PORTLAND – A Valentine’s Night to Remember of dance, music and poetry will be presented at the Center for Cultural Exchange Saturday, Feb. 14.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at One Longfellow Square.

Performers will include the two Portland dance ensembles – New Dance Studio and Berg, Jones & Sarvis; vocals and Celtic harp by the duo Castlebay; flutist Carl Dimow; troubadours George and Arlene Van Deventer; and a night of poems for the occasion by Denis Camire, Mekeel McBride, Martin Steingesser, Elizabeth Tibbetts and Judith Tierney.

Each of the dance companies will be doing new works. Berg, Jones & Sarvis tour nationally and are known for their sardonic, physical, unpredictable dances, like one created for professional baseball players, their fans and an audience of thousands.

Castlebay (Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee) weave timeless traditions into spirited musical arrangements.

Their fine, expressive songs integrate voice, Celtic harp, viola, woodwinds and 12-string guitar. They have toured the Eastern United States, Ireland, England and Scotland and have recorded nearly a dozen albums, their most recent was of Scottish love songs.

Tibbetts’ book “In the Well” won the 2002 Bluestem Poetry Award. Her poetry “speaks of the lovers in the car, the hens among the sumacs, the gathered family, the wild impulse, those who are dying and those who are being born,” wrote Maine’s first poet laureate, Kate Barnes.

McBride’s latest book, “The Deepest Part of the River,” is described as having “jagged beauties and unexpected wonders.”

Admission is $10 at the door.


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