Join Portland Public Library's "Literary Lunch" via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 12-1 p.m., as Megan Grumbling talks about “Persephone in the Late Anthropocene” with Gibson Fay LeBlanc. For more information on this monthly series and to get the link for this talk, visit portlandlibrary.com/programs-events
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BENEFITS

“Celebrating Diversity in Maine” 2021 Calendar | Proceeds support scholarships for first generation refugee youth pursuing higher education | More info at ChanceToAdvanceME.org

ONGOING

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” chronicling Lewis’ social activism | PMA Films | bit.ly/31sorvW | All proceeds to benefit NAACP-Maine

“RBG” | PMA Films and Magnolia Pictures offer a digital purchase of the film for $6.99 with an hour-long interview with filmmakers | Portion of proceeds to benefit ACLU Women’s Rights Project | portlandmuseum.org/filmscreenings/rbg

FILM

“Film About a Father Who” by Lynne Sachs | Through Jan. 29 | The Apohadion x SPACE | $12/ 5-day rental period | Info and link at space538.org/event/film-about-a-father-who-1-15-1-29/

ONGOING

“The Reason I Jump” | Co-presented with Autism Society of Maine | Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, the film is an exploration of global neurodiversity through experiences of nonspeaking autistic people | portlandmuseum.org/filmscreenings/reason-i-jump | Learn more about autism at asmonline.org/

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

“The Hermit,” North Pond Hermit documentary | free stream on Vimeo:
vimeo.com/406217619

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

JANUARY 13

New England Coast Guard Stories: Remarkable Mariners | Book talk with Dyke Hendrickson | Maine Historical Society Online |  6-7pm | Free | More info and registration at mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

JANUARY 18

Blues and History: Concert and Conversation with Samuel James | Recorded performance followed by virtual interview and discussion | Sponsored by Olin Arts and the music department at Bates College | 3-4:30pm | Free and open to the public | to register, visit bates.edu/mlk/ and scroll down to find this event

JANUARY 21

Maine at 200 Series | A talk with Lise Pelletier: Acadiens in Maine | Maine Historical Society Online |  6-7pm | Free | More info and registration at mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

Mid-Coast Audubon Series Editors’ Talk: “Birds of Maine” by Peter Vickery | Free | 6-7pm | request Zoom link by emailing jpierce@librarycamden.org | Camden Public Library | 236-3440

JANUARY 26

Shellabrate Good Times: Turtles and Hibernation with the Center for Wildlife | 6:30pm | Thomas Memorial Library | 799-1720 | Information and zoom link at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/events/

JANUARY 27

Preserving Land and History: Bishop Healy’s Cottage on Little Diamond Island | Harry Pringle discusses the cottage built by the first Black Catholic Bishop ordained in the US | Part of Portland Public Library’s Sustainability Series | Info and link at bit.ly/38q10bj

Book Talk with Zachary Dorner | “Merchants of Medicines” | Discussion of the history of economic and medical development | Maine Historical Society Online | 6-7pm | Free | More info and registration at mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

ONGOING

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

Common Ground Fair Livestream Recordings | Learn to make sauerkraut: bit.ly/3lTSQez | Listen to keynote speakers Winona LaDuke, Leah Penniman, Barbara Damrosh: bit.ly/3qBj5ds | and more.

LITERARY ARTS

JANUARY 13

Pat’s Book Club | Maine Charitable Mechanic Association | “Lisette’s List” by Susan Vreeland | 12-1 pm | for more info and Zoom link: mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

JANUARY 14

Mary Oliver: The Provincetown Connection | In-depth exploration of Oliver’s life and work, with Anne Parsons Marchant | 6:30-8pm | Thomas Memorial Library | 799-1720 | Information and zoom link at bit.ly/3npoGAO

“The Boys’ Club: A Novel” | Zoom webinair and Q&A with Erica Katz | 8pm | $6 ticket or $35 ticket/book | JCA of Southern Maine | For more info and to register: bit.ly/3oqNNoc

JANUARY 19

“Go Tell It On The Mountain” by James Baldwin | Mechanics’ Hall Book Club | Every third Tuesday | 6:30 pm | for more info and Zoom link: mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

JANUARY 20

Literary Lunch: Megan Grumbling talks about “Persephone in the Late Anthropocene” | 12-1pm | Portland Public Library Zoom | Info and registration at bit.ly/2Lej7aI

JANUARY 26

Mameve Medwed discusses “Minus Me” with Caroline Leavitt | 7-8 pm | Hosted by Print: A Bookstore | 536-4778 | printbookstore.com/event/medwed

JANUARY 28

A Winter Evening with Stephen King | talk, reading, discussion | 7-8pm | $5 student, $25 individual | Friends of the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell | Register by Jan. 21 at friendsofhobbslibrary.org/stephen-king

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 | Reopening Feb. 2021 | 267 Congress St., Portland

JANUARY 14

Abbe Museum, Native Stories | “New Year, New Works” Commissioned Maine Artist Previews presented by Portland Ovations | Noon daily, Jan. 11-15 | Free Zoom registration: bit.ly/2MmHlAr

MUSIC

O Radiant Dawn: A ChoralArt New Year | Free | Through Jan. 31 | choralart.org/Events/oradiantdawn/

JANUARY 14

Palaver Solo Session featuring soloist Elizabeth | weekly livestream | 7pm | pay what you wish, $15 suggested | bit.ly/393Oo8L

Miss Maybell | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

JANUARY 15

Samuel James | “New Year, New Works” Commissioned Maine Artist Previews presented by Portland Ovations | Noon daily, Jan. 11-15 | Free Zoom registration: bit.ly/2MmHlAr

Carl Dimow | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

Duane Edwards | Jazz/Rock | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | info/tickets at cadenzafreeport.com

JANUARY 16

Country Roads | Modern/Classic Country covers | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | info/tickets at cadenzafreeport.com | also livestreamed on Facebook

JANUARY 18

Blues and History: Concert and Conversation with Samuel James | Recorded performance followed by virtual interview and discussion | Sponsored by Olin Arts and the music department at Bates College | 3-4:30pm | Free and open to the public | to register, visit bates.edu/mlk/ and scroll down to find this event

George Barber | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

JANUARY 21

Elizabeth Moore, violin and viola | Noonday Concert Series Online, the Portland Conservatory of Music | 12-5pm | Free | for program schedule and viewing, visit bit.ly/3oXE2hM

Palaver Solo Session featuring soloist Kiyoshi | weekly livestream | 7pm | pay what you wish, $15 suggested | palaverstrings.org/events/kiyoshi

JANUARY 22

D. Gross | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

Razor Daisies | Rock/Soul/Blues | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | info/tickets at cadenzafreeport.com

JANUARY 23

David Shaffer | Americana | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | info/tickets at cadenzafreeport.com | also livestreamed on Facebook.

JANUARY 25

Memere’s Notebook with Robert Sylvain | Acadian folk songs in French with English translation | 4-5pm | Discussion follows | hosted by Franco-American Collection Lewiston | Zoom link at bit.ly/3ot8fVe

Clifford Cameron | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

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.

PEACE OF MIND

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

JANUARY 26

Teen Anxiety, Depression and Suicide: Why it Happens and How You Can Help | sponsored by NAMI Piscataquis County | Discussion with Kristel Thyrring, LSW | 6-7:15pm | Free | Info and registration at namimaine.org/events/teenanxiety12021

JANUARY 27

Read Your Mind: “You Are Enough” by Jen Petro-Roy | 12-1pm | Zoom webinar for teens, on body image and eating disorders | Support resources offered | Information and Zoom link at bit.ly/3q50GEV | Portland Public Library 871-1700

ONGOING

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

Gentle Chair Yoga | with AARP and SeaChange Yoga | Fridays  8:30-9:15am | through June 18 | Register with AARP at bit.ly/3aRcV3r

Community Meal | Free boxed meals for take-out | Trinity Lutheran Church in conjunction with Wayside Food Services | every Wed 1-2pm in parking lot at 612 Main St, Westbrook | Please wear a mask.

Curbside Souper Supper at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth | Free, 2nd and 4th Fridays | Masks and social distancing

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

THEATER

“Upta the Willi-Wacks” by David Cary | Through Jan. 30 | Thurs 7pm, Fri/Sat 7:30pm | The Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | $20 | Reservations at 207-747-5434 | Masks required | Visit thefootlightstheatre.com

JANUARY 13

Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel, Musical Theater | “New Year, New Works” Commissioned Maine Artist Previews presented by Portland Ovations | Noon daily, Jan. 11-15 | Free Zoom registration: bit.ly/2MmHlAr

JANUARY 14

Broadway Backstage with Kelli Barrett | James Sokol leads behind-the-scenes visits with theater professionals | Thursdays through Jan. 28 | 4-5:30pm | $15/session | JCA of Southern Maine | more info and to register: bit.ly/3hYoYh0

JANUARY 21

Broadway Backstage with James Moye | James Sokol leads behind-the-scenes visits with theater professionals | Thursdays through Jan. 28 | 4-5:30pm | $15/session | JCA of Southern Maine | more info and to register: bit.ly/3hYoYh0

VISUAL ARTS

JANUARY 15

Parallax/Geography and Tory Fair: Portable  Window | Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA | 522 Congress St. | Wed-Sun 12-5pm | Free | Register for timed admission at bit.ly/3i5iWuX | Through Feb. 28

JANUARY 18

Tory Fair in conversation with environmental artist Mary Miss | 5:30pm | Information at ICA at MECA website bit.ly/3i5iWuX or call 699-5029

JANUARY 27

Makers (in their Studios): Smith Galtney | Virtual studio tour | 7-8pm | Free for Mechanics’ Hall members, $8 for nonmembers | for more info and Zoom link: mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

ONGOING

Mayo Street Arts Pop-Up Gallery | 67 Washington Ave, Portland | Two exhibits curated by June Fitzpatrick through Feb. 26 | for more info visit mayostreetarts.org/2020/12/11/msa-pop-up-gallery/

Splay | curated  by Kelly McConnell and Ashley Page | through Jan. 16 | Able Baker Contemporary | 29 Forest Ave, Portland | Open Fri/Sat 3-5:30pm | ablebakercontemporary.com\

Cyanotype | through Feb. 20, 2021 | Cove St. Arts | 71 Cove St, Portland | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | 808-8911 | Face masks required | covestreetarts.com

Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show | Through Jan. 30, 2021 | 146 Middle St, Portland | 772-2693 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | greenhutgalleries.com/exhibitions-events/holidayshow2020

“Rolling in the Yule Tide” | Paintings of the Maine coast by Paul Brahms | Casco Bay Artisans | 68 Commercial St, Portland | 11am-6pm | cascobayartisans.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: umvagallery@gmail.com

2020 Vision: Past, Present & Future | Artists’ interpretations of a moment in Maine’s history | On view: creativeportland.com/2020vision | through April 15, 2021.

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

“I am an American” | 5 artists participate in illustrating the theme of being an American | through Jan. 16, 2021 | Cove St. Arts | 71 Cove St, Portland | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | 808-8911 | Face masks required | covestreetarts.com