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  • Arts Calendar: April 22 to May 5

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 4/22 "Closer All the Time," Brown Bag Lecture with author Jim Nichols, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700. Tue...

  • Dishin' That: Kids eat free, adults pay the price

    Last week’s column was a bit of a dissertation on why some children behave poorly in restaurants, and who, if anyone, is really to blame. One reader called it a “cultural reflection, also mirrored in other areas of American life, but not overseas.” Another sang to the cho...

  • Out & About: Judy Collins, Wailin' Jennys

    Two top national acts are booked into Portland over the next few days. Best known is Judy Collins, a singer who’s been connecting with audiences since the early 1960s. She’ll be the featured guest when the Portland Symphony Orchestra wraps up its 2014-2015 "Pops!" season with p...

  • Arts Calendar: April 15-28

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Thursday 4/16 Tony Hoagland, poetry reading and discussion as part of Words Matter series, 7 p.m., call for ticket prices, University of Southern Maine, Hannaford Hall, 88 Bed...

  • Dishin' That: Kids in restaurants are an acquired taste

    “What do you think about kids in upscale restaurants?” readers often ask. “Why don’t managers step in and address the situation when kids are brats in restaurants?” “Why don’t restaurants have children’s sections, like the library does, so I ...

  • Arts Calendar: April 8-21

    Greater Portland Auditions/Calls for Art Freeport Players, auditions for "Love and Lobsters," roles for adults and older teens, Sunday and Monday, April 12-13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Freeport Middle School, 19 Kendall Lane, Freeport...

  • Out & About: 'Midsummer Night's Dream' at Portland Ballet

    Spring has been with us for a few weeks (at least by the astronomical definition), but the weather hasn’t really felt like it. Anticipating even balmier weather ahead, Portland Ballet is producing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” William Shakespeare’s celebrated romantic...

  • Arts Calendar: April 1-14

    Greater Portland Auditions/Calls for Art "Lend Me a Tenor," open auditions, Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7, 7 p.m., Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, 799-1421, SLFatLMT@gmail.com. Books/Author...

  • Dishin' That: The hazards of hospitality

    A couple of weeks ago, an unusual call went out to everyone in the biz. After sharing my tale of a chronic, worn-and-torn industry injury, followed by a weather-related fender-bender, I’m on the DL (

  • Out & About: Music on the cutting edge of different genres

    Cutting-edge creative approaches to music of multiple genres are the common theme that links three concerts in Portland this coming week. First up is an April 8 performance by Hanneke Cassel, a Boston-based fiddler who specializes in a modern take on traditional Scottish music. Two ...