MFA Thesis Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art & Bob Crewe Galleries, 522 Congress St., Portland. May 15 through June 11, by appointment. Visit meca.edu/about/institute-of-contemporary-art/ (Lauren Donovan, Big Cat, 2020, 61” x 96” x 8”, oil on wood)
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BENEFITS

Spring online auction | Public Theatre, Lewiston | Jewelry, gift certificates, singing lessons, more | Through Sunday, May 23 | Details at thepublictheatre.org/silent-auction-multi/

MAY 13

“Forte” | Video of new performances by PSO musicians, encore of past hits, online auction | Proceeds to benefit musicians, performances, education | Saco Drive-In and on-demand | $50 for one car | $15 virtual | 7:54pm | portlandsymphony.org/event/forte/

MAY 15

Yard Sale to benefit Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue and Retirement Home | White Pine Community Church, 94 Cumberland Rd, North Yarmouth | 9am-3pm | Rain Date May 29 | facebook.com/olddoggies/

MAY 16

Outdoor Plant Sale | Congregation Bet Ha’am Fundraiser to help provide food for those in need and to provide environmental education | 9am-1pm | 81 Westbrook St, South Portland

MAY 21

Snowy Egret 5K to support Scarborough Marsh | Virtual, through June 4 | $25 registration | Prizes | Visit Maine Audubon for more info: maineaudubon.org/news/events/snowy-egret-5k/

COMEDY

MAY 20

Cabin Fever | Outdoor comedy show presented by Marcus Cardona and Empire Comedy Club | Doors 7:30pm | $20 | Limited to 100 | Wear mask | Thompson’s Point Brick South Beer Garden | More info: bit.ly/2QTWUlT

DANCE

MAY 15-16

Momentum: 3 Dances for Moving Forward | Portland Ballet | Westbrook Performing Arts Center | 41 Stroudwater St, Westbrook | Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm | $15-$35 | More information and tickets at bit.ly/3u71w6e

FILM

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

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

MAY 14-16

Maine Jewish Film Festival Weekend Edition | “Here We Are” and “Love & Stuff” | Free | mjff.org/

MAY 20

“Dawnland” | Online screening and Live Q&A with Esther Anne of Wabanaki REACH and Chris Newell of the Abbe Museum | The BTS Center | 6:30-8:30pm | By donation | More info and registration, bit.ly/3vStH9o

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

MAY 12

Begin Again Series | Reckoning with Intolerance in Maine | Curator panel will review systemic racism in Maine for the past 500 years | Maine Historical Society | 6-7pm | Free, open to the public | Registration required | mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

Bringing Nature Home | “Grow Your Own Native Plants” | 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/3v3cOZs

Preparing Your Garden Site: Getting ahead of Weeds | UMaine Extension webinar | 6-7:15pm | $10 / Sliding scale | bit.ly/3303F7T

MAY 13

“Rescuing Maine’s Birds” | Maine Audubon with Center for Wildlife | 4pm | maineaudubon.org/news/events/rescuing-maines-birds-with-center-for-wildlife/ | $7, Free for members

Coastal Mountains Land Trust Series: Landscapes and Wildlife of Maine’s Midcoast and Utah’s Wasatch Range | 6-7pm | Camden Public Library | More info: bit.ly/2QFiHxe

MAY 20

Begin Again Series | A Talk with Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr, “Doing One’s First Works Over”: Imagining a New America | Maine Historical Society | 6-7pm | Free, open to the public | Registration required | mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

The Art and Science of Dying, Death as a Part of Life | Virtual Thresholds Conference with Dr. BJ Miller, Barbara Karnes | Hosted by Hospice of Southern Maine | 1-4:30pm | $35 | For more info and to register, hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/thresholds

Storytelling as a Tool for Racial Equity | Recent Telling Room graduates share perspectives on storytelling, social change and racial equity | 6-7:30pm | Q&A follows | Free and by donation | Info at tellingroom.org/new-events/momentum

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

T’ai Chi and Qigong | Free classes in Congress Square Park at Congress and High St. | Mondays 9:30-10:30am | Wednesdays 10-11am | Through Sept. 29 | congresssquarepark.org/events/

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

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

MAY 12

“Song of Ourselves” Walt Whitman and the Fight for Democracy, with Mark Edmundson | Mechanics Hall and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia | Free | More info and registration at mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

MAY 13

Virtual Spotlight Lecture Series | Jenny Offill talks about “Weather” | Portland Public Library together with the BTS Center and Print: A Bookstore | 4-5:15pm | Free | Info and registration at bit.ly/3xpMmLJ

Lee Sharkey Book Launch | “I Will Not Name It Except to Say” | Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance | 7-8pm | Info and link: mainewriters.org/calendar/sharkey

MAY 17

“North by Northeast 2” New Short Fiction by Maine Writers | Panel discussion | Print Bookstore with Littoral Books | 7pm | bit.ly/3vlT1EK

Poets on the Square | Poetry reading by USM’s Stonecoast MFA program | 6-7pm | Free | Congress Square Park at Congress and High St. | congresssquarepark.org/events/

MAY 18

“The Nature of Oaks” | Author presentation with Doug Tallamy | Maine Audubon | 7pm | $8, members $6 | bit.ly/3gM0J6T

MAY 19

Virtual Literary Lunch | Brock Clarke discusses “I, Grape; Or the Case for Fiction” with Sarah Domet | 12-1pm | Portland Public Library | bit.ly/3nYVP85

MAY 20

“The Field House” | Robin Clifford Wood discussion with Susan Conley | Print: A Bookstore | 7-8pm | Free | Register at printbookstore.com/event/wood

“Justice Rising” Robert Kennedy’s American in Black and White | With Patricia Sullivan | Mechanics Hall and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia | $5, free for members of Mechanics Hall | 6-7pm | For more info and to register, bit.ly/3eoZM2O

MAY 21

Poetry Express with the Telling Room | Online community poetry reading with Amanda Dettmann and Rachel Iradukunda | Information at tellingroom.org/new-events/poetryexpress

MAY 23

“Unsettled Ground” | Claire Fuller discussion with Lucy Atkins | Print: A Bookstore | 7-8pm | Free | info and registration at printbookstore.com/event/fuller

MAY 25

“The Curie Society” | Heather Einhorn and Adam Staffaroni discussion | Print: A Bookstore | 7-8pm | Free | info and registration at printbookstore.com/event/curiesociety

“I’ve Been Here All the While” Black Freedom on Native Land | With Alaina E. Roberts | Mechanics Hall and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia | $5, free for members of Mechanics Hall | 6-7pm | For more info and to register, bit.ly/3b68RLW

MAY 26

Begin Again Series | Book talk with Edward Ball: “The Life of a Klansman” | Maine Historical Society | 6-7pm | Free, open to the public | Registration required | mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

“The Guncle” | Steven Rowley talks with Sally Hepworth | Print: A Bookstore | 7-8pm | Free | info and registration at printbookstore.com/event/rowley

Sustainability Series: “Up For Grabs – The Battles Over Maine’s Public Lands” | 5:30-7pm | Portland Public Library | Info and Zoom link, bit.ly/3eZ3eQV

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 through June 25 | “Under Construction” Chris Beneman; “Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture” Skowhegan School artists; “Through the Static and Distance” Tonee Harbert | 267 Congress St. | Open 12-4pm, Sun, Mon, Thurs, Fri | mainejewishmuseum.org/

MAY 13

Historic Houses for Contemporary Lives | Tate House Museum Zoom lecture with architectural historian Scott T. Hanson | $10 | 6pm | tatehouse.org/

MUSIC

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

Titus Abbott | Saxophone, clarinet | Noonday Concert Series Online, the Portland Conservatory of Music | 12pm | Free | Through May 19 | Visit bit.ly/32E7KPa

Heroes & Heroines | Mother’s Day Organ Concert with Katelyn Emerson on the Kotzschmar Organ | On-demand tickets through May 31 | Tickets from $10 | foko.org/event/heroes-heroines-with-katelyn-emerson/

POPS! Nothin’ But the Blues | Jayce Ogren guest conductor, Shayna Steele vocals | Pay what you can, from $10  | On demand through June 11 | More info at portlandsymphony.org/event/nothin-but-the-blues/

MAY 12

POPS! Nothin’ But the Blues | Jayce Ogren guest conductor, Shayna Steele vocals | Pay what you can, from $10  | On demand through June 11 | More info at portlandsymphony.org/event/nothin-but-the-blues/

MAY 13

Matthew Smith and Peipei Song | Duo Session – Cello and Piano | Palaver Strings | 7-8pm | Pay what you can | palaverstrings.org/events

Summer Sunsets LIVE at Thompson’s Point | Travis James Humphrey | 4pm-sunset | Music, food, family games | Free | More info: thompsonspoint.com/the-calendar

MAY 14

Sound Check: Elsie & Ethan | Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden | 7:30pm | $10 advance seats, camdenoperahouse.com/shows | Free livestream: facebook.com/
camdenoperahouse

Summer Sunsets LIVE at Thompson’s Point | Catcha Vibe | 4pm-sunset | Music, food, family games | Free | More info: thompsonspoint.com/the-calendar

Bess Jacques | Jazzrock originals | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also on Facebook | More info at cadenzafreeport.com

MAY 15

Pat Colwell & The Soul Sensations | Classic Soul | 7pm | Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport | limited seating, masks required | $18 advance / $20 door | also on Facebook | More info at cadenzafreeport.com

MAY 18

Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel – First Look | Commissioned Maine Artist Virtual Preview with conversation, 4th in series of 5 | Free | 4pm | Portland Ovations | Register once for any and all | More info at boxoffice.porttix.com/portland-ovations-first-looks

Bennett Konesni: Maritime and Work Songs | Presented by 317 Main Community Music Center | Free via Zoom | 12pm | For information visit 317main.org/event/

MAY 20

Timothy Burris | Noonday Concert Series Online, the Portland Conservatory of Music | 12pm | Free | Through June 2 | Visit bit.ly/32E7KPa

Trio Session: Culomba | Trio of voices from many cultures and styles | Palaver Strings | 7-8pm | Pay what you can | More information at palaverstrings.org/events

MAY 21

Witnessing Change, Outdoor concert (CANCELED. Livestream to air June 3) | Fort Allen Park on Munjoy Hill | 2-3pm | Palaver Strings in partnership with Mechanics Hall and the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization | Free | More information at palaverstrings.org/events/witnessing-change-outdoor

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

Summer Sunsets LIVE at Thompson’s Point | 4pm-sunset | Music, food, family games | Free | More info: thompsonspoint.com/the-calendar

Sound Check: Shank Painters | Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden | 7:30pm | $10 advance seats, camdenoperahouse.com/shows | Free livestream: facebook.com/
camdenoperahouse

MAY 22

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

MAY 26

Mahler’s Fourth | Portland Symphony Orchestra | On-Demand through June 25 | Pay what you can, from $10 | portlandsymphony.org/event/mahlers-fourth/

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

“Bad Dates” | Portland Stage | 25A Forest Ave, Portland | Digital on Demand through May 16 | Details at portlandstage.org

“… That’s What SHE Said!” by Michael J. Tobin | Through May 22 | Thurs 7pm | Fri/Sat 7:30pm | The Footlights Theatre, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth | Reservations at 207-747-5434 | Masks required | Visit thefootlightstheatre.com

MAY 12

“In The Heights” | Centered around a Latin American community in NYC | Virtual theater production by Broadway Mania with a cast and crew from 9 countries | 7pm | $15 | bit.ly/3uqF08t

MAY 14

Virtual Chit Chat | Mad Horse Theatre presents a mix of Maine artists for short presentations and discussion | 7-8:30pm | Free | Visit madhorse.com or Facebook for virtual link.

MAY 16

“In The Heights” | Centered around a Latin American community in NYC | Virtual theater production by Broadway Mania with a cast and crew from 9 countries | 2pm | $15 | bit.ly/3uqF08t

MAY 22

“In The Heights” | Centered around a Latin American community in NYC | Virtual theater production by Broadway Mania with a cast and crew from 9 countries | 7pm | $15 | bit.ly/3uqF08t

MAY 25

Abbe Museum – First Look | Commissioned Maine Artist Virtual Preview | Wabanaki stories for school and family audiences | Free | 4pm | Portland Ovations | More info at boxoffice.porttix.com/portland-ovations-first-looks

VISUAL ARTS

The Bealtaine Exhibition | 6 artists showcased in the Gaelic seasonal festival exhibit | Carrickahowley Gallery at the Maine Irish Heritage Center | Through July 31 | Online, maineirish.com

“Love/Rage: Goddess” | Online exhibit | Union of Maine Visual Artists | 516 Congress St, Portland | umvaportlandgallery.blogspot.com/

MAY 15

MFA Thesis Exhibition | Through June 11 | Institute of Contemporary Art & Bob Crewe Galleries | 522 Congress St | By appointment: meca.edu/about/institute-of-contemporary-art/

MAY 26

Ebenezer Akakpo | “Makers (In Their Studios)” Virtual studio visit | Mechanics Hall | Free for members, $8 nonmembers | 7-8pm | bit.ly/3bcvK0p

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.

Richard Boyd Art Gallery | Richard Boyd Art Gallery | “Paintings in Oil” through May 30 | 15 Epps St., Portland | Fri -Sun 10am-5pm | richardboydartgallery.com | 712-1097 richardboydartgallery.com

Cove St. Arts | 71 Cove St, Portland | M-F 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 | 808-8911 | Face masks required | “Gargantua & Lilliputian” through May 15 |  “Things Seemed to Be Breaking” through May 22 | “The Space Between” through June 26 | 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

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