Relater of Unusual Stories – ‘As You Wish’
Cary Elwes book tells the tale of making of “The Princess Bride”
It’s difficult to say just what makes a film transcend mere popularity to become a true pop cultural touchstone. When a variety of factors are combined in just the right amounts at exactly the right time, a movie can become an integral part of an entire generation or even generations.
A not-so-bad ‘Very Bad Day’
‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’
The realm of children’s movies has been more or less dominated by animation in recent years. It seems that the current cinematic climate doesn’t have much room for live-action films aimed specifically at the younger set. There are exceptions, of course, but it seems that we see far fewer of those sorts of films these days.
Judge not, lest ye be judged
‘The Judge’ offers both humor and pathos
Our tendency as moviegoers is to pigeonhole films. We like to be able to easily categorize them – comedy, drama, action, romance … you know the drill. But some films consciously strive to defy easy classification. Sometimes, these movies are more than the sum of their parts. Other times, they are little more than muddled messes.
- The thrill is gone
- ’Til death do us part – ‘A Good Marriage’
Theatre UMF presents Pulitzer-nominated drama ‘Last of the Boys,’ Oct. 23-26
FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington explores the troubled legacy of war with a presentation of Steven Dietz’s Pulitzer-nominated drama “Last of the Boys.” This Theatre UMF production is presented at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 25, with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 26, in UMF’s Alumni Theater.
The story begins 30 years after Ben and Jeeter fought together in Vietnam. As the two men come together for a last hurrah, they try to come to terms with the war experiences that continue to haunt them. Jeeter’s girlfriend and her whiskey-drinking mother add to the fierce, funny and touching reflections on the lasting effects of war and how the past continues to echo in the present.
The Robinson Ballet Company to perform ‘The Nutcracker’
MACHIAS – The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” to Downeast Maine with a pair of performances on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the University of Maine at Machias. Performances will be offered at 3 and 7 p.m. in UMM’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 3.
Peter Tchaikovsky, one of the world’s best-known symphonic composers, wrote the graceful “Nutcracker” in 1892, near the end of his life. The Robinson Ballet Company has been producing “The Nutcracker” for 30 years, with Machias as one of its repeat venues.
Experience the best of The Met at CCA
ORONO — For the ninth year, the University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts will feature live transmissions of the Metropolitan Opera's Peabody Award- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD.
“Macbeth,” “Carmen” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” are among the operas to be live streamed from the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York and shown on a 40-foot screen in 5.1 surround sound at CCA. The full season includes “Le Nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”), Oct. 18; “Macbeth,” Oct. 25; “Carmen,” Nov. 1; “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (“The Barber of Seville”), Dec. 6; “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” (“The Master-Singers of Nuremburg”), Jan. 10; “The Merry Widow,” Jan. 17; “Les Contes d'Hoffmann” (“The Tales of Hoffmann”), Feb. 7; “Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle,” Feb. 14; “La Donna del Lago” (“The Lady of the Lake”), March 14; and “Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci” (“Rustic Chivalry and Clowns”), April 25.
BUZZ BRIEFS - 10/22/14
West African percussion with Mike Bennett & Chris Ray in Winter Harbor
WINTER HARBOR – Mike Bennett and Chris Ray will be performing at the Hammond Hall Coffee House on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Coming Nov. 15
BATH – Called the world’s greatest novelty band, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks will be at the
Chocolate Church Arts Center Sat., Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m., bringing their blend of western swing, Django, jazz and blues that has earned them labels ranging from “outlaw country” to “cool jazz folk.”
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