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  • '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 ...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 13-26

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Friday 11/15 “The Master Planets” author talk with Donald Gallinger, noon, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 723.

  • The Art Forecast: Portland Museum of Art Biennial is a piece of work

    PORTLAND — The 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is a major departure from the previous seven biennials, in that it is not a juried show, but a curated exhibition. Subtitled "Piece Work," it features 30 artists with ties to Maine in an exhibition that is both challenging, and bit ...

  • Out & About: Music that pushes boundaries in Portland

    Tired of straight vanilla in music? This weekend offers a pair of concerts that stretch artistic boundaries in very different directions. On Friday, Portland Ovations is bringing in one of the world’s most curious musical ensembles: the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The followi...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 6-19

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Wednesday 11/6 “Through the Evil Days” author discussion by Julia Spencer-Flemming, 7 p.m., Nonesuch Books, 50 Market St., South Portland, 799-2659.

  • Arts Calendar: Oct. 30-Nov. 12

    Greater Portland Auditions & Calls for Art Maine Acoustic Festival, all middle school, high school and home schooled acoustic musicians, vocalists and songwriters from Maine, deadline for audition applications Nov. 1, MaineAcous...

  • Out & About: Big musical weekend in Portland

    There are plenty of concert choices this weekend in Portland. First up is singer-songwriter John Gorka, an exemplar of the New Folk movement, who will play Friday at One Longfellow Square. Three topnotch offerings compete on Saturday. Portland Symphony Orchestra will play a Pops pro...

  • Arts Calendar: Oct. 23-Nov. 5

    Greater Portland Books & Authors Thursday 10/24 “August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Into the Storm” talk with Barbara Walsh, 7 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Driv...

  • Out & About: Violin virtuoso Jennifer Koh visits PSO

    In the two decades that I’ve been writing this column, I can’t remember a spate of classical music performances equal to what’s coming up over the next week. Top billing goes to the Portland Symphony Orchestra, which will play one of the most popular violin concertos of t...