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  • Out & About: Portland Ovations rocks out with ‘Mamma Mia!’

    Mid-May marks the end of the 2014-2015 season for Portland Ovations, and the 84-year-old arts presenter will rock out in style with two performances of its finale: the national touring production of “Mamma Mia!” on May 13-14. Based on the music and stylings of ABBA and woven ar...

  • Dishin' That: Restaurant policy a Rocky Mountain low

    Not too long ago, I came upon a tipping practice that landed in the front of the already overstuffed “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up" file. Located in the Riverwalk area of downtown Pueblo, Colorado, the Rio Bistro restaurant is a lovely, independently owned and operated gem surr...

  • Livingston Taylor returning to Bath arts center

    BATH — Forty-five years after releasing his first album, Livingston Taylor is still going strong, and planning to bring his creative energy to the Chocolate Church Arts Center on Saturday. The May 2 show at 804 Washington St., which starts at 7:30 p...

  • Arts Calendar: April 29 to May 12

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Thursday 4/30 "Age of Exploration," readings by local poet Christopher Seid, 7 p.m., free, Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, 846-6259, yarmouthmeh...

  • Out & About: PSO celebrates 90th with retro flourish

    As the calendar inexorably marches toward the midpoint of spring, many of southern Maine’s arts and entertainment producers and presenters are wrapping up their fall-winter-spring seasons. The Portland Symphony Orchestra is bowing goodbye on its 90th anniversary season with a retrosp...

  • Dishin' That: More from Pandora's restaurant toy box

    Never has a topic garnered so much interest from all corners of this column’s readership. Everyone, it seems, has a horrifying or heart-warming story around the multi-faceted phenomena of children in restaurants. A few of you, citing examples at length, chastised parents and blamed t...

  • 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...