May brings fashion shows, outdoor yoga and the MWM Spring Expo

May 3–12
Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave., Portland
Snowlion Repertory Company tells the story of the infamous Dr. Anton Mesmer of Vienna, now known as the father of modern hypnosis, in its world premiere as a musical. The cast features Alan Forrest McLucas as Mesmer and Rachel Grindle as Maria Theresa Paradies, a blind pianist who he cured. Rumors of a scandalous relationship between doctor and patient ultimately send Mesmer into exile. Shows are 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 with 2 p.m. matinees May 5, 11 and 12. Tickets are $23. (

May 3–12
The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston
What’s a woman to do when love, perhaps, comes knocking on her door? A feisty woman of a certain age meets a charming drifter in this humorous romance, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Ivey and starring Broadway actresses Caitlin O’Connell and Jennifer Harmon. Tickets available online:

Photo by Lauryn Hottinger

Maine Women Magazine Spring Expo
Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Former Bon-Ton store at The Maine Mall, South Portland
Just in time to find that something special for Mother’s Day, MWM’s spring expo strikes a balance between shopping, pampering and discovery. Along with a wealth of items for sale, there will be yoga and health demos, cosmetic consultations, art classes and breakout sessions on emotional health, meditation and more (including a psychic). Tickets are $8 in advance (, $10 at the door. All ticket proceeds fund Hardy Girls Healthy Women.

Outdoor Yoga at Bug Light Park
Starts Sunday, May 5
South Portland
This all-levels vinyasa flow by Kelly Rich is a soulful experience by the sea. Classes are in the field near the Bug Point Light on Sundays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. through the summer. Bring your own mat as well as water, sunglasses and sunscreen and the sliding fee of $10–15 (cash preferred). Classes are weather permitting; check

The Guest Book Reading at Print
May 8, 7 p.m.
Print: A Bookstore, 273 Congress St., Portland
Bestselling author Sarah Blake in conversation with Richard Russo about her new book The Guest Book. Blake grew up summering on a Maine island, and this novel is about multiple generations of a family that owns (and has to sell) an island in Penobscot Bay. Based on strong early reviews, The Guest Book sounds like a major summer book.

Incredibly, this gown is made of disposable medical wrap. Design by Judy Gailen. Photo courtesy of Sarah Beard Buckley

Blue Wrap Runway
Thursday, May 16, 6–9 p.m.
Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford St., Portland
Fashion designers transform blue wrap—normally used to wrap sterilized medical supplies—into runway designs in this one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Partners for World Health’s work with hospitals and medical clinics around the world. In hospitals, blue wrap is used once, then thrown away. But creative minds saw potential for so much more. Support the work of Partners for World Health and local designers (including Judy Gailen, Sahro Hassan, Adele Masengo Ngoy, Roxi Suger and Susan Thomas) in this festive evening of cocktails, fashion, music and compelling stories of the power of volunteerism. Tickets are $75. (

Blood, Sweat, Baby & Life After Orgasm
May 15, 7 p.m.
St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland
Midwife Katherine Bramhall wrote, produced and stars in this raw one-woman play based on her experiences helping hundreds of women through the messy, transformative, confusing and hopeful process of delivery. Tickets are $23 in advance, $26 at the door. (

Does putting up a tent terrify you? Northstar Adventures has a crash course on outdoor skills to make your summer more adventurous. Photo courtesy of Nancy Zane

Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop
Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Waldo County Technical Center, 1022 Waterville Road, Waldo
For the woman who loves backcountry adventure but isn’t yet confident planning a trip on her own, experienced Maine Guide Nancy Zane offers a one-day outdoor leadership workshop at Waldo County Technical Center, five miles west of Belfast on Route 137. The workshop covers trip planning, clothing and equipment selection, outdoor cooking and meal planning, as well as map reading and navigation with a compass. Most of the day will be spent outdoors on the Hills to Sea Trail, and the maximum group size is 20. Registration is $75 at

Designing Women Spring Show
Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport
Fourteen female artisans from New England will exhibit their fine art, jewelry and handwoven items in this spring show, with a $2 suggested donation benefiting children’s programs at Louis T. Graves Library in Kennebunkport. Exhibitors include bag maker Pam LeBlanc, weaver Paula Robert, muralist/illustrator Toni Truesdale, polymer clay artist Diane Manzi, and jewelry designers Danielle Gerber, Trish Conant and Suzanne Anderson. (

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