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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...

  • 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...

  • Out & About: Old-time music in 3 concerts

    As if by magical alignment of the stars, no fewer than three upcoming concert programs feature old-time music in several genres. The Boston Camerata, a pillar of the Hub’s vibrant early music community, will visit Portland on Saturday. The program showcases music from Renaissance Spa...

  • Arts Calendar: March 18-31

    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.org.

  • Dishin' That: Can I get a hand?

    For reasons mostly to do with nature, and the polar opposite of nurture, I am down for the count. Benched on the sidelines (which is better than being beached like a whale), I'm punched out indefinitely. As nasty arm, wrist and hand injuries wreak havoc on my professional existence, I year...

  • Out & About: Music from multiple sources and inspirations

    A big week for music is shaping up in southern Maine, with an interesting variety of performances of works from multiple sources and inspirations. Most intriguing is Saturday’s concert by the Orchestra of the Longfellow Chorus, under the direction of Charles Kaufmann. Titled “M...

  • Arts Calendar: March 11-24

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Friday 3/13 "True North: Tice's Story," discussion with local author Mark Leslie, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portlandlibrary.c...

  • Out & About: Portland Ovations presents 'Memphis,' 'Swan Lake'

    There’s a wealth of topnotch choices in the performing arts this late winter weekend and a bit beyond. Portland Ovations has two of the most anticipated offerings of its 2014-2015 season coming up in quick succession. First is “Memphis,” a national tour of the recent Broa...