Bates College and the Bates Dance Festival present a widely acclaimed multimedia production that brings to life personal stories about the impacts of a deteriorating environment: “Red, black & GREEN: a blues,” by choreographer Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the Living World Project. It will be shown at 8 p.m. April 27 and 28 at the Lewiston Memorial Armory, 65 Central Ave.

“The movements for social change and environmental accountability are one and the same,” said Joseph, a spoken-word, hip-hop and dance artist. “And focusing on steps to sustain the planet will ultimately force us to envision a pathway to sustaining humanity.”

This show is an evening-length interactive performance of dance, text, music and visuals. It focuses on environmental justice, social ecology and collective responsibility. Tickets cost $20 ($10 for seniors and students) at For information, call 786-6163.

 • Portland Ovations presents classical pianist Imogen Cooper at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

Cooper has earned a reputation as an interpreter of the classical repertoire and is known for her virtuosity, poise and athleticism. Her Portland program will include works by Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and Haydn.

Tickets cost $40. A limited number of $10 student tickets are also available. Call PortTix at 842-0800 or visit the box office at Merrill. Tickets are also available online at

Ovations Offstage offers these other events in connection with Cooper’s performance: Laura Kargul, a pianist and professor at the University of Southern Maine, will give a pre-performance lecture titled “Smoke and Mirrors: Making the Piano Sing,” at 6:30 p.m. April 25 in the Merrill Rehearsal Hall. Kargul will demonstrate and discuss the ways in which pianists can create the illusion of a “singing line” on the piano.

From 10 a.m. to noon April 26, Cooper will hold a master class at the USM School of Music in Gorham. For tickets to the master class, call 780-5555.

• Portland Symphony Orchestra Pops! pays tribute to the music of the rock band Queen at 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 2:30 p.m. April 29 at Merrill Auditorium, Portland. A tribute band led by vocalist Michael Shotton will join the PSO and music director Robert Moody, as well as the USM Chamber Singers.

Songs will include “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Under Pressure,” “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” and — of course — the symphonic rock classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Tickets are $20 to $65. and are available through PortTix at 842-0800 or