Out of everything that is happening this weekend, these are the events I think you should go out of your way to get to. Get out of the house and/or apartment and/or office and do some of them.
First Friday Art Walk takes place tonight, and there are a couple of shows I am excited to check out. Be sure to hit up Zombi Pop, Ryan LaMunyon’s illustrated exploration of the undead in popular culture at Geno’s. Then walk down to Pinecone + Chickadee and Kris Johnsen’s Eat More Art, a group art show featuring 50 or so local artists all showcasing 8″ x 8″, one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork. Finally, head on down to Commercial Street to check out the Photographs of Julia Wood on at the Rosemont Produce Company on 5 Commercial Street. And as with every First Friday, admission to the Portland Museum of Art is free. [Friday, 4p-8p, Free]
Portland Flea-for-All and Bite Into Maine present the second Flea Bites Food Truck and Flea Market Event. Bite Into Maine and Loves Cupcakes will be the featured food trucks and Uptown Vinyl will be spinning music so that you don’t have to shop for vintage and homemade goods on empty ears / an empty stomach. [Friday, 6p-9p Free]
Dominic Lavoie’s ‘ShaShaSha’ Release Party featuring Lavoie, Herbcraft and Garbrielle Raymond. Also, you can check out the Portland Phoenix review of ShaShaSha here. [Friday, 8p, $10]
The 21st Annual Holiday Craft Show will be taking place at McAuley High School. The event is organized by The Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen and it is sponsored by Stone Soup Artisans cooperative retail stores. This is a juried show with free admission and free parking. [Saturday, 9a-4p, Free]
SPACE Gallery Presents Betting the Farm at Abromson Center’s Hannaford Hall.
From the event listing: “Betting the Farm is a verité documentary that follows three farmers—Aaron Bell, Vaughn Chase, and Richard Lary—and their families through the tumultuous first two years of MOO Milk. With intimate access to their triumphs and disappointments, the film gives audiences a rare glimpse at the real lives of American farmers at a crossroads. [Saturday, 6:30p, $10]
The Premiere of The Food Coma Show is being screened at SPACE Gallery. Read my interview with Joe Ricchio (pictured above) here (and several other interviews about the event can be found here). [Sunday at 7:00, $5]