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ELLSWORTH - The Grand is excited to announce a performance featuring the high-energy blues of The Juke Rockets at the Ellsworth Harbor Park and Marina on Friday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. as part of the annual Free Summer Waterfront Concerts. The Waterfront Concerts are sponsored by the City of Ellsworth. Admission is free to all concerts.

Running the gamut from country to jazz to an Ellsworth-based bagpipe band, this year’s series of free summer Waterfront Concerts has something for everybody. And now The Juke Rockets, a local hi-octane blues band, will be sharing their up-tempo, electric and driving music with enthusiastic audiences of all ages.

ELLSWORTH - The Grand is excited to remind everyone that the auditions for its new production of the Broadway hit “Disney’s Mary Poppins,” will be held Friday, Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The production runs Oct. 16through Nov. 1, 2015.

This live presentation of the beloved Disney musical adaptation of P.L. Travers’ character gives local performers the opportunity to play such classic characters as Bert the Chimney Sweep, Uncle Albert and, of course,  Mary Poppins herself.
Anyone interested in auditioning should be ready to do a brief dance combo taught at the audition so be dressed comfortably to move. Potential performers should also prepare a song, but the song needn't be from the show. There will be someone available to play the piano if you bring sheet music. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, and a British dialect is strongly encouraged. There are several available principal roles as well as chorus roles, and there are roles available for both children and adults. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:15

CineGrand screens ‘The Last Five Years’

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ELLSWORTH – The Grand announces “The Last Five Years” asthe next film in its weekly Summer CineGrand series, screening on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are for general admission seating for each movie and are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for Grand members. 

In this adaptation of the hit Jason Robert Brown musical (and winner of the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics),"The Last Five Years" is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five-year period. Jamie (Jeremy Jordan), a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist falls in love with Cathy (Anna Kendrick), a Shiksa goddess and struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:15

CineGrand screens ‘The Last Five Years’

by PR

ELLSWORTH – The Grand announces “The Last Five Years” asthe next film in its weekly Summer CineGrand series, screening on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are for general admission seating for each movie and are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for Grand members. 

In this adaptation of the hit Jason Robert Brown musical (and winner of the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics),"The Last Five Years" is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five-year period. Jamie (Jeremy Jordan), a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist falls in love with Cathy (Anna Kendrick), a Shiksa goddess and struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.

BELFAST - Plans are well underway for the 2nd Annual Belfast Peace Festival to be held Aug. 28-29 on the waterfront in Belfast. The festival kicks off on Friday night with a live musical broadcast by WERU for an outdoor party and dance. Saturday’s activities begin early with meditation, followed by a peace processional parade created in collaboration with With Breath Puppetry; the afternoon offers speakers, music, food, vendors, children’s activities and a puppet pageant. There is no charge for admission to any part of the festival.

This year’s presenters include Peggy Smith on Non-Violent Communication, Seeds of Peace and Peace Jam – informative and fun for all ages. Children’s activities will proceed through the day as well as performances by local musicians and entertainers with food and shopping vendors. The festival concludes with an evening concert with Maine singer-songwriter Lynn Deeves and local friends.

ROCKPORT — What floats? You can float boats or balloons. Jellyfish float, and fishing flies bob on the surface. ArtLab is going to float paint.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will present an ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bicknell Building, 11 Lime Street, Rockland. Come use marbleizing techniques to float large colorful shapes of paint on the surface of water and capture them on paper. Are they pools, polka dots or large amoeba shapes? You decide as you experiment with floating paint! Visit FLOAT in CMCA's Bicknell Building and join the ArtLab staff in the courtyard outside to add your ideas to What Floats?

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy is delighted to present “Much Ado About Nothing” and “A Great Big Deal Over Nothing” at the historic Bangor Opera House, Aug. 14-16. "We're excited to produce one of Shakespeare's comedic classics," said Director of Education Amy Roeder. "To add to the fun, we're also producing a modern retelling of the story for our younger actors and audience members, ‘A Great Big Deal Over Nothing!’"

“Much Ado About Nothing” tells the story of the "merry war" of wits between Beatrice and Benedick. At wealthy Leonato's estate, everything is peaceful until evil Don John sets in motion a plan to destroy the happiness of Claudio and Hero. Full of intrigue, love, insults and dancing, “Much Ado” is a vivid reminder of why Shakespeare still rules! 

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:09

Gillyin Gatto featured artist at UMM

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MACHIAS -- Renowned local artist Gillyin Gatto will be the featured artist for August at the Machias Bay Chamber Gallery with a showing of new works entitled "New Tricks for Old Dogs." An artist's reception with Gatto will be held as part of the First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, which will be held at many locations at downtown Machias.

Gatto has been doing woodcuts on her small woods homestead since 1973, when she moved to Maine as part of the "back to the land" movement. What began as a 17-acre wood lot has evolved into a 50-acre ATF Certified Tree Farm where she lives in a "geo-Victorian" cabin she built herself. Along with raising Flemish Giant rabbits, Gatto has gardens, fruit trees and a few miles of woods trails. 

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:07

John Yau: Painting Is No Ordinary Object

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ROCKLAND — Each year, CMCA presents a lecture by one of today's most distinguished and entertaining art critics. This year's lecturer is John Yau, art critic, independent curator, poet, essayist, novelist and teacher. His lecture, entitled "Painting Is No Ordinary Object," will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland. Tickets are free for CMCA members, $10 for non-members, and can be purchased at cmcanow.org or through the Strand at tickets.rocklandstrand.com. Artist Katherine Bradford, of New York and Brunswick, will be introducing the lecture.

Yau writes regularly for the online publication Hyperallergic Weekend. Before that, he was arts editor for the Brooklyn Rail for four years. Yau has published more than 50 books of art criticism, poetry and fiction. He has written about artists such as Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Joe Coleman, James Castle and Kay Walkingstick, and he has collaborated on poetry and art books with artists Archie Rand, Thomas Nozkowski and Leiko Ikemura. He runs the small press Black Square Editions, which publishes translations, poetry and fiction. Among the many institutions where Yau has taught are Brown University, Pratt Institute, the Maryland Institute College of Art and School of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and the University of California at Berkley.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:06

‘Godspell’ comes to Cold Comfort Theater

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BELFAST - Cold Comfort Theater presents a glorious, joyful production of the 1960s rock musical “Godspell” in the beautiful sanctuary of The First Baptist Church of Belfast on 95 High St. on Aug. 13, 14, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St. Cash or check only; $15 adults, $10 teens, $5 12 and under.

Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, the show deals with the last days of Jesus and includes dramatized versions of several well know parables. Yet it is much more, being a spiritual experience, a demonstration of joy and a celebration of the family of man. This is true family entertainment.

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