8 Days A Week: Sexy Geeks, Strange Storytellers, and the Return Of At Least Three Local Legends

THURSDAY 18   WATER WORLD | Do you care about the health of our oceans but know precious little about them? A film, titled Ocean Frontiers III, is screening this week and will illuminate the most pressing threats and challenges to marine conservation. As residents of a coastal city, it’s imperative that we discuss these issues and empower those fighting for a sustainable ocean future. A panel of regional experts will lead an interactive discuss…

Every Moment Counts — The Dazzling 'Constellations' at SPACE Gallery

The stage of Constellations is an intimate six-sided space, beneath a geometric frame of shimmering panes — the stage is like one small cell in a cosmic honeycomb. What transpires here is all possible worlds of connection between Marianne (Phoebe Parker), a physicist studying quantum cosmology, and Roland (Matt Delamater), a beekeeper. Nick Payne’s two-hander is on stage now in a transporting show at SPACE Gallery, directed by Sean Mewshaw (the director behind legendary SPACE shows Killer Joe and Gruesome…

Draw the Horns Before the Bull — Pie Man's 'Lascaux' at Mayo Street Arts

Our first glimpse into Lascaux, Kevin O’Leary’s suspense thriller, is an image from the famous French cave drawings that give it its name: primitive beasts, a large charcoaled bull. Simon (Josh Brassard) has drawn these animals from memory; as a child, over 40 years ago, it was he and his friend Marcel (J.P. Guimont) who discovered the Lascaux drawings. Now, in 1983, traumatized Simon sketches bulls in a mental institution, while Marcel has gained fame for the discovery. And what will happen now that Simon’s psychiatrist, Katherine…

Identity and Its Discontents: Portland Stage's 'Disgraced'

Amir (Alex Purcell), a corporate lawyer, and Emily (Roya Shanks), a painter, live in an expensive apartment high over Manhattan, with tall windows and haut-Orientalist décor, Moorish-cum-Art-Deco ceiling lamps. Emily, who is white, is fascinated by Islam and has been using its forms in her paintings, but Amir, born to Pakistani immigrants, denounces his ancestral religion. This tension between them is but the first of many in Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning conflagration about race, religion,…

Reading Homer in the End Times: Mad Horse's 'Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play'

In a near-future scourged by nuclear fallout, these few humans, banded together, probably look a lot like humans of the far past: they huddle around a fire in the dark, telling stories. The main story they’re telling is a certain episode of The Simpsons, called “Cape Feare” — a riff on a film that’s a remake of a film that’s an adaptation of a novel. How this already intertextual story continues to evolve, across 80 years of the…

8 Days A Week: Secret Sites, Endorphin Rushes, and Music Legends

THURSDAY 11   WATER IS LIFE | We take water for granted every damn day. We go most of our day without even thinking about water, but if we were deprived of it for just eight hours, getting our lips wet would leap to top priority. Although it’s one of our most important resources, like many aspects of a privileged existence, we just expect it to be there. But, as Jessica Yu will elucidate with…

'Being Human' with David Driskell's Renewal and Form

David Driskell explores a distinct creative freedom that Maine affords him, as stated in a quote displayed on one of the object labels of Renewal and Form, his new exhibition at Rockland's Center for Maine Contemporary Art. “I came to Maine not because I expected to have wide acceptance, but to work independently as I wanted to, to be left alone without having to answer all kinds of questions about my race. Maine has a…

Black Artists Forum at the Abyssinian Meeting House

Abyssinian Meeting House May Schedule May 5: "Opening Night," with artists Daniel Minter, Keita A. Whitten, Rafael Clariot, Titi de Baccarat, Derek Jackson, Elizabeth A. Jabar, Delaney Tucker, and students of color from Wayeflete and Roots and Fruits Preschool | 5 pm | Musicians Micheal Wingfield, Keita Whitten, Rodney Mashia, Samuel James, and Ahmad Kafari | 5:30 pm | Speech by Mr. Cummings | 6 pm | Theater Ensemble of Color | 6:15 pm | More Music | 7-8 pm   May 6 "Rise and Shine Youth…

The Old Masters at Work: Michael Wilson's Woodsmen at the Press Hotel

Before the advent of the lumbersexual, before the stereotype of the L.L.Bean boyfriend, Maine's first sawmill opened in South Berwick in 1634. By the end of the 17th century, the state added 50 more. Lumbering was one of the first ways Mainers were put to work, and the mystique of the Maine woodsman has endured just as long.  In an inspired new gallery setting in the lower level of the Old Port's Press Hotel, Maine…

8 Days A Week: Masculinity Studies, Air Sex, and Famous Dudes Who Hate Metal

THURSDAY 4   KILLER PARTY | In the spring, we dance. No arguments there. And those who can't (or won't) dance watch others dance, and that group covers more or less everyone. The young hearts at Bowdoin College are as-we-speak preparing a dance performance for this night, itself exciting news. That their show is headlined by an appearance by Rakiya A. Orange, the Bowdoin grad and now-New Yorker whose dual research in Dance and Anthropology…
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