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Buzz Briefs - 09/07/11

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The Grand takes 'Manhattan' again!

ELLSWORTH - Filmgoers in Ellsworth will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning the globe to vote on the work of filmmakers from around the world when the "13th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival" returns to screen at The Grand on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Following the dictate of the festival slogan "One World- One Week- One Festival", the MSFF is having, in the space of a week, over 100,000 people from as far north as St. Petersburg, Russia to as far south as Buenos Aires, Argentina, as far east as Kathmandu, Nepal to as far west as Perth, Australia (not to mention audiences in the Ellsworth/Mid-Coast Maine area!) come together to view and vote on the 10 short film finalists from an initial 598 entries received from 48 countries around the world!

These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well as filmgoers are asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are tallied and submitted to festival HQ in New York City where the winner will be announced (and posted on the net at www.ManhattanShort.com) on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission with $9 seniors & students and $8 for members.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the box office at 207-667-9500, visit The Grand Auditorium website at www.grandonline.org or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Grand-Auditorium/112755987339.

Maine Hysterical Society to meet, crack you up

DOVER-FOXCROFT - The next meeting of the Maine Hysterical Society convenes at Center Theatre Sat., Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The agenda consists of 90 minutes of sketches, spoofs and songs that by the trio of Portland-area Society founders, Randy Judkins, Barney Martin and Steve Underwood.

Their goal is to get people to "laugh so much they get what we call a humor hangover the next day: Their sides hurt and their ears are aching because they've been laughing so hard," explained Judkins. It fulfills their pledge to "preserve, promote and provoke laughter."

The performers transform themselves into a Maine version of The Three Stooges with a musical twist.

They do a chainsaw version of the traditional song, "If I Had a Hammer," and orient it around a wish list for Maine males. Original songs include "Why Do I Have to Live in Caribou?" and they do a commercial promoting lobster boat racing.

People in the audience who are "from away" will not be the butt of the jokes. Rather, the Society's brand of humor takes an inward look at what Mainers feel and brings to life characteristics with which the audience can readily identify.

The characters play off each other easily, even during open-script periods when they are ad libbing. "We never know how [the audience is] going to react," said Judkins. "To us, it's a lot of fun to actually get someone up on stage with us."

The show caps off with a piece they call Bean Supper in Maine, a parody of the flurry of filmmaking that has come through Maine in the last 15 years.

Many local educators know Judkins through the solo performances he has given over the years to school-aged kids to build esteem and curb bullying. Martin has a day job and splits his spare time between the Society and the Portland-area cover band, Coos Canyon. Underwood is the technical director and production manager of the Good Theater at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland.

The Sept. 17 act is "family appropriate," said Judkins.

Organizers expect tickets for the show ($12 in advance or $15 at the door) to sell very quickly and encourage the public to buy tickets early at Mr. Paperback, Fox Brook Variety, Forget Me Not Flowers, the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce office or Center Theatre in person or online at centertheatre.org or by calling (207) 564-8943.

The Sept. 17 performance is the third of six live monthly "Saturday Night in Dover-Foxcroft" shows on the third Saturday of each month, July to December, as a fundraiser for the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce and Center Theatre.

Robert Lash and Michel Droge to speak on their work at the Harlow Gallery

HALLOWELL - The public is invited to the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. for a gallery talk with artists Robert Lash of Gardiner and Michel Droge of Portland. Sculpture by Lash and drawings by Droge will be on view through the month of September at the gallery, located at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell. For more information, visit www.harlowgallery.org.

Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine.

Michel Droge received her BA from Oberlin College, studied graphic design at Cooper Union and received an MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from of Mane College of Art. She received the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA award in 2010, The Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant in 2011 and was included in the Boston Young Contemporaries Exhibition at Boston University in 2010. Droge's paintings and drawings explore the poetics of environmental engagement and conjure unconscious realms where the boundaries between reality and abstraction are blurred. Her work is exhibited in New York City, Upstate New York and Portland, Maine. She is currently represented in Portland by Aucocisco Galleries. Learn more by visiting her website: micheldroge.wordpress.com

Robert Lash started with a mechanical and engineering background and found his true vocation as a sculptor in 1994. He is primarily self-taught in ceramics and sculpture, following a path of learning which included both traditional and non-traditional forms of study, including Alfred State College, University of Maine at Orono and independent study with many respected artists throughout the country. Lash has exhibited his work extensively throughout the Eastern United States, and his work is represented in numerous private collections nationwide. His most recent body of work focuses on forms made of repurposed industrial steel. Learn more by visiting his website: www.robertlash.com.

Buzz Briefs - 09/07/11

The Grand takes 'Manhattan' again!

ELLSWORTH - Filmgoers in Ellsworth will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning the globe to vote on the work of filmmakers from around the world when the "13th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival" returns to screen at The Grand on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Following the dictate of the festival slogan "One World- One Week- One Festival", the MSFF is having, in the space of a week, over 100,000 people from as far north as St. Petersburg, Russia to as far south as Buenos Aires, Argentina, as far east as Kathmandu, Nepal to as far west as Perth, Australia (not to mention audiences in the Ellsworth/Mid-Coast Maine area!) come together to view and vote on the 10 short film finalists from an initial 598 entries received from 48 countries around the world!

These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well as filmgoers are asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are tallied and submitted to festival HQ in New York City where the winner will be announced (and posted on the net at www.ManhattanShort.com) on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission with $9 seniors & students and $8 for members.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the box office at 207-667-9500, visit The Grand Auditorium website at www.grandonline.org or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Grand-Auditorium/112755987339.

Maine Hysterical Society to meet, crack you up

DOVER-FOXCROFT - The next meeting of the Maine Hysterical Society convenes at Center Theatre Sat., Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The agenda consists of 90 minutes of sketches, spoofs and songs that by the trio of Portland-area Society founders, Randy Judkins, Barney Martin and Steve Underwood.

Their goal is to get people to "laugh so much they get what we call a humor hangover the next day: Their sides hurt and their ears are aching because they've been laughing so hard," explained Judkins. It fulfills their pledge to "preserve, promote and provoke laughter."

The performers transform themselves into a Maine version of The Three Stooges with a musical twist.

They do a chainsaw version of the traditional song, "If I Had a Hammer," and orient it around a wish list for Maine males. Original songs include "Why Do I Have to Live in Caribou?" and they do a commercial promoting lobster boat racing.

People in the audience who are "from away" will not be the butt of the jokes. Rather, the Society's brand of humor takes an inward look at what Mainers feel and brings to life characteristics with which the audience can readily identify.

The characters play off each other easily, even during open-script periods when they are ad libbing. "We never know how [the audience is] going to react," said Judkins. "To us, it's a lot of fun to actually get someone up on stage with us."

The show caps off with a piece they call Bean Supper in Maine, a parody of the flurry of filmmaking that has come through Maine in the last 15 years.

Many local educators know Judkins through the solo performances he has given over the years to school-aged kids to build esteem and curb bullying. Martin has a day job and splits his spare time between the Society and the Portland-area cover band, Coos Canyon. Underwood is the technical director and production manager of the Good Theater at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland.

The Sept. 17 act is "family appropriate," said Judkins.

Organizers expect tickets for the show ($12 in advance or $15 at the door) to sell very quickly and encourage the public to buy tickets early at Mr. Paperback, Fox Brook Variety, Forget Me Not Flowers, the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce office or Center Theatre in person or online at centertheatre.org or by calling (207) 564-8943.

The Sept. 17 performance is the third of six live monthly "Saturday Night in Dover-Foxcroft" shows on the third Saturday of each month, July to December, as a fundraiser for the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce and Center Theatre.

Robert Lash and Michel Droge to speak

on their work at the Harlow Gallery

HALLOWELL - The public is invited to the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. for a gallery talk with artists Robert Lash of Gardiner and Michel Droge of Portland. Sculpture by Lash and drawings by Droge will be on view through the month of September at the gallery, located at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell. For more information, visit www.harlowgallery.org.

Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine.

Michel Droge received her BA from Oberlin College, studied graphic design at Cooper Union and received an MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from of Mane College of Art. She received the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA award in 2010, The Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant in 2011 and was included in the Boston Young Contemporaries Exhibition at Boston University in 2010. Droge's paintings and drawings explore the poetics of environmental engagement and conjure unconscious realms where the boundaries between reality and abstraction are blurred. Her work is exhibited in New York City, Upstate New York and Portland, Maine. She is currently represented in Portland by Aucocisco Galleries. Learn more by visiting her website: micheldroge.wordpress.com

Robert Lash started with a mechanical and engineering background and found his true vocation as a sculptor in 1994. He is primarily self-taught in ceramics and sculpture, following a path of learning which included both traditional and non-traditional forms of study, including Alfred State College, University of Maine at Orono and independent study with many respected artists throughout the country. Lash has exhibited his work extensively throughout the Eastern United States, and his work is represented in numerous private collections nationwide. His most recent body of work focuses on forms made of repurposed industrial steel. Learn more by visiting his website: www.robertlash.com.

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