November 27, 2011

Audience Calendar

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Laura Vitanza and Cynthia Eyster as villagers and Hal Cohen as Shmerel the beggar in Acorn Productions’ “The Wandering Beggar,” which opens Friday and continues through Dec. 18 at the Acorn Studio Theater in Westbrook. The play, an adaptation by local playwright Howard Rosenfield of a 1931 Yiddish book by Solomon Simon, features a collection of vignettes in which the title character must deal with dishonest servants and greedy kings. 854-0065;

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Marva Pittman is among the stars of “Broadway at Good Theater,” running Thursday through Dec. 4 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. The show features leading man Kevin Earley, who appeared in “Les Miserables,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and other shows on Broadway. The large cast also includes Kelly Caufield, Lynne McGhee, Stephen Underwood, David Goulet, Grace Bradford, Joe Bearor, Marc Brann, Todd Daley, Marie Dittmer, Deirdre Fulton, Meredith Lamothe, Jen Means, Erik Moody, Taylor Palmer, Amy Roche and Benjamin Row.

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Art Space Winter Show: "A Tradition of Affordable Art," Art Space Gallery, Rockland. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 31.

POP Art Gallery, Portland. 671-3377. Opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Bob Tkacik, Geno's Rock Club, Portland. 221-2382. Opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

"In the Forest by the Sea" Paintings by Jada Fitch, The Green Hand Bookshop, Portland. 253-6808. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 30.

"Eye Catchers," artwork to please the eye and tickle the senses, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. 699-5599. Opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 30.

"Gift Wrapped," mixed media collages by Noriko Sakanishi, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Artist reception 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 24.

Second Annual Holiday Art Show, Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk. 967-2414. Opening reception 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

New and recent photographs: Thomas Birtwistle, Cole Caswell and Bryan Graf, Zero Station Art, Design, Framing, Portland. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 1.


Wildland Sundays, hayrides, bonfire, cocoa, cookies, cut your own tree, benefits Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Orland, $25 per tree. 469-2008. Noon to 3 p.m. today and Dec. 4.

"Chefs and Musicians for Safe Harbor," Maine Songwriters' Associaton performers, music of Burundi, Adam Ezra Group, benefits Safe Harbor legal assistance fund, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, $10, 16 and under free. 773-5747. 4 p.m. today.

Empty Bowls Dinner, eat dinner from bowls donated by area potters, benefits the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity, Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, Unity, $10 suggested. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Annual silent auction, treasures from local and area businesses and friends, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Art for Everyone: A Collection of Donated Art, benefits Goodwill job training and support services, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Portland. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

21st Anniversary Music Scholarship Gala, hors d'oeuvres, holiday banquet with tableside serenading, champagne, dessert, University of Southern Maine (Abromson Community Education Center), Portland, $90-$150. 780-5003. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Kimmy's Odd Ball 2011, Preheat, The Scallywags, Beat Horizon,Shana Barry and the Fofers, Oogie James, Ukiah, Analog Salad, Funk Punks, Band Beyond Description and many others perform, benefits for the Open Sky Fund, which provides musical instruments and opportunities to kids in Maine., Big Easy, Portland, $10. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Viva Lebowski 2011, bowling, movia trivia, costume contest and screening of "The Big Lebowski," benefits the American Heart Association, Bayside Bowl, Portland, $20. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Dinner and Kirtan Celebration, Indian cuisine and traditional chanting performed by the ensemble Shiva Lila, benefits Hridaya Hermitage, The Jewel of India, South Portland, $25 in advance, $30 at door. 542-6606; 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 4.

Books and Authors

Kate Shaffer, author of "Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier," Custom House Wharf, Portland. 780-0744. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Edgar Allen Beem, author of "Backyard Maine," Sherman's Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. 1 to 3 p.m. today.

Janet Mendelshon, author of "Maine's Museums: Art, Oddities and Artifacts," Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. Noon Wednesday.

Fantasy artist Rebecca Guay, author of "Flight of Angels HC" and "The Last Dragon HC," Casablanca Comics, Portland. 780-1676. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Dahlov Ipcar, author and illustrator of "Dahlov Ipcar's Wild Animal Alphabet," Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Toni Buzzeo, author of "Lighthouse Christmas," Nonesuch Books, South Portland. 799-2659. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Michael Chase, author of "Am I Being Kind: How Asking One Simple Question Can Change Your Life ... and Your World," Nonesuch Books and Cards, Biddeford. 282-2638. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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