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  • 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...

  • Out & About: Powerful musicals in Brunswick, Ogunquit

    July is here, and that means full throttle on the summer schedule of performing arts, with special emphasis this week on our state’s two premier musical theater companies. In Brunswick, Maine State Music Theatre just opened its revival of “Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance.&rdqu...

  • Out & About: Bowdoin International Music Festival turns 50

    Two anchor producers of southern Maine’s busy and eclectic summer season of performing arts are launching their 2014 offerings. The crown jewel of Maine’s classical music festivals turns 50 this year. The Bowdoin International Music Festival, by far the state’s biggest, g...

  • Arts Calendar: June 25-July 8

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Monday 6/30 “Voyage of Albatross” with author Judith Silva, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport, 865-3307. Calls f...

  • Out & About: Maine Festival of American Music

    Maine has a very busy summer of classical music festivals, and the first of them opens June 25. The Maine Festival of American Music is in its ninth year, hosted by the Portland String Quartet. The setting is iconically American: The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester. In kee...

  • Arts Calendar: June 18-July 1

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Library Book Sale, Friends of Scarborough Library, June 20 and 21 10 a.m.-5 p.m., June 22, 1-5 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723. Wednesday 6/...

  • Out & About: Docu-musicals begin, end seasons

    "Docu-musical” might not be a real word, but it ought to be. It’s a simple, accurate description of a stage musical that tells a real-life story. That’s what’s happening this June, as Maine State Music Theatre and Mad Horse Theatre Company present docu-musicals with...

  • Arts Calendar: June 11-24

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Saturday 6/14 The Portland Public Library Bookmobile, 1700 items for all ages, Merrill Memorial Library, 65 Forest Falls, Yarmouth, 846-4763, all day. &ldqu...

  • Arts Calendar: June 4-17

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Friday 6/6 “Trusting Calvin: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor’s Heart,” Sharon Peters, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., South Freeport Congregational Church, 98...