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  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 25 to March 10

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 2/25 "What Burns Away," Brown Bag discussion with author Melissa Falcon Field, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portl...

  • Out & About: Lyric Music Theater succeeds with 'How to Succeed ...'

    Nothing succeeds like success. That time-tested adage certainly rings true in South Portland right now with Lyric Music Theater’s midwinter offering. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Frank Loesser’s 1961 Broadway musical that copped seven Tony Awa...

  • Dishin' That: When it comes to tipping, do this, don't do that

    With the exception of credit card statements, the 2014 holiday season is a scant memory. Time has passed, but it’s never too late to honor the annual tradition of sharing the top best and worst tips of the previous year. Here’s what they were, and why, in ascending order: The ...

  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 18 to March 3

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 2/18 "The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn," Freeport Historical Society discussion with authors James Myall and Mary Rice-Defosse, 6:30 p.m., free, Freeport Comm...

  • Dishin' That: What happens in the kitchen doesn't stay there

    To my new readers, and especially to the rabidly faithful old-timers, thank you for your patience as I bit my cuticles working out tedious, yet exciting, business details with The Forecaster. Pumping out four editions weekly, this newspaper group is established, respected and, most importa...

  • Out & About: Americana music galore in Portland

    The musical genre known as Americana dominates this week’s top events. The biggest comes courtesy of Portland Ovations: “Million Dollar Quartet” is a stage dramatization of one of the most extraordinary jam sessions ever held. That happened on Dec. 4, 1956, when Johnny Ca...

  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 11-24

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 2/11 "A Year After Henry," Brown Bag discussion with author Cathie Pelletier, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

  • Out & About: Romantic music, heroic music, harmonica music

    There’s plenty of music scheduled over the next wintry week in Portland. Portland Symphony Orchestra continues its three-year series of Ludwig van Beethoven’s nine symphonies on Sunday and Tuesday, performing No. 3, subtitled “Heroic.” If Valentine’s Da...

  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 4-17

    "Clean Fridge – Moving Day," by Sarah Szwajkos, is one of the images PhoPa Gallery is displaying as part of its "Inside/Out" exhibition, which opened last week. The show, featuring photography of Jeffery Becton, Thomas Birtwistle and Szwajkos, depicts interior spaces and objects that refere...

  • Out & About: Preservation Hall Jazz Band in Portland

    Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has been a fixture of New Orleans culture for more than half a century, will play in Portland on Feb. 11.