Upcoming Maine events worth a nod

Here’s a selection of events that highlight or benefit worthy causes or appeal to a limited audience (maybe you), so they don’t get widespread publicity.

• Oct. 17-18: Fourth Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, Belfast

Readings, workshops, open mic reception, even a poetry and art walk, all in Belfast, with prices ranging from free to $25.

• Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31: Fright at The Fort, Fort Knox, Prospect, $5.

The ultimate Halloween thrill: goblins, ghouls, and ghosts inhabit the passageways, stairwells, and rooms of this spooky granite fork. Bwahahaha.

• Oct. 20: The Work of Tim Rollins plus Kids of Survival (K.O.S.), at the Portland Museum of Art, free.

Twenty years ago Rollins launched the “Art and Knowledge Workshop” in the Bronx, together with a group of youths who named themselves “Kids of Survival” (K.O.S.). Students from South Bronx public schools occupied themselves after school with authors such as Shakespeare, Kafka or Aristophanes, merging literature with the visual arts.

As a preview of the life and work of Tim Rollins, the Museum will show the documentary film, Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S. on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m., free with Museum admission

• Nov. 7-9: For This Earth: Visions in Literature, 2008 Maine Literary Festival, Camden Opera House, Camden

Focuses on the roles of writing, poetry, nature, and science in shaping how people live on earth.

Keynote is Friday evening. Saturday focuses on Science and the Environment, Eco-Poetry, and Children’s Literature.Sunday’s topic is The Sustainable Kitchen & Table: From Soup to Nuts, with a notable group of chefs and food writers/authors. Rates for individual programs vary, best deal is the full conference for $125, plus $35 for the Saturday night supper.

A pre-conference program, Nov. 6-7, is geared to writers and costs $350.

• Nov. 28-Dec. 23: Polar Express, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Portland, $25 adult, $22 child

Yup, the classic story comes to life for the first time in Portland. In other locations, this is always a sell-out, so make plans early if you don’t want to disappoint the kidlets.

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