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  • Arts Calendar: Jan. 21 to Feb. 3

    The University of New England pairs photographs and words in "A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers," an exhibition opening this week on the UNE Portland campus. The show features "Heirlooms" and 52 other black-and-white images by Maine photographer Kerry Michaels, each accompanying a ...

  • Out & About: Symphony orchestras, dance showcase

    Mid-January is the time when performing arts producers emerge from their Christmas-New Year slowdowns and enter the busiest part of their calendars. That’s certainly in evidence this coming week. Two symphony orchestras have a pair of concerts apiece. The Portland Symphony has schedu...

  • Dining Dish: Former O'Naturals to be under 'Local' control

    Jay Villani and friends at Local 188 (685 Congress St. in Portland) are taking over the former O'Naturals space on Exchange Street and are working on remodeling the place. The new restaurant is reportedly going to be called...

  • Out & About: Portland Chamber Music Festival features 2 Mainers

    Earlier sunsets and fields aglow with goldenrods signal the beginning of the end of the summer arts and entertainment season. But there's still plenty of A&E to come, with August highlighted by a pair of very similar annual chamber music festivals in Portland and Damariscotta. The s...

  • The Great Outdoors: Exploring mysterious Malaga Island in Phippsburg

    Step back a century, and explore a beautiful island in the far eastern reaches of Casco Bay. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust acquired 42-acre Malaga Island in 2001. Over the last few years they have created a one-mile loop trail around the spruce- and fir-forested island. Today the only obvious sign...

  • Arts and Entertainment Calendar: Aug. 5 - 16

    Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Art Call for Assorted Tapestries, for The Long Island Dodwell Gallery fall exhibit, local artists can submit 1-3 pieces of hand made fabric arts, including wall hangings, furniture cove...

  • 'Waterproof' poems seek to inspire, uplift Portland pedestrians

    PORTLAND — Pedestrians walking along Congress Street in the East End can now find the musings of Maine's poet laureate, Betsy Sholl, encased in Plexiglas outside the main entrance of the St. Lawrence Arts Center. "Love Song with Departure" is the inaugural poem in the ...

  • Arts and Entertainment Calendar: July 29 - Aug. 9

    Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Call for Art, for juried craft show hosted by The Maine Crafts Guild held Sept. 19-20 at Portland East End School, apply at www.mainecraftsguild.com, or Joelle, portland.show@mainecraft...

  • After the layoff: Impatience can prove costly

    Throughout my working life, I've been proud to know that a portion of my state tax dollars helps subsidize programs designed to help people who can't always help themselves. Admittedly, I never thought I'd be one of them. Life on the unemployment line today is far d... 1

  • Out & About: Bowdoin festival, 'Guys and Dolls,' Baez provide mid-summer magic

    This weekend we flip the calendar to August, roughly marking the summer's halfway point. And the seasonal schedule of arts and entertainment just keeps on rolling. Bowdoin International Music Festival continues in high gear. This weekend's most salient feature is the celebration of the 80th birt...