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  • 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....

  • Arts Calendar: July 31 to Aug. 13

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Wednesday 7/31 Phillip Hoose, author of “Moonbird: A year on the wind with the great survivor B95,” 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 20 Library Drive, Fr...

  • Out & About: Music festivals coming, going

    It’s a time for arrivals and departures at this midpoint of summer, at least when summer is charted on the arts and entertainment calendar. On the arrivals board, Portland Chamber Music Festival, one of the Port City’s top summertime happenings for the past 19 years, will crank...

  • Out & About: Must-see musical at Maine State Music Theatre

    The golden age of American musical theater produced a score of masterpieces that never cease to fascinate and entertain. One of these is “Gypsy,” the biggest hit from 1959. “Gypsy” pushes many emotional buttons on many levels, and Maine State Music Theatre is curren...

  • Arts Calendar, July 24-Aug. 6

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Meet the Authors: Maine books for kids, 1-2 p.m., Saturdays in July, Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St., Portland, 774-5561. Wednesday 7/24 Christina Ba...

  • Arts Calendar: July 17-30

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Wednesday 7/17 Sam Halpern, author of “A Far Piece to Canaan,” 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 723.

  • Out & About: Monster of a musical comedy in Ogunquit

    Two productions in very different branches of musical theater are the top offerings on late July’s arts and entertainment calendar. Ogunquit Playhouse just opened Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” which is extraordinarily funny and extremely tuneful. The set, which ...

  • Arts Calendar: July 10-23

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Saturday 7/13 Connie Smith, author of “Pea Soup Fog,” 1 p.m., Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St., Portland, 774-5561. Thursday 7/18...

  • Out & About: Summer concerts, theater beckon

    With the long Fourth of July weekend behind us, Maine enters its most intense period of summer, with many concerts and other performances beckoning residents and tourists alike. Summer music festivals are among our state’s most appealing attractions. Amongst the pines and ponds of we...