DOVER-FOXCROFT - A rare opportunity to hear Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in d-minor, Op. 49, live in a local concert presents itself when Highlands Classical Trio, a local chamber music group, launches its spring tour in May. Also offered will be solos and duos by Handel, Gliere and Ravel.
The rigorous 30-minute Piano Trio by Mendelssohn has been a major focus for pianist Margery Aumann and violinist Susan Ramsey — both of Dover-Foxcroft — and cellist Ruth Fogg of Dexter since October, as the trio prepares for performances this spring. The trio forms the centerpiece of a benefit concert to be held on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church at 834 West Main Street. A reception follows. Admission is by donation to benefit the church’s important fuel-assistance fund for needy families. Highlands Classical will also make its debut in Bangor with this program at All Souls Church on Sun., June 23, at 4 p.m. Performances will also be given the Hibbard Nursing Home on April 26 at 2 p.m., at Sunbury Village in Bangor May 4 at 4 p.m. and at Dirigo Pines in Orono May 21 at 7 p.m.
ELLSWORTH - Take a walk through one of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern and postmodern life subjects in the HD cinema event “Manet: Portraying Life” screening at The Grand on Thursday, May 23 for a one-time only performance at 6 p.m.
The eagerly-awaited exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, “Manet: Portraying Life” is being captured for cinema screens worldwide and is the first ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet, spanning his entire career. It brings together great works from across Europe, Asia and the USA. In addition, cinemagoers will see exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the Royal Academy's exhibition preparation - moments usually hidden from view - and experience a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th-century Paris. Host Tim Marlow (along with expert guests) examines the work of one of the all-time great artists.
LEWISTON/AUBURN – Tributes and fundraisers have always been part of Ed Boucher's life, but for Lewiston's legendary music industry guru and impresario of the L-A music scene, this one is different: This one is for him.
On Saturday, May 18, from 4 to 10 p.m., at the Royal Oak Room at Ironhorse Court (www.royaloakroom.com), One Bates Street, Lewiston, friends and fans will gather for "The EAB Tribute" being organized to help defray costs of an unexpected medical diagnosis late last year.
Mark Ricketts releases ‘A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine,’ release party on May 14
BANGOR – Mark Ricketts of Moose Mountain and Earl Hornswaggle fame has a new book coming out, “A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine,” which features not only some of the greatest hits from the aforementioned cartoons and writings, but new content as well.
There’s many people who would never guess that Mark Ricketts was from “away.” He’s captured a lot of the spirit of Maine in his cartoons, illustrations and writings. Originally from Arkansas, Ricketts and his wife moved to Maine from Chicago, trading in the big city for a more small town feel seven years ago.
ELLSWORTH - James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed new political play “This House” will be broadcast live from London to The Grand screen on Thursday, May 16 for one performance at 2 p.m. NT LIVE is The Grand’s series of high-definition simulcast performances from The National Theatre of London.
It’s 1974, and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes. It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power. Graham’s new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to maneuver a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.
Featuring the paintings of Richard W. Field
BANGOR - The Robert E. White Art Gallery at Husson University presents “Memories, Dreams, Joy” featuring the paintings of Richard W. Field. The exhibit will run from April 22 through June 13, 2013 at the White Gallery located in Peabody Hall.
ELLSWORTH - The Grand celebrates the legacy of their beloved, late film programmer Skip Baker, showing some of his favorite films starting Monday, May 6 and running through Saturday, May 11.
To kick off this festival, The Grand is hosting a reception at Gallery Grand at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6 – with Morton’s Moo ice cream and, yes, pie. (Did we say that Skip LOVED pie?) Everyone is welcome to celebrate The Grand, movies, pie on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at Gallery Grand, next door to the theatre, before the opening film, “Casablanca.”
Winterport Open Stage presents ‘Nunsense’
WINTERPORT – They might have heavenly voices, but they’re here to raise a little hell.
Winterport Open Stage is presenting their production of the musical “Nunsense” – with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin – at the Wagner Middle School in Winterport. The production runs through April 28. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students and seniors).
The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in a bit of a bind. Their cook (Sister Julia, Child of God) has accidentally poisoned the majority of the convent’s residents with a tainted fish stew. Only 19 sisters remain – they survived due to being off playing Bingo. A handful of the survivors have thus taken it upon themselves to put on a show in an effort to raise funds to pay for the burials of their fallen sisters.
ORONO – The trickster is a central part of almost every culture’s lore. Not only does the idea allow for some pretty important morality lessons, but it can make for a pretty great story too.
Orono Community Theatre is presenting “Tales of Trickery” by Kim Alan Wheetly. The children’s show offers two performances on April 27 – one at 10:30 AM and one at 2 PM – and a 2 PM showing on April 28, all at the Keith Anderson Center in Orono. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
Clauder Competition names “One Blue Tarp” Best Maine Play
ORONO – Capturing the spirit of a place on the page can be an arduous task. Doing so by writing a play is even more so.
This makes “One Blue Tarp,” a play written by Orono resident Travis Baker, even more impressive. Not only has he created a nuanced piece exploring the nature of relationships here in Maine – particularly the notion of people “from away” – but he has done so from a smartly skewed perspective that mines equal parts humor and pathos from those relationships.
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