Active Life Get out this winter

Get out this winter

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Whether you prefer outdoor adventure or good music and theater indoors, there’s plenty to keep you busy this winter.

“Babette’s Feast”
Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Portland Stage Company, Portland
A refugee sacrifices all she has to throw a lavish dinner party, and ends up transforming her guests’ deeply held notions of scarcity and judgment. “Babette’s Feast” is deep, funny and beautiful. Performances run through Feb. 18. Tickets are $35–$68.

Pisgah Full Moon Trek. Photo by Shannon Bryan

Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek
Feb. 1, 5–8 p.m.
Pisgah Hill Preserve, Dougherty Road trailhead, Pownal
Climb half a mile to the summit of Pisgah Hill Preserve with the setting sun to witness the rising of the moon. Bonfire, roasted marshmallows and camaraderie await! Make your way down under the light of the moon. Bring headlamps, blankets and snowshoes (weather depending). Sponsored by the Royal River Conservation Trust.

Snow Day with Portland Trails
Feb. 3, 11 a.m.
The Conant Property, 99 Conant St., Westbrook
It’s a snow day, complete with fat bikes, snow shoes, bonfire and s’mores. Portland Trails is hosting the day at one of their newest green spaces, The Conant Property, which overlooks the Presumpscot River and is ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Portland Trails will have some snowshoes to lend, or bring your own gear. Ernie’s Cycle Shop will have fat bikes to try. $5 suggested donation.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival. Photo by John Price

Banff Mountain Film Festival
Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland
Incredible adventures on the big screen. The Banff Mountain Film Festival includes films shot in remote landscapes and closer to home, and each is a unique celebration of nature and the spirit of adventure. Tickets are $18 in advance, $21 day of.

“Love Letters”
Feb. 14, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
This romantic play by A.R. Gurney centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Follow their love story told through written letters and performed by Phyllis and Jim McQuaide. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Bob Marley. Courtesy photo

Bob Marley
Feb. 15, 8 p.m.
Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield
It’s a night of funny with Maine comic Bob Marley. He’s know for cracking wise about Maine, but always with love. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets in advance. Make a whole night of it by making reservations for dinner before the show (not included in ticket price, $27.50).

Bess Jacques & The Strays
Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
MJ’s Wine Bar, One City Center, Portland
Bess Jacques & The Strays perform a blend of vintage Americana and modern R&B-inspired tunes, from hard swinging to honky tonk to Fats Domino and Tom Waits. Catch them on Sundays at MJ’s all month. There’s no cover.

Cherish the Ladies. Photo by Martin Ufford

Cherish the Ladies
Feb. 24, 8 p.m.
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
They’ve played the White House and the Olympics, and now the Grammy-nominated Irish-American group Cherish the Ladies plays Maine. Formed in New York City in 1985 at a time when the Irish music scene was mostly men, the group has since recorded 16 albums. Tickets are $30.

RECOLLECTIONS: Stolen Dreams, Plundered Memories
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. Gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.
USM Art Gallery, 37 College Ave., Gorham
Curated by Maine artist and USM alumnus Danny Evarts in collaboration with USM alumni and the local community, “Recollections” transforms the gallery into an immersive installation that leads one through various rooms and the intimate detritus of life. On view Jan. 25 to Feb 25.

Liberal Cup Biathlon. Photo by Shannon Bryan

Liberal Cup Biathlon
March 4, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson
There are multiple categories, from novice to advanced, but the annual Liberal Cup Biathlon is really about having a good time skiin’ and shootin’ on the scenic grounds of Hidden Valley Nature Center. Plenty of beer, snacks and hot toddies to enjoy after your race. Compete as an individual or a team, and costumes are encouraged. Registration is $35 for adults, $10 for kids and students.

March 9, 7:30 p.m.
City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford
In “Company,” the always-single Robert contemplates his unmarried state on the night of his 35th birthday and is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. Performances continue through March 25. Tickets are $20.

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