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Music calendar

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Saturday, April 12

AWAAS at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $5; 10 p.m.

Nuclear Bootz at Geno's, 625 Congress St., Portland. $5; 8:30 p.m.

www.portlandasylum.com/concerts

Lucy Kaplansky at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 adv/$25 door; 8 p.m.

www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Sunday, April 13

Alejandro Escovedo with Amy Cook at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $17 adv/$20 day of show; Doors at 7 p.m.

Monday, April 14

A Mighty Lion at Flask, 117 Spring St., Portland

http://flasklounge.com

Vicci Martinez at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $10 adv/$12 day of show; Doors at 6 p.m.

www.portcitymusichall.com

Tuesday, April 15

Jeff Beam & Butcher Boy at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5; 8 p.m.

www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Huey Mack with Colette Carr, B. Aull, and Miles from Nothing at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $10 adv/$12 day of show; Doors at 8 p.m.

www.portcitymusichall.com

Wednesday, April 16

CLASH: The National vs The Walkmen at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $6; 10 p.m.

www.portlandempire.com

Thursday, April 17

KJ Sawka featuring The Digital Connection, Wobblesauce, FEELS, and Dark City Agent at ASYLUM, 121 Center St., Portland. $12; Doors at 8 p.m.

www.portlandasylum.com/concerts

Turquoise Jeep at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $12; 9:30 p.m.

www.portlandempire.com

The Portland Jazz Orchestra at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5 students, seniors, advance/$9 door; 8 p.m.

www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks at the SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $10; 8:30 p.m.

www.space538.org

Taking Back Sunday with Tonight Alive and Sleepwave at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $25 adv/$30 day of show; Doors at 7 p.m.

www.statetheatreportland.com

Friday, April 18

Hall & Oates Tribute Show at ASYLUM, 121 Center St., Portland. $8; Doors at 8 p.m.

www.portlandasylum.com/concerts

Chaos Sauce with Shut Down Brown at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, FREE; 10:30 p.m.

www.portlandempire.com

Mary Fahl at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $25 adv/$28 door; 8 p.m.

www.onelongfellowsquare.com

David Wax Museum with Kingsley Flood at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $10 adv/$12 day of show; Doors at 8 p.m.

www.portcitymusichall.com

Saturday, April 19

Blue Oyster Cult with Murcielago at ASYLUM, 121 Center St., Portland. $40; Doors at 8 p.m.

www.portlandasylum.com/concerts

North of Nashville at Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $10; 9 p.m.

www.portlandempire.com

Apocryphonic, I Barbarian, and Temple Destroyer at Flask, 117 Spring St., Portland, FREE; 9 p.m.

http://flasklounge.com

Pierre Bensusan at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 adv/$25 door; 8 p.m.

www.onelongfellowsquare.com

Spose with Sly Chi, Cam Groves, Ock Cousteau, Shane Reis, and Essence at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $12 adv/$15 day of show; Doors at 8 p.m.

www.portcitymusichall.com

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Events calendar

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Wednesday, April 16

Intro to MHS: Museum Collections
noon. Maine Historical Society: Intro to MHS: Museum Collections: Recent Acquisitions and PastPerfect Online. Facilitator: Holly Hurd-Forsyth. “MHS Museum Registrar Holly Hurd-Forsyth provides a show-and-tell of recent or topical museum collection items, discusses how accessions are researched and processed, and trains participants how to search and use the MHS PastPerfect Online database. (Third Wednesdays in Jan, Apr, July, and Oct, at 12PM, in the MHS lecture hall; free; limited to 12. Sign up in advance by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) http://www.mainehistory.org
‘Hiring and Firing and Other Landmines’
noon to 1 p.m. “Portland SCORE offers a Lunch Bytes Workshop on ‘Hiring and Firing and Other Landmines’: Avoid legal landmines tied to hiring & firing, Wednesday, April 16 from noon to 1 p.m. A one-hour hands-on mini workshop at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. Cost is $10 with online registration. For more details or to register visit website: www.scoremaine.com  or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.”
Alzheimer’s expert, Dr. Laurel Coleman
5:30 p.m. “Cape Memory Care, Maine’s leading Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias program, is excited to welcome national Alzheimer’s expert, Dr. Laurel Coleman, for an in-depth Alzheimer’s discussion on Wednesday, April 16 at their Scott Dyer Road location. Cape Memory Care is a affiliate Woodlands Senior Living community. The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by the presentation beginning at 6 p.m. The discussion will help families and friends learn how Alzheimer’s disease can change a loved one’s behavior and help them face the special challenges that come with the disease. ... All are welcome to attend the presentation. Please RSVP by April 9th by calling 207.553.9616 ext. 5120 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information can be found at www.capememorycare.com.”
Hope Elephants benefit by Snowlion Rep
7:30 p.m. “Snowlion Repertory Company announces a special benefit performance of the New England premiere of ‘The Elephant Piece’ as a fundraiser for Maine’s own resident elephants, Rosie and Opal, who reside at Hope Elephants in Hope. “Rosie and Opal are Asian elephants who have worked their entire lives in circuses. Over time, they have developed arthritis and other maladies, and they now need specialized medical care, which is what they get every day at Hope Elephants. Such expert treatment and the large amounts of food needed to feed these 8,000-pound girls require a steady influx of funds, and Snowlion Rep and the cast of ‘The Elephant Piece’ are eager to help. Because Hope Elephants has successfully developed and applied treatments that have improved Rosie and Opal’s quality of life, other injured elephants will benefit from their innovations. Snowlion Rep hopes to raise awareness of the good work that Hope Elephants does by hosting this benefit performance. The benefit performance of ‘The Elephant Piece’ will take place Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., with a reception to follow, at Portland Stage Studio Theater, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. Tickets for the show are $17 and can be purchased at www.snowlionrep.org or by calling 518-9305. Seats are limited so reservations are highly recommended. Please note the show contains mature themes.”

Thursday, April 17

Distributed Generation and Microgrids
7:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Location: Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine Campus, 34 Bedford St., Portland. “Following up on E2Tech’s successful forum on the needs of and issues with the regional electricity grid — the ‘macrogrid’ — E2Tech is pleased to present a discussion of distributed generation (DG) and ‘microgrids’ in Maine. What resources are available to fuel these systems? What T&D rate structure changes will support grid investment and reflect long-term benefits of locating DG in areas of reliability concerns? Benefits may include enhanced cyber-security, increased renewable sources of electricity like wind and solar power, and even integration of electric vehicles onto the grid. This forum offers an opportunity for collaboration among ISO-NE, state policymakers and regulators, energy companies, and others on operational, planning, and market implications of these non-transmission alternatives. Speakers will include: Steve Hinchman, GridSolar, LLC; Laney Brown, Director, Smart Grid Planning & Programs, Iberdrola USA; ISO New England representative.” http://e2tech.org/events/forums-and-events?eventId=851894&EventViewMode=EventDetails
Ritual Washing of the Feet
noon. “A ritual Washing of the Feet is scheduled for Monument Square in Portland on Holy Thursday, April 17, at noon. This event is co-sponsored by several church congregations including the Catholic Parishes of the Portland Peninsula and Peaks Island; St. Ansgar Lutheran Church; the Episcopal Church of Maine; Woodfords Congregational Church, UCC; and Williston-Immanuel United Church. The event aims to raise awareness about the many sufferings people in our communities carry. Many are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness due to unemployment or lack of health care insurance. Others are immigrants or refugees from many nations. Often escaping horrible violence in their home nations, they found refuge in the communities of Greater Portland. ‘Anyone in need is welcomed to come and have their feet washed,’ said Father Michael Seavey, Parochial Vicar of the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes. ‘Many groups are inviting participants to attend, including Interfaith Worker Justice Southern Maine, Preble Street and the Southern Maine Workers Center.’” http://portlanddiocese.net/olff/events/calendar
Maritime historian and author George Daughan
noon to 1:30 p.m. “Maritime historian and author George Daughan will give a talk and sign copies of his new book at Southern Maine Community College. The event is free and open to the public.” In the Learning Commons, Southern Maine Community College Campus Center, 86 Fort Road, South Portland.
Cooking for Crowds Food Safety Training
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. “The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County announces the spring schedule for Cooking for Crowds Food Safety Training for Occasional Volunteer Cooks. This workshop is taught by Kathy Savoie, UMaine Extension Educator. The workshop offers up-to-date information on how to handle, transport, store and prepare foods safely for large group functions such as soup kitchens, church suppers, food pantries and community fundraisers. This class meets the Good Shepherd Food-Bank food safety training requirements.” University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr. Suite 104, Falmouth, ME 04105. Thursday, April 17. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $15 per person (scholarships are available). Register online. For more information call lois.elwell at 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine).
Susan Q. Stranahan at Thomas Memorial Library
6:30 p.m. Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth: “Susan Q. Stranahan was the lead journalist of The Philadelphia Inquirer team awarded a 1980 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Three Mile Island accident. For 28 years, she was a reporter primarily covering environmental issues at The Inquirer. She is the author of ‘Susquehanna: River of Dreams,’ and co-author of the new book, ‘Fukishima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster.’  Ms. Stranahan will be discussing her latest book and sharing her insights on nuclear energy and the environment in a free program at the Thomas Memorial Library on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the library’s website at www.ThomasMemorialLibrary.org.”
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
7 p.m. “Bishop Robert Deeley will celebrate his first Holy Week as the 12th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Holy Week is the final week of Lent in which Catholics commemorate the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the Passion and Death of Christ on Good Friday, and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday in order to forgive the sins of all humanity and to give life everlasting to all who believe in Him. Holy Week often evokes sorrow on Good Friday and joy on Easter Sunday, in recognition of God’s goodness in sending His Son to die for the salvation of the world.”  Celebration of the Lord’s Supper at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. http://portlanddiocese.org/content/bishop-deeleys-holy-week-schedule
New England Film Academy
7 p.m. New England Film Academy presents: An Evening with New England Film Academy, St. Lawrence Arts Arts Center, $10. “Lights! Camera! Action! The New England Film Academy is proud to present, in association with St. Lawrence Arts, an evening of film that spotlights the movies of the Academy. Join us for a series of short films spanning the last eight summers of great work by our aspiring filmmakers and actors. It will be an entertaining night filled with laughs, giveaways and fun!  The New England Film Academy, based in the Greater Portland area, offers hands-on learning experiences in the world of filmmaking that gives campers a chance to express themselves both in front of the camera as actors or behind the scenes as directors, producers, writers and more as they learn first-hand how movies are created and made into featured films.”
‘50,000 Books But Only Six Stories’
7 p.m. USM lecture: “‘50,000 Books But Only Six Stories: A Macroanalysis of Plot’: Libra Professorship lecture by Matthew Jockers, assistant professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, University of Southern Maine, 34 Bedford St. Portland; free and open to the public.” For more information, call 780-4780/TTY: 789-5646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Gorham High Annual Thespian Showcase
7:30 p.m. “The Gorham High School Drama Program and Thespian Society cordially invite all to attend the Annual Thespian Showcase on Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCormack Performing Arts Center. Don’t miss an evening of wonderful musical and theatrical entertainment. Admission for the event is $5 for the General Public and $3 for Students and Senior Citizens. Tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Gorham High School Thespian Society, Troupe No. 7533. The International Thespian Society is a nationwide honor society celebrating excellence in Theatre. At Gorham High School, the Thespian Society commemorates actors, stagehands, and other artists who love and are affiliated with Theatre.”

Friday, April 18

Good Friday prayers, celebration
7 a.m. “Bishop Robert Deeley will celebrate his first Holy Week as the 12th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Holy Week is the final week of Lent in which Catholics commemorate the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the Passion and Death of Christ on Good Friday, and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday in order to forgive the sins of all humanity and to give life everlasting to all who believe in Him. Holy Week often evokes sorrow on Good Friday and joy on Easter Sunday, in recognition of God’s goodness in sending His Son to die for the salvation of the world.”  7 a.m. Office of Readings & Morning Prayer at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland; 7 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion & Veneration of the Cross at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland.  http://portlanddiocese.org/content/bishop-deeleys-holy-week-schedule
Good Friday Leadership Breakfast
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Speaker: President D. Michael Lindsay, Gordon College. Holiday by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland. http://www.gordon.edu/president/bio; More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Abundance of Language Round Tables
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. “An All-day Open House with an Abundance of Language Round Tables for All Language Aficionados. The Language Exchange, 80 Exchange St., Suite 24, Portland. Cost to attend: Free. The spring session will be starting in a few weeks at the Language Exchange – Portland’s language community for the past 22 years -- and its 12 international instructors are gearing up for a new array of language and cultural programs and looking forward to meeting new and returning students for an all-day festival of languages on April 18.” www.immersionprograms.com
‘Crisis Communication 101’ program
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Maine Public Relations Council, an association of Maine-based public relations practitioners, announced the details of their monthly Professional Development Program for April. “The program, ‘Crisis Communication 101: Getting the Full Perspective,’ will take place Friday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the auditorium at Tyler Technologies’ Yarmouth campus. This event will bring together three subject matter experts with different professional backgrounds. They will host an open panel discussion about handling, preparing for and communicating crises. The speakers will be award-winning PR strategist, Skip King of Reputation Strategies, Alan R. Nye, Esq. of Kriger & McCallum and Linda Varrell, APR, of Broadreach Public Relations and the Human Resources Department at Thomas College. ... All communications, marketing and public relations professionals and students are encouraged to attend this event. Breakfast will be served. Cost is $20 for MPRC members, and $35 for non-members. Breakfast will be provided and registration is available online at www.meprcouncil.org.”
Lyman Moore naturalization ceremony
10 a.m. “Lyman Moore Middle School will host a naturalization ceremony on April 18 at 10 a.m. in the school gymnasium. People from 30 countries will become U.S. citizens. Students in sixth grade have spent the past seven weeks learning about immigration.  They will participate in the ceremony by greeting the new citizens, hosting them at a celebratory breakfast and decorating the school with homemade flags from their home countries. Adbullahi Ahmed, a former Moore teacher who now teaches science and Arabic at Deering High School, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony. Moore eighth grader Ochan Ogak will sing the national anthem. The school chorus will sing ‘America the Beautiful’ and ‘This Land Is Your Land.’ Sixth graders Kabes Kadoum and Naimo Hussein will recite the Emma Lazarus poem, ‘The New Colossus.’ During the immigration unit, students are exploring how ancestry and immigration helped shape their identities and the country’s identity.  A panel of students from Casco Bay High School shared their experiences coming to America from other countries and becoming citizens. Moore students will work with The Telling Room to envision a new monument honoring immigrants and they will write a poem welcoming immigrants to America.” http://www2.portlandschools.org
Living Stations of the Cross in Auburn
11 a.m. to noon. Saint Dominic Academy, Aubur. “Saint Dominic Academy’s eighth grade class will present the Live Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 11 a.m. During Holy Week, a school tradition of ‘acting out’ the Stations of the Cross was started by Ms. Pat Milton many years ago as part of the morning prayer assembly at St. Joseph’s School in Lewiston. Saint Dominic Academy continued the tradition after the Catholic elementary schools in the Lewiston-Auburn area merged. The version that will be presented is an adaptation of the Stations of the Cross performed for World Youth Day (WYD) 2008. This Scriptural version was first approved by the Sacred Congregation of Rites in 1975 and approved by Pope Paul VI for use during that Jubilee Year. Pope John Paul II prayed these stations on two occasions on Good Friday at the Coliseum in Rome.” http://portlanddiocese.net/olff/events/calendar
Living Stations of the Cross in Portland
3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. “Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Church, 65 Mellen St. Portland. “Parishioners of Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Church will present the Living Stations of the Cross, beginning at 3 p.m. in the church and then moving into the parking lot outside. ... Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish is the home for the Diocesan Hispanic Ministry for the Greater Portland Area, and serves people from 12 Spanish-speaking countries, offering a variety of events like Spanish Bible Study, retreats and Spanish Mass each Sunday.” http://portlanddiocese.net/olff/events/calendar
‘Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale’
4 p.m. “The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is honored to present ‘Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale’ by Lowell Swortzell. This is a special re-telling with the well-known Cinderella of Charles Perrault introducing the audience to characters with similar stories from other cultures. The audience will meet the Chinese Pear Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Rough Faced Girl of the Mi’kmaq Native American Tribe. Pear Blossom, Vasilisa and Rough Faced Girl all have one thing in common; they are mistreated by their families; they yearn for a better life; and through patience, hard work and bravery they live happily ever after.” Buy tickets at http://www.kitetails.org/theatre/our-next-show. Show times and dates: Show runs from April 11-27; Fridays at 4 p.m.; Saturdays  at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m. and April Vacation Week shows on  Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 ext 231, www.kitetails.org. Tickets: $8 members/$9 visitors.
Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival
6 p.m. Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival, In the ICA at MECA. “Over the years, the Maine College of Art (MECA) has not only produced renowned visual artists, but also many talented musicians. Current senior BFA student Savanna Pettengill, (also visual artist of the AV project Waco Sparkler,) started thinking about this last fall. She had a dream: to bring as many of these musicians together as possible for a night of performances somewhere in the Porteous building, not only for her fellow students, but also for the public. She wanted to showcase the varied creativity the art college produces. In the end, 7 acts affiliated with the school were curated into one evening to put on a show in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). These acts each have members that  are alumni, current students, or members staff. While there are countless more music acts affiliated with the school, (Metal Sideburns, Phantom Buffalo, The Reverie Machine, Big Blood, Theodore Treehouse, Brzowski and more,) the idea was to showcase acts that seek to activate multiple senses for their audience. Some of the performance groups do this through not only music, but also video projections, light manipulation, set design, dance, and even the inclusion of audience participation. The show will take place starting at 6 p.m. Each act will have a half hour, and will take part in transforming the empty gallery of the ICA for their performance.” 5:30 doors, show starts at 6 p.m. http://meca.edu/news; suggested donations for the evening are $10. For more information please see:https://www.facebook.com/events/775451455798266
‘In the Underworld’ at USM
7:30 p.m. “National and local organizations are showing support for the University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre’s upcoming production of a Holocaust operetta, which will be presented next month on the USM Gorham campus. Recognizing the importance of the English-language world premiere of ‘In the Underworld,’ written by a French woman while she was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, a number of Holocaust, cultural and academic organizations are sponsoring the musical production, as well as presenting programs discussing its significance. According to the USM organizers, the public is invited to participate in the educational programs that will complement ‘In the Underworld,’ written by French ethnographer Germaine Tillion while she was imprisoned in Ravensbrück, a World War II concentration camp for women. The operetta will have its English-language world premiere April 18-27 at Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. Post-Show Discussion Schedule: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Christophe Maudot, composer and arranger; Annie and Karl Bortnick, script translators; Meghan Brodie, director; and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22 performance (high school matinee; reservations required): Post-Show Discussion with Meghan Brodie, director, and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Dr. Insa Eschebach, director of the Ravenbrück Memorial of Germany; Dr. Christine Holden, USM associate professor emeritus of history; Meghan Brodie, director; and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. ‘In the Underworld’ will be staged April 18-27 at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus. For ticket reservations, call the USM Theatre Box Office at  780-5151 or go to http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre. A special high school matinee will be presented at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22. Reduced ticket pricing is available and reservations are required. High schools should contact the USM Theatre Box Office for more information and reservations.” Show Times: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 20; 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22; high school matinee; 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23; all seats $5, ASL-interpreted performance; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 25; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 27.  http://usm.maine.edu/theatre/community-engagement

Saturday, April 19

Holy Saturday Church Walk
7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. “People of all ages are encouraged to participate in a pilgrimage-style Holy Saturday Church Walk through Portland on Saturday, April 19. The event will begin with morning prayer led by Bishop Robert Deeley at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 7 a.m. The group will then walk to six other churches in Portland, spending about 30 minutes at each church for prayer before walking to the next church. The day concludes with a ferry ride to St. Christopher Church on Peaks Island. The church walk will occur rain or shine, and participants are welcome to join up or depart at any point during the day. The group will stop for lunch along the way. The estimated schedule is as follows:  Holy Saturday Church Walk on April 19 — 7 a.m.  Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St.; 9:20 a.m. St. Pius X, 492 Ocean Ave.; 10:20 a.m.   St. Joseph, 673 Stevens Ave.; 1 p.m. Sacred Heart/St. Dominic, 65 Mellen St.; 1:45 p.m. St. Louis, 279 Danforth St.; 2:40 p.m. St. Peter, 72 Federal St.; 3:45 p.m. St. Christopher   Peaks Island. This is the fifth annual Holy Saturday Church Walk in Portland. For more information, contact Becky Jensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .http://portlanddiocese.org/content/bishop-deeleys-holy-week-schedule
‘The Adventures Of Peter Rabbit’
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. “The Adventures Of Peter Rabbit,” at The Footlights in Falmouth. “All seats, $10. Bring your camera and have your child’s picture taken with Peter Rabbit!” 747-5434. “The Footlights is a 70-seat venue where you not only see live theatre and events, you experience them.” http://www.thefootlightsinfalmouth.com/box-office.html
31st annual Gem & Mineral Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “The Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society presents its 31st annual Gem & Mineral Show at Saint Joseph’s College on Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20. This show, the biggest of its type in the state, features thousands of breathtaking items from renowned local and international vendors. Their offerings include jewelry, gemstones, minerals, crystals, fossils, meteorites, fluorescent specimens, and more. Fun-filled educational programs occur on both days. Saturday will focus on Magic Rocks (1 p.m.) and Dinosaurs & Fossils (3 p.m.). Sunday’s presentations include Amazing Crystals (1 p.m.) and Buried Treasures of New England (3 p.m.). Show attendees can also participate in ongoing gold panning and gem-cutting demonstrations, bid on silent auctions, and win hourly door prizes. Children can dig for treasures in the mini-mine and claim prizes on the spin wheel. The show will be held in the Harold Alfond Center at Saint Joseph College’s Sebago Lake campus, from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. The price of admission includes entrance into the Grand Prize Raffles, to be held at the end of the show. For more information, including show discounts and a full schedule of events, visit www.mainemineralclub.org.”
The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray opens
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “The Maine Wildlife Park, located on Route 26 in Gray, will open for the 2014 season on Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m. – just in time for school vacation! Even though there is still some snow on the ground and it’s a bit muddy, the wildlife park will welcome visitors a bit later than usual, due to heavy snow cover, on the 3rd Saturday of April this year. Visitors will be happy to note that for the 6th year in a row, the park’s admission fees remain the same! ... The park is open daily from April 19 through Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m. Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $5 ages 4-12; $7 for adults, and $5 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. Bring a picnic and spend the day! Family and Community Season Passes are available, and are an incredible bargain for families and groups that visit the park several times over the course of the summer. Remember that Family Passes make a great gift; and are available for purchase in the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s online store @ www.mefishwildlife.com.”
Mike Mills of R.E.M. at Bull Moose in Scarborough
2 p.m. “On the third Saturday in April each year, music lovers are encouraged to support independent record stores on Record Store Day — a concept that bands across the country and around the globe support with special releases and in-store appearances. This year, Mike Mills, celebrated bassist and founding member of the rock band R.E.M., will visit Bull Moose in Scarborough for an in-store record signing on Saturday, April 19. The signing will take place at 2 p.m. at 456 Payne Road in Scarborough. Mills will be signing copies of R.E.M.’s release for Record Store Day: a limited edition 4-LP collection of previously unreleased acoustic songs from the bands two appearances on MTV’s Unplugged. The set features popular hits like ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ as well as several unaired songs from the sessions. Mills, best known as the bass guitarist for R.E.M., was largely responsible for composing much of the band’s music. Mills is also credited with providing backing and sometimes lead vocals on a number of songs and can frequently be heard on the piano and keyboard.” www.bullmoose.com
‘The Elephant Piece’
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “‘The Elephant Piece’ is a musical fable that follows the exploits of the charmingly dysfunctional ‘Hackers’ who chase after the last elephant on earth, each lusting for a piece of the elephant in the belief that it will make him or her whole. The gleeful greed of the singing and dancing Hackers collides with the innocent everyman Paul, who tries to shield his young son from the harsh realities of the modern world. But it is the unconditional love of this child and the innate wisdom of Elephant that proves a powerful force that catapults the play to its final dramatic conclusion. This musical tale is a funny, biting satire full of elephant lore, song-and-dance flights of fancy, and surreal imagery that blends to make an expressionistic carnival more relevant than ever as the majestic elephant once again faces unrelenting devastation by poachers.” Performances of The Elephant Piece are as follows: Saturday April 19 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are at the Portland Stage Studio Theater, 25A Forest Avenue, Portland. Tickets are $17 for all seats, available at www.snowlionrep.org or by calling 518-9305. Please note: Mature themes.” Snowlion Repertory Company, www.snowlionrep.org.
Bean Supper in South Portland
5 p.m. Bean Supper, Saturday, April 19, 5-6 p.m. at Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland. “No bean supper this day before Easter.”
Bakunda (We Love)  at Portland High
7 p.m. A night of cross-cultural dance, music and spoken word. “Bakunda (We Love) weaves together an original blend of Flamenco, B’Inganzo, West African, Contemporary and Step Dance to highlight interconnection & resilience through the language of rhythm. Energetic and graceful dancers Alicia Yip, Lydia Bakunda, Marita Kennedy-Castro, Bianca Abdalla & Lindsey Bourassa (shown in photo from left to right) will provide the heartbeat of the show. Sontiago (Sonya Tomlinson) heads up the poetic verses while Annegret Baier and Jeff Howe lead West African drumming and members of Olas Music & Dance contribute guitar, palmas and vocals.” Portland HS Auditorium, 284 Cumberland Ave. Tickets at bakunda.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Adults $10 advance/$12 door, Children $6.
Lowry’s Lodge Poetry Series
7 p.m. Saccarappa Art Collective, 861 Main St., Westbrook. 591-7300 (many fine eateries along Main and Bridge Streets). Featuring: Megan Grumbling (Robert Frost Award poet/writing teacher/Phoenix theater critic) David Stankowicz (Moon Pie poet/English professor SMCC). Hosted by Jim Donnelly and Anna Wrobel. $3 suggested donation – refreshments and Q & A with poets (check out www.facebook.com/SaccarappaArtCollective).
Stars on Ice at the Civic Center
7:30 p.m. Cumberland County Civic Center, Stars on Ice. “2014 Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White are thrilled to be headlining every show of the 2014 Stars on Ice tour. After the couple’s historic win in Sochi, taking the first-ever ice dancing gold for the United States, they are poised to join the premier figure skating tour in America.” http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01004B93AB88A0EE?brand=starsonice
‘In the Underworld’ at USM
7:30 p.m. “National and local organizations are showing support for the University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre’s upcoming production of a Holocaust operetta, which will be presented next month on the USM Gorham campus. Recognizing the importance of the English-language world premiere of ‘In the Underworld,’ written by a French woman while she was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, a number of Holocaust, cultural and academic organizations are sponsoring the musical production, as well as presenting programs discussing its significance. According to the USM organizers, the public is invited to participate in the educational programs that will complement ‘In the Underworld,’ written by French ethnographer Germaine Tillion while she was imprisoned in Ravensbrück, a World War II concentration camp for women. The operetta will have its English-language world premiere April 18-27 at Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. Post-Show Discussion Schedule: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Christophe Maudot, composer and arranger; Annie and Karl Bortnick, script translators; Meghan Brodie, director; and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22 performance (high school matinee; reservations required): Post-Show Discussion with Meghan Brodie, director, and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Dr. Insa Eschebach, director of the Ravenbrück Memorial of Germany; Dr. Christine Holden, USM associate professor emeritus of history; Meghan Brodie, director; and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. ‘In the Underworld’ will be staged April 18-27 at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus. For ticket reservations, call the USM Theatre Box Office at  780-5151 or go to http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre. A special high school matinee will be presented at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22. Reduced ticket pricing is available and reservations are required. High schools should contact the USM Theatre Box Office for more information and reservations.” Show Times: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 20; 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22; high school matinee; 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23; all seats $5, ASL-interpreted performance; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 25; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 27.  http://usm.maine.edu/theatre/community-engagement
Stripwrecked Burlesque presents ‘Peep-Show’
7:30 p.m. Stripwrecked Burlesque at the St. Lawrence Arts Center. $15 for tickets, available online at Brown Paper Tickets.com. “Southern Maine’s newest burlesque troupe, ‘Stripwrecked,’ is pleased to announce their first full-length performance titled ‘Peep-show.’ This naughty performance will be held on Easter Weekend and will include a variety of dance styles as well as vaudeville acts and local performers from Southern Maine. Stripwrecked Burlesque was founded by Ginger Rita, burlesque dance, teacher, choreographer and performer. The group began with 4 dedicated women and has grown to the size of 11-sexy dancers. We are professional, talented and dedicated to the art of burlesque. Our goal is fuse contemporary dance with sexy burlesque. See you at the show!” #stripwreckedburlesque

Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunday Mass
10 a.m. “Bishop Robert Deeley will celebrate his first Holy Week as the 12th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Holy Week is the final week of Lent in which Catholics commemorate the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the Passion and Death of Christ on Good Friday, and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday in order to forgive the sins of all humanity and to give life everlasting to all who believe in Him. Holy Week often evokes sorrow on Good Friday and joy on Easter Sunday, in recognition of God’s goodness in sending His Son to die for the salvation of the world.” 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. http://portlanddiocese.org/content/bishop-deeleys-holy-week-schedule
Crash Barry, Dave Gutter 4/20 Celebration
4:20 p.m. Crash Barry’s new book, “Marijuana Valley,” is the “true story of a free-loving (and smoking) fringe community growing Maine’s most valuable crop. In his inimitable style, Crash provides a behind-the-scenes look at a sliver of a secretive subculture.” Barry plans a “4/20 Celebration” with Dave Gutter at Bull Moose, 151 Middle St., Portland. Time (of course) is 4:20 p.m. For details, visit www.crashbarry.com.
‘In the Underworld’ at USM
5 p.m. “National and local organizations are showing support for the University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre’s upcoming production of a Holocaust operetta, which will be presented next month on the USM Gorham campus. Recognizing the importance of the English-language world premiere of ‘In the Underworld,’ written by a French woman while she was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, a number of Holocaust, cultural and academic organizations are sponsoring the musical production, as well as presenting programs discussing its significance. According to the USM organizers, the public is invited to participate in the educational programs that will complement ‘In the Underworld,’ written by French ethnographer Germaine Tillion while she was imprisoned in Ravensbrück, a World War II concentration camp for women. The operetta will have its English-language world premiere April 18-27 at Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. Post-Show Discussion Schedule: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Christophe Maudot, composer and arranger; Annie and Karl Bortnick, script translators; Meghan Brodie, director; and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22 performance (high school matinee; reservations required): Post-Show Discussion with Meghan Brodie, director, and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Dr. Insa Eschebach, director of the Ravenbrück Memorial of Germany; Dr. Christine Holden, USM associate professor emeritus of history; Meghan Brodie, director; and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. ‘In the Underworld’ will be staged April 18-27 at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus. For ticket reservations, call the USM Theatre Box Office at  780-5151 or go to http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre. A special high school matinee will be presented at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22. Reduced ticket pricing is available and reservations are required. High schools should contact the USM Theatre Box Office for more information and reservations.” Show Times: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 20; 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22; high school matinee; 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23; all seats $5, ASL-interpreted performance; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 25; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 27.  http://usm.maine.edu/theatre/community-engagement

Monday, April 21

61st anniversary Shrine Circus
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Kora Shriners proudly present the 61st anniversary of our Shrine Circus. The Kora Shrine Circus has entertained both children and adults in Portland, Lewiston and Augusta since 1953. This year’s circus will be a two-ring circus with many of the top acts you’ve come to expect. This Family Extravaganza will surely excite children of all ages. The Kora Klowns will be there to greet you as you walk in and be available for autographs and pictures.” Cumberland County Civic Center, Monday, April 21, shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Tuesday, April 22, shows at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday, April 23, shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. http://www.korashriners.org/Shrine-Circus/Shrine-Circus/

Tuesday, April 22

61st anniversary Shrine Circus
9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Kora Shriners proudly present the 61st anniversary of our Shrine Circus. The Kora Shrine Circus has entertained both children and adults in Portland, Lewiston and Augusta since 1953. This year’s circus will be a two-ring circus with many of the top acts you’ve come to expect. This Family Extravaganza will surely excite children of all ages. The Kora Klowns will be there to greet you as you walk in and be available for autographs and pictures.” Cumberland County Civic Center, Monday, April 21, shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Tuesday, April 22, shows at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday, April 23, shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. http://www.korashriners.org/Shrine-Circus/Shrine-Circus/
‘Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem’
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Presenter: Mark A. Green, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Science, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Owner/Farmer, Basket Island Oyster Company. With carbon dioxide on the rise, Mark became the first oceanographer to document that shells of baby clams are dissolving because of ocean acidification. Mark will share stories of his Casco Bay research and its worldwide implications, discuss practical ways to protect oceans and shellfish, and share his passion for sustainable oyster aquaculture.” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: “SAGE, part of OLLI at USM, provides academic lecture and discussion programs chosen by members of the Program Planning Committee in topic areas such as history, culture, the arts, geography, anthropology, and science. Drawing upon University and community resources, the SAGE program offers a format in which enthusiastic learners can discover new realms of intellectual challenge and academic pursuit. SAGE encourages learners to explore new areas of interest and to meet and share their ideas and expertise. Due to the increased popularity of these presentations, preregistration is strongly recommended. OLLI office phone: 780-4406. March 18–May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lectures will be in 102 Wishcamper Center on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine.”
‘In the Underworld’ at USM
10 a.m. “National and local organizations are showing support for the University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre’s upcoming production of a Holocaust operetta, which will be presented next month on the USM Gorham campus. Recognizing the importance of the English-language world premiere of ‘In the Underworld,’ written by a French woman while she was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, a number of Holocaust, cultural and academic organizations are sponsoring the musical production, as well as presenting programs discussing its significance. According to the USM organizers, the public is invited to participate in the educational programs that will complement ‘In the Underworld,’ written by French ethnographer Germaine Tillion while she was imprisoned in Ravensbrück, a World War II concentration camp for women. The operetta will have its English-language world premiere April 18-27 at Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. Post-Show Discussion Schedule: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Christophe Maudot, composer and arranger; Annie and Karl Bortnick, script translators; Meghan Brodie, director; and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22 performance (high school matinee; reservations required): Post-Show Discussion with Meghan Brodie, director, and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Dr. Insa Eschebach, director of the Ravenbrück Memorial of Germany; Dr. Christine Holden, USM associate professor emeritus of history; Meghan Brodie, director; and the ‘In the Underworld’ cast; Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus. ‘In the Underworld’ will be staged April 18-27 at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus. For ticket reservations, call the USM Theatre Box Office at  780-5151 or go to http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre. A special high school matinee will be presented at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22. Reduced ticket pricing is available and reservations are required. High schools should contact the USM Theatre Box Office for more information and reservations.” Show Times: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 20; 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22; high school matinee; 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23; all seats $5, ASL-interpreted performance; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 25; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 27.  http://usm.maine.edu/theatre/community-engagement
Urban Earth Day, Congress Square Park
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Urban Earth Day, Congress Square Park. “All Welcome to Gather Together and Share Voices, Ideas, Music, Art, Food and Celebrate ‘Earth Day is Every Day!’ This a First Amendment Right! For People to Peacefully Gather, To Voice Their Concerns, To Petition against Their Government for A Redress of Grievances!” https://www.facebook.com/events/638874242841168/
Dubus, Russo at SPACE Gallery
6 p.m. “Join the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Cobscook Community Learning Center for a lively literary conversation on craft, the writing life, the novella form, the Oxford comma, and more with Pulitzer Prize–winner Richard Russo (‘Empire Falls,’ ‘Elsewhere’) and National Book Award–finalist Andre Dubus III (‘House of Sand and Fog,’ ‘Dirty Love’). The evening will be moderated by MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell, and will serve as a fundraiser for the MWPA and CCLC. Hosted by SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Reception with the authors at 6 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: MWPA and SPACE members $12; general (advance) $15; Door $20 (Reception with the authors $40, advance only).” http://www.space538.org
Presentation on Eco-Chaplaincy
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. “The public is invited to an evening presentation on Eco-Chaplaincy at South Church Unitarian Universalist, 292 State Street in Portsmouth, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22. The Rev. Mark Gallup — engineer, geologist, and a graduate  of the interfaith Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME) — will present. The event is hosted by Green Sanctuary, an environmental group at South Church. Eco-chaplains offer techniques for connecting with nature and our place in the great web of life.  They also provide rituals and ceremonies that bear witness to the beauty and suffering of the planet.. Eco-chaplains offer presence, reflective listening, and empathy to those engaged in environmental and social justice work, to help prevent burnout. As a practicing environmental engineer for some 30 years, Rev. Mark Gallup saw first-hand the adverse impacts of human activity on the natural world.  He practices an Earth-centered spirituality and was twice named naturalist of the year while living in Colorado.”
Congress Square Redesign Study Group
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “The design team for the Congress Square Redesign will hold a working meeting for the members of the Congress Square Redesign Study Group and the public to review the findings of their initial assessment and discuss design directions going forward.  The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library. The meeting is free and open to the public. The design team of Klopfer Martin Design Group (KMDG), a landscape architecture firm in Boston, was selected in December, 2013 as the top choice for the project.  The project team includes members from KMDG and Utile, Inc. for urban design, and Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates for civil and traffic engineering.  Especially impressive was the team’s experience with and understanding of integrating art into public spaces as well as including the community in the design process.  The design team will work with many different groups in designing the square including the community, the Congress Square Redesign Study Group, the Portland Public Art Committee, traffic engineers for the State and High study, and neighboring businesses and institutions.  The project will also undergo review through the Historic Preservation Board and the Planning Board. ... The results from that process along with the vision statement, and additional resources about Congress Square can be found at www.portlandmaine.gov/planning/congresssquare.”
Maine Outdoor Film Festival: Earth Day Screening
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  “Join Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for a special Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Maine Audubon and AMC members receive a discounted entrance fee. Join us for a fun evening of food, drink and conservation films! Cash bar and food starts at 6:30. Film screening begins at 7 pm. We expect that this event will sell out – please register online to reserve your seat! Gilsland Farm, Falmouth. Members: $5 Non-members: $7.” http://maineaudubon.org/events/maine-outdoor-film-festival-earth-day-screening/

Wednesday, April 23

61st anniversary Shrine Circus
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Kora Shriners proudly present the 61st anniversary of our Shrine Circus. The Kora Shrine Circus has entertained both children and adults in Portland, Lewiston and Augusta since 1953. This year’s circus will be a two-ring circus with many of the top acts you’ve come to expect. This Family Extravaganza will surely excite children of all ages. The Kora Klowns will be there to greet you as you walk in and be available for autographs and pictures.” Cumberland County Civic Center, Monday, April 21, shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Tuesday, April 22, shows at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday, April 23, shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. http://www.korashriners.org/Shrine-Circus/Shrine-Circus/
‘Art on the Streets: The Polish Poster’
6 p.m. “In one of its two spring exhibitions, the Bates College Museum of Art showcases posters from Poland promoting cultural events from the 1960s to the 2000s, exploring factors that won these works an international following and tracing the evolution of Polish graphic arts during the transition away from communism. ‘Polish Posters: Art and Allusion’ opens on Friday, April 4, and closes on Saturday, May 24. The posters will be shown in the Museum’s Synergy Space Gallery, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., and in satellite galleries in Roger Williams Hall, 9 Andrews Road (Alumni Walk) and Hedge Hall, 7 Andrews Road. Open to the public at no cost, museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 7 p.m. Wednesdays during the academic year.” Bates College is in Lewiston. For more information, contact 786-6158 or museum @bates.edu. “Showing concurrently with the poster exhibition is the annual Senior Thesis Exhibition, featuring works in diverse media by 10 studio art majors at Bates. A reception at the museum at 6 p.m. April 4 celebrates the opening of both exhibits. In a related event, art scholar Beata Niedzialkowska offers a lecture titled ‘Art on the Streets: The Polish Poster as Cultural Commentary’ at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Room 104 of the Olin Arts Center. A reception follows in the museum.”
‘Crisis and Opportunity’ talk at St. Joseph’s
6:30 p.m. “Unity College President Dr. Stephen Mulkey comes to Saint Joseph’s College to present ‘Crisis and Opportunity in the Environmental Century: Inspiring a Generation to Greatness,’ on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in Saint Joseph’s Viola George Auditorium on its campus in Standish. The event is free and open to the public. Unity College is the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels. Through Mulkey’s leadership, Unity College has developed its central focus on sustainability science, the leading edge of transdisciplinary 21st-century environmental problem-solving. A climate change scientist with study and publishing credentials spanning over three decades, Mulkey has pursued research in Eastern Amazonia, central Panama, and East Africa. Dr. James Dlugos, president of Saint Joseph’s College, will make opening remarks. A dessert reception will follow the presentation. For more information about the presentation or sustainability at Saint Joseph’s, contact Carolyn Plant at 893-7711 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
‘Capitalism Hits the Fan’
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Personal and Societal Effects of the 2008 Economic Crisis: Two-day presentations by economist Richard Wolff and psychotherapist/journalist Dr. Harriet Fraad; Richard Wolff lecture: “Capitalism Hit the Fan, So Now What? Economic Democracy and America’s Future”; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, Room 113, Masterton Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland campus; Harriet Fraad lecture: “The Great Recession’s Hurricane Swath Through Intimate Life: Social and Personal Transformation in the U.S. Since the 2008 Economic Crisis”; noon-1:30 p.m., TBA, place to be announced; both lectures free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Hillard, USM professor of economics at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
12th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival
7:30 p.m. “The University of Southern Maine’s American Sign Language Club proudly announces its 12th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, to be held Wednesday, April 23 to Saturday, April 26. This student-organized event is the longest standing and only annual festival in the world to showcase the newest films and innovative videos by and for the Deaf Communities. Our mission is simple: Provide a platform for people to learn about, appreciate, and celebrate Deaf Culture, issues and art. All films are written, produced, created, and performed by Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and film production companies. The 12th Annual Maine Deaf Film Festival will boast a collection of the best new Deaf films from various festivals, as well as world premieres. Film schedule subject to change. Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Nickelodeon Theatre, 1 Temple Street, Portland. House Across the Street. Directed and written by Arthur Luhn. 90 minutes. 2013. US. Thriller.” http://mainedeaffilmfest.com/press-release

Thursday, April 24

Ted Arnold, ‘To Have and To Hold’
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ted Arnold, “To Have and To Hold,” Maine Jewish Museum, curated by Nancy Davidson, April 24 to June 22. “Ted Arnold will be showing a group of paintings from his long running series of Wedding Paintings, opening April 24 at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. These paintings have taken many forms and formats over the years, exploring the complex beauty of the wedding. They offer the pageantry and intricacy of this rare moment in life, when private emotions are made public, friends and family become actors in a staged drama, complete with lines to speak and costumes to wear. Undercurrents, fears and hopes flow throughout the event and the marriage that follows. The complexity of humanity offers this brief theatrical followed by the life of those hopes, fears, contradictions, inconsistencies, accidents and understandings. Ted works in oils, encaustic and collage.” The Maine Jewish Museum is located at 267 Congress S., Portland.  The gallery is free of charge.  Museum hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. www.mainejewishmuseum.org, 773-2339.
National Poetry Month at SMCC in Brunswick
noon. Hannaford Auditorium, Academic Building, Southern Maine Community College, 29 Sewall St., Brunswick. “Southern Maine Community College students will read their original poetry at SMCC’s Midcoast Campus in celebration of National Poetry Month. The public is invited to hear the students as they read their poems at noon, April 24, in the Academic Building on the Brunswick campus. Kristin Rieff, a creative writing instructor at the Midcoast Campus in Brunswick, will lead the program. For directions or more information, contact Nancy Collins at 844-2064 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Blue Wrap Project Runway Fashion Show
6 p.m. The Partners for World Health repoted: “A container of medical supplies shipped out from South Portland, Maine, to Rwanda, Africa, by Partners for World Health.  The container weighs 30-40,000 pounds and is worth close to $250,000.  The goal of the organization is to ship 12 containers this year,  but with each container costing approximately $10,000 to  $15,000, including shipping and processing fees, the organization will need help with funds. In an effort to raise funds for this project, the Blue Wrap Project Runway Fashion Show will be held on April 24 on the catwalk at USM’s Hannaford Hall.  Haute couture takes on new meaning, as this fundraising event brings together amazing fashion designers who use their skills to create unique fashions from recycled blue medical wrap material. The goal is to bring awareness to the organization’s efforts of recycling discarded  medical supplies  while improving global health. This is the third year for the event and the goal is to raise at least $50,000 to help get supplies to places in need.  If you would like to learn more information about sponsorships please contact Marie Sola  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and fashion show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.partnersforworldhealth.org.”
Goodwill’s Little Black Dress Event
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Our third annual Little Black Dress event is just around the corner! On Thursday, April 24th we’ll host a fun evening in Portland for a great cause; to raise funds for Goodwill’s Veterans Fund. Since July 2013 we have raised more than $60,000 in support of local veterans and their families. These funds help cover unmet needs, such as – car repairs, rent/mortgage payments, utility payments, and transportation. To date, 150 veterans have applied, and 107 have received help.” The Ocean Gateway terminal, Portland. http://www.goodwillnne.org/updates/news/3rd-annual-little-black-dress-event/#.U0Q528eAJFV
‘Sanitary Concerns: Portlander Harriet Eaton’
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Maine Historical Society, the 2014 Olmsted Lecture, in partnership with the Olmsted Alliance. “Sanitary Concerns: Portlander Harriet Eaton, State Relief Work, and the Fight over Federal Benevolence during the Civil War.” Speaker: Jane Schultz, Professor of English and the Medical Humanities, and Director of Literature, at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. “Maine state relief workers like Harriet Eaton and Isabella Fogg were less certain than Frederick Law Olmsted — who, thanks to his administrative skill overseeing the creation of Central Park, was asked to head the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War — that federal benevolence was the best way to care for Maine’s boys in blue. For the 2014 Olmsted Lecture, Professor Jane Schultz shows how and why Mainers resisted the sweep of a national relief structure, preferring instead to put the interests of the state ahead of federal bureaucracy.” www.mainehistory.org
‘A Life Without Words’
7:30 p.m. “The University of Southern Maine’s American Sign Language Club proudly announces its 12th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, to be held Wednesday, April 23 to Saturday, April 26.” The Maine Deaf Film Festival will boast a collection of the best new Deaf films from various festivals, as well as world premieres. Film schedule subject to change. “A Life Without Words.” Directed by Adam Isenberg, Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney, University of Southern Maine, 95 Bedford Street, Portland. http://mainedeaffilmfest.com/press-release/

Friday, April 25

‘Pulled Pork: Unseen Images from Warhol’s Only Play’
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ”Pulled Pork: Unseen Images from Warhol’s Only Play In Memory of Leee Black Childers. Curated by Kymara Lonergan, Pop Up Exhibition Date April 25, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Blackstones, 6 Pine St., Portland. The Kymara Gallery and Blackstones present: Pulled Pork: Unseen Images from Warhol’s Only Play, a solo photography POP UP exhibition by Leee Black Childers, curated his memory by Kymara Lonergan, Friday, April 25th 5-9 PM. Pork, and its cast and crew from The Ridiculous Theater Company, were influential in the subsequent evolution of glitter, glam, and punk rock music. Included in this exhibition are a number of Childers’s dramatic, unseen signed images of the performance and stage. Leee Black Childers was the stage manager and official photographer of Andy Warhol’s play, Pork, which opened on May 5, 1971 at LaMama Theater in New York, for a two-week run, and was brought to the Roundhouse Theatre in London for a longer run in August, 1971. ... A live reading from the original script will take place at 8 p.m. Featuring Madame Sheena as Vulva.”
Take Back the Night March and Rally
6 p.m. “Ending sexual violence in Maine starts with recognizing that the entire Maine community can play a role in prevention. The 33rd annual Take Back the Night March and Rally will take place on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in Monument Square. Marchers will walk from Monument Square, through the Old Port and back, accompanied by police escort.  Upon return, survivors of sexual violence and supporters will be invited to share their stories and experiences. Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM), the local sexual assault support center for York and Cumberland Counties, is co-sponsoring the event with the Portland Police Department. Several supporting organizations will have tables at the event promoting community resources. ... The rain location for the Portland Take Back the Night is Planned Parenthood’s third floor gallery space at 443 Congress St. Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, Maine’s oldest sexual assault crisis and support center, has continued to support victims and provide awareness and prevention programming in Cumberland and York Counties for over 35 years.  If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, please call the free 24-hour statewide sexual assault crisis and support line at 1.800.871.7741 or TTY: 1.888.458.5599.”
‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
7 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.
The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room’
7:30 p.m. “The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room,’ by Scott McPherson, Saco River Theatre,  29 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton. April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 — 7:30 p.m.; April 27 Sunday matinee — 2:30 p.m. Winner of the 1991 Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award and the John Gassner Award Winner of the 1991-1992 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play, ‘Marvin’s Room’ is the comical and poignant story of two long-estranged sisters, the saintly and upright Bessie (Elisabeth Hardcastle) and the restless and irresponsible Lee (Jennifer Porter.) For the last seventeen years, Bessie has lived in Florida where she cares for their father, Marvin (Harley Marshall) who has been dying for two decades, and aunt Ruth (Lisa Stathoplos) who has three collapsed vertebrae and wears an electrode pack on her waist with which she can control her constant pain (and open the garage door.) When Bessie learns she has Leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant, she is forced to reach out to Lee, who lives in Ohio with her two sons, the bookish Charlie (Dylan Chestnutt) and the rebellious Hank (Stowell Watters) who is confined to a mental institution after having burned the family house to the ground, leaving Lee and Charlie to take refuge with a group of nuns in the basement of a local church. With the help of a bake sale thrown by the nuns, Lee and her sons arrive in Florida to be tested one by one, and all are ultimately transformed by the ties that bind, whether they want to be or not. Also featuring William McDonough III, Lowell Jeffers, Stephanie Atkinson, and Israel Buffardi. Directed by Dana Packard.” Admission $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Friday, April 25, and Thursday, May 1 are pay-what-you-can. Sunday, April 27 matinee is $20. For reservations, call 929-5412.
Roderick Russell in Freeport
7:30 p.m. “If Sherlock Holmes had a stage show, this would be it! You don’t have to be psychic to read minds. Just fiendishly clever! Roderick Russell does not claim to be psychic, or possess any supernatural ability. Nevertheless, he will read your mind and reveal your thoughts in such startling detail that you’ll swear there’s no other explanation! Roderick performs nationally and internationally and his work has been featured by many media, including such notables as the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, CNN, NPR, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. NOTE beer & wine will be available at evening shows.” Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St., Freeport. http://theaterofawesome.com
The Wicked Good Band in Falmouth
8 p.m. The Footlights in Falmouth hosts The Wicked Good Band, Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 8 p.m. $18 at door/$15 in advance. “Genuine Maine Icons ... Masters of Maine. Musical Satire... You’ll Laugh Til Your Cheeks Hurt!” 747-5434. “The Footlights is a 70-seat venue where you not only see live theatre and events, you experience them.” http://www.thefootlightsinfalmouth.com/box-office.html

Saturday, April 26

Walk MS: Portland 2014
8 a.m. April 26 at the Portland Expo Center, 239 Park Ave., Portland. Time: 8 a.m. check-in; 9 a.m. start. Route Length: 6 miles (1 mile option). Event Contact Name: Sue Tidd. Event Contact Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Event Contact Phone: 1-800-344-4867. Connect. Walk MS. Join us for a fun spring walk at Portland Expo Center in Portland. The walk offers a 6-mile route (with a 1 mile option), and there are rest stops along the way, supplied with snacks, beverages, and restrooms.  We look forward to seeing you!  Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other — a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections. ... The primary goal of Walk MS is to raise funds to help people who have MS, and their families, through MS education, support, advocacy, services, and research. All walkers 12 years of age and older are asked to raise a minimum of $25. If you need help meeting your fundraising minimum prior to walk day, please contact the Chapter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-344-4867 opt 2.”
Urban Runoff 5K and Green Neighbor Family Festival
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Urban Runoff 5K and Green Neighbor Family Festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the front lawn at Deering High School. The goal: raising awareness of water pollution and funds for clean water education programs in area schools. “At the festival, families and community members will be able to take part in hands-on activities about water, learn steps to becoming a green neighbor and have an all-around good time! The festival will feature live music by Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies. Fun and educational kids’ activities will be provided by local organizations, including Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, IDEXX, Sappi Fine Paper, Coast Encounters, Wells Reserve, and many others! This festival marks the beginning of the fourth year of Portland’s Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams program, which is working to clean up Capisic Brook, a polluted stream that runs from the Warren Avenue and Brighton Avenue areas to Capisic Pond and eventually the Fore River and Casco Bay. ... More information about the Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams program and the Green Neighbor Family Fest is available at www.cleanerstreams.org.”
5K Fugitive Run
10 a.m. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will hold its sixth annual ‘5K Fugitive Run’ in Gorham. This 3.1-mile USATF certified course (# ME110002JK) starts and finishes at the Gorham Municipal Center. Come challenge your colleagues in the public safety field and compete for the ‘Sheriff’s Cup.’ The Cup is awarded to the public safety agency (police, fire/rescue, corrections, DA’s) with the best cumulative finishing times (minimum of three runners to qualify for trophy). The Maine Warden Service has won this award for four straight years! Are there any agencies out there that can challenge them? ‘Fugitive trophies’ are also be given to the top two civilian finishers in eight different age categories, including a cash prize to the overall male and female race winners. Awards are given to the top five public safety male and female runners as well. A special prize will also be offered to those runners who ‘Capture the Fugitive,’ courtesy of our friends at Dunkin’ Donuts! Simply cross the finish line before our runner in the orange jail jump suit and be rewarded with a commendation from Dunkin’ Donuts and the Sheriff. The 5K Fugitive Run will also include a Free Kids Fun Run! The Fun Run starts at 9:30 and is a one-mile course. All child participants will receive a racing bib and a competitor’s medal. We are still offering the family discount for multiple registrations! Two or more family members who register before race day pay only $13 each! Be one of the first 100 registrants and receive a free tee shirt!” http://www.cumberlandso.org/
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day; by Scarborough Police Department: “The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is once again coordinating a free and confidential National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This event enables people to become part of the solution amidst a growing trend of prescription drug abuse — one so threatening the Center for Disease Control now labels it an epidemic. As a nation, poisoning deaths now exceed traffic deaths, with a large percentage of these poisonings caused by prescription drugs. Maine posts one of the highest rates of people seeking treatment for prescription drug abuse in the nation. Maine has also excelled in prevention; during the last Take Back event in October 2013, the Maine DEA collected over 16,000lbs of prescription drugs from across the State. The University of New England School of Pharmacy will be working with us on collection day to help sort and weigh medications. They will also be conducting a food drive for non-perishable items to be collected on this day. Scarborough PD, 246 US Rt. 1 is a drop off point, as well as: South Portland (Maine) Police Department, 30 Anthione St, South Portland; Cape Elizabeth PD, 325 Ocean House Rd, Cape Elizabeth; Gorham Police Department, 270 Main St, Gorham; Westbrook Maine Police Department, 570 Main St, Westbrook; Windham Police Department - Maine, 375 Gray Rd, Windham; Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St, Bridgton. ... Scarborough PD has a year round 24 hour drug collection box in our lobby. We accept all unwanted, unused, or expired medications with the exception of liquids and needles. Special arrangements to collect liquid drugs can be made by contacting Sgt Tim Barker at 883-6361.”
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Portland
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day; by U.S. Department of Justice: Portland Police Department, Police Department Collection Box In Lobby, 109 Middle St., Portland; Rite Aid Plaza, 290 Congress St., Portland; Maine Medical Center, Brighton Campus, operated by Portland Police Department, 335 Brighton Ave., Portland; Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Front Lobby, Medication Collection Box, 36 County Way, Portland; Portland Police Department, Maine Medical Center Parking Lot, operated by Portland Pd And MMC 22 Bramhall St., Portland; Maine State Police Troop G, Eco Maine, State Police/Eco Maine Collection Site, 64 Blueberry Rd., Portland; Portland Police Department, Rite Aid In Parking Lot, 713 Congress St., Portland; Portland Police Department University Of New England College Of Pharmacy Building, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov
Out of the Darkness Auction and Dance
4 p.m. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2014 Out of the Darkness Auction and Dance, Willowdale Golf Club, 52 Willowdale Road, Scarborough. “Suicide is a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers, and the entire community. AFSP provides opportunities for survivors of suicide loss to get involved through a wide variety of educational, outreach, awareness, advocacy and fundraising programs.” Tickets $10 per person at door. “The dance and auction is a benefit for the Out of the Darkness Walk for Team Ashley ‘AJ’ Johnston and Team Cody Crowley.” http://www.afsp.org/news-events/event-calendar
‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
7 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.
The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room’
7:30 p.m. “The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room,’ by Scott McPherson, Saco River Theatre,  29 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton. April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 — 7:30 p.m.; April 27 Sunday matinee — 2:30 p.m. Winner of the 1991 Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award and the John Gassner Award Winner of the 1991-1992 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play, ‘Marvin’s Room’ is the comical and poignant story of two long-estranged sisters, the saintly and upright Bessie (Elisabeth Hardcastle) and the restless and irresponsible Lee (Jennifer Porter).” Admission $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Friday, April 25, and Thursday, May 1 are pay-what-you-can. Sunday, April 27 matinee is $20. For reservations, call 929-5412.

Sunday, April 27

The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room’
2 p.m. “The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room,’ by Scott McPherson, Saco River Theatre,  29 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton. April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 — 7:30 p.m.; April 27 Sunday matinee — 2:30 p.m. Winner of the 1991 Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award and the John Gassner Award Winner of the 1991-1992 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play, ‘Marvin’s Room’ is the comical and poignant story of two long-estranged sisters, the saintly and upright Bessie (Elisabeth Hardcastle) and the restless and irresponsible Lee (Jennifer Porter).” Admission $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Friday, April 25, and Thursday, May 1 are pay-what-you-can. Sunday, April 27 matinee is $20. For reservations, call 929-5412.
‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
5 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.
‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’
7:30 p.m. “Aligned Collective, in partnership with the Maine Jewish Museum Presents ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz,’ a play by Gilles Segal. Berlin. 1950. Samuel Finkelbaum, a renowned puppeteer, hasn’t left his garret in five years, not since his escape from Birkenau. He doesn’t believe the war is over. Confined by walls, Finkelbaum is defined by the memories his puppets bring to life. His creations are his companions. They are his hope. ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’ is a play about the horrors of war and the indomitable human spirit. The performances are scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. No Reservations — seating is limited. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). Suggested donation: $12. Sunday, April 27; Tuesday, April 29; Wednesday, April 30; Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Thursday, May 8; Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10, 2:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m.” mainejewishmuseum.org

Monday, April 28

Stories on the Staircase
9 a.m. “Stories on the Staircase returns to Victoria Mansion. Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us at the Mansion for a Museum-themed story hour and a tour tailored just for them. Each child will get a take-home activity relating to the books.” Monday, April 28, 9 a.m.; Monday, May 5, 9 a.m.; Monday, May 12, 9 a.m.; Monday, May 19, 9 a.m.  Pre-registration is not required but due to limited space, first seats will go to those who have signed up in advance. “If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Lucinda Hannington, Director of Education & Visitor Services at 207-772-4841 ext. 104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, April 29

Beach Cleaning of Crescent Beach
10:30 a.m. Earth Day Celebration and Beach Cleaning of Crescent Beach. “Inn by the Sea’s annual Earth Day celebration with beach cleanup will take place on Tuesday, April 29 starting at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome to join 45 local students who will be hand to help clean Crescent Beach with Inn staff. This is the year of clean water, and guest speaker Fred Dillon, from South Portland’s Water Resource Protection Department,  will give a brief  talk about the importance and impact of clean water and pollution protection before volunteers head to Crescent Beach.  Cookies and lemonade on the Inn’s lawn will follow the beach clean up as a thank you to our volunteers!” Inn by the Sea, 40 Bowery Beach Lane, Cape Elizabeth. For more information and reservation:  Contact Rauni Kew  at  Inn by the Sea, 799-3134, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The DownEast Pride Alliance
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The DownEast Pride Alliance (DEPA) “Business After Hours” Networking Event, Tuesday, April 29. Top Of The East Lounge, Westin Harborview Hotel, 157 High St., Portland. Free w/cash bar, light food provided, and Media Table for sharing business cards. FMI: http://www.depabusiness.com.
‘The Shattered Hopes of Obama’s Peace Plan’
7 p.m. “The Shattered Hopes of Obama’s Peace Plan — What Next?” The Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., University of Southern Maine/Portland, room 133. “Lecture by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director for the U.S. Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation and author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli/Palestinian Peace (Sept. 2013). Ruebner holds a graduate degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.  His analysis and commentary on  Middle East affairs appear frequently in media such as NBC, ABC Nightline, Al Jazeera, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post, Middle East Report, and more.” Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments.  FMI 239-8060; www.mvprights.org. Sponsored by a coalition of academic and peace and justice organizations.
‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’
7:30 p.m. “Aligned Collective, in partnership with the Maine Jewish Museum Presents ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz,’ a play by Gilles Segal. Berlin. 1950. Samuel Finkelbaum, a renowned puppeteer, hasn’t left his garret in five years, not since his escape from Birkenau. He doesn’t believe the war is over. Confined by walls, Finkelbaum is defined by the memories his puppets bring to life. His creations are his companions. They are his hope. ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’ is a play about the horrors of war and the indomitable human spirit. The performances are scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. No Reservations — seating is limited. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). Suggested donation: $12. Sunday, April 27; Tuesday, April 29; Wednesday, April 30; Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Thursday, May 8; Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10, 2:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m.” mainejewishmuseum.org

Wednesday, April 30

Maine State Music Theatre’s 2014 season
9 a.m. “While season tickets have been and remain currently available, single tickets to individual shows are on sale, April 30 starting at 9 a.m. Many shows will sell out, so call to get your tickets today.” Tickets will be available online at www.msmt.org, over the phone by calling 725-8769, or in person by visiting the Box Office located at 22 Elm St., Brunswick starting May 27. MSMT’s 2014 season fires up on June 4. “On February 3, 1959, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash aged 22. Now, ‘Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story’ tells the true story of the three years during which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including ‘Peggy Sue,’ ‘That’ll Be The Day,’ ‘Oh Boy,’ ‘Maybe Baby,’ ‘Raining in My Heart,’ as well as Ritchie Valens’ ‘La Bamba’ and the Big Bopper’s ‘Chantilly Lace.’” June 4-21.  “The tale of Maine’s local hero, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, this show explores how a man must decide between his family and his civic duty. You won’t want to miss the victory of the North retold on the Pickard stage. This will be the grandest show of our season.” June 25-July 12. “On July 16. ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ opens and will be the biggest dance spectacle to hit Brunswick.” July 16-Aug. 12. “The final show of the season is ‘Footloose,’ which kicks off Aug. 6.” Aug. 6-23. http://www.msmt.org
ACLU of Maine Justice Louis Scolnik Award
6 p.m. “The ACLU of Maine will present this year’s Justice Louis Scolnik Award to Jack Simmons at a reception and dinner on Thursday, May 1 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. In a legal career spanning 50 years, Simmons has distinguished himself as a passionate advocate for the rights of the accused, fighting for Miranda rights, the presumption of innocence and equal protection under the law. Beyond the courtroom, Jack is a respected and persuasive advocate for civil liberties, often using his legal knowledge to stand up for privacy, LGBT rights and criminal justice reform. The featured speaker is Vanita Gupta, director of the nationwide ACLU Center for Justice and a leader in the movement to end mass incarceration. The Justice Louis Scolnik Award was established in 1989 to honor members of the legal community who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the protection of civil liberties. The award is named for former Maine Supreme Court Justice Louis Scolnik. Justice Scolnik was a co-founder and the first president of the Maine Civil Liberties Union (now the ACLU of Maine).” Sponsors reception: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; dinner and program: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport. For tickets and more information go to www.aclumaine.org/scolnik2014
‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’
7:30 p.m. “Aligned Collective, in partnership with the Maine Jewish Museum Presents ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz,’ a play by Gilles Segal. Berlin. 1950. Samuel Finkelbaum, a renowned puppeteer, hasn’t left his garret in five years, not since his escape from Birkenau. He doesn’t believe the war is over. Confined by walls, Finkelbaum is defined by the memories his puppets bring to life. His creations are his companions. They are his hope. ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’ is a play about the horrors of war and the indomitable human spirit. The performances are scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. No Reservations — seating is limited. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). Suggested donation: $12. Sunday, April 27; Tuesday, April 29; Wednesday, April 30; Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Thursday, May 8; Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10, 2:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m.” mainejewishmuseum.org


 Thursday, May 1

Scott Hanson, Architectural Historian
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Fort Andross Gallery. The 2014 BDA Speaker Series presents: Scott Hanson, Architectural Historian, The Mills of the Androscoggin River, Scott Hanson, Architectural Historian. Sutherland Conservation Consulting. “Scott Hanson lives and breathes historic preservation as is evidenced by the fact that he lives in and owns the 1828 Whitten House, (formerly Topsham Public Library) featured on the HGTV program, ‘If Walls Could Talk.’ Scott is well known for working with national historic designation of buildings and districts as well as working with communities on façade improvement programs. One of his largest projects is the renovation of Merrill’s Wharf on Commercial Street in downtown Portland by Waterfront Maine, the owners of Fort Andross and the Cabot Mill.” Presented in collaboration with Pejepscot Historical Society & Curtis Memorial Society.
Greater Portland Business Expo
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Explore the innovative businesses that are the face of the Portland Region at the Greater Portland Business Expo. Expo: Visit the region’s leading companies in our business showcase, find local resources to run your business, share best practices and understand the new economy of the region. Giveaways of software and other small business tools will be done. ... There will be food throughout the day, featuring some of the area’s best restaurants and culinary businesses.” Keynote Luncheon: noon to 1:15 p.m. Join us for our keynote luncheon with State Senate President Justin Alfond (D) and Senator Andre Cushing (R)  (a registration fee). Then join us as they visit the Expo after lunch. ... Hear from local entrepreneurs and business owners on how they can take your businesses to the next level.” Holiday Inn By the Bay. http://web.portlandregion.com/events/The-Chamber%27s-Business-Expo-Keynote-Luncheon-560/details
‘Longfellow and the Occult’ with MHS
noon. “Longfellow and the Occult”: A Talk and Open House to Kick off the 2014 Wadsworth-Longfellow House Season. Speaker: James Horrigan. “Longtime Wadsworth-Longfellow House guide James Horrigan kicks off the 2014 house season with a lecture that looks at the poet’s lifelong interest in the supernatural. In addition to touching on reincarnation, astrology, numerology, automatic writing (featuring a poem of Longfellow’s that can only be read with a mirror), and dowsing, James pays special attention to what one biographer called Longfellow’s ‘rich dream life.’ The poet left behind fascinating accounts of dreams he had of Charles Sumner, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and many others. The talk is followed by an Open House until 2 p.m., during which lecture attendees are invited to tour the Wadsworth Longfellow House at their own pace. Those who choose can linger in the dining room to hear James tell the story behind the painting of Charles O. Cole’s portrait of Longfellow, and the dreams and mysticism that accompanied it. Free for MHS members; $5 for non-members.” www.mainehistory.org
Small Boaters’ Film Fest and Auction
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Small Boaters’ Film Fest and Auction. This is the Maine Island Trail Association’s kickoff to the 2014 boating season: with great films, food, an auction featuring art pieces, boating gear, and more, plus the much-anticipated re-release of Rising Tide Brewing Company’s Maine Island Trail Ale.”  University of Southen Maine Abromson Center (Portland campus), 88 Bedford St.
Ocean Frontiers II film screening, discussion
6:30 p.m. “Film screening, panel and discussion, featuring: Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea and A Climate of Change: Warming Waters in the Gulf of Maine,” One Longfellow Square. Island Institute. https://www.facebook.com/islandinstitute
The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room’
7:30 p.m. “The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room,’ by Scott McPherson, Saco River Theatre,  29 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton. April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 — 7:30 p.m.; April 27 Sunday matinee — 2:30 p.m. Winner of the 1991 Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award and the John Gassner Award Winner of the 1991-1992 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play, ‘Marvin’s Room’ is the comical and poignant story of two long-estranged sisters, the saintly and upright Bessie (Elisabeth Hardcastle) and the restless and irresponsible Lee (Jennifer Porter).” Admission $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Friday, April 25, and Thursday, May 1 are pay-what-you-can. Sunday, April 27 matinee is $20. For reservations, call 929-5412.

Friday, May 2

District showcases student work at Art Walk
3 p.m. “Students from the Portland Public Schools will present art exhibits, dance and orchestral performances, and displays from classroom projects at Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on May 2.  The events will take place at several locations in downtown Portland. The Portland Public Schools Art Show, featuring hundreds of works by students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will have its opening celebration from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Portland City Hall.  The exhibit will be open that evening until 8 p.m. The Lincoln Middle School Select Orchestra will perform at City Hall at 4 p.m., followed at  5:30 p.m. by the Deering Sisterhood and dancers from the Portland Arts and Technology High School Arts Academy. Portland High School students are creating masking tape graffiti and other experimental art for an installation in the corridor directly behind the school.  Sculptures by students at Casco Bay High School and exhibits from a King Middle School learning expedition titled Truth Or Consequences will be on display in Rines Auditorium of the Portland Public Library from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Seventh graders involved with the Lincoln Middle School Hunger Project will present an interactive display on Congress Street near Starbuck’s.  Deering students will exhibit henna art at the Museum of African Art and Culture, 13 Brown Street. The school district is partnering with the city of Portland, the Portland Public Library and various venues to present the second annual Portland Public Schools Student Showcase as part of the May Art Walk.” http://www2.portlandschools.org
Ted Arnold, ‘To Have and To Hold’
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ted Arnold, “To Have and To Hold,” Maine Jewish Museum, curated by Nancy Davidson, April 24 to June 22. “Ted Arnold will be showing a group of paintings from his long running series of Wedding Paintings, opening April 24 at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. These paintings have taken many forms and formats over the years, exploring the complex beauty of the wedding. They offer the pageantry and intricacy of this rare moment in life, when private emotions are made public, friends and family become actors in a staged drama, complete with lines to speak and costumes to wear. Undercurrents, fears and hopes flow throughout the event and the marriage that follows. The complexity of humanity offers this brief theatrical followed by the life of those hopes, fears, contradictions, inconsistencies, accidents and understandings. Ted works in oils, encaustic and collage.” The Maine Jewish Museum is located at 267 Congress S., Portland. First Friday Art Walk exhibit. The gallery is free of charge.  Museum hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. www.mainejewishmuseum.org, 773-2339.
‘From Slavery to Maine’ at MHS
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Maine Historical Society opens a new exhibition, ‘From Slavery to Maine,’ on April 4 in the Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall. A number of former slaves, probably several hundred, settled in Maine during and after the Civil War. Some came through the auspices of Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, a native of Leeds and head of the Freedman’s Bureau; some with individual soldiers, and others on their own. Letters, photographs, and newspaper articles tell the story of a few of the former slaves who came to Maine in the 1860s. On display are Howard family letters courtesy of George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives at Bowdoin College, and images courtesy of Kemp family historian Elaine Bragdon Kemp, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and Belfast Historical Society and Museum, as well as photographs and documents from the collections of Maine Historical Society. A celebration of the exhibition is scheduled for May 2, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., during the First Friday Art Walk. The exhibition runs April 4-May 26. For more information on the exhibition, contact Curator Candace Kanes at MHS, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 774-1822 ext 233.” Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland. http://www.mainehistory.org/about_visit.shtml
Children’s Museum & Theatre auction
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Please join us on Friday, May 2nd for our Annual Auction event, which will be held at Ocean Gateway on Portland’s waterfront. Enjoy a fun-filled night of fundraising, delicious food and sumptuous views, while you bid on hundreds of items ranging from original artwork to sports tickets and cross-country getaways.” 6 p.m. Silent Auction and hors d’oeuvres; 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live Auction, coffee & dessert. Cash Bar all evening. Venue: Ocean Gateway, Commercial Street, Portland Waterfront. Auctioneer: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Tickets: $40 in advance or $45 at the door; 10-person group ticket option available for $350. Desserts Donated by: The Cookie Jar, Cape Elizabeth. “For more information about Auction 2014 or to make a donation, please contact Alicia Gaudet at (207) 828-1234 x242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All proceeds from the Annual Auction benefit the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s educational exhibits, programming and theatre productions. It also supports families in need through our scholarship membership program.”
‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
7 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.
May Madness Theater Festival
7 p.m. A Company of Girls presents our May Madness Theater Festival with “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Princess Plays” performing in repertory May 2-11. “Opening Friday, May 2, A Company of Girls will be presenting our May Madness Theater Festival with performances of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘The Princess Plays’ playing in repertory. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, this famous story for young audiences follows the tale of Alice chasing a white rabbit and tumbling down the rabbit’s hole into Wonderland where she meets all its famous residents: the Caterpillar, the Queen and King of Hearts, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Frog Footman, the Dutchess, the Mock Turtle and the White Rabbit. Her adventure takes her ‘down the garden path’ and ends in a trial that may lead to someone losing their head!?’ ‘The Princess Plays’ by Coleen Neuman. Saturdays, May 3 and 10 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. (Mothers get $1 off ticket price for Mother’s Day!.) Performed by our Fledglings (third-fifth graders) The Princess Plays are two utterly charming short stories from the author of the immensely popular Lion and Mouse Stories.” www.acompanyofgirls.org
The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room’
7:30 p.m. “The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room,’ by Scott McPherson, Saco River Theatre,  29 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton. April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 — 7:30 p.m.; April 27 Sunday matinee — 2:30 p.m. Winner of the 1991 Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award and the John Gassner Award Winner of the 1991-1992 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play, ‘Marvin’s Room’ is the comical and poignant story of two long-estranged sisters, the saintly and upright Bessie (Elisabeth Hardcastle) and the restless and irresponsible Lee (Jennifer Porter).” Admission $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Friday, April 25, and Thursday, May 1 are pay-what-you-can. Sunday, April 27 matinee is $20. For reservations, call 929-5412.
‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’
7:30 p.m. “Aligned Collective, in partnership with the Maine Jewish Museum Presents ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz,’ a play by Gilles Segal. Berlin. 1950. Samuel Finkelbaum, a renowned puppeteer, hasn’t left his garret in five years, not since his escape from Birkenau. He doesn’t believe the war is over. Confined by walls, Finkelbaum is defined by the memories his puppets bring to life. His creations are his companions. They are his hope. ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’ is a play about the horrors of war and the indomitable human spirit. The performances are scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. No Reservations — seating is limited. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). Suggested donation: $12. Sunday, April 27; Tuesday, April 29; Wednesday, April 30; Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Thursday, May 8; Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10, 2:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m.” mainejewishmuseum.org
‘Legends: The Music of Judy Garland’
8 p.m. “The Good Theater On Tour presents Kelly Caufield In ‘Legends: The Music of Judy Garland,’ May 2 and 3, at 8 p.m. Directed by Brian P. Allen. Musically Directed by Victoria Stubbs. Written by Kelly Caufield & Brian P. Allen.” 747-5434. “The Footlights is a 70-seat venue where you not only see live theatre and events, you experience them.” http://www.thefootlightsinfalmouth.com/box-office.html
‘Hello Gorgeous!’ in Freeport
8 p.m. “Celebrating Barbra Streisand’s Golden Anniversary in her star-making Broadway turn, Meg Doherty returns to the Awesome Stage for two nights of Barbra’s critically acclaimed music. Meg takes a look back at Barbra’s work as Broadway’s original Funny Girl and six decades of providing movie magic. Along with all Streisand’s classics Meg will share some of the heart of Barbara from her activism, her rise to the top and some never before shared stories from her early days.” Friday, May 2, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, 8 p.m. Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St., Freeport. http://theaterofawesome.com

Saturday, May 3

MayFair at Windham Hill
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The community is invited to MayFair, featuring a Book Sale, Lawn Sale, Plant Sale, Bake Sale, Coffee Bar and Luncheon. The historic Meeting House will be open for tours. Come and celebrate the arrival of Spring with MayFair at Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Road, Windham.” For more information, contact 892-4217 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
DaVinci Experience
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “DaVinci Experience Brunswick Summer Camp Open House. Drop in and meet the staff, tour the facilities, and preview the new themes for 2014. Pilgrim House, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. FMI visit www.DaVinciExperience.com or call 541-9171.”
May Madness Theater Festival
11 a.m. A Company of Girls presents our May Madness Theater Festival with “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Princess Plays” performing in repertory May 2-11. “Opening Friday, May 2, A Company of Girls will be presenting our May Madness Theater Festival with performances of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘The Princess Plays’ playing in repertory. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, this famous story for young audiences follows the tale of Alice chasing a white rabbit and tumbling down the rabbit’s hole into Wonderland where she meets all its famous residents: the Caterpillar, the Queen and King of Hearts, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Frog Footman, the Dutchess, the Mock Turtle and the White Rabbit. Her adventure takes her ‘down the garden path’ and ends in a trial that may lead to someone losing their head!?’ ‘The Princess Plays’ by Coleen Neuman. Saturdays, May 3 and 10 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. (Mothers get $1 off ticket price for Mother’s Day!.) Performed by our Fledglings (third-fifth graders) The Princess Plays are two utterly charming short stories from the author of the immensely popular Lion and Mouse Stories.” www.acompanyofgirls.org
‘Almost Like Being In Love’
2 p.m. “Almost Like Being In Love,” a Broadway Songbook starring Jeffrey Caron and Maura Gwyer, accompanied by Kellie Moody. Musical Direction by Judith James, at The Footlights in Falmouth. Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. ‘Pay What You Can’ ... suggested donation $10. Enjoy a lovely afternoon of song, performed by talented vocalists, Jeffery Caron and Maura Gwyer, featuring Broadway showtunes from the early 1900s to today.”  747-5434. “The Footlights is a 70-seat venue where you not only see live theatre and events, you experience them.” http://www.thefootlightsinfalmouth.com/box-office.html
An Evening in the 1920s
5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. An Evening in the 1920s at the Portland Masonic Temple. “Picture yourself in the 1920s! The Maine Historical Society’s annual fundraising event celebrates the decade that is known for prohibition, jazz, roadsters, dancing and parties. Bring your friends and enjoy: Cocktails, dinner, and dancing to the music of The Fogcutters — a new kind of Big Band. Plus, an auction, roaring ‘20s photobooth, and tours of the historic Portland Masonic Temple. Don’t miss our one-night-only 1920s-themed exhibition drawn from the MHS collections!”
Comic Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. in Lewiston
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner and entertainment starring Comic Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr., Kora Shrine Center, 11 Sabbatus St., Lewiston. “Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become Stars of the show, as Frank makes them believe that they are singers, dancers and much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show. This show is hilarious, energetic and unique, one you will not soon forget.” http://www.korashriners.org
‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
7 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.
The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room’
7:30 p.m. “The Originals present ‘Marvin’s Room,’ by Scott McPherson, Saco River Theatre,  29 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton. April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 — 7:30 p.m.; April 27 Sunday matinee — 2:30 p.m. Winner of the 1991 Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award and the John Gassner Award Winner of the 1991-1992 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Play, ‘Marvin’s Room’ is the comical and poignant story of two long-estranged sisters, the saintly and upright Bessie (Elisabeth Hardcastle) and the restless and irresponsible Lee (Jennifer Porter).” Admission $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Friday, April 25, and Thursday, May 1 are pay-what-you-can. Sunday, April 27 matinee is $20. For reservations, call 929-5412.
Bach Birthday Bash
7:30 p.m. “Join us for the Bach Birthday Bash Concert at the South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, Maine! This annual classic concert will feature Ray Cornils on the organ, and the Choral Art Society Singers with Robert Russell, Director.” South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport. The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ. http://foko.org/kotzschmar/concerts-events
‘Legends: The Music of Judy Garland’
8 p.m. “The Good Theater On Tour presents Kelly Caufield In ‘Legends: The Music of Judy Garland,’ May 2 and 3, at 8 p.m. Directed by Brian P. Allen. Musically Directed by Victoria Stubbs. Written by Kelly Caufield & Brian P. Allen.” 747-5434. “The Footlights is a 70-seat venue where you not only see live theatre and events, you experience them.” http://www.thefootlightsinfalmouth.com/box-office.html
‘Hello Gorgeous!’ in Freeport
8 p.m. “Celebrating Barbra Streisand’s Golden Anniversary in her star-making Broadway turn, Meg Doherty returns to the Awesome Stage for two nights of Barbra’s critically acclaimed music. Meg takes a look back at Barbra’s work as Broadway’s original Funny Girl and six decades of providing movie magic. Along with all Streisand’s classics Meg will share some of the heart of Barbara from her activism, her rise to the top and some never before shared stories from her early days.” Friday, May 2, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, 8 p.m. Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St., Freeport. http://theaterofawesome.com

Sunday, May 4

Bark For Life
11:30 a.m. “Bark For Life, an event hosted by the American Cancer Society, will bring dog owners and their pets together in the fight against cancer. ... This non-competitive 1.5 mile walkathon will raise vital funds for the American Cancer Society while celebrating the special bond between people and their dogs. Bark For Life of Greater Portland will take place at Bug Light Park in South Portland.  Registration will start at 11:30 a.m.  In addition to the scenic walk, the event will feature a variety of fun activities for dogs and owners alike, such as a demonstrations, activities, food and music. Bark For Life is a community event that will honor the caregiving qualities of our canine friends. ... Both teams and individual walkers are welcome. Registration is $20 per person with or without a dog, $40 per participant with two or more dogs and the commitment to raise additional funds for the lifesaving mission of the American Cancer Society. All registered dogs will receive a Bark For Life bandana, while participants who raise at least $100 will get a Bark For Life T-shirt. To sign up for Bark For Life, or for more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800.227-2345 or visit www.relayforlife.org/barkgreaterportlandme.”
‘The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan’
2 p.m. “Christopher Klein will give a talk on the Irish-American boxer John L. Sullivan. Chris’ new book, ‘Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan,’ looks at Sullivan as a personality and as a symbol of changing times and the struggle of Irish emigrants in the 19th century.” Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland. http://www.maineirish.com
‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
5 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.
10th annual WMPG Fashion Show!
7 p.m. “Local designers of wearable art for women, men and children show their most creative fashions on the WMPG runway on Sunday, May 4, 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. To celebrate the Fashion Show’s decade anniversary of local design and style, Port City Music Hall has welcomed this event to their stage and is a sponsor for the Artistic Director Cindy Flanders reports that this year’s year’s show includes works from new and returning designers. Styles run the spectrum from formal to street. Statement Jewelry pieces, repurposed, upcycled and embellished clothing as well as vintage inspired garments . WMPG’s Fashion Show strives to include a wide-ranging and energetic collection of the talent & creativity that is thriving in Maine.” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, May 5

Sebago  Lake  Water Treatment  Facility  Tour
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sebago  Lake  Water Treatment  Facility  Tour & Public Open House, Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility 2 White Rock Road, Standish. “The Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility treats an average of 21.5 million gallons of drinking water per day. Come view recent upgrades to the facility and learn how both ozone and UV are used to treat your drinking water. The tour ends with a visit to the laboratory, where scientists will discuss how the quality and safety of your drinking water is tested.”

Tuesday, May 6

Wind Over Wings
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wind Over Wings at Jeff P. Nixon Development Center, 225 Douglass Street, Portland. “In this popular program, you will have up-close encounters with four different birds of prey, including an American Kestrel, Great Horned and Saw-whet owls, and a Golden Eagle!  Experts  will  share  stories about each bird to foster connections with wildlife, water, and stewardship of our local environment.”

Wednesday, May 7

Scarborough Library Friends Annual Meeting
TBA. Scarborough Library Friends Annual Meeting and Luncheon. “This year, the Friends will return to their former tradition of bringing members together for a luncheon meeting. Invitations will be sent in April. Visit the Friends website at www.scarboroughlibraryfriends.org.”
‘Your Public Water Supply — A Pictorial History’
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jeff P. Nixon Development Center 225 Douglass Street, Portland. “The history of public drinking water in Greater Portland began just after the Civil War and continues today.  Learn about the people, events, and public works projects that created the water and sewer systems that serve eleven Maine communities.”

Thursday, May 8

Spring Senior Safety Lunch and Learn
11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. “The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office presents the Spring Senior Safety Lunch and Learn May 8, at the Maine Military Museum, 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland. Choose between two sittings: 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. RSVP to 774-1444, ext. 2176, by April 25. Space is limited so sign up right away! Brought to you in part by the Cumberland County TRIAD.”
SMCC open house at Midcoast Campus
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Southern Maine Community College will hold an Open House at its Midcoast Campus in Brunswick on May 8. During the event, accepted and prospective students and their families can meet staff, learn about SMCC’s academic programs and tour the campus, located at Brunswick Landing. The Open House is being held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 8. For more information, please visit www.smccME.edu/openhouse.”
2014 Maine Business Leaders of the Year
5 p.m. “Mainebiz will host a reception on May 8 to honor its 2014 Maine Business Leaders of the Year: small company business leader, Peter Rinck, CEO of Rinck Advertising; large company business leader; Royce Cross, president and CEO of Cross Insurance; and nonprofit business leader; Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. ... The Business Leaders of the Year reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth. Tickets are $45. The Business Leaders of the Year recognition program is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental, People’s United Bank, Pro Search Inc. and Verrill Dana LLP. For more information or to register, visit www.mainebiz.biz/bloy2014.”
Mecamorphosis: MECA’S spring gala
5:30 p.m to 10 p.m. Fashion Show and Thesis Exhibition, 100 Artists Under One Roof. “MECAmorphosis celebrates the 2014 Thesis Exhibition and introduces 100 emerging artists graduating from Maine College of Art in the BFA, MFA, and MAT programs, as well as raises critical scholarship funds to educate the next generation of artists. Tapas, cash bars, music, and interactive art throughout the College’s historic Porteous Building are highlights of this creatively festive Portland spring event.  The evening concludes with the Runway Fashion Show, which premiers the collections of our majors in Textile and Fashion Design. Tickets $25-$150 at: mecamorphosis.brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 699.5012.”
‘African Americans & the U.S. Government’
7 p.m. “African Americans & the U.S. Government During and After the Civil War,” with speaker: Chandra Manning, Professor of History, Georgetown University. Maine Historical Society. “How did the relationship between former slaves and the United States government change during and after the Civil War? Georgetown University Professor of History Chandra Manning shares her research on this complex and evolving relationship, and how it affected the relationship between the federal government and all individuals in the United States. Manning is the author of What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War (Knopf, 2007), which won the won the Avery Craven Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians; earned Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize, the Jefferson Davis Prize, and the Virginia Literary Awards for Non-fiction; and was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize. Her current projects examine Civil War contraband camps, war refugees, and the evolution of U.S. citizenship. $5 for MHS members; $10 for non-members.” http://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml
‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’
7:30 p.m. “Aligned Collective, in partnership with the Maine Jewish Museum Presents ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz,’ a play by Gilles Segal. Berlin. 1950. Samuel Finkelbaum, a renowned puppeteer, hasn’t left his garret in five years, not since his escape from Birkenau. He doesn’t believe the war is over. Confined by walls, Finkelbaum is defined by the memories his puppets bring to life. His creations are his companions. They are his hope. ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’ is a play about the horrors of war and the indomitable human spirit. The performances are scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. No Reservations — seating is limited. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). Suggested donation: $12. Sunday, April 27; Tuesday, April 29; Wednesday, April 30; Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Thursday, May 8; Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10, 2:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m.” mainejewishmuseum.org
‘Suddenly, Bloom!’ in Portsmouth, N.H.
7:30 p.m. “On Thursday, May 8, 3S Artspace is partnering with the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire to present PechaKucha Night No. 19, ‘Suddenly, Bloom!’ at the Strawbery Banke Visitor Center. The two organizations are collaborating to commemorate the annual blossoming of the famous cherry trees, planted in Washington, D.C. and now in Portsmouth, to honor the Portsmouth Peace Treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese War. The theme, ‘Suddenly, Bloom!’ celebrates the idea that out of adversity, great change, growth and beauty can arise. 3S is seeking presenters to share stories and images (in the traditional PechaKucha format — 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) from those moments in time — ephemeral as the cherry blossom — that resulted in epiphanies and turning points, professional or personal, setting the stage for bigger and better things. If interested in presenting, please contact Celeste Ladd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The event will be held at the Strawbery Banke Visitor Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. The gathering is free and open to the public and donations will be accepted. This evening’s PechaKucha Night is sponsored by 3S Artspace, Klein Dytham Architecture, The Japan-America Society of N.H., Strawbery Banke and Calypso Communications. PechaKucha begin in February of 2003 in Tokyo as an event for young architects to meet, network, and show their work in public. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. Since that time, PK Nights have migrated to hundreds of cities around the world. PechaKucha (meaning the sound of chit-chat in Japanese) has brought Seacoast people together under a simple premise of sharing concepts, inspirations, and motivations through a creative, fun conversation with 20 presentation slides, giving each slide no more than 20 seconds.” http://www.strawberybanke.org

Friday, May 9

Portland Framed
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Portland Framed at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, 157 High St., Portland. “Celebrate and support Portland’s art and design community at Portland Framed, a spectacular art sale and revelry like no other! Add to your art collection with works by local artists including Mark Marchesi, Daniel Minter, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Shirah Neumann, and more, plus dazzling displays from Portland’s music, dance, food, drink, and design scenes.” www.portlandframed.org
Premiere of ballet ‘Sahar’
7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. “Colleen Edwards, a dancer at Portland Ballet Company, will premiere her ballet ‘Sahar’ on Friday, May 9 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. The ballet, originally performed in Boulder, Colorado, was reviewed as ‘... exquisitely choreographed and beautifully executed.’ The 45-minute ballet has been re-staged for its 10th anniversary and New England premiere and features four professional dancers from Portland Ballet Company. Edwards explains, ‘I am intrigued by the Middle East, and the stories, music and mystery of the region inspired this ballet.  Sahar is an Arabic girl’s name meaning ‘dawn’ and it is a fitting name for the ballet that is themed around a new beginning within a group of strong, beautiful women.’ Ms. Edwards’ choreography has been showcased at The Boston Conservatory, Boulder Ballet, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and Urbanity Dance (Boston, Mass.). She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Two shows are scheduled: 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Friday, May 9. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through the St. Lawrence Arts Center by calling: 347.3075.”
‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
7 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.
Puppet Showplace presents Robin Hood
7 p.m. “Get ready to occupy Sherwood in this rollicking retelling of the classic Robin Hood tale. When the new Sheriff of Nottingham starts uprooting villagers’ homes as part of a grand castle expansion scheme, the starry-eyed Robin sees an opportunity to save the day and fulfill his dream of becoming a hero. Of course, he’ll need a little help from his friends. Join Maid Marion, Little John, and some unexpected puppet characters for this exciting forest adventure. The show will be presented by Brad Shur, artist in residence at Puppet Showplace. Puppet Showplace Theatre is an award-winning non-profit performing arts organization in Brookline, Mass., committed to excellence in puppetry as a theatrical experience that educates, enlightens and entertains audiences of all ages. Established in 1974, Puppet Showplace is the first and only year-round dedicated puppetry presenter in New England. www.puppetshowplace.org.” Friday, May 9, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 7 p.m. Freeport Theater of Awesome, 5 Depot St., Freeport. http://theaterofawesome.com
‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’
7:30 p.m. “Aligned Collective, in partnership with the Maine Jewish Museum Presents ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz,’ a play by Gilles Segal. Berlin. 1950. Samuel Finkelbaum, a renowned puppeteer, hasn’t left his garret in five years, not since his escape from Birkenau. He doesn’t believe the war is over. Confined by walls, Finkelbaum is defined by the memories his puppets bring to life. His creations are his companions. They are his hope. ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’ is a play about the horrors of war and the indomitable human spirit. The performances are scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. No Reservations — seating is limited. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). Suggested donation: $12. Sunday, April 27; Tuesday, April 29; Wednesday, April 30; Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Thursday, May 8; Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10, 2:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m.” mainejewishmuseum.org

 Saturday, May 10

Sebago Lake Land Reserve
8:30 a.m. Trail Day on the Sebago Lake Land Reserve, Standish (rain date: Sunday, May 11). 8:30 a.m. to noon (start time varies depending upon activity). “The 1,700-acre Sebago Lake Land Reserve is a managed forest intended to protect Sebago Lake, your source of drinking water.” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 774-5961, ext. 3319
Civil War Legacies in Maine
9 a.m. Maine Historical Society. In partnership with Maine Humanities Council, Civil War Legacies in Maine: Statewide Civil War Symposium. In year two of a major NEH-funded collaborative project, Maine Historical Society and Maine Humanities Council host this half-day Civil War Symposium focusing on Maine after the War. Speakers include: Chandra Manning, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University - What did the Civil War Change? Tom Desjardin, Senior Policy Advisor, State of Maine, Office of the Governor; and author of Stand Firm, Ye Boys from Maine - Maine in the Civil War: Out-migration, Economic and Population Repercussions. David Greenham, Program Director — Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine — Coming Home: A Civil War Veteran Returns Theater Performance. Josephine Cameron — Songs of the Civil War Era Musical Performance. After the program, please enjoy displays of local history projects by the 2013-2014 Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Grant Recipients from Belfast, Presque Isle, Portland/Westbrook, Gorham, and Windham. $10 general public; $7 students.” http://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml
25 Cent  Spring Clothing Sale
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Hollis Elementary School, 554 River Road, Hollis (Rte. 35). Thousands of garments including New Clothes  & Underwear for the whole family.  Everything 25 cents. FMI call 692-2989.  Sponsored by Limington Extension. A BEHS Scholarship fundraiser.”
Electronic recycling at Windham Mall
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Electronic recycling, all towns can participate! Money donations accepted upon entry to cover cost of organizing the event and to fund support of local mission needs via Windham Hill United Church of Christ, Saturday, May 10, Windham Mall. Enter Mall at Veterans Memorial Drive off Route 302, next to Friendly’s. Recycle the following items: TV’s all sizes, Computers and Monitors, Hard drives, Laptops, Printers, Cordless Phones, Cell phones, VCR, DVD,  Audio equipment, Stereos, Speakers. NO Household Appliances (Stoves, refrigerators, microwaves). Sponsored by Windham Hill United Church of Christ — 140 Windham Center Rd., windhamhillucc.org & EWASTE Recycling Solutions, ewastemaine.com. Questions? Contact Phyllis 232-8291 or Judy 653-5989.”
Fantasy Chess at R Choice 2 Gaming
noon to 6 p.m. “Fantasy Chess is a tabletop chess variant that allows you to fight for the square using dice. Fantasy Chess is having its East Coast debut on May 10  from noon to 6 p.m. (come anytime) at R Choice 2 Gaming, LLC; 449 Forest Ave. No. 7, Portland  (near Back Cove). We will demonstrate the game and you can playtest with your friends using our tournament boards.  This game uses traditional chess pieces with traditional chess movements on a traditional board with a layer of wargaming rules laid on top.  All ages welcome and you don’t even know how to play chess to learn. You can learn the game in one session. Leagues will start forming at this demo for those who like competition. Fantasy Chess rulebook on sale for $12.” For more info on Fantasy Chess, go to www.shadowhex.com or call 415 3753 and ask for John Paul.
‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “Aligned Collective, in partnership with the Maine Jewish Museum Presents ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz,’ a play by Gilles Segal. Berlin. 1950. Samuel Finkelbaum, a renowned puppeteer, hasn’t left his garret in five years, not since his escape from Birkenau. He doesn’t believe the war is over. Confined by walls, Finkelbaum is defined by the memories his puppets bring to life. His creations are his companions. They are his hope. ‘The Puppetmaster of Lodz’ is a play about the horrors of war and the indomitable human spirit. The performances are scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. No Reservations — seating is limited. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). Suggested donation: $12. Sunday, April 27; Tuesday, April 29; Wednesday, April 30; Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Thursday, May 8; Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10, 2:30 matinee and 7:30 p.m.” mainejewishmuseum.org
Fifth Annual Not-So-Silent Auction and Dinner
4:30 p.m. “Please join us on Saturday, May 10, at 4:30 p.m. at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, Corner of Gray and State Streets in Portland.” Tickets are $45 for an individual and $400 for tables of 10 (with one payment). www.maineirish.com/events/annual-auction/
‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
7 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.

Sunday, May 11

‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center
5 p.m. “Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz from April 25-May 11.  ‘Godspell’ is a musical based on the gospel of Matthew and has been playing off Broadway since 1971. A revival of ‘Godspell’ ran on Broadway from 2011-2012. ‘Godspell’ at Schoolhouse Arts Center is directed by Mary Wassick with music direction by Patrick Martin and choreography by Shelbi Wassick. Cast members include: Matthew Ryder (as Jesus), Anthony DeRice, Tiana Burton, and Maggie Topel from Windham; Chris Roberts and Maridel Fredericksen from Portland; Elinor Connell from Standish; Dan Levasseur from Gorham; Deb Sevee from Yarmouth, Paul Menezes from Lewiston; Harmony Brown from Raymond; and Kim Egna from Steep Falls. Performances of ‘Godspell’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $14 for children under 12. Schoolhouse is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. For reservations, call 642-3743 or buy tickets on-line at www.schoolhousearts.org.

Monday, May 12

Wine Bar shows by Naked Shakespeare
7:30 p.m. “Naked Shakespeare, Acorn Productions’ acting company dedicated to presenting the works of the Bard in non-traditional venues without sets, lights, and costumes, resumes its monthly series of free performances of scenes and soliloquies in April. The company has not had a venue for these popular monthly collections of pieces from the Bard’s canon since the old Wine Bar on Wharf Street closed about a year ago. These shows also feature the return of Artistic Director Michael Levine from a brief sabbatical as he directs and peforms in the April show.” Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge, 24 Preble St., Portland. Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. — “Will’s Thrills”; Monday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. — sneak peek at “Hamlet.” Free ($8 suggested donation). FMI: 854-0065 or visit www.nakedshakespeare.org

Tuesday, May 13

AKC All Breed Dog Shows in Scarborough
8 a.m. “Have you ever wondered how big an Irish Wolfhound is? Never met a Portuguese Podengo? And what does a Xoloitzcuintli look like? You may just find out at the fifth annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic, four days of AKC All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials running Thursday, May 15, through Sunday, May 18, 2014. All activities begin at 8 a.m. each day, outdoors rain or shine, at Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco St., Scarborough, Maine. York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc and Vacationland Dog Club, Inc invite the public to observe the various activities throughout the day. Admission each day is $4 per vehicle. There is ample parking in and around the campground. Wassamki’s snack bars will serve food throughout the day. There will also be vendors selling dog-related items. Each day’s activities include regular conformation, obedience and rally concluding with a Best in Show winner. Watch puppies enter the ring for the first time in the 4 to 6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition. Offered only on Sunday, this competition introduces new exhibitors and their puppies ages 4 to 6 months of age to showing in a stress free environment separate from the regular judging. AKC-recognized and ‘rare breeds’ are eligible to compete for points toward a Certificate of Merit. This competition offers exhibitors more ring experience plus gets puppies socialized at a critical stage in their lives.” http://www.vacationlanddogclub.org/events
‘Opposition to the Civil War in Down East Maine’
noon. Maine Historical Society. “We respect the flag, but …”: “Opposition to the Civil War in Down East Maine.” Timothy F. Garrity, Executive Director, Mount Desert Island Historical Society. “Recently published as a journal article in Maine History, this talk is given by Mount Desert Island Executive Director Tim Garrity, a master’s degree candidate in History at the University of Maine. While in popular memory ‘Maine is counted among the northern states most solidly supportive of the Union cause,’ not all Mainers supported the War. Many people in Down East Maine—overwhelmingly rural, native, and Protestant at the time—simply wanted to be left alone, and opposed the War largely for pragmatic reasons. Free for MHS members; $5 for non-members.” www.mainehistory.org

Thursday, May 15

Gluten Free Eating and Its Benefits
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Portland Adult Education class at Deering High School, Room 109. “What is all the buzz and fuss about gluten free eating anyway? Why should I bother, and what benefits could this possibly have? Get the low down on gluten free eating, and it’s numerous health benefits for reducing inflammation of all types, as well as providing you with resources for recipes, to make this transition not only possible, but also fun!” http://www.portlandadulted.org

Friday, May 16

‘You Can’t Take It With You’
7:30 p.m. “You Can’t Take It With You,” The City Theater, Biddeford. “This 1937 Pulitzer Prize winner by Kaufman and Hart is one of the funniest and most endearing plays of modern times. Mayhem ensues when Tony Kirby, attractive Wall Street banker, and Alice Sycamore, granddaughter in a family of lovable eccentrics, fall in love and Tony brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The Kirbys are converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores after a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress, despite a father who makes fireworks in the basement and a Grandpa under investigation for tax evasion. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available online now! A $2 convenience fee is added to each ticket.” May 16 to May 25, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. https://www.citytheatertix.org/webtiks/webtiks.asp

Saturday, May 17

Spring Plant and Pie Sale
8 a.m. to noon. Spring Plant and Pie Sale by the Longfellow Garden Club, 8 a.m. to noon, North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland. Perennials from Members Gardens; baked goods; geraniums.
‘Mapping of Historic Cemeteries’
8:30 a.m. “‘Mapping of Historic Cemeteries Using Ground Penetrating Radar’ will be one of two featured presentations when The Maine Old Cemetery Association convenes its Spring Program at the Starks Community Center on Saturday, May 17.  Registration ($3) begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 9:10. The program is hosted by the Starks Historical Society with refreshments provided by SEEds, Starks Enrichment and Education Society. MOCA is an advocacy group aimed at conserving, documenting and educating about Maine’s often neglected cemeteries. Throughout the morning, exhibits and displays will focus on a variety of cemetery projects and is open to any on-going cemetery project ready for a presentation with display boards, photos or related materials. MOCA President Cheryl Willis Patten will offer welcoming remarks and the morning’s first program ‘Grave Matters in Starks: Cemeteries.’ Ernest Hilton and Paul Frederic of Starks Historical Society will provide an overview of the host community: Starks. The MOCA business meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. and is open to all in attendance. The featured program ‘Mapping of Historic Cemeteries Using Ground Penetrating Radar’ will begin at 11:15 a.m. with Michael V. Scully, C.G. Vice President Northeast Geophysical Services, http://www.negeophysical.com/, with a live demonstration of the practice scheduled at 1 p.m. during cemetery visits.”
Coastal Humane Society’s 12th annual Plant Sale
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Coastal Humane Society’s 12th annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 17 and  Sunday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coastal Humane Society on  Pleasant Street. Get your annuals, vegetables, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, decorative pots and more at the sale — and take home some adoptable animals as well!  Staff and volunteers will also be selling hotdogs, hamburgers ,veggie burgers, and delicious baked goods, and raffling off some truly fabulous items. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go benefit the animals of the Coastal Humane Society. The cause is a great one, and the prices are even better! Are you an avid gardener?  Coastal Humane Society welcomes all donations of extra plants from your gardens! Please mark your pots with plant name, color, and whether it prefers sun or shade. They may be dropped off at the shelter (190 Pleasant Street in Brunswick) during the week of May 13, up until the sale begins. Questions? Call CHS at 449-1366, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunday, May 18

Victorian Doll Tea
1 p.m. “The 2014 Victorian Doll Tea is sold out. Victoria Mansion is pleased to announce that its annual Doll Tea will be held at the Irish Heritage Center on Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m.  In addition to a full tea service by Nellie’s Tea, this year’s event will feature ballerinas from Portland Ballet, classical guitar music by Brian Callaghan, etiquette instruction, raffles, door prizes, and more! Tea and pastries will be served.”

Tuesday, May 20

‘Daniel Minter, a Talk and Freedom Trail Walk’
noon. “History and Memory in the Artwork of Daniel Minter, a Talk and Freedom Trail Walk.” Speaker Daniel Minter. “Portland artist and Freedom Trail founding director, Daniel Minter, joins us to share his process of turning history into art, and to lead us on a Portland Freedom Trail walk. Using archetypes, symbols, icons, and folklore steeped in the context of African American and African Diaspora culture, Minter’s paintings, block prints, sculpture, and other media are a study of the many ways in which memory is embedded into our past, present and future. In addition to creating the markers for the Freedom Trail, Minter is the illustrator of several children’s books including Ellen’s Broom, which won the 2013 Coretta Scott King Award for illustration. He created the 2004 and 2011 Kwanzaa stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. Bring a lunch to eat at MHS during the talk—we’ll provide beverages and dessert—and good walking shoes for the 45 minute trail walk. Free for MHS members; $5 for non-members.” http://www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

Saturday, May 24

Plant Sale in South Portland
9 a.m. to noon. Plant Sale on Saturday, May 24, 9 a.m. to noon at People’s United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.  Exciting perennials, annuals and vegetable plants.
March to ‘rise against Monsanto’
2 p.m. “It is time to rise against Monsanto!” We will be gathering in Monument Square rain or shine at 2 p.m. (after educating at the Farmers’ Market in Deering Oaks Park 9 a.m.-12) to rally then march In red in global solidarity! We need your help to make this happen! Remember to invite all of your friends to make our voice stronger! If you are interested in helping create educational materials, speak at an event, data entry, event coordination, posting flyers, promotion, etc, please contact Green Initiatives President and Co-Founder, Whitley Marshall (event host) via FB or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please message Whitley or visit www.GreenInitiativesEducation.org with any questions.”

Monday, June 9

Westbrook Bicentennial Event
6 p.m. “The Westbrook Bicentennial Event will take place on Monday, June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. We will disclose what the Centennial Time Capsule had for contents and read some of those documents. We will also be creating a new time capsule, having a slideshow of Westbrook’s history, the Westbrook City Band performing and many people talking about the history of Westbrook. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend to help us celebrate this BIG event!”

Friday, June 20

11th annual International Piano Festival
7:30 p.m. “The Portland Conservatory of Music is proud to present the 11th annual International Piano Festival, featuring outstanding student, faculty, and guest performances throughout the weekend of June 20-22, 2014. Pianist Frank Glazer, (still going strong at 99 years old), kicks off this year’s IPF with a concert in the Sanctuary of Woodfords Church on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Ruth Glazer Award will be presented to an exemplary PCM student at this event.  Student concerts will be presented on Saturday, June 21 at 3:00pm and 4:30pm in the Sanctuary of Woodfords Church.  IPF faculty will perform in the Sanctuary of Woodfords Church on Saturday andSunday evenings, including Bulgarian virtuoso pianist Tamara Poddubnaya at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 21, and Russian pianist Alyona Aksyonova, who will be performing the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano with her husband, James Waldo, at 5:00pm on Sunday, June 22. Additional faculty for this year’s festival includes: PCM Founder and piano instructor, Carol Eaton Elowe, and PCM piano instructors Naydene Bowder and Chiharu Naruse. Applications are now being accepted for students between the ages of 10-24. Acceptance will be based on the applicant’s level of artistic achievement. The final deadline for application submission is May 30,.” Woodfords Church is located at 202 Woodford St., Portland. For more information about this festival, or to register a student, call 775-3356 or email PCM at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . PCM website: www.portlandconservatoryofmusic.org.


Saturday, June 21

Great Falls Brewfest in Lewiston
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Commemorating the summer solstice of 2014, Baxter Brewing Co. will present the inaugural Great Falls Brewfest — GFBF — on Saturday, June 21, on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Lewiston’s Simard-Payne Memorial Park. ... The day will begin with the third annual Androscoggin River clean-up rafting event, in collaboration with the Androscoggin Land Trust. Teams of volunteers in water and on land will work to clean up the Androscoggin River and nearby Great Falls from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be a limited VIP session from noon to 1 p.m. with access to specialty small batch brews provided by every brewery and only poured during this hour; followed by a general admission session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All events will take place, rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased at the Baxter Brewing tasting room, in Lewiston’s historic Bates Mill at 130 Mill Street, or online at http://www.greatfallsbrewfest.com/. For more information, visit the website or follow @GreatFallsBrew on Twitter.”

Sunday, July 13

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon and 5K
7:30 a.m. “The fourth annual Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Sunday, July 13. The new location of the finish line has been moved to the Ocean Gateway Terminal.” http://www.oldporthalfmarathon.com/race-information/5-km

Saturday, Sept. 27

Kotzschmar Organ Grand Opening Concert
7:30 p.m. “Reserve your seat for the triumphant return of Portland’s King of Instruments! After a two year-long renovation, the Kotzschmar Organ reawakens for a glorious season of concerts, demos and tours. The Grand Opening Concert will feature Peter Richard Conte, Grand Court Organist of Macy’s Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia; Ray Cornils, Portland’s Municipal Organist; and the Kotzschmar Festival Brass.” Merrill Auditorium, Portland. The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ. http://foko.org/kotzschmar/concerts-events/

 

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