THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

tuesday

Open poetry reading led by Portland poet Jay Davis, 8:30 p.m., Free Street Taverna, 128 Free St., Portland. 21-plus, 774-1114.

wednesday

Panel discussion, “Virtual Violence: Does Our Recreation Re-create Us?” with Kathleen Ruiz, new media artist; Michael Chitwood, Portland Police chief; Rich Lewis, family counselor; Professors Dusan Bjelic, Woong Park, and moderated by Carolyn Eyler, 7 p.m., Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland. 780-5008.

World Affairs Council of Maine Breakfast Briefing, “Who Owns Taiwan?” with Peng Ming-Min, advisor to the president of Taiwan, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Reservations required. 780-5383.

Profs in Print: Roxie M. Black, director, Occupational Therapy Program, LAC; Richard Maiman, professor of political science; and Bud McGrath, interim dean, CAS, and professor of English; will discuss their latest publications, 7 to 9 p.m., Rooms A,B,C, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. 780-4280.

thursday

Opening reception for “Virtual Shooter” by Kathleen Ruiz, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Art Gallery, Gorham. Preceded by an artist talk at 4 p.m., room 10, Bailey Hall, Gorham. 780-5008.

Lecture, “Women and Long Distance Hiking: Adventure on the Appalachian Trail,” with Bev Hugo, 7 p.m., Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland. 780-4289.

“Charlie’s Angels,” 9 p.m., also showing at 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, room 10, Bailey Hall, Gorham. Admission $3 public, or free with USM ID. 780-5155.

friday

American and New England Studies film series, “Where the River Flows North” (1994), 7 p.m., Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland. 780-4921.

NRBQ perform at 8 p.m., The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. 18-plus, 775-3331.

saturday

St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Spottiswoode and His Enemies plus “The Gentlemen,” a short film, 9 p.m., The Skinny, 625 Congress St., Portland. 21-plus, $5. 871-8983.

Concert by The Word, 8 p.m., Brooks Student Center, Gorham. Admission is $3 for the public, or free with USM ID, 780-5155.

USM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, directed by Charles Oberholtzer, 8 p.m., Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham. Tickets are $5 public, $3 seniors/staff/students. 780-5555.

prints and paintings, Eastland Gallery, 157 High St., Portland. Showing through March 25, from noon to 5 p.m. daily. 775-2227.

ongoing:

exhibits

“Andrew Wyeth: Her Room,” works by Andrew Wyeth, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston. Showing through March 30.

“Youth Art Month,” featuring more than 100 works by students of all grades from across Maine, Portland Museum of Art. Showing through April 1. Free with USM ID.

“`If He Hollers, Let Him Go,’: Dismantling Black Caricature,” a compilation of photographs, advertisements, and visual objects from the Gerald E. Talbot and Shoshana Hoose Collections of the African American Archives of Maine, fourth floor, Glickman Family Library. Showing through April 30. For library hours see http://library.usm.maine.edu/hours.html

Cartographic exhibit, “Road Maps: The American Way,” The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education in the Glickman Family Library, Portland. Call for hours, 780-4850.

“Local Color: Six Contemporary Photographers,” featuring more than 40 works by six of Maine’s prominent photographers working in color: Paul D’Amato, Tanja Alexia Hollander, Jocelyn Lee, Rose Marasco, Melville McLean, and Scott Peterman, Portland Museum of Art. Showing through May 13. Free with USM ID.

recreation/ health

Women-centered chants and singing, noon to 1 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays, and the second and fourth Wednesdays each month, except vacation and finals weeks, Basement Classroom, Honor’s House, 102 Bedford St., Portland. 780-4321.

Public skating, USM Ice Arena, Gorham. $4 public/staff, $2 under 18, under 6 free. Call 780-5991 for hours.

Astronomy shows, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; laser shows, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; children’s shows, 3 p.m. Saturdays. USM Southworth Planetarium, Portland. Star shows, $3.50 students; laser shows, $4 students. 780-4249.

events/ meetings

“Sound Ideas,” a seven-minute program featuring thoughts and ideas presented by USM faculty, airing at 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., returns to WMPG 90.9 and 104.1 FM through April 6. The program can also be heard on the Web at www.wmpg.org.

GLBTQA brown bag lunches are held from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in Woodbury Campus Center, room A or boiler room, Portland. Social dinners are held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Faculty Dining Room, Gorham. FMI: call 228-8235 or email Sarah at [email protected]

Alliance for Sexual Diversity Student Group meetings, 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays, Room A, Woodbury Campus Center. FMI: 874-6596.

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