Things to Do: A fashion show, trolley rides and a good laugh

Shirley P. Olin

Annie Henk stars in “Bad Dates” at Portland Stage. Photo by Mical Hutson, courtesy of Portland Stage

‘Bad Dates’
Digitally on demand through May 16 via Portland Stage, $25.
“Bad Dates” is a 90-minute one-woman show written by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Jade King Carroll and starring Annie Henk. The in-person performances have ended but you can still stream it from home and enjoy a whole bunch of laughs interspersed with some poignancy. You’ll hear in vivid detail about a woman’s return to the world of dating and the self-discovery and self-acceptance that happens during the hilarious and harrowing process.

Designers Left to right: Chloe Adams ’20, Jordan Carey ’19, Cal Murphy ’19 Models Left to right: Aminata Conteh ’21, Helena Jefferson ’22, Natalie Jones. Photo by MECA’s art documentation students

MECA 2021 Fashion Show
7:30 p.m. Friday. Livestream via the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, $5 to $100 donations. Register at
You won’t want to be fashionably late for the fabulous virtual Maine College of Art fashion show featuring DJ Liz Rainey (MFA ’20). You’ll see a sensational showcase of senior thesis work by textile and fashion design majors from this year’s graduating class. All funds raised by ticket sales will benefit MECA student scholarships.

“Summer” (oil on panel) by Diane Dahlke is part of the “Love/Rage: Goddess” exhibit presented by Union of Maine Visual Artists. Image courtesy of the artist

‘Love/Rage: Goddess’
Saturday through May 30. Virtual exhibit presented by Union of Maine Visual Artists.
“Love/Rage: Goddess” is being revived from last year with a renewed interest by co-curators Christine Sullivan and Ann Tracy about how the pandemic has impacted women who have had to leave the workforce, often reluctantly, to take care of children. But the show will also celebrate the female life force and how the concept of what a “goddess” looks like comes in a wide range of shapes and colors. Along with the curators work you’ll see art from Dave Wade, Anne Strout, JoyceEllen Weinstein, Joanne Arnold, Lesley MacVane and 23 other New England artists ranging from drawing to paintings, sculpture, photography and digital work.

Take a ride right back into history in Kennebunkport. Trolley photo courtesy of Seashore Trolley Museum

Visit the Seashore Trolley Museum
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday through Oct. 31. Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport; $12, $10 for over 60, $9.50 for kids 6-15, $5 for kids 3-5, free for under 3.
It’s trolley time! Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum opened for their 82nd season last week. The museum was the first of its kind when it opened in 1939 and continues to have the largest collection of trolleys and other transit artifacts in the world. Not only can you take a socially distanced trolley ride, you can check out many outdoor exhibits and trolleys displayed in three car houses and hit the museum store. Pack a lunch for a picnic table meal and feel free to bring Fido because dogs are welcome.

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