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  • Out & About: Summer arts, entertainment in full swing

    With the Fourth of July behind us, there’s no question that the summer schedule of performing arts is now in full swing in all corners of southern Maine. Among the major items this week, the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival gets underway with a concert that features two big works by two of t...

  • Dishin' That: Nobody asked me, but ...

    It seems anyone who has ever poured a beer or slung hash is writing a blog or making Youtube videos about hospitality industry adventures. Like country songs with three or four core themes, we never tire of the shenanigans describing bad tips from good people. We crave tales of backstabbin...

  • Dishin' That: Kids in restaurants are an acquired taste

    “What do you think about kids in upscale restaurants?” readers often ask. “Why don’t managers step in and address the situation when kids are brats in restaurants?” “Why don’t restaurants have children’s sections, like the library does, so I ...

  • Arts Calendar: April 8-21

    Greater Portland Auditions/Calls for Art Freeport Players, auditions for "Love and Lobsters," roles for adults and older teens, Sunday and Monday, April 12-13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Freeport Middle School, 19 Kendall Lane, Freeport...

  • Out & About: 'Midsummer Night's Dream' at Portland Ballet

    Spring has been with us for a few weeks (at least by the astronomical definition), but the weather hasn’t really felt like it. Anticipating even balmier weather ahead, Portland Ballet is producing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” William Shakespeare’s celebrated romantic...

  • Arts Calendar: April 1-14

    Greater Portland Auditions/Calls for Art "Lend Me a Tenor," open auditions, Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7, 7 p.m., Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, 799-1421, SLFatLMT@gmail.com. Books/Author...

  • Dishin' That: The hazards of hospitality

    A couple of weeks ago, an unusual call went out to everyone in the biz. After sharing my tale of a chronic, worn-and-torn industry injury, followed by a weather-related fender-bender, I’m on the DL (

  • Out & About: Music on the cutting edge of different genres

    Cutting-edge creative approaches to music of multiple genres are the common theme that links three concerts in Portland this coming week. First up is an April 8 performance by Hanneke Cassel, a Boston-based fiddler who specializes in a modern take on traditional Scottish music. Two ...

  • 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...