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  • Arts Calendar: July 8-21

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Friday 7/10 "Winning the Losing Battle," discussion with local author Erica Bartlett, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portland...

  • 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: 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: Old-time music in 3 concerts

    As if by magical alignment of the stars, no fewer than three upcoming concert programs feature old-time music in several genres. The Boston Camerata, a pillar of the Hub’s vibrant early music community, will visit Portland on Saturday. The program showcases music from Renaissance Spa...

  • Arts Calendar: March 18-31

    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.org.

  • Dishin' That: Can I get a hand?

    For reasons mostly to do with nature, and the polar opposite of nurture, I am down for the count. Benched on the sidelines (which is better than being beached like a whale), I'm punched out indefinitely. As nasty arm, wrist and hand injuries wreak havoc on my professional existence, I year...

  • Out & About: Music from multiple sources and inspirations

    A big week for music is shaping up in southern Maine, with an interesting variety of performances of works from multiple sources and inspirations. Most intriguing is Saturday’s concert by the Orchestra of the Longfellow Chorus, under the direction of Charles Kaufmann. Titled “M...

  • Arts Calendar: March 11-24

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Friday 3/13 "True North: Tice's Story," discussion with local author Mark Leslie, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portlandlibrary.c...

  • Out & About: Portland Ovations presents 'Memphis,' 'Swan Lake'

    There’s a wealth of topnotch choices in the performing arts this late winter weekend and a bit beyond. Portland Ovations has two of the most anticipated offerings of its 2014-2015 season coming up in quick succession. First is “Memphis,” a national tour of the recent Broa...

  • Maine Jewish Film Festival returns for 18th year

    PORTLAND — This year's Maine Jewish Film Festival, from March 14-21, features 23 movies, including comedies, dramas, edgy documentaries, a French film noir and even a documentary starring "the Israeli Bruce Springsteen." The festival, now in its 18th year, is bringing movies to ...