MarchGo here. Do this. See that.
Feb. 26–Mar. 6
Admit it: you’re tired of being indoors. Head to Acadia National Park for 10 days of snowshoe hikes, broomball games, dog-sledding demonstrations, winter camping clinics, ice-fishing workshops, and something called ice golf. The Acadia Winter Festival kicks off a year of celebration for the park’s centennial aniversary. When it’s through, toast your active exploits with a cocktail from the ice bar at the rollicking Winter Boot Bash. Most events free. Locations around Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula.
The tar, tanbour, saz, and oud are a few of the string instruments you’ve never heard of that Amir Vahab brings to the stage. The man the New York Times called an “ambassador for a silenced music” plays Middle Eastern and Central Asian love songs at the Stonington Opera House. 7 p.m. 1 Opera House Ln. Stonington. 207-367-2788.
Maine Collected: Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection
Through Mar. 26
It’s like a crash course in contemporary Maine art. The Bates Museum of Art’s Maine Collected: Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection focuses on living artists who are from, dwell in, or otherwise have strong ties to the Pine Tree State. Eric Hopkins, Dahlov Ipcar, Alex Katz, Rose Marasco — the gang’s all here, with some 40 artists represented. And since the exhibit spans a wide range of media and styles, there’s something for every taste. Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. 207-786-6158.
Maine Restaurant Week
Special chef’s-brainchild prix-fixe menus at restaurants across the state. Cool kick-off and wrap-up events like a breakfast smorgasbord mixer and a coffee-and-dessert tasting. Loosen those belts, folks: it’s Maine Restaurant Week. Restaurants across Maine. 207-775-2126.
Maine Science Festival
The second year of the Maine Science Festival features three days of events like wearable tech demonstrations and STEM lectures held in bars. Want to know who the smart money’s on for the NCAA and/or the presidency? Don’t miss the keynote speech by pioneering data journalist Nate Silver.
March 18–20. Most events free; keynote $15. Locations around Bangor.
Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods
A refuge fleeing civil war is taken in by a well-meaning, white, middle-class mom in playwright Tammy Ryan’s comic drama about culture clash and good intentions. $32–$47. Portland Stage, 25 Forest Ave., Portland. 207-774-0465.
Next to Normal
Biddeford’s City Theater presents the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning rock musical that managed to make mental illness approachable and, yeah, funny. $20. 205 Main St., Biddeford. 207-282-0849.
Harriet the Spy
Penobscot Theatre stages an adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh’s 52-year-old classic children’s novel. An 11-year-old aspiring writer in NYC’s Upper East Side takes to detailed journaling, but when her friends find Harriet’s notebook, they’re not charmed by her observations. A deceptively simple tale that asks tough questions about honesty, friendship, and alienation. $12. Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St., Bangor. 207-942-3333.
March 24–April 10
In 2014, Mad Horse Theatre put on a staged reading of this thoughtful comedy by Portland playwright Brent Askari. This season, the tale of a struggling comic seeking acclaim in his hometown gets the mainstage treatment. $20. The Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland. 207-747-4148.
Photo by Mark fleming (snowshoes)