Arts and Entertainment Calendar: April 13 – 24

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Greater Portland

Books, Authors

Wednesday 4/13

“Celebrate Writers 2011,” reading by poet Jennifer Moxley author of “Clampdown,” 7 p.m., free and open to public, Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., USM Portland, 228-8393.

Edward V. Thompson, author of “Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine 1793-1860: An Illustrated and Comparative Study,” lecture, reception, map exhibition preview, 6 p.m., free, open to public, Osher Map Library, USM Portland,

Friday 4/15

Poetry Reading with Ken Nye, 10:30 a.m., free, open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 846-0044.

Monday 4/18

“Tales of Selkies, Witches, & Weddings!” presented by Seanachie Nights, 7-9 p.m., free/$9 suggested, Bull Feeney’s Irish Pub, 375 Fore St., Portland, FMI, 846-1321,

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States, and author of “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them,” 7 p.m. discussion, free, open to public, University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Library, USM Portland, Barbara Kelly, 780-4072.

Tuesday 4/19

Port Veritas 2011 Portland Slam
Team Semi-Finals Round 2, 7 p.m. open mic, 8 p.m. slam, $3 seated, free for standing room, Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland,

Wednesday 4/20

Maureen Heffernan, director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, and author of “Native Plants For Your Maine Garden,” 6:30-8 p.m., free, open to public, Freeport Community Library, Library Dr., Freeport,

Sarah Braunstein, author of “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children,” Author Brown Bag Lecture Series, noon, free, open to public, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.


Laugh-a-Palooza ComedyFestival, April 14-17; Portland Improv Experience, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $10; Improv Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Friday, $10; Benefit Comedy Showcase for Lucky Pup Rescue, presented by Gillero Comedy Productions, 8 p.m. Saturday, $20; Secret Lives of Comedians, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $10; festival pass $30, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993.


Portland Comedy Connection, 16 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 774-5554, full schedule at


Wednesday 4/13

“Cooley High,” Teens Through Time film series, 4:30 p.m., The Portland Public Library Rines Room, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 773.

Friday 4/15

“Living Downstream,” docuemtary on cancer and environmental pollution, 7 p.m., free, open to public, First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth, FMI, Isabel Denham, 846-5931

Sunday 4/24

“American Violet,” Civil Rights Movie Nights, 4 p.m., free and open to the public, Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney Hall USM Portland, hosted by National Lawyers Guild student chapter and MCLU, 774-5444.


Wednesday 4/13

“Yardage:” New works by Alice Spencer, 5-7 p.m. 0pening reception, exhibit through May 7, Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland, 775-2222.

Friday 4/15

Women’s Studio Workshop – Make Art Here: From Innovation to Tradition, 4 p.m. lecture by Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner, and reception for exhibit on view through April 30 “Hand, Voice & Vision: Thirty Years of Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop,” free, open to public, University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, Portland, FMI, Rebecca Goodale, 228-8014.

Saturday 4/16

“Book Arts: From Content to Form,” workshop  taught by Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., $55, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland, register, 780-5900.

Marvis Cohen Memorial Exhibit, embroidery exhibit, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., free and open to the public, Eastland Hotel, 157 High St., Portland, hosted by Southern Maine Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Inc., FMI, Barbara, [email protected]


A Fine Thing Gallery: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, 699-2919,

Addison Woolley, “April Fools!” photographs, paintings and mixed media by gallery artists and Denise Froehlich, Rene Braun, Amy Hagberg, April 1-30, 132 Washington Ave., corner of Fox St., Portland, 450-8499,

Addo Novo, 490 Congress St., Portland,

Area Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland, 780-5008, 

Artascope Studios, 352 Cottage Road, South Portland, 799-5154,

Art Gallery at UNE, “The Feathered Hand,” installation and art exhibit by Alison Derby Hildreth, Westbrook College campus, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, 221-4499 or

Art House Picture Frames, new work by Brita Holmquist, “A Moveable Feast,” 61 Pleasant St., Portland, 221-3443,

Arthur Fink’s Studio/Gallery, 145 Newbury St., Portland, 615-5722.

Artist and Craftsman Supply, 540 Deering Ave., Portland, 772-7272

Art Loft Gallery, paintings and silk hangings by Helen Farnham, wood engraved hand pulled prints by Tony Kulik, metal sculpture and furniture by Jim Millers, second floor, 8 School St., Freeport, 865-1705. 

Art Studios at Cottage Road, newest work by Betina Clark, 352 Cottage Road, South Portland, 799-5154.

Aucocisco Gallery, 89 Exchange St., Portland, 775-2222 or

Biddeford Savings Bank, 360 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-3004.

Bomb Diggety Bakery, 649 Congress St., Portland.

Borealis Bistro, In the Neighborhood of the Back Cove: A Celebration of Place, paintings by John Santoro, exhibit April 1-May 31, 182 Ocean Ave., Portland, 541-9600.

Bridge Gallery, 568 Congress St., Portland,, 712-9499.

Cape Cottage Gallery, 179 Cottage Road, South Portland, 767-5700 or

Carolyn Walton Gallery, 39 Pleasant Hill Road, Freeport, 865-1585 or

Casco Bay Frames and Gallery, 295 Forest Ave., Hannaford Plaza, Portland, 774-1260 or

Christoph Gallery, Portland Pottery and Metalsmithing, 118 Washington Ave., Portland, 772-4334 or

Constellation Gallery, work by David A. Marshall, Nathan Broaddus, Matthew Isgro and Randy Regier, 511 Plaza on Congress St., Portland, 409-6617.

Cooper Jackson Gallery, 70 India St., Portland.

Cygnet Gallery, “Figurative Show,” with Dewitt Hardy, Janet Manyan, Tim Gaydos, George and Dadee Burk, Pat Hardy, Hara Harding, Janet Ledoux, Elizabeth Kelley and M.L. Norton and more, 568 Congress St., Portland, 251-9925; 568 Congress St., Portland, 251-9925.

Daniel Kany Gallery, 24 Romasco Lane, Portland, 774-2100. 

Daunis Fine Jewelry, “More Summer Stories,” new paintings by yodeling artist Leslie Anderson, exhibit through April 29, 616 Congress St., Portland, 773-6011.

Domaine Gallery, “New: Elemental/Essential Photography,” by John G. Kelley, 223 Commercial St., Portland, 772-2270 or

Earth and Soul, indigenous artists from around the world and local artists, 34 Washington Ave., Portland, 775-1089.

Eli Phant, Cyanotype Prints by Anna Low, Munjoy Hill, Portland,, Sally Struever, 253-9943.

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 781-2620,

Ember Grove Gallery, 247 B Congress St., Portland, 761-0408 or

emilie inc., photography, 227 Congress St, Portland, 272-2285.

Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.  

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 383 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough,, 883-5720.

Filament Gallery, 181 Congress St., Portland, 774-0932 or

Fore River Gallery, 613 Congress St., Portland, 252-6728. 

Fore Street Gallery, 372 Fore St., Portland, 874-8084,

“Forgotten Transport” photography by Jonathan M. Dunitz, 645 Congress St., Portland, 415-8462,

Four Walls Gallery for Fine Art, 564 Congress St., Portland, 221-3426 or

Free Street Gallery at MECA, “Personal Views: The One O’clock Group” 10 Artists, 87 Free St., Portland, Dee Adams, 653-7271.

Freeport Memorial Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-3307.  

Freeport Square Gallery, 140 Main St., Freeport, 865-1616.

Front Room Gallery, 378 Cottage Road, South Portland, 767-9070.

Frost Gully Gallery, 1159 U.S. Route 1, Freeport, 865-4505 or

Gallery 132, 132 Spring St., Portland, 842-9200 ext. 226.

Gem Gallery, 62 Island Ave., Peaks Island, 766-5600.

Gleason Fine Art Portland, “Come Spring!” paintings and sculpture celebrating spring; and “14 Maine Modernists,” exhibits through May 28, 545 Congress St., Portland, 699-5599, [email protected]

Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland, 772-2693.

The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland, 450-6695.

Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, 584 Congress St., Portland, 774-5948.

Heron Point Gallery, “Love Those Lobes,” Glass Jewelry by Avery Pierce, 164 Middle/Market St., Portland, Bonnie Faulkner, 846-0817,

Holly Ready Studio, oil and gouache paintings by Holly Ready, 146 High St., Portland, 632-1027 or

ICA at MECA, Fracturing the Burning Glass: Between Mirror and Meaning, with artists Gwenael Belanger, Susan Leopold, Daniel Rozin, and Alyson Shotz, 522 Congress St., Portland,, 775-3052.

Jameson Modern Art, 305 Commercial St., Portland, 772-5522 or

June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, August Ventimiglia: New Drawings, through April 30, 522 Congress St., Portland, 699-5083.

June Fitzpatrick Gallery, 112 High St., Portland, 772-1961,

June LaCombe SCULPTURE, by appointment, Hawk Ridge Farm, 90 Minot Road, Pownal, 688-4468, 

The Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland, Rebecca Goodale, 228-8014.

The Language Exchange, 80 Exchange St., Portland, 772-0405.

Larson Fine Art Gallery, new work by David Henning Larson, 331 Cottage Road, South Portland, 767-8221,

Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library, “Dunia Moja/One World:” A Peregrine Press and Zanzibar Print Exchange, exhibit through May 28, viewing during library hours, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700,

Lifeworks Chiropractic, artwork by Mark Nutt, Foreside Place, 202 U.S. Route 1, Suite 100, Falmouth, 781-7911, call for viewing times.

The Local Buzz, 327 Ocean House Road, Pond Cove Shopping Plaza, Cape Elizabeth,

“Logging in the Maine Woods Today,” photographs by Tonee Harbert, a Maine Museum of Photographic Arts exhibition, exhibit through Aug. 21, fifth floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland,, Michelle Dustin, 780-4790.

Long Island Dodwell Gallery, Color My World: An interactive art exhibit, Long Island, Maggie Carle, [email protected], 766-2940.

Maine Arts Workshop, 39 School St., Freeport, 831-2759 or

Maine Charitable Mechanics Library, 519 Congress St., Portland, Jill Cournoyer, 878-8896.

Maine College of Art, Congress St., Portland,

Maine Medical Center, paintings for sale by Freeport artist Janice L. Moore, portion of proceeds to benefit The Arts at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland,, [email protected]

The Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, Anne Samson, 774-1633.

Market House, 28 Monument Square, Portland, 228-2056.

Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609,

Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland, 772-0689,

Merrill Memorial Library, “Father and Daughter, Works in Oil,” by Ted Damon and Liz Armstrong, exhibit through April 18, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Moxie Studio and Gallery, landscape, still life paintings, by appointment, Cousins Island, Yarmouth, 846-0978.

Open Concepts Gallery & Studios, Cove Street Art Center, 50 Cove St., Portland, 772-3822. 

Paula Banks Consulting and Two Lights Home Care, Pond Cove Shopping Center, Cape Elizabeth,

Ponomo, jewelry, handbags and accessories by Hannah Tarkinson, 142 High St., Suite 307, Portland,

Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance, 548 Congress St., Portland,

Portland Photo Works, 142 High St., second floor, Portland, Elliott Teel, 228-5829, [email protected]  

Rabelais, 86 Middle St., Portland, 774-1044,  

Radiant Light Gallery, Thom Adams fine art and documentary photography, 615 Congress St., Suite 409, Portland, 252-7258. 

“Re-Imagined,” Outdoor Sculpture Show, exhibit and sale by June LaCombe SCULPTURE artists, through May 2011, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, off U.S. Route 1, Falmouth,

Richard Boyd Pottery Art Gallery
, “Metallic’s – The Golden Age,” new works by painter Jeanne O’Toole Hayman and potter Rick Boyd, through April 24, 5 Epps St., Peaks Island, 712-1097,

Rise Photography, “New Moon,” work by Meghan Donahue, Matthew Robbins photography, Alicia Allen jewelry, 864 Broadway, South Portland, 799-4204,

The Royal Bean Cafe, “A Few Things On My Mind” Lars Lindgren exhibit, with sculpture with Herbie Elm wood, vinyl record cowgirl, stone reliefs, prints and more, through April 15, Yarmouth Crossing and Main Street, Yarmouth. 

Running with Scissors Gallery, 54 Cove St., Portland, 699-4242.

Salt Institute, 561 Congress St., Portland,

Sandpiper Jewelry Gallery, 851 Sawyer St., South Portland, Michael Hofheimer, 767-8090.

South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

Space Gallery, “Slack Water:” Photographs of the Portland Waterfront, by Mark Marchesi, exhibit April 7 – May 26; 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600,  

St. Lawrence Arts Center, “A Collection of Photographs: Steven Langerman,” exhibit through April, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568,

Student Art Show, Portland public schools, 400+ pieces of art by K-12 students, exhibit through April 14, free, open to public, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland, 874-8300.

Stones & Stuff, 556 Congress St., Portland,  

Susan Maasch Fine Art, “Two From the Biennial: Clint Fulkerson and Jon Edwards,” and solo exhibition by Kate Russo,”New Paintings,” 567 Congress St., Portland, 699-2955 or

Sylvia Kania Gallery, 148 High St., Portland, 615-6019.

Thomas Memorial Library, Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth.

Toby Rosenberg Pottery Gallery, 293 Read St., Portland, 878-4590,

Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom, 149 Main St., Freeport, 865-4519.

TIME Gallery at CTN Studios, photography by Dawn Herrick, 516 Congress St., Portland,, Orion Breen, 874-9868.

USM Glickman Family Library, 6th floor, Glickman Library, USM Portland campus.

USM Osher Map Library, “Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine 1793-1860,” exhibit through Aug. 25, Osher Map Library, USM Portland,

USM Wishcamper Center, USM Portland, 780-4270.34 Bedford St., Portland.

Utopia Gallery, 468 Fore St., Portland,

VoxPhotographs, for viewing invitation and location, 232-1214 or [email protected]

Whitney Art Works, “The Jar Project,” 60 art-filled jars made by 60 artists, on view through April, 492 Congress St., Portland,, 780-0700,

The wonderful gallery/FINE ART, “Everything is Illuminated,” new paintings by Janice Moore, 152 Main St., Freeport, 865-6077,

Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery, 336 Main St. Yarmouth, 846-7777; second location, “Postcards from Provence,” 720 U.S. Route 1, Yarmouth,  

3Fish Gallery, “Connections in Wood & Print,” new work by Suzanne Hunt and Larinda Meade, 377 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 773-4773.

317 Main Street, “From Our Angle: A Senior Photography Exhibit,” by Yarmouth High School Advanced Photography students Emily Clark, Molly Dugas, Lindsey Purpura, Abigail Smith, Emma Tureff, Katie Wharff, Lauren Wrobleski, exhibit through May 6, 317 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6264.


Friday 4/15

Mask-making for Ebune Parade, 5-7 p.m. free, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland,  presented by Museum of African Culture, 871-7188,

Satuday 4/16

Mask-making for Ebune Parade, 5-7 p.m. free, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland,  presented by Museum of African Culture, 871-7188,

“Meet the Artists: 2011 Biennial Talks,” informal talks by Biennial artists, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., April 16, April 23, free with Museum admission, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148.

Sunday 4/17

“Ebune! The procession of the Ram,” parade presented by Museum of African Culture, 12-3 p.m., free, parade begins at MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland, FMI, 871-7188,


Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, ongoing cultural, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 or

Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, by appointment, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330,

International Cryptozoology Museum, 661 Congress St., Portland,  

Maine Historical Society Museum, “Zoom In! New Approaches to Maine History,” on view through May 29; “Capturing Arts and Artists of the 1930s,” Depression Era photography by G. Herbert Whitney, exhibit through May 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sun.; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. children’s hour Monday and Wednesday; $8 adult, $3 child, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or

Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, 780-0118,

Maine Jewish Museum, formerly called Tree of Life at Etz Chaim, open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, Gary Berenson, 329-9854,

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum, daily trains from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., on the hour, from the museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814, tickets, $10 adult, $9 senior, $6 child ages 3-12, price includes admission to museum.

Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., Portland, 871-7188 or

Neal Dow Memorial, 714 Congress St., Portland, tours 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 773-7773,

Portland Fire Museum, open first Fridays 6-9 p.m., $5 adults, $2 children age 7+, 157 Spring St., Portland,

Portland Harbor Museum, Southern Maine Community College, Fort Road, South Portland, 799-6337,

Portland Head Light Museum, re-opens mid-April, weekends only, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., until Memorial Day; open daily Memorial Day to Columbus Day, $2 adults/ $1 ages 6-18, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-2661 or

Portland Museum of Art, 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, on view April 7 through June 5; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday; free on Fridays 5-9 p.m., Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 ext. 3244 or

Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St., Portland, 774-5561. 

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum and the Shaker Store, by appointment, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester, 926-4597,

Skyline Farm Carriage and Sleigh Museum, open 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through March 27, free/donations accepted, or by appointment, 95 The Lane, Yarmouth,, 793-8569.

Tate House Museum, house tours, Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m.; architecture tours Thursdays, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland, 774-6177 or

Victoria Mansion, self-guided tours, 109 Danforth St., Portland, 772-4841, 

The Wadsworth-Longfellow House at the Maine Historical Society, call for hours, $8 adult, $7 senior/student, $3 child, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or

Yarmouth Historical Society Museum, “Life Along the Royal River,” 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Merrill Memorial Library, Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259.


Wednesday 4/13

Maine Songwriters Association Monthly Showcase, 7-9:30 p.m., 8 performances, $5 at door, One Longfellow Square, Portland, 842-0703,

Thursday 4/14

Spring Instrumental Concert, performance by USM School of Music’s Youth Ensembles, 7 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland,

Two Old Friends, Irish and American Country music with musicians Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins, 6:30 p.m., free, open to public, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660,

Friday 4/15
Jeffrey Foucault,
8 p.m., $15 advance/ $18 door, One Longfellow Square, Portland, 761-1757,

Papadello, folk/pop, 7:30-10 p.m., free, all ages, Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland,

Saturday 4/16

Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, sponsored by the Portland Conservatory of Music, Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, FMI, bands, schedule at

Celebrity Concert with Cameron Carpenter, 7:30 p.m., $32-$15, free for ages 12 and under, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, Port Tix, 842-0800,

Record Store Day,
acoustic performances at all Bull Moose stores, free and open to the public, The Sophomore Beat, 1 p.m., Portland Bull Moose; Zach Jones, 4 p.m., Scarborough Bull Moose,

Sunday 4/17

Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, sponsored by the Portland Conservatory of Music, Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, FMI, bands, schedule at

“The Thinking Heart:” The Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, a history in poetry & music, 2 p.m. performance, $5-$15 requested donation, Sadhana, The Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., Suite C, South Portland, 772-6898,

USM Chamber Singers,
5 p.m., $6 adult/ $3 seniors, students, Immanuel Baptist Church, High Street, Portland,, 780-5265.

Wednesday 4/20

Bayside with The Sophomore Beat & Man, The Reformer, 6 p.m., $13 advance/ $15 door, all ages, Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, tickets at all Bull Moose Music locations,

Colin Hay in Concert, 7 p.m. opening by Chris Trapper, 8 p.m. concert, $25, 21+, The Landing at Pine Point, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, tickets,

Thursday 4/21

Club d’Elf, 9 p.m., $10 advance/ $15 door/ $28 VIP, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, 899-4990.

Friday 4/22

Caravan of Thieves, gypsy jazz, 8 p.m., $12 advance/ $22 door, One Longfellow Square, Portland, 761-1757,

Saturday 4/23

Cake, 8 p.m., $35, all ages, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 800-745-3000,


Community Chorus, rehearsals 10 a.m.-12 p.m., first and third Saturday, the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568 ext. 102 or [email protected]

David Bullard Songwriter Night, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Andy’s Pub, Commercial St.; Solo Night 6 p.m. Thursdays, Slainte Wine Bar, 24 Preble St., Portland.

House Bluegrass, 9 p.m. Mondays, no cover, Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland.

Kirtan!, call & response group chanting meditation, 7-8:30 p.m., first and third Fridays, $5 donation, Portland Yoga Studio, 616 Congress St., Portland, 799-0054,

Lazy Lightning, Grateful Dead covers and original music, 9 p.m. Wednesdays, The Big Easy, 55 Market St., or 776-2822.

Theater & Dance 

10th Annual Maine Playwrights Festival, short plays presented by Acorn Productions, Thursdays-Saturdays, April 14-16, April 21-23; and Friday April 29, $8, all ages, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, complete schedule, tickets at, 854-0065.

“Adventures with Peter Pan,” presented by Freeport Family Performing Arts, April 15-17, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and April 22-23, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $10 adult/ $5 student/ $25 family of 5; Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, Tim Ryan, 415-6251.

“Brendan,” presented by AIRE, Maine’s Irish Theater Company, March 31-April 16, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday, $20-$15, Studio Theater, Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets, 799-5327, 

“Killer Joe,” directed by Sean Mewshaw, 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, April 22-23; April 29-30; ages 18+, $12-$10, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland,

Vaudeville Never Died! vaudeville style variety show presented by Dark Follies, 8 p.m. April 22-23, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $12-$10, tickets, 899-3993,

“Winnie the Pooh,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, April 20-May 1; 1 p.m. Wednesday, 4/20; 4 p.m. Thursday, 4/21;  1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday 4/22-23; 4 p.m. Friday 4/29; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 4/30-5/1, $7-$8; Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234,

Wednesday 4/13

“Ladies First,” one-woman portrayal of First Ladies by Robin Lane, 1 p.m., free, open to the public, OceanView at Falmouth, Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, reservations, 781-4460.

Thursday 4/14

“Cheaper by the Dozen” presented by Merriconeag Waldorf School students,  6:30 p.m., open to public, Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, 865-3900,

“Freeport’s Pirate History,” presented by Freeport Players & Freeport Historical Society, 7 p.m., free/ $5 suggested donation, Harrington House, 45 Main St., Freeport, 865-2220,

Talent Show, hosted by the Deering Players, 7 p.m., $5, Deering High School auditorium, 370 Stevens Ave., Portland, Kathleen Harris, 874-8260.

Friday 4/15

Swing Dance, 8 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m. dance, $8, North Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave, Portland, FMI, [email protected], 653-5012.

Sunday 4/17

“The Mikado” presented by New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, 4 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, $34-$54, tickets, PortTix, 842-0800 or box office at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland,


Argentine Tango Practice, Wednesday 7-9 p.m., beginner lesson 7 p.m., $10; Ballroom Dance Party, Saturday 8 p.m.- midnight, beginner lesson 7 p.m., $7; Maine Ballroom Dance, 614 Congress St., Portland.

Club 188, line dancing instruction, Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. beginners; 8-9 p.m. intermediate; 9-9:30 p.m. advanced; 188 Warren Ave., Portland.

Greater Portland Community Contradance, first Saturday, 7:15 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. main dance, $9 adult, $5 child, Falmouth Congregational Church Hall, 267 Falmouth Road, new dancers welcome, no partner needed, 756-2201.

Irish Set Dancing, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Yarmouth Community Services building, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, [email protected]  

Second Saturday Contradance, 6 p.m. family dance; 7:30 p.m. potluck; 8 p.m. beginner lesson; 8:30-12 p.m. dance, $10 adult/ $7 student or senior, bring clean shoes, Wescustogo Hall, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth, 233-4325, [email protected] or 318-8746, [email protected]

Square Dancing Classes, by Mix ‘n Mingle Square Dancing Club, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through April, ages 9 and up, $3, Eight Corners School, 22 Mussey Road, Scarborough, [email protected]  

Maplewood Dance Center, night classes followed by dance socials on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 383 Warren Ave., Portland, 878-0584, 

Mid Coast

Books, Authors

Saturday 4/16

Hara Marano, author of “A Nation of Wimps,” 7 p.m. presentation, free, open to public, Hyde School, 616 High St., Bath, Kate Phenix, 443-7105,

Let’s Talk About It Book Group, discussion of “Things Fall Apart,” 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., free, bi-weekly sessions through April 16, books available at library, Patten Free Library, Summer St., Bath, sponsored by Maine Humanities Council,

Tuesday 4/19

Jim Nichols, author of “Hull Creek” and Shonna Milliken Humphrey, author of “Show Me Good Land,” 7 p.m. book talk, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Saturday 4/23

Used Book and Music Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick.


Wednesday 4/20

“The Grateful Dead Movie,” 7:30 p.m., $12.50, Brunswick 10, 19 Gurnet Road, Brunswick.

Friday 4/22

“Including Samuel,” documentary about kids with disabilities, discussion with filmmaker Dan Habib to follow, 1 p.m., free, open to public, Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, 725-3375.

The Dreamland Theater
film series on second and fourth Thursdays, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 6 p.m., free/$5 suggested donation, presented by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., film listings at


Saturday 4/16
Frederick Lynch: New Work,
4-6 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through May 14, ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157.

Brunswick Public Art Project Proposals Exhibition, by Bowdoin students, community viewing of exhibit during library hours, April 16-17; 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17 reception with student artists, Brunswick Public Art Group,  Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, FMI, Susan Weems, 729-7624.

Patchwork Jacket Workshop
with Barbara Taylor, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16 and April 30, Maine Fiberarts Center/Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham, reservations required, FMI, 721-0678.

Sunday 4/17

Brunswick Public Art Project Proposals Exhibition, by Bowdoin students, community viewing of exhibit during library hours, April 16-17; 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17 reception with student artists, Brunswick Public Art Group,  Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, FMI, Susan Weems, 729-7624.


11 Pleasant St. Arts Center, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 319-6057 or

Allen & Selig Realty, landscapes and seascapes by Claudette Gamache, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 15 Vine St., Bath, 443-2200 or

The Barn Door Cafe and Bakery, 4 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 102; 721-3099,

Bayview Gallery, Local Color 2011: A Spring Equinox Celebration, new work by local artists, exhibit through April 16, 8 Maine St., 729-5500, Patricia Boissevain, 729-5500,

Cabot Mill Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 837-9108.

Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455 or

Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, [email protected]

The Eleven Pleasant Street Gallery, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 607-4016 or [email protected]

Gallery at Park Row, 185 Park Row, Brunswick, 907-4016.

Gallery at Widgeon Cove, Route 123, Harpswell, 833-6081 or

Gallery at Schoolhouse Crossing, 48 West Schoolhouse Crossing Road, Topsham, 603-674-6098 or [email protected]

Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-9108.  

Harbor Works Gallery, Holbrook-Trufant House, 977C Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell,, Guy Saldanha, [email protected], 841-9812. 

ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157.

Just Framing, 149 Front St., Bath.

LaMarche Gallery, David Saul Smith Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3902.

Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, 442-8577 or

Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, 882-7511,

Maine Fiberarts Gallery, “Wearable Art: Tunics, Jackets, and Vests,” by Barbara Taylor, exhibit through April 30, 13 Main St., Topsham, 721-0678,

Markings Gallery, “Colorways in Sea colors Wool ,” by Nanne Kennedy, exhibit through April 30; 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499.

Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main St., Bowdoinham, 841-5914,

Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 373-9300.

Sarah Greenier Gallery, Maine, marine and coastal paintings, 428 Middle St., Bath, 443-3936.

Sebascodegan Artists Cooperative Gallery, closed for the season, reopens June 25, 2011, 4 Old Orr’s Island Road, Harpswell, 833-5717,

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans, 149 Maine St., Tontine Mall, Brunswick, 373-1810.

Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, Liz McGhee, 725-8820.

Topsham Public Library Crooker Gallery, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727 or

VSA arts of Maine, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 607-4016,

Whatnot Gallery, Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick,, 725-8820.


Saturday 4/16

On Board Weather Forecasting Workshop, 1 p.m., $35 member; $40 nonmember, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316 or


Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick, 725-3275.

Maine Maritime Museum, open daily 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316 or

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, “Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” exhibition through Dec. 6, 2011, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Sundays; closed Mondays, 725-3416,

Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, “CSI Brunswick: The Forensic Work of Dr. Frank Whittier,” and “Pejepscot’s Early Scots-Irish History,” Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., free, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.


Friday 4/15

OLAS, live music celebrating Cuba Week, 7:30 p.m., $10 advance / $12 door, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, Mill 3, 14 Maine St., Brunswick,, 725-5222.

Yellow Roman Candles, acoustic, 7 p.m. open mic, 9 p.m. concert, $6-$5, Side Door Coffee House at Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-8515.

Saturday 4/16

Record Store Day, acoustic performances at all Bull Moose stores, free and open to the public, Marie Stella 2 p.m. Brunswick Bull Moose,


Annual Spring Dance Concert, presented by Bowdoin College Theater and Dance, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College, free, but tickets required, available at David Saul Smith Union information desk, 725-3375.

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” presented by Midcoast Youth Theatre, April 14-17, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $12 adult/ $10 senior or student, Orion Performing Arts Center, Mt. Ararat Middle School, Topsham.

“Tall Tales from Long Lives,” staged readings presented by The Center Stage Players, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, free/ $5 suggested donation, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick.

Saturday 4/16

Bowdoinham Contradance Series, 7:30 p.m. beginners workshop, 8-11 p.m. dance, $9, Bowdoinham Town Hall, 3 School St., Bowdoinham, 666-3090 or 666-3709.


Sage Swingers, Square and Round Dance Club, 6:30 p.m. Monday round dance workshops, Coffin School Cafeteria, Barrows St., Brunswick; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday square dance workshops, Jordan Acres School Cafeteria, Brunswick, 389-2568 or

Portland Public Library

Sidebar Elements

Don’t miss the last weekend of Maine’s Irish Theater Company, AIRE’s, production of “Brendan,” at the Studio Theater, Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. The contemporary comedy centers around Irish immigrant Brendan Roche, played by Michael Dix Thomas, pictured here, upper right, as he envies his best friend’s ease with women. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $20-$15 and can be purchased at 799-5327,