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  • Salsa in the park, Obscura Day & dinner via trolley: 13 things to do in Maine this weekend

    On Friday, Congress Square Park will become a dance floor for some free Salsa dancing. There's also a Spring Festival this weekend, burlesque and a progressive dinner that includes a trolley. Oh, and a super-rare fish. Thanks, Obscura Day. Read on

  • Rootsy Della Mae heads for Port City and Nate Tucker brings old and new rhythms to Victoria Mansion

    They're out of Boston but hang their hats in Nashville and just released their third album, a self-titled one on the Rounder label. Say howdy to Della Mae. Read on

  • DRC closes its season with ‘phantasmagorical’ time-jumping play, ‘The Watson Intelligence’

    "The best way to describe the play is phantasmagorical – it jumps around in time from 1876 to 2011 to 1891 to 1931," Beyland said. "The play is a loving tribute, and cautionary tale, dedicated to those people, and machines, we all depend on." Read on

  • Five Maine-based storytellers take the stage for sold-out Moth Mainstage show at State Theatre

    The Moth has found Maine to be fertile ground for storytellers, hosting several shows here over the years. A live version of "The Moth Radio Hour" was recorded in Portland in 2013. Read on

  • Eagle pose on the East End: Maine YogaFest returns to Portland July 10-12

    Roll out the mats. Maine YogaFest returns to Portland July 10-12. The festival drew hundreds yogis - from novices to the well-practiced - to the East End last year for yoga workshops, meditation and music. Now organizers are adding even more to this year's weekend event. Read on

  • Artemisia Cafe in Portland: Still delicious after all these years

    Artemisia and I go back many years and I'm as invested as ever because the quality of their lunches has remained steadfast with new offerings folded into their menu over the years. Read on

  • Nary a dull moment in Portland Players’ classic ’60s musical ‘Hairspray’

    With its 23 songs, 40-plus performers and large handful of subplots, the show could easily have been a little too much of a good thing. But, there's nary a dull moment in this well-constructed production directed by Michael Donovan. Read on

  • Concert Review: Something for everyone at Carlile show, plus a special birthday treat

    At her State Theatre performance Friday, which drew heavily from her latest album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter," she played loud rock, a song without any amplification, solo songs on guitar and piano, a song without any lead vocals at all and a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain." Read on

  • Father John Misty, Cibo Matto & more: 6 indoor summer concerts you shouldn’t miss

    As Portland gears up for the biggest summer of outdoor music since The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach hosted concerts, one shouldn't forget to look at the slate of indoor concerts. Read on

  • Theater Review: Laughs and raise-the-rafters songs in ‘Sister Act’ at Ogunquit Playhouse

    With good songs and fine performers this highly-entertaining show tries hard and succeeds in its effort to "Spread the Love Around." Read on

  • Five places to dine down on the farm in Maine this summer

    From casual dinners on picnic tables under the stars to elegant evenings in historic barns, Maine offers a variety of places to enjoy fresh-from-the-field food in a bucolic setting. Read on

  • Six-Moon Journey: The 600-mile mark is passed!

    Trail Days is happening now through Sunday. Love it. Nothing like an empty shelter. The Aussie and me are liking it just fine, with plenty of room to spread out. Read on

  • Summer art highlights: Exhibits to see at 8 Maine art museums

    From "Directors' Cut" at the Portland Museum of Art to the University of Maine's "With Ties to Maine" exhibition, there's plenty of impressive art to see this summer. Read on

  • A walking tour of Portland sculpture: From ‘Michael’ to Longfellow, 8 public pieces worth seeing

    The city's sculpture collection includes many monuments and statues that stand in tribute to prominent figures from the past and a handful of contemporary pieces. Read on

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