Holiday Market & Open Studios
December 8; 4 – 8
December 9; 10 – 5 pm
December 10; 12 – 5 pm
The RWS Holiday Market is a three day event featuring over 40 RWS members work including gifts for sale, fine art and crafts, food by Meet On The Street, Anna Vin’s and beverages by Vagabond Coffee and Three of Strong. A free family friendly holiday event where you can find ceramics, prints, jewlery, paintings, textiles, wood working, leather, sculpture, photography, ornaments, handmade books, and so much more! Off street parking available. Part of the Print Crawl, a holiday print shop scavenger hunt, you can get a handmade passport book collect a stamp from all 8 participating studios and become eligible to win a prize!
VARIOUS DATES + TIMES – Multiple showtimes
A Christmas Carol
DATES Dec. 2nd – Dec. 24th
RUN TIME approximately 90 minutes with intermission
PLAYWRIGHT Charles Dickens’
DIRECTOR Michael Dix Thomas
Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own.
Sink Maine Medical Debt is a fundraising campaign started by some friends in Portland to relieve thousands of people in Maine and across New England of their medical debt. By raising $10,000 together, we can buy and cancel over $1.5 million of medical debt in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. To donate to the campaign directly and learn more, visit: https://ripmedicaldebt.org/campaign/sink-maine-medical-debt/
Sink Maine Medical Debt has partnered with the non-profit RIP Medical Debt (as seen on the John Oliver Show) who will assist in the purchase of debt in bulk from secondary markets for less than pennies on the dollar and then cancel that debt for people most in need, with no strings attached. In Maine, four out of ten residents currently have medical bill-related debt. Two thirds report they are “one medical emergency or illness away from financial disaster.”By coming together as a community, Sink Maine Medical Debt hopes to send immediate relief to our neighbors most affected by debt, so that we all have the capacity to keep fighting for more just systems.
Little Oso is a dreampop band from Portland, Maine. They blend layers of sparkly guitar sounds with shimmering vocals and upbeat tempos to make you want to dance or get under a blanket… or dance under a blanket. Their most recent EP, “Happy Songs 🙂” commemorates summertime nostalgia and can be streamed most places.
Portland’s longest running burlesque tradition is back! Join us for this year’s hot-hot-HOTTEST winter show, co-directed by Brigitte Paulus and MJ Emerson. In true innovative and quirky Vivid Motion Dance style, we’ve taken the classic holiday poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and turned it into a sizzling and sensual dance performance, complete with a live band onstage.
Performances: Dec 8-10 & Dec 13-16, 2023 at 7:30pm.
Tickets on sale Fri Oct 6! vividmotion.org
About Vivid Motion Dance
Vivid Motion Dance is a nonprofit, volunteer dance company for long-time dancers who want to bring dance back into their lives, and a place for anyone who always wanted to be a dancer but never had the chance. Audition for a show, volunteer backstage, come to our pay-what-you-can dance classes, or catch a performance. From ballet to burlesque, it’s all here at Vivid Motion Dance! #XOVIVMO
We do karaoke every night!
Join us in the MiniBar on the first floor for Karaoke. We have an inclusive, supportive and positive karaoke culture that pairs nicely with a cheeseburger or salad. If karaoke isn’t your thing we have The Hideaway Bar upstairs with plenty of cozy nooks to relax with a drink. Come see what the hubbub is about!
Mr Sun records and performs a new interpretation of Ellington’s legendary Nutcracker Suite.
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite contains some of the most beloved and familiar melodies in the Western world.
Mr Sun has seized upon the inspiration of Duke Ellington’s brilliant, sly, & urbane re-interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Suite as an opportunity to salute and re-invent this wildly multi-faceted work anew through the lens of the American String Band, a musical form which contains myriad styles and is presently engaged in a marathon upheaval of innovation and expansion.
On Mr Sun’s new recording, the pieces of the Suite range from close interpretations of Billy Strayhorn’s original charts to intense extrapolations based on the spirit of the material.
On the recording, Mr Sun generally played original improvised solos, though some crucial musical statements by giants such as Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves were transcribed directly and played in their spirit. Most of Strayhorn’s startling original horn voicings have been preserved in bowed strings, with multi-mandolin parts adding a punchy edge.
There is one new additional piece, drawn directly from Tchaikovsky’s Ballet, setting three themes in classic “Dawg Music” format. The Russian Dance is now hilariously full-on Bluegrass with banjo guest Alison Brown while still using the spy-movie intros, outros, and background lines of Strayhorn’s original. Dobro King Jerry Douglas interprets an iconic Lawrence Brown trombone solo on Dance Of The Floreadores, now re-titled “(don’t) Walk On The Flowers”.
Allison Russell — poet, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, and co-founder of Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago — embarks upon her next chapter in The Returner, a body-shaking, mind-expanding, soulful expression of Black liberation, Black love, of Black self-respect.
Written and co-produced by Allison along with dim star (her partner JT Nero and Drew Lindsay), The Returner was recorded over Solstice week in December 2022 at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA. It features Russell’s “Rainbow Coalition” band of all female musicians along with special guest appearances from the legendary Wendy & Lisa, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, and Hozier.
Artist Pre-sale: Wednesday August 9 @ 10:00 AM ET
Spotify Pre-sale: Wednesday August 9 @ 12:00 PM ET
Venue Pre-sale: Thursday August 10 @ 10:00 AM ET
Public On-sale: Friday August 11 @ 10:00 AM ET
Tickets are $55 Seated and $35 Standing Room.
Doors at 7:00 pm | Music starts at 8:00 pm.