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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, October 2, 2020

The Telling Room
225 Commercial St., Suite 201

OCTOBER 2ND | 8:00 - 9:30pm
We proudly present Show & Tell: A Virtual Literary Spectacular — a newly envisioned celebration of The Telling Room’s mission to empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. This heartfelt and dynamic variety show will be safely performed without an audience in the State Theatre and delivered to your device so you can experience it from the comfort of your own home—or anywhere! 
 
Show & Tell 2020 will feature the full original lineup: a solo musical guest appearance by Lady Lamb, storytelling by Kelly Corrigan and Phuc Tran, and readings by Telling Room Poets, all as produced and directed by Sean Mewshaw. Plus a few surprises, of course!
 
Premiere date: Friday, October 2, 2020, 8pm - 9:30pm Can’t watch October 2? You can buy your ticket today and watch at a time that works for you after the premiere. 
 
VIRTUAL TICKET DETAILS are available below or find out more at showandtellportland.com.
 
WE ALSO HAVE ANOTHER AMAZING RAFFLE THIS YEAR! If you've been dreaming of a 2021 summer getaway to Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, you're in luck! All the details and your chance to buy raffle tickets are available at showandtellportland.com.  

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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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Embody the Rhythm brings weekly Guinea style West African Dance Classes to Portland, ME with dancer/choreographer Marita Kennedy-Castro, and live drum accompaniment from a talented crew of local drummers including master drummer Namory Keita from Sangbaralla, Guinea.

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Fork Food Lab

Saturday October 3rd from 4:00-7:00pm

Join us for Fork Food Lab's first ever socially distanced, fully outdoor Fall Member Market!

Things you MAY do at this year's market:
- Meet the makers themselves in person;
- Safely sample some of their delicious creations;
- Purchase from a diverse array of local food products including frozen meals, sweet treats, hot sauces, CBD products, snacks, & more;
- Learn about the cooking classes our members offer;
- Enjoy an authentic Ethiopian dinner from @niyatcatering;
- Have a glass of wine or a local beer;
- Learn more about FFL at our information table;
- Hang out in a safe outdoor environment;
 
Things you MUST do at this year's market:
- Wear a face mask unless eating/drinking at a designated table
- Follow the CDC recommended guidelines to socially distance
- Respect the signs and directions indicating flow and proper spacing
- Take your temperature (thermometer provided) if you would like to enter the facility to use the restroom
 
Given that FFL is a 24/7 working kitchen for our members' usage and their businesses rely on it's sanitization in order to operate, guests will NOT be allowed into the facility, other than to use the restroom. Though we'd love to have you inside for a tour or to check out our space, we hope you understand that this is to protect our member's working space to ensure the safety and sustainability of their active businesses that are a vital part of our local economy!
 
In order for us to better prepare for this event, we ask that you please register using the Eventbrite link below to let us know you may be coming! This event is FREE - but registration is helpful for our team to plan accordingly.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, please DM our Instagram or Facebook.
 
We hope to see you on October 3rd! Register now.

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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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Take a virtual tour of Congress Street, or find a walking tour that will bring fresh air during social distancing measures! 

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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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We're excited to announce phase two of our live streaming concert series! We're now able to host bands in the club and we're psyched to be able to featuring some of our favorite local artists – finally back on our stage! Please enjoy this free concert series—but maybe you'll consider contributing the money you normally would spend on a ticket to a show or the money you might spend on a couple of drinks. Your donations are truly appreciated and we are grateful for any amount you may be able to share.
 
You can check out all the action at www.livefromphome.com

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Maine Jewish Museum POP UP
67 Washington Avenue

Opening Day September 17, 2020 11am – 5pm; Exhibition runs September 17, 2020 through October 18, 2020.

The Art of Going Home – Miklos Pogany with guest curator Laurie Perzley:
Hungarian-born Maine resident, Miklos Pogany, is a prolific artist with an impressive exhibition history and work in the permanent collections of many major museums. A master of multiple media, Pogany creates vivid works based on nature and the built environment, exploring and pushing the parameters of each medium. The artist describes his motivation as follows: "I react to wonder, desires, conflicts, meanings, memories, revenge, sexuality, love and death. I gather all these fragments and make some personal sense of it all." Through his work, Miklos Pogany strives to make sense of life’s fragments - desire, conflict, memory, sex, love, death.  He views his role as an artist to be that of both record keeper and conjurer, to both document history and evoke wonder. Pogany’s work is in the collections of museums throughout the country and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, the Fogg Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris).

Building with Shadows – Alice Spencer:
For many years I have used handwoven textiles-their patterns, structures and stories-as a reference in my work. In this body of work, I draw on 19th century Uzbek ikat textiles. These glorious tie-dyed weavings were used primarily for women’s coats and featured repeated symmetrical motifs.The patterns in my work are made, literally, from the ground up. I sun print the shadows of sticks, grass and weeds then choose parts of the prints to mirror-reflect and add to the first parts. The resulting bilateral forms are made into stencils. Each pattern in the work is built using multiple stencils.

I began making this work almost 4 years ago when I returned to my studio after several years of absence. We had a new president and the world around me felt precarious. Each day in the studio offered a kind of counternarrative, confirming the continued presence of balance, beauty and order.

The work in this show honors the Jewish artisans in 19th century Bukhara who were the master dyers of ikat textiles and the unsung collaborators in one of the world’s most vibrant textile traditions. Each painting in this exhibit uses indigo blue, the color for which they were best known.

Additionally, the Pop-Up space for the Maine Jewish Museum has an additional corridor made available to us to exhibit work by artists who have been past exhibitors at MJM.

Corridor:
Anne Hebebrand - Small Abstract Paintings; 
Henry Isaac - Small paintings of Napal, Vermont, South Harpswell and Portland, Casco Bay; 
Rush Brown – “Guggenheim Series”; 
Marjorie Moore – “Shell Game Series”; 
 
Invited Guest Gallery Wall:
Jane Banquer - “Black Lives Matter”
Rush Brown - “Frenetic Seascape”
Bruce Brown - “Looking Down at St. Petersburg” photograph;
Jean Shonwater – “Song Without Words”

Pictures: Miklos Pogany, Il Passero Solitario, 1983, oil, wax, acrylic, pastel on canvas, 65 x 48 in.

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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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Due to Covid-19 developments, all group classes will take place ONLINE until further notice. To enroll, simply email Lindsey at Info@BourassaDance.com about which class(es) you are interested in. Once your payment is processed, you will receive class content in your email inbox each week by 5 pm on the day of your selected class. Content will include instructional videos that you can do at your leisure and as many times as you would like, as well as resources that highlight history, culture, a specific artist, structure and the like. This is the honor system, and a way to support the arts and small businesses through this trying time. Therefore, please do not share your link with others who are not enrolled in the online class(es). Thank you and let's keep dancing!

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Through October
The Oratorio Chorale is pleased to offer virtual music workshops for our community this fall. October courses in music theory, sight-reading, and choral history are open to all interested singers. All courses will take place via Zoom. All supplementary materials will be shared via DropBox link. Each course meets weekly for 45 minutes over a period of four weeks. Class sizes are limited to allow interaction and student participation. We plan to offer additional workshops later this fall and winter, depending on interest. Register now

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We are a Portland, Maine company connecting local music fans, artists, and venues in the simplest most delightful way possible. We're deeply passionate about music, the vibrant communities that surround them, and providing a sustainable way for live musicians to be successful—whatever your definition. Visit the link below to see local live stream music listings! Full listings here!

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Premiere date: Friday, October 2, 2020, 8pm - 9:30pm. We proudly present a newly envisioned Show & Tell — a celebration of The Telling Room’s mission to empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world! This heartfelt and dynamic variety show will be safely performed without an audience in the State Theatre and delivered to your home. It will feature a solo musical guest appearance by Lady Lamb, storytelling by Kelly Corrigan and Phuc Tran, and readings by Telling Room Poets, as produced and directed by Sean Mewshaw.    You may enjoy the show in the comfort of your own home, either sharing the experience simultaneously with others when the video goes live, or watching at your convenience at a later time.    This year, Show & Tell coincides with the release of A New Land, a groundbreaking anthology of thirty best-ever poems written by Telling Room poets that shows us a truly brave new world where youth voices carry us forward. They ask us to consider, as a community, who we were "when we began," "where we are now," and "who we are becoming." Some of our students will read their poems from A New Land as part of the show!   We look forward to sharing details about how you can experience the October 2nd premiere—as well as raffle information—in the coming weeks.   The Show & Tell experience must go on!

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October 8 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
 
The Power of WE - 2020 and Beyond
 
Innovation | Collaboration | Inclusion
 
Join us virtually on October 8 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm to celebrate the work of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center (IWC).
 
IWC staff, partners, and program participants will reintroduce our four pillars: the iEnglish Project: Digital Language Literacy, the Immigrant Business Hub, the Citizenship & Civic Engagement Initiative and the IWC Co-Working Hub. Tune in to hear how you can directly support the continuing mission to strengthen the immigrant community through language acquisition, economic integration and civic engagement.

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