Arts Calendar: Sept. 28-Oct. 8

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“Little Women: The Musical,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 & 12, Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, for December run,


Priscilla Stevens, Townsend Real Estate & Art Gallery, 553 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, plein air pastels, landscapes, through Oct. 15.

Friday 9/30

“Icelandx207,” 6 p.m. reception for multimedia installation by a local artist in a shipping container, Congress Square Park, Portland, on view to Oct. 12.

Saturday 10/1

Open Studios & 6×6 Gallery Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Running with Scissors, 250 Anderson St., Portland. Part of Maine Craft Weekend, event will be neighbored by other local craft makers and brewers,

Friday 10/7

“In This Realm: Five Artists Exploring Gender, Identity, and Transformation, opening reception 5-8 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, to Oct. 21.


Banned Book Film Series, hosted by Films@PPL at Portland Public Library, 6:30 p.m.,Thursdays. Oct. 6: “Alice in Wonderland”; Oct. 13: “Catch-22”; Oct. 20: “The Chocolate War”; Oct. 27: “Stand By Me.”

PMA Films, Portland Museum of Art; more at

Royal River Film Series, 7 p.m., third Thursday through March, Yarmouth Historical Society, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth. 

Thursday 9/29

“What Tomorrow Brings,” 6:30 p.m., Portland Public Library, in conjunction with POV (Point of View), Public Television’s documentary series. The film about first girls’ school in Afghanistan is last in the Summer Documentary Film Series. 

Saturday 10/8 

“Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield,” noon, hosted by The Maine Jewish Film festival at the Portland Museum of Art. Followed by discussion with filmmaker Bob Sarles and 8 p.m. tribute by pianist Mark Naftalin at Portland House of Music and Events. Tickets $10 at


Contemporary artist Neil Welliver, retrospective of 40 works by Maine landscape painter and his students, Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom, 149 Main St., Freeport, through Oct. 10.

“Cuban Footsteps,” work by 20 photographers, PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, through Oct. 8.

“Its Honor is Here Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts by Gina Adams,” AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland, Native American theme, to Dec. 9.

Paul Brahms, solo exhibit, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland,, through October.

“Scenes of Maine,” Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peak’s Island, Oct. 1-31.

“The Nature of Things,” by Joel Babb, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland, Oct. 6-29.

Margaret Lawrence, Stonewall Gallery, Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, ethereal, abstract landscapes, through Oct. 29.

First Friday 10/7

Leigh Merriman, 5-8 p.m., Mainely Frames & Gallery, 541 Congress St., Portland.

“Petite Femmes,” Martine-Alison Chabert, 5-8 p.m. reception for solo exhibit featuring French artist, Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, 48 Free St., Portland, through Oct. 28.


“Woven,” by Gail Skudera, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, Oct. 3-Dec. 30, opening reception Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m.; artist talk Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m.


Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234,

Cushing’s Point Museum, local and American history exhibits, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, free/donations accepted, 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, 767-7299,

Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, weekdays noon – 4 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday & holidays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. through Labor Day, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330,

Freeport Historical Society, Harrington House, Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. until Columbus Day, call ahead advised, 45 Main St., Freeport, 865-3170,

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, adults $8, children $3, 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 to Friday, Sunday 1-5 p.m., or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, 773-2339,

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, open daily through late Oct. 30. Admission and train tickets: adults, $10; seniors, $9; children 3-12, $6, or 828-0814.

Neal Dow Memorial, tours by appointment, 714 Congress St., Portland, 773-7773,

Portland Fire Museum, open first Fridays 6-9 p.m., adults $5, children $2, 157 Spring St., Portland,

Portland Museum of Art, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission $15/adults, $13/seniors, $10/students, 14 and under free. Free 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 7 Congress Square, 775-6148,

Portland Observatory, open for tours 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily until Oct. 10, 138 Congress St., Portland, $10 adults, discounts available,, 774-5561, ext.107.

Skyline Farm Carriage and Sleigh Museum, by appointment, free/donations accepted, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth,, 829-9203 .

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Southern Maine Community College, Fort Road, South Portland, 799-6337,

Winslow Homer Studio, tours available in Prout’s Neck by reservation, $55, $30/PMA members, $25/students, PMA admission included, 775-6148.

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


Friday 9/30

“A Night With Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen,” Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland,

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, 8 p.m. release party for “Quiet,” Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St. Tickets $8/advance, $10/day of,

Saturday 10/1

“An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth,” 8 p.m., Portland Ovations’ 86th season opener, Merrill Auditorium, tickets $65-$100 at, 842-0800 or box office window.

Kevin, The English Muffins, and The Last Sip, 8 p.m. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. Three local bands, one evening of punk, funk, and monster music,

“The Kids Are Alright,” 10:15 a.m., hosted by The Maine Academy of Modern Music and Portland Public Library, first Saturday of the month through June at the library; designed for infants to age 8. The first performer will be the host: award-winning, local songstress Emilia Dahlin.

Waking Windows, one-day celebration of music, art, comedy, and literature in the Portland arts district. Tickets $25 to access all venues; each also priced individually,,

Sunday 10/2

“Soft Core Porn,” Dimensions in Jazz, Portland Conservatory of Music   Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland.

Monday 10/3

The Marcus King Band, 8 p.m., Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $12/$15, rock/blues,

Thursday 10/6

Outside Track, 7 p.m., One Longfellow Square, Portland, Scottish-Irish world music,

Red Baraat, 8 p.m., Port City Music Hall, Portland,

Friday 10/7

THE BAND Band, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, special tribute to Bob Dylan & THE BAND, $23/$28,

The Portland Piano Trio, 7:30 p.m., opens concert series at First Parish Church in Portland with works by Haydn, Amy Beach, and Shostakovich. Tickets $10-$15.

Saturday 10/8

“Little Shop of Horrors,” 7:30 p.m., horror comedy rock musical by Tophat Miniature Stage Productions, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland,

Monday 10/12

Concert pianist Frederick Moyer, 1 p.m., OceanView at Falmouth, Hilltop Lodge, 18 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, RSVP 781-4460,


Community Chorus, rehearsals 10 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, ext. 102,

Royal River Women’s A Capella Chorus, rehearsals 7-10 p.m. most Thursdays, American Legion Hall, 17 Dunn St., Westbrook. New members from southern Maine welcome,,


“Lip-Schtick,” Footlights Theatre, Route 1, Falmouth, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. One-man, quick-change show, tickets $8/$20,

“On Golden Pond,” Footlights Theatre, Route 1, Falmouth, Oct. 5-22, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., pay-what-you-can; Thursdays, 7 p.m., $15 all seats; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., $18/$15, 

“Beauty and the Beast,” Oct. 7-23, Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, tickets $19-$22, 799-1421,

“Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical,” The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Oct. 9. Tickets $15-$20 at 799-7337.

“Mourning in the Mansion,” themed tour and performance by Portland Ballet, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, 6 & 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7 & 8. Tickets $20/$25, reserve through 772-4841, ext. 104.

Friday 9/30

Self IMPROVment Comedy Night, 7:30 p.m., Mayo St. Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland,

Sunday 10/2

Chico Simões: Mamulengo Presepada, Brazilian puppet show, 4 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland,

Wednesday 10/7 

“Holly Danger’s Illuminaughty Burlesque,” 8 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. Spooky and spectacular Halloween show, $12/$15,



“It’s A Wonderful Life,” 6-8 p.m. Oct. 3, 4, The Chocolate Church Arts Center, located at 804 Washington St. Bath, 442-8455.


Friday 9/30

IOXIOBrunswick, benefit art exhibit and sale, 6-8:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library and Parish Hall, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, both on Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Sales benefit Arts Are Elementary, local nonprofit that brings artists into Brunswick classrooms. 

Wednesday 10/5

“Just Pastels,” portraits, landscapes and seascapes by Mary Waters Jacobs, 4 p.m. artist talk, Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick. 

“Reflection: Exploration of Japanese Shibori,” by Kathleen Goddu, Oct. 3-29, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 7. 



“Warmth in Style,” unique wearables, Markings gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499, through October.

“Robert Frank: Sideways,” Bowdoin Museum of Art, Brunswick, selection of rarely seen photographs from 1947.

“Pennellville Impressions,” paintings, prints, and photographs by Points of View Artists, Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 373-9300, through Sept. 30.

“Gather IV,” ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St, Brunswick, annual group show with 15 artists, through Oct. 22.


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 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,


“Over East, an Artist’s Journal: Paintings by Robert Beck of the Contemporary Maritime Community,” hour with the artist, 6-7 p.m., Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. Members $5, nonmembers $7. Register at, 443-1316, to Jan. 22.

“Defying the Ice: Shipwreck and Rescue of the Karluk,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, first floor of Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin College campus, features a dramatic story using documents never seen by the public,, 725-3416, free admission, through Dec. 4.

“Power of Flight: Visions of Birds in Inuit Art,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, first floor of Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin College campus, more than 50 sculptures and prints by Canadian and Alaskan artists, rare birdskin items,, 725-3416, to March.

“Maine to Main: Downtown in Brunswick and Topsham,” Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick. Walk through the towns’ connected streets, with photos, maps, documents, and objects from multiple time periods. Free, through December.

“Renaissance Rivalries: Painting and its Sister Arts,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Markell Gallery, 9400 College Station, Brunswick, to Nov. 27.

“This is a Portrait if I Say So,” featuring pioneering works by leading American artists. Bowdoin College of Art Museum, 9400 College Station, Brunswick, to Oct. 23.


Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, extended hours Thursdays and some Sundays, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-3275,

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,


“One Way Trip to Mars,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. Original rock musical, Sept. 30, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. $18 adv/$22 door,

Friday 10/7

Castlebay, 7:30 p.m. Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. Celtic band, $12/advance, $15/door,


Music at Noontime, Wednesdays 12:15-12:45 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, 729-8515. Free.


“NINA,” by Lynne Conner, presented by The Theater Project’s Professional Ensemble, 14 School St., Brunswick, Sept. 22-Oct. 2, Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; Fridays/Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Focuses on two concentration camp survivors whose friendship is challenged. Pay-what-you-want, 729-8584,

Sunday  10/9

“Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington – An Afternoon with Senator Margaret Chase Smith,” 2 p.m., Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. Tickets $18/advance at 442-8455 or, $20/door. 

Gail Skudera’s installment, “Woven,” will be hung Oct. 3-Dec. 30 at the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts at USM in Portland. Skudera, who exhibits her pieces worldwide, has been the recipient of a Visual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant.