"The Taste of A Cinder Block is Not a Cinder Block or an Ordinary Kind of Magic" is the new exhibition at Able Baker Contemporary, 29 Forest Avenue, Portland, curated by Maine sculptor Aaron T Stephan, and featuring installations and sculpture by Jenny Brillhart, Kim Faler, and Zoe Sheehan Saldana. Informal opening on Friday, Sept. 4, 3-7 p.m. Only 5 people at a time allowed in the gallery, masks are required. Open Fridays/Saturdays 3-5:30 p.m. through Oct. 3. Viewings also available by appointment by emailing ablebakercontemporary@gmail.com. (Image: Kim Faler, Cope and Drag Installation; found wood, paint, neon, 2020)
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BENEFITS

SEPTEMBER 5

Queen of Katwe, Moonlight Cinema series | Thompson’s Point | 10 Thompson Point Road | 7-10pm | Free, but consider donating to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund | bit.ly/2FEqR36 for info and reservations.

SEPTEMBER 12

Virtual Paint for Preservation Auction funding 25% of Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s budget | Preview Sept. 5-11 | bidding opens Sept. 12 | 8am | capelandtrust.org/

ONGOING

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

COMEDY

ONGOING

Stroudwater Summer Patio Comedy Series | 7pm Thursdays | Stroudwater Distillery | 4 Thompsons Point | $10 reservations | Cocktails and food specials | bit.ly/30JUWGM | Masks required.

DANCE

SEPTEMBER 5

Disorder: A Virtual Darkwave Dance Party! | 8pm | Guest DJ Jonny Noise with DJx Zimbra dn DoomsdayJ | info at bit.ly/3h0hyIB

ONGOING

Bates Dance Festival, BDF@Home | Archived performances released weekly | vimeopro.com/batesdancefestival/bdfhome | Aug. 25 – Sept. 1, Robert Moses’ KIN Speaking Ill of the Dead and NEVABEAWARLDAPECE (2015) | Sept. 1-8, Stephan Koplowitz Mill Town (2018) | Donations appreciated.

West African Dance Class, Guinea Style | Edward Payson Park | 700 Baxter Blvd | Portland | 9 a.m. | If rain, class will be online | Wear mask | Sliding Scale | more info and registration at embodytherhythm.com/ Through Sept. 10.

FILM

SEPTEMBER 2

“Mr. SOUL!” | Join a live conversation with filmmaker Melissa Haizlip, 7pm | FMI, PMA films, bit.ly/2Qs4Re9 | and facebook.com/indigoartsalliance/

SEPTEMBER 4

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Virtual Screening | 7-10pm | celebrating the Appalachian Trail with Rangeley Trail Town Festival | $10-$15 suggested donation | Info and registration at bit.ly/3lr6tCT | link will be valid til noon on Sept. 6.

SEPTEMBER 11-13

“Those Who Remained” | Maine Jewish Film Festival virtual screening | Free | for more info and link, bit.ly/3h4fpLr

ONGOING

“Ghost Tropic,” Virtual Screening | through Sept. 11 | The Apohadion Theater | $12 rental / 3 days | bit.ly/2QxMEMg

“Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin” | through Oct. 22 | $12 | Portion of proceeds will benefit Frontier, Brunswick | go to explorefrontier.com/events/virtual-cinema for information and links to this and other films.

Moonlight Cinema |  Family film series encouraging discussion on race and representation | Free | Limited space, reservations needed | Thompson’s Point | 10 Thompson Point Road | 7-10pm | thompsonspoint.com/the-calendar

“The Fight” | Documentary followed by pre-recorded discussion between ACLU lawyers | part of The Virtual Cinema Series programmed by Frontier, Brunswick | $12 | Portion of proceeds will benefit Frontier | go to explorefrontier.com/events/virtual-cinema for information and links to this and other films.

“The Rest I Make Up,” about Maria Irene Fornes, Cuban-American dramatist | part of The Virtual Cinema Series programmed by Frontier, Brunswick | $12 | Portion of proceeds will benefit Frontier | go to explorefrontier.com/events/virtual-cinema for information and links to this and other films.

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

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” | part of The Virtual Cinema Series programmed by Frontier, Brunswick | $12 | Portion of proceeds will benefit Frontier | go to explorefrontier.com/events/virtual-cinema for information and links to this and other films.

LITERARY ARTS

SEPTEMBER 4

Virtual First Friday Reading Series | Maine Charitable Mechanic Association | Jason Diamond, “The Sprawl” | 7-8 pm | for more info and Zoom link: mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/

SEPTEMBER 8

Caroline Leavitt discusses “With or Without You,” with Anne Lamott on Zoom | 7-8 pm | Hosted by Print: A Bookstore | for more info and Zoom link: events at printbookstore.com

SEPTEMBER 10

Virtual Spotlight Lecture: Richard Ford discusses his book “Sorry for Your Trouble” with Bill Roorbach | 3-4 pm on Zoom | portlandlibrary.com, click on events | zoom info at bit.ly/2CLARXf

Online book launch | “Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,” Nicholas A. Basbanes | 6-7 pm via Zoom | Free | mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml to register.

SEPTEMBER 14

Maine at 200 Series: A Talk with Dr. Kate McMahon | “Freedom’s Woods: The African American Community of Peterborough in Warren, Maine” | 6-7pm | FMI and link to register at mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml

SEPTEMBER 15

Meredith Hall discusses her book, “Beneficence,” with Monica Wood on Zoom | 7-8 pm | Hosted by Print: A Bookstore | for more info and Zoom link: events at printbookstore.com

SEPTEMBER 16

Virtual Literary Lunch: Kerri Arsenault on “Mill Town” with Kate Christensen | 12-1 pm | for more info and Zoom link: bit.ly/3iXFAEM

SEPTEMBER 17

Virtual Writers Meet-Up | Portland Public Library |
6-7 pm | moderated by Richard Leone | Zoom info at bit.ly/3jjQRzh

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.

MUSEUMS

ONGOING

Tate House Museum | 1267 Westbrook St. | Inside/Out Tours | Fri, Sat, Sun through Sept. 27 | $12, $10 seniors, $5 children | Registration, payment 24 hours in advance | call 774-6177 or email info@tatehouse.org | For time slots and info visit tatehouse.org and scroll to Inside/Out Tours.

Maine Jewish Museum Pop-Up | 67 Washington Ave., Portland | Tues-Fri 11-5 | Sat. 11-6 | Sun-Mon private appts only, call Nancy at 207-239-4774 | Masks required.

MUSIC

SEPTEMBER 3

Greg Klein & Travis Cyr | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 8 p.m. | Blue | 650 Congress | facebook.com/portcityblue

SEPTEMBER 4

Britt Connors and Bourbon Renewal | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 7 p.m. | Blue | 650 Congress | facebook.com/portcityblue

SEPTEMBER 5

Michael Beling, Bates College faculty member | Out of the Blue Live Stream Series | 5 p.m. | Blue | 650 Congress | facebook.com/portcityblue

ONGOING

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

Pic-Nic-Ettes at Thompson’s Point | 10 Thompson Point Road | Food trucks, drinks, live music, reggae Fridays | Wed-Fri, 4-8:30 pm, through Sept. 18 |
bit.ly/3hCBnpC

SPACE House Shows | weekly live stream series on Instagram | Tuesdays 8pm | facebook.com/SPACE538/ for information and Instagram links.

PEACE OF MIND

ONGOING

Free Yoga in the Park | at LL Bean Discovery Park hosted by Freeport Yoga Company | Bring mat and block | 8-9am | Space limited | Register at bit.ly/3if0Rt2 | Through Sept. 4

Gentle Chair Yoga with AARP Maine and SeaChange Yoga | online | Fridays 8-8:45 am | For more info and to register: bit.ly/2Dzu0Au | Through Sept. 18

Queer Yoga with SeaChange Yoga | Outdoor trauma-informed classes | every Thurs 6-7pm, North Deering | $15 suggested donation | seachangeyoga.org/queeryoga

Community Meal | Free boxed meals | 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.

Outdoor Yoga Class series through Sept. 26 | SeaChange Yoga | volunteer teachers | Donations accepted | Eastern Prom and Payson Park, for details and to sign up, bit.ly/3b2ZIm5

THEATER

Through SEPTEMBER 3

“Cupid’s Arrow, A Live Comedy” |The Footlights Theatre | 190 US Rte 1 | Falmouth | T/W/Th 7 p.m. | $20 | Please visit thefootlightstheatre.com

VISUAL ARTS

SEPTEMBER 4

Informal exhibition opening, 3-7pm | “The Taste of A Cinder Block is Not a Cinder Block or an Ordinary Kind of Magic,” | Artwork by Jenny Brillhart, Kim Faler, Zoe Sheehan Saldana | Fri/Sat 3-5:30 pm through Oct. 3 | Also by appt, ablebakercontemporary@gmail.com | Able Baker Contemporary, 29 Forest Ave, Portland | 5 people at a time allowed | masks required

SEPTEMBER 10

Bus shelter design Ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Creative Portland | artist Ebenezer Akakpo | outside Mechanics’ Hall | 519 Congress St, Portland | 2-4pm | wear a mask.

Online artist talk with Tina Ingraham, “Sight Specific” | 7pm | Greenhut Galleries Facebook page, facebook.com/greenhutgalleries/ | Exhibit through Oct. 3

ONGOING

John Whalley: “Earth Tones” | Greenhut Galleries | 146 Middle St | Portland | 772-2693 | M-F 10-5:30 | Sat 10-5 | Through Sept. 5.

Makers on Main, presented by Visit Freeport | Pop-ups on Main St. Saturdays 10-4 through Oct. 12 | Masks required | info at visitfreeport.com/makersonmain/

From a Woman’s Perspective | Paintings and sculpture by woman artists | Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St, Peaks Island | free | Daily 10-5 | info at 207-712-1097
| richardboydpottery.com/ | through Sept. 29.

Meetinghouse Arts Art Show | 30 Maine artists | Portion of proceeds benefits Freeport Historical Society and Meetinghouse Arts | Frosty Bldg, Freeport Historical Society | 45 Main St | Freeport | Through Sept. 20

Art in The Park installations | Congress Sq. Park | New installations monthly through November.

Some Things We Can Do Together: Megan and Murray McMillan
| ICA at MECA | 522 Congress St | Open W-F noon to 5 | Register for free timed admission entry: icaatmeca.youcanbook.me/ | through Sept. 12

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.