Arts Calendar: April 18-28

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Freeport Players, open auditions for one-act comedies, 6:30 p.m. April 23 & 25, Freeport Performing Arts Center, performances July 12-29,

Call for Artists: University Neighborhood Organization accepting proposals until May 5 for the first Oakdale Arts Festival on June 2 in Portland’s Longfellow Park, email for free application.


Freeport High School Student Art, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, over 100 works in four mediums, through April. 

Historic Freeport Artwork, Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main St., through April 27,

“Visions of Place: 30 Contemporary Maine Artists,” Thos. Moser, 149 Main St., Freeport, to April 29.

“Migration Experience – Reflections of Maine Immigrant Artists,” Creative Portland, Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., to April 27. 

Student Chair Design Competition, Maine College of Art, Porteous Building, Portland, to April 19.

Cia cafe, 72 Ocean St., South Portland, oil, watercolor, acrylics and photography by local artists Claudia Hughes, Tammy Charles, Heidy Spenard and Bob Pecchia, to May 15.

“Abstraction,” by Leslie Hamren, Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., through April 28.

Friday 4/20 

“John Clark Pottery: Platters,” art opening, 6-8 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland,

Thursday 4/26

“Flux and Form,” featuring work by Mary Hart and Marjorie Moore, opening reception 5-7 p.m., PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave, Portland, on view April 25- June 9, artist talk 3-4 p.m. May 20.


Holocaust Film Series with the Maine Jewish Film Festival, 6:30 p.m. April 19 & 26, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, free.

Thursday 4/19

Earth Week Film Festival, 6:30-9 p.m., Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, conservation-themed, curated selection of short independent films, 21+. 

Friday 4/27

“Tomorrow – Demain,” 7 p.m., Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center, 286 W. Elm St. Award-winning film about changes being made across the globe in agriculture, education, energy and economy. Sponsored by student-led Global Action Coalition, free.


Southworth Planetarium, USM Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, shows 3 p.m. Saturdays; Fridays 7 & 8:30 p.m.; telescope night last Wednesday of the month, 780-4249,


“Paintings in Oil,” annual group exhibit, Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island, through April 29.
“This Desire,” Able Baker Contemporary, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, 19 contemporary artists and poets explore desire and longing through writing and art-making, through May 5.
“15 Years of Painting Maine,” by Leslie Anderson, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, through April 28.


Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland, “Full Circle,” by Paula Gerstenblatt; “Black & White,” quartet of artists; “Just a Moment in Time,” by Nanci Kahn,, to May 4.

“The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis,” Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, 21 German prints executed between the World Wars highlights George Grosz’s 1922 lithographic suite,, to July 15.


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

International Cryptozoology Museum, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays through Sundays, 4 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland,

Maine Historical Society Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday; 11 a.m.-noon, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822,

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

Maine Jewish Museum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday, Sunday 1-5 p.m., or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, 773-2339,

Neal Dow Memorial, tours by appointment, 714 Congress St., Portland, 773-7773,

Portland Museum of Art, Congress Square, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday & Friday.

Yarmouth History Center, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, 846-6259,


April Fest: 8 p.m. April 20 & 27, Portland Conservatory of Music/Dimensions in Jazz, Woodfords Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland, $5-$20,

PSO presents: “Rodgers & Hammerstein on Broadway,” 7:30 p.m. April 21; 2:30 p.m. April 22, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets at

Friday 4/20

Music Lovers’ Luncheon with Daniel Meyer, finalist for PSO music director, 12:30-2 p.m., Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth, $30, reservations required,

EMRLD, Sarah Violebe, Renée Coolbrith, Freevø, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12/$15,

Bethany Waickman & Lissa Schneckenburger, 7 p.m., First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth, traditional Maine dance tunes and songs.

Saturday 4/21

“Then Is Now,” Sweetest in the Gale, women’s chorus of the Oratorio Chorale, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, $20,, 800-838-3006.

The Mammals with Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20,

“Palaver Strings: Parallel Freedoms,” 7:30 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, musician-led string orchestra from Boston with a new twist to classical music, $12-$18,

Sunday 4/22

Anna & Elizabeth, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, traditional music duo, $15,

Tuesday 4/24

Surfer Blood & Winter, 9 p.m., Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, American indie rock, tickets $12 at

MaineVoices Live, featuring outgoing PSO Music Director Robert Moody, 6:30 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, a conversation between Portland Press Herald writers and notable Maine voices, $10/$15,

“The Composer’s Toolbox,” 6-7:30 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, composer/conductor Kim Diehnelt delves into the mysteries of emotion and music, with violinist Yasmin Vitalius. 

Wednesday 4/25

Jenna Moynihan and Owen Marshall, 7:30 p.m., Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland,

Friday 4/27

Four-Hand Piano Concert, 1 p.m., OceanView, 18 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, selections from Schubert, Poulenc, Mozart, Weber and Dvorak, reserve at 781-4460,

Dimensions in Jazz: internationally acclaimed Boston-based jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony, 8 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland. Tickets $5-$20,


Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland,

Funk To Make Your Mondays Do Good with Hambone and Frank Hopkins, 9 p.m. Mondays, Portland House of Music, $5 at the door.

Irish Music Night at Blue, 7:30 p.m., 650 Congress St., Portland, every Wednesday.

Noonday Concert Series, 12:25-12:50 p.m. Thursdays, by Portland Conservatory of Music at First Parish, 425 Congress St., for schedule.

Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland,

Irish Music Sessions: Sunday, 3-6 p.m., Portland Sunday Session, RiRa, Commercial Street, Portland; Monday, 6-8 p.m., O’Reilly’s Cure, Route 1, Scarborough; Wednesday, 9 p.m., Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. 

The Kids Are Alright, children’s concerts, 10:30-11:30 a.m., first Saturday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.


“A Cherry Orchard in Maine,” April 20-29, Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave., tickets $20 at, 518-9305. 

“A Comedy of Tenors,” Good Theater at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Wednesdays-Sundays to April 29, Portland premiere of madcap comedy and sequel to “Lend Me a Tenor,” $25/$32, 835-0895,

Maine Playwrights Festival, April 26 to May 5, Portland Stage, 25 Forest Ave., Portland, tickets $18/$20,

“The Niceties,” Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., April to 22, a black student and her white professor have differing views on slavery and the American Revolution, $25-$58,

“42nd Street,” Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. to April 29,, 799-1421.

Friday 4/20

Gravity Sessions, 8 p.m., Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland, collaborations of artistic disciplines, viewpoints, ages, ethnicities and backgrounds; featuring poetry, music, art, admission by donation,

Wednesday 4/25

“Tits and Giggles,” 8 p.m., Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, cabaret/burlesque/dance presented by Voulez Vous Burlesque and Portland Comedy Co-op, $10/$15,



“Early Brunswick Photographers,” Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, profiles five 19th-century Brunswick photographers, through April.

Merrymeeting Adult Education Student Art Show, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, to May 14,

“On a Different Wavelength: A Celebration of Color in Books,” Hawthorne-Longfellow Library at Bowdoin College, to June 4.

“Painting Waves,” by Bath artist Nikki Pilgrim, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, 373-4600.

Joy of the Lens, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, annual juried photography exhibit,, through May 5. 


Centre St. Arts Gallery, work by gallery members and guest artist David Higgins, 11 Centre St., Bath, through May 19.

“Face Value: Portraits in Tapestry,” by Barbara Burns, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, to April 30.

Friday 4/20

Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society, traveling exhibit of prints, opening 5-7 p.m., Green Lion Gallery, 104 Front St., Bath, cultural exchange program shares art and artists between the sister states of Aomori, Japan, and Maine,


Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-5500,

Beth Carlson Animal Portraits Gallery, 613 Foster Point Road, Bath, 751-5288.

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

Centre St. Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St., Bath, 442-0300.

Chocolate Church Art Gallery, 804 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455,

Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick,

Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242,

11 Pleasant Street, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 607-4016,

Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-8820,

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

Gallery at Schoolhouse Crossing, 48 West Schoolhouse Crossing Road, Topsham, 603-674-6098,

Gallery at UUCB, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, 729-8515.

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

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

Gelato Fiasco, 74 Maine St., Brunswick, 607-4002,

The Green Lion Gallery, 23 Center St., Bath.

Gun Point Cove Gallery, 1241 Harpswell Islands Road, Orr’s Island, 833-7303,

Harbor Works Gallery, Holbrook-Trufant House, 977C Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, 841-9812,

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

Just Framing, 149 Front St., Bath.

K. Mizner Art Studio & Gallery, 128 Water St., Hallowell,

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

Little Dog Coffee, 87 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-8820.

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

Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham, 721-0678,

Markings Gallery, 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, 428 Middle St., Bath, 443-3936.

Sebascodegan Artists Cooperative Gallery, 4 Old Orr’s Island Road, Harpswell, 833-5717,

Summer Island Studio, 149 Maine St., Brunswick, 373-1810.

Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, 729-8033,

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

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

Widgeon Cove, 31 Widgeon Cove Lane, Harpswell. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, handmade paper,


“Pull Together: Maritime Maine in the 1914-1918 Great War,” Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, to May 6.

Art from the Northern Plains, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Main St., Brunswick, historic and contemporary works by Native and non-Native artists, to July 8. 

“Richard Pousette-Dart: Painting/Light/Space,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, youngest artist among the founders of the New York School, exhibit focuses on paintings from the ’60s and early ’70s.

“Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Main St., Brunswick, explores experiential, psychological, and metaphorical implications of the nonvisual in American art from the 1960s to today, through June 3.

“Solely for the Purposes of Art: Images from William Bradford’s 1869 Arctic Expedition,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College Brunswick, to June 10.

Friday 4/20 

“Richard Pousette-Dart Rendez-Vous,” panel discussion, noon-1 p.m.,  Bowdoin Museum of Art pavilion.


Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-3275,

Harriet Beecher Stowe House, noon- 3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 63 Federal St., Brunswick, free.

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

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday, 725-3416,

“Enduring Connections: Contemporary Alaskan Yup’ik and Iñupiat Art,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College Brunswick, to December 2018. 

“Threads of Change: Arctic Clothing and Identity in the North,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, 9 South Campus Drive, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, to December 2019.


Friday 4/20

The Windy Ridge Band, Side Door Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick. Open mic sign-up 6:45 p.m., band starts at 8:30 p.m., 442-8195

Saturday 4/21

Earth, Seas & Air,  2 p.m. Chocolate Church, 804 Washington St., Bath, family entertainment for children of all ages, $10-$15.

Sunday 4/22

“Then Is Now,” by Sweetest in the Gale, women’s chorus of the Oratorio Chorale, 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick, tickets $10/$20,


Irish Music Sessions: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Byrnes Irish Pub, Centre Street, Bath; 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Byrnes Irish Pub, 16 Station Ave., Brunswick,

“A Cherry Orchard in Maine” will hit the stage April 20-29 at Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave. The reworked Chekov classic takes place in Mid-Coast Maine, with a new focus on issues of contemporary relevance, including homelessness and gentrification.