Arts Calendar: Feb. 20-March 1

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Greater Portland

Call for Artists

Paint for Preservation 2019, artists being sought by Cape Elizabeth Land Trust for juried Wet Paint Auction on June 30, deadline March 22, see


“Drawing Now,” Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, 30 abstract artists from 11 countries in their first U.S. showing, to March 22.

“Making Meaning,” Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, art by members of the Maine Art Education Association, to March 2. 


Wednesday 2/27 

“A Star Is Born,” (1954), 7 p.m., hosted by Merrill Film Society at Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, free and open to the public.

Thursday 2/28 

“Mission Blue,” 7 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St. Historical Society and Royal River Conservation Trust host screening of documentary about oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. Free and open to the public.


Portland Museum of Art, screenings inspired by exhibits, new work by local and emerging talent, conversations with filmmakers, documentary subjects, and scholars,

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


“Ground Signals” by Portland photographer Tonee Harbert, Speedwell projects, 630 Forest Ave., Portland, captures humans’ interaction with the landscape, through March 30.

“Perfection,” Able Baker, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, 13 artists pose the question: what constitutes “perfection” in a work of art,, to March 2.
“Off the Beaten Path,” Stonewall Gallery at Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., showcases contemporary quilts by members of Art Quilts Maine, to March 2,
Thursday 2/21

“My Primary Ghost,” reception for Smith Galtney, 5-7 p.m., AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland. Photos with central themes of family, aging, and love, on view to March 29.


“On the Verge,” Creative Portland’s juried exhibit, 84 Free St., featuring 20 artists, multimedia, through April,
“Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, to May 5.
Maine Jewish Museum267 Congress St., Portland, “Oh, So It’s You Again” by Berri Kramer, “Habitats, Inhabitants” by Jane Banquer and “Extracts” by Ilana Welch, to March 1,
Skyline Farm Carriage Museum, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, open 1-4 p.m. Sundays through March 31, free admission.
Thursday 2/21
“Rewinding Romanticism,” opening reception 6-8 p.m. for photos by Greg Shattenberg, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland,, to May 24.


Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234,

International Cryptozoology Museum, 4 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland, call 518-9496 for hours.

Maine Historical Society Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 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,

Portland Museum of Art, Congress Square, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday & and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday & Friday; free admission Friday nights 4-8 p.m.,

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


Maine Dead Project, 9 p.m., every Wednesday in February, Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Grateful Dead jam, $5/door.

Thursday 2/21

American Contemporary Music Ensemble: “Strumming Music,” 7:30 p.m., MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland, $15-$43,

Friday 2/22

Rebecca Loebe with Connor Garvey, 8 p.m., Oxbow, 49 Washington Ave., Portland,

Steve Grover Tribute Concert, Portland Conservatory of Music Dimensions in Jazz, 8 p.m., Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $5-$20,   

Saturday 2/23

Tom Acousti with Robby Coffin, 7:30 p.m., Ground Floor, 13 School St., Freeport, part workshop and recording session, part concert, BYOB, $18,

Sunday 2/24

Portland Community Music Festival, Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., with Katie Dagger, Geraud Ng, Jenny Van West, Emilia Dahlin, Maisha & Akiwacu Music, doors at noon, music begins 1:50 p.m., $15/adv., $20/door,

Portland Rossini Club Richard Roberts Memorial Concert, 3 p.m., The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. Featuring music of Beethoven, Chopin Bach, and Schumann, by donation, free for students, 332-6117, 

Tuesday 2/26

“The Dangerous Tour,” with headliner August Burns Red, Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $22/$25,

Thursday 2/28

The Jacob Jolliff Band, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, bluegrass, top mandolinist with Yonder Band String Mountain, $12, all ages,


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

Blue, 650A Congress Street, Portland, live music Tuesday-Sunday, 21+, by donation,

Irish Music Sessions: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, O’Reilly’s Cure, Route 1, Scarborough,


“A Doll’s House, Part 2,” Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 27-March 17, Good Theater at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, modern, darkly comic play inspired by the Ibsen classic, $25-$32,

“The Half-Light,” Feb. 26-March 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., world premiere by Maine author Monica Wood, explores whether people can be trained to see the dead, $31-$68,

“The Irish Curse,” Saturday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-March 16, Good Theater at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $22,, 835-0895. 



Saturday 2/23

Maine State Music Theatre, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 22 Elm St., Brunswick, open call for summer productions of “Treasure Island,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Also seeking performance interns 18+ from May 20-Aug. 25. More at

Call for Artists

The Joy of the Lens, applications available Feb. 23-March 23 for annual photo exhibit sponsored by Topsham Public Library. Limited to original works by year-round Maine residents,


“Exploring Our Neighborhood,” Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, works by Denise MacLatchy and Jennifer Novelli, through March. 

“Visions of Light,” photos by First Light Camera Club, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Fort Andross, Brunswick, to mid-April.

Sebascodegan Artists Group Show, Feb. 28-March 26, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd.


John Ford Film Series, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays to March 26, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free admission and refreshments, see for films.


Frontier, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, independent, documentary, art, adventure, and foreign film,


Chocolate Church Arts Center Members Art Show, includes paintings, photos, sculpture, 804 Washington St., Bath, to March 15.


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

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

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

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,

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

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499,

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

Sarah Greenier Gallery, 428 Middle St., Bath, 443-3936,

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


“Dogs at Work in the North” photo exhibit, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick, examines past and contemporary use of dogs, to April 21.

“Bowdoin Collects: Chinese Ceramics, Jades, and Paintings,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art Markell Gallery, rarely seen masterpieces, to January 2020.

“Fashioning Modernity: Art and Independence among Yorùbás in Nigeria,”  Bowdoin College Museum of Art, selection of Nigerian textiles, beads, and related photographs from 1960s-70s, to March 17. 

Saturday 2/23

“You Are an Arctic Explorer!,” family day at Bowdoin College Arctic Museum, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hubbard Hall, Brunswick. Free and open to the public,, 725-3416.

Thursday 2/28

“Landscape and Technology,” artist’s talk, 4:30 p.m., Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Mark Tribe explores the relationship between contemporary and 19th-century landscape traditions and technology. Free,


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

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and national holidays, 725-3275, Free. 

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, 9 South Campus Drive, Bowdoin College, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday, 725-3416, Free.

“Material Resources: Intersections of Art and the Environment,” Focus Gallery, Halford Gallery, Media Gallery, Osher Gallery and Center Gallery at Bowdoin College, examines artists’ dependence on Earth’s material resources, to June. 


Sunday 2/24

BernsteinFest Double Concert: 3 p.m., Bowdoin Chapel, Bernstein SacredFest; 7 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall, music of Leonard Bernstein, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Free, no tickets needed.


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

Side Door Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle St., third Friday of the month, open mic sign-up 6:45 p.m., followed by feature performer, by donation, 


“Peter and the Starcatcher,” The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick,  7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 17, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, $10-$20,

“Plaza Suite,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, Feb. 22-23, March 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 24, March 3, 2 p.m. Neil Simon’s comedy hit, $12/advance, $15/door,, 442-8455.

Friday 2/22

A Night of Comedy With Teddy Ray, 7 p.m., Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College, “one of LA’s hottest stand-upcomedians.” 

Saturday 2/23

“Let’s Get Lost through Dance,” 3 p.m., Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bowdoin Modern Dance Collective performs a piece choreographed in response to “Let’s Get Lost and Listening Glass” exhibit.

The Portland Community Music Festival, featuring Katie Dagger, Geraud Ng, Jenny Van West, Emilia Dahlin, Maisha & Akiwacu Music, will be held at Portland House of Music on Sunday, Feb. 24.