”My Name is Asher Lev,” presented by Portland Stage, runs through Sunday. The production is based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok and poses questions about religion, art, faith and God, through the lens of a young man who is driven to draw and paint the world as he sees it. The main character is born into a Hasidic family in post-World War II Brooklyn, where artistic genius threatens to estrange him from both his parents and his observant Jewish community. For more information, call 774-0465 or visit


“Abstract Narratives with Six Maine Artists” is a group exhibition of new works by six Maine artists, including Meghan Brady, Jessica Davis Buckley, Amanda K. Hawkins, Jonathan Mess, Jean Noon and Andrea Sulzer. Engine is located at 128 Main St. in downtown Biddeford. The exhibit will run through April 23. For more information, go to

“Beneath the Surface, New England Wax Encaustic Artists,” is a special exhibition at the Saco Museum that features work from New England Wax (N.E.W.), a regional association of artists who work in encaustic, a beeswaxbased painting medium. The show will run Saturday to May 28. Juried by Ron Crusan, executive director and curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the exhibition includes 103 works by 25 artists representing all six of the New England states. The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is located at 371 Main St. in Saco.


The Wells Summer Concert Series will kick off its summer concert schedule on July 2 with “The Strafford Wind Symphony.” The symphony is a gathering of 55 musicians featuring patriotic music as well as a mix of traditional music for the enjoyment of the young and old. All concerts are held at Hope Hobbs Gazebo in Harbor Park at 331 Harbor Road in Wells. The concerts all begin at 6:30 p.m.


ABC News producer and executive William Lord will be speaking at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society as part of their lecture series on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Lord was in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the day that President John F. Kennedy was assasinated. Lord was working as a fledgling ABC News correspondent covering the president’s visit. He will share his recollections in a program titled “Eyewitness to History in the Making; November 23, 1963 in Dallas” during his talk. The Historical Museum is located at 505 Main St. in Springvale. Admission is free of charge.

Ogunquit Performing Arts announces the 15th annual Classic Film Series. Films will be shown at the Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit, on the first Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. through May. On May 1 “The Last Waltz” by Martin Scorsese chronicles the most legendary night in rock history, a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band on Thanksgiving Day 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Advertised as the Band’s “farewell concert appearance,” the band was joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond and Eric Clapton.