Arts Calendar: May 15-25

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Greater Portland

Auditions

Good Theater, 4- 9 p.m. May 28 & 29 by appointment for September-April season. Actors of all genders and ethnicities welcome, email info@goodtheater.com.

Exhibits

Freeport Community Library: Janet Lawrence’s meditative watercolors and Bethany Dunfee’s mixed media, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through May.

“Birds of Paradise,” by Yarmouth painter Page Eastburn O’Rourke, Maine Audubon at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, to May 31.

Diane Noble: Plein Air Landscapes, Yarmouth Public Library, 215 Main St., through June 19.  

Film

Monday 5/20

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018), Monthly Monday Matinee, 1 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer.

Ongoing

Portland Museum of Art, screenings inspired by exhibits, new work by local and emerging talent, conversations with filmmakers, documentary subjects, and scholars, portlandmuseum.org/events/movies.

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

Galleries

“Paintings in Oil,” Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island. One medium, various artists, to May. 29.

“Into the Nation,” UMVA gallery, Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., solo show by Norajean Ferris dealing with immigration, racism, militarism, and LGBT issues, to May 28.

Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, light-hearted imagery of flora and fauna by Rebecca May Verrill and Jeffrey Lipton, through May 30.  

Friday 5/17

“Trees and Dancers,” artist’s reception 5:30-7 p.m. for Wendy Newbold Patterson, Stonewall Gallery, Yarmouth History Center, 118 E. Elm St., to June 29. 

Saturday 5/18

Bernd Haussmann and Jeff Kellar, 4-6 p.m. opening reception, ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157.   

Ongoing
 
“Everyday Maine,” University of New England Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, photos chronicle Mainers statewide in various activities and walks of life, to June 25. 
 
“Holding Up the Sky,” Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland. Honors the First People of Maine, the Wabanaki, which encompasses the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot, to February 2020.
 
“Immersion,” Creative Portland, 84 Free St., 20 artists interpret the theme, to Oct. 25.
 
Museums

“In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969,” Portland Museum of Art, May 24-Sept. 8, explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century.
   
“Rewinding Romanticism,” photos by Greg Shattenberg, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org/, to May 24.
 
Thursday 5/16
 
Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., opening reception 5-7 p.m. for “Letters to Sun: Land of Water,” by printmaker Edwige Charlot; “Innovative Techniques,” four bodies of work by Roland Salazar Rose; and photos by Stu Nedelman, to July 5. 
      
Ongoing

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

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, mainehistory.org.

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, mainejewishmuseum.org.

Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with trains on the hour, admission $6-$10, mainenarrowgauge.org.

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., portlandmuseum.org.

Victoria Mansion, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m. daily, 109 Danforth St., $5-$16, victoriamansion.org/your-visit.

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

Music

Thursday 5/16

Two Sides of the Classical Guitar: David Bullard and Brian Cullan, 7 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, $15/$18, bit.ly/2WvXFyS.

Friday 5/17

Maine Dead Project Summer Series Kick Off, 8 p.m., 25 Temple St., 21+, $10-$15, paperless tickets, portlandhouseofmusic.com.

Saturday 5/18

Aaron Smith of Gospel Blues Revival, 6:30 p.m., Holy Grounds Coffee House, Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland. Housemade entree, beverages and desserts for sale, donations for musicians taken. 

Sunday 5/19

Portland Rossini Club, 3 p.m., featuring pianist Jonathan Prak with works by Beethoven and Chopin, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, by donation, students free.

Scarborough High School Mixed Chorus and USM’s Dirigo Ensemble, 5 p.m., St. Augustine Anglican Church, 656 US Route 1, Scarborough. Free.

Monday 5/20

Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion, with Amo Amo, 8 p.m., State Theatre, Portland, $46.50+, bit.ly/2E27Rbd.

Wednesday 5/22

High Winds Flute Choir, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, featuring French and British composers, free and open to the public.

Thursday 5/23

Big Ass Rooster, 5 p.m., outdoor concert and Allagash Brewing Company Victor Ale tasting to benefit St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., $25, 21 plus.

Ongoing

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

Blue, 650A Congress Street, Portland, live music Tuesday-Sunday, 21+, by donation, portcityblue.com/event-calendar.

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

Theater/Dance

“The Last Five Years,” to May 19, Portland Stage, 25 Forest Ave. musical deconstructs a love affair and marriage between an aspiring novelist and a struggling actress, portlandstage.org.

“The Tomb of King Tot,” May 16 – June 2, Mad Horse Theatre Company, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, a “sweet, quirky tragicomedy,” $20-$23, www.madhorse.com.

Friday 5/17

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, 8 p.m., Aura, Portland, $25+, bit.ly/2DJLZ4o.

LOLS: An Evening of Local Comedy, 8 p.m., Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10/$12

Saturday 5/18

Spring Solitaire Student Belly Dance Showcase, 8 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $15/$20, bit.ly/2WvXFyS.

Midcoast

Call for Artists

“Women. Respond!” open call juried show at The Harlow in Hallowell from Aug. 2-Sept. 7, deadline June 15, see harlowgallery.org/call-women-respond.

Exhibits

Student Art Show, Brunswick High School, Maquoit Road, to May 29. 

Film

Ongoing

Eveningstar Cinema, 149 Maine St., Brunswick, classically romantic environment for fantasy, pleasure, adventure and fun, eveningstarcinema.com.

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

Galleries

Birds on Display, various mediums and artists, Marking’s Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, through May 31.

Works by Leslie Woods, Centre St Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St., Bath, to June 28.

Lincoln County Student Art Show, Maine Art Gallery, former Wiscasset Academy building, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, noon- 4 p.m. through May 20.

Saturday 5/25

Wiscasset Bay Gallery 35th Anniversary Reception & opening of “Spring Arrivals,” 3-5 p.m., 67 Main St, on view to July 5.

Ongoing

Centre St. Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St., Bath, 442-0300, centrestartsgallery.blogspot.com.

Chocolate Church Art Gallery, 804 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455, bit.ly/2Gy51hS.

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

Gallery at UUCB, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, 729-8515, uubrunswick.org/church-activities.

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

ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157, bit.ly/2ByW2Hx.

LaMarche Gallery, David Saul Smith Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3902, bit.ly/2rOilEE.

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

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

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

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

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

Museums

Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily May 26-Oct. 14, rail trips on the hour 11 a.m.-4 p.m., railwayvillage.org.

“Photographic Lives: Robert Freson, Irving Penn, and the Portrait,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, explores two different approaches to portraiture, to June. 

Ongoing

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

“A Resounding Beat: Music in the Inuit World,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College, through Dec. 31. 

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, bowdoin.edu/art-museum. 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, bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum/. Free.

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

“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. 

Music

Friday 5/17 

“Blue River, Deep Roots,” 7 p.m., The Neighborhood, 798 Washington St., Bath, benefit by four women songwriters, by donation.

Side Door Coffee House featuring Dave Bullard and Kate Miller, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St. Brunswick. Open mic sign up 6:45 for 7 p.m. start; feature performers at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday 5/18

Ruth Moody Band, 7:30 p.m., The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Australian-born, two-time Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter of the Wailin’ Jennys, $20+, bit.ly/2VsAXvh.

Sunday 5/19 

Three Women & The Truth, 7:30 p.m., Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, alternative folk super group, $32/$35 door.

Headtide Harps, 1:30 p.m.; “Mythical Figures,” Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Ave., Topsham, $20/door, under 18/college students free, 846-5378, www.midcoastsymphony.org.

Fiddler Ed Howe, 2 p.m., followed by contra dance, benefits Merriconeag Grange, Route 123, Harpswell, 833-2320.

Tuesday 5/21

“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe, 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, Bath, singer/songwriter of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano. Free.

Ongoing

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, byrnesirishpub.com.

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, bit.ly/2EyUGj0. 

Theater

One-Act Comedies by BASIC players, Bath Area Senior Activity Center, 45 Floral St., May 17 & 18 at 7 p.m., May 19 at 2 p.m., $10/office, $12/door.

Friday 5/17

Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent variety show, 7 p.m., Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theatre, 116 Maquoit Rd., $10-$12/door.

Solo performances by emerging local belly dance and multidisciplinary dance artists will be spotlighted May 18 during the “Spring Solitaire Student Belly Dance Showcase” at Mayo Street Arts in Portland.
Drawing from New England, Acadien, bluegrass, contemporary folk, and more, old fashioned fiddler Ed Howe will be performing Sunday, May 19 during a fundraiser to benefit Merriconeag Grange in Harpswell.

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