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Lincoln County Historical Association Trying To Figure Out Where To Display A Signed Devo Concert Poster

lincoln county maine historical societyAt the Lincoln County Historical Association’s annual meeting on Saturday evening, Nov. 8, president Ed Kavanagh thanked volunteers for their tireless efforts in promoting the goals of the organization this year. The combination meeting and social gathering filled the spacious Benjamin Brown House on High Street with the sounds of merry laughter that surely signal the beginning of a joyous winter season. Kavanagh reminded the group of the volunteer hours put in by docents at each of LCHA’s sites: the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden; the Museum and Old Jail in Wiscasset; and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. The docents spent at least one or two afternoons each month guiding tours and maintaining the appearance of the buildings. They also served on the stewardship committees, attending to more intense preservation projects. (read more at the Boothbay Register)

Center For Maine Contemporary Art Worried That Their New Gallery Might Not Be Ugly Enough

center for maine contemporary artROCKPORT — Contractors plan to begin tearing down a building in Rockland on Monday to make way for a new home for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The art center will move seven miles south to downtown Rockland in July 2016. The move signals the end of a long relationship between Rockport village, where the influential arts organization has been since it opened in 1952, and the beginning of a new chapter in the midcoast’s cultural hub. Now vacant, the building that is coming down beginning Monday most recently housed four art galleries. Demolition and site cleanup should last a week, and the foundation for the new building will be poured the first week of November, said CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. Construction will last 18 months. “It’s exciting to finally reach this moment,” McAvoy said. “We’ve been talking about it for a while, and now we’re finally moving forward.” Designed by architect Toshiko Mori, the new building will include an open-air courtyard, large windows that will capture north-facing light, and more flexible exhibition space. Most of the exterior is graphite gray, with a glass wall lining the courtyard. It will feel industrial and modern, with high ceilings and a concrete floor. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

100 Percent Of Audience At Spamalot Performance There To Make Sure The Cast Recites The Words Perfectly

spamalot in ellsworthThere’s musical comedy, and then there’s “Spamalot.” The sublime lunacy of the Monty Python-inspired musical, written by Eric Idle and Neil Innes and based on the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” makes it perhaps the silliest musical of all time. That’s why directors Ken Stack and Mike Weinstein and musical director Scott Cleveland chose “Spamalot” as the first in-house production for The Grand theater in Ellsworth in more than five years. Stack, director of Acadia Repertory Theatre, and Weinstein, who directed last year’s Bangor Community Theatre production of “White Christmas,” knew that for The Grand’s first theatrical go-round in years they’d need to start off with a bang. “They wanted something that would be fun, that would excite a lot of people, and judging from early ticket sales that seems to be the case,” said Weinstein, a veteran of theater in eastern Maine. “I would also say that the vast majority of people who came out to audition were Monty Python fans. They understand the sensibility and the silliness of it.” Grand executive director Gail La Rosa Thompson made it a priority to bring musical theater back to The Grand stage. Weinstein eagerly jumped on board to direct, along with Stack, who designed the sets and offered initial artistic direction. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Worker At Rumford Literacy Fair Confused When 70 Percent Of Purchasers Asked Whether There Were More BTUs Per Pound In Hardcovers Or Paperbacks

rumford maine book saleRUMFORD — Hundreds of books were sold for a dime to a quarter each Saturday during the five-hour Oktoberfest literacy project and craft fair at the Rumford Armory. Volunteers with the River Valley Rotary Club and Hope Association hold the annual event to increase adult literacy, Joe Sirois said during a break from selling books. “We’ve had a good, continuous crowd and people are still coming in,” he said. “It’s been a steady stream of people,” said Catherine Johnson-Lavorgna, executive director of Hope Association and current Rotary Club president. Paperbacks sold for a dime each while hardcovers went for a quarter, many by well-known authors, including Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour, Alistair MacLean, Michael Crichton and Mary Higgins Clark. “We’ve sold hundreds and hundreds of books,” Johnson-Lavorgna said. “The biggest thing is getting them out to kids and people.” It wasn’t about making money, Sirois said. “We’d rather see books go to homes. When you sell them at 10 cents, they go fast. We even have a whole room of children’s books.” (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

University Of Southern Maine Faculty Member To Perform Brahms Third Racket

laura kargulSince 1989, Laura Kargul has directed the piano program at the University of Southern Maine School of Music and performed each fall in its Faculty Concert Series. I’ve attended at least half of these concerts, and I’ve already reserved my tickets for this Friday’s, which will mark Kargul’s 25th anniversary at USM. I am one of many who consider Kargul’s annual fall performance to be one of the high points of Maine’s cultural calendar. With a long history of bookings in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Kargul is known as a preeminent interpreter of 19th-century Romantic composers. For her 25th, she’s chosen a program of personal favorite works. Before intermission, she will perform several works by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms that are seldom heard today. The second half will feature the Sonata in B Minor by Franz Liszt, which has always been an audience favorite. (read more at The Forecaster)

Portland’s Garage Bands Can’t Think Of Any Sort Of Utility Structure Inside Which They Could Play After Their Rehearsal Space Closes Down

portland garage bandsPORTLAND — Grime Studios is the kind of place that stokes the imagination. At first sight, the single-level, concrete warehouse on the banks of the Fore River looks abandoned. Pushing on its creaky metal door reveals a dimly lit hallway, its walls covered in dark, imaginative murals, underground concert fliers, and occasional graffiti. There’s also a cacophony of sound. Grime Studios is a rehearsal facility for more than 25 rock, punk and heavy metal bands, or about 100 musicians, who rent the building’s 15 rooms, pack them full of drums and Marshall stacks, and crank it up 24 hours a day, seven days a week. According to owner Justin Curtsinger, Grime is the only around-the-clock facility of its kind north of Boston, and its presence is vital to Portland’s arts and music community. Without help from the community, however, Grime’s time may be running out. Grime is on Thompson’s Point, the prized waterfront property that is undergoing a multimillion-dollar transformation. In the coming years, the land will be home to an outdoor concert facility, a sports arena and a circus college, and the warehouse will eventually be razed. Earlier this year, another, smaller rehearsal space on Thompson’s Point was demolished, displacing four bands. Although the fate of the building is certain, Curtsinger hopes Grime will live on elsewhere. (read more at The Forecaster)

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)

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