BANGOR - Season subscribers have had first dibs, but on Oct. 1 the general public can set off to see the wizard! Starting on that date, tickets to Penobscot Theatre Company's highly anticipated holiday show, “The Wizard of Oz,” may be purchased online or by calling the box office at (207) 942-3333. The production will run Dec. 4-28 with 19 evening and Sunday matinee performances and four special student matinees.

"I'm delighted to announce the talented young artists who will help bring this beloved tale to life," said Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport. "Bronwyn Beardsley of Ellsworth and Molly Hagerty of Bangor will share the iconic role of Dorothy. Each has the brain, the heart and the courage required in professional theatre and they're ready to take center stage!" The two seventh-graders have appeared previously in supporting and ensemble roles with Penobscot Theatre Company. Beardsley was last seen as Rebecca in the 2014 production of “Our Town” and she and Hagerty were both in the cast of “Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale.” Molly made her professional debut as an orphan in the 2012 production of “Annie.”

WATERVILLE - As part of its commitment to central Maine’s children, the Rotary Club of Waterville created the Rhoda Reads Early Literacy Program. The club’s goal is to assist pre-school children up to age 5 and help them develop a passion for reading, a skill that is crucial for their future academic and vocational success.

Throughout 2013, Rotarians received training on how to read to young students and were matched with reading buddies at childcare providers and preschools in the Waterville area. Each Rotarian was equipped with a tool kit that included a variety of books, along with a stuffed Rhoda owl that serves as the program mascot.

FARMINGTON — In a new forum emphasizing UMF research and scholarship on a national and international level, University of Maine at Farmington is presenting a slate of three lectures in the arts and humanities for fall 2014.This series touches on a variety of topics ranging from filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to the British television series “Doctor Who” to the music of Beethoven.

All events are free and open to the public and will be presented from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at venues on the UMF campus.

Monday, 29 September 2014 21:59

Maine Readers’ Choice Award winner announced

by PR

BANGOR — The Maine Readers’ Choice Award Committee is pleased to announce the winner for the second annual Maine Readers’ Choice Award. The 2014 Award recipient is Donna Tartt for her novel, “The Goldfinch.” The award was announced at the Maine Library Commission meeting In Augusta on Sept. 22.

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award was officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association with the aim of increasing awareness and reading of adult literary fiction. The launch also came on the heels of a controversial decision regarding one of the literary world’s top prizes for fiction. “In 2012 the Pulitzer Prize committee did not award a Fiction Prize,” says Valerie Osborne, committee chair and consultant, Northeastern Maine Library District. “Members of the library community, booksellers, publishers, authors and avid readers were outraged with the indecisiveness of this esteemed group of judges. We set out to do it better.” 

In order to be considered, books must be published in the United States in the previous year, appeal to a wide audience and be judged by the

Monday, 29 September 2014 21:57

BUZZ BRIEFS - 10/01/14

by PR

Gallery Talk with CMCA Biennial juror

-- The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will host a Tuesday Talk in the galleries on Oct. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This event will feature a conversation between CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and Deborah Weisgall, co-juror for the 2014 CMCA Biennial Exhibition, on the jurying process, the works on view in the exhibition and contemporary art in Maine.

Deborah Weisgall is arts and culture writer for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire and The New Yorker. She is a part-time resident of Rockport. The other juror for the 2014 CMCA Biennial Exhibition was Jennifer Gross, chief curator of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:17

Past and present, puns and pathos

by Allen Adams

“A Slip of the Keyboard” shows the many facets of Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the most beloved authors in the world. His “Discworld” series of fantasy novels – currently 40 books deep and going strong – have sold in excess of 85 million copies and been published in 37 languages. His deft uses of humor and cultural observation have resulted in a rich and rewarding fantasy universe.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:02

Skewed View (09/24/14)

by Kaitlyn Furge

This week’s puzzle is a gripping summery view from Winter Harbor. If you have taken the Bar Harbor Ferry over, you might notice this homage to our state’s famous arthropod. (photo by Katy England)

Solution to last week’s Skewed View

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:50

Kevin James to perform in October

by PR

BANGOR – Waterfront Concerts recently announced two upcoming appearances for actor/comedian Kevin James. The first evening of his two-night tour will be at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and he will also be performing at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Oct. 15. 

James was a producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009) and “Zookeeper” (2011). He can be seen this October in his latest film, “Here Comes The Boom.” James also starred in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster “Grown Ups” (2010) along with Adam Sandler; previously, James and Sandler worked together on “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007).

Ensemble comedy explores depths of one family’s dysfunction

Creating a believable, relatable family dynamic in a film is a difficult task. Finding the nuances and subtleties and idiosyncrasies that bubble beneath the surface in every family requires deep digging – digging that not all filmmakers are willing (or able) to do.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:44

‘The Maze Runner’ sets the pace

by Allen Adams

YA adaptation proves to be a strong offering

Movie theaters have seen a glut of films based on young adult literature – specifically YA sci-fi/fantasy – over the past few years. There are those who are wondering if the bubble will burst. Others are simply wondering when.

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