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    Sunday April 20
  • 2:30 pm

    "Young Frankenstein" @ Lyric Music Theater

    From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers, comes this monster of a new musical, based on the 1974 comedic film masterpiece written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder! This winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award is not without scary and hilarious complications. The story follows bright, young Dr. Frankenstein (that's "Fronkensteeen") as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. With such memorable tunes as "Puttin' on the Ritz," "The Transylvania Mania," and "He Vas My Boyfriend," The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment... and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment, in quite possibly the largest tuxedo ever made. view event

  • "Mansion as Muse:" Contemporary Art at Victoria Mansion @ Victoria Mansion

    Mansion as Muse: Contemporary Art at Victoria Mansion will open April 3, 2014, at Victoria Mansion, a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark built 1858-1860 and located in Portland, Maine. The exhibition will remain on view through May 21. The Mansion's Art Advisory Committee, composed of distinguished artists and museum professionals, invited three artists and one collaborative team to create works of art inspired by Victoria Mansion's incomparable interiors that are renowned for their original wall and ceiling paintings and furnishings from 1860. The participating artists are Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, Andrew Mowbray, Justin Richel, and Amy Yoes. As explained by Committee member Denise Markonish, curator of MASSMoCA, "Victoria Mansion is a historical gem, which is why giving contemporary artists the opportunity to respond to its riches is a wholly unique opportunity. Given that the artists chosen all have deep connections to history and the decorative arts, it will be fascinating to see how they will intervene and reinterpret the objects and stories found within the Mansion. I have no doubt this exhibition will not only give visitors to Victoria Mansion the opportunity to see the space anew but will also provide these artists with much material for future works and ideas." The site-specific art works will be displayed throughout the Mansion rooms. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available for purchase. During the month of April Victoria Mansion will be open Thursday through Sunday only, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From May 1 to May 21 Mansion will be open daily for its regular season of guided tours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; Sundays 1-4:45 p.m. Admission is for adults, .50 for seniors and AAA members, .00 for children 6-17, and free for children under 6. Admission is always free for Victoria Mansion members. For more information visit the museum's website, www.victoriamansion.org. Victoria Mansion is arguably the finest surviving house of the pre-Civil War period anywhere in the country. It is internationally recognized for its original interiors by noted cabinetmaker and designer Gustave Herter, which are more than ninety percent intact. An irreplaceable document in the history of American design and domestic technology, the Mansion has operated as a museum since 1941 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
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  • 4:15 pm

    "Somewhere Maine: The Marijuana Musical @ Port City Music Hall

    "Somewhere, Maine: The Marijuana Musical" is a dramatic look at one year on a marijuana farm in the hills of Western Maine, and home to outlaw country singer, Johnny Crashed. Johnny battles with reality as he deals with the loss of his two children who were taken from him for the crime of being a pot farmer.

    The musical features and a host of characters including: Jezebel, a newly arrived, home schooled Christian girl who is seeking souls to save through song and dance: Redneck, a long time hell raiser and drug dealer seeking a unique kind of revenge: Mother Mary Jane, a local sensuous "healer" who operates a Smoke Easy in Normal, Maine: Joe Oliver, a returning veteran battling his demons, and many, many more.

    It's a story of resisters and rascals, prophets and poets, heretics and hillbillies, heartache and redemption, wrapped in a cloud of marijuana smoke that will take you into a world that remains invisible to many and inaccessible to most.

    The stage production features the original music and lyrics of Johnny Crashed with choreography by the Nevaeh Dance Company, and will feature many of Maine's best bluegrass/country musicians as Johnny's back up band "The Rednecks"--Including Cliff Randal on mandolin, Jack Jolie on guitar, Collin Thompkins on bass, Linsey Montana on keys, and Eric Grenier on Harmonica.

    The gala event will also feature appearances and full musical sets by Tricky Britches, Azzlan Family Band, and Skosh.

    Join us for the world premiere of this one of a kind production on 4-20! For more, see somewheremaine.com view event

  • 5:00 pm

    "In the Underworld" @ Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus

    While imprisoned in Ravensbr?ck concentration camp, French author Germaine Tillion secretly wrote an operetta that turned her own experiences into a powerful testament to the triumph of humanity. Satirical, searing, and altogether unexpected, "In the Underworld" is the English-language world premiere of the extraordinary operetta first produced in France in 2007. view event

  • 7:30 pm

    Snowlion Repertory Company presents "The Elephant Piece" @ Portland Stage Company Studio Theater

    A tribal dream of harmony and community is abruptly shattered by a band of roving vaudevillian miscreants who raucously sweep in and stage a faux "minstrel show" to gorge themselves on stories of violence and chaos, and thus the musical The Elephant Piece launches the audience on a journey into musical mayhem and absurdist spectacle that ultimately touches the heart and gives hope that our species might just survive its own destructive nature. Snowlion Repertory Company, known for bringing new musicals to the stage, announces the New England premiere of The Elephant Piece by Darryl Curry. The Elephant Piece, developed in a collaborative workshop some years ago with Snowlion Rep co-founders Al D'Andrea and Margit Ahlin, had its premiere in New York City. Given the recent upsurge in news about elephants and the ongoing threats they face, Snowlion Rep has chosen to present the New England premiere production of The Elephant Piece at the Portland Stage Studio Theater opening Friday April 11. The Elephant Piece is a musical fable that follows the exploits of the charmingly dysfunctional "Hackers" who chase after the last elephant on earth, each lusting for a piece of the elephant in the belief that it will make him or her whole. The gleeful greed of the singing and dancing Hackers collides with the innocent everyman Paul, who tries to shield his young son from the harsh realities of the modern world. But it is the unconditional love of this child and the innate wisdom of Elephant that proves a powerful force that catapults the play to its final dramatic conclusion. This musical tale is a funny, biting satire full of elephant lore, song-and-dance flights of fancy, and surreal imagery that blends to make an expressionistic carnival more relevant than ever as the majestic elephant once again faces unrelenting devastation by poachers.Please note: Mature themes. view event

  • Monday April 21
  • 8:00 am

    April Vacation Two-Day Makers Day Camp @ Maine FabLab at Engine

    Hop on a chartered school bus for a field trip to the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA, to participate in the mini-Chain Reaction event. 12 seats available on the bus. Reservations required by April 16. Bus departs Engine at 8am and will return at approximately 3pm. Please pack a brown bag lunch and snacks for your campers. To register, go to: http://www.mainefablab.org/#learn MAINE FABLAB @ ENGINE, is located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine's mission is to make arts-driven programming, cultural development, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. http://www.mainefablab.org / http://www.feedtheengine.org view event

  • 8:15 am

    Val Bennett @ Slates Restaurant

    Local Singer- Songwriter Val Bennett has performed both solo and with various bands in the New England area. She has written 4 albums including Sad Girl Songs, and co-wrote The Plaid Dragonflies Cd. Val will be perform originals which range from Adult Contemporary, Blues, Jazz, Country and Rock. She will be joined by Pip Walters playing fiddle, mandolin and singing backups, Justin Walton on lead guitar and backup vocals, Alfred Lund on drums and percussion and Heidi Hedstrom on cello.Tess Zardus and Trish Thompson on backing vocals. view event

  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    April Vacation Camp at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport @ Wolfe's Neck Farm

    April Vacation Camp at Wolfe's Neck Farm gives children in grades 1-5 an opportunity to have fun, play and learn during an exciting time of year when the Farm is beginning to wake up from winter. Each day we spend time caring for all of our animals in the barn, including our spring lambs and goat kids. Other activities include learning how to grow shiitake mushrooms, making mini greenhouses to take home and exploring the Farm's 626 oceanfront acres. Register online for 1-5 days of fun on the Farm! view event

  • "In and Out of the Garden:" Paintings by Leslie Anderson @ Daunis Fine Jewelry

    recent paintings that capture, in part, what it's like to be surrounded by blooms and married to the man who grows them (Dan Nygaard). view event

  • USM's Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" @ Unum Great Reading Room at Glickman Library

    Through May 1. This show is part of a traveling exhibition of more than 100 artists' books made by international artists from 24 countries. The books and broadsides in this exhibit were made in response to the March 5, 2007 car bomb that exploded on Al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, located at the literary and cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq. The exhibition, curated by Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman, aims to bear witness to the events on Al-Mutanabbi Street and to collectively affirm that the right to a free exchange of ideas and culture in public space is never to be taken for granted. view event

  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    April Vacation Camp @ The Long Barn Educational Initiative at Broadturn Farm

    Full Day Program for 6-10 year olds April 21st-25th, Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm 5/wk members, 5/wk nonmembers ?Shake off those winter blues and get ready for Spring! Broadturn Farm is the place to be! The week will be filled with caring for the animals, starting seedlings, working in the greenhouse, preparing the soil for our very own 'pizza garden', exploration of the farm's fields and forests, and arts & crafts inspired the natural world. Put on your boots and join us! view event

  • 9:00 am

    Paintings by Anne Ireland '94 @ Maine College of Art, Charles C. Thomas Gallery

    Through June 4, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Maine College of Art alum Anne Ireland grew up on a saltwater farm in Maine, where she returns every summer. Ireland's work reveals the ongoing dialog she has with the Maine landscape. Reflecting a complicated and ardent relationship with color, Ireland strives to capture the emotion present in hayfields, stands of pine, and ever-changing skies. Her intent is to "transform the iconic into the newly discovered, transporting the viewer to a place that is at once familiar and foreign, a place that asks questions and demands answers, a place of infinite possibility." view event

  • Leah MacDonald: "The Nudes" @ Susan Maasch Fine Art

    Through April 28. Hand Painted Silver Gelatin Photographs withEncaustic and Pigment. And Sheep Jones: Recent Paintings of the Figure and Architecture. Also, New Works in Cyanotype: Brenton Hamilton. Sculpture: Jonathan Mess and Riv Pyne. view event

  • Leah MacDonald: "The Nudes" @ Susan Maasch Fine Art

    Through April 28. Hand Painted Silver Gelatin Photographs withEncaustic and Pigment. And Sheep Jones: Recent Paintings of the Figure and Architecture. Also, New Works in Cyanotype: Brenton Hamilton. Sculpture: Jonathan Mess and Riv Pyne. view event

  • Jennifer Boilard @ Mainely Frames and Gallery

    Through April 20. Boilard is a self-taught multi-medium artist. Her creations are landscapes or scenes from life, made with watercolor, acrylic, oils, and soft pastels. view event