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Local Theremin Player Has Reasonable Backstage Demands

bethel theremin playerA musical instrument that can be played without being touched made its debut recently at the gazebo on the Bethel Common. The instrument, owned by Conni St. Pierre of Bethel, is called a theremin. It is one of the first music synthesizers invented. The electronic instrument is controlled by two metal antennae that sense the relative position of the musician’s hands. One hand controls the frequency of the sound through oscillators, while the other hand controls the volume (amplitude). The musician never touches the instrument. It sounds a little like something out of science fiction, and in a way it is. The instrument was used to generate background music for the 1951 science fiction movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” as well as for the 1960s TV show “Dark Shadows,” Conni said. (read more at the Bethel Citizen)

Kennebunk Library Offers Another Blissfully Reading-Free Summer To Local Kids

booksSummer at the Kennebunk Free Library is always a funfilled, busy time of year, filled with special programs for children, teens and adults. Many local businesses and individuals support us as we present our summer reading programs. We’d like to take a moment, and thank them. The Kennebunk Fire Department discussed fire safety, demonstrated firefighter gear, and allowed children to explore one of the engines and the ambulance. Ken Odrzywolski, D.V.M., of the Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital, judged our 22nd Annual Pet Show, awarding prizes to chickens, a pig, a hamster, some guinea pigs, rabbits and lots of dogs. Nancy Boutet of Aquaholics spoke to local teens about surfing, sharing tips and exciting stories from her lifetime of surfing. Duffy’s Tavern & Grill hosted our July Trivia Night, supplying snacks and a festive night out for our loyal contestants. Ian Durham and Carl Gurtman of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England gave presentations on astronomy. Scott Negley brought his portable planetarium to show constellations visible in the summer skies. Detective Bill Vachon from the York County Sheriff’s Department demonstrated crime scene investigation, including a tour of the Mobile Crime Scene Lab. Willy Jones presented information on whales and how our actions on land affect them. (keep reading at the Kennebunk Post)

Former Poet Laureate Of Maine Still Trying To Find A Rhyme For “Hahd Tellin’ Not Knowin'”

betsy shollBetsy Sholl, award-winning author of eight poetry collections and a former Poet Laureate of Maine, is offering a special two-part poetry and writing workshop at Thomas Memorial Library! The first session will take place on the 12th of August, followed by the second and final session on the 19th. This will be a fun and very humane workshop focused primarily around generating new material and examining some of our favorite writers and what makes them so appealing. This is for all levels of experience, and refreshments will be provided. (read more at Thomas Memorial Library)

Robin Williams Decides When All Else Fails, You Can At Least Smell Funny

Robin WilliamsSAN FRANCISCO – Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said the preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.The Marin County coroner’s office said Williams was last been seen alive at home about 10 p.m. Sunday. An emergency call from his house in Tiburon was placed to the sheriff’s department shortly before noon Monday. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

“Non-Profit” Music Festival Worthy Of The Title

KahbangKahBang Music & Art Festival organizer Joshua Gass announced Thursday afternoon that the music portion of the yearly festival — including Friday night performances by indie rock artist St. Vincent and rapper DMX — has been canceled. Gass made the decision known through an open letter to fans and media alike. “With a heavy heart we must cancel our scheduled music performances. The community in Portland has welcomed us with open arms, but several setbacks in our planning the last few weeks, including the loss of our major sponsors, has made it very difficult for us to stage our music events,” said Gass, in the letter. “We are sorry to our fans for letting them down, but we just don’t have the ability to maintain our vision for the event for this year.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Fiddle Player Still Stubbornly Trying To Perform Irish Music For Sober People

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant SoulIt is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Eileen Ivers’ shoulders. The Washington Post states, “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” Find out for yourself on July 12 when Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, will perform at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, N.Y. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

After 45 Years, Local Guitar Finally Gets His Chance To Perform At Woodstock, And Uses The Same Setlist

woodstock maineWoodstock’s gazebo will host its first entertainment event July 5 when singer Carl Vee brings his guitar to play songs from decades past. Vee approach Town Manager Vern Maxfield with the idea and Maxfield liked it. The gazebo was donated to the town two years ago by the Chase family. Vee, a Bryant Pond resident, grew up in Connecticut but his family has owned a house here for many years, he said. Inspired by his musical family, he has been playing guitar since elementary school. He played for many years in Connecticut with bands The Wanders, The Rockin Heartbeats and AIRPLAY, opening for such performers as The Drifters, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Shangri Las. (read more at The Bethel Citizen)

Snoop Dogg Expected To Hit The Streets Of Portland This Summer With His ‘Will Mumble For Cristal’ Sign

Snoop DoggIconic rapper and musician Snoop Dogg will make a Maine appearance this summer, when he takes the stage at the Portland Expo on Thursday, July 10. Snoop Dogg — also known as Snoop Lion, when he’s in a reggae mood — last played in Maine in 2012. Tickets for his show, part of the Machias Savings Bank concert series and produced by Waterfront Concerts, go on sale at noon this Friday, June 6, via Ticketmaster. Snoop Dogg has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and has been nominated for multiple Grammys. Since 1993, he has released twelve albums and collaborated with artists across all genres of music. His seminal album “Doggystyle” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Dan Fogelberg Pretty Good? You’re Goddamn Right He Is. Don Campbell Celebrates His Entire Catalog

Bob SlydellFor many years now, Maine’s own singer-songwriter has been pleasing audiences around his home state and the country with his hook-laden melodies, heart-felt lyrics and that warm, rich tenor voice that has become a signature sound on the 12 CDs he’s released over his long career (including two Christmas albums). He’s opened for such artists as America, Jonathan Edwards, Shawn Colvin, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson and Randy Travis while spreading his folk/adult contemporary original songs. Campbell will appear at Jewett Hall on the UMA campus Sunday afternoon presenting a show “Kites to Fly — Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg,” and to that end, I called him at home in Portland to chat about the double CD he recently released with the same name that contains 23 of the late singer-songwriter’s songs — the artist who had quite an impact on Campbell’s own musical career. (keep reading at Kennebac Journal)

At Ninety, Portland Painter Looks Back On A Life Of Explaining To His Wife Why He Needed A Naked Girl In His Studio Just To Paint Rhombuses

Robert Nason painterPORTLAND, Maine — From serene lighthouses to mysterious skulls to myriad self-portraits, Robert Nason’s work covers a panoply of genres, decades and wives. For the seven years he has painted at Running with Scissors in Portland, the 90-year-old has outlasted creatives who are years younger. On Saturday, his show Nason At Ninety opens in the collective’s gallery. Like the man himself, the work dating back to the 1950s is evidence of a multifaceted life. “It’s really an experiment,” he says of the show. His watercolors, oils and charcoals were selected by relatives, friends and a fellow artist who “looked at everything in my studio and storage space, thousands of pieces,” he said. The result? “New and surprising.” That sums up Nason’s approach to life. Unlike his neighbors in the nearby apartment complex where he lives, he is up and out every day in his studio creating. In a cramped room lined with colorful canvases, paints, crayons and work spilling out into the hallway, there is always something to keep him engaged. “I don’t usually wake up and decide what I’m going to do,” he said of his daily practice. “A lot of them are not finished. So as I look around, I see something and I say, ‘That one needs work.’ That gets me going.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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