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  • Out & About: ‘Dialogues of the Carmelites,’ plus Americana

    “Dialogues of the Carmelites” is a seldom-performed opera that was written about a decade after World War II ended. Using historical events and thematic elements from the French Revolution, coupled with still-fresh memories of the more recent global conflict, French composer Francois ...

  • Dishin' That: Ordering sideways: Meet some of the crew

    Even though menu selection is at your own discretion, isn’t it sticker-shocking when dining a la carte? Not sure? Try doing it with someone who takes the art of the Early Bird Special to a master’s level. Someone who perceives little glass dishes of Grapenut pudding or red Jell...

  • 'The Tempest' actors pray for good weather in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — For his upcoming production of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," director Al Miller hopes life doesn't imitate art.  "We're hoping it doesn't get rained out, but it's Maine for God's sake," Miller said at a rehearsal this week. "We'll give it a shot and hope ...

  • Arts Calendar: July 30 to Aug. 12

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Friday 8/1 "Sing to Me and I Will Hear You – A Love Story," Elaine McGillicuddy, author's discussion, noon, free, Portland Public Library, 5 ...

  • Out & About: Festivals near seasonal finales

    Two of Maine’s signature music festivals are approaching their seasonal climaxes. In urbane Brunswick, the Bowdoin International Music Festival will wrap up on Aug. 8. This weekend’s offerings include a festival-within-a-festival that’s wholly devoted to contemporary art music.

  • Arts Calendar: July 23 to Aug. 5

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Thursday 7/24 "Treasure Hunter's Handbook," Lisa Gardner Walsh, reading for children, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ex...

  • Out & About: Ossipee Valley Music Festival this weekend

    The last weekend in July is approaching, and since 1999 that’s meant one of our state’s top musical events is happening west of Portland: the Ossipee Valley Music Festival. Originally organized as an all-bluegrass affair, the festival’s over-arching concept has evolved to...

  • Arts Calendar: July 16-29

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Thursday 7/24 "Treasure Hunter's Handbook," Lisa Gardner Walsh, reading for children, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ex...

  • Out & About: Musical offerings topped by ‘Rigoletto’

    Musical offerings dominate this week’s picks of the tix, and it’s a diverse lot. The biggest draw will be PORTopera’s upcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Artistic director Dona Vaughn has chosen a new look for the famous tale of love and...

  • Arts Calendar: July 9-22

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Saturday 7/12 “Mirror Image” book signing with first-time Maine author, Clinton C. Smith, 1-3 p.m., Sherman’s Books and Stationery, 128 Main St., Freepor...