Arts Calendar: Aug. 22-29

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“A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” City Theater, Biddeford, 7 p.m. Sept. 9 for children, 7 p.m. Sept. 10 & 11 for adults, show dates Nov. 30-Dec. 16,

“The Foreigner,” Monmouth Community Theater, 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 2 & 3,  Cumston Hall. Show dates Nov. 2-11,,

Royal River Community Players, for Stroll Haunted Yarmouth (Oct. 26 & 27), and winter musical “Alice In Wonderland,” (weekends Jan. 17 & 24), auditions 6-8 p.m. Sept. 5 at Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth; Sept. 6 at Yarmouth Community House, 179 East Main St.. Tech crew also needed,

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.

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

Saturday 8/25 

Portland Fine Craft Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Congress Street between High and State streets, 100+ juried exhibits, free and open to the public.


“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.


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.
“Liminal,” PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, showcases projects from seven photographers at the start of their careers, on view to Sept. 1.
“Above and Beyond” by Mardie Weldon, Stonewall Gallery, Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., to Sept. 1.
Sunday 8/26
Artist Talk: “Liminal,” 2 p.m., panel-style, New System Exhibitions, 82 Parris St., Portland, in conjunction with PhoPa exhibit, 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.
“Americans Abroad, 1860-1915,” Portland Museum of Art, work by American artists who traveled to Europe for training and inspiration in the late 19th century, including Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, admission $10-$15, free on Friday night.


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,

Wednesday 8/22

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

Thursday 8/23

Funkationland, 7 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, Portland-based group of the best musicians in Maine, $12/$15, 

Friday 8/24

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

Saturday 8/25

Lobster Stomp, 8 p.m., Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, line up of rock acts, including The Demon Seeds, I Suppose You Know Karate, hosted by DJ Matt Little of WMPG, see Facebook for more. 

Sunday 8/26

Comedian LaRoyce Hawkins, 7 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., $15/$18 dos,

Dave Hollis, 3 p.m., Atria Scarborough, 18 Black Point Road, entertainer, singer and pianist, free and open to the public. 

Tuesday 8/28

“How the Early Music Movement Changed Classical Music,” 6:30 p.m., OceanView, 74  Lunt Road, Falmouth, free and open to the public, register at 

Thursday 8/30

The Dustbowl Revival, 8 p.m., Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland,  $15/$35,

Friday 8/31

Forget Forget, 8 p.m., Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., $8, $10/door,

Saturday 9/1

Burundian Concert, 8 p.m.-midnight, Golden Room, 512 Warren Ave., Portland, by donation.


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.


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



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.


“Elemental Fire Sprite,” by Melanie West and 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.  

“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.


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,

Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, Brunswick, Aug. 30, 31, Sept. 1 & 2, Performers include The Earls of Leicester, Larry Sparks, The Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range, Sierra Hull, full schedule at

Saturday 8/25

David Bullard & Friends, 3-5 p.m., West Bath Seaside Grange, 75 New Meadows Road, $5, benefits building maintenance, 443-6366.


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,

The annual Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival in Brunswick blends regional favorites with bluegrass legends and award winners, with a mix of traditional and contemporary styles. The festival will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2.