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  • Arts Calendar: Dec. 17-30

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Thursday 12/18 "Answers to Questions Nobody was Askin,'" reading with author Tim Sample, 6:30 p.m., free, Letterpress Books, Northgate Plaza, 91 Auburn St., Portland, 747-4232...

  • 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...

  • Out & About: 'Into the Woods' is topnotch community theater

    It’s not hard to pick this week’s top item on the arts and entertainment calendar. Lyric Music Theater, a community company that has been producing musicals in southern Maine since 1952, has mounted an outstanding production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the...

  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 19-March 4

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Wednesday 2/26 “The Contest” author talk with James Hurley, noon-1 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

  • Out & About: Kargul-Lantz duo in romantic concert

    Friday is Valentine’s Day, and a pair of Maine’s top classical musicians have a very intriguing concert planned for the date. Pianist Laura Kargul and violinist Ron Lantz will present a concert titled “To Clara, With Love,” which explores the passionate relationship betwee...

  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 12-25

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Friday 2/14 A Valentine for Seamus Heaney: Reading and Remembering, 7:30 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, 780-0118, $5. Saturday 2/...

  • Out & About: ‘Becky’s New Car’ is a comic, emotional ride

    The vitality of southern Maine’s performing arts scene is evident this week, with interesting offerings by a variety of producers and presenters. Tops in the theater department is “Becky’s New Car,” a romantic comedy revolving around mid-life crisis and a woman who ...

  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 5-18

    Greater Portland Film Banff Mountain Film Festival, Feb. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, 800-745-3000, $17 advance, $20 at door, student discounts apply. Thursday 2/6

  • Out & About: Top Americana acts visit One Longfellow Square

    Dar Williams is a top-notch Americana artist who will perform two concerts at One Longfellow Square in Portland this Saturday.

  • Arts Calendar: Jan. 29-Feb. 11

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Thursday 1/30 “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner, discussion, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763, free and open to public....