Arts Calendar: May 16-25

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Greater Portland


Colorful and Whimsical Labrador Retrievers by Cape Elizabeth artist Jim Williams, Thomas Memorial Library, 67 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, to May 31.

“I Am More: Facing Stigma,” black and white photo exhibit, ThinkTank Coworking, Congress Street, Portland. Part of the Yellow Tulip Project’s mission to support people struggling with mental illness,  to June 30,

Portland Public Schools Student Art Show, artwork of students in kindergarten through grade 12, City Hall, 389 Congress St., to May 24.

“Working Waterfront,” new photos by David Wade, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, to June 29.


“RBG – Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” June 2 & 3, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, $6/$8 reserve at admissions desk,, 775-6148.


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,

“Glimpses and Lasting Impressions,” by Lindsay Hancock and “Working the Coast,” by Lea Peterson, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Route 1, Falmouth, to June 9.  
“Inside the Cube: Looking Back Over 40 Years,” University of New England, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, selections from the permanent collection and the Stephen K. Halpert Photography Collection, to July 15. 
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Porteous Building, Congress Street, Portland, to June 8.

“On the River and Beyond,” by Gail Clark, Stonewall Gallery, Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., through June 30.

Friday 5/18 

“Print, Protest, Power,” exhibit opening 5-8 p.m., Able Baker, 29 Forest Ave, Portland, explores the power of the printed poster, to June 22.

Sunday 5/20
“Flux and Form,” featuring work by Mary Hart and Marjorie Moore, artist talk 3-4 p.m., PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, through June 9.

The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, 7 Congress Square, 60+ works highlight diverse perspectives and interests of artists connected to Maine, to June 3.

Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland, “Musicians,” by Ted Arnold; “The Museum Paintings” by Rush Brown and “In Loving Memory” by Alex Sax, to July 5. 
“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.
Friday 5/18

PMA360: Bike Night, 5 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, free valet bike parking, tune-ups, art project,

Saturday 5/19

Steam Fest, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, marks return of  Bridgton and Saco River Steam Locomotive #7. Open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., trains run every half hour, tickets $6-$10,


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,

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, 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 through May 22.

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


Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival: Mechanics Hall, May 18, 7:30 pm; First Parish Church, May 19, 7:30 pm; SPACE Gallery, May 20, 2 p.m.; Maine College of Art, May 20, at 7 p.m.. Sponsored by Portland Conservatory of Music, $15 each event or $40 pass,

Wednesday 5/16

Voulez Vous Cabaret presents Animals, 8 p.m., Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, funk/soul/dance, $15/$20,

Thursday 5/17 

Shuffle, 7 p.m., The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, 1342 Congress St., Portland. New York-based chamber music ensemble, $15/$18, 

Friday 5/18

MAMM Slam, high school band competition semifinals, 5 p.m., Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, see for more. 

The BAND Band – “Music From Big Pink” 50th Anniversary CelebraZon, 8 p.m. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $25/$30,

Saturday 5/19

Choro Louco, 10 a.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, Brazilian Choro band. Free.

Pardon Me, Doug-A Tribute to Phish, 9 p.m., Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $10/$12,

Sunday 5/20

The Portland Rossini Club Public Concert Series3 p.m., St. Luke’s, 143 State St., Portland. Featured will be guitar music of 19th-century Spanish composers, by donation,, 332-6117. 

Wednesday 5/23

High Winds Flute Choir, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.


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

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

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

The Kids Are Alright, children’s concerts, get-to-know-your-local-musician and instrument petting zoo, 10:30-11:30 a.m., first Saturday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.


“Disaster! The Musical,” Cape Elizabeth High School, 345 Ocean House Road, 7 p.m. May 31, June 1 & 2; 2 p.m. June 3, hilarious send-up of ’70s disaster movies, $10/$8 on sale May 17 at; limited number at the door.

“Harry Jameson,” by local playwright Hal Cohen, through May 20, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, theater of the absurd with adult themes, tickets at

King Friday’s Dungeon, spring puppet slam, 7:30 p.m. May 25 & 26, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $12/$18,

“Sex and Other Disturbances,” Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., world premiere by New England playwright Marisa Smith, to May 20,

“The Explorer’s Club,” Thursday-Sunday through May 20, Mad Horse Theater, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, London-based farce circa 1879, $20/$23,, 747-4148.

The Hell Series, Mad Horse Theater Company, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, “Deep As Hell,” May 22 & 23; “Hell & Other Adventures,” May 25 & 26; “Deep As Hell II: Wide As Hell,” June 1 & 2, all performances 7:30 p.m., $10 cash or check at the door. 

“Titanic: The Musical,” Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays May 18 – June 3, tickets at, 799-7337.

Thursday 5/17

LOLS: An Evening of Local Comedy, 7 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, featuring Josh Day, Sara Robertson, $8/$10,

Friday 5/18

Comedian Rich Vos, 8 & 10 p.m., Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, nationally known, no-holds-barred performer, $20,

Saturday 5/19

Comedian Bob Marley, 7 & 9 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, Maine’s King of Comedy, $24.50/$35,


Call  for Artists

“Waterways”: Artists wanted to speak out about the environment; deadline June 1 for show sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance at Frontier Café in Brunswick from June 4-Aug. 6, entry forms at


Morse High School Senior Logan Howard, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, through June 11.

“The Midcoast Show,” Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, featuring Maine artist Diane Beem, to August.

“Garth Williams – Illustrator of the Century,” Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, including pieces from “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and “Little House on the Prairie,” through July 31.

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


Friday 5/18

“Tomorrow,” 6:30 p.m., Maine Jung Center, 183 Park Row, Brunswick. French documentary followed by discussion, Free. 

Thursday 5/24

“Years of Living Dangerously: Safe Passage,” National Geographic film  and climate change discussion hosted by Citizens’ Climate Lobby Bath-Brunswick Chapter, 6:30- 7:45 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Free, all welcome. 


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, through June 30.

Friday 5/25

Centre St. Arts Gallery Art Reception, 5-7 p.m., 11 Centre St. Bath, new works by co-op members and guest artist Katharina Keoughan, to July 13,


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.

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,

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,


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, to Sept. 16.

“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.

Saturday 5/19

“BIW: Building America’s Navy,” grand opening, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, part of the museum’s annual Community Day, dedicated to Bath Iron Works’ past, present and future.


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. 

“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.


Brunswick High School Spring Music Events: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, Spring Band Concert;  7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, Spring Choral Concert; 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, Spring Jazz Night, free and are open to the public.

Friday 5/18

Schooner Fare, 7:30 p.m., The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, maritime musicians, $22/$25,, 442-8455.

Ted DeMille and the Magic 8 Ball, Side Door Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick. Open mic sign up, 6:45 p.m.; featured band 8:30 p.m., 442-8195.


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,

Tickets are now on sale at for contemporary American folk singer-songwriter John Gorka, who will perform June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. The Concert for a Cause series raises funds for church programming and local charities.