Arts Calendar: May 9-19

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Greater Portland


Call for Musicians and Singers, secular revival with Ideal Maine brass band, a local chorus, and Rev Billy’s Stop Shopping Choir at Mayo Street Arts on Sunday, June 24, email for more. 


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

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.

“I Am More: Facing Stigma,” black and white photo exhibit, 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

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 1-3, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, $6/$8 reserve at admissions desk,, 775-6148.

Saturday 5/12 

“Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits,” 7 p.m., SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, first all-girl punk band, $8/$6.


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, May 10-June 9.  
“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. 
Friday 5/11

MFA Thesis Exhibition, opening reception, 5-8 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Porteous Building, Congress Street, Portland, to June 8.

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


“Its Honor is Here Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts, noon, May 11 & 12, Portland Museum of Art Biennial Performance, Seven Congress Square, Gina Adams reads the Fort Laramie 1868 broken treaty between the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the United States government.

“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.

Friday 5/18

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


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.

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


Annual Rock Show by Portland Arts and Technology High School students, 6:30 p.m., May 15 & 16, St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress Square, Portland, $10,

Friday 5/11

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

“Meditation through Music, the Transporting Power of Song,” by Oratorio Chorale, 6 p.m., Jewish Community Alliance, 1342 Congress St., Portland, adults/$20, students/$10, under 12 free,, 800-838-3006.

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.

Renaissance Voices, 7:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St., Portland, $20, $15/seniors,

The Gravity Sessions, 8 p.m., Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland, music, art & spoken word, by donation.

Jazz Concert with Hadacol Bouncers,  7-8:30 p.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, New Orleans and Chicago style. Free. 

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,

Monday 5/14

UMaine Renaissance Singers & Ice Cream Social, 7 p.m., South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Road, by donation.

“Giving A Voice to the Silent Epidemic,” Rebecca Kingsley6 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, mix of jazz, R&B and Latin, $10/$20,, all proceeds benefit the American Lung Association.

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. 

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,


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, Thursday-Saturday to May 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.

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

“Harry Jameson,” by local playwright Hal Cohen, May 10-20, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, theatre of the absurd with adult themes, no shows May 14 & 15, tickets at

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

Little Festival of the Unexpected, May 8-12, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., readings of new works by Monica Wood, Julia Doolittle and Callie Kimball,

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,



“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.

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, Brunswick, to June 4.

Friday 5/11

Points of View Artists, opening reception, 5-7 p.m., Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant St.

Tuesday 5/15

Student Art Show Opening by Morse High School senior Logan Howard, 4:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, through June 11.


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,


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.


Saturday 5/12

“Meditation through Music, the Transporting Power of Song,” 2 & 4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, Brunswick, adults/$20, students/$10, under 12 free,, 800-838-3006.

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,


The BASIC Players, Bath Area Senior Activity Center, 45 Floral St., two one-act comedies, 7 p.m. May 11 & 12; 2 p.m. May 13, by donation. 

Ella Graffius, Aria Pines, Violet Guido, Lucinda Viola and Caelistis Paulus perform in Vivid Motion’s “Sleeping Beauty,” being staged at St. Lawrence Arts on Munjoy Hill in Portland May 4 – 6 and May 11 – 13. More information at