Arts Calendar: Aug. 15-24

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Greater Portland


Saturday 8/25

“The Great Russian Nutcracker,” 10:30 a.m., Drouin Dance Center of Westbrook, casting 65 children ages 6-18 for performance Dec. 2 at the State Theater in Portland, register at


Kevin C. Kuehl Photography, Kittery-based artist, Freeport Community Library, 5 Library Drive, to Aug. 31.

Akida Jawara Tesfa, NYC-based artist, Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St., 2nd floor, Portland, to Aug. 29.

“The Art of Rube Goldberg,” first retrospective of cartoon illustrator in 40 years includes drawings of iconic inventions and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, to Sept. 22.

Landscape & Avian Images, photos by Dudley Warner, Clayton’s Cafe, 447 Route 1, Yarmouth, to Aug. 24.

Yarmouth Historical Society Photographs, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, to Sept. 8.

Sunday 8/19

“Tread,” artist talk about public installation of deer on stilts by Andy Rosen, 2 p.m., Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland. Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., if  weather inclement. 


“Blacksmiths & Storekeepers: Freeport Village, Crossroads of Change, 1770-1920,” Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main St., through December.


Summer Rooftop Film Series, hosted by Space at Bayside Bowl, sunset Wednesdays through Aug. 29, 58 Alder St., Portland. Food trucks, cash bar, 791-2695, Free.

Wednesday 8/22

“Sound City,” 7 p.m., presented by Merrill Film Society at Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, recounts the last decades of rock ‘n’ roll through a California recording studio, free and open to the public. 


Southworth Planetarium, USM Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, 780-4249,


Robert Andrew Parker, Rachel Walls Fine Art, 1000 Shore Road,  Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth. Variety of subjects inspired by world travels, to Sept. 16.
“Back to the ’80s!,” Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth Shopping Center, 251 US Route One, to Aug. 31.
Amy Bickford, Maine landscapes, Richard Boyd Gallery, corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, Peaks Island, through Aug. 30.
“Bang On, Divine Hammer,” Able Baker Contemporary, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, multiple artists reflect on the persistence of the maker, to Sept. 7. 
“Curious Nature: 2018 Alumni Triennial,” Institute of Contemporary Art, First floor, Porteous Building, 522 Congress St., Portland, to Sept. 15.
Department of Arts Faculty Show, University of New England Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland campus, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Friday-Sunday; noon-7 p.m., Thursdays to Oct. 21.
“Above and Beyond” by Mardie Weldon, Stonewall Gallery, Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., to Sept. 1.
Sunday 8/19
“Liminal,” artist talk 2-3 p.m., PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Avenue, Portland, showcases projects from seven artists at the start of their careers, on view to Sept. 1.

“Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895 – 1925,” Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, to Sept. 16. 
“Painter and Poet: the Art of Ashley Bryan,” Portland Museum of Art, award-winning 95-year-old artist and pioneer of African and African American representation in children’s books, to Nov. 25.
Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland, “Home” by Nancy Glassman, “Getting Wind of It” by Samuel Gelber and “Through My Father’s Lens” by Henry Pollard, to Aug. 31.


Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234,

International Cryptozoology Museum, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Sunday, 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 Jewish Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, 773-2339,

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, open daily 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., train rides on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 58 Fore St., Portland,, 828-0814.

Neal Dow Memorial, tours by appointment, 714 Congress St., Portland, participated in Underground Railroad, father of temperance movement, 773-7773,

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

Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-4:45 p.m. Sunday,, 772-2841.

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


Summer Community Concert Series, free weekly outdoor performances 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays to Aug. 30, Fort Allen Park, Eastern Promenade, Portland,

Thursday 8/16 

Some Guy’s Band, 6-8 p.m., free outdoor concert at St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, classic rock, new alternative and folk.

Stains of A Sunflower, 9 p.m., Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., folk/rock, $8/$10,

Friday 8/17

Peter Gallway and The Real Band, 7 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, ambient pop, $18/$20.

The Richie Parsons Band with Tiger Bomb and Random Ideas, 8 p.m., Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, all ages, free. 

Saturday 8/18

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers w/ Frank Fotusky, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12/$15,

Sunday 8/19

Rob Duquette, 3 p.m., Atria Scarborough Assisted Living & Memory Care, 18 Black Point Road in Scarborough, free and open to the public.

Tuesday 8/21

Incite: Burn & Shred Headline Tour, 7:30 p.m., Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St. $10/$12, ages 21+.

Wednesday 8/22

An Evening with Belly, 8 p.m., Port City Music Hall, $25,

Friday 8/24

Baroque Summer Concert with ScheckMate, 7 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, free and open to the public.


Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, free concerts, most all-ages,

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

Happy Hour with The Working Dead, 5-7:30 p.m. jam every Wednesday all summer, Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, no cover.

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

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. 

Maine Dead Project Jam, 8 p.m., every Wednesday all summer, Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland,, $5.


“Hansel and Gretel,” original narrated performance by Maine State Ballet, 348 U.S. Route One, Falmouth, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday, through Aug. 18, $15-$23,, 781-3587.

“Nunsense,” Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., various times through Sept. 9, $48+,

Friday 8/17

LOLS: An Evening of Local Comedy with Mike Johnson, Jai Demeule,8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $8/$10,

Saturday 8/18

“Steamy Nights” Burlesque Show, 8 p.m., benefit for St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., $18 at, $20/door.



Maine State Music Theatre Exhibit, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, highlights MSMT’s 60-year history, to Aug. 31.

Margaret Leonard Paintings, Local Market and Cafe, 148 Maine St., Brunswick, paintings of southern Italy, through September. 

“Souvenirs,” watercolors and oils by Frances Pratt Caswell, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, through Sept. 28.

Saturday 8/18

Midcoast Fiber Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St., explore crafts made by weaving, spinning, rug hooking and felting.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., over 100 juried artists in downtown Brunswick and on the Mall,


“Elemental Fire Sprite,” by artist Melanie West and felt artist Susan Mills, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, through August.

“Space, Time and Place,” The Chocolate Church Art Gallery, 804 Washington St., Bath, original work by four artists from the Judson Studio in Bath, to Sept. 11. 

“#twistedbrushstrokes,” solo show of Avy Claire sculpture, Frank Brockman Gallery, 68 Main St., 3rd floor, Brunswick, to Aug. 25.
Charlie Hewitt Solo Show, ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, to Aug. 25.
“Double Takes,” photos and fine art prints by Judith and Burke Long, Points of View Gallery, 18 Pleasant St., Brunswick, to Aug. 31. 

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Mae’s Cafe and Bakery, 160 Centre St., Bath,

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,

The Gallery at Widgeon Cove, 31 Widgeon Cove Lane, Harpswell, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, handmade paper,

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,


“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, to Sept. 16.

“Blossoming Tundra: The Photography of Rutherford Platt,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, to Oct. 1. 

“Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art; explores the artist’s relationship with photography and its impact, to Oct. 28.

Saturday 8/18 
Harriet Beecher Stowe Children’s Day, 10 a.m., Stowe House, 63 Federal St., old-fashioned crafts and games, story time, refreshments, free and open to the public.


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, Free. 

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

Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours on the hour til 3 p.m., $6-$12,, 729-6606.

Maine Maritime Museum, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316, $10.50-$17.50, includes free admission within a seven-day period,

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

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

“Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience,” Maine Maritime Museum,  243 Washington St., Bath, permanent, full-scale replica of Two Lights allows visitors to experience time-lapsed video of the Gulf of Maine, 443-1316,

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

Walking Tours of Chamberlain’s Brunswick, call Pejepscot Historical Society at 729-6606, visit


Chocolate Church Summer Concert Series, 6-7:30 p.m. Saturdays to Aug. 25, waterfront park on Commercial Street, Bath, weather dependent, free. 

Music on the Mall, 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Aug. 29, Thursdays if weather inclement, Brunswick Town Mall, downtown Maine Street,

Friday 8/17

Ruth Hill, Side Door Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, open mic sign up 6:45 p.m. for 7 p.m. start; feature performer at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday 9/19

Kennebec Early Music Festival, 2 p.m., Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, musicians of national and international renown play Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and other masters,


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,

To help make some extra money for their fallen sisters, the good Sisters of “Nunsense” have taken a job at Shipyard Brewing. Help their cause by catching this side-splitting musical at Portland Stage, in conjunction with Maine State Music Theatre, now through Sept. 9.