Algiers with Kafari and Achene | Thursday | 8:30 PM | SPACE | 538 Congress St

Two days of Waking Windows festivities just not enough for you? Join us on Thursday for the festival pre-party at SPACE, as Atlanta ‘dystopian soul’ band Algiers makes their Portland debut. Support from local sonic dream-weavers Kafari and Achene.

We’ll have the Waking Windows box office open at SPACE all night, so you can score passes (while they’re still at the advance price) and get your festival wristbands early.

$10 advance, $12 day of show | $2 off for WW pass-holders | free for Waking Windows performers and volunteers! | all ages



USM x Waking Windows kick-off concert | Friday | 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Payson-Smith Lawn, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus

Help us kick off the Waking Windows weekend on the USM Portland campus’ Payson-Smith lawn with music, spoken word, dance, arts activities, and food trucks galore. Special preview performances by Ivy Sole, M.A.K.U Soundsystem, and Sabouyouma, as well as USM students.

free | all ages | open to the public


New Fruit presents Persephone Procession | Friday | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | MECA green space, Casco St & Shepley St to New Fruit, 52 Parris St

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Come all ye Persephones and kin to the Casco Street Meadow to frolic, adorn, and savor the last light of summer. Transform with us the myth of Persephone as we descend together into the underworld in search of our boundaries and a newfound appreciation of shadow and light.

Persephone Procession
6:00 PM - sunset in the meadow
7:00 PM - procession into the underworld
7:30 PM - pomegranate communion & feast  

New System Exhibitions open studios | Friday | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | 52 Parris St


Violinist-composer Sam Kyzivat performs a ‘live scoring’ of New System Exhibtion’s open studio group show.

Molt with Me: A Participatory Underthings Happening | Friday | 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM | The Public Works | 52 Alder St


We invite you to celebrate the changing of the season. Shed what is left of a Summer passed. Abandon a layer at the (optional) clothing check, and join us in a display of vulnerability, venerability, autonomy and ardency. Both viewer & viewed bearing tender flesh and underthings, dancing into the evening to welcome Autumn.

8:30 PM doors
9:00 PM Molt with Me: A Reciprocal Underthings Happening
10:30 PM dance party
with DJ sets by Miss Eaves

co-organized by Amanda Clark, Terrence Wolfe, and Mackenzie Morris and co-presented by Étaín


Portland Record Fair | Saturday | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Maine Ballroom Dance | 614 Congress St


free* | all ages
25+ vinyl dealers from all over the northeast. Guest DJs. A literal ton of records.

*930am early bird admission to the fair is $10

Page Burner Reading Series | Saturday | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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12:00 PM
Tandem Coffee & Bakery
742 Congress St
Amy Bergen, Andre Perry, Éireann Lorsung, & Pious Ali

1:00 PM
One Longfellow Square
181 State St
Kifah Abdullah, Nyanen Deng, meg willing, & Jensen Beach

2:00 PM
Local Sprouts
649 Congress St
Annie DeWitt, Douglas W. Milliken, Mira Ptacin, & the ignoble peon poet, r.a.p.ferreira

sponsored by Tandem Coffee + Bakery

Film: Milford Graves Full Mantis | Saturday | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Portland Museum of Art | 7 Congress Square


Milford Graves Full Mantis is the first ever feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity. Graves has performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Paul Bley, Sonny Sharrock, and John Zorn. He is a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and he remains one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form.

The film draws the viewer through the artist’s lush garden and ornate home, into the martial arts dojo in his backyard and the laboratory in his basement - all of this just blocks from where he grew up in the housing projects of South Jamaica, Queens. Oscillating from present to past and weaving intimate glimpses of the artist’s complex cosmology with blistering performances from around the globe, Milford Graves Full Mantis  is cinema full of fluidity, polyrhythm and intensity, embodying the essence of Graves’ music itself.

admission to the entire museum free on Saturday for all WW pass-holders


Open Ears Showcase | Saturday | 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM | One Longfellow Square | 181 State St

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$8 | all ages

Listen Up! Music (Creative Trails), The Clearwater Benders (Casa), and Backbay Rockerz (Maine Vocational and Rehabilitation Associates) return to One Longfellow Square for a showcase of Portland-area musicians with developmental disabilities and intellectual uniqueness.  

In Conversation | Saturday | 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM | Portland Flea-For-All | 585 Congress Street

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No moderator. No agenda. No holds barred. Two minds. We orchestrate the collisions, and then sit back, listen, and learn.

5:00 PM  Ivy Sole x Just Plain Jones
5:45 PM  Mira Ptacin x milo

No Chill Comedy | Saturday | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Empire | 575 Congress St

$5 | 18+

Phoebe Angle (The Comedy Studio, Seattle International Comedy Competition)
Nicole Sisk (Women in Comedy Festival)
Colby Bradshaw (2017 Winter Couch Comedy Classic Champ)
Kate Ghiloni (Limestone Comedy Festival)
Connor McGrath (Maine's Best Comedian 2017, 2018)
and hosted by Annie Russell (Vermont Public Radio | WBEZ)

Cringe! A Night of Hilarious Humility | Saturday | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Empire | 575 Congress St


$5 | 18+

We all have an insufferable piece of writing or a painfully awkward diary entry hiding in an attic somewhere. But what if we shared them publicly? Diaries, letters, artwork, and songs, it’s all fair game. This will be a raucous hour of storytelling, performance art, and more.


Bare Portland | Saturday | 8:05 PM | SPACE | 538 Congress St


Bare Portland presents 9 to 5: The Musical, starring Allison Janney! Bare Portland extracts theater from the traditional stage and places it in fresh spaces. These interactive, site-specific performances make each location a performer. What a way to make a living.