December is a great month to catch up with those straggler friends you haven’t seen in a long time. There’s some tasty things afoot this weekend that are sure to encourage such rendezvous, so get your money straight and get stoked. This weekend’s gonna kick ass.

Tonight, Easy Street in Hallowell has their monthly First Thirsty Thursday Open Jammy Whammy, showcasing the town’s talents in an open mic fashion. Slainte Wine Bar & Lounge (pronounced Suh-LAUNCH-uh) has Michael Hadley premiering his First Friday Art Walk exhibit a day early with music by Chateau Mirage (Awaas & Ex Conifer) from 6pm to 8pm before Open Mic Comedy hosted by Joe Timmins. Empire Dine & Dance kicks off their new Thursday constant with Pete Witham & the Cozmik Zombies in the downstairs dining room from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Geno’s sees Come Back Pluto, Ace Galloper and Ben Helinski of Establishment 37 Films as well. Doors are at (roughly) 9pm with a $5 cover.

If you’re out for First Friday Art Walk, make sure you pop in to Made-Rite Tattoos to see Joe Ricchio and Joel Beauchamp of Food Coma fame getting tattooed. Why is that cool? Because they’re getting the Food Coma logo, and Joe is bringing wine. Duh. Studio 250 is hosting an ugly sweater Christmas party, with Sparks the Rescue rocking the fuck out. And they’re bringing their friends Dustin Saucier, Derek Wilkinson, and Worried Well. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door.

The Fogcutters are serving up some Big Band Syndrome, Vol: 2 at the State Theater. If you haven’t seen them yet, they’re fantastic and it’s absolutely worth the ticket price. Anywhere near Ellsworth? Mama Savannah Georgia the Holiday Hoe is sharing some holiday spirit at the Ellsworth Elks Lodge, combining comedy with traditional Christmas folklore, with special performers to boot.

Saturday night sees Empire Dine & Dance hosting THIS WAY’s Honky Tonkin’ Holiday Show. Throw on your cowboy boots and stomp around to J. Biddy and the boys. The cover is only $5 if you bring some canned food or winter clothing to donate to those in need! Rustic Overtones will be at the Mainely Brews Brewhouse from 9:30pm to 1am. $15 cover at the door, or purchase them in advance online.

Soul has finally returned to Portland for a one-night visit at Blue on Congress St. Jessy Dorsett and Mike VanSummern, who met at Berklee eons ago, are getting reuniting to showcase some of Jessy’s new material, as well as their creative and interesting take on several soul and R&B classics. Mike is a fantastically polished musician, and Jessy’s huge, resonant soul-child voice is absolutely not to be missed. Get there early and get a seat, as Blue is a small venue and it quickly becomes standing room only.

And of course, Sunday night has Cherry Lemonade hosting Cherryoke at Styxx. It’s an evening of good singers, bad singers and a really awesome drunk drag queen who might try to take you home at the end of the night… if she can remember where she lives at that point. There’s also $2 Cherry Lemonade-flavored Jell-O and test tube shots all night long. 9:30pm to 12:30pm with dancing to follow.

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