Arts calendar

Sam Laro, the puppeteer behind Audrey II, stands with his acting companion in "Little Shop of Horrors," showing at Windham Center Stage Theater Oct. 21 and 22.


Through Sunday, Oct. 23

“Later Life,” by A. R. Gurney, at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. or 774-0465.

Through Sunday, Oct. 23

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $19-$23. 799-1421, [email protected] or

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23

“Little Shop of Horrors,” at Windham Center Stage Theater, 8 School Road, Windham. Oct. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. or 893-2098.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Auditions for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” presented by Windham Center Stage Theater. Oct 22, 1-5 p.m., Windham Town Hall. Male and female roles available. Show dates Jan. 6-8 and 13-15. [email protected] or 893-2098.

Through Sunday, Nov. 20

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” presented by Good Theater at St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets $22-$40. 885-5883 or

Friday, Oct. 21-Monday, Oct. 31

“Angel Street (aka Gaslight)”, presented by The Originals, 7:30 p.m. at Saco River Theater, Bar Mills. $18-$20. Thursday, Oct. 27, pay-what-you-can. 929-6472 or [email protected]

Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Dec. 4

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Maine State Ballet, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $15-$60. For times, tickets, information, see or call 842-0800.


Friday, Oct. 21

“Composers on the Edge,” featuring Laura Kargul, presented by USM School of Music, 8 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham. $5-$15. or 780-5555.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann, 8 p.m. at Gorham Middle School, Weeks Road. $5-$8.

Saturday, Nov. 12

USM Big Band Bash, 6 p.m. at Corthell Hall, Gorham. Portland Jazz Orchestra, Professional Ballroom Dancers and USM Dance students. Live music, dancing for everyone. Ballroom dancers of all levels invited. $25, $30 per couple, veterans, students with USM ID, free.

Friday, Dec. 16

Holiday Pops concert, performed by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, 8 p.m. Cross Arena, Portland. 775-3458 or


Tuesdays and Thursdays

Toddler Storytime, ages 2-5, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook.


Storytime at the North Gorham Public Library, 2 Standish Neck Road, Gorham, 10-10:30 a.m. for infants to 3 years. 892-2575.


Tech Time, 10 a.m.-noon, Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook. Stop by with your technology questions; bring device and staff will help troubleshoot issues. 854-0630.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Author talk with Bruce Robert Coffin, author of “Among the Shadows,” Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30-7 p.m., Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Tours of 18th-century Stroudwater Burial Ground, hosted by Tate House Museum, noon-4 p.m. Learn about Colonial life from ghostly guests. $6-$12 adults, 774-6177 or

Saturday, Oct. 22

Paranormal investigation, by Maine Afterlife Research Society, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Old Red Church in Standish and nearby cemetery. Hosted by Standish Historical Society. $15 online ( or $20 at door. Ages 12 and up, accompanied by adult.

Thursday, Oct. 27

Author Anne O’Regan, talks about and reads from her book, “Tamed,” 5:30-7 p.m., Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook.

Thursday, Oct. 27

Westbrook author Eleanor Phillips Brackbill, speaks at North Gorham Public Library, 7 p.m. [email protected]

Thursday, Oct. 27

Monthly meeting of the Friends of the Walker Memorial Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 800 Main St., Westbrook.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Charlie Brown Halloween movie party, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., Westbrook. 50th anniversary party and showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Through October

Maine Historical Society, guided tours of the boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Portland. Monday-Sunday, first tour departs at 10:30 a.m. Garden open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3-$15. 774-1822 or

Thursday, Nov. 17

Author Bruce Coffin, talks about and signs his book, “Among the Shadows,” 6:30 p.m., Baxter Memorial Library, Gorham.


Through Friday, Dec. 9

“George Longfish: Indian on Indian,” at the Art Gallery, Gorham campus of University of Southern Maine. 780-4744.

Friday, Oct. 28-Wednesday, Nov. 30

Dog-themed art show, CIA Café, 72 Ocean St., South Portland. Artists from YES Art Works studios. Raffle drawings, proceeds to benefit YES program.

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Sam Laro, the puppeteer behind Audrey II, stands with his acting companion in “Little Shop of Horrors,” showing at Windham Center Stage Theater Oct. 21 and 22.