“The Normal Heart”

Mad Horse Theatre ends its season with “The Normal Heart,” a semi-autobiographical play written by Larry Kramer about awakening the world to AIDS. A talk-back discussing the issues raised in the play and the state of the AIDS epidemic takes place after the matinee on Sunday. The production runs today through June 20. Go to for information.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

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

How much: $18 in advance; $20 at the door; $16 for students and seniors. Pay what you can Thursdays and June 4.


Maine-based dancer Helena Melone presents an evening of Andalusian culture. She’ll perform flamenco dancing and will talk about the history of flamenco and related styles of dance and music.

To watch a video of Melone performing, go to and click on “gallery.” Call 594-0310 for information.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

How much: Free



Dave Jourdan

Cape Porpoise-based ocean explorer Dave Jourdan and Elgen Long, author and aviator, teamed up to search the deep ocean looking for Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. Jourdan’s new book, “The Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart,” chronicles the experience of the search.

Jourdan will show a slide presentation and sign copies of the book Friday in Kennebunk. Reservations recommended. Call 967-6136.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kennebooks, 149 Port Road, Kennebunk

How much: Free

Lee Child

Lee Child, author of more than a dozen Jack Reacher novels, released his latest thriller in the Reacher series, “61 Hours,” last month. The award-winning Child is the author of “Gone Tomorrow,” “Bad Luck,” “The Enemy” and “The Hard Way.” He’ll be signing copies of his new book Friday in South Portland. Call 775-6110 for information.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Borders Books and Music, 430 Gorham Road, South Portland

How much: Free

The Awesome

A former Lewiston church transforms its newly-renovated Heritage Hall into a dance club Friday night with the Portland-based band the Awesome.

The rock band will be performing big hits from the 1980s, including tunes from bands such as Duran Duran, Bananarama and Survivor.

Go to and click on “music” to hear audio clips. This is a 21-and-older event. Call 689-2000 for tickets.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Franco-American Heritage Center, Cedar and Oxford streets, Lewiston

How much: $10

New Time Ensemble

Based in Irish music traditions the New Time Ensemble quartet is in the United States in support of its new album, “Come in from the Rain.” One of the members of the group, Leslie Anne Harrison, is a former student of local flute player Carl Dimow. Go to to hear audio. Go to for tickets to Friday’s concert. Tickets will be sold at the door for Saturday’s concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Grand, 165 Main St., Ellsworth Friday; United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth Saturday

How much: $12 in advance, $15 at the door for Friday’s show. Tickets for students and seniors are $12. Tickets are $10 to $12 for Saturday’s concert.



Young Playwrights’ Festival

The first Maine Young Playwrights’ Festival organized by the Maine Educational Theatre Association takes place Saturday in Standish. High school-aged playwrights will spend the day in workshops then present their original plays to the public in the evening. Presentation formats range from readings to fully-staged productions. Go to for information.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Bonny Eagle High School, 700 Saco Road, Standish

How much: $5; $3 for students

Boy Singers

The Boy Singers of Maine perform their final concert of the season on Saturday. Performing at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland will be the Lyric Choir, which is a training choir, the Concert Choir (treble voices) and the Lower Octave Choir (mature voices). Go to for information.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland

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

Maine Fiber Frolic

The Maine Fiber Frolic, running on Saturday and Sunday in Windsor, focuses on fiber-producing animals such as rabbits, llamas, sheep and alpacas. The frolic features sheep dog demonstrations, workshops, vendors and more, and folks can meet some of the animals that produce the fiber that keeps us warm through the winter and looking spiffy year round. Go to for more information.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Windsor Fairgrounds, Route 32

How much: $5; $2 for seniors; free for children under age 12

My Spirit Sang

The Choral Art Camerata of the Choral Art Society closes the society’s season with “My Spirit Sang All Day” on Saturday in Portland. The concert features an a cappella program including “American Triptych” composed by local music instructor and conductor Bruce Fithian. Go to to launch the audio player and for tickets.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High St., Portland

How much: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

“Big Nate”

Lincoln Peirce, creator of the comic strip “Big Nate,” celebrates the release of “Big Nate: In a Class by Himself,” the first book in a six-book series based on his strip. Peirce, who lives in Portland, will sign copies of the new book. Go to for information.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Nonesuch Books and Cards, Mill Creek Shopping Center, 50 Market St., South Portland

How much: Free

Historic New England

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Historic New England, an organization dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of New England life, is offering free tours of 36 of its properties in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Among those open in Maine are Wiscasset’s Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell House and the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick. Go to for a listing of properties open for tours.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. (Tours are on the hour, with the last tour at 4 p.m.)

Where: Various locations

How much: Free



D-Day Salute

Coastal Capers Theater pays tribute to the veterans of D-Day with “A Salute to D-Day.” In addition to the performance at the historical society, there will be a display of World War II posters. Go to for information.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, 938 Post Road (Route 1), Wells

How much: $12 donation



Bridge Music Festival

Students in Portland’s school music programs jam with local music professionals during Monday’s Bridge Music Festival in Deering Oaks. Some of the professionals scheduled to appear include Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings, the Tone Kings and Adam and the Waxmen. Go to for information, including the performance schedule.

When: Noon to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Deering Oaks, off State Street, Portland

How much: Free



Keeping Riley

The rock band Keeping Riley began in 2004 when four friends began jamming for anyone who would listen. The band has expanded to an eight-piece and is on tour in support of its latest album. Go to to listen to audio. Go to for information. This is a 21-and-older show.

When: 5 p.m.

Where: The Big Easy, 55 Market St., Portland

How much: $8 in advance; $10 day of show

Reflection Eternal

Rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek collaborated on singles and an album back in 1998, but have pursued solo careers until recently. The duo, as Reflection Eternal, released a new album, “Revolutions Per Minute,” last month. Go to to hear audio. Tickets at Bull Moose Music stores and at This is a 21-plus show.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

How much: $22 in advance; $25 day of show; $50 VIP seated tickets



“Drowsy Chaperone”

Ogunquit Playhouse opens its season with the award-winning comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Ogunquit Playhouse’s production stars Carson Kressley, who was the fashion expert on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and Georgia Engel, known to TV audiences for her role as Georgette Baxter on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The production runs Wednesday through June 26. Go to for tickets and information.

When: Show times vary by day

Where: Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St.

How much: $49 to $67

All That Remains

The Massachusetts-based hard rock/metal band All That Remains has been working on its new album, but is also taking time to do some shows, including one in Portland Wednesday. reported that the new album is due to be released in the fall. All That Remains will be joined Wednesday by Fear Factory, Silent Civilian and Thy Will Be Done. Go to to listen to the band’s audio player. Tickets at Bull Moose Music stores and at This is a 21-and-older show.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland

How much: $23 in advance; $26 day of show; $45 VIP seated tickets

“Always … Patsy Cline”

Maine State Music Theatre opens its season with the musical “Always … Patsy Cline.” The musical is based on the true story of a friendship between the famous singer and a fan. The musical features 27 of Cline’s songs, including favorites such as “Crazy” and “Walking After Midnight.” The show runs Wednesday through June 26. Go to for tickets.

When: Show times vary by day

Where: Pickard Theater, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

How much: $31 to $54

Maria Jordan

British singer/songwriter Maria Jordan is setting out an a tour of the U.S. in support of her debut album, “Landslide.” One of the rock/pop artist’s tour stops is in Portland Wednesday. Go to to listen to audio. Go to for information.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Dogfish Bar and Grille, 128 Free St., Portland

How much: Free


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