For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.
Friday, February 5: Don’t let the snow deter you, it’s still First Friday y’all, and time to get out and get your art on. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery at 48 Free Street will feature Dan Graziano’s exhibit, titled “Dining,” which runs through February 27. Psst, word on the street is that some wine and cheese will also make an appearance. Funiturea at 75 Market Street will host the opening of “Let Them Buy Art,” featuring artwork on paper and wood. And, according to their listing, tasty cakes will be provided. Get it? Let them eat cake? We saw what you did there, Furniturea. Next, make your way to the opening of “400 Years of New Mainers” at the Maine Historical Society, located at 489 Congress Street. The exhibition highlights personal stories of immigration through photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest’s contemporary portraits of “New Mainers,” as well as original works by street artist Pigeon. Also featured will be photos and anecdotes of the centuries-long history of immigration in Maine. Finally, Naked Shakespeare will perform Cupid’s Arrow at 7 p.m. at Mechanics Hall Ballroom at 519 Congress Street. It’s billed as a rom-com meets “The Big Chill.” The performance is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation. You can view the full lineup for First Friday here.
Saturday, February 6: Soule Monde will be at Portland House of Music and Events on Saturday in support of their new EP release of “Smashed World,” and they are bringing along their good friends Ghosts of Jupiter. Soule Monde is described as both avant funk and “the jazz duo your parents warned you about,” while Ghosts of Jupiter has been compared to flute-prog bands like Traffic and King Crimson. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Doors are at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m. Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple Street, Portland.
Sunday, February 7: Not to brag or anything, but the Banff Mountain Film Festival is the largest and the most prestigious mountain festival in the world, and it’s coming to Portland. This year’s festival will showcase award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered from over 35 countries. The footage includes action-packed mountain sports from far-flung locations and remote landscapes, giving audiences a chance to experience the adrenaline-fueled exploits of some amazing mountain sport athletes from the comfort of a chair. The screening will be held, as in years past, at The State Theatre. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 the day of the show. Doors are at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. The State Theatre, 609 Congress Street.
Oh, and there’s also a little game called Super Bowl 50 going on tonight. Since the Patriots aren’t planning, we’ll just be watching for the commercials. You can hate watch Peyton Manning, or come for the epic commercials, which this year includes Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen shilling for Bud Light, a disturbing pitch for Snickers featuring Willem Dafoe as Marilyn Monroe, and Dame Helen Mirren unloading on drunk drivers in an ad courtesy of Budweiser. Get a sneak peek at the commercials here, then head down to Binga’s Stadium, 77 Free Street, or Rivalries at 10 Cotton Street to check out the game/commercials/half-time spectacle on their bajillion screens. The game gets underway at 6:30 p.m.