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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, February 5, 2021

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

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On Sunday, January 24th, from 4:00-5:30, The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, ME will be hosting their 2nd presentation in “The Faces of Stigma” series. This virtual event is open to everyone. Join via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85036559592....
 
“Anti-Immigrant Bias in Maine and What We Can Do About It” will be a presentation and discussion led by Steve Wessler. Participation, education, and understanding are key in helping to combat stigma.

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Jan 4, 2021 – Feb 21, 2021 On View in the Poster Case   Bee Flowers is a collaged paper quilt made of cut up silk screen prints from my series Flowers Bees Love. The original prints were made using the same five screen design and then printed with six separate color combinations each inspired by a specific flower that bees love to pollinate: Meadowsweet, Rugosa Rose, Butterfly Milkweed, Purple Cone Flower, Borage, and Lavender. To create the Bee Flowers collage, I riffed on traditional circle and square quilt patterns and used my silk screen prints that didn’t come out “perfectly,” quartered each one, and then recreated the circles in varying combinations to expand on the illusion of the kaleidoscopic mandala. Learn more.

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Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba dance classes are ongoing! Learn more about the options here.  Tuesday and Thursday classes are free style // Saturday classes are partner dance. All classes run at 413 Broadway, South Portland. Come join us!

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Thursdays at 6pm EST via Facebook Live and IG Live . Join the Seacoast West African Dance & Drum Facebook Group and to stay tuned to Namory’s updates and payment options. 

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All of our events, markets, and pop ups have been canceled in order to keep our community safe, which is unfortunately limiting sales opportunities for our members. We've created this online market with easy curbside pick up to help get their delicious products into your homes! Feeling extra generous and wanting your neighbor businesses to succeed? We'd greatly appreciate any donations directly to Fork Food Lab so we can continue to support our local entrepreneurs. Gift cards are also available to use towards a future event or fun workshop. Please check back frequently as new items will be added each week, and contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have regarding our online market. Thank you so much! IMAGE: Mama Mo's Tunisian Peanut and Sweet Potato Dip. View the online market!

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On View January 8, 2021 - February 19, 2021 Mai Snow is a painter. Snow was born in Perm, Russia and moved to America at the age of 13. Currently, they are splitting their time between Austin, Texas and Portland, Maine. Snow received their MFA from University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Snow’s work celebrates the complexities of queer sexuality, gender, and the non-binary body. They deeply care about language and its ability to shape time, physicality, and openness. Snow has shown their paintings throughout New England, mostly Maine, and in various parts of the Midwest. Learn More about the exhibition.

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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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Ongoing | Our idea for the antidote to the viral disruption happening is that we tout upbeat, positive, and forward looking posts that digitally feature the art and artists in the state of Maine. View the online magazine here. IMAGE: Damir Porobic, Breathe 3, 2020, Archival pigment print, 38 x 38 inches.

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Ongoing - MWPA offers workshops across the state of Maine. With a variety of genres in a multitude of locations, there’s a workshop for all writers.  Please note: all workshops require advance registration. 

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Welcome to Mumbai to Maine: A Culinary Adventure! In celebration of Maine’s 200th birthday I’m excited to launch my podcast with a series, Maine’s Bicentennial Food Podcast. As you know Maine has one of the richest and most fascinating food and drink scenes in the country. This signature series will take a deep dive into Maine’s food story – past, present and future, showcasing Maine’s most creative and accomplished culinary taste-makers, food innovators and entrepreneurs. When I left Mumbai 24 years ago, I never dreamed or imagined that Maine would one day be my home, my happy place. I knew I had to find a portal to somehow share my passion for Indian cuisine and tie it into my deep love for Maine’s rich and dynamic food scene. This Bicentennial Food Podcast series is my gift to Maine on its 200th Birthday! I wanted to provide a platform, a portal of sorts to share some incredible ‘maker’ stories that capture Maine’s entrepreneurial spirit and ethos. I’m hoping with this podcast I am able to deepen the dialogue and conversation as to why Maine is a formidable state for small businesses to thrive, create and innovate. 

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Dec 30, 2020 – Jan 19, 2021   Never See You Again is a meditation on masculinity, suicidal ideation and aging. Created during an artist residency at Studio 153 in Brooklyn, NY over the summer of 2020, this six minute video is the first in a diptych by Portland based multimedia artist Hi Tiger and Emmy award-winning director Eric Miclette. Learn more

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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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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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Sunday, February 14 | YouTube Premiere at 5 PM |
 
Post-concert reception with the artists on Zoom (exclusively for ticket-holders), 
 
Archived concert program available for one week following the premiere,
 
On Sunday, February 14, the Portland Chamber Music Festival (PCMF) presents “Love Notes,” a multi-sensory Valentine’s Day program. Love is boundless, and takes many forms... just like this concert experience. At “Love Notes,” patrons will enjoy beautiful, evocative music from the Baroque era to the present moment, by composers of all ages and diverse cultures, recorded and performed exclusively for the Portland Chamber Music Festival. Dig into culinary pairings with cooking demonstrations by the artists, then join with musicians and fellow music-lovers for a live Zoom reception following the performance.
 
"Love Notes" follows in the PCMF tradition of connecting social “foodie”experiences with Valentine’s Day programs, including "Music Be the Food of Love" with restaurant Sur Lie in 2019, and “Whiskey Chamber Valentine” with Maine Craft Distilling in 2020. For this year’s online version, each of the artists has prepared a particular dish or drink inspired by the piece they are performing. Patrons are encouraged to support local purveyors and restaurants with similarly inspired Valentine’s Day treats.
 
Tickets available at pcmf.org or (800) 320-0257:
 
$40 (“Lovebird” includes personal dedication during the concert broadcast); 
$25 (“Duo”);&nbsp
$10 (“Solo”); 

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SPACE Gallery and Apohdian theater continue their film series. Watch new offerings like Acasa, My Home, Film About a Father Who, and Don’t Just Think I’ll Scream

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