Here are three cool things to do this weekend in Portland.
Friday, May 15
Maine’s pitiful lack of film incentives means that big productions don’t come here even when they’re set here. For example, Stephen King’s The Mist, set in Bridgton and shot in Shreveport, Louisiana. Most other states recognize the benefit of the money that major film productions bring to a state and give hefty tax incentives to lure them. However, Maine has some excellent homegrown film production crews killing it right here in Vacationland. On Friday, May 15, Portland-based Drivetrain Productions will be premiering their latest short, Wingman, at Think Tank along with shorts from Bonfire Films and Catharsis Media.
8-10 p.m. at Think Tank, 533 Congress St. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Saturday, May 16
Do you enjoy eating tasty food while drinking delicious beer and listing to amazing music? Of course you do! So get yourself down to Ocean Gateway on Saturday, May 16, for the 2nd Annual Street Eats and Beats. Local food trucks will be peddling their delicious wares and Gritty’s beer will be flowing while you listen to the tunes of Hello Newman (our favorite 90s alternative cover band) and Awesome Kong.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the event, and include one drink ticket. 12-4 p.m.
Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier.
Sunday, May 17
Embrace your inner comic fanboy or fangirl by heading over to the Maine Comic Arts Festival (MeCAF) on Sunday, May 17. Unlike a typical comic convention, there are no dealers and stores; instead there are over 100 writers, artists, and publishers, some of whom will have some of their own work for sale.
Admission is only $5 and children 12 and under get in free.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St.