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  • 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: Nobody asked me, but ...

    It seems anyone who has ever poured a beer or slung hash is writing a blog or making Youtube videos about hospitality industry adventures. Like country songs with three or four core themes, we never tire of the shenanigans describing bad tips from good people. We crave tales of backstabbin...

  • Out & About: Music, theater, dance for Christmas

    This week’s performing arts calendar includes Christmas shows in a variety of formats and settings. Portland Symphony Orchestra will offer 12 performances of its annual seasonal spectacular, “The Magic of Christmas,” beginning Dec. 12. Portland Ballet’s &ldqu...

  • Arts Calendar: Dec. 3-16

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 12/3 "Dream Singer," reading and discussion with author Frank O. Smith, 6:30 p.m., free, Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215. ...

  • Out & About: Plenty of traditional Christmas music

    Every December it’s hard to avoid the sonic tsunami of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa’s Coming To Town” and a wealth of other popular Christmas tunes. But finding a treasure trove of traditional music for the Advent season is a bit harder. But it’s do-able...

  • 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...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 19 to Dec. 2

    Greater Portland Books/Authors Wednesday 11/19 "When You Hold a Patient's Hand," reception with author Dr. Stuart Gilbert, 7-8:30 p.m., free, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200....

  • Out & About: Jazz profs and piano men

    Diverse brands of popular music continue to top my personal A&E charts this weekend. On Friday, an ensemble of jazz professors from the University of Southern Maine School of Music will hold forth on the Gorham campus. Their show is titled “Not Your Grandfather’s Jazz.&rdqu...

  • Arts Calendar: Nov. 12-25

    Greater Portland Auditions/Calls for Art "Miniatures," call for small works of art in all media, to be displayed during holiday season, Constellation Gallery, $5 entry fee, gallery@constellationart.com. Books/Author...