Congregation Bet Ha’am’s Spring Gala fundraiser, ‘A Dramatic Affair,’ will be an evening of world premier plays brought to life online by Mad Horse Theatre Company, Saturday, May 1 at 8 p.m. All donated proceeds will benefit Congregation Bet Ha’am. More info and link under Benefits. (Zach Hindall illustration)
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BENEFITS

Walk/Run for Autism | “Be a Hero” virtual campaign for Autism Society Maine | Through April 30 | For more info on ASM, visit asmonline.org/ | to register for the event: classy.org/event/be-a-hero-walk-run-for-autism/e322249

APRIL 25

Maine Jewish Museum Virtual Art Auction | Preview starts April 18, bidding April 24-May 9 | Auction link at mainejewishmuseum.org/

MAY 1

“A Dramatic Affair” | Virtual evening of plays by local playwrights | Performed by Mad Horse Theatre Company | 8pm | Donations benefit Congregation Bet Ha’am | Info and registration at bethaam.org/gala/

FILM

Local virtual film venues: Portland Museum of Art: portlandmuseum.org/filmscreenings | Frontier, Brunswick: explorefrontier.com/events/virtual-cinema | The Apohadion:
theapohadiontheater.com/

“Malni – towards the ocean, towards the shore” | A film in Chinuk Wawa and English | Apohadion Theater | Through May 7 | $12 | 3-day rental | bit.ly/3eak3Ia

“David’s Voice” | Short documentary about Portland’s classical vocalist David Worobec and his miniature stage productions | Free on Vimeo: bit.ly/2OfvHse

APRIL 22

Earth Day Film Festival | Co-hosted by Maine Audubon and Maine Outdoor Film Festival | $12 Audubon members, $15 public | 7pm / 4 days to start watching | Info, maineaudubon.org/news/events/earth-day-film-festival-2021/

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

APRIL 21

Bringing Nature Home | “Backyard Ecology 101” | 4-session online course on growing native species | Maine Audubon | 4-5pm | Free for members, $7 public | For more info and to register, bit.ly/3wHHHnJ

APRIL 22

“We Demand: The Suffrage Road Trip” | Book talk with Anne Gass | Based on a true story | Maine Historical Society | Free, open to the public | Registration required | mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

“Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places, and Events That Made the Movement (Moon Travel Guides)” | A conversation with Deborah D. Douglas | 8pm | $10 Mechanics Hall members / $15 public | For more info and to register, visit mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

APRIL 25

Conscience and Courage: Frances Perkins and Feng Shan Ho, Little-Known Heroes who Saved Lives | co-presented by JCA and Frances Perkins Center | 3-4:30pm | Followed by Q&A | Free | For info and to register, visit bit.ly/3d1vJ0E

APRIL 27

Opossums Demystified and Delightful! with the Center for Wildlife | Thomas Memorial Library | 6:30-7:30pm | Info and Zoom link at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/maine-wildlife-series/

APRIL 28

Bringing Nature Home | “The Birds of Maine” | 4-session online course on growing native species | Maine Audubon | 4-5pm | Free for members, $7 public | For more info and to register, bit.ly/3d2OX5K

Sustainability Series | Understanding the Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants | Wild Seed Project founder Heather McCargo | 5:30-7pm | Portland Public Library | More info and Zoom link at portlandlibrary.com/events/sustainability-series-native-plants/

MAY 5

Special Species Webinar: Nightjars | Maine Natural History Observatory with ecologist Logan Parker on bird monitoring in Maine | 6-7:30pm | Free | Info at mainenaturalhistory.org/node/538

ONGOING

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Portland Chapter | First Saturday of every month | 9-10:30am | Free | email to receive link: [email protected] |
To learn more, visit citizensclimatelobbymaine.weebly.com/ | 415-6556

OUT Maine Emerging Leaders | Online LGBTQ+ group for young adults, 18-22 | Free | Every other Monday 2:30-3:30pm | Registration: bit.ly/3hRxlJw

OUT Maine Youth Programs | Online LGBTQ+ groups and programs for ages 11-22 | Free | Info at outmaine.org/programs/youth-programs

Palaver Strings presents “Metamorphosis” at the State Theatre, live streaming at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 on State Theatre’s Youtube and Facebook pages. For more info and link, see Music.

HEALTH/SUPPORT

Virtual Rainbow Ball | Out Maine connects queer artists with LGBTQ+ teens | Workshops, shows, exhibits | March 10 thru Mid-May | Free, ages 13-17 | Information and sign-up at outmaine.org/programs/youth-programs/virtual-rb

APRIL 28

Read Your Mind: YA authors Lisa Allen-Agostini and I.W. Gregorio discuss racism and differing cultural perceptions of mental health | 12-1pm | Portland Public Library | bit.ly/2Qc84RS

ONGOING

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group | Weekly support group as well as mom-to-mom support on an ongoing basis | Fridays 10am | Free to Maine residents | Private facebook group with Doula/Lactation consultant, bit.ly/3wgsycS

Relation-Ship-It book group for teens, discussing LGBTQ relationships through YA fiction | Portland and Lewiston Libraries in partnership with SARSSM and TTD | For info visit: portlandlibrary.com/series/relation-ship-it-teen-book-group/

Trans Youth Support Group | Ages 12-17 | 2nd, 4th Tuesdays | Free | 5-6pm | Sign up at outmaine.org/programs/youth-programs/trans-youth

Cultivating Mindfulness | Meditation and discussion with Anne Gosling | Fridays 3-4pm | Thomas Memorial Library | 799-1720 | Info at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/events/

Remote Support Groups, Mon-Thurs, hosted by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) | For info and schedules visit namimaine.org/remotesupportgroups

Hibernating in Harmony: Deepening your Relationship with Nature during a Pandemic Winter | Corie Washow | Thursdays 3-4pm | Thomas Memorial Library | Register: bit.ly/2MCHakn

Recovery Yoga | SeaChange Yoga | for people in recovery from substance use disorder | Tues/Thurs 1:30-2:20pm | Free | seachangeyoga.org/recovery-yoga

Chair Yoga with Martha Williams | Thomas Memorial Library Zoom | 2nd Wednesday of the month | 11:30am-12:30pm | More info at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/chair-yoga-3/

LITERARY ARTS

APRIL 21

“The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst” | Jaclyn Moriarty talks with Deva Fagan | Print: A Bookstore | 7pm | Free | info and registration at printbookstore.com/event/moriarty

Arisa White talks about “Who’s Your Daddy?” | Literary Lunch, with Adrian Blevins | Portland Public Library in partnership with Longfellow Books | 12:30-1:30pm | bit.ly/39yVeUQ

Virtual Poetry Event with Meghan Sterling, Katherine Hagopian-Berry & Suzanne Langlois | Curtis Memorial Library | 7-8:30pm | curtislibrary.libcal.com/event/7501859?hs=a

APRIL 22

“The City of Good Death” | Priyanka Champaneri talks with Lisa Carey | Hosted by Longfellow Books and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance | 6-7pm | More info and link to Zoom event at bit.ly/3dJ2mPS

APRIL 26

“Little Matches” | Maryanne O’Hara talks with Susan Conley | Print: A Bookstore | 7pm | Free | Registration: printbookstore.com/event/ohara

APRIL 28

“Margreete’s Harbor” | Eleanor Morse talks with Neela Vaswani | Print: A Bookstore | 7pm | Free | Registration: printbookstore.com/event/morse

National Poetry Month Kickoff | Presented by Maine State Library and Maine Humanities Council | 6-7pm | Info at curtislibrary.libcal.com/event/7724196

“Meet the Author:” Zoom with novelist Jim Nichols at Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

APRIL 29

“Driving the Green Book” with Alvin Hall | Curtis Memorial Library Webinar  | 6:30-7:30pm | Info at curtislibrary.libcal.com/event/7609662

Meet the Author: Jim Nichols | 7-8pm | Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell, 925-3177 | Free Zoom event | Visit hobbslibrary.org/

MAY 5

“The Founder’s Mentality” | Authors @ the Library noontime talk with Chris Zook | Free | Scarborough Public Library | For more info and to register, visit scarboroughlibrary.org/adults/events

ONGOING

Be a part of Maine history by contributing your story of life during COVID-19 to the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network | Details and guidelines for story submission on mainememory.net/mymainestories.

Free Ebooks for Students | Commemorate the end of World War II | Free military history downloads | also African-American and Latino history downloads | ebooksforstudents.org/.

MUSEUMS

Maine Jewish Museum | Through May 7 | “The Past is Present” Gerry Holzman; “Falling into Place” Penelope Jones; “Meeting Hall Maine” Michelle Hauser | 267 Congress St., Portland  | Open 12-4pm, Sun, Mon, Thurs, Fri | mainejewishmuseum.org/

MUSIC

Spotlight Series: Luggins-Hull – Homeland | Portland Chamber Music Festival | Past performance video with conversation between Allison Loggins-Hull and Alex Sopp | Free | pcmf.org/2021-3-10

Charles Dimmick plays Mozart | Portland Symphony Orchestra digital concert | 7:30pm | Pay what you can, from $10  | Through April 23 | portlandsymphony.org/event/charles-dimmick-plays-mozart/

Ed Pearlman | Fiddle | Noonday Concert Series Online, the Portland Conservatory of Music | 12pm | Free | Through April 28 | Visit bit.ly/3mrzy2k

APRIL 21

Dancing With J.S. Bach | Innovative works including Elena Kats-Chernin’s “Clocks,” Erich Korngold’s music for “Much Ado About Nothing” and Eric Nathan’s “Dancing with J.S. Bach” | Through May 23 | $10+ | On Demand | portlandsymphony.org/event/dancing-with-j-s-bach/

Zan & The Winter Folk | Americana/Folk | Out of the Blue Livestream Series | 7pm | Info at portcityblue.com/events/zan-the-winter-folk-out-of-the-blue-livestream-series/

APRIL 23

Sound Check: Gordon Bok | Folk | Camden Opera House | 7:30pm | Donations to Community Arts Fund appreciated | 7:30pm | Free on Facebook | facebook.com/camdenoperahouse

Country Roads | Percussion and vocals | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

APRIL 24

Beehive Chamber Series | Beyond the Offbeats | Lizzy and Lysander – Viola Duo | Palaver Strings filmed live at Johnson Hall, Gardner | 7-8pm | from $15 | More info at palaverstrings.org/events/beehive-chamber-series-livestream-beyond-the-offbeats

Anni Clark | Folk/Blues/Pop | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

APRIL 25

The Decemberists 20th Anniversary Celebration | State Theatre | Livestream | $25 | 8pm | All ages | statetheatreportland.com/events/the-decemberists-3/

Brad Terry and Peter Herman | Jazz duet | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

Spring 21 Choral Extravaganza | USM Choirs | Irish Heritage Center | 2pm | In-person sold out, virtual Free | Through April 27 | Info and registration at usm.maine.edu/music/spring-21-choral-extravaganza

APRIL 27

Samuel James: First Look | Commissioned Maine Artist Virtual Preview with conversation with  | Free | 4pm | Portland Ovations | Register at portlandovations.org/event/samuel-james-first-look/

APRIL 28

Tango Caliente! | Portland Symphony Orchestra On-Demand concert | 7:30pm | Pay what you can, from $10  | Through May 28 | portlandsymphony.org/event/tango-caliente/

Tune-Yards | Party in Action Livestream | State Theatre | 9pm | $15 with post-stream Q&A | statetheatreportland.com/events/tune-yards

APRIL 29

CAAMP 5th Anniversary Livestream | 9pm | $23 | statetheatreportland.com/events/caamp/

Palaver Strings presents Metamorphosis | Strauss and Schoenberg | Free | 7:15pm pre-concert conversation | 8pm livestream on State Theatre’s Youtube and Facebook pages | Info at statetheatreportland.com/events/palaver-strings-metamorphosis/

APRIL 30

Sound Check: Dave Gutter | Indie Rock | Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden | 7:30pm | $10 advance seats, camdenoperahouse.com/shows | Free livestream on Facebook: facebook.com/camdenoperahouse

Castlebay | Celtic Folk Duo | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also on Facebook | More info at cadenzafreeport.com

MAY 1

Meraki | Eclectic | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also on Facebook | Visit cadenzafreeport.com

ONGOING

Noonday Concert Series Online from the Portland Conservatory of Music | Free online | for program schedule and viewing, visit bit.ly/3oXE2hM

Irish Night at Blue Virtual Concert Series | Wednesdays 8pm on Facebook | bit.ly/2Ebi60a for info and schedule.

Auburn UU Open Mic and Poetry Slam | 7:30pm, second Friday of the month | The Pleasant Note Coffeehouse | Zoom link at facebook.com/auburnuu

THEATER

“The Impresario” | Enigma Chamber Opera (Boston, Scotland) presents Shakespeare’s light opera reset in the COVID era | Free on Youtube: bit.ly/3cauTOM

“Wrong Turn at Romance” by Alice Holton | Through April 24 | Fri/Sat 7:30pm | Sat. matinee 2pm | The Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | Reservations at 207-747-5434 | Masks required | Visit thefootlightstheatre.com

Broadway at Good Theater | Tribute to the 1990s Part 1 | Free | Through April 27 | goodtheater.com

“Bad Dates” | Portland Stage | 25A Forest Ave, Portland | Live performances through May 2 | Digital on Demand April 28-May 16 | Details at portlandstage.org

VISUAL ARTS

APRIL 22

Weaving Our Story | Artist conversation with Veronica Perez and Alejandra Cuadra, moderated by Ashley Page of Indigo Arts Alliance | 7pm | Free | More info at indigoartsalliance.me/event-schedule/

ONGOING

“East End in Bloom” | Fabric flower installation by Nina Naylor and community volunteers | East End Community School fence | 195 North St., Portland | On display through May.

“Sorry We Missed You” 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition | Through April 30 | Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | 522 Congress St. | Wed-Sun 12-5pm | Free | bit.ly/3qZEPi7

Richard Boyd Art Gallery | “Works on Paper” annual exhibit of paintings and drawings | Through April 29 | 15 Epps St., Portland | Fri -Sun 10am-3pm | 712-1097 | richardboydartgallery.com

Cove St. Arts | 71 Cove St, Portland | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | 808-8911 | Face masks required | “Abstract Nature” through April 24 | “Gargantua & Lilliputian” through May 15 |  “Things Seemed to Be Breaking” through May 22 | | covestreetarts.com

Greenhut Galleries | 146 Middle St, Portland | 772-2693 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | “Maine: The Painted State” | Through May 29 | greenhutgalleries.com

“Missing Maine Landscapes” | Work by 17 UMVA artists | Virtual showing | umvagallery.wixsite.com/exhibits | Union of Maine Visual Artists | 516 Congress St, Portland | info: [email protected]

Maine Museum of Photographic Arts | “MMPA Antidote,” mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org, featuring Maine art and artists | updated regularly with interviews and Q&As.

Mayo Street Arts Pop-Up Gallery | 67 Washington Ave | Wed-Sat 12-5pm | Masks and social distancing required, 15 person max at a time | Patt Franklin – Paintings | Through April 24 | bit.ly/3bZ5Y0k

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | 522 Congress St. | Wed-Sun 12-5pm | Free | Register for timed admission at bit.ly/3i5iWuX