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On the first Friday evening of every month, the city’s artists, galleries, and arts venues open up their doors for Portland’s thriving First Friday Art Walk.

Upcoming First Friday Art Walk

Friday, March 5, 2021

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Visit 240 Strings events page to see upcoming livestream shows featuring local artists.

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240 Strings announces its 4th livestream of the season! Tracey Jasas-Hardel, of the Portland Piano Trio, will play some solo violin music by two cutting-edge composers on February 26 at 7pm. About the program, Jasas-Hardel says, "The pandemic gave us so much extra time to think and explore. Sourdough baking and knitting were fun to explore, but I also had lots of time to consider violin music. I worked to find pieces that included non-traditional styles and techniques and I'm excited to share them with you!"  Learn more about the livestream here.

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January 22 - April 7, 2021 | A juried exhibition of work by alumni of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship opened at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine on Friday, January 22. The show is open to the public through April 7, 2021.   The 22 pieces of original, contemporary woodwork on display were winnowed from 85 submissions. They encompass a surprisingly wide range of categories, from functional furniture to figurative sculpture, and include decorative vessels, suspended lighting, precious boxes, and small brushes. For Messler Gallery Director Victoria Allport, being in the room with “Alumni and Fellows” provides a welcome respite from the isolation of the pandemic. “Each piece speaks with the voice of its maker, sharing their curiosity, ambitions, skills, private obsessions, and public concerns.”   Jurors for the exhibition were Tib Shaw from St. Paul, MN, who is Curator at the American Association of Woodturners, Josh Vogel from Kingston, NY, who is a designer, maker, and founder of Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co., and Jeremy Zietz from Oakland, CA, who is a principal designer at Steelcase.   The exhibitors in “Alumni and Fellows” are a mixture of professional and avocational woodworkers from across the U.S. who have previously participated in the Center’s courses or its Fellowship program. They include Nick Barboza (Hampden, ME), Greg Bruck (Bedford, OH), Sam Cotton (Hope, ME), Erik Curtis (Philadelphia, PA), Kate Davidson (Milton, MA), Aspen Golann (Bakersville, NC), Duncan Gowdy (Holden, MA), Owain Harris (Center Barnstead, NH), Matthew Hedgepath Smith (Austin, TX), Jamie Herman (Fairport, NY), Anna Hitchcock (Little Compton, NY), Sayer Houseal (Antarctica), R.D. Johnson (Vienna, VA), Alan Kalker (Madison, WI), Kathleen Kilanowski (San Francisco, CA), Sergey Levchin (Brooklyn, NY), Steve Miller (Black Mountain, NC), George Partal (Bangor, ME), John Scanlan (Cleveland, OH), Emma Senft (Madison, WI), Julann Troiano (Chamberlain, ME), and Chelsea Witt (Rockport, ME).   Image: Nick Barboza, Capoano Bench, 2020. Cherry.

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Thanks to everyone who has already sent us work to include on the MFA's Made in Maine collection on Vimeo! Check out your colleagues' music videos, documentary shorts, feature films and their trailers, commercials, narrative films of all lengths – you name it – at vimeo.com/showcase/madeinmaine. Have a made-in-Maine film/video/commercial you'd like us to include? Upload your work that was made in Maine to VIMEO and send the link to info@mainefilm.org.

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In honor of Black History Month, Maine Jewish Film Festival's WEEKEND EDITION series continues in February with two fascinating films highlighting the important connections between Black and Jewish history. Rosenwald and They Ain't Ready For Me. These films are being shown in partnership with the Jewish Community Alliance and are free of charge. Running online February 19-21. Purchase Tickets Here.

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The Maine Film Association Mobile Phone Filmmaking Workshop, led by Neil Shelley, introduces apps and techniques designed to take your mobile filmmaking to the next level; to take control by getting out of “auto” mode to create compelling cinematic images. WHAT: Mobile Phone Filmmaking WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 1–4pm DETAILS: mainefilm.org/mobile-filmmaking COST: FREE to MFA Members; $15 donation for non-members REGISTRATION: via Eventbrite

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Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street

The Chamber is excited to partner with GPCOG, the Portland Public Library, and the United Way of Greater Portland to bring you a Racial and Social Equity Series! This series will be expanding to include reading, podcasts, and more, as well as events aimed at continuing the conversation of advancing racial equity. Learn more and register here.    Please Note: The first batch of resources will be emailed to registrants on Monday, February 1st

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February 25 | Maine Film Association presents Natasha Mayers: an Un-Still Life is a new documentary film that follows Maine's "most committed activist artist" in her quest to engage with the questions that face people-of-conscience today. Hear Natasha’s inspirational call to activism; join her and filmmakers Anita Clearfield and Geoffrey Leighton at the virtual film premiere on February 25! Learn more and buy tickets here

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The Portland Conservatory of Music hosts an ongoing Noonday Concert Series feauturing local musicians. Visit the link to learn more about individual performances. 

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Thursday, Feb. 18, 6:30 PM | On Facebook @PKPortland, and PechaKuchaPortland.org.
 
Our theme on Feb. 18th is “WELCOME.”
Stories of personal journeys, challenges, and triumphs by Portlanders who themselves, or whose families, made their way to Maine from around the world. They bring the richness of many cultures; they share inspiration and insights that are a gift to us all.
 
With special thanks to The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. You will be captivated by the heartfelt stories shared by:
 Marpheen Chan: “Welcome Home”

Claudette Ndayininahaze: “Letting Go”sp;

Veeva Banga: “Dancing With Purpose”
 
Ebenezer Akakpo: “Connecting the Detours”
 
Kerem Durdag: “Dervish Travels on Streets of Jasmine Trees”

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This is a podcast for people who actually love musicals, but are starting to realize that maybe the ones that keep getting produced over and over aren’t exactly holding up. Megan, Chantal, and Kyle are three such people and are doing the work of breaking down these problematic musicals so you don’t have to!   We are releasing new episodes the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. You can listen on our website, or subscribe via your favorite podcast provider.   In our first episode, we break down Grease: The Musical! Listen on Apple Podcasts here, listen on Spotify here.

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

February 16 - March 19 |  Spitting Fire is the inaugural programming series for SPACE’s new Curatorial Fellowships where SPACE staff invite local, national, and international voices to explore ideas in Maine. Our first Curatorial Fellow, Valeria Missalina Bembry, brings her unique background as both a humanitarian and art historian to explore the radical histories and possibilities in using oral traditions, visual storytelling, spoken word performance and “artivism”. Learn more here

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