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On the first Friday evening of every month, the city’s artists, galleries, and arts venues open up their doors for Portland’s thriving First Friday Art Walk.

Upcoming First Friday Art Walk

Friday, May 7, 2021

Portland Ovations

MAY 25, 2021 | 4:00 PM |   The Abbe Museum’s Project: In Bar Harbor, ME participating as a partner in the creation of a staging of Wabanaki Stories for Maine school and family audiences. Founded in 1926 as a small trailside museum privately operated within Acadia National Park, the Abbe is an exciting contemporary museum which in 2013 became the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in Maine. Learn more and register.   “First Looks” is comprised of five virtual, 60-minute, work-in-progress performances and discussions with the commissioned artists. Each week you will have a chance to experience an excerpt of one of these five new performances in development and be in conversation with the artists. Register one time for FREE and attend as many First Looks as you like.

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MAY 11, 2021 | 4:00 PM |    dee’s Project: Ms. Clarke’s stage drama  The Last Girl  is based on her 2014 testimony to the Maine Human Rights Commission of her personal experiences of being sexually trafficked as a child.  Ms. Clarke is the founder of SurvivorSpeakUSA, an organization working to end sex trafficking and exploitation through elevating the voices of survivors, and bringing their stories to leadership positions where they can most affect change. Learn more and register.   “First Looks” is comprised of five virtual, 60-minute, work-in-progress performances and discussions with the commissioned artists. Each week you will have a chance to experience an excerpt of one of these five new performances in development and be in conversation with the artists. Register one time for FREE and attend as many First Looks as you like.

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MAY 18, 2021 | 4:00 PM| Kerem & Andy’s Project: Musical Theater, for their project “The Immigrants—A Story.” The epic story of two immigrants, one first generation and the other second-generation, who find themselves in the US and over the course of a life lived make it their home. It is a life of separation and loss with the frustrations of confronting societal hurdles of ignorance and hate. The main characters define their self-identity and find love in the midst of turbulence, joy and revelation. Mr. Durdag is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of GWI, a leading broadband carrier in Maine. He has deep roots in theater and poetry, having translated Urdu and Turkish poetry while having his original poems published and having the good fortune of reading and performing in public. Andy Happel is a concert violinist and fiddler who has shared the stage with symphonies, pop stars, and country music luminaries alike and leads the acclaimed student group, Scarborough Strings, and maintains a private teaching studio. Learn more and register.     “First Looks” is comprised of five virtual, 60-minute, work-in-progress performances and discussions with the commissioned artists. Each week you will have a chance to experience an excerpt of one of these five new performances in development and be in conversation with the artists. Register one time for FREE and attend as many First Looks as you like. 

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Classical Uprising

Mondays, April 5–May 3 (no meeting April 19)  7:00pm | $30 | Visiting instructor Patia Maule is an accomplished and experienced educator and performer across a wide range of genres. Patia studied Caribbean music at Oberlin and taught at North Yarmouth Academy for 14 years, and is the recipient of MAMM's 2020 Music Educator Community Rock Star Award. This class will explore unifying themes such as where and when music is played, how music is taught, and what instrument families are found around the world. In the final week, we will examine African and European throughlines in the Americas across a wide range of genres. Learn more

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Blue
650 Congress Street

Learn more about the "Out of the Blue Livestream Series" and other virtual concerts that occur nightly at Port City Blue!

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Portland Ovations

MAY 4, 2021 | 4:00 PM | Riley’s Project – In Collaboration with Heather Stewart/little house dance:    Hour Wolf (working title) is a collaborative project between dance artist Riley Watts and choreographer Heather Stewart/little house dance. Hour Wolf is a full length solo contemporary dance performance which explores mental illness and the physical mind. This work features music that was arranged by French composer Marc Bartissol, aka dull, shortly before his suicide in 2019.  Hour Wolf is dedicated to Marc. Learn more and register.   “First Looks” is comprised of five virtual, 60-minute, work-in-progress performances and discussions with the commissioned artists. Each week you will have a chance to experience an excerpt of one of these five new performances in development and be in conversation with the artists. Register one time for FREE and attend as many First Looks as you like.

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Portland Ovations

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 4PM EST | “First Looks” is comprised of five virtual, 60-minute, work-in-progress performances and discussions with the commissioned artists. Each week you will have a chance to experience an excerpt of one of these five new performances in development and be in conversation with the artists. Register one time for FREE and attend as many First Looks as you like. Samuel’s Project: A song cycle in which this award-winning songwriter and blues and roots guitarist delves into his family history, connection to Maine, and his relationship to home.    About Samuel James: A roots musician, Mr. James is known as a modern guitar master and is an award-winning songwriter. Learn more about Samuel James' First Look performance.   

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State Theatre

Visit https://statetheatreportland.com/ to view upcoming livestreams. 

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