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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, May 7, 2021

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

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021 | 7:00 PM  8:00 PM | 
Please join the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Kelly’s Books to Go for a reading from Lee Sharkey’s new book of poems, I Will Not Name It Except to Say (Tupelo, 2021). This will be the reading that Lee herself might have given if she was still with us. Poet and friend Martha Collins will talk a little about Lee’s process of putting the manuscript together in the last weeks of her life. Lee’s poems will be read by friends and colleagues including Agnes Bushell, Philip Carlsen, Kirun Kapur, Stuart Kestenbaum, Natasha Mayers, Cathleen Miller, Glenn Morazzini, Betsy Sholl, Jeri Theriault, and and Margaret Yocum. Learn more.

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LumenARRT!

On May 7th from 8-9 pm, you might notice huge videos of people kneeling on the buildings in Monument Square, Portland. This is the result of LumenARRT! joining forces with the Kneeling Art Photography Project under the direction of Titi deBaccarat. This community social justice/art project explores the meaning and evolution of the Take-A-Knee gesture by having Maine photographers turn their cameras on diverse Mainers who express why they are kneeling. This project will culminate in a series of art exhibitions throughout the state, as well as the publication of a book.
 
West African drumming from Portland-based New Moon Ensemble will take place from 8:00 to 8:45 pm and the Ideal Maine Social Aid and Sanctuary Band will play the Blues from 8:45 to 9:30 pm for this community art event.

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Thanks to everyone who has already sent us work to include on the MFA's Made in Maine collection on Vimeo! Check out your colleagues' music videos, documentary shorts, feature films and their trailers, commercials, narrative films of all lengths – you name it – at vimeo.com/showcase/madeinmaine. Have a made-in-Maine film/video/commercial you'd like us to include? Upload your work that was made in Maine to VIMEO and send the link to info@mainefilm.org.

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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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