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Kevin T. Carroll, Harvy Blanks and Ray Anthony Thomas in the Portland Stage Company production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The August Wilson play, starring Tina Fabrique in the title role, is set in 1927 Chicago during a recording session for Rainey, a blues singer.

Darren Setlow photo courtesy of Portland Stage Company

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“Race Day,” oil by Brad Betts, from “Boats and Harbors,” the new exhibition of his work continuing through Nov. 2 at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor.

Courtesy of Gleason Fine Art

Editor's Note: To submit items for Calendar, send mail to GO at Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, One City Center, Portland, ME 04101, or send e-mail to or a fax to 791-6920. Items should be submitted two weeks in advance. For information, call 791-6455.

Farm to Table Fundraiser, four-course meal, benefits Maine Green Building Council, The Salt Exchange, Portland, $60 to $75. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Engineers Without Borders Second Annual Beer and Wine Tasting, beverages provided by local purveyors including Gritty McDuff's, Allagash, Baxter Brewing Co., Rising Tide Brewing Company, SoPoWine Company, M.S. Walker, and Wicked Wines Inc., appetizers from Lake Region Caterers and music from the Jason Spooner Band, silent auction, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland, $30 to $35 dos. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

10x10 Benefit Art Exhibit and Sale, reception and sale of works by local artists, benefits Arts Are Elementary, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Totally RAD Night, '80s dance covers by The Time Pilots, benefits Amy St. Laurent Fund, Italian Heritage Center, Portland, $20 advance, $25 door. 7 p.m. Friday.

Maine Suitcase Party, benefits Camp Sunshine, grand prize raffle winners and a guest immediately board private jet for expenses-paid weekend in New York City, Maine Aviation Corporation Hangar, Portland, $100. 7 p.m. Friday.

Greater Portland Walk to End Alzheimer's 2013, Payson Park, Portland. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Woofminster Dog Show and Cover Dog Challenge, multiple categories, best in show and more, benefits Planet Dog Foundation, Camp Ketcha, Scarborough, $10, $5 kids and dogs. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Harbor Fest 5K, Boothbay Resort and Craft Brewery, $20 advance, $25 day of. Registration at 8:30 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Sept. 29. 

Books and Authors

The Telling Room presents Lois Lowry, author of "Number the Stars," "The Giver" and "A Summer to Die," Hannaford Hall, USM, Portland, $8. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Andre Dubus III, author of "House of Sand and Fog," appearing with agent, poet and publisher Lucas Hunt, Engine, Biddeford Arts, Biddeford, $5 suggested. 7 p.m. Friday.

John Ford and Mark Nickerson, authors of "This Cider Still Tastes Funny" and "Blue Lights in the Night," Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. 10 a.m. Saturday. 

Classical Music

Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club, works by Verdi and Wagner featuring soprano Luette Saul, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, $5 to $10, students free. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Edgar Meyer, double bassist and composer, Bowdoin College, Studzinski Recital Hall, Brunswick, $15. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Portland Symphony Orchestra, works by Dukas, Beethoven and Prokofiev with pianist Orli Shaham, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31 to $81. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra, "Scottish Fantasy," musical tour of Scotland with violin and bagpipe soloists, University of Maine, Collins Center for the Arts, Orono, $10 to $40. 3 p.m. Sept. 29.

Dueling Organists, Henry Hokans and Richard Grant play contemporary to classics, United Baptist Church, Saco, $10. 934-5313. 4 p.m. Sept. 29.


Portland Comedy Showcase, weekly stand-up show featuring the region's top talent, Bull Feeney's, Portland, $5. 773-7210. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Paula Poundstone, Jonathan's Restaurant, Ogunquit, $37.50 advance, $42.50 door. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Juston McKinney, "Deer, Moose, Ticks and Hicks," Port City Music Hall, Portland, $20 advance, $25 door, 18-plus. 9 p.m. Saturday. 


Community Contra Dance, live music with caller Kathryn Larson, First Congregational Church, New Gloucester, $8, $20 per family. 7 p.m. Saturday. 


Cumberland Fair, harness racing, exhibit halls, midway, livestock and 4H exhibits, pulling events,food and entertainment, Cumberland Fairgrounds. Sunday through Saturday.

Common Ground Country Fair, demonstrations, Maine organic foods and crafts, livestock exhibits and entertainment, Common Ground Fairgrounds, Unity, $8 to $10, free for children 12 and under and those with handicaps. 568-4142. Gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday.

BBQ and Blues Festival, Downeast Soul Coalition, The Blues Prophers, Pat Pepin, The Boneheads, Pam Baker and many more, Maine State Pier, Portland, $10. Sunday.

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