FEBRUARY 25

Dwayne Raymond

Dwayne Raymond was busting his butt at a Provincetown restaurant when he first met Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer. Mailer took an interest in the aspiring writer. One day in 2003, Mailer reached out, hiring Raymond as an editorial assistant. They worked together, becoming friends, until Mailer’s death in 2007. In his book, ”Mornings with Mailer,” Raymond shares Mailer’s private side. Raymond will talk about his book tonight. Call 772-4045 for information.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland

How much: Free

”Cinderella”

The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine presents the fairy tale ”Cinderella” today through March 14. During the ”Cinderella” run, the theater company of kids ages 9 to 16 will also present ”The Emperor’s New Clothes,” running March 4-21. Call 828-1234 for information.

When: 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Where: Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland

How much: $4 on Thursdays; $8 all other shows

”Jesus Christ Superstar”

The national touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s musical, ”Jesus Christ Superstar,” is in Augusta tonight and in Orono on Saturday. The Orono show at the Collins Center is sold out. The touring production stars Ted Neeley as Jesus. Neeley first played the role in the show’s first touring production in 1972. For tickets to tonight’s show, call 626-2400.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive

How much: $47.50 and $57.50

Phillip Hoose

The Portland Public Library and the Portland branch of the NAACP are holding a community celebration for Phillip Hoose — and his book, ”Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” — who received a National Book Award and a Newbery Honor for his work. The celebration will include a performance by actress Channie Waites, a student art exhibit and a hot supper. Call 871-1700, Ext. 758, for information.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Reiche Community School, 166 Brackett St., Portland

How much: Free

 

FEBRUARY 26

Fairy Tale Players

Acorn Productions’ new Fairy Tale Players present an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale ”One-Eye, Two-Eyes and Three-Eyes” over two weekends beginning this weekend. The cast includes five students from Acorn’s acting classes for children. Call 854-0065 for information.

When: 7 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: Acorn Studio Theater, Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St., Westbrook

How much: $5; $3 for children ages 12 and younger

Solo Tuba

Dan Hunter, a music faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, offers a concert Friday night celebrating the sound of the tuba. Not just a marching band instrument, the tuba has a voice all its own. Hunter will demonstrate just what the tuba can do, accompanied by pianist Sanae Kanda. Call 780-5555 for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Corthell Concert Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham

How much: $15; $10 for seniors; $5 for students

Devonsquare/Schooner Fare

The remaining members of two of the state’s renowned bands, Devonsquare and Schooner Fare, reunite every year to perform a concert benefiting the Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund. That reunion concert takes place this year at the Gold Room in Portland on Friday, with guests including the Don Campbell Band and the Dave Rowe Trio. Tickets at Bull Moose Music stores or by calling 221-2343.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Gold Room, 512 Warren Ave., Portland

How much: $25

Schoolhouse Arts Center

The Schoolhouse Arts Center presents ”A Little Food, Some Ducks and a Bench by a Lake” on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Friday and March 7. The production features three one-act plays — ”Two Guys Sitting by a River Discussing Stuff of No Importance to Anyone,” ”A Little Something for the Ducks” and ”The Duck Variations.” Call 642-3743 for tickets.

When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: Schoolhouse Arts Center, Routes 114 and 35, Sebago Lake Village

How much: $12; $10 for students and seniors

 

 

FEBRUARY 27

Lou Ekus

Ahead of a ton of events associated with Maine Restaurant Week (see page E21 for more), the Portland Museum of Art hosts a lecture by Lou Ekus, a media coach who makes TV chefs look as good as what they’re cooking. Go to www. mainerestaurantweek.com for information.

When: 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

How much: Free with museum admission. Admission is $10; $8 for seniors and students with ID; $4 for ages 6 to 17; and free for children under age 6.

Brooklyn Rider

String quartet Brooklyn Rider performs in Portland on Saturday and in Orono on Sunday. The innovative group, which is as likely to perform in bars and clubs as it is in a recital hall, releases a new album, ”Dominant Curve,” in April. The album was released digitally earlier this month. Call PortTix at 842-0800 or go to www.porttix.com for tickets to the Portland show. Go to www.collinscenterforthearts.com for tickets to Sunday’s concert in Orono.

When: 6 to 6:45 p.m. Saturday performance and meet-and-greet at Hannaford Supermarket; 8 p.m. concert Saturday at Merrill Auditorium; 3 p.m. concert Sunday at UMaine.

Where: Hannaford Supermarket, 295 Forest Ave., and Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, on Saturday. Minsky Recital Hall, University of Maine, Orono on Sunday.

How much: Free at Hannaford Supermarket; $32, $10 for students at Merrill Auditorium; $30 at Minsky Recital Hall.

Longfellow’s Birthday

Head to the Maine Historical Society in Portland on Saturday to celebrate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 203rd birthday. There will be special guests, crafts, birthday cake, a puppet program and a musical performance by Over a Cardboard Sea. Call 774-1822.

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland

How much: Free

Steam Heating Music

Anyone who has spent time in an old building heated by iron radiators knows how much noise — or music? — those radiators make. Composer Travis Ramsey, a University of Southern Maine alumnus, premieres ”The Lost Art of Steam Heating,” performed by the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday. Iron radiators included. Call 780-5555.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Gorham Middle School, Weeks Road

How much: $6; $3 for seniors and students

OperaTics

Scenes from operas such as ”Aida,” ”La Traviata” and ”La Boheme” are the core of ”OperaTics,” presented by the Oratorio Chorale Saturday and Sunday. Guest vocalists include sopranos Christina Astrachan and Danielle Vayenas, tenors Douglas Barley and Timothy Neill Johnson and bass-baritone John Adams. Go to www.oratoriochorale.org.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick on Saturday; Franco-American Heritage Center, Cedar Street, Lewiston on Sunday

How much: Saturday’s concert is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Sunday’s concert is $21 in advance; $26 at the door.

 

 

FEBRUARY 28

Biava Quartet

The Biava Quartet presents works by Haydn, Alberto Ginastera and Brahms on Sunday afternoon in Blue Hill. The string quartet won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 2003. During the intermission, check out the paintings by Barbara Brady on exhibit in Jonathan Fisher Hall. Go to www.bluehillconcerts.org.

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Blue Hill Congregational Church, 22 Tenney Hill

How much: $20

 

 

MARCH 1

Bay State Winds

The U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty’s clarinet quartet, Bay State Winds, makes a couple of stops in Maine this week. They’ll perform in Augusta on Monday and in Bridgton on Wednesday. The quartet’s program includes a bit of everything, from classical to Broadway and patriotic. Call 626-2415 for information on Monday’s concert. Call 647-3936 for information on Wednesday’s concert. The quartet will also perform for free at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at Corthell Concert Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday; 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop St., Augusta Monday; First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 33 South High St., Bridgton Wednesday

How much: Free

 

MARCH 2

Portland Stage Company

Portland Stage Company presents the award-winning play ”Master Harold and the Boys” Tuesday through March 21. Set in 1950s South Africa, the play focuses on an afternoon when a white teenager talks with two black workers he has known all his life. Their discussion illustrates how they are connected and divided. Call 774-0465 for tickets.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and March 2 and 16; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays and March 18

Where: Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland

How much: $13 to $36

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the Dyer Library in Saco on Tuesday. Wear your pajamas, bring pillows or your favorite teddy bear, and take part in a reading party — Read Across America Day — that’s happening around the country to honor Dr. Seuss and celebrate reading. Call 283-3861 for information.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Dyer Library, 371 Main St., Saco

How much: Free

 

MARCH 3

Po’ Girl

Canadian roots band Po’ Girl is touring the U.S. and Canada. The band’s ”No Shame Tour” does double-duty by raising awareness of child abuse. Partial proceeds of merchandise sales will benefit the National Children’s Alliance in the U.S. and Little Warriors in Canada. Call 761-1757 or go to www.onelongfellowsquare.com for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: One Longfellow Square, State and Congress streets, Portland

How much: $12 in advance; $15 at the door