Friday, March 7, 2014
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Turn in one of your get-out-of-work-early passes on Thursday and head out to Monument Square for the first Alive at 5 concert of the season.
On stage to kick things off will be The Kenya Hall Band and Model Airplane. Both local groups will be playing the funk and soul that will be the perfect way to get you revved up for your Friday.
Though the concert is free, be sure to bring some bucks for for the beer/pizza garden set up by Shipyard Brewing and Portland Pie. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot for happy hour and the food, music and beverages will go on until 7:30 p.m.
Up next week will be MAMM SLAM winners Beware of Pedestrians, teaming with Old Soul and Amy Allen. July 25 has ShaShaSha and The Other Bones. Aug. 1 features North of Nashville and Ghost of Paul Revere in a roots/country combo and the wrap-up concert on Aug. 8 has Jeff Beam, Sara Hallie Richardson and Arc of Sky.
The Maine Center for Creativity brought the Before I Die ... wall to Commercial Street in early June. The wall was to stay on the side of the Flatbread Company building (75 Commercial St.) across from the Portland ferry terminal through the end of that month, when it was to be documented and added to the official Before I Die website.
A visit to that part of town over the weekend showed that the wall is still there, and folks from here and away are still using it to write down their life wishes. And to jot down plenty of random thoughts.
The internationally acclaimed, interactive mural comes from Candy Chang. Project sponsors prepare the walls and provide chalk for the public to use to use.
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Tonight will likely be the stickiest First Friday Art Walk of the year but that's all the more reason to venture out to the streets of Portland to see what local artists and galleries have to offer. The hope is that for those few hours the art, music and refreshments will take your mind off that age-old question - "Is it the heat or the humidity?"
(A tip for this month: Bring water; you will be doing lots of walking.)
For many people, yoga is a way to focus on themselves while healing and strengthening the mind and body - and while sneaking peeks at the poses of the person on the mat next to you.
During Maine YogaFest July 13-14 there will be plenty of workshops, child poses, music, meditation (and people-watching) to go around.
Summer arrived today - despite the cloudy skies and the coolish temps. Of course you've already been getting outside for paddling, biking, picnicking and plenty of other warm-weather activities.
And now it's time to start making plans to listen to your music outside. Portland's Downtown District recently released its schedule for outdoor music for the summer and you can catch some great local acts three nights a week starting in early July. Here are the lineups for three annual Portland music series, so happy outdoor listening:
The Kenya Hall Band plays Alive at Five on July 11. John Ewing/Staff Photographer