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  • 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: Americana music galore in Portland

    The musical genre known as Americana dominates this week’s top events. The biggest comes courtesy of Portland Ovations: “Million Dollar Quartet” is a stage dramatization of one of the most extraordinary jam sessions ever held. That happened on Dec. 4, 1956, when Johnny Ca...

  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 11-24

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 2/11 "A Year After Henry," Brown Bag discussion with author Cathie Pelletier, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

  • Out & About: Romantic music, heroic music, harmonica music

    There’s plenty of music scheduled over the next wintry week in Portland. Portland Symphony Orchestra continues its three-year series of Ludwig van Beethoven’s nine symphonies on Sunday and Tuesday, performing No. 3, subtitled “Heroic.” If Valentine’s Da...

  • Arts Calendar: Feb. 4-17

    "Clean Fridge – Moving Day," by Sarah Szwajkos, is one of the images PhoPa Gallery is displaying as part of its "Inside/Out" exhibition, which opened last week. The show, featuring photography of Jeffery Becton, Thomas Birtwistle and Szwajkos, depicts interior spaces and objects that refere...

  • Out & About: Preservation Hall Jazz Band in Portland

    Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has been a fixture of New Orleans culture for more than half a century, will play in Portland on Feb. 11.

  • Arts Calendar: Jan. 28 to Feb. 10

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 1/28 "A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams," Brown Bag discussion with editor Margaret Hogan, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monume...

  • Arts Calendar: Jan. 21 to Feb. 3

    The University of New England pairs photographs and words in "A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers," an exhibition opening this week on the UNE Portland campus. The show features "Heirlooms" and 52 other black-and-white images by Maine photographer Kerry Michaels, each accompanying a ...

  • Out & About: Symphony orchestras, dance showcase

    Mid-January is the time when performing arts producers emerge from their Christmas-New Year slowdowns and enter the busiest part of their calendars. That’s certainly in evidence this coming week. Two symphony orchestras have a pair of concerts apiece. The Portland Symphony has schedu...