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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, December 4, 2020

Portland Stage
25A Forest Avenue

Live in our (safely-seated) Theater Dec 3 - 24 or Digital Streaming option through Jan 7.
 
This holiday family classic is brought to life in this one-man show adapted by and starring Joel Leffert on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, a few ghostly apparitions, and foley operator Nancy Nichols.  This magical production is guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. 
 
TIME: Shows are at 7pm, with matinees on select days at 2pm  
ADDRESS:
25 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101
 
https://www.portlandstage.org 
 
COST:
12/03-12/05: $35,
12/06-12/18: $40,
12/19-12/24: $50
Seniors age 65+: -$4 off the regular price.
Students age 16+: $20 each.
Children age 4-15: $15 each
Streaming tickets are $25.

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Creative Portland
84 Free Street

July 1, 2020 - April 15, 2021 | Artists responded to the theme 2020 Vision by sharing a personal interpretation of a moment in Maine’s history. They reflected on how we are changing, where have we come from, what have we learned or accomplished, and most importantly -- where do we want to go? View the virtual exhibition featuring 12 local artists and art for sale  here.

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Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

On view from October 2 - December 11, 2020    The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA) is pleased to announce ACOUSTIC RESONANCE, an exhibition focused on the art of sound. Organized in collaboration with the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music, ACOUSTIC RESONANCE includes the work of 11 artists and presents sound as an artistic medium and tool of transformation in our culture today. The exhibition will be on view from October 2 - December 11, 2020, and is free and open to the public via a timed admission process.   Visual artists, like musicians, have used sound as a medium to shape and construct, and in so doing have sought to transform a viewer-listener’s experience. Sound can provoke memory, communicate across barriers, claim a space, or transform a city. The works in ACOUSTIC RESONANCE reflect on sound as a medium and tool of transformation. Imagery, objects, and installations reveal the potent qualities of sound art in our cultural landscape today.   “During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clearer than ever that the air is public space. Within our shared spaces, we distance ourselves to keep safe and raise our voices to be heard,” notes Director of Exhibitions Julie Poitras Santos. “Sound travels through airwaves, it carries across neighborhoods, and through barriers - even at a distance it communicates our longings for each other and our desires for change. ACOUSTIC RESONANCE foregrounds the power of sound to connect us and transform our lives.”    ACOUSTIC RESONANCE highlights the vital art and music intersections at Maine College of Art, in particular, the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music at MECA. The exhibition will be connected with academic courses that reflect on contemporary artists working with sound. Numerous public talks and sound art events will also accompany the exhibition.    For more information about ACOUSTIC RESONANCE and additional public events in conjunction with the exhibition, please visit the ICA website.

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Portland Stage
25A Forest Avenue

Saturday | Nov 7 | 5:30 pm on-line reading followed by LIVE Q&A Saturday | Nov 14 | 5:30 pm on-line reading followed by LIVE Q&A Saturday | Nov 21 | 5:30 pm on-line reading followed by LIVE Q&A   Register to attend the Writers’ Cut - 3 diffferent live readings of the newly published novel, read by the novelist followed by a Live Q&A. Fall in love again with the story that started on Portland Stage and traveled the globe to become on of the most produced plays in history. Read by the Tony-nominated actor and author, John Cariani. Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States―it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just . . . Almost. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost and found. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.   Venue: Portland Stage Address/Weblink: https://portlandstage.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S3Z000006UdAmUAK Time: 5:30pm online reading followed by a live Q&A Cost, if any: Event is free - register online

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Mechanics' Hall

Ongoing   The Mechanics' Hall Library is open for "curbside" service! You can pick up new titles and return old ones. Please visit our website for more details, but here are the basics:    Curbside hours:    Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 am - 3:00pm.  Wednesdays 10:00 am - 2:45 pm     Curbside Basics:    1. Send us an email at library@mainemechanics.org or call us at (207)773-8396 during our curbside hours to request items. Please limit your request to five items.    2. A staff member or volunteer will call you back when your materials are ready to pick up. Your books will be placed on a table in a bag with your name on it right outside the library doors on the 2nd floor.    3. When you arrive at Mechanics' Hall please follow the instructions on the glass door to gain access and pick up your books. You must wear a mask to gain entry and there is no browsing at this time. No exceptions. We ask that you pick up your books and exit the building.  Please note: Any requests received over voicemail might experience a delay in processing. Calling during the curbside hours helps staff get books out faster! 

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Maine Craft Portland

The Maine Crafts Association is thrilled to introduce and invite you to explore our brand new online gallery: SHOP Maine Craft! We are proud to offer for online purchase hundreds of handmade craft objects made by hundreds of Maine craft artists! With the ability to shop in a socially distant manner from your couch, the park, or another state completely, it's never been easier to find and purchase from Maine craft artists. Your purchases directly support Maine craft artists and the Maine Crafts Association (a non profit serving artists since 1983!).   The MCA's mission is to support craft artists with educational, marketing and retail opportunities. During these unprecedented times we are working to support our craft artists in new and creative endeavors. An online shopping platform allows you to safely connect with our artists.   Please browse, share, make purchases and check back at SHOP Maine Craft often. As with our gallery locations, products are constantly changing and many are one of a kind; and in our humble opinion, we think if you like it you should buy it!

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Maine College of Art

Friday, November 20, 6:00pm – Friday, December 11, 6:00pm   This year’s annual Holiday Sale will continue online! Featuring hundreds of handmade items by over 50 MECA students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the college, this always popular annual sale brings the Portland community and beyond together. Learn more.   Now, more than ever, artists and students need your support.   While the sale has moved online, we will still have our Featured Artists Raffle. The raffle showcases pieces by six MECA alumni who are selected by the jury. Raffle tickets are $5 for 1 ticket or $25 for 6 tickets, and all proceeds benefit the MECA Student Scholarship Fund. Also, Friday, November 20, 5:00 – 5:30pm (via Zoom), join MECA to Meet the Makers, for Festive Cocktails, Holiday Sale Gift Picks from the Experts, and Pre-Sale Shopping. Learn more.

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One Monument Square
One Monument Square

Get your concert fix with OLS' live streamed shows. Use this link to find upcoming live streams along with archived shows! Donations are shared between both artists and OLS. Please share the stream to spread the music!  Image: Liz Longley.

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State Theatre

Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21. In response to the devastating financial impact the current global health crisis continues to have across the live music industry and on local music venues, the Maine Music Alliance (MEMA) is proud to announce the SAVE MAINE STAGES fundraising weekend on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21.< November 20 will be the premiere of the fundraising film SAVE MAINE STAGES. The film will feature songs and words from the Ghost of Paul Revere, Lady Lamb, The Mallett Brothers Band, Weakened Friends, Rustic Overtones, Bell Systems, Kenya Hall, Oshima Brothers and many other musicians who have felt the enormous negative impact of having Portland’s music venues still dark after being the first businesses to close in March. While the film premier will be free, Maine Music Alliance (MEMA) will be soliciting donations throughout the night in order to benefit the most vulnerable local venues. The film premier will be livestreamed on multiple venue platforms. November 21 will feature a livestream concert from the State Theatre featuring Brit Martin, Suzie Assam, Sydney, Viva, Hannah Harleen & S6ef with DJ Graphic Melee. The livestream will also be a free, donation based event.

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St.

Enjoy Maine's Bicentennial History from Home! Components of our major Bicentennial exhibition are now a click away, on Maine Memory Network! Kick back with a mug of java or tea and discover that the history of how Maine became a state is rooted in the stories of people. The separation from Massachusetts in 1820 had different meanings and implications for residents grounded in geography, culture, race, and economic standing. View the exhibition.

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State Theatre

Visit https://statetheatreportland.com/ to view upcoming livestreams. 

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Portland Stage
25A Forest Avenue

Digital on Demand viewing through November 22, 2020   After a year of writing letters, Matt Friedman travels from St. Louis to Lebanon, Missouri to try and convince Sally Talley to marry him. As the two re-examine their relationship, they explore the complexities of human connection and the different forms that a romantic partnership can take.   PLEASE BE ADVISED: Masks are required to enter the Portland Stage Building. Masks must tightly cover the mouth and nose and must remain on at all times. Learn more and purchase tickets.

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Grant Wahlquist Gallery

11/11/20 – 12/19/20 Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “The Party’s Over,” an exhibition of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and video spanning the past four decades of contemporary art. Coming at the close of what countless headlines have described as a “year like no other,” it casts a backward-looking glance at the promise and disappointment of American life fully conscious of Walter Benjamin’s declaration that “[t]he tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘emergency situation’ in which we live is the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight.”[1] By transforming, distorting, or subverting images and icons alternately hopeful and oppressive, the works featured in “The Party’s Over” share a spirit of art making as critique, reclamation, survival, and joy.    Artists: D-L Alvarez, Patrick Charles Brown, Diana Cherbuliez, Mary Beth Edelson, Marisol Escobar, Mores McWreath, Nyeema Morgan, Jill Poyourow

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

Through December 31, 2020.
The Apohadion Theater and SPACE are pleased to co-present an ongoing series of virtual film screenings in 2020. All proceeds from this series will go to support The Apohadion Theater during its COVID-19 closure. Browse current offerings, with new films added to the roster each month.

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