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  • Arts Calendar: March 25 to April 7

    Greater Portland Auditions/Calls for Art Edible Book Festival, accepting edible art submissions for Portland Public Library exhibit during First Friday Art Walk, April 3, free, 871-1700 ext. 756, chance@portlandpubliclibrary....

  • Dishin' That: Sitting courtside, analyzing great service

    Joe and Craig were doing and having a good time on the job. Both servers at Portland’s Great Lost Bear on Forest Avenue, they were tag-teaming in a far-back room of the cavernous restaurant. Doing it with attentiveness and humor, their job performance became as interesting as watchin...

  • Arts Calendar: March 4-17

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Friday 3/6 "Coffee Smuggler," discussion with local author Dave Holman, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portlandlibrary.com.

  • Out & About: ‘Dialogues of the Carmelites,’ plus Americana

    “Dialogues of the Carmelites” is a seldom-performed opera that was written about a decade after World War II ended. Using historical events and thematic elements from the French Revolution, coupled with still-fresh memories of the more recent global conflict, French composer Francois ...

  • Dishin' That: Ordering sideways: Meet some of the crew

    Even though menu selection is at your own discretion, isn’t it sticker-shocking when dining a la carte? Not sure? Try doing it with someone who takes the art of the Early Bird Special to a master’s level. Someone who perceives little glass dishes of Grapenut pudding or red Jell...

  • 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...