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Telling a story about a place while capturing that place’s true essence can be difficult, especially when you’re dealing with somewhere that has a vast number of social and cultural idiosyncrasies.

But that’s just what filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly have tried to do with their feature debut “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” filmed on location in Aroostook County right here in Maine. They strived to capture the assorted quirks of small-town life in northern Maine in a manner that is both engaging and honest. It’s no easy feat.

Football film has a lot to offer

Football has become a year-round obsession for American sports fans. Though the actual season only stretches from September through the beginning of February, increasingly rabid fanbases demand coverage 365 days a year.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:57

The laughter and tears of sisterhood

by Allen Adams

Maine Masque produces ‘Crimes of the Heart’

ORONO – The University of Maine’s student theater organization, the Maine Masque, is once again producing the final mainstage show of the school’s theatrical season. Every year, a show has been put together entirely by students. Director, designers, actors – all students.

BANGOR - Rehearsals are underway for the crown jewel of Penobscot Theatre Company's 40th-anniversary season: “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. "Widely regarded as the greatest American play, this piece perfectly illustrates the power, relevance, and importance of theatre in our community," said Artistic Director Bari Newport. Newport is directing the upcoming production, which will run April 24-May 11, and freshness is at the core of her vision.

"On the surface, ‘Our Town’ is about two rural New England families in the early 20th century," explained Newport, "but the reason the play has resonated so deeply is that it transcends time and place to get at some very fundamental questions about relationships, the meaning of home and the relative smallness of the individual against the canvas of time."

UNITY - On Thursday, April 17 the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts will present "Can't Scare Me...The Story of Mother Jones," a play drawn from Mother Jones's autobiography, her letters, speeches, interviews and transcripts. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Mother Jones was a voice we were never supposed to hear. She was old in a society fixated on youth, a woman in a society that honored men, poor in a society that revered wealth and an immigrant in a society that looked askance at those not native born. She was one of the earliest female organizers, worked tirelessly for 50 years, educating, agitating and organizing for the rights of workers and their families. She faced down guns and militias, was imprisoned time and again and spent months at a time in solitary confinement.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:55

‘Nunsense II’ coming to Winterport

by PR

WINTERPORT – Winterport Open Stage presents “Nunsense II.”

They're back!  Winterport Open Stage is proud to welcome the original cast of “Nunsense” - Heather Astbury-Libby, Brianne Beck, Elena DeSiervo Burns, Kari Stowe, and Tina Burns - back to the stage for “Nunsense II: The Second Coming.”  

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:54

Conversations on Living Culture

by PR

A College of the Atlantic Human Ecology Forum will revolve around a discussion by Double Edge Theatre Company

BAR HARBOR – Members of Double Edge Theatre Company will host an open presentation and discussion at College of the Atlantic’s Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center on Monday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion, Conversations on Living Culture, is part of COA’s Human Ecology Forum series, as well as the COA Performing Arts guest artist series investigating mission and methods in contemporary performance. A physical theatre training session for COA students will take place the following day.

BROWNFIELD - Grammy nominated folk duo The Milk Carton Kids are coming to Brownfield on Thursday, April 24 in continued support of their critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated Anti- Records release “The Ash & Clay." The band is available for interviews and media tickets are available.

Watch The Milk Carton Kids perform “Hope Of A Lifetime” on CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/milk-carton-kids-perform-hope-of-lifetime-on-saturday-sessions/.

HALLOWELL - The Harlow Gallery in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), proudly presents a very special call for art in celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of Howard Hill in Augusta, 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol. This ambitious project is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign.  Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill. 

Charles Codman’s famous 1836 painting of the original Maine State House features Howard Hill at a time when Augusta was defined by an agrarian landscape. For generations, artists, writers and Maine residents have noted that Howard Hill symbolizes the connections between Maine people and the land.

PORTLAND – Bull Moose has added to its list of acoustic in-store performances for Record Store Day this year, celebrated on Saturday, April 19. Hailed as one of the most important days of the year for music lovers, Record Store Day supports independent record stores across the country with special releases and visits from local musicians on the third Saturday of April each year.

Record Store Day holds a special significance at Bull Moose, where employee Chris Brown is credited with its conception. In addition to free in-store performances from musicians across the state, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills will visit Bull Moose in Scarborough for a signing at 2 p.m. on Record Store Day this year.

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