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  • Arts Calendar: July 29 to Aug. 11

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Friday 7/31 "Blessed With a Brain Tumor," discussion with local author Will Pyre, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portlandlibrary.c...

  • Out & About: Get a ticket to 'Nice Work If You Can Get It'

    Musical theater is one of my passions in life, and seldom has this passion been more perfectly satisfied than with Ogunquit Playhouse’s current offering. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is belly-busting funny and the music is brilliantly melodic and witty. Two of Maine&rsqu...

  • Arts Calendar: July 18- 29

    Greater Portland Auditions/Call for Art Poetry contest, open to Falmouth-area poets, $1,000 grand prize, July 31 deadline, freecontest.com. Casting call for Portland area high school students...

  • Dining Dish: New Asian in Portland, and Frosty's ventures to Freeport

    There are a handful of new restaurants, bars and markets opening (or reopening) this summer, just in time to entice tourists and locals alike. At 865 Forest Ave. in Portland, Venue has reopened as

  • Out and About: 'Madama Butterfly' in Portland, bluegrass in Brunswick

    No fewer than four singers from New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera will be appearing next week in PORTopera’s 2012 mainstage production of “Madama Butterfly,” Giacomo Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of love and abandonment. PORTopera’s artistic director Dona D. V...

  • Arts Calendar: July 11 - 22

    Greater Portland Auditions/Call for Art Poetry contest, open to Falmouth-area poets, $1,000 grand prize, July 31 deadline, freecontest.com. Casting call for Portland area high school students...

  • Out & About: Music festivals, concerts galore

    Music festivals and concerts abound throughout the Maine summer, and a bumper crop in a variety of styles is coming up soon. The Saltwater Celtic Music Festival runs July 14-15 in Brunswick. The promoters bill it as New England’s most important Celtic musical event of the summer....

  • Arts Calendar: July 4-15

    Greater Portland Auditions/Call for Art Poetry contest, open to Falmouth-area poets, $1,000 grand prize, July 31 deadline, www.freecontest.com. Monday 7/9 "Joseph and the Amazi...

  • Out & About: Musicals that morphed from movies

    Elle Woods, her dog Bruiser and lawyer Emmet Forrest are three of the central characters in “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which runs through July 14 at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. The actors are Alex Ellis, left, Chico and Chuck Ragsdale.

  • Arts Calendar: June 27- July 8

    Greater Portland Auditions/Call for Art Saturday 6/30 Casting call for feature film "Blue Potato," 9 a.m.-5 p.m., come prepared with photo, Abromson Center, USM, 88 Bedford St., 974-4163. Books...