3D: Contemporary Works from the Farnsworth
Sculpture of many forms creates spatial magic on a macro and human scale as visitors weave their way among the three-dimensional mix of work on view in the Crosman Gallery. Ranging from wall-mounted pieces in low relief to mixed media floor installations, and from hard-edged to organic structures laden with metaphor, most works were made over the past four decades and given to the Farnsworth by their makers or by generous collectors.
“From the first notes there [is] no doubt of being in the presence of something special,” says The Strand of award-winning violinist, Ray Chen. Lauded as “one of the greatest hopes of the violin world” (Rondo), Chen has a reputation for uncompromising rhythmic integrity, rock-solid technique and lush sound. His Carnegie Hall debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as well as his sold-out Musikverein concert with the Gewandhaus Orchestra were both met with standing ovations. Maine audiences know him from the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s Virtuosi program. $42.00
Contemporaries Winter Bash
The annual Contemporaries Winter Bash is perfectly timed to occur halfway between holiday parties and springtime outings, to provide Contemporaries members with a chance to share some cocktails and laughs, and experience a burst of excitement and energy to help them through to warmer weather. This is one of the hottest dates on Portland's social calendar, and you won't want to miss out. portlandmuseum.org
First Friday Art Walk
The Portland Art Gallery holds a special reception open to the public on First Fridays. The gallery will feature Art Collector Maine artists and refreshments.
1st Annual Fire & Ice Fete
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a cash bar, charity auction, and dancing to support the efforts of the Junior League of Portland, ME. This non-profit organization of women is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Boy Meets Girl
Portland Ballet presents Boy Meets Girl...and the rest is history. PBC brings the American Songbook to life in a series of vignettes set in an Italian restaurant - created especially for Valentine's Day! Show runs February 6, 7, 13, 14.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Right in time for Mardi Gras, the “quintessential New Orleans institution” (The New York Times) brings the sounds of the French Quarter to Portland. One can’t hear the funky tuba lines, backbeat drumming, sax rifts or indelible grooves without being instantly transported back to the pulsing and infl uential era of 1960s New Orleans. Having recently celebrated its fi ftieth anniversary with a recording and sold-out Carnegie Hall concert that included My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Mos Def and others — Preservation Hall is set to usher in the next decade of world class jazz. $44.00
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BEAUSOLEIL have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BEAUSOLEIL avec MICHAEL DOUCET take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. FromThe Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BEAUSOLEIL continues to captivate audiences the world over.
Maine Audubon's Annual Winter Carnival
Join in on a fun day of outdoor exploration and hands-on activities for all ages (including a live Snowy Owl)! The Maine Audubon Society will launch their new children's book, A Snowy Owl Story (Islandport Press). Make crafts, listen to live music, enjoy refreshments, and more!
Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers
Eight year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero, Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey. “Everybody Loves Pirates” features 15 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets, and an 8 foot paper-mache pirate ship. For ages 4 and up.
The Big Easy
Travel to the heart of the bayou with us as we celebrate Mardi Gras and the flavors of New Orleans. We’ll take you through the art and science behind food and wine pairing, as you sip on wine and munch on hors d’oeuvres with blended influences from French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian cuisine. $40.00 per person
Broadway National Tour: Million Dollar Quartet
Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the fi rst and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll,” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, friendships and celebrations, featuring timeless hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. Shows at 4:00pm and 8:00pm. $70.00
The Whipping Man
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez will begin at Portland Stage on February 24 and run through March 15. The war may be over, but the battle for the hearts of the soldiers and civilians wages on. The American Civil War still echoes in our hearts, and illuminates the age old question "What does it mean to win a war?"
Extinctions in America - Lessons from the Past & for the Present
2014 marked the centennial of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction. It will also be remembered as the year of the federal government’s listing of the Red Knot bird as a threatened species. Join Eddie Woodin, conservationist and local art collector, and Deborah Cramer, author of forthcoming book, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab & an Epic Journey (Yale University Press), for an interactive presentation about the lessons we have learned (or should have learned) from the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction and what the future portends for the Red Knot.
SailMaine Winter Warm-Up Party
The SailMaine Winter Warm-Up Party will include a skipper auction, live music, food, cash bar, and fun! All proceeds from this event will benefit the SailMaine scholarship program.
Center for Grieving Children Auction and Dinner Gala
This annual event raises much needed funds for The Center for Grieving Children and is a sell out every year. In 2014 the event raised $180,000.
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