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  • 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 ...

  • Out & About: Big musical weekend in Portland

    There are plenty of concert choices this weekend in Portland. First up is singer-songwriter John Gorka, an exemplar of the New Folk movement, who will play Friday at One Longfellow Square. Three topnotch offerings compete on Saturday. Portland Symphony Orchestra will play a Pops pro...

  • Arts Calendar: Oct. 23-Nov. 5

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Thursday 10/24 “August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Into the Storm” talk with Barbara Walsh, 7 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Driv...

  • Out & About: Violin virtuoso Jennifer Koh visits PSO

    In the two decades that I’ve been writing this column, I can’t remember a spate of classical music performances equal to what’s coming up over the next week. Top billing goes to the Portland Symphony Orchestra, which will play one of the most popular violin concertos of t...

  • Out & About: Laura Kargul, Mandy Patinkin top choices

    As Columbus Day passes, so does the peak of southern Maine’s foliage season. But the arts and entertainment season remains at its peak, with excellent offerings in music and dance. Classical pianist Laura Kargul, a longtime favorite of mine and many others, will hold her almost-annua...

  • Arts Calendar: Oct. 16-22

    Greater Portland Arts Bulletin Saturday 10/19 Maine Artisan Group Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Falmouth American Legion Hall, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, 712-2788. Books & Authors

  • Out & About: ‘Buddy’ rocks Ogunquit

    Oh boy! Summer may be gone, but Ogunquit Playhouse keeps on rocking. The folks at the venerable playhouse are emphatically stretching the concept of summer theater. They opened the final show of their 81st season last week with a sensationally good production of “Buddy,” the bi...

  • Arts Calendar: Oct. 9-22

    Greater Portland Arts Bulletin Saturday 10/19 Maine Artisan Group Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Falmouth American Legion Hall, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, 712-2788. Books & Authors

  • Out & About: PSO Pops opens with Gershwin-Porter tribute

    Last weekend the Portland Symphony Orchestra launched its 2013-2014 classical season. This weekend the PSO starts up its Pops season with two performances of a program that pays tribute to two of Broadway's greatest composers: George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Maestro Robert Moody has hired a pair...