Apr 162014
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Mayo Street Arts is looking for interns!

The Art and Music Intern will assist with performances, gallery installations and events, neighborhood arts projects, and other special events. Tasks include staffing performances and art receptions, managing performance space, taking tickets, hanging and lighting exhibits, operating sound and lighting equipment, assisting with administrative tasks, and creating and hanging posters and flyers.

Desired skills include

  • Positive, cheerful, able to greet and welcome a wide variety of visitors to the center.
  • Creativity and interest in the arts.
  • Able to type, experience with word processing and database programs.
  • Graphic design skills a plus
  • Willingness to perform a variety of tasks, from hands-on day to day operations, to working with neighborhood kids, to administrative tasks.
  • Able to communicate and ask questions, follow up on tasks and arrive promptly for events.

Start and End Dates

Summer Internship: May 15 through August 31st.

Application deadline

May 1

Hours per week



Unpaid but school credit may be arranged

To Apply, Email resume and letter of interest to:

Blainor McGough, director@mayostreetarts.org

Mar 072014

Mayo Street Arts Youth Music Club

In Partnership with Portland Conservatory of Music

African Drums with Jordan Benissan

(ages 8-12) Wednesdays 3-3:35pm. 3/26-6/4

(ages 13-18) Wednesdays 4-5pm. 3/26-6/4

Youth Choir (ages 8-12) Wednesdays 5-5:45pm. 3/26-6/4

Teen Choir (ages 13-18) Thursdays 5-6pm. 3/27-6/5

Group Guitar with Don Pride

(ages 8-12) Thursdays 3:15-4pm. 3/27-6/5

(ages 13-18) Thursdays 4-5pm. 3/27-6/5


Total Tuition Cost: Sliding-Scale (no registration fee): 
Ages 8-12, 45 minute classes ($7.50, $18.75, $37.50, $75, $112.50) Ages 13-18, 1 hour classes ($10, $25, $50, $100, $150) Some students may qualify for full sponsorship. Students may participate in more than one Group Class, but must pay separately for each class. (Guitars and Drums will be provided for class use at no additional cost.)

To register, email: info@portlandconservatoryofmusic.org or call: 207 775 3356

Apr 182014
Mayo St April 18th


7pm, $7
Video Nasties (Portland, ME)
Margy Pepper (Olympia, WA) http://margypepper.bandcamp.com/
Parasol (Boston, MA) http://parasolma.bandcamp.com/
Fur (Portland, ME)

From out of the basement and into Mayo Street Arts come the swirling sounds of the punk rock underground.  Love the music but hate the asbestos?  Come grind to the pulsating beat of local slime-slingers VIDEO NASTIES, warm your cold, cold hearts with the sing-along style of catchy, informed pop-punk band MARGY PEPPER from Olympia, WA, incite a dance riot with Boston’s best anarcho-pop band PARASOL, and bang your brains out to the thumping groove of local favorites FUR, feat. 2/5 of the mighty Rattlesnakes.  Then go home and rest easy, knowing you’ve just enjoyed all of the perks of a sweaty basement show without inhaling all of that black mold.









Mar 072014
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8pm, $10 / $7 in circus or sideshow costume
Featuring:  Mind Reader Rory Raven
Also starring: Doc Hokum (Huckster/Hoaxster), Matiss Duhon (One-Handed Juggler Extraordinaire), Joie Grandbois & Stephen Carpenter (Theatrical Belly Dance), Fake Naked (Puppet/Stilting Enigma), And More. With your hosts: John Sighless Supinski & Artur Kaptelinin.
“Neither a psychic nor a magician, I offer a new and compelling experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen. I will read your mind, bend your spoon, and leave you talking about it for the rest of your life.”
-Rory Raven
Doc Hokum is a huckster, hoaxster, and humorous carpet bagging doctor who is part salesman, part monologist, and part patent medicine pitchman. From the moment he arrives, there is action, magic, spectacle, and old time comedy. Whether sharing the amazing properties of El Toro Medicated Concentrate, or relating jokes and stories about old time America, this is a show that proves that laughter is the best medicine.
Matiss Duhon taught himself to juggle at the age of 13, then immediately began teaching anyone with the slightest interest in learning. Five years later, a local pizza restaurant invited Matiss to perform, launching his stage career. Matiss has performed across the country, including in Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Washington DC, New York, and Maine. In a career highlight, footage of Matiss juggling was once used in a montage about Chicago during a German news program.  Matiss can be found performing solo and with slackline walker George Weatherbee at the Saturday Farmers Markets in Portland, ME.  Matiss also likes dinosaurs, cephalopods, comics, and GIS. He has even studied three of these at the college level. matissduhon.com
Joie Grandbois
Dancer, choreographer, musician, writer…storyteller. Whether she is using the medium of dance, rhythm or words Joie seeks to bring to life the character present in a creative work.  Blending the arts of music and theater with the improvisational nature of belly dance she brings drama, humor and an appreciation for the unexpected to the stage.  She is the founder and director of the street vaudeville performance troupe Dark Follies which formed in 2008 and performs as a solo artist around New England.. She teaches Theatrical and Exploratory Belly Dance in Portland, Maine at Bright Star World Dance.  www.joiegrandbois.blogspot.com  www.darkfollies.com
Stephen Carpenter, has been studying hand percussion for most of the current century with a particular focus on the rhythms of the middle east. Stephen has played with variety of performers in Maine and around New England in both stage and classroom settings.   Through the voice of the drum and ney he seeks to create a conversation between the music, dancer and audience.  He is a founding member of the band Spoonmaker’s Diamond and for the past four years he has been the musical director for the Portland, Maine based street vaudeville troupe Dark Follies.  Stephen is also a professional woodworker who crafts many of the instruments he plays upon.
Feb 272014

8pm-10pm, Tickets: $15

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The Trubadors, led by Bob Murray and featuring Portland musicians Jim Goss and Getty Payson, as well as Vermonter Jeremiah McLane, have chosen Mayo Street Arts for their Maine debut.

Join them for an intimate performance where they will share their hearts and their virtuosity as well as their songbook of all original music written about and inspired by their nightly dreams.

The evening will be one of heart-cracking tenderness woven together with raucous energy and sweet, sweet musicality. Come ready to be filled with their deep stew of guitar, piano, accordion, solo grace and moving harmony.

Child Inside Be Heard is the new album in the Bob and the Trubadors’ collection and the first to feature all four band members. This collection offers up a fertile brew of original music, folk-based with shades of blues, jazz, and world music. This is true soul music.

Apr 032014


Tickets: $15 in advance / $20 at the door

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40% of the proceeds from this event will benefit Mayo Street Arts

This speaking series is designed to celebrate and honor women – our power, perspectives, voices, wisdom, stories and relevance. Each of these evening events has a distinct theme and hand-selected speakers whose short talks will inspire, inform, and create a space for something new to emerge – an awareness, an idea, an appreciation, a connection, a commitment.

So grab your favorite journal or make a date with a dear friend. But join us. You’ll be so glad you did.

Plan ahead and save the date for this amazing night of women’s storytelling. Five women will take to the stage and share their stories about the places we go to inspire, inform, and ignite change for ourselves.  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 “Sourcing”

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.

There will be a cash bar that offers beer, wine and local baked treats. There will be a brief intermission after the second speaker before continuing on with the second half. Buying advance tickets is encouraged, as space is limited and this event typically sells out!

Click here for more info!

Apr 042014
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Improv for Professionals–Saying “Yes, and” at Work
Are you a professional who is looking to improve your customer service, sales or confidence in presentations?  Improv for professionals can help! While having fun, you’ll learn how to make better impressions, build relationships in moments and present like a pro!
Email rachel@yourinneraction.com to register!


Apr 092014
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A showcase of music and poetry honoring motherhood in all its manifestations


Tickets:  $10 in advance/ $12 at the door

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Featuring Robin Merrill, Monique Barrett, and Nora Meiners

With special appearances by Alison and Carlton Parsons, Chaka Gordon, Evah Hellewell, Jenn Carter, Kate Sanders-Fleming and more!

 All proceeds from this show benefit Hope House, a project of Hope Acts, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons of Portland’s urban peninsula by addressing needs for healthy living, housing security, and a hopeful economic future, and to strengthen neighborhoods to become safe places of hospitality, hope and healing for all people.

Find more information about this organization at http://hopeacts.org

Performing artists will have merchandise for sale.

Bring your mom.  Bring your friends.  Bring yourself!  Celebrate art and community!

Apr 042014

Shimmering harmonies from Eastern Europe and beyond

8 PM

$15/$10 students

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Passionate about the unifying power of music, the folk ensemble Zemya is inspired by some of the world’s most colorful cultures. Their performances feature vocal selections from Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Croatia, Israel, South Africa and the British Isles–music they interpret with their own shimmering, exquisite harmonies and infectious energy.

Sharing both name and spirit with the Bulgarian word for “earth,” Zemya has been delighting and surprising Maine audiences of all ages for more than 12 years. Their voices weave together lush, expressive, often haunting melodies that transport listeners to far corners of the globe.

Directed by Deborah Gordon, the ensemble includes Joy Ahrens, Barbara Beckelman, Hildy Ginsberg, Abby King, Mischa Schuler, and Ann Swardlick.