Sun Gods in Exile.

Saturday, May 18

Hillbillies are not a strictly southern phenomenon. Seems anyplace that gets mountainous breeds these carnivorous rock people. Plenty of ’em will be gathering around fires today for the Hillbilly Garden Party, a day- and nightlong bash in the woods of Poland Spring (409 Maine St./Route 26) with barbeque, hot cars, cool beer and a cavalcade of garage rock, metal and psychobilly bands, including Sun Gods in Exile, Thee Icepicks, Mad Gingers, and The Murder Weapon. The music starts at 1 p.m. I’m guessing there won’t be any hillbillies at the Bluestocking Film Series, a mini-fest of shorts by and about women, which takes place today and tomorrow at Maine College of Art’s Osher Hall (522 Congress St., Portland). The shorts screen tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Tix: $9 ($6 students). A free symposium on gender equality on and off the screen takes place at Osher tomorrow at 4 p.m. bluestockingfilms.com.

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