Past Events

 

FEBRUARY

Feb 13: Childrens Puppet Workshop 3:30-4:30 cpw

Join us with master puppeteer and instructor Nance Parker of Shoestring Theater (along with special guest puppeteers) for a hands-on class making puppets.
Students will create their own puppets and a cast of characters for Alice in Wonderland. Participants will have the opportunity to perform this summer in the premiere of the Alice in Wonderland puppet show at the Portland Performing Arts Festival.
Cost for the 7-week workshop is $100, includes materials.
Scholarships available for students of financial need.
Feb 6-March 27, no class Feb 20
Ages 6-11
limit 8 students
Please email Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org or call 207-615-3609 to sign up.

Feb 13: Marimba Class 6-7:30 http://mayostreetarts.org/2013/01/01/marimba-classes-for-adults-and-kids/

Feb 15: Tango with DJ Adira

Milonga del Este, 8:00pm – midnight

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All levels of dancers gleefully welcomed! – try out your new shoes, ask someone you’ve never danced with before, meet local teachers…bla bla bla.

Golden Age and Contemporary Tangos, Milongas and Valses with a few surprises thrown in! Birthday Valses,Chacareras (we’re getting better!), yummy refreshments provided along with alt-bev (non-alcoholic).

Please bring indoor shoes, observe line of dance, try out your cabaceo, and clear the floor and find a new partner on the cortina

Hosted and organized by DJ Adira (and probably a lot of help from tango friends). Feel free to call with questions: 207 415 7204, or email: Adira@emmaholder.com

Feb 16: XO, MAYO – A night to slather on the mayo with Panda Bandits, The Last Sip, and Lovers of Fiction.

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Door prizes, specialty drinks, mystery guests, X’s and O’s….

Doors at 7:30 admission $5-10 suggested donation

Feb 17: Improv Intensive, 12pm-4pm

We will cover the basics of improv, basics of scene work, play and have fun.

Space is limited, reserve your spot today!                                                                                                                                                                      Cost: $75                                                                                                                                                                                    http://rwsimprov.weebly.com/classes.html

Feb 20: Marimba Class 6-7:30

http://mayostreetarts.org/2013/01/01/marimba-classes-for-adults-and-kids/

Feb 21: Marimba Class 5:45-7:15

http://mayostreetarts.org/2013/01/01/marimba-classes-for-adults-and-kids/

Feb 22: Metal Feathers Record Releasewith Leaves LeavesWood Burning Cat and aLEX kEATON.

Doors 7:30pm, $5

Metal Feathers will be at Mayo Street Arts on Friday, February 22nd to share the release of Handful of Fog, a full length album on vinyl put out by Teenarena Records.  Leaves LeavesWood Burning Cat, and aLEX kEATON join them.

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Metal Feathers
http://metalfeathers.com
http://metalfeathers.bandcamp.com

Leaves Leaves
Portland 4-piece’s latest album “Tuna Boots” can be heard at:
http://leavesleavesband.bandcamp.com

Wood Burning Cat
Epic powerpop for music appreciators everywhere:  Jason will tell you the key the song is in before he plays it in case you want to hum along.
http://woodburningcat.bandcamp.com

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is not online – but we’re pretty sure they’ll give their latest album, supershit, for free to anyone at the show.  Experimental noise pop beach music.

Feb 23: DEEP RIVER

Deep River is a four-piece band that mines the great rock songwriting of the ’70s and ’80s, including The Band, John Prine, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Grateful Dead.  When Deep River plays, singing-along and dancing follow.

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Feb 27: Children’s Puppet Workshop 3:30-4:30

Feb 28: Marimba Class 6-7:30

Feb 29 Marimba Class 5:45 – 7:15

MARCH

March 1: MSA Studio Artists First Friday Art Opening, ‘MADE AT MAYO!’ 5-8pm LIVE MUSIC BY GIN MILL JULEP

March 2: Marimba class with Matt 9:45- 11:45

March 2: Tango with Dominic 12-3 Milonga  8-12

March 3: Children’s Puppet Workshop Presents: Bonnie Duncan-”Squirrel Stole My Underpants”, doors 1:30/show 2pm. Tickets $4kids/$8 adults:

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/338135

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Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous
squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world
emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands.
Will our lonely heroine rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? Join us on this
adventure to find out!

Recent Jim Henson Foundation awardee  Bonnie Duncan grew up in the South where she danced and swam

competitively. She studied education and theatre in college and grad

school where she developed a knack for costuming on the cheap and
acting in original theatre pieces. She danced for eight years with Snappy
Dance Theater, where she became addicted to being thrown around by
good-looking men. Bonnie creates and performs solo puppet shows for
adults in her living room and in fancy theaters. She also does some
costume design on the side and is mom to Jack Ozro (four), Rex &
Adelaide (one & one).

March 5: SLOW FOOD 6-8pm

March 6: Children’s Puppet Workshop 3:30-4:30

March 6: Marimba Class 6-7:30

March 7: Marimba Class5:45-7:15

March 8: Jerks of Grass, 8pm

Hello Music Lovers!
Jerks of Grass are a high-energy bluegrass quartet from Portland, ME. Gathered around one microphone in the traditional style, with one foot in traditional and the other in progressive roots music, over the past decade New England’s own Jerks of Grass have become a formidable purveyor of their own brand of bluegrass music.

Doors at 7:30/Show at 8pm

Tickets are $10 at the door

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March 9: Marimba class with Matt 9:45- 11:45

March 9:   ALHAN Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, 8pm

ALHAN performs classical and popular Arabic and Turkish music of the 17th to the 21st centuries. The group features Eric LaPerna; riqq, darbuka and nay, Tom Kovacevic; oud, nay and vocals, Madeleine Hanna; lead vocals and frame drum and Lauren Hastings; violin. Alhan’s repertoire is drawn from compositions of some of the preeminent composers of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. They also perform muwashshahat, a song form developed in 10th  century Andalusia and performed throughout the modern Arab world.

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March 10: Children’s Puppet Workshop presents: Michael Lane Trautman- “King Pong’s Ping Pong Rodeo”, doors 1:30pm/show 2:00pm. Tickets $4 kids/$8 adults:

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/338148

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Variously identified as a visual comic, performance artist, new vaudevillian, mime (gasp), physical comedian, storyteller, magician, and fool, Michael Trautman shares his latest show about all things ping-pong: magic, juggling, comedy, verbal humor, physical humor, and audience participation.

March 13: Children’s Puppet Workshop 3:30-4:30

March 13: Marimba Class 6-7:30

March 14: Marimba Class 5:45-7:15

March 15: Milonga Del Este with DJ Adira, 8pm

March 16: Marimba class with Matt 9:45- 11:45

March 16: A Glitzy Gala

Featuring Ashley Lopez of Oregon
and dancers from all around New England for
an Evening of Belly Dance!
Doors at 7:30pm; Show 8-10pm

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door                                                                                                                         http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/328023

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March 17: Children’s Puppet Workshop presents: Masque Theater- “This World, the Next, and Then The Peach Orchard”, doors 1:30pm/show 2pm. Tickets $4 kids/$8 adults:

RESERVE TICKETS HERE:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/338162 

1AzaleaLarry Hunt is a critically acclaimed mask maker and performer who has performed his work across four continents with the touring company he founded Masque. The vignettes of This World, the Next, and Then the Peach Orchard demonstrated a range of emotions including laughter, fear, and hope by combining over 20 masks and puppets with clowning in approximately 11 different situations.

March 20: Children’s Puppet Workshop presents a scene from Alice in Wonderland at the Portland Public Library 4:00 pm.

March 20: Marimba Class 6-7:30

March 21: Marimba Class5:45-7:15

March 21: Tangled Up In Blue, 8pm

Tangled Up in Blue (better known as the TUIB) is Yale University’s only undergraduate American folk music singing. TUIB was formed in 1986 and has since toured all over the country. When they aren’t touring, TUIB draws huge on-campus audiences at several regular yearly concerts. This fun-loving group of 16 friends has a diverse repertoire of American folk songs – they sing anything from Stephen Foster and Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash and Paul Simon. Both the older and newer parts of the repertoire are sure to please any audience.

Doors at 7:30/Show at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 adults/$5 students                                                                               Purchase your tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348791

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March 22: Sinking City Beat Night, 8pm

With Jeff Beam, Henry Jamison, Theodore Treehouse

Doors at 7:30pm, $5 all ages

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March 23: Marimba class with Matt 9:45- 11:45

March 23: Greg’s Rock Show

March 24: Children’s Puppet Workshop presents: Shayna Barry with special guest musician Libby Kirkpatrick- “The Fofer Show”, doors 1:30pm/show 2:00pm. Tickets $4 kids/$8 adults:

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/340406

The Fofer Show is a magical, musical, moving storybook, transporting audiences to the special secret island of Fof, home to the multi-colored furry Fofers and their gentle four-legged friends, the Peaceballs. The performance features multimedia artist Shayna Barry’s imaginative tales and gentle guitar and ukulele playing. Her soothing voice is accompanied by beautifully illustrated projected animations she’s created, which include song lyrics so young readers can follow along.

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March 27: Children’s Puppet Workshop presents “A Scene from Alice in Wonderland” 4pm

March 29: Contra Dance with Soupbone, Dugan Murphy calling. 8pm, $7

March 30: The Femme Show

With dance, spoken word, drag, burlesque and performance art from award winning artists, The Femme Show  is an ongoing touring show exploring all aspects of femme identity.  This is queer art for queer people, with a variety of diverse perspectives on femme identity that can be thoughtful, sad, funny, sexy, and fun. The Femme Show is available for performances and workshops at conferences, schools, and community events.

Doors at 7:30 show at 8pm. Tickets: $11 in advance, $14 at the door. BUY TIX HERE:                                                                                                                                      http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/329798

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March 31: Children’s Puppet Workshop presents: Brad Shur of Puppet Showplace Theater- “The Yankee Peddler”, doors 1:30pm/ show 2pm. Tickets $4 kids/$8 adults:

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/338180 

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THE YANKEE PEDDLER: STORIES AND SONGS FROM OLD NEW ENGLAND
By Brad Shur and Chris Monti, Puppet Showplace Theatre
Ever wanted to sing along with a sea shanty? Or dive deep into a fox’s den? In a whirlwind tour of New England’s lesser-known folklore, audiences will discover a giant sailor, a fashionable bear, and the world’s largest wheel of cheese. Drawing from three hundred years of stories, songs, and local history, this show is a delight for audiences of all ages.

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April 6: Burrow CD Release Show 

Burrow is the debut album from Maine-based songwriter Max García Conover. In the last two years, Conover put out two EPs; garnered songwriting awards and positive reviews; was voted Portland’s Best New Act in The Portland Phoenix; and wrote and recorded this quick-fingered, startling full-length album.

Burrow was mixed, mastered, and co-produced by Pete Morse (Red Vault Recording). It is being released through Clip Records, a Portland-based independent label. The album art is by local painter Meghan Howland.

A portion of sales of Burrow goes to Evergreen Health Services (formerly AIDS Community Services), a nonprofit working to provide medical services and support to marginalized populations. More information on what they do at evergreenhs.org.

Doors a 6:30, show at 7:00pm. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased here: burrow.brownpapertickets.com

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April 7: Portland Children’s Film Festival

Visit http://www.portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com/ for more details

April 12: Maine Marimba Ensemble with The Portland Rhumba Project and Fwatza Marimba

Maine Marimba Ensemble performs captivating complex polyrhythmic arrangements of traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music on their spectacular set of homemade marimbas. Their music is amazing and not to be missed. It’s joyous dance music like you’ve never experienced.

Doors at 7:30p, show at 8:00pm.

Cost: The Maine Marimba Ensemble will be asking for a $5-$10 donation for Tariro, Tariro works in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women.

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April 13: Comedy Show

The Portland Comedy Co-op has one goal, eliminate frowning and sadness by bringing the best comedy shows they can to Portland, Maine. This group, made up of local stand up comedians, Jordan Handren-Seavey, Joe Timmins, Will Green, Aharon Hebert, Travis Curran, and James Spizuoco, entertains audiences with their humorous musings, jokes about things, and funny sounds.  Suggested for adults 18 and up.

Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/344351

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April 14: MotionFolk Theater- “The Snow Queen”, doors 1:30pm/show 2pm. Tickets $4 kids/$8 adults:

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/340412

When a young boy named Kai is taken from his home by the Snow Queen, his dearest friend Gerda travels the world in hopes of seeing him again. ‘MotionFolk Theater’ adapts Hans Christian Andersen’s classic talk through a mix of shadow and rod puppetry, and mask theater.

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April 20: Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble

The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble presents music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas.

The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble appears as a duo, trio and a quartet, and has performed at venues throughout New England, the East Coast and the Midwest.

Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble is made up of Amos Libby (oud, vocals), Eric LaPerna (riqq, daff, tabla and nay), and Duncan Hardy {qanun}. They will also be accompanied by Jamileh Jeanne Handy who will perform authentic Arabic belly dancing.

Doors at 7:30pm/Show at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 in advance/$12 day of and can be purchased here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/351443

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April 21: Tanglewood Marionettes- “An Arabian Adventure”, doors 1:30 pm/show 2pm. Tickets $4 kids/ $8 adults:

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/338193

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Featuring over a dozen beautifully hand-crafted marionettes and exquisite “story-book” style scenery, An Arabian Adventure tells the tale of a Persian prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess. The soundtrack features classical and traditional Middle Eastern Music.

The program is presented with the marionettists in full view, so that the audience can witness first hand the mechanics of puppet manipulation. Replete with clever stage illusions and lighting effects, An Arabian Adventure is an action-packed drama that is sure to delight audiences of all ages while introducing them to the magical world of puppet theater.

Founded in 1993 by Anne Ware and Peter Schaefer, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England.

April 24: The Cafe Review Launch Event

Join The Cafe Review family and friends  for a community launch party to celebrate the journal’s spring issue, which features a cover by local artist Ed King. Co-hosted with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the celebration will include brief readings, live music, and a raffling-off of Ed’s fantastic cover art.

Doors at 6:30pm/ Show at 7:00pm.

April 26: HillyTown presents- Mount Sharp with Leaves Leaves and Conjjjecture

Doors at 8:00pm/ Show at 8:30pm. $5 cover at the door.

Mount Sharp                                                                                                                                             Brooklyn, NY based Mount Sharp’s debut album can be heard at: http://mountsharp.bandcamp.com/

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Portland 4-piece’s latest album “Tuna Boots” can be heard at:
http://leavesleavesband.bandcamp.com

Conjjjecture                                                                                                                                                   Portland locals Conjjecture’s latest songs can be heard at: http://conjjjecture.bandcamp.com/

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April 28: Paper Bull Puppets- “WISHES”, doors 1:30pm/show 2pm. Tickets $4 kids/$8 adults

RESERVE TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/338205

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Paper Bull Puppets Invites you to come see their new puppet play WISHES. Come and meet Sea Gods, Fairies, Parrots, and a little girl named Lulu who has a lamp she’s convinced is magic. WISHES is a creative telling of fair tales and fables that all have one thing in common, that sometimes we ought to be careful what we wish for. With stories by The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Andrew Lang brought to life by Rod, Bunraku and Shadow Puppets by South Portland’s Paper Bull Puppet Company, WISHES is a family friendly delight for all ages.

Founded in 2010 Paper Bull Puppets is committed to bringing the art of puppetry to Maine’s main stages. Based in South Portland Paper Bull collaborates with local theaters and performing artists and furthers the art of puppetry through outreach, education, and performance.

April 27: 2013 Rhythmic Cypher Slam Team Fundraiser

Come to a great fundraiser event featuring Dominique Ashaheed, Marty Mcconnell, and Speaker For The Dead to raise funds for the 2013 Rhythmic Cypher Slam Team!

Rhythmic Cypher is a poetry and music showcase and open mic which happens every sunday night in Portland ME. This year, we have become registered as an NPS recognized poetry venue, allowing us to send a team to compete in the National Poetry Slam, The Individual World Poet Slam, and the Women of The World Poetry Slam! To achieve this, RC is raising funds to send poets to Boston to the National Poetry Slam Competition. Performing at this event are several amazing artists, including Dominique Ashaheed, and Marty Mcconnell.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/RhythmicCypher?fref=ts

Doors at 6:30pm/Show at 7:00pm. Tickets:  $10 in advance, $15 at door. Purchase your tickets here: RCslamteam.brownpapertickets.com

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May 2: Mark Tipton & Friends play South American Folk Music

Along with Jimmy Dority, Jacob Forbes, and Chris Sprague, Mark presents Jazz-inflected versions of some of his favorite South American Folk Songs.  These are highly-contemplative, soothing melodies that will awaken the spirit and quiet the mind.

Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 adults and $7 for students and seniors.

May 3: First Friday Art Walk- Big Thaw on the Wall + Handmade Silent Auction

This month, Mayo Street Arts hosts several local artists who have participated in The Big Thaw and Chill craft fairs.  Artists showing include Kris Johnsen, Brooke Hoerner, and Bevin Holmberg.  There will be a silent auction showcase of goods from local handmakers to raise funds for Mayo Street Arts.  Street parking available.

Please join us from 5 to 7pm to view new works and enjoy refreshments.

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May 4: Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland

The night will feature Voom Voom Valhalla, Lumbersmack Sally, Black Mamba, Sally Slam, Er “Nasty” Ne Tomlin, Superhero Acog Girl, and more! Music by Zombie Beach! Proceeds of the evenings events will benefit A Company of Girls.

Doors at 6:30pm/Event starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $7

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May 9: SheSpeaks: Rebel Yell

Join us for an evening of storytelling that explores and celebrates the power of women’s voices – individually and collectively – and how it is a force of change in the world. The women of this SheSpeaks will offer perspective, inspiration and some good food for thought along with a few laughs. Lael will be the emcee of this event and will be weaving together the five stories in the context of the topic of “Rebel Yell’”

And yes, men are more than welcome to attend this event! While it is an event to honor and celebrate women, the stories told this evening will be appreciated by and relevant to men and women alike.

The five featured speakers at this Spring SheSpeaks are:

Pam Erickson – Finding My Inner Helga
Shannara Gillman – Being a BadAss for Good
Noel Gallagher – Calling the Dogs Home
Erica Labb – Packaging My Truth In Love
Josephina Gasca – Bigger Than I Think I Am

Doors at 7:00pm/ Show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Purchase your tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/364037

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May 11: The Pantry Party

The Pantry Party is a DIY music and art benefit show, founded in 2009 by Jeff Petriello and (me) Marla Lacherza. Featuring ‘The Other Bones’, ‘The Measles’, and ‘Lisa Liza.’ There also may be various art on display.

Doors at 7:30pm/Show at 8:00pm.

The cost of the show is $10, however, we have developed a unique admission policy that gives people the option to pay with cans of food, as well as dollars. For every can of food brought to the show a dollar is taken off of the $10 entry fee; 10 cans=$10.00. All cans collected are then donated to a neighboring food pantry or soup kitchen.

May 18: Comedian Ray Harrington

Ray Harrington is an infectiously likable New England born comedian who has performed from Las Vegas to London, England. From comedy clubs, festivals, and colleges across the country, Ray’s improvisational riffing and irreverent material create a unique and hilarious experience that embraces the uncomfortable and the absurd with a smile and a laugh. Ray Harrington has been signed to Stand Up! Records and his debut album, The Worst Is Over has been heard on Sirius/XM satellite radio and was featured as New and Noteworthy by iTunes.

Doors at 7:30pm/ Show at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/367352

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May 23: The Honey Dewdrops with Sorcha and Jo

During the cold Maine winter of 2009, jazz-infused harmonies met bluegrass roots in Jo’s small kitchen. Two years later they hit the road with their spot-on vocal harmonies and groove driven, genre bending arrangements of Sorcha’s songs and select covers. Their live performances are honest, lively and moving – from the 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase to Club Passim to weddings.

Jo rolls her classical cello background into funky bluegrass chops a-la Crooked Still and Ben Sollee, supporting Sorcha’s songwriting and banjo/guitar playing is steeped in jazz, folk and blues, with influences ranging from Nina Simone to Tom Waits.

The Honey Dewdrops are the Virginia-based roots duet of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. With a blend of new Americana and traditional folk music, they create inspired songs that are rooted in the experience and lives of people. Their sound is transcendent; they write all their own songs and yet no one could ever peg them as just another singer-songwriter couple, not when they’ve embedded a sparse Appalachian clarity on every track that is accessible to listeners everywhere. The songs they write shine with energy and emotion through intimate performances with a handful of acoustic instruments and tightly layered harmonies.

Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10. Purchase your tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/362313

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May 31: Sinking City Beat Night, 8:30pm

Featuring: Mr. NEET, Rotundo Sealeg, & Computer at Seat

Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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December

Saturday Dec 1: The Telling Room presents a night of song and performance to raise money for the Sudanese School Lunch project: 
Aruna Kenyi Fundraiser for the Sudanese School Lunch Program
Saturday, 5:00PM @ Mayo Street Arts

Join The Telling Room December 1st for an evening of song and performance for Aruna Kenyi’s Sudanese School Lunch Program featuring performances by U Maine Farmington’s Bust a Move dance troupe, Portland based Sudanese hip hop artist Odera Bonny, Sontiago featuring Bianca Abdalla and more! More information here. This event supports Telling Room author Aruna Kenyi, author of Between Two Rivers, a memoir detailing his harrowing journey from South Sudan to southern Maine. This evening of song and performance at Mayo Street Arts will raise funds for a return trip to Kenyi’s native South Sudan to start a school lunch program in his hometown. The night will wrap up The Telling Room’s Super Famous Writers Series, a slate of literary events that showcases the working lives of talented fiction, nonfiction, and student authors. This event is free to the public with a $10 suggested donation at the door.

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Sponsored by Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

Sunday December 2: The Big Chill Craft Fair

The Big Chill Holiday Sale at Mayo Street Arts will be taking place on Sunday, December 2nd from 10am to 4pm.  10 Mayo Street, Portland.  Over 30 artists, crafters and vintage collectors will be on display for some good ol’ local, handmade holiday shopping.  The Big Chill is presented in partnership with Mayo Street Arts and the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization.
For any inquiries or related graphics please contact Audrey Hotchkiss at audrey@mayostreetarts.org
Relevant Websites:
Mayo Street Arts:  http://mayostreetarts.org
East Bayside Neighborhood Organization:  http://eastbayside.org/

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Dec 5-7: Children’s Puppet Workshop Mini Festival of the Arts

Please join us for two community performances by kids celebrating MSA’s Fall Children’s Puppet Workshop. Neighborhood kids have been creating short stories, puppets, murals, drumming pieces, and dance routines focused on the theme of the sun. 

Wednesday December 5th, 4:00 pm: “Sun Song” Shadow puppetry, African drumming, singing, and dance in this performance by kids focused on the theme of the sun.

Friday, December 7th, 4:00 pm: Showcase of Hip Hop dance and breakin’ by East Bayside kids and members of Portland Youth Dance.

Both performances are under 30 minutes. Free and open to the public. 

Dec 6: SheSpeaks 630pm

Dec: 7: First Friday Opening: Pat Corrigan and Jennifer Gardiner

please join us for an opening reception 5-8pm

Dec 13 – 15: A Company of Girls presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Dec 13 & 14 at 7:00 pm, Dec 15 at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. For reservations please call 874-2107.

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http://www.acompanyofgirls.org/

Dec 15 – 16: Paperbull Puppets present Hansel and Gretel A Puppet Opera

The timeless fairy tale comes to life with live performers and beautiful puppets in this delightful production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera. Kids and adults alike will be captivated by original handsculpted and carved bunraku-style puppets, fantastical shadow puppetry and the glorious opera score performed by several of Portland’s best vocalists.

Featured performers:
Jazmin DeRice, Molly Harmon, Joshua Miller, Luette Saul
Kathleen Scott, Pianist
Puppets by Paper Bull Puppet Company, South Portland

Two Performances:
Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 pm Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 pm
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo St., Portland, Maine
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 children
At the door or
Brownpapertickets.com.

Dec 20: THE LONGEST NIGHT CIRCUS and SONG PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE - SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD, BUTCHER BOY, & THE DARK FOLLIES

Dec 20th
doors at 7pm
all ages
suggested donation
$5-$10

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SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD
(20 piece queer circus brass folk punk band)
www.sftd.tumblr.com
BUTCHER BOY
(doom folk, releasing their new EP “Shoreless Sea”)
www.butcherband.bandcamp.com
with special guests
THE DARK FOLLIES!
www.darkfollies.com

Dec 21: Tango with DJ Adira

Milonga del Este, Xmas 2012, Dec 21, 8:00pm – midnight

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Location: Mayo St Arts (10 Mayo st, Portland ME - map), 8pm – midnight.

($12 for entire evening/$10 for those “from away”*)

All proceeds from tonight’s milonga will benefit two local non-profits that focus on bringing dance and arts to the Portland Community: A Company of Girls and Mayo St Arts.

Pre-milonga lesson, all levels: 8:15 – 9:00 pm: “Chacarera review with Emma: focus on rhythmic and musical Zapateo!” All welcome, all levels : FREE!

Then, 9:00pm to Midnight—Live Music with our local tango band Tango Mucha Labia (TML). DJ Valerie Green will fill in between sets.

All levels of dancers gleefully welcomed! – try out your new shoes, ask someone you’ve never danced with before, meet local teachers…bla bla bla.

Golden Age and Contemporary Tangos, Milongas and Valses with a few surprises thrown in! Birthday Valses,Chacareras (we’re getting better!), yummy refreshments provided along with alt-bev (non-alcoholic).

Please bring indoor shoes, observe line of dance, try out your cabaceo, and clear the floor and find a new partner on the cortina

Hosted and organized by DJ Adira (and probably a lot of help from tango friends). Feel free to call with questions: 207 415 7204, or email: Adira@emmaholder.com

Dec 22: Shoestring Theater presents A Christmas Carol 

You may have seen the Christmas Carol, but you’ve never seen it like this! Raw, politically poignant, sweet, and hilarious – this show is performed by kids, puppets, and the odd politician celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. A rare outside-the-box showing of this Shoestring Theater classic. Features a cranky movie, live music, and a ghost on stilts!

Two Shows -
Dec 22 at 3:00pm: $4 kids/$8 adults Reserve Tickets:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/301818

Dec 22 at 7:30pm: no reservations/pay what you will

Doors open 20 minutes prior to each performance.

Dec 28: ROCK SHOW

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November

Friday Nov 2: First Friday Artwalk - Joe Fournier & Irina Skornyakova

Joe Fournier: Start A Fight, New Paintings. Watercolors/mixed media. Urban Landscapes. http://joefournier.blogspot.com/

Irina Skornyakova: Newsprint prints, scrolls, photographic endeavours

 Reception 5-8pm.

Friday Nov 2: Mark Tipton Quartet performs Live Silent Film scores from Harold Lloyd shorts and Chaplin’s “Gold Rush”. 

FILMS:
Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush”
Harold Lloyd’s “Ask Father” — (A Post-Halloween Short)
PLUS: a few Super-Mini Shorts from 1895-1925

MUSICIANS:
Mark Tipton – Trumpet & Sound Effects
Jesse Feinberg – Piano
Josh DeScherer – Bass
Phil McGowan – Drums
8:00 pm/doors@ 7:30
ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation.  $7 for students/seniors.  Kids free under 12

Saturday November 3: King Friday’s Dungeon 

Its a great lineup for this cabaret-style Puppet Slam!  - Peaks Island Puppets, Figures of Speech, MotionFolk Theater, Libby Marcus, Bat Honey, Paper Bull Puppets, The Dolly Wagglers, Los Cavaleros, and of course your host, such as he is – King Friday!

Doors at 7, show at 7:30. Pieces may be bawdy, edgy, risque, or otherwise meant for mature audiences!

Admission $10 Tickets available Here: http://kfd.brownpapertickets.com/

Sunday Nov 11: Cinder Conk and Kabile

Coming towards an end of a four month tour of the United States, Bulgarian folk all-stars Kabile will play a night of energetic and virtuosic village music from Bulgarian Thrace and beyond. The ensemble is a classic ‘Bitov’ ensemble of accordion, kaval (open-bored flute), gajda (bagpipe), tupan (drum) and the beautiful voice of Donka Koleneva. A rare chance to see this kind of music in the US, let alone in Maine! Balkan duo Cinder Conk opens the night with a focus on Bulgarian dance music. 7pm, tix $10


Kabile balkandance.net/kabile2012
Cinder Conk http://www.charismaartist.com/artist_info.aspx?id=56

Tuesday, November 13: 2 Degrees Portland

5:30pm-7:30pm

2 Degrees Portland
a free event open to everyone

2 Degrees Portland is connecting people who want to live and work in Portland with those who do. We’re here to help creators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and thinkers meet their peers, whether they’ve lived here for years, are new to town, or are considering a move.

Our events are casual conversations—we tackle one big idea relevant to our community, and leave the rest of the time for talking. Please bring others with you—a newcomer, a potential connector, and/or someone who simply wants to meet other interesting people. We look forward to seeing you.

brought to you by Creative Portland

Friday Nov 16: Tango/Milonga Del Este with DJ Adira

Saturday Nov 17: SLAP – Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland

 NOV 17

LADIES ARMWRESTLING TO RAISE MONEY FOR MAYO STREET ARTS

AND EAST BAYSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION –  -

BRING CASH TO “BET” ON WRESTLERS – GATES AT 7:00 – CASH BAR!!!

VOOM VOOM VALHALLA 
LUMBERSMACK SALLY
BLACK MAMBA
PATTI “POUND”CAKES
GLAMAZON
SALLY SLAM
PUSSY WILLOW
ERNASTY’NE TOMLIN
music by Zombie Beach
DJ Funky PJ
Celebrity Judges Aimsel Ponti & Atomic Trash
Emcee Rachel Flehinger 
Commentary by The Fuge
Cash Bar
Bring Cash to bet on your favorite wrestler
Benefit for MSA & EBNO
Gates at 7:00 pm
Admission $5

Sponsored by Silly’s Restaurant, The Pig Kahuna, Makin’ Bacon Productions, and Jay York Affordable Photography

Friday, November 30th: Sinking City Beat Night:

October

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 6:00 PM—7:30 PM   “Lighting a Path Towards Recovery” 

NAMI Portland Celebrates National Mental Health Awareness Week!

NAMI Portland warmly invites
everyone in the community to join us in
“Lighting a Path Towards Recovery”
Write on a garden balloon what
has helped you move from pain
toward feeling better.
Whether from mental illness, physical illness,
loss or any other challenge.
Free and open to the public, all are welcome.

Thursday Oct 4: Spiritual Teacher Dave Oshana

7:00pm $10

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Friday Oct 5: Open for First Friday Artwalk 5-8pm

Edwige Charlot & Rachel Gloria: Gilded Roots, Native Grace

Friday Oct 5: Feedaves/Herbcraft/Images/Thunderbow

doors 730/show 8:00pm/$6 at the door

Herbcraft – Portland locals
Images – band from NY
Fedavees – Boston/Cambridge band featuring two members of Metal Feathers – for one night only!!

Saturday Oct 6: Ryan Flaherty and The Burners, Sean Mencher and his Rhythm Kings, and Honky Tonk sensation Teri Joyce and the Tagalongs:  Gypsy Americana – Rockabilly – Austin Texas Honky Tonk

doors 730/show at 800 pm/$6 at the door

Ryan Flaherty and The Burners www.theburners.org offer “a patented brand of Gypsy Americana played with fire and sweat.” Virtuosic rhythms on acoustic guitar, mandolin and upright bass are complimented by cafe accordion, hot violin and harmonized vocals.  Captivating lyrics, burning tempos, and diverse instrumentation define the bands music. The crisp sonority of each  song invokes yips, hollers and devilish dancing from audiences everywhere. The Burners high-spirited, indie folk  sound offers a flavorful stew of fiery, passionate and foot-stomping music.

Sean Mencher and his Rhythm Kings www.myspace.com/seanmencher
Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings play classic 1950′s style Rockabilly music.  www.actionpackedevents.com/seanmencher.htm

Teri Joyce www.terijoyce.com
Austin, Texas songwriter Teri Joyce sings the songs that built the honkytonks and writes the songs that will keep them standing. She’s truly a singer’s songwriter, and her songs have been covered by such roots royalty as Marti Brom, Roger Wallace, Ted Roddy, Karen Poston, and Rick Broussard. Teri’s ball-of-fire stage presence and honest country voice have delighted crowds for more than a decade, with her original classics and the country gold she loves to mine.

Friday Oct 19: Tango/Milonga Del Este with DJ Adira

Saturday Oct 20: One Night Stand-  Ramblin’ Red, Rusty Belle and Uncle Funk

Portland’s soulful 4-piece folk band Ramblin’ Red returns after an extended hiatus to the intimate listening room at Mayo Street Arts. They will be joined by the incomparable Rusty Belle, then Uncle Funk will finish the evening with a funky dance party. Join them for One Night Stand, a night of original tunes, creative covers, and booty shaking not to be missed!

September

Saturday Sept 1: Tumbling Bones with Little Timmy Findlen & His Aroostook Hillbillies

Doors 730, Music & Dancin’ at 8! Admission $7

The twenty-somethings who make up Tumbling Bones play a mix of old-time country and old-fashioned blues that belies their relative youth.  But their folk music is no museum piece.  It is living, breathing music infused with a little of the contemporary rock ‘n’ roll the band members were reared on and reworked into their original arrangements and compositions. The last half decade has taken them from street-performing on European street corners to venues across the continental United States to an acclaimed performance on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.  Since the release of their second record Schemes in May of this year Tumbling Bones has been on the road non-stop including dates throughout the midwest, east coast, and an outstanding three week tour of Ireland.

The bandleader of Little Timmy Findlen & His Aroostook Hillbillies is an Aroostook native, but he’s been living in Portland for the past 6 years leading many musical and theatrical projects.  As Tumbling Bones’ favorite local musician and personality, Findlen will be performing some classic and new country songs with Tumbling Bones hopping onto their rock ‘n’ roll instruments to back him up.

Sept 7-Oct 28: Edwige Charlot and Rachel Gloria: Gilded Roots, Native Grace

Gilded Roots, Native Grace opening September 7th at Mayo Street Arts in Portland, 5-8 pm. Edwige Charlot and Rachel Gloria show prints, paintings, textiles, and an installation inspired by botanicals, cityspaces, and religious iconography. Please join us at the opening for conversation and refreshments.

This two month exhibition by artists Edwige Charlot and Rachel Gloria Manly features new prints, paintings, textiles and installations. Ranging from botanicals, cityspaces, religious iconography to patterns, these works are inspired by the intersection visual narratives and personal history.

Edwige Charlot was born to Haitian parents and raised in Paris, France. Charlot emigrated to the United States as a child and settled in New England. She studied printmaking at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Lyme, Connecticut and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art. Charlot has exhibited her work in Maine at Whitney Art Works, Issac Dyer Gallery and Space Gallery. In 2011, she was awarded a Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant. She has been an artist resident at  the Maine College of Art, Quimby Colony in Portland, Maine and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Charlot lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Rachel Gloria Manly studied at Maine College of Art. At Maine College of Art, Manly’s primary focus was printmaking with emphasis on textile design. Manly has exhibited her work in Portland’s ICA, Harvard’s old library, Art and Cloth, the Fenn School and most recently concluded a solo exhibition entitled “Garden Skyline” at 475 Fore Street where she was the artist in residency. Manly currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Gilded Roots, Native Grace will be open on September and October First Friday 5-7pm. All other showings will be by appointment. For more information contact Charlot (edwigecharlot@gmail.com) or Manly (manlyray4@gmail.com).

Saturday Sept 8: Swing Dance with DJ PJ! Lesson at 7 dance at 8!

Friday Sept 14: OLAS

photo Michael Eric Bérubé
Olas reunites to raise funds for an ongoing and almost completed film/record project…
After a year hiatus Olas is reforming to earn a living once again. Come on down and join the group for some reignited merriment and nostalgic revelry. Olas has a film and a three song EP waiting in the wings, they just need a little help from their friends.
 
 
Sept 14th
doors 8:00 / music 8:30 / $10

Friday Sept 21: Tango/Milonga Del Este with DJ Adira

Saturday Sept: 22 Contra Dance with Soupbone

Friday Sept 28 & Saturday Sept 29: Jimmy Do-Right and the Pop Go Boom


Two Shows: Friday September 28 and Saturday September 29 at 7pm.

Doors open at 6:30. Cash bar. Tickets available HERE: http://popgoboom.brownpapertickets.com/

“Jimmy Do Right & the Pop Go Boom is a unique recording/performance project featuring original music written & arranged by Jimmy Dority (Foam Castles, Over A Cardboard Sea, Lovers Of Fiction, musical director for Lorem Ipsum’s The Threepenny Opera) performed by a 22-piece pop orchestra featuring some of the northeast’s greatest musical talents, including Daniel Sonenberg, Don Pride, Mark Tipton, Carl Dimow, Maria Wagner, Kyle Hardy, Mike Effenberger, Aaron Pettengil, Rob Gerry, Sam Chandler, and many more.

The full pop album of 12 songs will be performed and recorded on two occasions (or “takes”) this September 28th and 29th at Mayo Street Arts Center, where the community will be invited to see the show. The arrangements are rife with influences ranging from the punchiness of Motown and R&B, to the brightness of teeny-bopper music, to the lushness of the French chansons. Thanks to the impressive acoustics at Mayo Street, audience members will be engaged in a full-stereo, wall-of-sound experience unlike any other live performance, and invited to see an album of new music recorded in its entirety.”

August 2012

Wednesday, August 1: Mid-Summer Song Swap with Brad Strause, Jeff Trippe, and Bob McKillop

Brad Strause, Jeff Trippe, and Bob McKillop will share the stage at Mayo Street Arts on Wednesday, August 1, each taking their turn at heart string yanking and foot-stomp instigation, in an evening of original songwriting.
$8.00 – Tickets available at the door

Friday August 3: YES Art Exhibit 5-8pm 

Youth Engagement for Somalis (YES) is a program for high school aged Somali girls that aims to inspire young women to self-reflect and empower them to grow intellectually and artistically. Collages, poetry, and a collaborative mural will be on display on Friday, August 3rd in order to showcase some of the amazing art that these young women have been creating over the course of two YES sessions.
Please join us during the First Friday artwalk for an opening and reception.
website: yesmaine.org

Tuesday August 7: East Bayside National Night Out Parade & Celebration

Join your neighbors for a parade and BBQ to promote neighborhood art, safety, and FUN! Parade Line- Up at Mayo Street Arts at 5:30 pm. Volunteers Needed to Be in the Parade! Parade thru East Bayside Starts at 6:00pm. FREE BBQ at Peppermint park 6:30-7:30 with music by Maine Marimba Ensemble.

A neighborhood celebration brought to you by East Bayside Neighborhood Organization, Portland Community Policing, Target, Mayo Street Arts, Portland Housing Authority, Casey Family Services, Community Partners for Protecting Children, and The Root Cellar.

Friday August 10: Ameranouche Trio

Friday August 10, 8:00 pm. Admission $10/$7 students & seniors

Ameranouche (pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh) features two French acoustic Gypsy jazz guitars and upright bass, and is a winner of Best of New Hampshire awards as well as being veterans of the famed Newport Jazz Festival. The group tours nationally, year-round, and has released two albums, largely of original music inspired by legendary Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. National Lampoon director, Kevin Wheatley, calls Ameranouche “the new sound of America”. After hearing these folks sail through a melodious tune with such love, musicality, and signature, jaw-dropping velocity, you’ll be hard pressed not to agree. www.ameranouche.com has plenty of tunes to check out — if you’ve never experienced hot acoustic swing music, now’s your chance to fall in love with the joyful, uplifting, and dance-inducing sounds of Gypsy jazz.

Saturday August 11: This Joint is Jumpin’  - Swing Dance with DJ PJ. Lesson at 7, dance 8-11. $8

Friday August 17:  Milonga del Este - Tango Dance with DJ Adira, 8-12.  $12 emmaholder.com/milonga-del-este

Saturday August 18: Gumption Junction, The Last Sip, Midnight Ghost  http://strawhatrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/monument . 8pm $6.

Matt Meyers and the Gumption Junction

Saturday August 25: Contradance postponed this month

We will take a break from our regularly scheduled 4th Saturday contra dance in August – See you in September!

 

 

July 2012

Saturday July 7, 8:00 pm: Whistlebait Burlesque

GET  TICKETS HERE!

For one night only, Whistlebait Burlesque presents and stars in the best dance show of the summer, “Peek-A-Boo Revue an evening of tantalizing vintage burlesque performances! Whistlebait Burlesque has been voted Portland Maine’s Best Dance Performer of 2010, 2011 and 2012… these ladies never disappoint with their classy vintage acts! This show also features Cha Cha Velour, an international and award winning burlesque performer from fabulous Las Vegas, pin up star and burlesque dancer from Boston, Ludella Hahn as well as local burlesque from the Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue and Holly D’anger.
Peek-A-Boo Revue” presented by Whistlebait Burlesque, July 7, 2012 at 8:00pm at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street, Portland. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 day of show, available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255863

Friday July 13th: MMOSS, 13 Crystal Skulls and Bath Salts

730 doors/800 show/ $5 cover

Click on these links to hear the sounds: MMOSS.  13 Crystal Skulls.  Bath Salts.

Saturday July 14  Swing Dance: This Joint is Jumpin’ with DJ PJ. Lesson at 7, dance 8-11. $8
Friday June 20:  Tango Dance: Milonga del Este with DJ Adira, 8-12.  $12 emmaholder.com/milonga-del-este

Saturday, July 21st: Sweatin’ to the Oldies with the Rev. Crank Sturgeon, idMtheftable, Jennifer Claster, Bling-ior, Cranky, Chico, Kelly Nesbitt, & Freunds. 7:30 pm admission $3


Friday July 27: Alba’s Edge with Nicole Rabata and Matt Shipman

Doors 7:30 Show at 8:00 pm
$15 adults; $10 students and children

Reserve Tickets HERE

Scottish fiddle, Cuban and Brazilian rhythms, funky bass lines and a-a celebration of Portland’s vibrant and innovative Celtic music and dance scene that is not to be missed!

An innovative Scottish/jazz pianist and Portland
Maine native, Neil Pearlman (“A force to be reckoned with”–Brian
O’Donovan, WGBH), has brought together an unlikely combination of
musicians to form a fresh new sound hailed as “a wonderful concoction”
on BBC Radio Scotland.  Co-led by Neil’s sister Lilly on the fiddle,
the band centers around their dynamic musical relationship, a
connection fostered by growing up together in a family steeped in
Scottish music and dance. Rounding out the quartet will be Oliver
Watkinson on the bass and Jacob Cole on the drums.

Opening the show will be central members of the Portland Celtic music scene, Nicole Rabata
(Flute) and Matt Shipman (Guitar and Bouzouki).

The show will also feature Scottish dancing by Laura Scott, who combines the Scottish Highland
Dance tradition with improvisation and elements of modern dance.

Saturday July 28:  Contradance with Soupbone.

As usual we host a good ol Contra Dance Fourth Saturdays of the month!8-11pm. All dances taught, no partner necessary. Bring clean shoes for dancing. $8/$5 kids/free under 5.

JUNE

Friday June 1: Angela Warren: Seeing is Hearing

“Senses talk to one another.  I create space in which sound and painting interact.  I invite you to hear what you see.”  -Angela Warren

detail of Green Piano Orange Violin
oil on canvas

June 8: ZEMYA in Concert

Zemya is nine women singing a blend of beautiful and edgy harmonies without accompaniment.

They share folk and traditional songs from the Balkans, United Kingdom, Africa, the Americas and more… and they have fun doing it! Zemya means “earth” in Bulgarian, and these songs grow from the deep soul of the world’s folk music heritage.

The women of Zemya are: Deborah Gordon (Director), Joy Ahrens, Barbara Beckelman, Caroline Hyde, Abby King, Ailish Kress, Constanza Ontaneda, Ann Swardlick and Sue West

Show is at 8pm, doors 7:30, tix $10 at the door.

June 9: Swing Dance: This Joint is Jumpin’ with DJ PJ. Lesson at 7, dance 8-11. $8

June 15: Tango Dance: Milonga del Este with DJ Adira, 8-12.  $12 emmaholder.com/milonga-del-este

June 16: A Company of Girls Ensemble Company presents a staged-reading performance of Lord of the Flies  – 7:00 pm

Based on the novel by William Golding, this original adaption by Joan Sand was designed for female performers and youth audiences.

Chosen due to both its important place in classic American literature, and for the lessons its underlying themes teach, Lord of the Flies is an example of what can be accomplished with team work, and how society is incapable of advancement without vision and cohesion.  As part of our programming, Lord of the Flies is being utilized as a tool to examine the negative effects of bullying on our community, and by exploring these concepts will help steer girls towards acceptance and diversity. For ticket reservations for the Lord of the Flies June 16 performance visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/253883For information about the performance call 874-2107.


June 23: Contradance with Soupbone

As usual we host a good ol Contra Dance Fourth Saturdays of the month!8-11pm. All dances taught, no partner necessary. Bring clean shoes for dancing. $8/$5 kids/free under 5


Portland Fringe Fest at Mayo Street Arts June 28-30

As part of the Portland Performing Arts Festival, Mayo Street Arts will host three days of fabulous Fringe events. Audiences can check out puppetry, music, and theater by the likes of Figures of Speech Theatre, Libby Marcus, A Company of Girls, Reuben J. Little, Peaks Island Puppets, and MotionFolk Theater. All shows are $10 adults/$5 students & seniors. Tickets Reservations are at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/252374

Thursday June 28, 7:30pm

  • Libby Marcus presents Come and Go by Samuel Beckett adapted to marionettes. Puppeteers Libby Marcus and Davis Robinson. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., New York City.

Marcus’s marionettes Flo, Vi, and Ru reminisce “in the old way”, in this short play considered to be one of Beckett’s most “perfect” plays: Varying between 121 and 127 words in length, depending on the translation, Beckett agonized over each individual line until they exactly matched his creative vision, and as such is rarely performed on its own.

  • Reuben J. Little: Audio Sketch Series.

A dark waterfront night enacted with a marionette fisherman, wharf, and wooden boat…new music & marionettes by local artist, craftsman, and puppeteer Reuben J Little.

  • Peaks Island Puppets open with Solomon and Ashmedai,  or How the wise King Solomon wasn’t always very wise.

Friday June 29, 7:30pm

  • Ian Bannon of Figures of Speech Theater presents Jester Kings of Java in the style of Wayang Kulit  – Indonesian Shadow Puppetry.

Gorgeous hand-crafted puppets made from gilded water buffalo hide portray the heroes, villains, and lovers from the ancient Ramayana, who dance across the eight-foot-wide shadow screen to the mesmerizing sound of Indonesian Gamelan music.

  • Brothers Zach and Dylan Rohman of MotionFolk Theater open with Reynard and the Bear.

Saturday June 30, 1:00 pm

  • A Company of Girls presents a staged-reading performance of Lord of the Flies.

Based on the novel by William Golding, this original adaption by Joan Sand was designed for female performers and youth audiences. As part of ACOG’s programming, Lord of the Flies is being utilized as a tool to examine the negative effects of bullying on communities, and by exploring these concepts will help steer girls towards acceptance and diversity.

All shows are $10 adults/$5 students & seniors. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/252374MAY

May 4: Art Opening: ‘Puppet Show’ - Exhibit/performance of puppetry, dance, and music by students from the Children’s Puppet Workshop. 5-7pm.

May 5: SLAP (Superhero Lady Armwrestler of Portland) Inaugural Tournament! Gates at 7pm – Wrestling at 8pm
Benefit for MSA & MENSK.

Bring Cash to vote for your favorite Wrestlers!
Admission $5 includes 5 SLAP BUCKS

SLAP is the newly founded Portland league of Superhero Lady Armwrestlers. On May 5 eight women will armwrestle to benefit two great local charities, Mayo Street Arts and MENSK. Celebrity Judges, Emcees Rachel Flehinger & Daniel Orrantia, and live music by surf band the Beach Zombies will round out the night.

THE WRESTLERS:

Awful Annie – Durga the Demonslayer – Queen Elizabeth – Marauding Mama – Lumber Smack Sally – The Blonde Recluse
BIG PIMP – Zilla – Great Grandma Gristle

SLAP is the newest league in a national movement of theatrical women arm wrestling to raise money for charity. There are approximately twelve leagues nationwide. SLAP’s purpose is to empower women and build local community through armwrestling, philanthropy, and theatrics.

May 12: BIG THAW Craft Fair 10-4

May 12: Swing Dance: This Joint is Jumpin’ with DJ PJ. Lesson at 7, dance 8-11. $8

May 18: Tango Dance: Milonga del Este with DJ Adira, 8-12.  $12 emmaholder.com/milonga-del-este

May 19: ALHAN MIDDLE EASTERN MUSIC ENSEMBLE

ARAB ANDALUSIAN MUSIC from the SUFI TRADITION

A Concert of Muwashshahat and Arabic Classical Music

Saturday,  May 19    8p.m.   Mayo Street Arts  Portland

 Alhan will perform music  heard in a Sufi Sama’ or ‘Sacred Listening’ including a bashrah, a sama’i and taqasim (instrumental improvisation).  The program will feature the muwashshah, a distinct form of Arabic Song  and its’ poetry, passed down through oral tradition until the early 20th century.   The muwashshah represents a blending of musical and poetic styles from East and West and from classical Arabic and popular Andalusian  traditions.  As it has evolved throughout the centuries this song form has bridged both culture and time.  Many of the muwashshahat  performed in this program have been kept alive through the singing traditions of  Sufi orders in Aleppo and Damascus  and are still an important part of the Sama’ repertory in Syria. The poetry is based on themes familiar to those who have read modern translations of Sufi poetry, written from the lover’s perspective, longing for and praising the Beloved. The members of Alhan have studied with master teachers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. They offer a truly rare opportunity  to experience this rich and beautiful Middle Eastern tradition. The group features Madeleine Hanna; lead vocals and frame drum, Tom Kovacevic; oud, nay and vocals, Eric LaPerna; riqq, darbuka and nay, and Megumi Sasaki; violin.

Saturday May 26: Contradance with Soupbone, Kathryn Larsen Calling

As usual we host a good ol Contra Dance Fourth Saturdays of the month! 8-11pm. All dances taught, no partner necessary. Bring clean shoes for dancing. $8/$5 kids/free under 5

APRIL

April 5: SheSpeaks: Rites of Passage

An evening of storytelling that celebrates some of the rites of passage we experience as women.

Tickets are $12 in advance / $15 at the door

Buy your advance tickets herewww.BrownPaperTickets.com
50% of the proceeds from this event will benefit Mayo Street Arts

Join us for an evening of storytelling that celebrates some of the rites of passage we experience as women. From crossing the threshold into motherhood to realizing our capacity and power to manifest something from nothing, the women of this SheSpeaks will offer perspective, inspiration and some good food for thought along with a few laughs. Lael will be the emcee of this event and will be weaving together the five stories in the context of the topic of “rites of passage.”

Apr 6: 1st Friday Art Opening: Dark Unknown Pleasures, Group show 5-8 pm

Please Join us Friday April 6 for an opening reception of work by MSA interns and art students 5-8 pm.

“DARK UNKNOWN PLEASURES”  April 2012

Ryan Alex

Artist Statement:

“Darkness, so pure not a single ray of light can find it’s way to me. How long have I soaked in this darkness…eternity? Though at times I think just a moment. I feel nothing, as though there were nothing and I am floating in it. I have preserved my sanity, have I not? Or did I lose it somewhere? And yet in this darkness and its fantasies, one thing is still clear in my mind. That alone like lighting splitting through the darkness, she appears so vividly in my mind. Over and over again it swells and sinks like the waves of a tsunami. Hatred, friendship, jealousy, indignation, emptiness, love, sorrow… They all come together in a single great storm. Driving a stake through my mind, holding my consciences together. The one who cast me into this darkness, she is now my anchor. The woman whose life was once in my hands. When did I fall under your control? I see you now, radiating so brilliantly it blinds me…”

Ryan Alex – “Adoration”

April 7, 7pm: Two sides of the Classical Guitar – David Bullard and Brian Cullen

A Classical/Contemporary/Flamenco/Blues/Jazz/Latin Acoustic guitar concert featuring Classical/contemporary guitarist Brian Cullen and Latin acoustic guitarist David Bullard.

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

GET TICKETS! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233635

Apr 13:  Tango Dance: Milonga del Este with DJ Adira, 8-12.  $12 emmaholder.com/milonga-del-este

Saturday April 14th: Children’s Puppet Workshop presents RIVER OF TIME

The Children’s Puppet Workshop presents River of Time
A musical puppet and dance show created by neighborhood kids.

moose, a cheetah, a phoenix, a tri-corn, a cat, and a lion take a trip down the Nile in search of the Pharoah, whom they believe needs a special space ship to transport him to outer space.  Live drumming and African dancing are woven throughout the performance to create a textured and colorful performance for audiences of all ages.

Saturday April 14th, 1:00 pm. Doors at 12:30.   $8 adults, $4 kids. GET TICKETS

The Children’s Puppet Workshop is an arts and humanities workshop free for East Bayside kids. Approximately 30 kids from the East End’s LearningWorks program are involved in the performance – some as dancers, some as musicians, some as puppeteers, and some as set designers.

The program is made possible in part  by grants from the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation,  Portland Police, and Coffee By Design’s Rebel Blend Fund. More pics  HERE.

Apr 14: Swing Dance: This Joint is Jumpin’ with DJ PJ. Lesson at 7, dance 8-11. $7

April 15: THE HOOPING LIFE – Film Screening and Hula Hoop Jam

The Hooping Life 1:00- 2:15
2:30- 3:00 performances
3:15-4:30 hoop jam
4:30-5:00 more performances

GET TICKETS

 $15 for the whole event, $8 for performance/jam only- kids 10 and under free. Film is for mature audiences.

trailer   http://www.hooping.org/2009/05/the-new-hooping-life-trailer/

Thurs April 19: Words & Images Launch Party

Apr 20: SNAEX with Tom K

SNAEX release Creep Down on Eternal Otter Records – w/special guest Tom K

SNAEX have been friends for awhile now. They finally made the first record they have been talking about. Home recorded as they were together doing it. Chris Teret hails from Baltimore and landed in Portland years ago. He founded and plays in a band called Company. Chriss Sutherland came from the North to Portland many years ago. He helped found Cerberus ShoalFire on Fire, and Olas. SNAEX are settling their interpersonal scores with eight newish songs that concern family, love, and questions. Truly fountains of joy SNAEX are a manifestation of a successful synthesis of the post-modern time crunch.
Tom K. is a stalwart of the southern Maine musical community. Tom K. is a founding member of tarpighCerberus ShoalAlhan, and he is the director of The Blue Lobster Troop. He is about to finish his first album of original transcendental tunes played on al-‛ūd and the Egyptian ney. Tom K. sings in a beautiful voice, which spills out a quality of song not to be found just around the corner.
$10 adults/$7 students
8:00 doors / 8:30 music

Apr 22: Arootsakoostic Benefit with Travis Cyr with Putnam Smith & Greg Klein

Apr 28: Megan Yates and the

 

  

                                                                                                                                

April 28: Reverie Machine, Robert Sarazin Blake, and Dan Blakeslee

http://www.reverbnation.com/meghanyatesthereveriemachine

Hailing from Portland Maine, Meghan Yates & the Reverie Machine
create a fusion of near ancient song writing and progressive instrumentation.
Led by Meghan’s powerful and angelic voice, the songs beg the listener
to delve inward and experience the music through their mind, body, and heart.

http://www.danblakeslee.com/

Doors at 7:30 Music at 8:00, $8 at the door.

Monday April 30: USM Classical Guitar Recital, 7pm.

Donations Welcome!

MARCH

MARCH 2 – 24: Shoestring Theater presents Homer’s ODYSSEY – This classic puppet show will be performed with Shoestring Theater’s well-loved Sicilian marionettes.

Follow Odysseus and his men through 13 Episodes of battles with gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures that have kept this ancient and epic story alive for adults and children alike.

This four-part show will be performed over the first four weekends in March, with a Friday evening and Saturday matinee performance.

March 2 & 3: Part I – Circonians, Lotus Eaters, Cyclops
March 9 & 10: Part II – Aolian WInds, Circe, the Underworld
March 16 & 17: Part III – Sirens, Sea Monsters, Calypso, Sun King
March 23 & 24: Part IV – Calypso, Nausica, Reunion, Death of the Suitors

Friday evening shows are at 7:30 pm, and Saturday matinees are at 1:00 pm.
Tickets are $10 for all seats on Friday nights, Saturday matinees are $8 adults/$4 children. Available in advance at Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/225506
More information at www.mayostreetarts.org.

The series is sponsored by Coffee By Design, Portland Police Department, and the Virginia Somers Hodgkins Foundation as part of Mayo Street Arts’ Children’s Puppet Workshop.

Mar 10: Swing Dance: This Joint is Jumpin’ with DJ PJ. Lesson at 7, dance 8-11. $7

Mar 17: Tango Dance: Milonga del Este with DJ Adira, 8-12.  $12 emmaholder.com/milonga-del-este

Mar 24: Contra Dance: Live music with Soupbone, Guest callers. All dances taught. 8-11pm. $8

March 31: Mark Tipton Quartet presents Muppets and Sesame Street Jazz

Performances at 2pm and 7pm

$10 adult, $7 students, and $5 for kids.

 GET TICKETS HERE!

Mark Tipton – Trumpet & Vocals
Jesse Feinberg – Piano
Joshua DeScherer – Bass
Hayes Porterfield – Drums
We will perform jazz versions of Muppets & Sesame Street tunes, such as, “C is for Cookie,” “These are the People in Your Neighborhood,” and “Bein’ Green.”  A 2pm show will highlight tunes for young kids and a 7pm show will delve into more hard-hitting Muppets classics.

Projections, Jazz, and Fun!

FEBRUARY

FIRST FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3rd:c
Sculpture! Drawings! Photography! Debauchery!

Three party-loving Portland artists showcase their current ideas in a semi-considered fine art context. Drawing from the contemporary wasteland of the bar scene and the dread of their impending adulthood, they explore the sometimes destructive (and hilarious) tendencies of their so-called lives.

ALL BEER AND WINE $2!
Bring your ID as this is all ages. Of course.

Liz Hardy: Blobs facilitated by plastic wrap.
Kat Lamont: Drawing and pasting together the Amigo’s blackhole.
Zak Taillon: Photography of young, living humans doing shit.:

Curated By Liz Hardy

5-8pm.

Liz Hardy: Under (over), 2011 boat resin, fabric, fluorescent light

 

Sat Feb 4: SONGBIRDS: EVA WALSH//STEPH BARRAK//PETE SWEGART

A night of fresh folk, punk, and indie rock at Mayo Street Arts!

Curated By Marissa Owens & Ryan Cutler

Eva Walsh and Steph Barrak are both Boston-based singer-songwriters.
Eva Walsh is a classical violinist and Steph plays acoustic guitar.

Check out Eva Walsh’s music here:
http://www.evawalsh.com/fr_home.cfm

Check out Steph Barrak’s music here:
http://www.myspace.com/stephbarrak

Pete Swegart is part of Portland-based band Butcher Boy, and plays guitar and banjo. Check out Butcher Boy’s music here:
http://www.myspace.com/butcherbanner

Doors at 7:30
Show at 8

Admission: $5

Feb 5th  Handmade Puppet Dreams Volume 4 and Live Puppetry Performance of Solomon and Ashmedai 6pm.

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FIRST Sundays of The Month! From IBEX Puppetry….7pm $7/$5 students doors at 6:30

Handmade Puppet Dreams

http://www.handmadepuppetdreams.com

A selection of puppet film shorts by independent artists exploring their handmade craft specifically for the camera. Showcasing a new generation of puppeteers embracing film as their medium for their individual expressions, this collection features films that focus primarily on real-time performed puppetry. Stylistically, the films run the gamut from marionettes to finger puppets to paper cutouts; each artist articulating their own unique approach to animation and film. Handmade Puppet Dreams is a compilation of contemporary artisans who carefully weave their craft of film-making and puppetry into their work, building their visions, and breathing life into their dreams.

IBEX Inc., is an entertainment company founded by Heather Henson dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of it’s various mediums. Nurturing work for a myriad of venues including film, stage, and exhibit. Experience where film and puppetry intertwine by watching Handmade Puppet Dreams. Join us each fall for the Orlando Puppet Festival, a week long celebration in Florida that features puppetry for both adult and family audiences, including live shows, films & workshops.  Log onto www.puppetslam.com, a website dedicated to showcasing underground puppet venues and networking them with live puppet acts.

Solomon and Ashmedai

Performers: Stephanie Eliot and David Handwerker
by David Handwerker
Developed, Directed and Designed by Julie Goell
Presented by P.I.P.  Peaks Island Puppets


Feb 10: Max Garcia Conover

Max Garcia Conover CD Release Show with Sammie Francis – Friday February 10th at Mayo Street Arts.

About the CD:

Recorded with master engineer/producer Jonathan Wyman on that random snowy Saturday in October, Birches Lo is Max’s second official release. It’s a bare-bones, live EP that captures Max’s raw, energetic performance style, as well as his love of words and desire to connect to the natural world.

All profits from the sale of Birches Lo go to Chewonki, a Maine non-profit that offers a range of programs designed to foster an appreciation for the natural world and for working in community with others.

Feb 11: Second Saturday Swing Dance

The Joint is Jumpin’. Second Saturday swing dance with WMPG’s DJPJ. Lesson at 7, dance 8-11. Admission $7.

Feb 17: Third Friday Tango Milonga

Feb 25: Fourth Saturday Contra Dance

FOURTH SATURDAY Contradance with music by Soupbone and Guest Callers, 8-11pm. All dances taught. No experience or partner necessary! Bring clean shoes for dancing. $7/$5 kids/free under 5

JANUARY

Jan 14: The Joint is Jumpin’. Second Saturday swing dance with WMPG’s DJPJ. Lesson at 7, dance 8-11. Admission $7.

Jan 16: “The Drum Major Instinct”
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Monday January 16 at 1 pm. Free & open to the public.

Students from three Portland Housing Authority study centers will perform three unique plays based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon Each play was written and produced by study center students, volunteers, and coordinators. A mixture of music, dance, and theater; each play celebrates Dr. King’s devotion to community service and his principles of acceptance, love, and equality for all.

Jan 21: Dolly Wagglers present The Mystery of Ice Mountain

The Dolly Wagglers present “The Mystery of Ice Mountain” – Puppet show for all ages
Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland Maine
Saturday January 21st – TWO SHOWS: 11am & 1pm. Run Time approx 30 minutes.
$8 adults/ $4 kids under 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door, the day of the show. Doors open 20 minutes prior to the performance.

The Dolly Wagglers present “The Mystery of Ice Mountain” Saturday January 21st at Mayo Street Arts. It is about an adventure in a remote, icy landscape with some exotic creatures of the colder climes. Slapstick, life-sized puppets, and ventriloquism are just a few of the old-world tricks the Dolly Wagglers have up their sleeves. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the show.

This puppet show is part of The Children’s Puppet Workshop – a series of puppet-themed workshops and performances at Mayo Street Arts. Sponsored in 2012 by The Virginia Summers Hodgkins Foundation, Portland Community Policing, and Coffee By Design.


The Dolly Wagglers: Purveyors of Entertainment and Spectacle-

These folks have been creating, performing, and touring original puppet shows over the last ten years in the U.S. and at international venues. They recently participated in Banners & Cranks, a traveling cantastoria show, NYC’s Great Small Works festival, and recently at King Friday’s Dungeon, an adult Puppet Slam at Mayo Street Arts.
“We strive to bring a fresh crudeness and entertaining humility to the world of puppetry. We are constantly at work on cardboard operettas, crankyshows (low-tech scrolling pictures), and cantastorias (picture shows).” say Dolly Wagglers Adam Cook & Linsay McCaw.
http://thedollywagglers.blogspot.com/

Puppet Show for all ages! 11 & 1pm $8 adults/$4 children under 13, seniors, and students.

Jan 21: David Brezack, Max Hansen, Vite Vite Brigitte,  COKE WEED

all ages 8pm/ doors @7:30 $5 cover

Jan 23: National Pie Day

National Pie Day

January 23rd celebrates National Pie Day, and The Portland Pie Council cordially invites participants to the Third Annual Pie and Art Gala to be held at the Mayo Street Center for the Arts.  Doors open at 5:30pm, and events run until everyone is too sated to continue.

Once again, the headlining event will be a ranked-choice voted competition for both sweet and savory pies, with guests encouraged to bring a pie to submit for everyone to taste!  The Portland Pie Council has also expanded a variety of pie-centric gala events to enjoy:

  • Synchronized Interpretive Pie Dance
  • Charity Pie Art Auction
  • Pietry (pie-esque poetry)
  • Historic Pie Moments
  • Pie Theatre

The Portland Pie Council is delighted to see the growth in popularity of National Pie Day events– and why not?  Good pie and good people make for a great time!  So make your favorite pie and come celebrate!

Regards,

The Portland Pie Council

Jan 28: Contact Mic building Workshop with the Reverend Crank Sturgeon

Performance artist Crank Sturgeon joins up with Mayo Street Arts for an afternoon session on building contact microphones! Similar to a stethoscope, a contact microphone is designed for picking up sound vibrations, and is used for amplifying acoustic instruments, environments, and objects. Crank will discuss safe and proper soldering techniques, materials, and the countless applications where these microphones can be used. Participants will be guided through all the steps of construction and have their very own microphone to take home!This workshop is open to all levels of experience. Fee $12-$20 sliding scale. Limited to twenty people.

for more information contact crankst@gmail.com

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Jan 28: Contra Dance

FOURTH SATURDAY Contradance with music by Soupbone and Guest Callers, 8-11pm. All dances taught. No experience or partner necessary! Bring clean shoes for dancing. $7/$5 kids/free under 5

December

12/1 Lisa/Liza, Jacob Augustine, Pearl and the Beard

8pm $8.

12/2 Connor Garvey with Tall Heights & Dreamt

8pm $8.

12/3 The Big Thaw Craft Fair

10am-4pm free admission.

12/4 Handmade Puppet Dreams Volume 3

7pm $7

Monday Dec 5: USM Student Classical Guitar Recital

8pm Free.

Friday Dec 9 & Sat Dec 10:

Love’s Old Sweet Song

A musical portrayal of Molly Bloom

Get Tickets Here

In Love’s Old Sweet Song, actress and soprano Janet Lynch portrays both the public and private personae of Molly Bloom, concert singer and wife of protagonist Leopold Bloom from James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. During the first part of the show, renowned pianist Joyce Moulton accompanies, as Molly performs a brief recital program of works on the theme of love by Mozart, Bizet, Puccini and others. In between songs, Molly will guide the audience through that most bewildering of human passions, offering her unique, down-to-earth perspective. Later, we get a more intimate view of Molly’s thoughts about love, music and life through the words of James Joyce. Filled with music, pathos and humor, there’s plenty for everyone to love in Love’s Old Sweet Song.

Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th • 8:00 pm

* 10% of ticket sales will be donated to Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals http://msspa.org/ (MSSPA) The Cloud Foundation (TCF) http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/, a foundation dedicated to the protection and welfare of wild horses.

Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street Portland • mayostreetarts.org

Directed by Thomas Power

Joyce Moulton, Piano

& featuring

Bob Colby as Leopold Bloom

Adapted for the stage & performed by Janet Lynch

Suggested donation: $10

12/11 Mark Tipton Quintet:

December 11th : Mark Tipton Quintet – Mark Tipton; Matt Langley, Jesse Feinberg, Fitz Jenkins, Hayes Porterfield, … WORLD PREMIER of several of Tipton’s compositions,  original jazz compositions, modern jazz classics. 8pm.

8pm $10 suggested donation.

12/16 LOBSTER CRAWL AUCTION -

LIVE AUCTION, LOTS OF GOOD OLD STUFF. LOBSTER RACING AND GOOD TIMES. GET YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS! Music by The Pickle Jar Defenders. Lobster Races at 7 Auction at 8!

12/17 Contradance with Soupbone, Dugan Murphy Calling

8-11pm. All dances taught. Bring clean shoes for dancing. $7

12/21 The Wedding of Minnie & Waisely

Wednesday 12.21.2011

Doors 6:30PM, Starts at 7:30PM
$10 advance/$12 day of show

TICKETS HERE

Raise a glass to the union of Waisely “Scar” Lighthead and Marie “Minnie” Pistola, the bandit queen.

Mayo Street Arts hosts a ceremony of music and love to celebrate our mystical connections.

An open invitation to all rakes, tramps, thieves, and scamps.

Performances by Jesse Pilgrim, Blood Warrior, Chriss Sutherland, Peter McLaughlin & Jeff Beam, D. Gross, Samuel James, Over A Cardboard Sea, Rosie Rimjob, dily dilly, Sontiago, Dead Man’s Clothes, Meghan Yates, and Panda Bandits.

November

11/4 First Friday: Jeni McLaughlin

Opening Reception 5-8pm

Starting to draw and paint as a theraputic outlet, Jeni now finds inspiration more from the natural world and daily walks at the woods, beaches, and marshes. Currently residing in Portland, Jeni spends her days in the studio listening to cassette tapes, watching her pups play, and teaching herself new techniques.
Jeni’s artwork can be seen in the private collections of her followers and can be purchased in a variety of new and recycled mediums at her booth at the Merchant Co. at 656 Congress St. in Portland, Maine

11/4 Jazz Benefit for Occupy Maine 8pm

Jazz Benefit Concert to Support Occupy Maine, Friday, November 4, 8-10 PM at Mayo Street Arts Center!  
 
South Portland, Maine – October 30, 2011 – Jazz concert to Support Occupy Maine, Friday, 8-10 PM, November 4, 2011 at the Mayo Arts Center – 10 Mayo Street, Portland, Maine. $10+ Cover Charge at the door to support Occupy Maine. All ages Welcome. Beer, wine, juice, spring water and snacks are available for purchase through Mayo Street Arts Center.
 
All musicians are donating their talent and time. Please go to www.occupymaine.com or OccupyMaine on Facebook to learn more about the movement.
 
MUSICIANS: This will be an open jazz jam session, with PA, piano, and drumset available. You are invited to come at anytime between 8 and 10, so come before or after your gig. Those that want to start at 8 are encouraged to arrive at Mayo Street Arts at 7:30 PM.
 
Contact:
 
Rob Schreiber

11/5 Raqs Afire

Saturday, November 5, 8:00 PM

GET  TICKETS!!!

Raqs Afire
Belly Dance Gala Show featuring Zafirah of Montreal, Rosa Noreen, Cait
Capaldi, Adira, Our Tribe of Boston and more!
Special guest Zafira of Montreal is a multi-award winning belly dancer
and the queen of raqs sharqi improvisation.  Enjoy performances by
Zafirah, show host Rosa Noreen and favorite local dancers performing a
variety of styles of belly dance.  All ages are welcome!
$10 adv, $12 at the door. Kids 10 and under free!

Rosa: http://youtu.be/8ysPyC6nKjA
Zafirah: http://youtu.be/b7F-sAkiuvw



11/11 Occidental Gypsy

8pm show with doors at 7:30.
Tickets $10

Tickets

Occidental Gypsy is pioneering the sound of Gypsy Pop. Their mélange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of Gypsy, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of Pop delivers a thrilling auditory experience to listeners.

Live, the band compliments original material with expertly arranged gypsified covers. Occidental Gypsy’s unique approach to pop, jazz, and dance music stems from the influence of Gypsy Swing founders, Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grapelli. The members of the group posses a deep knowledge and reverence for the Gypsy style and feel honored to bring their music to the ears of new audiences.

The name Occidental Gypsy (Western gypsy) embodies the concept behind Gypsy Pop. The group has taken the Gypsy sound that originated in Eastern Europe and brought it Over Here to blend it seamlessly with contemporary American music. Interestingly, Gypsy Swing was created by taking American Jazz to the East and blending it with the Gypsy Folk tradition. Now almost a century later Occidental Gypsy is bringing the music back home.

11/12 Tumbling Bones with The Vododeeos

*MSA Performing Arts & Culture Series show!

Tumbling Bones is old American folk music played today.

The twenty-somethings who make up the trio – Peter Winne, Jake Hoffman, and Sam McDougle – used to play together in stringband-turned-indie rock outfit The Powder Kegs, and their time with that band took them from street-performing in Europe to venues along the east coast to an acclaimed 2007 performance on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” (they played on the show’s “People in Their Twenties Talent Competition” and won first prize!)

In June the band brought the sound to the stage playing a string of packed clubs, listening rooms, and colleges along the east coast, immediately establishing themselves as one of the fieriest and most promising young traditional folk acts today.

“The Vododeeos”!

(Ukelele duo Joel Eckhouse and Timothy Findlen)

-Part of MSA’s Performing Arts & Culture Series-

8pm $7 cover

11/19 King Friday’s Dungeon – Puppet Slam

KING FRIDAY”S DUNGEON (A PUPPET SLAM) Adults only!

Doors 7:30 show at 8:00 p.m., $10 suggested donation.

Get Yer Tickets Here

What Happened: King Friday, post-monarch, deposed and living in squalor beneath an old vaudeville house hath requestedeth new puppet works and puppet works-in-progress for an impromptu, after-hours, puppet-roadhouse show.

Come romp through the netherrealms of puppet and object theater with K.F.!

The Lineup:

Shoestring Theater……Punch & Judy
Julie Goell……………….Solomon & Ashmedei
Naked Wall Street Sock Puppet Theater
Come and Go by Samuel Beckett ………………Libby Marcus, Davis Robinson
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., New York City
Fence Kitchen……..…an evolving performative
MotionFolk Theater………..Reynard and the Bear
Reuben J. Little………………….Audio Sketch #2
Cuckoo Carwash………..….Sud’s Up!
The Dolly Wagglers………….The Polka Your Eye Finger Out Polka

With your Host, King Friday
(Alex Endy & Blainor McGough)

MORE INFO:

The show is a chance for puppet artists to try out new works and works-in-progress – in an impromptu, after-hours, puppet-roadhouse environment.  Pieces may be edgy, bawdy, humorous, elegant, or bizarre.  Object theater, toy theater, canastoria, clowning, pie-balancing, ventriloquism, etc, are all within the realms of the puppet slam.

The show is for adults only, (or teens with an accompanying adult) so anything goes.
STILL MORE INFO:
This event stems from the numerous puppet shows, programs, and exhibits we’ve hosted at Mayo Street Arts over the past year, and encouragement from Heather Henson (Yes Jim’s Daughter) to start a slam and participate in the Puppet Slam Network. There is an amazingly skilled pocket of puppeteers and performers with ties to Maine, and you are one of the people we would love to have in on this.

EVEN MORE INFO:

Underground puppet slams are popping up everywhere.

They feature contemporary short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences, often late at night in small venues, nightclubs and art spaces.

Puppet Slams exist at the nexus of vaudeville, burlesque, and performance art through the intersection of experimental theater, art, music and dance as a viable alternative to the culturally homogenous digital mass media.

Spearheaded by IBEX Puppetry, The Puppet Slam Network aims to catalogue, connect, support and raise awareness for the Puppet Slam Nation.

The Puppet Slam Network fosters connections in the growing field of independently produced puppet slams, cabarets, and showcases, so that puppet artists know where they can perform, venues can find puppet artists, and audiences can enjoy this intimate, tactile and compelling form of entertainment.

11/26 Contra Dance

8-11 pm, . $7 admission. Live music by Soupbone, Kathryn Larsen calling. All dances taught. Bring clean shoes for dancing.

October


10/1 Al-Han

8pm doors 7:30 admission $10


ALHAN Middle Eastern Music Ensemble performs classical and popular Arabic and Turkish music of the 17th to the 21st centuries. The group features Eric LaPerna; riqq, darbuka and nay, Tom Kovacevic; oud, nay and vocals, Madeleine Hanna; lead vocals and frame drum and Megumi Sasaki; violin. Alhan’s repertoire is drawn from compositions of some of the preeminent composers of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. They also perform muwashshahat, a classical song form developed in 10th century Andalusia and performed throughout the modern Arab world. The members of ALHAN bring many varied musical backgrounds to their exciting interpretation of Middle Eastern Music. They strive to present authentic versions of the music with a contemporary flare.

10/2 Hand Made Puppet Dreams Volume 2

FIRST Sundays of The Month! From IBEX Puppetry….7pm $7/$5 students doors at 6:30

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knifelick
UBG & McManMan

10/6 Remembering the Unsung Women Poets of Maine

Readings and Music celebrating Celia Thaxter, Elizabeth Akers Allen, Denise Levertov, and other Maine poets.

deadpoets.typepad.com/mewomen/

7pm $5 admission.

A special literary event, Celebrating the Unsung Women Poets of Maine, will take place this Thursday night, at 7PM, at Mayo Street Arts in Portland.

“Megan Grumbling and Christina Mock  will be presenting the works of several Maine women whose works deserve more attention,” said Walter Skold, of the Dead Poets Society of America. “These include, Denise Levertov, Elizabeth Akers Allen, and Elizabeth Oakes Smith.”

“We are also fortunate to have New Hampshire actress and historian, Stephanie Voss appearing, who will present the life and writings of Celia Thaxter, “ he said.

“This year’s celebration is a kind of resurrection of amazing poetic voices that have too often been buried in our collective memory over the years,” said Skold, a poet and filmmaker from Freeport.

Grumbling, a well-known poet and teacher from Portland, will be giving a special presentation on the Maine-related poetry of Denise Levertov, who lived and wrote for many summers in Temple, Maine, where she honed her deeply spiritual poetry of Nature.

“Many people who love Levertov’s work are not even aware that she received so much literary and social inspiration from her experiences in Maine,” said Skold. “We think this is the first program of its kind and we’re excited about it.”

Thaxter was an artist and poet who lived on Maine’s Appledore Island and whose name was known nationwide in the late 19th Century.

The evening of poetry and performance is the national kick-off for the second annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day, a literary holiday that was initiated last year by 20 State Poets Laureate.

The cost for participating in this community remembrance of past poets is only $5.00 and a special Bard’s beer will be available for purchase.

The evening event has been made possible by funding from the Maine Women Writers Collection, a nationally-known archive and study center based out of the University of New England, in Portland.

More details of the Maine women poets being remembered is available at the event blog:

Celebrating Maine’s Unsung Women Poets: http://deadpoets.typepad.com/mewomen/

Contact :  info@deadpoes.org

10/7 Jan Piribek: (EN)CODED LANDSCAPES: Walking-in-Timespace

The exhibit will take place in two sites: at Mayo Street Arts from September 25 to October 26 and at the Talsi District Museum in Latvia from August 25th to September 26th. Exhibition components will include digital prints and a short video called “She Died for Love” The soundtrack is 9 minutes of bells recorded in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany on Easter Sunday.

10/8-10/9 Portland Film Festival

screenings at 6pm and 8pm Saturday, 2pm & 4pm Sunday

admission $8/$5 students

10/13 Milkman’s Union Release Show with South China

Thursday, October 13th 8pm. Doors at 7:30

Tix $6 advance/$9 at the door

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The Milkman’s Union is an enigmatic three-piece based in Portland, Maine.  While their sound can most easily be characterized as indie rock, idiosyncrasies abound. Drawing from classical, jazz, folk, electronic, and various non-western musics, the band infuses rock grooves with deft melodic hooks and rhythmic flourishes that combine for a unique sound.   More information available at themilkmansunion.com

Eternal Otter Records is a music label devoted to limited edition vinyl recordings of exceptional musical talents, drawn primarily from the Portland, Maine area.  More information available at eternalotterrecords.com. The vinyl single is a limited edition release of 300 copies.  “Texas Hold Me” features guest vocals from fellow Mainer Aly Spaltro of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper.  On the b-side (“Little Bird”), lead singer Henry Jamison offers ruminations on love and violence against the backdrop of Peter McLaughlin’s cavernous drums.

10/15 Fiddle and Cello Workshop 1-5pm

10/15 Deep River with The Lomax

 Steeped in the music of the 60’s and early 70’s,       Deep River plays blues and rock from all era’s, together with original contributions from the band.

The Lomax:  (http://www.myspace.com/thelomaxband/music)

Andy was in a band with Chris in high school. Later, Chris was in a band with Dave. Chad was also in that band. Andy was in a different band that needed a guitar player. Chad and Chris recommended Brian. Brian used to be Dave’s roommate. Brian brought Dave to a rehearsal. They called Chad. Together, they all played and recorded until Chad moved to England. They drafted Chris. And the other Dave. And Jeff. Now they are the Lomax (new and improved with 100% more Daves!).

Doors at 7, music at 7:20. $5 cover

10/20 James Day Leavitt Book Release Party & Reading

James Day Leavitt invites you to join him in celebrating the release
of Like a Warped Mirror, a long poem in four parts published by
Nine Point Publishing and limited to 26 signed and lettered copies.
This special edition was letter-pressed using a 1950ʹ′s Heidelberg
Windmill Letter Press. The pages, cover and beautiful marbled endpapers
were string-bound by hand.
Free event Open to the public Cash bar

7-9pm

10/22 WMPG’s “Watch Your Language”  at Mayo Street Arts

Watch Your Language!   No longer just a finger-wagging warning from your mother… “Watch Your Language” is the only locally written and produced radio word game show, presented on WMPG Community Radio. And you are invited!

On Saturday, October 22, from 4-5:30PM at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street,Portland, WMPG will record two half-hour episodes of “Watch Your Language!” for later rebroadcast. “Watch Your Language!” is a game show celebrating the complexity, beauty and downright weirdness of the English language, written and played by local wordsmiths, wits and raconteurs.

The show is hosted by Suzanne Murphy of WMPG’s public affairs program, BigTalk, written by Kate O’Halloran and Joanne Fedorocko, and played by JoshBodwell, Alan Brewer, Margaret Cleveland, Mary Beth Davidson, MarciaGoldenberg, John Spritz, and Caroline Teschke.

The show is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5, with all proceeds to benefit WMPG’s Power Up! signal improvement campaign.  Through a transmitter move and significant power increase, Power Up! will bring a strong WMPG signal to five times as many Southern Maine listeners as receive it now. The new stronger transmitter is expected be in operation by November, 2011.

WMPG Community Radio is the broadcast radio voice of the people of southern Maine, on the FM dial at 90.9 and 104.1, or streaming online at www.wmpg.org. WMPG is committed to nurturing and presenting local voices and talent of all kinds. “Watch Your Language!” is a uniquely entertaining and stimulating program, created and performed completely by local talent.

More information about WMPG and “Watch Your Language” can be found at wmpg.org. Mayo Street Arts info is at mayostreetarts.org.

10/22 Contradance

With Soupbone (southern appalachian)

http://www.williemcelroy.com/soupbone.html

Maggie Robinson calling.

All levels, all dances taught. Bring clean shoes for dancing.

8 -11 pm $7

10/24 Julius Caesar

A staged reading of William Shakepeare’s Julius Caesar reasd by local actors as a benefit for Mayo Street Arts  Monday night Oct. 24th at 7:30. suggested donation $7.

This staged reading will feature David Butler as Julius Caesar, Michael Dix Thomas as Brutus, Karen Ball as Cassius, The Hon. Herb Adams as Mark Anthony, April Singley as Portia, Maureen Butler as Calpurnia, John Kerr as the Soothsayer, Johnny and Nate Speckman and a guest appearance by State Rep. Diane Russell as a member of the Roman Senate.

10/25 SLIDE TALK with USM Art Professor Jan Piribeck

TOPIC - (EN)CODED LANDSCAPES: Walking-in-Timespace [an exhibition now on view at Mayo Street Arts http://mayostreetarts.org/]
DATE/TIMES – Tuesday, October 25th, 9AM and 2PM
LOCATION – Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street, Portland, ME
Please join the artist for a presentation of the ideas behind her exhibition. There will be a question and answer period following.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact janp@maine.edu
PORTLAND PHOENIX ARTICLE

10/27 Poets Theater presents The Raven, Ghouls, and Renewal: An Evening of Pagan Poetic Theater for Halloween

10/29 Mayo Street Arts Haunted House Costume Ball

“Sci-Fi Experiments Gone Wrong” Haunted House 7-10pm  Costume Ball with The Cramps 10-11pm.

SEPTEMBER

9/3 Mark Tipton – Dizzy Gillespie Charlie Parker Tribute

Bird Meets Diz
The Early Years of Be-Bop
8pm/doors 7:30 tix $7
Beatniks unite!  Trumpeter Mark Tipton leads a Jazz Quintet to play the early works of Charlie “Bird” Parker and John Birks “Dizzy” GIllespie.  Tunes like “Anthropology,” “Donna Lee,” and “Confirmation” will be heard, as well as more obscure tunes like “Cardboard” and “Dewey Square.”  This dynamic Quintet includes: Matt Langley on Alto Sax, Jesse Feinberg on Piano, Chris Sprague on Bass, and Hayes Porterfield on Drums.

9/4 Handmade Puppet Dreams Volume I – With Intro/Talk by Filmaker & Puppeteer Tim LaGasse



HANDMADE PUPPET DREAMS VOLUME I

FILM LENGTH: 93 min

YEAR: 2005

SHOWTIME: 7 pm

ADMISSION: $7/$5 students

Tim LaGasse is a fantastic puppeteer and filmmaker and we are thrilled to have him with us for the first screening the the four volume Handmade Puppet Dreams Series.

Handmade Puppet Dreams

A selection of puppet film shorts by independent artists exploring their handmade craft specifically for the camera. Showcasing a new generation of puppeteers embracing film as their medium for their individual expressions, this collection features films that focus primarily on real-time performed puppetry. Stylistically, the films run the gamut from marionettes to finger puppets to paper cutouts; each artist articulating their own unique approach to animation and film. Handmade Puppet Dreams is a compilation of contemporary artisans who carefully weave their craft of film-making and puppetry into their work, building their visions, and breathing life into their dreams.

IBEX Inc., is an entertainment company founded by Heather Henson dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of it’s various mediums. Nurturing work for a myriad of venues including film, stage, and exhibit. Experience where film and puppetry intertwine by watching Handmade Puppet Dreams. Join us each fall for the Orlando Puppet Festival, a week long celebration in Florida that features puppetry for both adult and family audiences, including live shows, films & workshops.  Log onto www.puppetslam.com, a website dedicated to showcasing underground puppet venues and networking them with live puppet acts.

9/9 Ramblin’ Red

Performance starts at 8pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. Tickets $8 in advance/$10 door.

Buy Tickets for Ramblin’ Red

Inspired by the crashing of the ocean, the creak of the back porch, the crunch of homemade tacos, and the wonders of wine, Portland Maine based quartet Ramblin’ Red takes you down original folk roads with old-time twists and bluegrass turns, in funky dance-off shoes. And they always bring you home satisfied. They’re fun-loving gals with serious soul and unrivaled harmonies:

Anna Maria Tocci (vocals, guitar, bass), soulful singer/songwriter, café entrepreneur & creative mentor, makes the angels jealous with her rich, elegant voice. Crème de la crème. Plus, she makes a mean latte.

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill (vocals, guitar, banjo), singer/songwriter & collaborative artist, whispers and wails in true blues-folk-jazz fashion, wielding guitar & claw-hammer banjo, but usually not at the same time. While doing her happy dance. In green pants.

Patia Maule (vocals, fiddle), musical genius pretty much sums up this one – on the fiddle, steel drums, piano….oh, and did we mention she’s an Irish music fanatic/genius? And addicted to Cadbury chocolate eggs?

Jo Sorrell (vocals, cello, guitar), low-end grooves meets old-timey vocals.  Jill of all trades, master of some (such as pie making), she plays her cello like an oversized fiddle and strongly believes that competitive interpretive dancing should be a profession.

A new arrival to the Maine traditional music scene, The Barn Swallows
were born of late-night bluegrass festival picking sessions and a
mutual love of acoustic music.  The original Barn Swallows, Rebecca
Minnick (guitar, vocals) and Emily Marcus (mandolin, vocals),
participated in the 2011 RPM Challenge, writing and recording an
entire album of original music during the month of February.  Rebecca
and Emily drew their inspiration from the duo harmony singing
traditions of old time music and the early progressive bluegrassers of
the 1970′s.  Recent Barn Swallows additions Kieran McManus (cello,
banjo) and Kate Driver (upright bass, vocals) round out the mix.  With
a repertoire of traditional and original songs, the band has deep
roots in bluegrass music but play with an original twist that is all
their own.

9/15 – BERNARD -

Doors open at 7, show begins at 7:30.
Suggested donation $10

The Demise and Fall of Bernard Madoff,
a modern tragedy in three acts.

Join us for a staged reading of an original
new work by playwright Cullen T.M. McGough.

9/16 Putnam Smith & Travis Cyr

Doors at 7:30 Show at 8pm

Admission $8

Putnam Smith

Portland, Maine

“As quirky and genuine as the state from which he hails”
-Dirty Linen Magazine

**Selected for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase 2011**

Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century.  After all, he lives in a log cabin,  plays his Grandfather’s banjo, and prints up the jackets to his CDs on a 1901 Pearl Letterpress (hand set type, pedal powered!).   Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in old-time Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age.

Putnam’s songs sound like they’ve come from a back porch in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or some cabin on the coast of Maine.  From whiskey-slinging good-time banjo numbers, to intimate heartbreakers on the guitar, to lighthearted tunes about ‘lawnmower repair’ on the mandolin, Putnam is able to connect with each member of his audience as if each one were an old friend with whom he were spending a precious evening.

He lives in a log cabin just north of Portland, Maine, and loves compost.
www.putnamsmith.com
www.youtube.com/putnamsmith
www.sonicbids.com/putnamsmith
www.facebook.com/putnamsmith

Travis Cyr

Cosmic Acoustic Americana Folk-Rock

Spaz-Grass Psychobilly

String-Breaking Song-Writing Enthusiast.

The music is a Genuine reflection of the land he lives.  Quiet, Gentle and Peaceful, Yet Vast, Dark and Strong.  Combining Vividly honest and poetic lyrics with fast paced aggressive acoustic guitar work, this music breaks a lot of strings and hearts.  With over 400 shows under their overalls including stops at the Common Ground Fair, the Belfast Free Range Festival, the AROOTSAKOOSTIK Festival which he founded to numerous spots from Fort Kent to Bar Harbor to Portland and with aprox. 1,245 broken strings in their wake, the modern folk music of Travis Cyr and the Strings of Calamity will be coming to an eardrum near you soon!.  He is proud to have shared the stage with some of Maine’s best musicians including, Putnam Smith, Tree By Leaf, Frank Hopkins, Dark Hollow Bottling Co., the Toughcats, the Lucid and Emilia Dahlin.

With 2 self released albums, 2007′s “A Gentle Force” and 2009′s widely regarded “Tiny Music” work has recently begun on a new album of material with a scheduled release date of Fall 2011.  Stay Tuned…

http://www.wix.com/traviscyrmusic/tc

9/22 SheSpeaks

SheChanges presents SheSpeaks: an evening of storytelling that explores the many ways we honor ourselves as women. From taking leaps of faith to using our voice and gifts more fully in the world, the women of this SheSpeaks will offer perspective, inspiration and some good food for thought along with a few laughs. Lael will be the emcee of this event and will be weaving together the five stories in the context of the topic of “honoring.”

Lee Farrington

Shay Stewart-Bouley – Letting It Rip: It’s A Good Thing

Jessica Esch – The Journey To Asking

Monique Barrett – The Power of Unlocking Ourselves

Karen Wyman – Free Falling Into The Unknown


6:30 pm

Tickets $12 in advance / $15 at the door
www.BrownPaperTickets.com

9/23 Kit Demos with MOFODiSHU

8pm tix $7

KIT DEMOS- bass (b.1972) born in Bristol, Connecticut, raised in New York, Coastal Connecticut and Maine is currently expanding on an already broad and varied musical career.  He worked for over a decade playing bouzouki and singing professionally with a traditional Greek music group Opa! Opa! all the while performing and composing for free jazz groups large and small.  A privately trained classical and jazz performance student since the age of 6 through college, he has built and designed his own analog synthesizers from the component level, studied physics, electrical engineering, and modern performance with Portland Maine based trio Mystic Out-bop Review, started his own record label, and continues to develop his bop influenced jazz chops with an ever-evolving vocabulary of extended bass technique.  In addition to teaching student ensemble workshops, he can be heard on Konnex, Aria Arts Recordings, and Skycap Records with Jeff Platz, John Mclellan, Daniel Carter, Crank Sturgeon, Luther Grey, Jack Wright, Blaise Siwula, Jim Hobbes, Timo Shanko, and R.A. Fish to name a few.   Kit teamed with John Mclellan to provide a new and unique rhythm concept for Jeff Platz’s group at the Munster International Jazz Festival (Germany).

Tom Hall, a graduate of New England Conservatory, has played saxophone professionally since the age of 17, performing and recording in a wide variety of musical styles. He has toured throughout the US and Europe with The Bruce Katz Band, Club d’Elf, Bob Nieske’s Wolf Soup, and Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet (of which he is a founding member).  Hall has appeared on over 30 CD’s and has played at festivals like The Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Moers Music Festival (Germany), Bang on a Can New Music Festival (NYC). Nottendon Blues Festival (Norway), and Mellon Jazz Festival (Philadelphia). He has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, including John Medeski, D.J. Logic, Reeves Gabrels, Joe Maneri, Dave Tronzo, and Jacques Morelenbaum. He is an instructor at Brandeis University, and is the author of “Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide”.

MOFODiSHU (moe-foe-dee-shu) is a noise/drone/ambient/improv trio from
NJ. Formed in early 2009, Mof consists of three like minded
improvisers/sound generators:
Mike Noordzy – contra alto clarinet
Chris Welcome – guitar
Max Ross – laptop
Their sound exists in three improvised, constantly evolving layers:
acoustic (mike), analog (chris) and digital (max).
MOFODiSHU’s record “rhythm is for gals” is available at www.NachtRecords.com

9/30 Stefan Pierce, Billy Carr, Lisa/Liza

8pm suggested donation $5


http://www.youtube.com/stefanpiercehenegar

http://stefanpierce.bandcamp.com/

http://www.myspace.com/stefanhenegar


August

8/1 come help us make a parade! Mayo Street Arts 11-2pm

8/2 National Night Out – Crime Awareness and Neighborhood Celebration

Parade starts at 6:30 pm at Mayo Street Arts. Celebration at Peppermint Park.

8/5 Art All Around

The Art All Around exhibition will tell the story of the project that the Maine Center for Creativity and Sprague Energy Corporation collaborated on to launch the world’s largest public art painting.  The project is a bold initiative to spearhead an international design competition with the goal of transforming 16 oil storage tanks on Portland harbor into an integrated ‘canvas’ of color and design.

The exhibit will: tell the story of Art All Around’s creation & show the five finalists’ designs; take
a closer look at winning artist, Jaime Gili, and the realization of his design; and explore the significance of public art in our community.

Out of 560 submissions, 5 finalists were selected to create a detailed plan for how they would transform the oil tanks into art. Large-scale photos of the finalists’ designs will allow visitors the opportunity to explore these diverse artistic visions.

The exhibit will focus on not only Jaime Gili’s goal of creating something “grand and popular”, but will also put into context the massive scale of the project (which will take over 3,000 gallons of paint to complete).

Visitors will be encouraged to realize that “How you see the world can change the world”.

Opening Reception Friday August 5th, 5-8pm. Free and open to the public.

8/11 The Femme Show

The Femme Show is a revue of smart, sexy, interactive performance about queer femme identity that features film, dance, literary readings, burlesque, drag, and performance art from award winning artists.

Tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/183293

8pm doors 7:30 tix $12 advance / $15 at the door


8/12: Wesley Allen Hartley, Health & Beauty (Chicago), Joshua O’Donnell


8pm, doors 7:30, $5 cover, all ages~




8/26 Craig Bickhardt

plus Maine Writers In-The-Round

Brad Strause, Ronda Dale & Phil Daligan

Tickets: $15.00

*combined Show/Songwriting Workshop package at
Brown Paper Tickets


8/27 PICNIC Music and Arts Festival


Right Around the Corner in Lincoln Park at Franklin and Congress 11-6.

Come visit us at the Mayo Street Arts Photo Booth

Create a moment to remember in the dress up photo booth. Animals, costumes, textiles set the scene. Film from the Impossible Project.  Artists Johnathan Cook, Annie Seikonia, Blainor McGough, Steven Tesh, Brian Arlet.

July

7/8 EBNO TALENT SHOW

7:30pm. admission $5.

Support the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization by coming out to a night of great local talent! MC ALex Endy! Taiko Maine Dojo!  A Bake Sale !


7/9 Performing Arts And Culture Series: Cinder Conk 

8pm admission $5

Join us for a rare performance by Cinder Conk to celebrate their new CD – Kukeri – and accordionist Matt Rock’s upcoming musical pilgrimage to Serbia.

With special opener Kate Cox!


Cinder Conk plays music drawn from the Black Sea – the wellspring of Europe’s deepest and most diverse musical traditions. It is the sound of celebration and lament of those who have lived on its coast over thousands of years – Roma, Jews, peasants, and nationalists. Cinder Conk mixes frenzied accordion riffs and thundering double bass counterpoint with a classic bardic lyricism that invites and transcends.

The duo plays regularly across the Northeast and has shared the stage with Petar Ralchev’s Live From Bulgaria Ensemble, The Toughcats, Fishtank Ensemble, and Slavic Soul Party. They played at the sold out Free Range Music Festival, the Golden Festival and BARBES in Brooklyn, and Balkan Night in Concord, Mass.

7/16 CONTRADANCE

7/27  T-O-T-A-L-L-Y-! Kimleigh

In this powerful one hour theater piece, Kimleigh Smith takes the audience through a journey that is totally uplifting, totally heartbreaking, and totally powerful.
ticket prices $14 adults, $12 seniors, $8 students

To Purchase Tickets in Advance: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/186375

T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! is the ultimate cheer. It will have you howling in your seats in hysteria and clutching your heart. Kimleigh inspires audiences through her hilarious and honest story to embrace their inner superheroes and find the strength to move forward no matter what. The cheer “That’s Okay, That’s Allright…get back up and Fight, Fight, Fight!” has an entirely different meaning once you see T-O-T-A-L-L-Y.
The audience witnesses Kimleigh as ayoung cheerleader transforming into a powerful woman who reclaims her sexuality and lives as a whole, healthy, woman who cheers for life!

7/28 Vaudeville Fix with The Debutante Hour, Dos Eckies, Matiss Duhon, and Vintage Super 8 and 16 mm Shorts!

Doors 7:30 Show at 8 pm admission $8 obo

Buy Tickets in Advance: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/186377

Mayo Street Arts brings you a summertime Vaudeville Fix with dazzling Brooklyn sweethearts The Debutante Hour, ukelele duo Dos Eckies, juggler Matiss Duhon, and Vintage 35mm Shorts from the underground collection of Blinky McGee.

See New York’s cabaret acoustic act The Debutante Hour, “a cross between the Roches, Tiger Lillies, and your deep, dirty subconscious.”

The trio consists of multi-instrumentalists Susan Hwang, Mia Pixley, and Maria Sonevytsky. Their music has  been described as “antifolk songs with the occasional waltz, warming up the audience to clap along and cheer” and “songs about lost love, weird love and the devil.”

7/29 Hillytown Presents: The Farthest Forests, Beat Radio, if and it

8pm $5


The Farthest Forests (http://thefarthestforests.bandcamp.com/album/strange-wool)
Beat Radio (NYC)
if and it

June

6/3 Supreme Night of Music – Steve Tesh, Chris Teret and Stephanie Rabins, Chriss Sutherland, Micah Blue Smaldone.7:30 pm $5

An amazing night of music after the First Friday art walk. Come on by for balladry, country, and regional music played by locals Micah Blue Smalldone, Christopher Sutherland and Steve Tesh. Highlighting this night will be Chris Teret and Stephanie Rabins (NYC) playing a set together with a reunion feel. A great night of music with a blockbuster line up for only 5 bucks. hope to see you there.

6/4: Rolling Roots Review 7:30pm $10

Traveling Troupe of recording artists based out of Wepecket Island. Hot mix of Old-timey. Blues, Ragtime and Gospel Music. Featuring WMPG’s Dale Robin Goodman!

6/9 and 6/11: Poets Theater of Maine presents Wolf Song 8pm $10/$7 students. BUY TICKETS TO WOLF SONG HERE.

Wolf Song is a poetic theater project exploring the Wolf of our psyches and our landscape.  The project interweaves masks, puppets, dance, ritual, and a new Native-based musical score.  La Loba, Red Riding Hood, Malsum the Wabanaki trickster, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and the Hunter inhabit a mythic, postmodern dreamworld that invites the audience to confront real and imagined fears and rethink our relationship with the natural world. Wolf Song is the first production of Poets Theater of Maine (PTM), a theater company founded by Annie Finch, Assunta Kent, and Erica Vega. www.poetstheater.com
6/10: Ellis and Vanessa Torres 8pm doors 7:30 tix $10

Ellis may not be a household name, but once you’ve seen her perform you’re not likely to forget her. A mix of folk artist, dharma teacher, and comedienne, her music is best described by the effect it has on her audience rather than a particular genre. Ellis is quietly amassing a loyal following of supporters across the country. She released her 7th album, Right On Time, in September 2010.

Straddling the lyrical and the political folk music realms, Torres’ songs are full of raw emotion and a strong call to justice

Chris Darling, host of WMPG radio says of Torres, “No stranger to community activism, her music is a testament to her belief that music, community and making a difference are all tied together.” 

Torres’ latest album “Witness” was released in May 2008.
6/17: Zemya and Loop 2.4.3. 8pm doors 7:30 tix $10



Loop 2.4.3 is a composer/performer duo that has drawn comparisons to Steve Reich, Battles, Harry Partch, Moondog, Konono No.1, Brian Eno, and Belle Orchestre  - an assortment that alludes to their hard to classify, yet visceral aesthetic. They are composers/instrument inventors/performers and “virtuosi musicians of the highest caliber” (Gordon Stout, Ithaca College). Their new album, Zodiac Dust, features percussion, strings and two instruments of their invention, the Rose Echo and eLog. Their music has been described as “transportive percussion odysseys” (The Boston Phoenix), “taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense” (Time Out Chicago), and as both “action adventures and reveries… all sound[ing] like part of a well-thought-out tradition, only the tradition has never existed until now.” (Milo Miles, Fresh Air – NPR)

Zemya is eleven women singing a blend beautiful and edgy harmonies without accompaniment. They share folk and traditional songs from the Balkans, United Kingdom, Africa, the Americas and more… and they have fun doing it! Zemya means “earth” in Bulgarian, and these songs grow from the deep soul of the world’s folk music heritage.
Zemya is:
Ann Swardlick, Cordelia Lane, Eli Arlen, Heather Sylvester, Joy Ahrens, Orlina Boteva, Sue Gawler, Sue West, Barbara Beckelman, Catherine Eliot, Shirsten Lundblad and director Deborah Gordon.

6/18: Portland Poet Laureate Inaugural

7pm. Come welcome Portland’s new Poet Laureate. Poets, socializing, and a special performance by the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus.

6/24: ROCK CAMP! With The Britta Pejik’s

7:30 pm$5 cover

6/25 Meghan Yates & The Reverie Machine, The Gallerist, Panda Bandits, Jesse Pilgrim

Panda Bandits have been described by others as an “arthaus chaos unit”, “some kind of wonderful cult”, and “like a fish gasping for water”.  They call their music dark country magic.  Panda Bandits are led by the thieving Waisely “Scar” Lighthead and Marie “Minnie” Pistola, the bandit queen.  Open positions are available for percussionists, rapscallions, and wealthy benefactors.


www.eternalotterrecords.com
www.eternalotterrecords.blogspot.com

7:30 door show 8pm $8

Panda Bandits http://www.eternalotterrecords.com/pandabandits.htm.

“This nine-piece band is insanely energetic. They’ve got two hand drums on stage left, a tambourine and a bass on stage right, an acoustic electric guitar in the back of the stage, and then the lead singer at center stage. Their cover of “Drums” is a cultural experience in itself. They fill the room with the pounding of drums, the stomping of feet, and backup vocals from the whole band. The lead singer gets so into the lyrics that his face mirrors desperation and his body is like a fish gasping for water. I mean this in a great way—Cash’s lyrics are heart achingly troubled.” – The Noise

http://jessepilgrimthebonfire.bandcamp.com/

Jesse Pilgrim was born and raised in West Bath, Maine and wouldn’t have it any other way. He plays loud and proud folk music with his band The Bonfire. The Portland Phoenix writes, “Jesse Pilgrim’s set sounded broadcast from Folsom Prison. Songs like these are fit for bold storytelling, and Pilgrim’s clear, brassy pipes were a shiny and inclusive welcome.”



May


5/6 First Friday Art Exhibit: Johnathan Cook: VOROISM

Opening reception 5-8pm.

OPEN STUDIOS! 5-8pm.

5/7 Putnam Smith with Connor Garvey 8pm $8 at the door.

Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century.  After all, he lives in a log cabin,  plays his Grandfather’s banjo, and has printed up the jackets of his new CD on a 1901 Pearl Letterpress.   Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also plays guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in old-time Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age.  With his sophomore release, “Goldrush,” reaching #5 on the national Folk DJ Charts (and making it on 5 “Favorite Albums of 2009″ Lists) Putnam has begun to establish himself as an acoustic tour-de-force not only in his hometown of Portland, but as a nationally touring musician from East coast to West.  Putnam puts on a show that makes people want to do a little knee-slappin’ one moment, then curl up all intimate-like with a glass of red wine, the next.  As Maine’s indie newspaper the Maine Edge says: “He’s that rare breed of musician that manages to sound like a throwback without ever coming off as dated.”

5.8 Christian Swenson – “Human Jazz” 7pm $15

Christian Swenson is a shaman of delight.  A solitary performer dreaming out loud in the wilderness of the bodyvoice; he interweaves the mysterious and the obvious with immediacy,  power and vulnerability.  Balancing spontaneity and his enchantment with the Other (peoples, species, landscapes, dreams and beyond), Christian transports himself and the audience to a place of alertness and wonder.

Excerpts from past reviews:

“…’Dansing’, an extraordinary vocal and movement solo by Christian Swenson, a wildly gifted performer from Seattle.” –Charles Jurrist, The New York Daily News.

“Remarkable transformations…a gorilla at one point, the dancer could be a poet uttering an ode to the earth at another.” – Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times.

“He’s a one-man animal kingdom….” –Karen Mathieson, The Seattle Times.

“To find the right words to describe this piece of enormous charm and wit, as well as fundamental humanity and directness, is difficult because it is so out of the ordinary….Swenson has an original mind.” –R.M. Campbell, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

5/12 Naugatuck River Review poetry reading 7-9 pm. Free.

5/14 Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble with Baraka! 8pm $10 at the door.

Baraka! is Josie Conte, Jamileh {Jeanne Handy}, and Mary Ann – legendary Portland belly dance ensemble. This performance is part of MSA’s Performing Arts and Culture Series.

5/20 OLAS 8pm $10 at the door. Doors at 7:30

5/21 CONTRADANCE!
7-10pm
$7 cover
live caller, Kathryn Larsen
live Appalachian music by Soupbone
come one come all!
5/23 The Molasses Gospel, Yva Lass Vegas, Tooth & Wail, & Emily Dix Thomas with special guests. 7:30 doors show 8pm $5.

5/27 LIT – ‘Eat Write’

Nourishment for Mouth and Mind
Performances and Readings by:
delectable Acorn Productions actors
Paul Haley, Michael Howard and April Singley
and
Poetess Annie Finch
Dinner
and a Wine Tasting Competition
Co-hosted by Megan Grumbling and  WMPG’S Zack Barowitz.
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m., at 10 Mayo Street.
$5-$10 suggested donation

5/28 Country Night

The Loomin’ Ten

Black Hat White Hat

Jack Marrie and Kelly Nesbitt

Dank Roadie Uberdrive

And Special Guests

8pm $6

April

Friday 4/1: Eastern Block Party with Zemya and Cinder Conk

8pm, tix $12 at the door

Buy Tickets for Eastern Block Party Here

Cinder Conk

Cinder Conk plays music drawn from the Black Sea – the wellspring of Europe’s deepest and most diverse musical traditions. It is the sound of celebration and lament of those who have lived on its coasts for thousands of years – Roma, Jews, peasants, and nationalists. Cinder Conk mixes frenzied accordion riffs and thundering double bass counterpoint with a classic bardic lyricism that invites and transcends.

Zemya is eleven women singing vibrant world music.
They have performed around Maine for the past few years, attracting audiences with unusual harmonies and strong meaningful lyrics. From as far north as Belgrade south to the Portland area, the eleven women of Zemya blend beautiful and edgy harmonies without accompaniment. They share folk and traditional songs from the Balkans, United Kingdom, Africa, the Americas and more… and they have fun doing it! Zemya means “earth” in Bulgarian, and these songs grow from the deep soul of the world’s folk music heritage.
Zemya is:
Ann Swardlick, Cordelia Lane, Eli Arlen, Heather Sylvester, Joy Ahrens, Orlina Boteva, Sue Gawler, Sue West, Barbara Beckelman, Catherine Eliot, Shirsten Lundblad and director Deborah Gordon.

The performance is part of Mayo Street Arts’ Performing Arts and Culture Series, a series that highlights artistic diversity and builds community in East Bayside by engaging neighborhood communities in arts performances.

Saturday 4/2 IMPROV THROW DOWN!!!   8pm tix $10 at the door

A Rhode Island team has challenged Running with Scissors to an IMPROV THROW DOWN OWN OWn Own own… Head to head complete with a referee, fouls and potential blood shed. In their own words:

Laughletics is a competitive improv comedy show that plays like a sports match complete with fouls and a referee. Teams compete in improvised games in order to win laughs and applause from the audience. The teams will play both games that they choose and games that they are challenged to.  Special guest, Dan Ryder of Teacher’s Lounge Mafia.

Friday April 8th, 5-7 pm. FREE
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street Portland

Vintage and modern hand carved marionettes, Czech hand puppets, giant paper mache creatures and more…

For the past ten weeks we’ve been working with a group of kids from East Bayside in the first ever Children’s Puppet Workshop. We put on a puppet show for the neighborhood last weekend, and now it’s time to show off the puppets they made in an exhibit at Mayo Street Arts. In additions to the kids’ puppets, we asked area puppeteers to add their work to the show. It’s become a smorgasboard of different kinds of puppets and marionettes from around the world, and will be of interest to viewers young and old. There are several groups of hand carved marionettes by seasoned builders that are truly outstanding.

Works by:

Nine East Bayside Youths from the Children’s Puppet Workshop
Mrs. Helen Blanchard of Mississippi
Christina and Ezra Boucher
Blainor McGough
Nance Parker
Shoestring Theater
Libby Marcus
Nick Fitzpatrick
Grace D’Entremont
Angus Maclaurin
Julie Goell

4/15 Big Thaw Craft Fair 10-4 admission free.



Wednesday 4/20 April’s Fools Comedy Show 7:30 $8 Tuck Tucker, Chris Gervais and Sarah Frasier, your host Kevin Neales.

4/22, 4/23 Goldilocks and the Three Bears presented by the Childrens Puppet Workshop. Vintage marionette show. 2pm. $4 kids/$8 adults, at the door.

4/29 The Journey Within  : a performance by Anca Gooje 7 pm.

Discover the fascinating world of Bharata Natyam, the most ancient style of Indian classical dance in a unique experience of self discovery. The performance is presented by Anca Gooje who choreographed and performed in India and Europe. Come and experience this mystical art form!
tickets online and at the door: 10 $
Get your tickets online:  http:nirananda.ticketleap.com/indiandance/

4/30 Ameranouche Trio (Gypsy Jazz) 8 pm. $10 at the door.


Ameranouche (pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh) features two French acoustic Gypsy jazz guitars and upright bass, and is a winner of Best of New Hampshire awards as well as being veterans of the famed Newport Jazz Festival. The group tours nationally, year-round, and has released two albums, largely of original music inspired by legendary Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt.National Lampoon director, Kevin Wheatley, calls Ameranouche “the new sound of America”. After hearing these folks sail through a melodious tune with such love, musicality, and signature, jaw-dropping velocity, you’ll be hard pressed not to agree. www.ameranouche.com has plenty of tunes to check out — if you’ve never experienced hot acoustic swing music, now’s your chance to fall in love with the joyful, uplifting, and dance-inducing sounds of Gypsy jazz.

March

Friday 3/4: Meghan Howland Lambs Among Wolves

Join us for the First Friday opening 5-8pm more information on the exhibit here.

Saturday 3/12: Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble with traditional Bellydance by Rosa Noreen. 8pm $10


Rosa Noreen is an elegant and engaging classically trained dancer with a passion for Middle Eastern dance.  A force in the Portland belly dance community, she is the co-owner of Bright Star World Dance studio and the creator of the recurring performance events Raqs Borealis and the Solstice Spectacular.  In September 2011 she will be a featured instructor at the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive in Las Vegas, NV.  Rosa pursues the development of her unique style of belly dance with local masters and workshops presenters near and far, attending academic and physical dance intensives around the country.

www.rosanoreen.com

Friday 3/18: BIG COUNTRY AND BLUEGRASS SHOW! Dark Hollow Bottling Company, The Potato Pickers, and the Grassholes 8pm $10

Dark Hollow Bottling Company is a string band based in Portland Maine where they have been concocting tunes since 2002.  Their Debut album, Gone Gone Gone, came out in February 2010 and the boys have been up and down the good state of Maine supporting it ever since.  Some shows of note; DHBC headlined the second stage at the Arootsacoostic Music Festival in New Sweden Maine in August 2010, and played the Taste of Brunswick Festival in June 2010, and played four nights at the Biathlon World Championships in February 2011.  DHBC is one of 13 bands featured on a TV show called the Acadia Sessions that aired on Maine and New Hampshire Public Television.  DHBC is currently working on their second album which will be out in 2012. www.darkhollowbottlingcompany.com

The Grassholes return to live performance with this show at Mayo Street Arts after a nine-month hiatus necessary to replace fiddler Laura Jumper (nursing school – boo to real jobs) and mandolin player Seth Doyle (now with the Tricky Britches – no hard feelings – they kick ass). Joining long-time Grassholes Sam Pfeifle (guitar), Field Rider (banjo) and Dan Pierce (double-bass) are Heather Kahill, fiddler with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and formerly of Jacob and House of Fire, and mandolinist Jake Henry, who recently moved to Maine from Wisconsin, where he played with the New North String Band. No worries, though. The Grassholes continue to play old-school, five-piece slam-grass, all around one mic and with plenty of vocal harmonies and hot leads. Listen in at www.myspace.com/thegrassholes.

Saturday 3/26: CPW PUPPET SHOW “A Magic Carpet Ride with Pierre in the Air”

Puppet show put on by the Children’s Puppet Workshop. 11 am and 2 pm. $3 kids, $6 adults.

February

Thursday 2/10 An Evening of Readings 7:30 pm, free.

Friday 2/11 Art with Heart Hootenanny silent auction gala – February 11th 7-9 pm.  Over 100 pieces of fine art, unique items, and one-of-a-kind services up for bid! Live music with The Hi-Tides. Snow date Feb 12th 7-9pm. Admission free.

Valentine’s Day, Monday 2/14 Flying Donkey Cabaret – A traveling roadshow of puppetry for adults, music, and genuine good times from NYC, Bologna, and Portland, ME. Brought to you by the Dolly Wagglers and Bread & Puppet Theater. Part of MSA’s Performing Arts and Culture Series. Tix $10 in advance, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/154240 $5-10 sliding scale at the door. Doors at 7:30 show at 8pm.

Ladies & Gentlemen…
Don’t Miss!
The Flying Donkey Cabaret
an Evening of Impossible Cardboard & Brass Entertainments
From NYC, Bologna, and Portland, ME
a traveling roadshow of puppets, music & genuine good old times
featuring lifesize dancing donkeys,
a trombone, drum & fiddle ensemble
& lo fi picture shows of all sorts.
Coming to a town near you on the east coast this February
One night only!
Perhaps your only chance to see this ridiculous tapestry
of beat-up cardboard and rampant Donkery!
plus a gargantuan itinerant Cheap Art exhibit and store!
All Alive! Bring a Friend!
Friday 2/18 – Hi Tiger with Matiss Duhon and Jacob Augustine.

An evening of indie music and daring juggling acts. Tix $10 in advance, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/154244 OR $5-10 sliding admission at the door 8pm.
Hi Tiger was formed in summer 2010.  The five piece band’s musical influences range from the urgent soul of Nina Simone to the pathos of Joy Division.   Hi Tiger’s lyrics address issues around domestic violence, HIV and AIDS, sex work,  and the politics of pleasure…and universal themes of desire, isolation, community and self acceptance. The band is on the interweb at www.hitigermusic.com
Indie chanteur Jacob Augustine is a rare treat. If you haven’t heard him sing, you’ve been missing out.
Matiss Duhon tosses strange and sharp items into through the the air, and then catches them, again and again.

2/25 – LIT

Last Fridays, Mayo Street Arts gets LIT
This month on February 25 at 7pm we indulge in
Eat Write:
Nourishment for Mouth and Mind

Performances and Readings by:
delectable Acorn Productions actors
Paul Haley, Michael Howard and April Singley
and
Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl
plus
a Gargantuan puppet show
by Blainor McGough
and
Dinner
and a Wine Tasting Competition
Co-hosted by Megan Grumbling and  WMPG’S Zack Barowitz.
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m., at 10 Mayo Street.
$5-$10 suggested donation

free with a pot-luck dish

January

Saturday 1/8 “True at First Light” – Part of MSA’s new Performing Arts and Culture Series


“True at First Light” – An event to bring together various forms of creative truth, expressed by
dancers and musicians from Portland and beyond. A feast for the senses! Performances by:

The Blue Moon Tribe ~ Portland’s own West African inspired drumming & dance!
Led by Marita Kennedy-Castro.
Vince Nez ~ His original style and creative approach to song-writing are
constantly evolving, always a treat to see.
Taiko Maine Dojo ~ Performers drum on thundering, large Taiko (drums)
while dancing in and around them. Highly energetic! Led by Elizabeth Berg.
Phil James ~ Master player of the Shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese
bamboo flute known for its haunting sound and the timeless quality of its
ancient meditative repertoire.
Bollywood Dance ~ India Association of Maine & friends.
Led by Sandeep Gandra.

Performers include:
Kelley Drolet, Liana Hawes, Alpha Castro, Jenna Schmitz, Ashley Bracy,
Alysia Melnick, Ann Brandt, Megu Hirayama, Paul Parsons, Alison
Green-Parsons, Jeff Howe, Darren Stotz-McFarland, Janice Erickson, Marita
Kennedy-Castro, Phil James, Vince Nez, Elizabeth Berg, Katy Rydell, Atchan
Tamaki, Toshii Hashimoto, Sandeep Gandra

In Africa a thing is true at first light and a lie by noon and you have
no more respect for it than for the lovely, perfect weed-fringed lake you
see across the sun-baked salt plain. You have walked across that plain in
the morning and you know that no such lake is there. But now it is there
absolutely true, beautiful and believable.~Ernest Hemingway

Two performances, 5pm and 8 pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Tickets $8 at the door, or purchase in advance at Brown Paper Tickets:

Buy Tickets for True at First Light.

Saturday 1/15 Ramblin’ Red CD release show

Inspired by the crashing of the ocean, the creak of the back porch, the crunch of homemade tacos, and the wonders of wine, Portland Maine based quartet Ramblin’ Red takes you down original folk roads with old-time twists and bluegrass turns, in funky dance-off shoes.

Performance starts at 8pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. Tickets $8 in advance/$10 door.

Buy Tickets for Ramblin’ Red

Tuesday 1/18 Contradance- live music by Soupbone, called by Kathryn Larson and open to complete beginners and experienced dancers. Dance until your feet feel like mashed potatoes. Come on, where else can you dance to old-time music in Portland? This is a BLAST!

Dance starts at 7pm $5 cover at the door.

Wednesday 1/19 Running With Scissors- comedy improv showcase

Running With Scissors show at 7:30 pm Doors at 7pm Tix $7 at the door.

Friday 1/21 Powerlines, Computer at Sea, Id m theftable- local -alt/electronic/experimental 8pm $5 cover/free for robots

Saturday 1/22 Country Night-


An evening of old time, barn dance, western swing, hillbilly, cowboy, blue grass, honky tonk, appalachian, nashville, texas, outlaw, country soul, pop, rock,truck driving & alternative country music.a mix of covers and originals by local faves including Mezcalitos, Steve Tesh, Kelly Nesbitt, The Moonrakers, Troy Scott, Tom Whitehead, Jon Cooper, Jenny VanWest, Over A Cardboard Sea, the Potato Pickers, Kate Cox, Matt Rock, and…
A benefit for Mayo Street Arts. Doors at 7:30 show starts at 8pm. Admission $5 at the door Yee Ha!

Saturday 1/29 Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble - live Bellydance performance 8pm $10

Events in December

Saturday Dec 4: SQUARE DANCE


7:30-10 pm Genuine Ol Time Square Dance, Saturday Night at Mayo Street Arts.  Free will donations – suggested $5. Lindsay McCaw, caller.

Thursday Dec 9:

HillyTown Presents: Acoustic night at Mayo Street Arts

$5, all ages

Jacob Augustine – http://www.myspace.com/jacobaugustine
Denise Dill – http://www.myspace.com/denisedillmusic
D. Gross – http://www.myspace.com/danagross
Sugar Hiccup – http://www.myspace.com/elizabethtaillon
Nate Martinez – http://www.myspace.com/thievingirons

Saturday Dec 11: LYSA HORA

Bangor-based Patric Cunningham (Formerly ‘In Houses In Trees’) writes whispy, miniaturized woods-songs with darker, bitter undercurrents. His arrangements are built on multiple layers of acoustic instrumentation and gorgeously harmonized voices, often with atypical structural and chordal adjustments, supplied by a small group of supporting players. His 2009 album ‘Together In The Meadow’, recorded in Orono by Anthony Bitetti of Good Kids Sprouting Horns, was a grossly overlooked classic local underground folk record full of heartbreaking melodies and razor-sharp songcraft, especially considering the fact that Patric and his cohorts were only 17 at the time of its composition and recording.
Jakob Battick & Friends is an ever-changing and amorphous ghostfolk/nightmarefolk collective. Their every performance is a unique one-off event, and each set-list is taken as an opportunity to reinterpret and recast the group’s large back-catalogue of songs. Their sound is marked by Battick’s cathartic vocal presence, alternately gorgeous and dissonant electric guitars, and a cavern’s worth of nocturnal atmosphere supplied via reverb, delay, and good old-fashioned space in arrangements. Expect a more trimmed down lineup at this show, and a setlist showcasing brand new compositions Battick has been writing for the group’s forthcoming debut long-player, to be entitled ‘Candles‘ and released on The [Dog]and[Pony] Label sometime in 2011.
Arborea are a highly acclaimed husband-and-wife duo that plays extremely haunted and beautiful ballads rooted in both English and American tradition. Lead singer Shanti Curran has possibly the most beautiful voice in all of Maine, and main instrumentalist Buck Curran is surely one of the most accomplished folk-rooted guitar players in the region. Together they have toured Europe, appeared live on the air at the BBC, released records via the Spanish label Borne Recordings, and also have been featured on NPR on multiple occasions. At the moment, Arborea are gearing up to release a brand new record, so several new songs will be performed at the show.
White Light are local drone-folk legends associated with the L’Animaux Tryst family of bands. Their full lineup includes not only Ian Paige, Caitlin King, and Matthew Lajoie (Of both Planets Around The Sun AND Cursillistas), but also Jeremy and Jerusha Robinson, the husband and wife duo that makes up South China. With White Light Page focuses his normally exploratory and scorched psychedelic vision into tighter (But still lengthy) stretches of pseudo-folksong. At points, the songs are almost avant-anthems of epic proportions, complete with soaring guitars and pounding Velvets-style drumming, and at other times they become burning and yearning spiritual incantations headed for some sort of in-the-room transcendence.
PS Details on the cd:
Eight tracks, two from each artist, previously unreleased material exclusive to this CD, hand-sewn and hand-lithographed booklet, given to first 20 attendees.

Wednesday Dec 15:Running With Scissors

With over 35 years of collective improv comedy experience, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is Maine’s premier improv comedy group. In the style of “Whose Line?” Rachel Flehinger, Dennis Hunt, Tom Walsh, and Tuck Tucker create a hilarious new show from each audience’s input.  Perfect for corporate events, private parties, or a night on the town, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS suits the needs of the audience.
Come see for yourself…  RUNNING WITH SCISSORS–so funny it’s dangerous!
Now on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Mayo Street Arts!
Doors @ 7 show @7:30 admission $7

November

First Friday November 5th: las alas (the winged ones)

dia de los muertos altar installation by hogfarm studios (interactive – public invited to place an offering)

new paintings by Gil Corral

insect assemblages by Angela Devenney

opening 5-8pm.

Saturday Nov 6: SQUARE DANCE!!!

7-10pm suggested $3+

Wednesday Nov 10: Maine Songwriters’ Association Songwriter Showcase

Doors 6:15 Show 6:30 $3 cover

This week Featuring James Day Leavitt, Adam Nordell, Nancy Sferra, Heather Hardy, Doug Kolmar, Heather Pierson

Friday Nov 12: OLAS cd release show

Friday, November 12th @ Mayo Street Arts
8:00 doors / 8:30 music
$10.00 ticket / Cash Bar

Created by Olas, a band of musicians and dancers from Portland, Maine, inspired by traditional and modern flamenco, translated through a blend of American folk, rock, Arabic and Afro-Cuban sounds. La Perla is an original composition that claims no one genre or tradition, but strives to honor music and dance as mediums of expression and camaraderie.

Track List:
La luz en mi vida / A otro / Volando voy
Lust for swords / ¿Eso es lo que yo soy? / El tiempo
La perla / Mi cuerpo se vuelve / Linda seleta


Saturday Nov 13th: Africa and Poetry

“An evening encapsulated with the African theme, featuring young African writers, songs, and Dance performers living Portland Maine. Sudanese and other African or minority  youth living in Portland have no access to a place where they can organize and share their talent with other youth of their kind.The mission of the organizer is to make this event as a talent outlet for African youth trapped in Maine Snow. Thankfully, Maine has been a home to Many refugees from Sudan,Somali,Ethiopian,Rwanda, Burundi, and Iraq so diversity in talent is ecumenical . over 3000 are attending schools and working and then enjoying the night life of Portland. However Many who are aspire artist, musically or poetically have no place to share their talents our work is to encourage those who desire to share their talent to provide venue for just that.We can make it possible through generosity of galleries  and non-profit organizations in Portland who recognized and share in the value.”
7 pm all ages $3+ cover

Sunday Nov 14: NOSFERATU

Nosferatu – Second Performance!Les Sorciers Perdus
Premiere Mark Tipton’s original score for Nosferatu,

the classic 1922 F. W. Murnau silent film.
Location: Mayo Street Arts Center
10 Mayo Street, Portland
Date: Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Time: 8:00pm
Admission: $10.00
http://mayostreetarts.org/
Reservations: 207-615-3609Les Sorciers Perdus
Mark Tipton – trumpet
Carl Dimow – flutes
Megumi Sasaki – violin
Shannon Allen – cello
Gary Wittner – guitar
Chris Sprague – bass
Phil McGowan – drums
For more information: Mark Tipton 310.266.7401 or  markytipton@gmail.com.
www.marktiptonmusic.com

After a wildly successful premiere on Halloween, Maine composer/trumpet virtuoso Mark Tipton, will be presenting his original score for the 1922 silent movie, Nosferatu, in a second performance on Sunday, November 14th.  The score is written for, and features Tipton’s jazz/classical chamber ensemble, Les Sorciers Perdus.  It will be performed live with the film.  The performance will be at Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo Street, Portland.

Tipton’s score draws on elements of classical music, jazz, rock, and world music, while featuring his own compositional voice. Les Sorcier Perdus includes some of Portland’s best musicians and features the unique instrumentation of trumpet, flute/bass flute, violin, cello, guitar, bass and drums. The Halloween night audience was hugely enthusiastic, confirming the excitement of seeing this original music performed live with a great film.

Mark Tipton is a Portland based musician who, at 30, has already had a rich and varied career.  Equally comfortable in jazz and classical music, he has had the opportunity to perform with numerous legendary musicians including Doc Severinsen, Vassar Clements, Quincy Jones and Bobby McFerrin.  Mark currently works with a variety of ensembles and is on the faculty at Colby College and U Maine Augusta.

Tipton is a prolific composer.  He has also had a long fascination with the silent film era.  Two years ago he premiered a score for the film, The Golem.  His current project features a score for the classic 1922 film Nosferatu.  Directed by the great German expressionist film maker F.W.Murnau, Nosferatu is a powerful and beautiful film.  The very first “Dracula” movie, it was recently ranked #21 in a list of the 100 best films of world cinema.

Tuesday Nov 16: Voices In Recovery

7-9pm. Join us for an evening of readings and refreshments presented by Milestone Foundation.

Wednesday Nov 17: Running with Scissors

With over 35 years of collective improv comedy experience, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is Maine’s premier improv comedy group. In the style of “Whose Line?” Rachel Flehinger, Dennis Hunt, Tom Walsh, and Tuck Tucker create a hilarious new show from each audience’s input.  Perfect for corporate events, private parties, or a night on the town, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS suits the needs of the audience. Come see for yourself…  RUNNING WITH SCISSORS–so funny it’s dangerous! Now on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Mayo Street Arts!

7pm $7 So good!

Saturday Nov 20: Dance Workshop: Moving the Intelligent Body with Katherine Ferrier

Saturday, November 20, 2010
12-6 pm
10 Mayo St. (Mayo Street Arts Center), Portland, Maine
$75  limited scholarships available, please inquire.
Registration: Ren Morrill
morrill dot brendon @ g mail dot com

207.450.2732

*More Info Under “Classes”

Saturday November 20: The Mezcalitos


the Mezcalitos

Mezcalitos Ride into Mayo Street Arts!   If you like to hoot, hollar and get up to do some toe tappin’ and two steppin’, then this is a show you don’t want to miss! The Mezcalitos are a Portland based, acoustic Western Swing Band. They play the music of Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Dan Hicks and many more great American songwriters.  The Mezcalitos feature Tom Whitehead on guitar & vocals, Jon Cooper on fiddle, mandolin & dobro, Sam Goodall on fiddle, John Clark on bass, Hayes Porterfield on drums and Tanya Whiton as a guest vocalist.  As they say down south – Ya’ll Come!!

7:30 doors 8:00pm show tix $10

The Mezcalitos are an acoustic Western Swing band from Portland, Maine. They wrangle up everything from Bob Wills and Dan Hicks to Hank Snow and Wynonie Harris.  “We like to get people dancing and have a good time”, says lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Tom Whitehead.

Tom Whitehead was born in Maine, but grew up on the plains of South Dakota.  He was introduced to Rocky Mountain Oysters at a branding party at the tender age of five, and ate his first lobster the following summer…he is a real Down East Cowboy.  When not yodeling on the bowsprit of a schooner, you can see him playing piano in The Fogcutters Big Band.

Jon Cooper – dobro, mandolin and fiddle, has been playing since he was able to sneak into clubs with a false mustache.  When he isn’t building violins at Acoustic Artisans or having lunch at Norm’s, he can be seen fishing out on Casco Bay.

Hayes Porterfield – percussion and vocals, left Arkansas when the local boys said he was too skinny to be a “Real Redneck”. He studied jazz in Texas, but was forced to leave after eating too much Chicken Fried Steak.  He can often be seen riding his bicycle across the Casco Bay Bridge, humming softly to himself in the middle of a blizzard.

Sam Goodall – fiddle, spent her early years as a trapeze artist in a Swedish Traveling Circus.  After too many years above the Arctic Circle, she worked her way to Maine on a herring boat and learned her first fiddle tunes from the chief engineer, Ole Polle Knudson, a distant relative of Bob Wills.  She can often be found hiking in rural New Hampshire with clay under her fingernails.

John Clark – upright bass, was conceived in the back of a VW bus, on a southern California beach.  He is consequently deeply moved whenever he smells sex wax and hears “Surfer Girl” at the same time. Ceramicist, poet, and philosopher, John can often be found lurking around the Incredibly Strange Films section at Videoport.

Tanya T. Whiton – vocalist, is a real honest to goodness Sweetheart of the Rodeo. She heard her first Country Music on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.  The mighty roar of the jet engines may have contributed to her early forays into the Punk music scene.  If she isn’t whooping it up at the Oxford County Racetrack (she loves the destruction derby), she might be found sipping a Highball down at Jays Oyster Bar with some Tammy Wynett on the jukebox.

Tuesday Nov 23: Contradance

7-10 pm $5 cover.

Caller Kathryn Larson of New Gloucester.

Live music by Soupbone – catch them every Thursday night at Mama’s Crowbar on Munjoy Hill.

Soupbone is:
Willie McElroy – fiddle, banjo, guitar
Jake Hoffman – guitar, banjo

And Special Guests

website: www.williemcelroy.com

Saturday Nov 27: OKBARI

Middle Eastern Ensemble with bellydance performance by Josie Conte.

The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble presents music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas.

Amos Libby began his study of Middle Eastern music and oud technique with the late oud master and composer Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian. Amos currently travels to Turkey to study Ottoman classical and Turkish contemporary art music and is an adjunct instructor of oud technique at Bowdoin College.

Eric LaPerna has been a percussionist since 1987. He has studied African rhythms with Nigerian drummer Alani Ogunladi. Eric is the Director of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, and is a member of the Applied Music Faculty at Bates College as well as adjunct instructor of hand percussion at Bowdoin College.

7:30 admission $10.

Saturday October 16th: Brown Bird and The Black Swans

$10 8pm. BUY TICKETS HERE

Brown Bird returns to Mayo Street with friends The Black Swans.

The Black Swans have a split 45 w/ Bonnie Prince Billy “Sing Larry Jon Wilson” available September 15th via Drag City distribution.

The Black Swan’s release this past April, Words Are Stupid (St. Ives- Secretly Canadian owned boutique label) got nice notes from Pitchfork, Blurt, Paste (Band of the Day), Muzzle of Bees, and many blogs.

Pitchfork: “Strange, smart, soulful…”

Dusted: “One of the best, most overlooked new folk records of the psych-folk revival.”

Wednesday Oct.20th & third Saturdays each month: Running With Scissors

Hilarious improv comedy show.  $7 cover, 7pm. http://rwsimprov.blogspot.com/

Saturday Oct.23rd: Fiddle and Cello Workshop 1-5pm.

Fiddle & Cello workshop with instrustors Greg Boardman and Jessie Gagne-Hall. Cost: $25, includes music and CD sent out in advance. To register contact Greg at 207-376-5394, or at bowandstring@gmail.com.

Friday Oct.29th: LIT “Favorite Haunts” 7pm.

This month on October 29 at 7pm we get our Halloween on with:

Favorite Haunts:
Literary diversions most grim, ghostly, and/or Gothic.

Including, but not limited to
Poe, guinea pig membranes, the half-dead, eyeball punch, and a man wielding a saw.

Poetry, prose, and stories performed by

Frederick Greenhalgh
of FinalRune Productions and WMPG’s Radio Drama Revival

April Singley
of Acorn Productions

Wayne Smith
orator extraordinaire

and

Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel and Jim Donnelly
poets and Lowry’s Lounge hosts

plus

Joel Eckhaus
wielding the saw

and

an open reading
wherein you, too, may attempt to scare our pants off.

Friday, October 29, 7 p.m., at 10 Mayo Street. $5-$10 suggested donation.

Saturday Oct.30th: Tiger Saw, St. Claire, Winter Sons, Wesley Allen Hartley 8pm.

Sunday Oct 31st: Mayo Street Arts’ Haunted House and Costume Ball

An entire haunted church of tricks, treats, and dancing. Prizes for best costumes…Scariest, Most Elaborate, and Most Satyrical. Live music by Hobgoblin, Blue Lobster Troupe,  Violent Femmes cover band, and lotsa tricks & treats. Co-sponsored by WMPG radio. 6-10pm.

Events In October:

Friday Oct. 1st: We are all on, In the Sun: Arborea, Glenn Jones, Meg Baird, Micah Blue Smaldone

Arborea photo Diana Wong

8pm $10 BUY TICKETS HERE

We are all one, In the Sun:

“American Primitive guitarist Robbie “Basho” Robinson, one of the original pillars of John Fahey’s legendary Takoma label, has a small but uncommonly devoted following among fellow musicians. Even so, the scope and virtuosity of his intuitive style makes him seem an especially tricky subject for a tribute album. Curated by Buck Curran of the folk duo Arborea, We Are All One, in the Sun does an impressive job of capturing the breadth of Basho’s work, and it does so by concentrating as much on his eccentric songwriting and general beatific spirit as it does on his guitar skills.” Pitchfork Review

A night of music to celebrate the release of this record and other original works performed by

Meg Baird, Glenn Jones, Arborea, and Micah Blue Smaldone

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Bios

Meg Baird is an American musician originally from New Jersey and currently based in Philadelphia. She is best known as a founding member and lead female vocalist for the Philadelphia folk rock band Espers. In 2007, Baird released her first solo LP Dear Companion on Drag City. She has also collaborated with sister Laura in The Baird Sisters, and appeared as a backing vocalist on Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy’s 2007 EP Ask Forgiveness. As a solo artist, she has toured with, Bert Jansch, and James Blackshaw.

Glenn Jones A 30-plus-year devotee of the so-called “Takoma school,” Jones has written extensively on the steel-string guitar’s leading lights: John Fahey, with whom he was friends for nearly 25 years, and Robbie Basho, who befriended Jones during the five years before his untimely death in 1986.  His third album and latest record, Barbecue Bob in Fishtown was named as one of the ‘Top 50 records of 2009′ by The Wire magazine.

Arborea Maine based husband and wife duo Arborea has been touring throughout the US, UK, and Europe over the past years in support of their latest record House of Sticks.   Three years in the making…2010 saw the release of the Robbie Basho tribute compilation ‘We are all one, In the Sun’ curated by Arborea.  “Maine folk duo Arborea creates timeless music” – Dirty Linen Magazine

Micah Blue Smaldone is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter originally from Maine who incorporates a wide variety of influences from country blues to neo-traditional folk music.  Micah has been touring heavily throughout the US, UK, and Europe in support of his latest cd
Red River released by Chicago’s Immune Recordings

Sunday October 3rd: Round Mountain with the Cajun Aces. 7pm.

BUY TICKETS HERE


Round Mountain is a band of two brothers, Char and Robby Rothschild, who have been writing songs and singing together since they were kids harmonizing in the back of the family car. They still live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they grew up, now with families of their own, yet their musical horizons are as broad as the world. They weave elements of world music into their original songs, providing both the comfort of the familiar with the excitement of the new.  They themselves are family men as well as travelers, whose performances bridge folk and world genres. They play their original songs on a multitude of instruments from around the world, often playing several of those instruments at once. Their lyrics evoke the emotion of family, giving listeners a path to access the universal and rugged beauty conveyed by global traditional music.

The Cajun Aces: Robert Sylvain, vocals, Dobro
Haakon Kallweit, upright bass
Marc Chillemi, trumpet, frattoir
Eric Ambrose, trombone, fers-chevals
Per Hansen, drums

Acadian Cajun Zydeco !

Round Mountain and the Cajun Aces 7pm $10


Tuesday October 5th: Port Veritas

Mayo Street Arts is pleased to host Port Veritas poetry slam and open mic Tuesday nights in October @ 7:30 pm. $3 cover. fmi visit Port Veritas

Events in September:

Friday September 3rd: First Friday Art Opening – “At Franks Place”

Drawings and paintings by Martha Brianna and Frank Pierobello. 5-8pm.

Friday 9/3 music with Phantom Buffalo, Run On Sentence, The Hairdressers Husband $8 8:30pm.

Phantom Buffalo

apparates with locals The Hairdresser’s Husband

and the other Portland’s Run On Sentence.

Run On Sentence  is releasing their second album, “You, The Darkness, And Me” with HUSH Records of Portland, OR.

Sunday Sept. 5th: First Church of Wine with Layne Witherell. 3 pm. Free.

Portland’s own world-class wine aficionado Layne Witherell chats about wine and its history in the church. Yes, a tasting, too!

Layne Witherell, the General Manager of Maine Beverage  has worked in all aspects of the wine industry from Northern California to Oregon to Virgina to Maine. Please come by and meet this fascinating man and hear some of his stories from many years, and many miles, in the world of wine. Copies of Layne’s memoir: Wine Maniac, Life in the Wine Biz will be for sale.

Friday September 10th: Black Cat Cabaret $5-10 8pm.

Join us for a wild night of variety entertainment to include backwoods
Maine humor, tribal bellying, circus stunts, Guinean dance meeting
hardcore dance, clowning, puppetry, The Winthrop Fart Hellmonic, music,
& more…Kelly Nesbitt, special guests.

Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00, admission $5-10.

Saturday September 11th: Second Saturday Jazz with Les Sorciers Perdus (The Lost Wizards).

Les Sorciers Perdus (The Lost Wizards) include Ben Noyes on cello, Kelly Muse on piano, Chris Sprague on bass and Gary Gemmiti on drums. The Mark Tipton Jazztête consists of talented jazz musicians from New England and beyond as an open-ended workshop consortium of artists.
$5
8pm

September 15th – Running with Scissors


With over 35 years of collective improv comedy experience, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is Maine’s premier improv comedy group. In the style of “Whose Line?” Rachel Flehinger, Dennis Hunt, Tom Walsh, and Tuck Tucker create a hilarious new show from each audience’s input.  Perfect for corporate events, private parties, or a night on the town, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS suits the needs of the audience.
Come see for yourself…  RUNNING WITH SCISSORS–so funny it’s dangerous!
Now on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Mayo Street Arts!
Doors @ 7 show @7:30 admission $7

Friday September 17th: South China, Selbyville, Jakob Battick and Friends $8-10 8:30pm.

Saturday September 18th: Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble with Josephina Bellydance performance $10 8 pm.

Wednesday September 22nd: Trans-Fusions National Tour with M.C. Emerson Whitney $10 8pm.

BUY TICKETS HERE

The Trans Fusions National Tour celebrates the release of the Trans Fusions II CD compilation through art and performance. Featuring FTM rocker/ activist Modern Day Pinnochio, queer fabulist/ puppeteer Geppetta, local poet/guitarist Liam Bechen, and guest MC Emerson Whitney.

Geppetta is a queer fabulist, multimedia puppeteer, and street performer influenced by classic fables and fairy tales, occult symbolism, street theater, and surrealism infused with a pension for social/environmental activism and transfeminist sensibilities.

Modern Day Pinnochio (a.k.a. A.J. Bryce) brings his unique blend of Acoustic/Electric Rock, techno/dance beats, and liquid motion to the stage as he delivers a performance that will have you tweeting OMG’s from the edge of your seat. Driving thick rhythms’ into melodic riff twists, rapping transguy dance party anthems, and flowing bones into liquid are just a few of the tricks you can expect you’ll want to pull your camera phones out for.

Friday September 24th: LIT 8pm $5-10.

“HARVEST”

Saturday September 25th: Jeff Platz Percussion String Trio featuring Junko Simons. With Ember Shrag.

8pm $10.

FROM BOSTON:
PERCUSSION STRING TRIO
ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS AND IMPROVISATIONS
-JUNKO FUJIWARA-SIMONS: CELLO
-JEFF PLATZ-GUITAR
-KIT DEMOS-BASS
-JOHN MCLELLAN-DRUMS

Events In

Events In August:

Tuesday August 10th: Jesse Pilgrim, Jacob Battick, Moorhound

8:30 pm, $6

Saturday August 14th: Lady Zen sings the songs of Billie Holiday

lady zen & ensemble photo jenn arrendondo
Lady Zen sings Lady Day will feature the talents of
Mike Chasse-Guitar
Ahmad Hassan Mohamad-Keys
Colin Winsor-Bass
Chas Lester-Drums

Tickets $10 in advance: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/123049 or $12 at the door the night of. 7 pm doors, show at 7:30.

Lady Zen has been a part of the Portland music scene for two-years, performing for audiences
at Grace, The Big Easy, Empire Dine and Dance, Blue, Geno’s, St. Lawrence Arts Center, and
many other entertainment venues. Lady Zen was featured at Portland’s Pecha Kucha in May. She is a nationally
known Jazz vocalist and Poet having opened for well know artist such as: Gil Scott Heron, Andrea Gibson, and Kurtis Blow.
She has performed extensively on the West Coast as well as in the South and Midwest,
she now makes her home here in Portland. For more information check her music and bio on myspace:ladyzenquezada or ladyzen.wordpress.com.

Sunday August 15th: Celebration ETC, Christ Teret, & Christy & Emily.

Brooklyn-based indie chanteuses with wurlitzer, Christy and Emily are comprised of a self-taught indie rocker and a classically trained pianist. Manzo was trained at the Oberlin Conservatory prior to playing in the duo, and was beginning to make a name for herself in the New York classical world by the time she teamed up with Edwards courtesy of her collaboration with video artist Paul Rowley on an interpretation of the works of John Cage. Edwards, on the other hand, taught herself to play the guitar when she was growing up in California, and went on to play with New York bands like L’il Fighters, the Totallys, and Brute Force prior to and during her collaboration with Manzo. In keeping with their twangy, slightly ragged sound (something that would have the duo likened to acts as disparate as the Velvet Underground, the Carter Family, and Galaxie 500), the group signed to the rootsy, Brooklyn-based Social Registry label soon after they started working together. Christy & Emily’s debut album, Gueen’s Head, was released in 2007. ~ Margaret Reges, All Music Guide.

Chris Teret, alt/country folk singer is a member of Company. He is great.

Celebration ETC

Celebration Barn’s Ensemble Theater Company is a collaboration between
Ian Bannon, Kavi Montanaro, Kelly Nesbitt and Amanda Huotari.  With
backgrounds in puppetry, music, photography, and improvisation, they
have come together to experiment collaboratively, telling stories
through movement, sound and visual poetry.  This piece is called The
Edging Dream.

$10. 8:30pm.

Monday August 16th: Dead Western, Deer Feet, Peace,Loving, Hersey State 8pm

Who is Dead Western?

Dead Western is eccentric crooner Troy Mighty from California.
He is a man of a gaping mouth, out of which pours — as readily as water from a faucet — a haunting, bewildering, beautiful voice, reminiscent of Scott Walker. This bellowing voice, like an ancient reptile, slithers and wraps itself around the most tender acoustic melodies.
Dead Western sounds like a forest growing (the throatless groaning of age-old trees); feels like a Victorian passage through limbo…

“In shadow,
he appears neanderthal;
in light,
he waxes angelic.

DEER FEET (manners / theodore treehouse, the cups super group)
PEACE, LOVING (sound sound from The Whitehaus in Jamaica Plain)
HERESY STATE (portlands own super soft power house super friendship roommate group)
$8-10. 8:30pm.

Friday August 27th: The Points North, Slow Vultures, Manners, & poetry by Emma N. Young $8 8:30pm.

Events in July:

Friday July 2nd:

1st Friday Artwalk. Irina Alexandrovna Skornyakova: “Where You Are” – graphite, silkscreen, collage. opening 5-8pm.

Tuesday July 5th:

Herbcraft with Sacred Harp 8pm.

Herbcraft is the new psych-rock/free-space/mystical-folk project of Maine musician Matthew Lajoie and members of the bands Tempera and Planets Around the Sun.

Sacred Harp: Hailing from Fredericksburg, VA, Daniel Bachman utilizes a deft fingerpicking technique on old-time Americana-rooted steel string guitar & banjo, as well as transformative sitar-led ragas, with heady drones, psychedelic experimentation, and the occasional heartbreaking Civil War ballad added to the mix.

Friday July 9th: The Runaway Circus with IdMTheftable, Over A Cardboard Sea, and vintage 8 mm shorts from the collection of Blinkee McGee 8pm

The Runaway Circus and the Loose Cabooses performance troupe has astounded the Asheville area with their breathtaking performances in the Cold Cut Circus, the Extremely Soon Circus, and Sun-Up Giddyup. With extraordinay feats of acrobatics, juggling, diablo, clowning and musical talent, they are sure to leave any audience member with their jaw dropped and their stomach aching from laughter. Members of this troupe have studied the circus arts extensively in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

IdMtheftable may do anything or nothing, as a magical wizard of sound and chance might be expected to do.

Over A Cardboard Sea will charm and entertain, bringing you the best in turn-of-the-century and Vaudeville hits.

Blinky McGee will be projecting selections from his collection of odd, astounding, and lovable 8mm short films.

8pm. $5-7

Wednesday July 14th: Catch-14

A collaborative evening of live performance art with live singers, live painters and living statues to benefit Mayo Street Arts. 8-10:30 pm.

A very fun night of music, art, drinks, and hanging out, for a great cause!

Artists: Tim Clorius, Alex Rheault

Musicians: Chris Sutherland (OLAS, Cerberus Shoal), Vince Nez (Over A Cardboard Sea), Kit Demos (Mystic Outbop Review), Jerusha Robinson (Brown Bird, South China)

Living Statues: Reba Short, Marita Kennedy-Castro, Alpha Coyote Kennedy-Castro

Cash Bar. Mostly Seated. Tix $10, $7 in advance at brownpapertickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118766.

Friday July 16th: Okbari with Jessani

Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble 8pm.  Music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas. With Jessani of Naya’s Trance $10.

Saturday July 17th: Northern Howl with Brian Arlet and juggler Matiss Duhon

NORTHERN HOWL is a five-piece folk-rock band out of Minneapolis full of vocal harmonies and simple but elegantly layered strings and trumpets, with a stated indebtedness to Sufjan Stevens but also a shimmering ’60s-pop feel.

BRIAN ARLET will  rock your socks with special guests

Juggler MATISS DUHON can be performing for audiences of all ages about town and on Saturdays in Deering Oaks Park at the Farmers’ Market.

all ages, $8-10

Friday July 23rd: Arborea with Cabinet of Natural Curiosities and Kelly Nesbitt  9pm.

ARBOREA: “Husband and wife team, Buck and Shanti Curran, construct a fragile, resonant world with a lingering Americana after-taste, shimmering with the same wide-open spaces Ry Cooder’s captured so well on Paris, Texas.” - BBC

“Shanti and Buck Curran get it right, with memorable songs that linger in the ether long after the last track ends.” - NPR

KELLY NESBITT will storm the stage with a theatrical performance starring….Barbara Cox? Ruby? or…someone else?

CABINET OF NATURAL CURIOSITIES featuring Jasmine Dreame Wagner brings a mix of folk/experimental/melodramatic popular song.

$8-10, 9pm.

Saturday July 24th: Ancient Ones, Hobgoblin, Pine Smoke Lodge

Jeff Platz-guitar
Jim Hobbs-Alto
Scott Getchell-trumpet
Django Carranza-drums
Kit Demos-bass

Frontrunner of THE ANCIENT ONES, Jeff Platz is a Boston area guitarist composer. Platz began his musical career playing guitar in
local Cleveland area punk rock bands in the late 70’s.
In 2001, Platz toured Europe with the Boston based
band Lars Vegas.
Hobgoblin is the eerie electronica/exotica trio making their third appearance at MSA, YES THEY HAVE BUBBLES AND SMOKE!!!!

PINE SMOKE LODGE returns too for another round of groovy, transcendentalis, psychedelic crooning with Hilary and Mat.

9pm, $8-10

July 30th: LIT

4th Fridays of the month, Mayo Street Arts gets LIT. A cool literary happening with a revolving theme. This month’s handle: High Summer – with watermelon, surf rock, limbo, and of course readings by local stars of pen and stage. Hosted by poet and Phoenix newspaper theater critic Megan Grumbling. 8pm. $5-10 donation.

NORTHERN HOWL is a five-piece folk-rock band out of Minneapolis full of vocal harmonies and simple but elegantly layered strings and trumpets, with a stated indebtedness to Sufjan Stevens but also a shimmering ’60s-pop feel.

BRIAN ARLET will  rock your socks with special guests

Juggler MATISS DUHON can be performing for audiences of all ages about town and on Saturdays in Deering Oaks Park at the Farmers’ Market.

all ages, $8-10

Juggling with Matiss Duhon

Friday June 25th:

Rock Camp: 5 pm. The Mastifs all-kid rock band rocks Mayo Street Arts. With Isobel. All ages, by donation.

Friday June 25th:

LIT:  A monthly literary happening with poets, playwrights, actors, musicians, and artists focused on varying themes. This month: “Patriotica” – in praise, parody, and protest of patriotism. 8 pm. $5-10 donation.

Saturday June 26th:

OLAS 8pm.

Heavily influenced by Andalusian Flamenco and Arabic folk music, translated through a blend of American folk, rock, Arabic, and Afro-Cuban sounds, OLAS is an original, all acoustic mash-up of very raw and passionate music and dance. The musicians of OLAS come from a rich and diverse musical scene based in Portland, Maine. Chriss Sutherland and Tom Kovacevic hail from Cerberus Shoal and Fire on Fire, Dylan Blanchard from Portland’s premier salsa band Grupo Esperanza and Leif Sherman Curtis from Conifer and Aok Suicide Forest. Dancers Lindsey Bourassa and Megan Keogh come from an eclectic dance background that includes ballet, modern, jazz, salsa, and flamenco. And palmistas Molly Angie and Anna Trunzo are local artists from Portland, ME who have spent the past year learning and performing the palmas rhythms inherent to the music of OLAS. $8-10.

Sunday June 27th:

Featuring Kevin Neales,(back from LA), Leslie Downes(rare stand-up appearance), Stephanie Doyle (see her before she moves to New York City), Felon O’Reilly (back from the west coast) and others. Proceeds go to new saound equipment for Mayo Street Arts. Hosted By Kevin Neales. 8pm. $10.

Sara Wilmot and Arthur Fink: Visual Passion 5-8 pm.


Friday’s opening features a live performance by Portland’s premire tango music ensemble Tango Mucho Labia, with tango dancing and demonstrations by Paul Bavineau and friends.

Sunday June 6th:

Manners, The Great Valley, Hersey State 7pm.
Hersey State photo by Jon Donnell

Saturday June 12:

Second Saturday Jazz Session. A casual monthly jazz session hosted by Brian Arlet. This month featuring local ensemble Pride and Joy 8pm.

The members of Pride & Joy: Don Pride, Steve Footer, Jon Schomaker and Carl Menard. www.donpride.com

Sunday June 13th:

North Sea Gas Traditional Scottish Folk, 7 pm.
One of Scotland’s most popular bands, North Sea Gas entertains with guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, banjo, and great vocals featuring tremendous three part harmonies.

Friday June 25th:

Rock Camp

Friday June 25th:

LIT: “Patriotica”  8 pm. A monthly literary happening with poets, playwrights, actors, musicians, and artists focused on varying themes. $5-10 suggested donation.

Saturday June 26th:

OLAS 8pm. $8-10.

Heavily influenced by Andalusian Flamenco and Arabic folk music, translated through a blend of American folk, rock, Arabic, and Afro-Cuban sounds, OLAS is an original, all acoustic mash-up of very raw and passionate music and dance. The musicians of OLAS come from a rich and diverse musical scene based in Portland, Maine. Chriss Sutherland and Tom Kovacevic hail from Cerberus Shoal and Fire on Fire, Dylan Blanchard from Portland’s premier salsa band Grupo Esperanza and Leif Sherman Curtis from Conifer and Aok Suicide Forest. Dancers Lindsey Bourassa and Megan Keogh come from an eclectic dance background that includes ballet, modern, jazz, salsa, and flamenco. And palmistas Molly Angie and Anna Trunzo are local artists from Portland, ME who have spent the past year learning and performing the palmas rhythms inherent to the music of OLAS.

Sunday June 27th:

“The Sound of Laughter” Comedy Showcase, 8 pm.  Benefit for new sound equipment for MSA. Line-up includes Leslie Downes, Stepanie Doyle, Felon O’Reilly and Anders Nielsen.  Hosted by Kevin Neales.

Sunday June 13th:

North Sea Gas Traditional Scottish Folk, 7 pm.
One of Scotland’s most popular bands, North Sea Gas entertains with guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, banjo, and great vocals featuring tremendous three part harmonies.

Saturday June 12:

Second Saturday Jazz Session. A casual monthly jazz session hosted by Brian Arlet. This month featuring local ensemble Pride and Joy 8pm.

The members of Pride & Joy: Don Pride, Steve Footer, Jon Schomaker and Carl Menard. www.donpride.com

Friday June 4th: Opening Reception:

Sara Wilmot and Arthur Fink: Visual Passion 5-8 pm.

Friday’s opening features a live performance by Portland’s premire tango music ensemble Tango Mucho Labia, with tango dancing and demonstrations by Paul Bavineau and friends.

Sunday June 6th:

Manners, The Great Valley, Hersey State 7pm.
Hersey State photo by Jon Donnell


Thursday May 27th:

Netherfriends and Aleric Vince Nez. 9pm.

“Netherfriends is the amalgamation of experimental field recordings, solid pop melody, and vocal harmonies, or as You Ain’t No Picasso said, “…wicked smart pop music that’s bone simple with a fantastic melody.With extensive touring planned, a new EP, Calling You Out, as well as a recent Daytrotter Session, Netherfriends is poised to be the band you wish you could say you heard first.”  http://www.myspace.com/netherfriends
Aleric Vince Nez plays sings and plays guitar, saw, accordion, drums, and guitarron. His songs are original, catchy, and haunting.  Nez will play with special guests.

Friday May 28th:

LIT: This month: Awhirl: An evening of Rumi – Words, music, and movement celebrating the ecstatic 13th-century Sufi poet and mystic.Spirited recitations – middle eastern melodies – communal whirling.
Hosted by Megan Grumbling. 8 pm.

Saturday May 1st:

Brown Bird – Appalachian, Folk, Shanty
Brian Arlet and David Yearwood – gypsy jazz lullabies

Micah Blue Smaldone stringed punk warbler and special guests. 8pm.

Friday May 7th: Lisa Purinton: New Prints
Opening reception at Mayo Street Arts

5:30-8:30 pm

Saturday May 8th: Second Saturday Jazz Session with Alan Lowe and friends. Alto saxophonist Allen Lowe leads a quartet in a program of essentially blues forms. Lowe, who has a CD set to come out next fall with Roswell Rudd and Matt Shipp, is a veteran of New York’s 1990s Knitting Factory scene, where he recorded with Julius Hemphill, Don Byron, and David Murray. The VIllage Voice has described his playing as “suggesting both Sonny Rollins at  his most jocular and Jimmy Giuffre at his most rustic…his music reflects a fullness of experience missing from the etudes of those who have made jazz the sound of no surprise.” Anthony Braxton has called Lowe “an American master.” Flappers, jazz musicians & wannabees should bring an instrument to sit in with the band. 8pm.

Friday May 14th: Pine Smoke Lodge, Tom Kay, Leif Sherman Curtis 8pm.

Saturday May 15: Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble with Josie Conte – Bellydance.

Thursday May 20th: Pearl and the Beard, Tiger Saw, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

Friday May 21st: Kit Demos with Kevin Frenette and Forbes Graham, Offset Needle Radius.

Thursday May 27th: Netherfriends and Aleric Vince Nez.

Friday May 28th: LIT – Awhirl: An evening of Rumi

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