Arts Calendar: May 2-12

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Cia cafe, 72 Ocean St., South Portland, oil, watercolor, acrylics and photography by local artists Claudia Hughes, Tammy Charles, Heidy Spenard and Bob Pecchia, to May 15.

Wednesday 5/2

“I Am More: Facing Stigma,” black and white photo exhibit opens at Speedwell Projects Gallery, Forest Avenue, Portland, on view to May 12; moves to ThinkTank Coworking in June. Part of the Yellow Tulip Project’s mission to support people struggling with mental illness. For more see

Sunday 5/6

“Working Waterfront,” artist’s reception 3-5 p.m., new photos by David Wade, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, to June 29.


Tuesday 5/8

“Sin Pais” (Without Country), and “New American Girls,” 6:30-8 p.m., short films hosted by March Forth at Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, followed by discussion, by donation.

USM Philosophy Symposium Film: “In the Intense Now,” 7 p.m., Space, 538 Congress St., Portland, footage shot in China during the most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, $8, $6 members and non-USM students; USM students free. 


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,


Ocean House Gallery, 299 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, exhibit by Southern Maine Community College students, on view to May 4.

“Flux and Form,” featuring work by Mary Hart and Marjorie Moore, PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, artist talk 3-4 p.m. May 20, on view through 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. 
“This Desire,” Able Baker Contemporary, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, 19 contemporary artists and poets explore desire and longing through writing and art-making, through May 5.
Friday 5/11 

“On the River and Beyond,” by Gail Clark, artist’s reception 5:30-7 p.m., Stonewall Gallery, Yarmouth History Center, at 118 East Elm St., through June 30.


“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.

Thursday 5/10

Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland, 5-7 p.m. opening for “Musicians,” by Ted Arnold; “The Museum Paintings” by Rush Brown and “In Loving Memory” by Alex Sax, with DaPonte String Quartet performance at 7:30 p.m., on view to July 5.


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,

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.

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


Wednesday 5/2

Eilen Jewell w/ Fulton & Hunt, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, Americana, $20-$25,

Friday 5/4

Evening of Holy Music and Readings by acoustic guitarist Gary Richardson, 7 p.m., St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St., Portland, by donation.

Portland Conservatory Dimensions In Jazz: Neil Pearlman & Dylan Sherry, 8 p.m., Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, tickets $5-$20 at the door, Starbird Music & Jet Video in Portland.

Saturday 5/5

Coolio, 9 p.m., Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, 18+, tickets $25+,

Hayley Jane and The Primates w/Gretchen and The Pickpockets, 9 p.m., 21+ show, Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., $10/$15,

Sunday 5/6

“As Time Goes By: Songs from the Movies,” Greater Freeport Community Chorus, 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church in Cumberland, 282 Main St., $10/adults, under 18 free,

Friday 5/11

Side Door Coffee House featuring Steamboat Gypsy, 6:30-9 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, bluegrass, old-time, Acadian, by donation, all ages. 

Saturday 5/12

An Afternoon of Piano and Cello with Dr. James Wes Nga and Hugh Judge, 2 p.m., Congregational Church in Cumberland, 282 Main St., by donation.

Sunday 5/13

Portland Symphony Orchestra, final concert of the season: Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Swan Lake, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with guest violinist Chee-Yun, 2:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, 842-0800,


Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland,

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.

Noonday Concert Series, 12:25-12:50 p.m. Thursdays, by Portland Conservatory of Music at First Parish, 425 Congress St., for schedule.

Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland,

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. 

The Kids Are Alright, children’s concerts, 10:30-11:30 a.m., first Saturday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.


“Bye Bye Birdie, May 3-12, The Theatre Company at Falmouth High School, 74 Woodville Road, satirical look at teenage life and rock’n’roll in the ’50s, $6/$8 at the door.

Maine Playwrights Festival, to May 5, Portland Stage, 25 Forest Ave., Portland, $18/$20,

“The Explorer’s Club,” Thursday-Sunday, May 3-20, Mad Horse Theater, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, London-based farce, circa 1879, $20/$23, pay-what-you-can May 6 & 10,, 747-4148.

Friday 5/4

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

Saturday 5/5

Milo the Magnificant, 7 p.m. May 4 & 5; 2 p.m. May 6, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, Jim Henson award-winning puppetry; Milo unveils achievements in science and magic, with mixed results,

A Night of Music and Mystery, 6-9 p.m., benefit for Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, $30 includes appetizers, desserts and a ticket to the show,, 799- 1421.

Sunday 5/6

Spring Gala: Cabaret Soirée, 5-7 p.m., O’Maine Studios, 54 Danforth St., proceeds benefit Portland Stage,



“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.

Merrymeeting Adult Education Student Art Show, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, to May 14,

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


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.

Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society, traveling exhibit of prints, Green Lion Gallery, 104 Front St., Bath, cultural exchange program shares art and artists between the sister states of Aomori, Japan, and Maine,, to May 19.


Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-5500,

Beth Carlson Animal Portraits Gallery, 613 Foster Point Road, Bath, 751-5288.

Cabot Mill Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 837-9108.

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

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

Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick,

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

11 Pleasant Street, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 607-4016,

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.

Gallery at Widgeon Cove, Route 123, Harpswell, 833-6081,

Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-9108.

Gelato Fiasco, 74 Maine St., Brunswick, 607-4002,

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

Gun Point Cove Gallery, 1241 Harpswell Islands Road, Orr’s Island, 833-7303,

Harbor Works Gallery, Holbrook-Trufant House, 977C Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, 841-9812,

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

Just Framing, 149 Front St., Bath.

K. Mizner Art Studio & Gallery, 128 Water St., Hallowell,

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

Little Dog Coffee, 87 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-8820.

Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath,, 442-8577.

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,

Summer Island Studio, 149 Maine St., Brunswick, 373-1810.

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,


“Pull Together: Maritime Maine in the 1914-1918 Great War,” Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, to May 6.

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.


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 2018. 

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



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,


Mary Poppins,” Midcoast Youth Theater, Brunswick High School, through May 6, tickets $8-$12, or $15/door,

ICON Contemporary Art begins its 30th year of operation with a two-person exhibition from May 5 to June 2. A reception for the featured artists, David Raymond and Claire Seidl, whose work is shown here, opens the show from 4-6 p.m. Saturday
May 5 .