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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, August 7, 2020

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ONLINE Wednesdays 6-7pm EST via Zoom.   Ongoing weekly drum classes for all levels! For invitation link and payment options and all other information visit www.annegretbaier.com

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Annegret Baier
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Musician, Percussionist, Vocalist, Multi Instrumentalist
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Sundays + Wednesdays - 11:00 AM (60 min) Thursdays - 7:00 PM (60 min) Rate: FREE - Tips welcome via Venmo or Paypal. Move your body, bump 'n' grind, and reclaim some confidence! Dance through some basic burlesque movements, all from the safety of your home. To join in, open the Zoom link shortly before each class time. Kinky Slippers is offering her burlesque classes FREE. If you're able, send her a tip! Online class rates are usually $10-$20. :) Send Venmo tips @KinkySlippers

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Nicole Wolf's Instagram explores the emotions and people behind closed businesses during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This photographic series is ongoing and reflects upon the difficulty small businesses are facing while capturing light and shadow with expert skill. 

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Wednesday Nights - 8:00 PM EDT Wednesday Nights got a lot funnier! Join us on Facebook for live ComedySportz Matches every week. The show is pay-what-you-will, and we can't wait to see you there! Follow us now!

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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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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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Saturdays @ 7:00pm or Sundays@ 2:00pm! CSz Maine and The Fresnel Theater are going virtual! Starting this weekend we will be having ComedySportz Saturdays at 7pm and Sunday Matinees at 2pm. These matches will be streamed live through Zoom for those who wish to register ahead of time, as well as through YouTube live! These events will be pay-what-you-will, so please consider donating to support the ongoing function of the theater. We want to be able to keep the website running as we bring laughs to your living room! Only those on Zoom can vote for who wins, so reserve your spot now! Saturdays at 7pm or Sundays at 2pm

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Fridays from 10-11 a.m. Grab your coffee and join us for a Corner Conversation, a virtual neighborhood check-in hosted by little Woodfords and Friends of Woodfords Corner. The Corner Conversations series is our way to connect with our neighbors and discuss how we can help each other and the Corner during and after this difficult time. RSVP Here.

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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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Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

 Isolating Together: A Public Archive is a new PPL series. In the archive you will find poems, letters, diary entries, original artwork, photos, doodles and comics, and more creative pieces from community members in isolation. 

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Tuesday, July 21st
8:30am - 11:00am
You're invited to Maine Philanthropy Center next week for a conversation with historians, policymakers, and community leaders that explores the history of race within Maine, how racism shows up in our public policy and opportunities for our sector to combat these policies to become an anti-racist state.  Read more about this program.

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Week One: July 20th-24th Elements of Nature Week Two: July 27th-31st Making a World More Beautiful Place The Colby College Museum of Art is excited to announce the first virtual edition of Lively Spaces, our free summer arts day camp program. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the Museum team would like to invite artists to create art in their own homes this summer. For Lively Spaces summer 2020, the Colby College Museum of Art will providing two different themed Art Boxes, each filled with five days worth of art supplies, materials, and instructions. In addition to self-driven projects, the Museum will offer additional online multimedia resources for young artists! Families are invited to register up to three children entering the 3rd through 7th grades per address. Campers may participate in one or both weeks. Register here

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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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Shop Maine Open Online to help keep small retail shops in Maine alive during the COVID-19 crisis. While big online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart have seen an uptick in sales, small retailers and e-commerce businesses, especially here in Maine, have been hit hard. And while many other industries have had calls to action to support their employees, owners, and community, the small Maine retail and e-commerce market needs the same help. Please consider buying from these merchants who are facing huge losses and a daunting future. Give them extra care and patience as it is likely one person packing and shipping your product. If you are a small Maine retailer or online business, please add yourself to our list. And if you need help getting your shop online, please reach out to us at help@maineopenonline.com. Help spread the word and keep small Maine commerce on the map. Share @maineopenonline far and wide with the tag #MaineOpenOnline — the only way through this is together. Image: Sarah Madeira Day

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July 30 – August 9 After shifting plans due to coronavirus, the 2020 program, presented at Thompson’s Point July 30 – August 9, is a sweet marriage of MOFF’s outdoor screening roots and a virtual screening option for those at home. Check out the complete program and get your tickets or pass today at maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com!

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Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Maine Voices Live features conversations between Portland Press Herald writers and notable Mainers. Audience members can experience a memorable night with a Q&A at the end.   Daniel and Marcia Minter are a Portland power couple in the arts, advertising, culture and history scenes. In 2019 they co-founded the Indigo Arts Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to the creative cultivation of artists of African descent. Daniel Minter is an internationally exhibited artist, visual storyteller and illustrator. His artwork reflects abiding themes of displacement and diaspora, ordinary and extraordinary blackness, spirituality in the Afro-Atlantic world, and the creation and recreation of meanings of home. He has illustrated over a dozen children’s books, was twice commissioned to create stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and co-founded the Portland Freedom Trail. He teaches at the Maine College of Art.   Marcia Minter is a seasoned creative professional who has spent her career as an executive creative director for some of the world’s most iconic brands, including an extended time as Vice President Creative Director with L.L. Bean. Marcia is a dedicated arts advocate and community leader, deeply committed to social and cultural activism. Currently she serves on the Maine Arts Commission, the Board of Directors for Maine Media Workshops and College and Portland Ovations and is a Trustee of the Portland Museum of Art.   Join Daniel and Marcia when they sit down with arts reporter Bob Keyes on July 28 at 7:00 p.m.   Register here.

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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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Learn more about online lessons here. How lessons and rehearsals will work: The first week of lessons & ensembles will be used to check in with students and set reasonable/feasible goals based on key factors (instrument access, technology setup, etc.). Instructors and students will think creatively about how they can remain engaged with music on a daily basis, regardless of circumstances. Lessons and rehearsals will be a combination of live video-conferencing with the instructor and offline individual work on established goals/projects. Instructors will be available during offline lesson/rehearsal time to answer student questions and find/create/post student resources in Google Classroom. As always, lessons will be tailored to the needs of each student or ensemble. MAMM’s Registrar will set up lessons as events in GOOGLE CALENDAR. Families will receive an invitation to join the lesson via GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET. Click on the JOIN HANGOUTS MEET link to proceed. 

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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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From Mumbai to Maine
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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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Lindsey Bourassa
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Dance
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Please visit janterweele.com for a virtual gallery of the artist's paintnig. The paintings can also be viewed in-person, by appointment at 11 Avon Street. Jan Studied ar Maine College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art, and on two seperte occasions at the Art Students League of New York. 
Pictured: Lady in Green, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches $800

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Sundays at 9:30am on 89.9, Presented by Maine Humanities Council & WERU Community Radio. "While we're not able to gather Maine communities for in-person Poetry Express events, we are able to capture Mainers reading Maine poetry. These recordings continue to air Sunday mornings at 9:30 am on WERU Community Radio." Listen to the archive

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With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. Here are a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning – especially since the day might otherwise involve a lot of sitting. Move! Play! Create! Visit the site!

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Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

The Portland Public Library staff share some of their favorite websites and apps for learning a new skill, having fun in nature, and making each other laugh. Find the staff picks here!

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT FREE Members / Non-members In this webinar, Manomet’s sustainable small business internship program manager Lora Babb will discuss how to influence the social sustainability practices within your work environment and how to work effectively and engage others in a virtual space. She will also discuss the importance of mentorship in the workplace! REGISTER HERE

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Quarantine Theater Presents is AUDIO literary theater continuing for the duration of the shelter-at-home order. Homegrown, interactive, online. Hunker down and join us! Hear a chapter a week of 5 different books, plus writing, imaginative play, and songwriting prompts for each daily segment from Quarantine Theater. Listen on soundcloud or facebook! 

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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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The Telling Room
225 Commercial St., Suite 201

The Telling Room's podcast features a behind the scenes look at excellent student stories, interviews with founders, teachers, staff, and students, live stories from our Slant series, and a deeper look at the writing process.

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The Telling Room
225 Commercial St., Suite 201

 Coming to you live, from our living rooms to yours, The Telling Room has launched a virtual streaming series, in which Telling Room authors and their program mentor(s) pair up to read selected works and converse about artistic inspiration, youth publishing, and living as writers right now. Audience members (students welcome!) can submit questions via chat. This event takes place every other Thursday. Check back on social media for exact times and list of special guests! 

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Friday, July 17, 2020 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST The Grove at Thompson's Point Thomspon's Point Portland, ME 04102 Join us every Friday in the Tree of 40 Fruits at Grove with our friends One Love Cuisine for an epic night of reggae music, delicious Jamaican food and a full bar (with specialty cocktail rum punch of course). Admission is free! Food, bar and music running from 4pm-8:30pm.

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This exhibition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center is the culmination of beloved Maine artist, Tonee Harbert's first nine months at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. The Museum is closed due to coronavirus concerns, this video was created to share online. For more information, please see his website.

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Tonee Harbert
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Photography
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Gather your friends and family this summer and stay connected through our virtual Zoom Mixology 101 classes. Perfect way to celebrate family reunions, birthdays, or anniversaries. We've created themes for every palate to choose from. Click here for more information or to register

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July 21, noon Portland-based artist, poet, writer, performer, teacher, and activist Kifah Abdulla will demonstrate Arabic calligraphy and share the story of how he incorporates calligraphy into his own work. Originally from Iraq, Kifah lived for many years as a refugee in Jordan and Holland before becoming a U.S. citizen. This program is related to The Sea in a Jug: The Welch Collection of Islamic and Later Indian Art. This event will be live on the Museum's Facebook page

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Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street

Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT FREE Members / Non-members Register Here

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