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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,

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Out & About: 'Les Miserables' is summer blockbuster

    A powerful and epic opera that is written in the idiom of pop music is the second offering of the summer season at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. "Les Miserables" was a Broadway mega-hit in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2008, it was one of the biggest hits in MSMT's history. Five years later i...

  • Arts Calendar: July 3-16

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Saturday 7/6 Chris Van Dusen, author of “If I Built a House,” 1 p.m., Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St., Portland, 774-5561. Saturday 7/13

  • Arts Calendar: June 26-July 9

    Greater Portland Auditions/Calls for Art Wednesday 6/26 “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” open casting, 6:30 p.m., Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, ...

  • Out & About: Carper Family delivers old-time country

    Three traditional folk ensembles, representing geographically distant and culturally disparate traditions, will be playing north of Portland this coming week. Hailing from Texas is the Carper Family, performing at the Chocolate Church in Bath on Saturday. This is a must-do event if you lik...