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  • Arts Calendar: Dec. 19-28

    Greater Portland Exhibits Bethany Dunfee, fine art, mixed media, and artisanal ornaments, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through December. “Home: Reflections on Place,” exhibit created by...

  • ‘Unbelievably magical’: Backstage at Portland Ballet’s ‘Victorian Nutcracker’

    PORTLAND — The gentle pitter-patter of pointe shoes filled the stage. Backstage crew members assembled large Victorian set pieces and the orchestra’s tuning sounds echoed...

  • Arts Calendar: Dec. 12-21

    Greater Portland Exhibits Bethany Dunfee, fine art, mixed media, and artisanal ornaments, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through December. “Home: Reflections on Place,” exhibit created by...

  • Holiday Happenings: Dec. 12-21

    Fairs & Festivals Friday 12/14 Bright Night Bath: Fire and Ice, 4-8 p.m., roast marshmallows in a snowman’s heart, luminaria & lights, carolers, Salvation Army...

  • Out & About: Familiar faces, new faces for Christmas

    Christmas is only two weeks away, and the last of the seasonal concerts are coming up fast. This year’s menu is pretty much the same...

  • Holiday Happenings: Dec. 5-15

    Benefits Friday 12/14 Scandinavian Northern Lights Christmas Charity Event, 6-8:30 p.m., Portland Ocean Gateway, Scandinavian-inspired food, live music, art exhibit, grand raffle drawing, $150, benefits...

  • Arts Calendar: Dec. 5-15

    Greater Portland Exhibits Bethany Dunfee, fine art, mixed media, and artisanal ornaments, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through December. “Home: Reflections on Place,” exhibit created...

  • Out & About: Multiple angles on Christmas spirit

    The Christmas spirit suffuses the arts and entertainment calendar as we move into mid-December. This week’s top shows employ three very different Christmas angles. Lyric...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 28-Dec. 8

    Greater Portland Auditions “The Mousetrap,” Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 & 3, www.lyricmusictheater.org. Exhibits “Home: Reflections on Place,” exhibit created...

  • Holiday Happenings: Nov. 28-Dec. 7

    Fairs & Festivals Festival of Greens, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath. Decorating and...

  • Out & About: Vocal ensembles celebrate Christmas

    With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time for jingle bells and the Christmas countdown in the performing arts. This week’s picks of the tix include two...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 21-30

    Greater Portland Auditions “Alice in Wonderland,” Fiddlehead Art and Science Center, 25 Shaker Road, Gray, Nov. 29-Dec. 21, ages 4-16 needed, details at http://fiddleheadcenter.org/childrens-theater.html. “The Mousetrap,” Lyric Music...

  • Out & About: 'Nutcracker' leads Christmas-season A&E

    The month-long lead-up to Christmas in Southern Maine’s performing arts community begins this weekend, as always led by Maine State Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker,”...

  • Holiday Calendar: Nov. 14-24

    Festivals & Fairs Saturday 11/17 Village Christmas Fair, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Cumberland Congregational Church, 282 Main St. Crafts, raffle, wreaths, books, White Elephant, lobster stew and lobster...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 14-24

    Greater Portland Auditions “Alice in Wonderland,” Fiddlehead Art and Science Center, 25 Shaker Road, Gray, Nov. 29-Dec. 21, ages 4-16 needed, details at http://fiddleheadcenter.org/childrens-theater.html. Exhibits “Home: Reflections on...

  • Homegrown rocker hopes to make it big

    PORTLAND — Indie rocker Xander Nelson says making music locally, instead of in more well-known music hubs, has significant advantages. Not the least is the ability...

  • Out & About: Quirky characters, lots of laughs

    Two interesting pieces of stagecraft promise some quirky characters and lots of laughs. Numbers-wise, the biggest of the two will be the national tour of...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 7-16

    Greater Portland Exhibits “Home: Reflections on Place,” exhibit created by New Mainers, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, to Dec. 22. “If I Had Known,” Margo Halverson,...

  • Out & About: Jeffrey Kahane to star at piano, podium in Portland

    With 5 p.m. darkness now the rule, the southern Maine arts community is hunkering in for a long fall-winter-spring season. Most performers, producers and presenters...

  • Arts Calendar: Oct. 31-Nov. 9

    Greater Portland Exhibits “Home: Reflections on Place,” exhibit created by New Mainers, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, to Dec. 22. “If I Had Known,” Margo Halverson,...