The Portland Music Awards may seem like a contest — and we guess technically it is?! — but the last thing we want is for musicians to compete with each other. That's weird. What we DO want is to shine a light on the passion, creativity, and absurdly low-compensated labors that go into making music in this state. Okay, and also we're into strong opinions. Plus who doesn't like a little drama?

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doors at 5:30

Free/Suggested Donation
Music: Disco Forever

Join us for an evening to unearth and celebrate the POC and queer history of Disco in Maine through a panel discussion followed up by a boogie on the floor.  

Our Panelists will be political organizer Steve Bull and artist Derek Jackson, moderated by event organizer Nyanen Deng.  Conversation from 6:30-7:45, listening/dancing from 7:45-9:30.  

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Doors @ 6:00

$7 Suggested Donation

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, THE WORK follows three men from the outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways.

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Doors open at 5:30pm.

$6 for SPACE Members and Students w/ ID
Community event: John Cotter Artist Talk

Artist-in-Resdience John Cotter presents an artist's talk, short reading, and conversation about the wages of trauma and the role of art. Join us on Monday, December 11 at 6pm.

Artist Talk: Nick Carter

SPACE Gallery is pleased to present The Same River, an installation by Providence-based artist, 


From the land of fire and ice, the great northern utopia of Iceland, come guiding lights of electronic pop and dance music, Hermigervill and Berndsen. Armed with bass heavy beats, a battery of synths, crooning vocals, ample 80's nostalgia, two epic beards, and a whole lot of theremin, this pair transforms rooms across the world into high-octane, frenzied dance-parties like none you've ever experienced.

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doors at 8pm

$8 advance, $10 day of show

Maine and Vermont indie-rockers, punkers, beatmakers, and emcees align in celebration of Million Dollar Lounge's debut record of lo-fi, bubblegum psych gems.



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doors at 7:30

$8 advance, $10 day of show

Local heroes Mouth Washington celebrate the release of their fourth album, Fourth Floor, releasing on vinyl on Death List 5 Records. The band is equally at home wading through the waters of alt-Americana with giants like Jason Molina and Built to Spill, as they are shredding post-punk guitar riffs over walls of distortion. It's this dichotomy that makes their sound so immediate and perhaps so uniquely Portland, Maine. A new album is a welcome thing.

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What does racial justice look like in Maine? Who is doing the work? How do I get involved? 

During December First Friday, join Maine Initiatives and the organizations in their racial justice cohort to explore the transformational justice and equity work happening across our state every day. Learn about each organization, and get involved as a volunteer, donor, and advocate for racial justice in Maine.

Congratulations to the 2017 Cohort:

Community event: Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Wild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award. His last rap album, Grown came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product.

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doors at 6:30

$7 Suggested Donation


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