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More and more mockingbirds are singing in New England, and the message they’re sending could become a small part of massive research being compiled by a new network of bird migration studies across the Gulf of Maine. Climate change is one concern spurring the new network, called the Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network. Biologists are working with each other, bringing together A northern mockingbird surveys its surroundings at East End Beach in mid-November. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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A lively city is good, but an undead city may be better BY CURTIS ROBINSON THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

If you think Portland benefits from its reputation as a “lively” city, then just wait until we’re the capital of the undead. And with Johnny Depp set to play the original “good” vampire Barnabas Collins in a big-screen version of Dark Shadows, we could be on the way. Word on the street is that the movie will be more or less set in Portland, which is a bit different than the TV version which created the fictional town of “Collinsport,” which seemed very Bar

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Harbor-esque. The Internet is screaming that principal photography is set to begin this spring/summer, with Depp and Tim Burton set for the project. Look for the role of Portland to be played by London, England, which is a fairly good stand-in. My sources, speaking on condition they not be named because “who knows what will change?” say that Portland stands to get a good bit of mention. Apparently, the idea might be that such an urban story needs an urban setting.

The longawaited feature film reboot of the supernatural soap, “Dark Shadows,” is expected to be Johnny Depp’s next project. (AP PHOTO)

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Giving thanks for Portland’s Maine State Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’ vibrant music scene See Mark Curdo’s column on page 4

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Shoppers eat up Black Friday deals (AP) — For one day at least, you could almost imagine the recession never happened. Millions of the nation’s shoppers braved rain and cold to crowd stores while others grabbed online bargains on what could be the busiest Black Friday ever. Early signs pointed to bigger crowds at many stores including Best Buy, Sears, Macy’s and Toys R Us, some of which had earlier openings than past years or even round-the-clock hours. Minnesota’s

Mall of America and mall operators Taubman Centers Inc. and Macerich Co. also reported more customers than last year. But the most encouraging sign for retailing and for the economy was what Americans were throwing in their carts. Shoppers still clutched lists and the buying frenzy was focused on the deals on TVs and toys, but many were treating themselves while they bought gifts for others, adding items like boots, sumptu-

ous sweaters, jewelry and even dresses for special occasions. Elayne Breton and her daughter Michelle got to Maryland’s Mall in Columbia around 7 a.m. A few hours later, Michelle had picked out several presents for herself, including a pair of UGG boots, perfume and an iPod Touch. At Nordstrom, she scored a long-sleeved purple shirt that her mother let her wear out of the store.

U.S. briefs allies about Saudi forces arrest next WikiLeaks release 149 al-Qaida suspects LONDON (AP) — U.S. allies around the world have been briefed by American diplomats about an expected release of classified U.S. files by the WikiLeaks website that is likely to cause international embarrassment and could damage some nations’ relations with the United States. The release of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables is expected this weekend, although WikiLeaks has not been specific about the timing. The cables are


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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi authorities said Friday they arrested 149 al-Qaida suspects in a months-long sweep and thwarted attacks inside the kingdom on government officials, media personalities and civilian targets. Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror campaign has largely crushed al-Qaida’s operations in the kingdom since a series of attacks there that began in 2003. Some key militants, however, fled across the southern border to Yemen, where the regional alQaida branch has re-established a stronghold from which to plot attacks on Saudi Arabia and beyond. The new arrest raids over the past eight months revealed that al-Qaida-linked militants have also been able to maintain or rebuild an organizational structure inside Saudi Arabia with close links to al-Qaida leaders in Yemen.

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Walmart to sell Linda Bean’s lobster claws PORTLAND (AP) — Cooked lobster claws marketed by the granddaughter of Maine retailer L.L. Bean will soon be sold in 750 Walmart stores across the country. Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster announced the agreement with Walmart on Tuesday. The Portland Press Herald said Friday that Bean’s new Maine processing plant in Rockland has started producing lobster claws with easily removable shells. The claws are being sold in packages containing six to eight claws in 1-pound bags and 10- or 30-pound boxes. Bean owns five lobster buying stations around Rockland. She started the business in 2007.

Mass. man charged with DUI in fatal crash PALMER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing drunken driving charges for allegedly causing a Thanksgiving Day head-on crash that left a Maine woman dead. A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of 24-year-old Joshua Lacroix of Ware at his arraignment Friday on charges including motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol. Lacroix was released but ordered not to drive and to remain alcohol and drug free. Police say Lacroix was driving east on Route 20 in Wilbraham at about 1:45 a.m. on Thursday when he swerved into the westbound lane and struck a vehicle with five people in it. Back seat passenger, 27-yearold Raina Jensen of Portland, Maine, was not wearing a seat belt and died.

Lacroix told police he fell asleep and does not remember what happened.

Maine town holds off on pot dispensaries TOPSHAM (AP) — Officials in the Maine town of Topsham have voted to extend the town’s moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries for up to six more months. Topsham’s Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Nov. 18 to extend the ban. But the moratorium would end if voters at a special town meeting in January support an ordinance to govern the dispensaries. Maine law limits the number of dispensaries to one in each of eight districts. The dispensary for the district covering Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties has been awarded to Northeast Patients Group, which plans to open its dispensary in Thomaston. But Topsham Planning Director Rich Roedner told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that the state could expand the number of authorized facilities, so it’s necessary to have local rules in place.

Regulators to consider new Kibby wind plan FARMINGTON (AP) — Maine land use regulators are going to consider a revised plan to add 11 more wind turbines to the Kibby region of western Maine near the Canadian border. The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission is scheduled to meet next Wednesday to consider a proposal by TransCanada Maine Wind Development to add 11 more turbines to the 44 producing power or under construction on Kibby Mountain and in the Kibby Range.

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Some words of thanks It’s that time of the year again. vide a place for anyone ... to play. As November starts to shut down I’m thankful for new local bands and we face the realization that another artists like: Whitcomb, Brenda, Educated year is closing soon. We have snow to Advocates, Marion Grace, Olas, FI, Marie deal with, some shopping to do and Stella and many others. we have all kinds of family to face a I’m thankful that Walt Craven took a couple of times over the next month or picture of me with John Lennon’s outfit so. Fake laughs when given awkward from the cover of Sgt. Peppers, even gifts, opening up a little too much to though we were so devilishly breaking the someone at an office party; it’s all part rules at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. of the final stretch. I’m thankful for The Spinners, The I’m not complaining though. Hectic Wildhearts and Roy Orbison. and crazy as it is, this is my favorite I’m thankful for all the clubs, radio, time of the year. I love the next five print, TV media and fan support for this weeks. local music scene. ––––– This is also the official long weekend The Circle Push I’m thankful to Mike’s (on Congress we give thanks and stop to appreciate Street) for naming a sandwich after me, all we have. I know I don’t do it enough but embarrassed I haven’t tried one yet. and I like Thanksgiving a lot for that (It’s not my bag sandwich-wise, but I hear it’s tasty!) reason. It’s like a “hey, hold up there pal. Stop and I’m thankful for Keith Morris (former frontman think about everything for a minute,” time for me. for Black Flag and the Circle Jerks) who at 55 just I like to think when it comes to music-related put out a new punk hardcore release with a new things, I’m appreciative up front and quickly, but band called “Off!” for the things I might not shower with enough conI’m thankful for being able to host Spinout every sideration – I’d like to give thanks to these musical Thursday and Sunday on WCYY. related things in 2010. I’m still very thankful for Shakira. Thanks to Mastodon for playing in Portland in And of course I’d like to thank again Curtis and such a smaller room (Port City) than you’re used to The Portland Daily Sun for allowing me to do what playing these days. I do here every weekend with the Circle Push. I also I’m thankful that people came to the table to rethank the readers for their patience with my gramopen the State Theater. matical murders and spelling nightmares. I’m thankful for new venues like Bayside Bowl I’m sure there’s more, but lets take a peek at what and Venue. Also, thanks to Slainte for helping to some other music people told me they’re thankful keep local electronic and dance music alive. To the for this year! Big Easy for their hip hop open mics. To Empire for their bluegrass Mondays and Space for keeping an SHIM and MARK (of Sick Puppies) open mind every single day they open their doors. We’re thankful for our fans that listen to and buy our music. For everybody that we work with at radio, Virgin To One Longfellow Square for bringing such amazEMI and the Agency Group who help us share our ing talent to such a great room. To the Asylum for music with our fans. Also, thank God for the beautiful continuing to provide a cold, dark place for goth and women of Portland, Maine! industrial fans and to Geno’s for continuing to pro-

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Here’s giving thanks for new acts who dazzled us during the year. Olas, an original, all acoustic mash-up of raw and passionate music and dance, hit the scene at venues such as Mayo Street Arts. (Photo courtesy of Jon Donnell)

LADY ESSENCE (MC, In The Attic) I’m thankful to be a part of such an altruistic hip hop scene. I feel like the Rock That festival really highlighted the optimistic aspects of what we have here and Im thankful that it continues to grow along with the artists who shape it. KENYA HALL (singer, songwriter) I’m thankful for getting my CD’s just in time for the show. Not to mention for actually finishing my first CD. ERIC BRACKETT (drummer, Ocean) I am thankful for a long, cold, slow winter to help with writing our most depressingly heavy album yet. JEFF BEAM (musician, songwriter) I’m thankful for living in a community that gets excited about and fosters so much support for local music. Portland is like no place else in the world.

(Mark Curdo is a DJ on 94.3 WCYY and the owner of a record label, Labor Day Records, based in Portland. Mark is not only a board member of the Portland Music Foundation, but he loves the Boston Celtics, Ginger Ale and Jack Lemmon movies. He is a weekly Daily Sun music columnist.)

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Word is Johnny Depp will star as the vampire Barnabas Collins in modern day Maine. (AP PHOTO)

London expected to stand in for Port City in film adaptation DARK SHADOWS from page one

No matter, really. Even if Portland eventually gets short-changed, the movie will certainly advance Maine as more than just another white-hot zombie kickball, goth-fashion mecca. Indeed, among the vampire crazed population that infests the U.S. these days, this is the stuff of unlikely tourism boomtimes. What’s that you say? What’s “Dark Shadows?” Has the popular cultural already forgotten its once-favorite darkness? Way, way before the current rash of vampire TV series like HBO’s “True Blood” and the “Twilight” megahit, ABC struck ratings gold with its supernatural series. “DS” ran from 1966 to 1971, and, baby, that show had it all — werewolves, witches, zombies, time travel both into the past and into the future, and, of course, the occasional parallel. Of course, it was a daytime soap opera like “As The World Turns” or “General Hospital.” Just with, you know, a twist. Depp, probably still in Kentucky around that time, come to think of it, was likely among thousands of kids who got home from school in time to fend off the Match Game dorks and tune into Dark Shadows. In the dark days before video on demand, that timing was everything. The ‘rents were clueless, scrambling about before taking back the tube for some lame news-watching dinnertime. Eventually, one of the problems with the show was that its audience was “too young” to drive many purchasing decisions. Granted production quality was a bit “Plan 9 From Outer Space” but the story was the thing. And Barnabas approached being a vampire in a way usually reserved for chronic illness — and given the other other-worldly problems, like the ghosts upsetting

Curtis Robinson ––––– Usually Reserved the children, he seemed downright normal. That was the core of the attraction, I think. It was that same inside-out psychology that makes “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” so attractive for anyone who wonders what it would be like for Them to feel a bit like Us every now and then. Depp has said that he pretty much wanted to be Barnabas Collins ... frankly, we all did. And the show’s references to Portland and Bangor sent many of us heading to the World Book Atlas for our first cultural connection with that place known as “Maine.” Later, when we’d pick up our first Stephen King novel, we’d nod knowingly. Nothing “just happens” up there in Maine, that’s for sure. In one episode, Barnabas does an interview with a sleazy reporter who hopes to sell the story. Take that, Anne Rice. For anyone who watched the show “live,” the temptation in this Internet age is to revisit the program. A fair warning — it’s a bit more dated than you might think. But The Eagle pub is still pretty cool, even in this universe where it’s still The Blue Whale. You almost expect the place to offer seasonal microbrews. And for Maine, the movie version is going to be a cultural event. I’m guessing special DS cruises and other activities, and maybe we can change our airport banner from “America’s most livable city” to include “even for the undead.” (Curtis Robinson is editor of The Portland Daily Sun. Contact him at

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New network aims to pool different kinds of bird studies Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge lands to migrating birds, Goettel said. Partners in the network hope to better understand the needs of migrants and to determine how to best manage breeding and stopover habitats necessary to support birds that breed in or move through the region. “We know a lot about some things ... but science is just not equal across all the questions. It’s easier to study one small question than it is to study a big landscape question,” Goettel said. “This is more of a baseline exercise because nobody knows how the birds use the landscape,” she said. In the process, though, researchers must adapt to challenges of following birds. Observing migrating birds during daylight can be done through visual surveys, but most migrants fly at night when the winds tend to be calmer and the risk from predators is low, network biologists noted. This makes it challenging for researchers to document the kinds and numbers of birds on the move, and when and where they pass through the region. The network’s approach to studying patterns of migration in the Gulf of Maine uses methods to not only look at broad-scale movements of birds with marine surveillance radar and visual surveys, but to also use banding, orientation release tests, and radio-telemetry as ways to study the migratory behavior of individuals. “What we’re trying to do is we’re integrating different types of methods,” Holberton said.

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What about the Christmas Bird Count? BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

One of the most important sources of data about birds is coming up next month. Maine Audubon is coming off the 109th annual Christmas Bird Count, which as a whole included 1,979 counts yielding reports of more than 64 million birds, according to the Audubon website. In Greater Portland, 39 participants reported 115 species of bird. The first Christmas Bird Counts in Southern Maine are on Saturday, Dec. 18. Any hints of what birders may find? Pine siskins and evening grosbeaks are a good bet, according to Eric Hynes, staff naturalist at Gilsland Farm, the Maine Audubon headquarters in Falmouth. “Some of the northern finches life Refuge Complex in Rockland. Wind energy development, coastal development and climate change are all issues that highlighted the need for broader, more encompassing information about bird migration, said Holberton. Marine surveillance units on the Gulf of Maine, which give broad-scale movements of birds over the area and the height of their migration, is important when discussing wind energy development, Holberton said. A major wind power development may not fit

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the National Park Service, the University of Maine and Acadia University in Nova Scotia, to research where and when migrating songbirds and other bird species fly over the region’s island and coastal areas. The idea is to pair up different types of research: visual surveys, marine surveillance radar, banding, orientation release tests and radio-telemetry and create a landscape-sized view of bird-flight patterns. Researchers believe that mockingbirds, for example, are expanding their range north, as birds based in southern states are feeling the effects of weather disruption. This pattern may be an indicator of climate change, according to Rebecca Holberton, associate professor of biology in the Laboratory of Avian Biology, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine. This theory may be bolstered with more hard data as the University of Maine tracks bird flights over the Gulf of Maine. “The birds that are primarily migrating through our region are those that are breeding in the boreal forests and the arctic areas, and those areas are the ones that are very sensitive to the effects of climate change,” Holberton said. Another hot-button issue tackled by the network is the effect of wind power on birds. “The reason we’re trying to figure out these broad geographic patterns is to help site, for example, windmills,” said Beth Goettel, manager of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wild-

that typically occupy the boreal forests, they’re known as eruptive species, which means that some years that if the cone crops or the seed crops that they prefer in the northern forests are down, they erupt into the southern states out of Canada, into the United States. This fall we’re seeing quite a few pine siskins, at least here in the coastal areas, and it will be interesting to see if they stick around, and also evening grosbeaks, which is a species that’s on the decline quite a bit. They seem to be coming into Maine and Southern Maine more this year than they have in the past. Hopefully they’ll stick around for Christmas bird counts,” Hynes said. For more information about the Christmas Bird Count, visit www. count.shtml. into a site where migrating birds are likely to fly into the blades, researchers noted. The goal is to expand isolated studies and detect broader trends, researchers said. “Our work is able to start looking at a larger landscape scale,” Holberton said. On a practical level, refuge managers want to know what they can do differently to accommodate visiting birds at their public lands. The network aims to document the value of

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Saturday, Nov. 27 ‘Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project’ 8 p.m. “Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project” CD release show at One Longfellow Square. “One of the most unique and compelling interpretations of the late John Lennon’s music comes from The John Lennon Song Project, a seven-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare. Together they have produced a thoughtfully re-imagined tribute that celebrates the genius and artistry of this icon’s songwriting and singing. Like their CD Imagined, the band’s live show features a host of talented musicians on acoustic, electric and bass guitars, cello, violin, mandolin, accordion, chromatic harmonica and light percussion. Concert goers will be treated to exquisite renditions of Lennon’s legendary Beatles songs, often weaving melody, lyric and song together in a series of singles and mini-medleys. Selected songs from Lennon’s solo years will also be included.”

Spencer Albee & Friends eighth annual Beatles Night: Abbey Road 8 p.m. Local rock/pop impresario Spencer Albee (Rustic Overtones, Space Versus Speed) will take to Port City Music Hall with a talented group of local musicians and a full string section to tackle The Beatles’ 1969 classic Abbey Road in it’s entirety. Albee’s band will include Rustic Overtones alum Jon Roods on bass, Dominic Lavoie and Charles Gagne (The Lucid), Sean Morin (The Cambiata), members of Albee’s School Spirit Mafia, including Jamie Colpoys and the full string section, with who Albee has played as a member of Rustic Overtones. The night also opens with a “A Hard Day’s Night” played in its entirety by Jeff Beam and Kurt Baker. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $25 for V.I.P. seating.

Beat Happenings: Tryptophan Tripping 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Beat Happenings redefines what a Portland dance club should be and is the city’s longest running electronic dance music night. This is a 21 plus event with a $3 cover. Slainte Wine Bar at 24 Preble St. DJ Billa, j hjort, local live act Power Lines, DJ duo Gutterfunk, DJ tag team Shauna Rae vs Brett Harder.

Sunday, Nov. 28 Doomtree and Sontiago at SPACE 9 p.m. By combining the blueprint of hip hop with the DIY ethos of punk and a slew of disparate artistic and musical influences, Doomtree has won the favor of a broad range of audiences. They are as likely to find fans at indie rock shows as they are at rap shows or basement dance parties. In the past several years the collective has grown to include the lyrical and production talents of more than a dozen core members. For the first time ever, all members of the Doomtree crew, including P.O.S, Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger, are out on tour to perform an epic night of some of the most forward-thinking beats and rhymes this side of 1987. Portland’s own mistress of hip-hop, Sontiago, warms up the night. $12 advanced/$14 day of show, 18 plus.

Thursday Dec. 2 Lady Lamb The Beekeeper / Samuel James / Sontiago at Geno’s 9 p.m. No-longer-local indie sweetheart Lady Lamb The Beekeeper brings out her banjo and harmonica one more time (or a lot more time, who knows) for a benefit show for Nick Stevens of the 13th Cookie. Samuel James and Sontiago join. 21 plus.

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Pete Miller at One Longfellow 8 p.m. Pete Miller’s honest songwriting and musical stylings stem from an intimate upbringing in Southern Maine, an intuitive awareness of the aesthetic world, and a passion for spending time among waves and snowy peaks. A blend of indie and folk, his songs explore the unmasking of human tendencies. Miller’s lyrically clever offerings delve into the raw nature of humans—exposing, proposing, desiring, and accepting. $8 adv/ $10 day of show.

Friday, Dec. 3 1930s night at the State Theatre with Over A Cardboard Sea and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ 5 p.m. (Movie starts at 7 p.m.) The State Theatre revisits its glorious beginnings as it transforms itself back into a 1930s Movie House with a screening of The Wizard of Oz. Forget 3-D… Bring the family to the Ultimate Technicolor Triumph! Over A Cardboard Sea, Portland’s premiere nostalgia act, will set the mood with a pre-show performance of classic vaudeville tunes. An old-timey photo booth, Shirley Temples at the bar, and Depression-level ticket prices complete the transformation.

John McCutcheon at One Longfellow 8 p.m. John McCutcheon is America’s balladeer. His songs sing of the nation’s heritage. His words channel the conscience of our people into streams of poetry and melody. Think of McCutcheon as an incarnation of Pete Seeger and Mr. Rogers, Will Rogers and Bruce Springsteen. The most versatile and compelling performer you will see this year. $20 advance, $23 at the door, all ages.

State Theatre presents: Dark Side of the Rainbow

“Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project” CD release show is tonight at One Longfellow Square. “One of the most unique and compelling interpretations of the late John Lennon’s music comes from The John Lennon Song Project, a seven-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec TwoStep and Tom Dean of Devonsquare,” promoters note. “Together they have produced a thoughtfully re-imagined tribute that celebrates the genius and artistry of this icon’s songwriting and singing.” (COURTESY PHOTO) and Sly Stone. Clinton is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with 15 other members of ParliamentFunkadelic. $30 adv / $35 DOS, all ages.

Howard Fishman album release 8 p.m. Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today’s most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless

10 p.m. Dark Side of the Rainbow (also known as Dark Side of Oz or The Wizard of Floyd) refers to the pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd music album The Dark Side of the Moon with the visual portion of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. This produces moments where the film and the album appear to correspond with each other. The title of the music video-like experience comes from a combination of the album title and the film’s song “Over the Rainbow”. Band members and others involved in the making of the album state that any relationship between the two works of art is merely a coincidence. $5, all ages.

repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Fishman’s performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller’s sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The All-Music Guide has called him “an important force in creative music,” and The New York Times has written that his work “transcends time and idiom.” $17 advance, $20 day of sale. He will perform at One Longfellow Square.

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George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic at the State Theatre 7 p.m. George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American musician and the principal architect of P-Funk. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and is a solo funk artist as of 1981. He has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown

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City celebrates at tree lighting Crowd gathers in Mon. Square BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

With Thanksgiving meals finally digested and refrigerators packed with leftovers, Portland kicked off the holiday season Friday night with the city’s 15th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. Each year, 10,000 flock to Monument Square for the event where the city flips the switch on it’s holiday centerpiece, according to Sayer English with the Portland Downtown District. This year an anonymously donated 50-foot Colorado blue spruce will have the honor of being the brightest tree in the Forest City, decorated with 1,500 environmentally friendly LED lights. The event featured a performance from The Maine State Ballet’s upcoming performance of The Nutcracker Ballet, with Caitlin Bernard and Maiki Saito performing a short dance from the holiday classic. Children’s singer Rick Charette played some holiday classic, but apparently did not get the message about the tree’s nondenominational status as a “holiday tree,” playing his original song “Christmas Tree,” as well as other holiday standards, including “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Lynn Py said her daughter Emily thought it would be “fun and festive” to gather for the ceremony, and enlisted neighbor and good friend Angelique Lavelle and her mother Mary to come along. “I’ve lived in Portland for 20 years and never done this,” said Mary Lavelle. Lynn Py said that whatever the city decides to call the tree, it’ll still always mean Christmas to her. “I think it’s kind of funny, we all know it’s a Christmas tree, is there really anyone who is that offended calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree?” she asked.

ABOVE: Gregory and Sofia Ifantides of Biddeford walks toward Monument Square on Friday night for the holiday tree lighting ceremony. “This is the first time we’ve come to the tree lighting, we parked far away so they didn’t tow,” said Sofia Ifantides. (MATT DODGE PHOTO) RIGHT: Caitlin Bernard and Maiki Saito with the Maine State Ballet wait backstage prior to their performance Friday night. The ballet begins its two-week run tomorrow night. (MATT DODGE PHOTO)


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A banding program run by the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, University of Maine, and National Audubon last year revealed that as many as a half million or more songbirds fly over island and coastal areas just in the mid-coast region alone during autumn, according to the network. Other studies show that birds are migrating earlier and often there are consequences, such as food availability and conflicts with breeding pat-

terns, according to Holberton. “You start seeing a disconnect in the optimal time for breeding for the time for when the food is going to be there,” she explained. Holberton said researchers hope to plot the timing of the big waves of birds moving through sites and look at patterns of different species of birds from site to site. “It’s sort of like looking at a seventhinning stretch wave,” she said. Funding for the network comes through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Park Service with

other existing funds within the agencies and universities, Holberton said. In some cases, groups or students will be paid to review data, Goettel said. Data processing will be a big part of the effort, as computers will crunch numbers to sort out the meaning of various studies. “The more pieces you can put together at once, the clearer picture you can get,” Goettel said. Already, the network is bearing fruit. Researchers from Acadia University are deploying tiny transmitters, developed by Lotek Wireless, Inc., on small songbirds in southwestern Nova Scotia. Birds carrying these

tiny transmitters can be detected by an array of receivers set up along the coast of Nova Scotia and Maine, telling the researchers the flight path an individual bird has taken as it moves through the region. Already, the flight and stopover movements and rate of migration of free-flying individual songbirds have been documented for the first time in the Gulf of Maine, network researchers noted. Looking at patterns of migration and the relationships between migrants and available habitats requires landscapescale data, network researchers noted. “Complex questions require complex science to answer them,” Goettel said.

LEFT: A song sparrow perches on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks near East End Beach. ABOVE: A sea gull rests on a rock at Acadia National Park. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)


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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The pressure is off, and you’re in a good mood. Though you have many things on the agenda, you don’t expect that they will all happen in one day. In fact, you know it won’t happen and plan accordingly. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re a giver, and you always want to do whatever you can to make people smile. However, if you’re too agreeable, you won’t be able to keep all of the commitments you make. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Even if someone rains on your parade, the parade still will go on. That’s one of your wonderful qualities. You go forward in spite of the obstacles and sometimes even because of them. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Though you like to note how things might be improved, keep it to yourself. Otherwise, loved ones might feel criticized or be hurt by the fact that they don’t seem to meet your approval. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You will be the same charming and appreciative person you were yesterday, only today you’ll get noticed for these qualities. Just in the nick of time, too! You were starting to feel taken for granted! TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 27). People have often told you that you are talented. This year, you get financial proof that your gifts are exceptional and useful. People are moved by what you do. You’ll push forward with an idea that will take several months to realize. You’ll cross the finish line in June -- sweet victory! Family celebrates you. Capricorn and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 3, 22, 48 and 17.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Investigate your options. The thing you want can be purchased for high dollar, or it can be purchased for low dollar. Determine what you want to pay, and you will find it for that price. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It certainly doesn’t hurt to have beauty and brains. However, the thing that’s really pulling people in is that they feel good around you. That is, quite simply, what keeps them coming back for more. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some people don’t even realize that their selfesteem is something they can improve. In contrast, you’ll be quite aware of how you feel about yourself and will make a conscious effort to raise your selfregard. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll be a master of public image. You’ll bring attention to the desirable parts of your life and will deflect attention away from the aspects that are less pleasing and appealing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will be pleasant and selfless, not because you’re trying to get someone to like you but because that’s how you really are. The fact that people do like you is icing on the cake. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You can’t seduce someone who is so selfcentered that he or she will never fall for anyone but the one in the mirror. Think about this as you decide where to put your energy. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ll flatter a person you like by mirroring his or her moves and attitude. They will feel at ease with you and will assume the two of you are more alike than you are different.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Saturday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2010; with 34 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 27, 1910, New York’s Pennsylvania Station officially opened as it became fully operational with regular through train service from the Pennsylvania Railroad. On this date: In 1701, astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale, was born in Uppsala, Sweden. In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C. In 1909, author, poet and critic James Agee was born in Knoxville, Tenn. In 1939, the play “Key Largo,” by Maxwell Anderson, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York. In 1942, during World War II, the French navy at Toulon (too-LOHN’) scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of German troops. In 1953, playwright Eugene O’Neill died in Boston at age 65. In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest. In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH’-nee) and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White. In 1983, 181 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid’s Barajas airport. In 1989, a bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca Boeing 727, killing all 107 people on board and three people on the ground. One year ago: Tiger Woods crashed his SUV outside his Florida mansion, sparking widespread attention to reports of marital infidelity. Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced daughter Chelsea’s engagement to longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky. Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned from the International Space Station with a smooth touchdown. Today’s Birthdays: Actor James Avery is 62. Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Film: “The Hurt Locker”) is 59. TV host Bill Nye (“Bill Nye, the Science Guy”) is 55. Actor William Fichtner (FIHK’-nuhr) is 54. Caroline Kennedy is 53. Academy Awardwinning screenwriter Callie Khouri (Film: “Thelma and Louise”) is 53. Rock musician Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) is 51. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is 50. Rock musician Charlie Benante (Anthrax) is 48. Rock musician Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 48. Actor Fisher Stevens is 47. Actress Robin Givens is 46. Actor Michael Vartan is 42. Rapper Skoob (DAS EFX) is 40. Actor Kirk Acevedo is 39. Rapper Twista is 38. Actor Jaleel White is 34. Actress Alison Pill is 25.





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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: Four of my five siblings and their partners are tremendously overweight. Two of my sisters claim to have the “family fat genes.” I don’t believe such nonsense. I love my siblings dearly, but sadly, their children are now “blossoming” into overweight adults and a few have children of their own who are getting pudgy. I live in another state, and when I visit them, I find it especially difficult to eat well and get enough exercise. My weight has been a struggle, and I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. I see the effort to maintain my weight as essential to my health. But the few times I have raised the subject, my siblings either refuse to talk about it or laugh it off, saying, “I enjoy eating and don’t want to outlive my retirement.” I know I am blessed to have the support of my spouse in my weight loss journey. My siblings are not so fortunate. When I visit, I sometimes suggest healthier meal options and a walk after dinner, but those things have little effect when coupled with a family barbecue complete with high-fat, high-calorie foods and multiple sugary desserts, not to mention hours of sitting in front of the TV. I know that obesity is a complex issue. I know they have to want to change. But I am terribly worried about their health. Is there anything I can say or do to encourage them? -- Concerned Sibling and Auntie Dear Auntie: Research indicates there truly are “fat genes” -- genetic markers that show an increased likelihood of obesity. However, those are the very people who must work harder to exercise regularly and watch their diet in order to stay healthy. You have done this, but your siblings have found it too overwhelming. All you can do is model healthier alternatives and periodically talk to each one individually, letting them know how much you love them, and that you will be supportive and helpful whenever they are ready.

Dear Annie: I think you give great advice and hope you can help me. “Frank and Laura” are two people I am not friends with anymore. I have told this to them on previous occasions, yet they somehow refuse to accept it. Lately, they have been visiting my home without calling and expect to come in and be entertained. They always seem to show up during dinner, and I know they expect us to serve them whatever we are having. I don’t know if they are being stubborn, but I want to make it clear in a delicate but firm way that the visits must stop. -- Confused Dear Confused: Is it possible that Frank and Laura are having financial troubles and appreciate a free meal? If so, it would be a kindness to continue. Otherwise, you need to be more forceful. When they ring the bell, tell them it’s not a good time to visit, and don’t let them past the front door. You might have to say it more than once, and there may come a point where you have to shut the door on them, but it’s the only way to get your point across in a way they will understand. Dear Annie: I am writing in response to “Concerned Mom in Pennsylvania,” who has a blind 18-year-old son. I, too, am legally blind. Using resources like the California State Department of Rehabilitation, I was able to go to college and get the accommodations I needed to be successful. I am now a practicing psychotherapist. My county has a program that provides cab rides for disabled persons and seniors for only 15 percent of the normal fare. One of the most important life-changing resources is my dog. I acquired her at no cost through Guide Dogs for the Blind of San Rafael, Calif. She has transformed my sense of isolation to one of empowerment and connection. -- Finding Light in California Dear Finding: Thank you for the excellent suggestions.

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to:, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

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Okbari with Bellydance performance by Josie Conte at Mayo Street Arts

The Art of December at Maine Historical Society

10 a.m. The Art of December: Origi8 p.m. A rare performance by legnal Holiday Cards by Maine Artists endary Portland bellydancer Josie from the Mildred Burrage Collection. Conte. Conte pioneered the BelOpen to the public: Nov. 17, 2010 lydance “movement” in Portland. through Jan. 3, 2011, at Maine HisThe Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemtorical Society, 489 Congress St., ble presents music from the richly Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., varied contemporary and historic Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; “The Art of cultural traditions of the Middle East December: Original Holiday Cards by including Ottoman Turkish Classical Maine Artists from the Mildred Burcompositions, rural Turkish folk and rage Collection displays a selection devotional songs, Arabic classical of holiday cards that demonstrate and folk music, and dance music the wide range of artists who called from the Armenian and Turkish Maine home and further exempliimmigrant diasporas. Mayo Street fies the personal connections of Arts, 10 Mayo St. Time: Admission: Mildred Burrage, whose love for the $10. holidays may be seen throughout her collection. The Mildred Burrage Collection, donated to the society in Sunday, Nov. 28 2005, illustrates the personal life and professional career of Mildred GidKirkin of the Tartan service dings Burrage (1890-1983) through correspondence, ephemera, photoat St. Margaret of Scotland graphs and writings. The collection church in Conway, N.H. demonstrates the relationships Mil9:30 a.m. In anticipation of the Feast dred shared with Maine and AmeriDay of St. Andrew, Patron Saint of can artists and craftsmen, museum Scotland, St. Margaret of Scotland curators, cultural institutions and Hal Cohen appears in “The World of Sholom Aleichem,” which runs from Dec. 2 to 19 in the Acorn Studio Theater, a small, will include the Kirkin of the Tartan personal friends. This collection black-box theater in the Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St. in Westbrook. The play is directed by veteran actor Harlan Baker, in the Sunday service. St. Margaret includes an assortment of holiday and features a cast of local actors, including members of the Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble, students from the Acorn of Scotland worships on Sundays at cards, including many handmade 85 Pleasant St. in Conway, N.H. The Acting Academy, and several guest artists. (COURTESY PHOTO) works by nationally known artists, Rev. Jeffrey Monroe is Rector. The especially during the period of the 16 French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense service recounts the days when the 1960s and 70s when Ms. Burrage’s influence in the Maine days of mixing, piping, and sculpting everything from deliwearing of the Tartan was restricted by the English during crafts movement was at its peak.” Join the Maine Historical cate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hopes of the English-Scot wars. The service dates back to WWII Society on Dec. 3 for the First Friday Art Walk and opening being declared by President Nicolas Sarkozy one of the when there was concern that Americans were not joining reception. Refreshments will be served. The Art of Decembest. This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France the war effort on behalf of Britain. The Rev. Peter Marshall, ber is on display in the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall. competition (Best Craftsmen in France). The blue, white, then Chaplain of the USA Senate, attempted to instill pride and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is in their homeland among Scots living in the USA. The Kirkin’ Down East Ski Club Ski Sale more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef — it o’ the Tartan ceremony was created by Rev. Marshall and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Down East Ski Club Ski Sale, Nov. 26 and is a dream and an obsession. Filmmakers secured excluheld in churches across the USA. Later the ceremony was 27, at the Portland Expo Building on Park Avenue. Doors sive access to shoot this epic, never-before-filmed test of held in churches in Nova Scotia, and gained wide popularopen at 8 a.m. and the sale goes till 5 p.m. “For many, France’s finest artisans. The film follows chef Jacquy Pfeiity until the first International Gathering of the Clans in Nova standing in line waiting for the sale to open is a tradition, ffer, co-founder of Chicago’s French Pastry School, as he Scotia in 1979. The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan is often found in but with over over 10,000 pieces of ski equipment: boots, journeys back to his childhood home of Alsace to practice Anglican, Protestant and Roman Catholic services. Those skis, snowboards, bindings, helmets, clothing and poles, for the contest.” Friday, Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. with Scottish, Irish or English heritage, or have association great deals can be found all day long. The general public 27, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28, 2 p.m. NR with organizations are encouraged to attend and wear their may bring their ski related items to enter into the sale Friday, Tartans in celebration of the day. The service will include The Polar Express starts its holiday run the day after Thanksgiving, from noon to 6 p.m. There is a special prayers and bagpipe music and will follow the tradiat the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad $1 registration fee per item, and 15 percent commission is tional service of the Book of Common Prayer which came 4 p.m. The Polar Express will come to life again when the charged if the item is sold. All unsold equipment must be to the US Church through the Church of Scotland. This Maine Narrow Gauge train departs its Portland depot for picked up Sunday by noon. Items not picked up by noon Sunday is also the First Sunday in Advent, the beginning of a journey to the “North Pole,” Nov. 26 to Dec. 23. Train Sunday become property of Down East Ski Club.” the Church Year. For additional information call (603) 447cars will be specially decorated by members of the Maine 2404. The Hudson River School at PMA Interior Design Association. “Holiday decorations along 1 p.m. The Hudson River School: Romantic Idealism in Lucid Stage Flea Market the train’s route will fit the Polar Express story as they Landscape Art by David Karraker. Join a docent in the Port10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lucid Stage, a new arts venue on Baxter light up the night. Individually decorated cars will add to land Museum of Art for casual and informative discussions. Boulevard, will feature live music, food, raffle prizes and lots the magic of the experience as you listen to the enchantGreat Hall and galleries. of flea market treasures. This is a fundraiser for Lucid Stage. ing story read over our sound system. Guests on board “Got an old bookshelf hanging around? Did your aunt give Holiday Tours of the Longfellow House will meet the conductor, have hot chocolate and cookies you a hideous scarf for your birthday? Cleaning out your 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Music in the House: Holiday Tours of the (may not be suitable for patrons with food allergies), sing silverware drawer? If you have items or baked goods to Longfellow House Accompanied by Seasonal Music on the carols and listen to the magical story. During the ride, donate to the Flea Market, or would like to volunteer to help Chickering Piano. Join the group to hear the newly restored Santa will greet the children while helpers make sure each at this event, please contact Liz at or Chickering piano in the Longfellow House. Holiday house child receives a special bell. This year we’ve expanded our call 899-3993.” tours will feature special musical accompaniment provided First Class to offer more seating in our 2 beautifully refurby pianist David Maxwell. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow bished cars. In these cars, everyone will receive a special ‘Adam and Eve and What REALLY purchased the Chickering square grand piano in 1843 and gift.” Ticket prices range from $25 for coach to $40 for Happened in the Garden of Eden’ it became one of his prized possessions. Holiday house First Class for the Nov. 26 train. Ticket prices for this event 2 p.m. “Adam and Eve and What REALLY Happened in tours will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. include a $4 service fee applied to all purchases (online, the Garden of Eden.” A hilarious musical “battle of the Also offered on Saturdays Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. phone and in person). Be ready to board 15 minutes prior first sexes” at the Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Nov. Tours offered as well: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. to the train’s departure! The Polar Express leaves right on 11-28. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., noon-5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.). Museum Shop Holitime. Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Office, 773-0333, http:// day Bazaar, Nov. 27 to Dec. 31 in the Lecture Hall, Mon.‘Adam and Eve and What REALLY Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Happened in the Garden of Eden’

Tree-lighting ceremony at the Children’s Museum

Maine State Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

8 p.m. “Adam and Eve and What REALLY Happened in the Garden of Eden.” Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Nov. 11-28. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Office, 773-0333, http://

3:30 p.m. The holidays are coming. Join the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine for a special tree-lighting ceremony inside the museum. “We’ll sip hot chocolate and make ornaments to hang on the tree!”

Deering-Portland benefit dance

4:30 p.m. The annual New Gloucester Tree Lighting will take place t the Town Hall on Route 231. Lighting of “Tiny Timber.” Music by Gray-New Gloucester High School Chorus. Library Open House with refreshments. History Barn Open House with photo exhibit. Master of ceremonies is Kevin Fowler. Join family, friends and neighbors for a great start to the holidays.

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Maine State Ballet again brings the classic holiday story of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy to Merrill Auditorium. Maine State Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, with the live musical accompaniment by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karla Kelley, is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season. Now through Dec. 5. public/show_events_list.asp

‘Kings of Pastry’ screening at the Portland Museum of Art 2 p.m. “Kings of Pastry” at Movies at the Museum, Portland Museum of Art. “Imagine a scene never before witnessed:

8 p.m. to midnight. A benefit dance to raise money for the athletic programs at Deering and Portland high schools will be held at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave. Portland. The dance will feature the popular band Color Blind, which includes three Portland High grads, plus a 50-50 raffle and other prizes. Anyone age 21 and older is welcome. Tickets are $15 each. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Lisa Sprague 797-6803

New Gloucester Tree Lighting

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Monday, Nov. 29 Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement Team project benefit at Bayside Bowl 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. At the end of the month, Bayside Bowl will host a fundraiser for the Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team project. Bowlers can enjoy a night of great fun, great food and great music knowing that five percent of the night’s sales will support a great cause. Launched this summer, the HOME Team led by Milestone Foundation in partnership with the city, health care providers and the Portland’s Downtown District, provides real time street intervention with individuals who are engaging in disruptive behaviors that are often the result of psychosocial stressors associated with poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness. Street outreach workers help guide homeless individuals and people living on the streets to appropriate social services, and by providing proactive intervention services, the HOME Team is often able to avoid the need for more intensive and expensive interventions by police, emergency medical services and hospital emergency room services. Street intervention outreach workers will respond to calls from members of the public, business and property owners who are seeking assistance and are concerned about people living on the streets that are in distress. For more information about the HOME Team or the Milestone Foundation, visit or call 207-775-4790. To make reservations at Bayside Bowl, visit or call 791-2695. Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St.

East Deering Crime Watch discussion 6 p.m. City Councilor Cheryl Leeman and representatives from the Portland Police Department will host a public meeting with the East Deering Neighborhood to discuss Crime Watch initiatives. The meeting was originally scheduled for Nov. 8 but was rescheduled due to power outages. Presumpscot Elementary School, 69 Presumpscot St.

35th anniversary of the release of ‘Jaws’

9 p.m., Hanley Leadership Recognition Dinner, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St. Admission: Part I: The Affordable Care Act and Opportunities for Improving Healthcare — $25; Part II: Hanley Leadership Dinner and Awards — $75; Full Event (Parts I & II) — $ 85. Registration and a light lunch will be available between noon and 1 p.m. Please register by Nov 17. Key speakers: Reid; Robert Berenson, M.D.; senior fellow with the Urban Institute; Anne F. Weiss, M.P.P.. team director and senior program officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Quality/Equality Health Care Team.

Cancer Community Center Bereavement Support Group 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Cancer Community Center is beginning an eight-week Bereavement Support Group for anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer. The group will meet every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Jan. 4 at the Cancer Community Center located at 778 Main St. (Route 1) in South Portland. The Bereavement Support Group welcomes new participants on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and Nov. 30. The group will be closed to newcomers thereafter to ensure a feeling of connection and support from others who are grieving. All support and networking groups at the Cancer Community Center are led by trained facilitators. Support groups can help a person maintain social contact and form lasting friendships while processing hard feelings. As one participant and Portland resident said, “Being a part of this group has been a positive part of my recovery. I never feel pressured to share my feelings of grief, but am always encouraged. It’s good to talk to someone who’s walked in my shoes.” “If you think joining a Bereavement Support Group might be good for you and would like more information, please call the Cancer Community Center at 774-2200 or simply join us on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. Come to talk or come to listen. There is no official referral needed or intake process required. All groups are offered at no charge.” Visit or call 774-2200 to learn more.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

6 p.m. The Fun Box Monster Emporium is pleased to be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of “Jaws,” with Portland’s own Fritzy Cohen, aka. Fritzy Jane Courtney. Not only will you be watching the movie with the character who uttered one of the most important lines of the movie: “Are you going to clear the beaches?” but it will be shown in the exact same location it premiered 35 years ago — Geno’s, previously the Fine Arts Theater, was where Fritzy got to see the movie for the first time in 1975. www.

Portland Ovations presents ‘Wired’

Town meeting on kids abusing prescription and over-the-counter medicine

2 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine presents a family tradition. “Create your own sweet masterpiece; we’ll supply instruction, materials, hot cocoa and a sturdy preconstructed house. Ages 3 and up. $30/house for museum members and $35/house plus admission for non-members.” FMI:

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The city of Portland Public Health Division, Portland Public Schools and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America will bring together parents, educators, retailers, law enforcement officials, healthcare professionals and others for a town hall meeting to discuss solutions for teens abusing prescription and over-the-counter medicine. King Middle School cafeteria, 92 Deering Ave. “According to the 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey, the preeminent national study on teen substance abuse, prescription drug abuse has increased by 20 percent since 2002 among those ages 12 and older. In 2009 in Cumberland County, 10.9 percent of high school students and 6.9 percent of seventh and eighth graders reported using a prescription drug not prescribed to them one or more times during the past 30 days, according to the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS).” Ronni Katz, For more information about this event, contact Ronni Katz at 756-8116 or visit the city’s public health Facebook page.

Tuesday, Nov. 30 Cumberland County 250th Anniversary Celebration noon. In the Rotunda of the Cumberland County Courthouse, the public can come help celebrate the creation of Cumberland and Lincoln counties, 250 years ago, on Nov. 4, 1760. There will be a light lunch, a short program and live music by “North of Nashville.” Organizers will have some interesting historical presentations, proclamations from the governor and other elected officials, as well as guests dressed in period garb, with a special appearance by “Royal Governor Pownall.” or on Facebook

‘The Affordable Care Act and Opportunities for Improving Health Care’ 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. “The Affordable Care Act and Opportunities for Improving Health Care,” hosted by the Maine Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., reception with T. R. Reid, author and reporter, NPR and PBS; 6 p.m. to

10:30 a.m. Portland Ovations presents a play about the alarming rise of cyber-bullying, “Wired,” written by Betty Quan. The performance, intended for school groups, is at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center located at 471 Stroudwater St. in Westbrook. This presentation is the second of Ovations’ School-Time Performance series that offers educational programming in support of Maine’s curriculum guidelines.

Gingerbread house workshops

World AIDS Day event at Frannie Peabody Center 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join friends, family, current and former staff and supporters at the Frannie Peabody Center at 30 Danforth St. on World AIDS Day as members gather to remember and reflect on the past 25 years of the epidemic, honor those who’ve come before and officially open the center’s new headquarters. RSVP at www.peabodycenter. org or to

Knitting Night at Lucid Stage 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays twice a month (Dec. 1 and 15, Jan. 5 and 19) the public can visit this cozy space, Lucid Stage at 29 Baxter Blvd., to sit and knit or just drink tea and listen to live fiddle music.

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Old Port Playhouse 7 p.m. Pay what you can preview, Wednesday and Thursday. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, directed by Whitney Smith, at Old Port Playhouse. “The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life!” It runs Dec. 3-19. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Office, 773-0333,

Thursday, Dec. 2 Victoria Mansion Holiday Gala 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Don’t miss the Mansion’s most elegant and spectacular event of the year. Get an early look at two

floors of period rooms transformed by local designers with dazzling decorations inspired by this year’s theme: The Twelve Days of Christmas. Fabulous food and drink provided. Tickets are $50/person, all proceeds to benefit the restoration and operation of Victoria Mansion.” Call 7724841, ext. 10 for reservations.

Middle school students, parents invited to an information night about high school choices 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Middle school students and their parents are invited to an information night about high school choices in the Portland Public Schools at Lyman Moore Middle School, 171 Auburn St. Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr. will welcome families and provide an overview of the district’s high school program. The principals of Casco Bay High School, Deering High School, Portland High School and Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) will describe their schools’ academic and extracurricular offerings, schedules and other unique characteristics. The principals also will answer questions from parents and students. Students in the Portland Public Schools are allowed to choose between Casco Bay, Deering and Portland High, space permitting. All high school students in the district may take courses at PATHS. Eighth graders may arrange to visit each of the high schools and to shadow a student. The deadline for choosing a high school is Jan. 31, 2011.

‘The World of Sholom Aleichem’ 7:30 p.m. Acorn Productions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and developing the performing arts in Southern Maine, begins a new holiday tradition for the Jewish community in Southern Maine with a production of “The World of Sholom Aleichem,” by Arnold Perl, which performs from Dec. 2 to 19. The play is directed by veteran actor Harlan Baker, and features a cast of local actors, including members of the Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble, students from the Acorn Acting Academy, and several guest artists. The play is a collection of three short plays depicting life in Eastern Europe Jewish communities in the early part of the twentieth century. Mendele the bookseller is the narrator who links the three one-act plays together. Performances take place Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Acorn Studio Theater, a small, black-box theater in the Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St. in Westbrook. Note that in observance of the Jewish Sabbath, there are no performances on Friday night. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 students and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 854-0065 or visiting

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Old Port Playhouse 7 p.m. Pay what you can preview. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, directed by Whitney Smith, at Old Port Playhouse. The production runs Dec. 3-19. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Office, 773-0333,

Friday, Dec. 3 China, Japan and Korea: Perspectives on East Asia 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. China, Japan and Korea: Perspectives on East Asia, a one-day conference presented by the Maine Humanities Council, will take place at Thornton Academy in Saco. Primary presenters will include Brad Babson, former World Bank employee and expert on contemporary issues in North and South Korea; Tom Conlan, Asian Studies professor at Bowdoin College and Japanese historian; Brad Dearden, Geography professor at UMF and Jai Zhao, History professor at USM and specialist in Chinese history and culture. The day will also include several break-out sessions to enable deeper conversation about specific topics. “This is very timely and important, especially in Maine,” noted Martina Duncan, assistant director of the Maine Humanities Council. “Programs such as these give us a deeper understanding of ourselves, our communities and our global cultures.” The Maine Humanities Council offers several public programs throughout the year. To register for this, or any of the other programs the Maine Humanities Council offers, please visit or call 773.5051.

Photos with Santa at the Children’s Museum 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. “Santa wants to know your holiday wishes! Meet Santa, sit on his lap, and have your photo taken with him. Afterwards, Santa will make a guest appearance in the play Santa’s Reindeer Revue. Cost is $7/photo for members and $8/photo plus admission for non-members. Sign up at the front desk upon arrival.”

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of USM School of Music students, entertains hundreds of guests and raises more than $60,000 for USM music scholarships. This year’s theme, “The Stars Are Brightly Shining,” a line from a beloved carol, also reflects on the talent that is found in the student body at the USM School of Music. Gala attendees will enjoy music throughout the evening’s festivities, which include hors d’oeuvres during cocktails with a backdrop of holiday music performed by USM student music ensembles; reserved seating at a festive dinner banquet with complimentary dinner wine and tableside serenading; a welcoming champagne toast in Hannaford Hall by University President, Selma Botman, followed by a spectacular live auction, leading to the grand centerpiece concert performed by talented USM School of Music students. The evening concludes with desert and coffee in the grand lobby accompanied by more seasonal music. This year’s banquet will feature a traditional holiday menu. The gala is sponsored by Portland Volvo and Portland Saab. Cash Bar — black tie optional. Reservations are required. Tickets cost $90 per person ($40 deductible per person) or $900 for reserved Table for 10 ($400 deductible per table). Purchase tickets by calling 780-5003, or emailing brackett@ Additional gala information can be found at

Lucid Stage Art Walk and Art Auction 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk and Art Auction at Lucid Stage on Baxter Boulevard. Art Walk featuring Arthur Fink’s “Lucid Stage Renovations” and silent bidding auction. The art auction is a fundraiser for Lucid Stage. All of the donated pieces will be available for silent bidding in the theater from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2 and 3. On Friday, Dec. 3, Lucid will be open from 5-8 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk. Live bidding will start at 8 p.m. at the highest recorded bid from the silent auction. This enables folks to participate whether or not they can attend the live auction. Artwork in the auction will include pieces from: Jobani Cohen; Creative Trails; Kathleen Daughan; Neill EwingWegmann; Arthur Fink; Elizabeth Fraser; Ed King; Carol McMahon; David Marshall; Margery Niblock; Julie Vohs; and Gail Wartell.

Flights of Fantasy at The Green Hand 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening of Flights of Fantasy, whimsical artwork by David Stoddard, at The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St. This exhibit will be on display through the month of December, until Jan. 5. The whimsical artwork of Portland artist Stoddard features wizards, faeries and dragons, as well as robots, vampires and mad scientists. Throw in a healthy dose of steampunk and there’s something for everyone. Stoddard works in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil. Additional super-fun December First Friday Bonus: “Those of you who had the chance to swing through November’s First Friday may remember hearing the mysterious surf stylings of The Watchers. Rumor is, they will be setting up and swinging again during part of the evening!!! Santa hats and some sort of Christmas madness may be involved. ... PLUS: KittyWitch Perfumery will be on hand with their delicious handcrafted essential oil scents in case you are looking for an irresistible stocking stuffer for yourself or someone special!.” Contact Michelle Souliere at450-6695 or

Society for East End Arts Holiday Art Sale 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. East End Community School Center, 195 North Street, Portland. Free admission; light food available in PTO Café.

Season of Light at the Planetarium

The Maine State Ballet again brings the classic holiday story of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy to Merrill Auditorium. The Maine State Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” this weekend and next. (COURTESY IMAGES)

Lighting of the Copper Beech Tree at the PMA

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Portland Museum of Art presents a night of winter activities. “Come to our wintery First Friday family night at the museum. Art activities, family-friendly performers, and holiday lights get everyone in the spirit at this annual museum tradition. Join us for special performances in our auditorium, milk and cookies in our Café. Performances by Deering High School Handbell Choir, Cool Yule Swing Music with Lex and Joe, and Longfellow School Choral Group will fill the Great Hall with lovely sounds. The finale: a candlelit walk to a spectacular Copper Beech Tree lighting ceremony.” 5 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.: Deering High School Handbell Choir; Café, 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Art-making, Cookies, and milk; Great Hall Performances, 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Cool Yule Swing Music with Lex and Joe; 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Longfellow School Choral Group; 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Cool Yule Swing Music with Lex and Joe; auditorium, 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: Deering High School Handbell Choir; outside under The Copper Beech Tree, 6:45 p.m.: Maine Gay Men’s Chorus; 7 p.m.: the lighting ceremony: countdown to tree lighting sing-a-long. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Maine College of Art holiday sale

Goodwill’s Art for Everyone: Collection of donated art 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join Goodwill for its fifth bi-annual art sale featuring drawings, oils, pastels, posters, prints and watercolors donated to Goodwill stores. “All artwork will be affordably priced just in time for the holidays. Come see the incredible pieces of art community members donate on a regular basis and learn about Goodwill’s job training and support services in the Portland community.” Part of First Friday Art Walk. 353 Cumberland Ave. Free. 774-6323.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. MECA will once again hold its annual holiday sale in the Porteous Building at 522 Congress S. in the heart of the Arts District. “The much anticipated holiday sale provides an opportunity for MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff to sell affordable handmade arts, crafts and gifts for the holiday season. The college also opens the doors of the department studios to allow shoppers to meet local artists, get a behind-the-scenes look at the art-making process, take tours and watch demonstrations.” Admission is free. FMI: www.meca. edu/holidaysale

1930s Night at the State Theatre 5 p.m. The State Theatre presents a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Over A Cardboard Sea, Portland’s premiere nostalgia act, will set the mood with a pre-show performance of classic vaudeville tunes. An old-timey photo booth, Shirley Temples at the bar, and Depressionlevel ticket prices complete the transformation. $5. “The State Theater revisits its glorious beginnings as it transforms itself back into a 1930s Movie House with a screening of The Wizard of Oz. Forget 3-D ... Bring the family to the Ultimate Technicolor Triumph!”

USM School of Music Scholarship Gala 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year marks the 20th anniversary celebration of the University of Southern Maine School of Music’s Scholarship Gala at the Abromson Education Center, USM Portland. The evening highlights the talent

7 p.m. Season of Light: Southworth Planetarium’s annual holiday show that explores the astronomy and history of the holiday season: from Christmas to Hannukah to the Solstice. We also examine the “Star of Bethlehem.” Assuming it was a natural event, what might it have been? A supernova; a planetary conjunction or some other celestial event. Southworth Planetarium, 96 Falmouth St., Portland. Also Dec. 4-5. Check times at 780-4249. planet

‘A Christmas Carol’ 7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage. “Portland’s favorite holiday event! Full of music, spirits, special effects, and all your favorite characters, Portland Stage brings to life the magical and poignant transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge as he rediscovers the true meaning of giving ... perfect for ages 5 to 95!” Times vary. Dec. 3 through Dec. 24. Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. www.portlandstage. org. 774-0465

Toys for Tots fundraiser concert in Biddeford 7 p.m. Toys for Tots fundraiser, Friday and Saturday, Alumni Band Concert, Biddeford Middle School, Hill Street Extension, Biddeford. Christmas concert; $10 donation plus toy donation/per person.

Portland Playback Theater holiday theme 7:30 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 3: Holidays from Heaven and Hell. “Join Portland Playback for its popular annual improv performance of your best and worst holiday moments. With how rich and emotionally complex the holiday season is, this is always a theme that draws up a memorable range of stories. Share your story from holidays past — from Thanksgiving turkeys gone terribly wrong to the most meaningful gifts you found under the tree — and watch our actors bring them back to life on the spot. What better way to get ready for the holiday season! Every month, Portland Playback Theater puts five talented improvisors at your disposal to put stories of your life on stage. Tell your story and see what happens. Find out more at” At the First Parish church at the intersection of Congress and Temple streets in Portland (just up from the Nickolodean.) $5-$10 donation.

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Old Port Playhouse 19 Temple Street, Portland, ME

Where you not only see professional theatre, you experience it!

Spend Your Holidays at Old Port Playhouse! IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE DECEMBER 3-19 THURSDAYS @ 7pm FRIDAY & SATURDAY EVENINGS @ 8pm SUNDAYS @ 2pm “PAY WHAT YOU CAN” PREVIEWS WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st-2nd at 7pm This Beloved American Holiday Classic Comes To Life As A Live 1940’s Radio Broadcast The Christmas classic of George Bailey, from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose guardian angel has come to save him on Christmas Eve by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—and that his has, indeed, been a wonderful life!

A Child’s Christmas In Wales and Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory DECEMBER 19 DECEMBER 20 TIMEPIECE Productions PRESENTS 2 Reader’s Theatre Performances These costumed holiday classics transport the audience into two richly-textured experiences of Christmas in childhood. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19 7:30pm MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 7:30pm ADULTS $ 12.00 • CHILDREN $ 10.00




A Holiday Vacation Day Camp

2 SPECIAL THURSDAY PERFORMANCES DECEMBER 23RD AT 2pm AND 7pm “PAY WHAT YOU CAN” PREVIEW MONDAY, DECEMBER 6TH at 7pm This holiday musical adapted by OPP Artistic Director, Michael J. Tobin, is based on O. Henry’s classic Christmas story and makes its world premiere at the Old Port Playhouse. Set in 1940’s Maine, it tells the story of Jim and Della and their unselfish gifts of love. With its musical score of memorable songs from the past, this humorous and moving story is like watching an ol’ Maine postcard coming to life… the perfect way to celebrate the season! ADULTS $20.00 SENIORS $18.00 CHILDREN & STUDENTS $15.00

A VERY IDA CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 12 The “funniest holiday show in Maine!” STARRING MAINE HUMORIST SUSAN POULIN creator of “Ida: Woman Who Runs With the Moose!,” and “Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale!”


December 27th -31st Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm Friday 10am-2pm $225.00 per “Kid” Kids [Ages 8-14] will spend the day doing a variety of arts & crafts, jewelry making, playing games, watching movies, cooking and much more! Space is Limited so SIGN UP TODAY!

It’s All About Putting The F-U-N Back Into Vacation!

“IT’S A WONDERFUL PLAYHOUSE!” ANNUAL APPEAL “Every time A Bell Rings, Our Theater Gets Its Wings!” Now thru December 31st, Old Port Playhouse is seeking 2011 “angels” to contribute $20.00 each to our “It’s A Wonderful Playhouse” annual appeal! Everytime “an angel” donates $20.00, their name will be added to our “It’s A Wonderful Playhouse” wall in one of our specially made holiday bells AND your name will be entered in a raffle for several exciting prizes including a weekend get-away, restaurant gift certificates, original art works, theatre tickets and more!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12th at 7pm ALL SEATS $20.00 Ida just loves Christmas, and she has the inside scoop on everything: the Not-So-Secret Santa plan, the do’s and don’ts of Holiday decorating and more! Come hear what Charlie and the boys are up to, and prepare to be dazzled by Ida’s latest craft project with her pals, the Women Who Run With the Moose. Ida is no Scrooge, though, so banish your bah-humbug’s and come prepared to laugh! • 773-0333

The Portland Daily Sun, Saturday, November 27, 2010  

The Portland Daily Sun, Saturday, November 27, 2010

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