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  • Arts Calendar: July 8-21

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Friday 7/10 "Winning the Losing Battle," discussion with local author Erica Bartlett, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portland...

  • Out & About: Summer arts, entertainment in full swing

    With the Fourth of July behind us, there’s no question that the summer schedule of performing arts is now in full swing in all corners of southern Maine. Among the major items this week, the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival gets underway with a concert that features two big works by two of t...

  • Dishin' That: Nobody asked me, but ...

    It seems anyone who has ever poured a beer or slung hash is writing a blog or making Youtube videos about hospitality industry adventures. Like country songs with three or four core themes, we never tire of the shenanigans describing bad tips from good people. We crave tales of backstabbin...

  • Arts Calendar: July 1-14

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 7/1 "The Half Brother," Brown Bag Lecture with author Holly LeCraw, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portlandlibrary.com.

  • Out & About: Musicals focus on fascinating fictional females

    This weeks’s top picks of the tix are two popular Broadway musicals that focus on a pair of female nightclub performers. Both are fictitious, but they’re fascinating characters. In Brunswick, “Sister Act” is a recent Broadway show that revolves around the story of a...

  • Dishin' That: Restaurant salaries follow a closely guarded recipe

    A reader in Durham emailed her Rubik's Cube of a question at a most serendipitous time. “My friend’s son cooks at a high-end restaurant, and after five years there, he makes all of $12 an hour. How is it fair that the waitresses earn $350 a shift? Cooking the food is certainly ...

  • Arts Calendar: June 24 to July 7

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Saturday 6/27 "New Growth: Portraits of Six Maine Organic Farms," reading by author Peter Felsenthal, 2 p.m., free, Letterpress Books, Northgate Plaza, 91 Auburn St., Por...

  • Out & About: New era at Bowdoin International Music Festival

    The pace of the summer arts and entertainment season continues to quicken this week, with an abundance of music and theater. Perhaps the biggest story of the summer is the dawn of a new era at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick. After half a century at the helm, founding...

  • Dishin' That: When it rains on Father's Day it pours dining drama

    Dreamy Father’s Day plans held by many well-deserving guys went down the drain this year. For some, mid-morning tee-times didn’t happen. For others, the boat was wet, but never saw the open lake. Outdoor grilling of massive T-bones, and cold beer chugging opportunities were eit...

  • Arts Calendar: June 17-30

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Saturday 6/20 "Lizzie Borden on Trial," reading by local author Joseph Conforti, 2 p.m., free, Letterpress Books, Northgate Plaza, 91 Auburn St., Portland, 747-4232, lett...