The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art opens its 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition on March 24, running through April 30. Titled "Sorry We Missed You," the show features works by fifteen artists whose thesis exhibitions were postponed due to the pandemic. ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland, Wed.-Sun. 12-5 p.m., free and open to the public. Photo: Liz Rhaney, POWER (Magenta), video still, mp4, 2020
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BENEFITS

MARCH 25

“POP 90” | Virtual celebration to benefit Portland Ovations’ 90th year with live broadcast from Merrill Auditorium and after-event dance party | 6:30pm | Free, but donations appreciated, $10 and up | boxoffice.porttix.com/donate/q/portland-ovations-pop90

MARCH 27

“Exhibition A” with Janaesound, New Fame, Veeva Banga, Maya Williams | Hosted by State Theatre to benefit Coded by Young Women of Color | 8pm | Free, with ticketed option for VR concert experience | For more information on CYWOC, the concert, and how to donate, go to statetheatreportland.com/events/cywoc-exhibition-a/

APRIL 1-30

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

DANCE

APRIL 1 

The Discussion: Chapter 1 | Kea Tesseyman Dance Company | 7:30pm | Information at bit.ly/2PzRmfb | View on Camden Opera House’s Facebook page: facebook.com/camdenoperahouse

FILM

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

Women’s Adventure Film Tour 2021 | Series of short films celebrating women in adventure | Maine Outdoor Film Festival | $15 | For details and ticket purchase, maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com/

“The Inheritance” | Ephraim Asili’s feature-length debut film of a collective of Black artists and activists | Available to stream through March 26 | The Apohadion x SPACE | $10 | More information at space538.org/event/the-inheritance-3-12-3-26/

MARCH 25

Live discussion with director Laura Gabbert on “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles” | 7pm | Visit Maine Jewish Film Festival for details: mjff.org/film/ottolenghi-cakes/

Natasha Mayers: An Un-still Life | Maine Filmmaker Showcase documentary followed by filmmaker talkback  | Suggested donation: $5 MFA members, $10 non-members | mainefilm.org/unstill-life/

MARCH 27

Sophia Coppola | The Lounge Series Director Highlights | 6-9pm | Bar & light concessions | Thompsons Point, Portland | $30 | More information and reservations at bit.ly/3rHmHL5

ONGOING

Maine Coast Harvest | Short documentaries highlighting the stories of Maine’s sea farmers | mainecoastharvest.com/the-films | Free streaming

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

MARCH 25

W.E.B. DuBois Lecture on Race and Diversity with Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste of UMass Amherst | Q&A follows | Presented by Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at USM | 6-7:30pm | Free | bit.ly/3ezm02D

Off to Maine: Early Sportsmen in the Maine Woods | A Talk with Steve Pinkham | Maine Historical Society | 6-7pm | Free and open to the public | Limited to 500 | Register for Zoom link: bit.ly/3ewccqk

MARCH 27

The Silent Bicentennial with Herb Adams | Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series | 1:30pm | Free, but limited attendance | More info and to register: spiritsalive.org/lectures/

MARCH 30

Offshore Wind Energy and Birds | 4-part weekly series hosted by Maine Audubon | 11am | Free | Info and registration at bit.ly/3tzRGJG

Jewish Responses to the Rise of Hitler with Michael Brenner | Annual Berger Family Holocaust Lecture presented by Center for Small Town Jewish Life and Colby College | 7pm | Register: bit.ly/3cM0k0H

APRIL 1

Birding Basics: Bird Behavior | 7-8:30pm | Maine Audubon | Free for members | $7 public | Info and registration: bit.ly/3eSHZSd

Mortality and Memorialization in Portland at the Time of Statehood | Talk with Ron Romano, local cemetery historian and writer | 6-7pm | Free to the public via Zoom | More info and to register, mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

APRIL 6

Songwriting Workshop with Jud Caswell | Thomas Memorial Library via Zoom | Every first Tuesday at 6:30pm | All levels welcome | Registration closes noon on day-of | More info at bit.ly/3r8moIh

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

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

Fresh Air Yoga in Payson Park | Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm | $7.50-$10 | Masks required | Must pre-register | ashleyflowersyoga.com/schedule/outdoor-yoga/

MARCH 31

Read Your Mind: with Ceylan Scott & Julia Drake | Zoom webinar for Teens discussing anxiety, depression, self-harm and other mental health topics | Portland Public Library partnering with NAMI Maine | 12-1pm | portlandlibrary.com/events/read-your-mind-ceylan-scott-julia-drake/

ONGOING

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

MARCH 25

“Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights” | An evening with Gretchen Sorin | Mechanics Hall in Partnership with The Athenaeum of Philadelphia | 6pm | Free and open to all | Reserve at bit.ly/3eDezHA

“Amphibians” | Lara Tupper talks with Joan Silber | Print: A Bookshop | 7-8pm | Free | info and registration at printbookstore.com/event/tupper

MARCH 30

The Telling Room’s Young Writers & Leaders Live Reading | True stories about what it’s been like to be a teenager living through 2020 | 4:30-6pm | Info and Zoom link: tellingroom.org/events

“The Small Book of Hip Checks: On Queer Gender, Race, and Writing” | Erica Rand talks with Cole Rizki | Print: A Bookshop | 7-8pm | Free | info and registration at printbookstore.com/event/rand

MARCH 31

“The Clock Tells the Hour” | A performance after a year of pandemic, co-hosted by Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Space | 12 writers and artists tell time in their own ways | 7-8pm | Sliding scale, $8 | Details at mainewriters.org/calendar/clock

APRIL 1

“The Yellow Bird Sings” | Book talk with Jennifer Rosner | JCA of Southern Maine | 7pm | Advance registration required by Mar. 31 | Info, registration bit.ly/3eTVUaP

The Telling Room’s Young Writers & Leaders Live Reading | True stories about what it’s been like to be a teenager living through 2020 | 4:30-6pm | Info and Zoom link: tellingroom.org/events

APRIL 2

“Terror to the Wicked” America’s First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a Nation | Tobey Pearl talks with Matthew Pearl | Print: A Bookshop | 7-8pm | Free | info and registration at printbookstore.com/event/pearl

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 | New exhibitions March 25 – 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/

MARCH 25

The History of Hunter Tavern | Historical slideshow by Jym St. Pierre | Pejepscot History Center, Brunswick | 12-1pm | Free | Register to receive Zoom link: bit.ly/3lbi2OY

 

On March 27 at 8 p.m., the State Theatre and Indigo Arts Alliance host “Exhibition A,” a concert fundraiser for Coded by Young Women of Color, featuring Janaesound, New Fame, Veeva Banga and Maya Williams. More info and live link under “Benefits.” (Photo credit, Benjamin Moore)

MUSIC

VentiCordi | Winds and Strings | Noonday Concert Series Online, the Portland Conservatory of Music | 12pm | Free | Through Mar. 31 | Visit bit.ly/3k2lued

Satchmo: The Louis Armstrong Tribute | Portland Symphony Orchestra digital concert | 7:30pm | Pay what you can, from $10 | Through April 2 | More information at portlandsymphony.org/event/satchmo-the-louis-armstrong-tribute/

Spotlight Series: Montgomery – Rhapsody No. 1 | Portland Chamber Music Festival | Past performance video with conversation between Jessie Montgomery and Susie Park | Free | pcmf.org/2021-3-1

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/

Hope and Consolation | ChoralART spring concert | Free | Through April 21 | View at choralart.org/Events/hope-and-consolation/

MARCH 25

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

MARCH 26

Sound Check: Denny Breau | Singer/Songwriter and guitarist | Camden Opera House | 7:30pm | Donations to Community Arts Fund appreciated | 7:30pm | Free on Facebook: facebook.com/camdenoperahouse

MeHuman | Unplug and Unwind at The Lounge by Thompson’s Point | 6-9pm | Reservations: thompsonspoint.com/calendar/lounge-series-unwind-unplug-with-mehuman

Unfinished Blues Band | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

Samuel James | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

MARCH 27

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

March 29

Darlin’ Corey | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

MARCH 30

Savoir Faire | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

MARCH 31

Luna Colt | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7pm | facebook.com/portcityblue

APRIL 1

Lydia Forbes and Chiharu Naruse | Violin and piano | Noonday Concert Series Online, the Portland Conservatory of Music | 12pm | Free | Through April 14 | Visit: bit.ly/3vFILb9

Hippo Campus | State Theatre | Livestream | $15-$25 | 9pm | All ages |
statetheatreportland.com/events/hippo-campus-1/

Titus Abbott | Saxophone, Clarinet | Noonday Concert Series Online, the Portland Conservatory of Music | 12pm | Free | Through April 14 | Visit bit.ly/3cQP4A5

APRIL 2

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

Heather Pierson | Multi-genre singer/songwriter | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

APRIL 3

The Finestkind Country Band | Country/Blues/Honky-Tonk | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also livestreamed on Facebook | cadenzafreeport.com

Hippo Campus | State Theatre | Livestream | $15-$25 | 9pm | All ages |
statetheatreportland.com/events/hippo-campus-2

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

“Seasons in the Sun” by Michael J. Tobin | Through March 27 | Fri/Sat 7:30pm | Sat. matinee 2pm | The Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | $20 | Reservations at 207-747-5434 | Masks required | Visit thefootlightstheatre.com

“Who Killed Zolan Mize?” | Through April 3 | Interactive detective mystery with viewer participation and post-show talk | Penobscot Theater | 207-942-3333 | $40/household | for more information, tickets, visit penobscottheatre.org/show/zolan-mize/

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

APRIL 2

Yarns, Truths & Tales: An evening of storytelling, directed by Kate Mellitz | April 2-4 | May not be suitable for young audiences | Royal River Community Players | Watch for details: royalrivercommunityplayers.com/

APRIL 3

Jesus Christ Superstar Livestream | Miniature theater production with classically-trained opera singer David Worobec | Presented by Mayo Street Arts and Tophat Miniature Stage | 7pm | Free, but donations appreciated | For more information visit bit.ly/3rVJ67v

APRIL 6

Dog Operas: Tosca the Ball | Reimagined tails of love and heartbreak made for and by dogs | Appropriate for all household members, cats welcome | More information and tickets: penobscottheatre.org/show/the-dog-operas/

“East End in Bloom” is a fabric flower installation by Nina Naylor and community volunteers on the fence of the East End Community School, 195 North St., Portland, through May.

VISUAL ARTS

“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.

MARCH 24

“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

APRIL 1

Opening Reception: Patt Franklin – Paintings | 1-4pm | Masks and social distancing required, 15 person max at a time | Mayo Street Arts Pop-Up Gallery | 67 Washington Ave | Wed-Sat 12-5pm | Through April 24 | bit.ly/3bZ5Y0k

ONGOING

“A Walk in the Woods” Annual American Landscapes exhibit | Richard Boyd Art Gallery | 15 Epps St., Portland | Through March 28 | Fri -Sun 10am-3pm | Free | richardboydartgallery.com | 712-1097

Cove St. Arts | 71 Cove St, Portland | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | 808-8911 | Face masks required | “Soulful Stitching” through March 27 | “Abstract Nature” through April 24 | covestreetarts.com

Greenhut Galleries | 146 Middle St, Portland | 772-2693 | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | “Group Hang” | Through March 27 | 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]

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.

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