The monthly Coffeehouse and Open Mic returns to Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St., Thursday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. The first hour is an open mic, followed by a performance by BreadRose and then an open jam.

Those interested in playing the open mic should arrive by 6:45 p.m.; poetry and spoken word are welcome. The evening is all-ages and chem-free. There is a $2 to $5 sliding admission, and refreshments are provided.

BreadRose formed last year in Bangor, the union of three musicians who share a yearning to reach beyond the dominant order(s) in music, society, culture and our way of life.  Rockland native Martin Chartrand and Joe Gates have performed solo as musicians, songwriters or poets; together, they make melody, songs, spoken poetry and noise that amplifies our spiritual, political and emotional anger and love, dismay and inspiration. Their duo’s name hails from the eloquence of young immigrant women textile workers in Lawrence, Mass., who demanded from their bosses “Not just bread, but roses too!” and speaks to the connection between creativity, love, beauty and our most basic needs.

The Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education offers all members of the community opportunities to enrich their lives through learning and creativity. For more information, visit; send e-mail to; or call 594-6490.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to