Greater Portland


Saturday 1/20

Maine’s Got Talent Open Auditions for Maine-based singers, bands and musicians, 1-4 p.m., Empire, 575 Congress St., 2nd floor, Portland. Maine’s Got Talent Facebook page or 782-2150 for details.


“If I Had Known,” Margo Halverson, USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, to Jan. 27,

Photos of the Year, curated by Press Herald photojournalists, Portland Public Library,, to Feb. 23.

Cia Holiday Show, 72 Ocean St., Knightville, S. Portland, four local artists in a wide range of mediums, to Jan. 31.

“Drawing Now,” Jan. 17-March 22, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, 30 abstract artists from 11 countries in their first U.S. showing, opening celebration Feb. 1.

Friday 1/18

“Off the Beaten Path,” opening reception 5:30-7 p.m., Stonewall Gallery at Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., showcases contemporary quilts by members of Art Quilts Maine, to March 2,


Wednesday 1/23

“A Touch of Sin,” 7 p.m., Merrill Film Society, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Four vignettes based on recent events in China; free Camden Conference event.


Portland Museum of Art, screenings inspired by exhibits, new work by local and emerging talent, conversations with filmmakers, documentary subjects, and scholars,

Southworth Planetarium, USM Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, 780-4249.


“Tessa O’Brien: Clear Blue Morning,” Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, to Jan. 19. 

Seven: collective of Maine abstract painters, Art House Frames & Gallery, 61 Pleasant St., Portland, to Jan. 26,
“Perspectives,” work by The Art Department, and Publication Studio, Portland City Hall, State of Maine Room, second floor, to Jan. 18. 
Friday 1/18
“Perfection,” 6-9 p.m. opening reception, Able Baker, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, Work of 13 artists, to March 2. Thirteen artists pose the question: what constitutes “perfection” in a work of art,, to March 2.
“On the Verge,” Creative Portland’s juried exhibit, 84 Free St., featuring 20 artists, multimedia, through April,
Maine Jewish Museum267 Congress St., Portland, “Oh, So It’s You Again” by Berri Kramer, “Habitats, Inhabitants” by Jane Banquer and “Extracts” by Ilana Welch, to March 1,

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234,

International Cryptozoology Museum, 4 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland, call 518-9496 for hours.

Maine Historical Society Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822,

Maine Jewish Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, 773-2339,

Portland Museum of Art, Congress Square, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday & and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday & Friday; free admission Friday nights 4-8 p.m.,

Yarmouth History Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, 846-6259,


Women Rock, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 & 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. Presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, dedicated to powerful female rockers and songwriters, $25-$83, 842-0800,

Friday 1/18

Blues Review with Papa Tim and The Desperate Mans Blues Explosion, 9 p.m., Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., $8/adv, $10/day of,

Saturday 1/19

Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland, featuring Ben Laine. Entree, desserts and coffee for purchase, donations for musicians. 

Funkationland, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, horn-based funk music, $12/adv, $15/day of,

Monday 1/21

Seanachie Nights, Celtic/British spoken word/music series, Scottish tales and songs with Peaks Island storyteller Bill Hinderer, 7 p.m., Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, by donation.


Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, free concerts, most all-ages,

Blue, 650A Congress Street, Portland, live music Tuesday-Sunday, 21+, by donation,

Irish Music Sessions: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, O’Reilly’s Cure, Route 1, Scarborough,


“Alice! An Original Musical,” Harraseeket Grange Hall, Elm Street, Freeport, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 18, 19, 25, and 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 26. Adapted from books by Lewis Carroll, tickets at

“An Act of God,” Jan. 16-Feb. 10, St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland. Maine premiere of satirical comedy in which God reveals the mysteries of the Bible and answers questions, $25-$32,

“Love, Loss and What I Wore,” Jan. 19-Feb. 9, Good Theater at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, comedy about women, clothes and memory, $22 through 835-0895,

“Tap Tap Jazz,” Maine State Ballet, Jan. 19-26, Lopez Theater, 348 US Route One, Falmouth, Broadway-style song and dance, $15-20,, 781-3587.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” Jan. 22-Feb. 17, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., classic social satire,

“Deer,” Mad Horse Theatre Company, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, to Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. “grisly, pitch-black comedy about normal people who snap.” Adults/$23, seniors/$20, under 25/pay-what-you-can,



“Home Spun,” Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, through January.

Saturday 1/19

Joy of Art Reception, 1-3 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., kick-off for annual juried art exhibit featuring amateur and professional year-round Maine residents. On view to Feb. 23.



Frontier, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, independent, documentary, art, adventure, and foreign film,


“Southgate Faces: Faces & Voices from an American Shipyard,” Frontier, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, features shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works, 725-8820,, to Feb. 10. 


Centre St. Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St., Bath, 442-0300,

Chocolate Church Art Gallery, 804 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455,

Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-8820,

Gallery at UUCB, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, 729-8515,

The Green Lion Gallery, 23 Center St., Bath,

ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157,

LaMarche Gallery, David Saul Smith Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3902,

Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham, 721-0678.

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499,

Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 373-9300,

Sarah Greenier Gallery, 428 Middle St., Bath, 443-3936,

Whatnot Gallery at Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick, 725-8820,


“1968-Spring of Discontent: The Photography of Michael Ruetz,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, iconic photos of historic events, to Jan. 20. 

“Caught in the Middle: The Tragic Life of Minik Wallace,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, 9 South Campus Dr., Brunswick, chronicles Inughuit boy who moved from Greenland to N.Y. in 1897 to work with an anthropologist, to Jan. 20.

Dogs at Work in the North Photo Exhibit, Jan. 22-April 21, Peary-MacMillian Arctic Museum, examines past and contemporary use of dogs.

“Fashioning Modernity: Art and Independence among Yorùbás in Nigeria,”  Bowdoin College Museum of Art, selection of Nigerian textiles, beads, and related photographs from 1960s-70s, to March 17. 

“New England Botanical Studies,” by Kate Furbish and Edwin Hale Lincoln, Shaw Ruddock Gallery, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, to Feb. 10.

“Material Resources: Intersections of Art and the Environment,” Focus Gallery, Halford Gallery, Media Gallery, Osher Gallery and Center Gallery at Bowdoin College, examines artists’ dependence on Earth’s material resources, to June. 

Thursday 1/24

Art and the Environment Panel Discussion, 4:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. Free and open to the public.


Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round,

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and national holidays, 725-3275, Free. 

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, 9 South Campus Drive, Bowdoin College, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday, 725-3416, Free.


“Through the Long Night,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 & 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Bowdoin College Chapel, 255 Maine St., Brunswick. Una Voce Chamber Choir explores night and the coming dawn as meditative spaces,

Friday 1/18

Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher, 7:30 p.m., Chocolate Church Arts, 804 Washington St., Bath, Prince Edward Island Celtic, $20 at the box office, 442-8455.

Side Door Coffee House, featuring Pejepscot Station, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick. Open mic sign-up 6:45 for 7 p.m. start. Feature performers at 8:30 p.m., 442-8195.


Irish Music Sessions: 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Byrnes Irish Pub, Centre Street, Bath; 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Byrnes Irish Pub, 16 Station Ave., Brunswick,

Side Door Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle St., third Friday of the month, open mic sign-up 6:45 p.m., followed by feature performer, by donation, 

Mad Horse Theatre Company’s Portland production of “Deer” runs through Jan. 27, featuring Christine Louise Marshall and David Heath in a show described as “a grisly, pitch-black comedy about normal people who snap.” 

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