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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.

Portland Jazz Orchestra, Chris Obholtzer and his 18-piece ensemble perform an evening of big-band swing, One Longfellow Square, Portland, $5 advance, $9 door. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Giff Jamison, Savory Maine, Damariscotta. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Pickin' Parlor Jam Session with The Sock Puppets, The Hive, Kennebunk, $3. 8 p.m. Thursday.

BoDeans, blues, country and soul, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, $25 advance, $30 door. 8 p.m. Friday.

Soul Asylum and Fountains of Wayne, alt-rock, power pop, Asylum, Portland, $32 advance, $35 door, 18-plus. 9 p.m. Friday.

Barn Burner with The Sweetback Sisters, country, swing and jazzy honky tonk, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, $20. 8 p.m. Friday.

Peter Wolf, rock, Jonathan's Restaurant, Ogunquit, $47.50 advance, $52.50 door. 8 p.m. Friday.

Acoustic Sets with Arborea and Martin England, The Hive, Kennebunk, $10. 8 p.m. Friday.

Second Annual The Oak and The Ax Festival, more than 21 bands, burlesque performances, artist talks, workshops, film screenings, record fair and more, The Oak and The Ax, Biddeford, $10, $30 for three-day pass. Friday through Sept. 29.

SCBN Rock Showcase, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $5. 7 p.m. Friday.

Second Annual Singing for Their Supper with The Alternate Routes and Pete Kilpatrick, benefits Midcoast Hunger Provention Project, The Frontier, Brunswick, $18 advance, $20 door. 8 p.m. Friday.

Strangefolk, rock, jam, State Theatre, Portland, $30 advance, $35 door. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Ameranouche, Gypsy jazz, First Parish Federated Church, South Berwick, $10 advance, $12 door. 450-8746. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Barbershop Harmony Concert, Nor'easters Chorus and Quartets Good Time Sound and VIBE, United Methodist Church, Brunswick, $5 to $15. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Angel Olsen, with Pillars and Tongues, Space, Portland, $10. 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Blues Night with The Breakwater Blues Band, The Hive, Kennebunk, $10. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Music and Muffins, Three Point Jazz, Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland Center, free. 829-2215. 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

USM School of Music Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert, University of Southern Maine, Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham, free. 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sammie Francis, "The Kite and the Shore" CD-release Show, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $6. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

"From Broadway to Barbershop," Raymond Village Community Church, $5 to $10. 627-3351. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Joy Kills Sorrow, indie-rock and new-folk string band, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, $18. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

International Heritage Music Series, Greek-American instumentalist Mavrothi Kontanis and friends, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $10. 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

Doug Kolmar, singer-songwriter performing folk, pop, jazz and Americana, Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford. 1 p.m. Sept. 29. 

Special Events

Eastern Cemetery Tours, guided walking tour, Eastern Cemetery, Portland, $4 to $7, kids under 12 free. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Sept. 29; 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Boston Cup Classic Car Show, celebration of speed, artistry, safety and design, Owls Head Transportation Museum. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Spindleworks Fashion Show, featuring Spindleworks-made clothing and accessories, The Theater Project, Brunswick, $12 suggested. 729-8584. 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

National Theatre of London presents Shakespeare's "Othello" live in HD, Strand Theatre, Rockland, $15 to $23. 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday.

Figures of Speech Theatre presents T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets," recitation followed be DaPonte String Quartet performing works by Beethoven that inspired Eliot, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, free, tickets required. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Hospice of Southern Maine presents Twilight in the Park, gathering of honor and remembrance with luminaria, Deering Oaks, Portland. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Friends of Evergreen Historic Walking Tours, Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, $7. 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sept. 29.

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