Eisenberg, brings his totally unique act to the Camden Opera House this weekend, with a show starting at 7 p.m. Saturday in the historic midcoast venue. Tickets are $16, and the show is appropriate for all ages – kids love his gentle humor, adults love his subtle intelligence. For ticket information, visit camdenoperahouse.com.
4. Cold weather got you down? Fill up that barren wasteland with the best kind of empty calories — the pie kind. The annual Pies on Parade event is set for 1 to 5 p.m. this Sunday throughout downtown Rockland. Whether it’s apple and blueberry you crave, or something made with cheese, sausage or other savory items, the pies have it this weekend. 22 locations offer more than 40 varieties all afternoon. Tickets for the event are $25 and benefit midcoast hunger relief. What’s not to love? For info, visit historicinnsofrockland.com.
5. Finally, no, it’s not technicalyl this weekend, but it’s close enough. The national touring company of The Wizard of Oz will take over the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono at 7 p.m. this Monday, bringing with it all your favorite songs and scenes from the film — and in a delightful local twist, local children perform as munchkins in the show. Tickets are still available; for info, visit collinscenterforthearts.com.