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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: Music, theater, dance for Christmas

    This week’s performing arts calendar includes Christmas shows in a variety of formats and settings. Portland Symphony Orchestra will offer 12 performances of its annual seasonal spectacular, “The Magic of Christmas,” beginning Dec. 12. Portland Ballet’s &ldqu...

  • Arts Calendar: Dec. 3-16

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 12/3 "Dream Singer," reading and discussion with author Frank O. Smith, 6:30 p.m., free, Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215. ...

  • Out & About: Plenty of traditional Christmas music

    Every December it’s hard to avoid the sonic tsunami of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa’s Coming To Town” and a wealth of other popular Christmas tunes. But finding a treasure trove of traditional music for the Advent season is a bit harder. But it’s do-able...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 26 to Dec. 9

    Greater Portland Books/Authors "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and "A Christmas Memory," costumed reading by local actors, Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., $10, children $5, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage ...

  • 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....

  • Out & About: Jazz profs and piano men

    Diverse brands of popular music continue to top my personal A&E charts this weekend. On Friday, an ensemble of jazz professors from the University of Southern Maine School of Music will hold forth on the Gorham campus. Their show is titled “Not Your Grandfather’s Jazz.&rdqu...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 12-25

    Greater Portland Auditions/Calls for Art "Miniatures," call for small works of art in all media, to be displayed during holiday season, Constellation Gallery, $5 entry fee, gallery@constellationart.com. Books/Author...