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  • Arts Calendar: July 29 to Aug. 11

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Friday 7/31 "Blessed With a Brain Tumor," discussion with local author Will Pyre, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portlandlibrary.c...

  • Out & About: Get a ticket to 'Nice Work If You Can Get It'

    Musical theater is one of my passions in life, and seldom has this passion been more perfectly satisfied than with Ogunquit Playhouse’s current offering. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is belly-busting funny and the music is brilliantly melodic and witty. Two of Maine&rsqu...

  • Out & About: Kotzschmar, Cornils return

    As Christmas relentlessly approaches, there are still a few remaining concerts that celebrate the holiday. Tops in my opinion is “Christmas With Cornils,” an annual production of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ. Cornils, who is celebrating his 25th year as the instrument&rs...

  • Arts Calendar: Dec. 10-23

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 12/10 "The Historical Atlas of Maine," discussion with editor Stephen Hornsby, 6 p.m., free, Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, 314 Forest Ave., Portla...

  • Out & About: Music, theater, dance for Christmas

    This week’s performing arts calendar includes Christmas shows in a variety of formats and settings. Portland Symphony Orchestra will offer 12 performances of its annual seasonal spectacular, “The Magic of Christmas,” beginning Dec. 12. Portland Ballet’s &ldqu...

  • Arts Calendar: Dec. 3-16

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 12/3 "Dream Singer," reading and discussion with author Frank O. Smith, 6:30 p.m., free, Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215. ...

  • Out & About: Plenty of traditional Christmas music

    Every December it’s hard to avoid the sonic tsunami of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa’s Coming To Town” and a wealth of other popular Christmas tunes. But finding a treasure trove of traditional music for the Advent season is a bit harder. But it’s do-able...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 26 to Dec. 9

    Greater Portland Books/Authors "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and "A Christmas Memory," costumed reading by local actors, Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., $10, children $5, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage ...

  • Out & About: ‘Oliver!’ is classic musical theater

    As we move toward the end of November, the performing arts calendar segues toward Christmas. Let’s start this week’s look at my picks of the tix with two shows that have nothing to do with Christmas, then segue into three that do. “Oliver!” is an exemplar of classic...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 19 to Dec. 2

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 11/19 "When You Hold a Patient's Hand," reception with author Dr. Stuart Gilbert, 7-8:30 p.m., free, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200....