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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

CMCA 2012 Biennial Artists announced

Written by Wire Reports

ROCKPORT - The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport has announced the list of artists for the CMCA 2012 Biennial Exhibition. Co-curators Suzette McAvoy, director of CMCA; and Daphne Anderson Deeds, an independent curator from Connecticut, have chosen 17 artists for the exhibition.

'There were 415 artists who submitted to the 2012 Biennial and more than 3,350 individual works in a wide range of mediums,' said McAvoy. 'After thorough review and much difficult decision making, Daphne and I ultimately selected ten artists from the open submissions and invited seven others to participate.'

The seven invited artists are Tom Butler, Rockland; Lauren Fensterstock, Portland; Cassie Jones, Brunswick; Luc Demers, Portland; Lisa Kellner, Rangeley; David Stess, Cherryfield; and Kitty Wales, Vinalhaven.

The 10 selected artists are Kenny Cole, Monroe; Grace DeGenarro, Yarmouth; Lynda Litchfield, Cape Elizabeth; Robin Mandel, Cushing; James Marshall, Brunswick; Jonathan Mess, Jefferson; Benjamin Potter, Belfast; Kate Russo, Rockland; Aaron Stephen, Portland; and Erik Wiesenburger, South Portland

Thursday, 05 April 2012 15:14

Ink' leaves interesting impression

Written by Allen Adams
PTC presents world premiere play

BANGOR Penobscot Theatre has brought the first world premiere in the organization's long history with their current production of the play 'Ink' by Alice van Buren. The show is running through April 15 at the Bangor Opera House.

'Ink' is the story of Mary Rowlandson, a minister's wife in New England. In 1676, at the height of the now mostly forgotten King Philip's War, Rowlandson was kidnapped by a band of Native American warriors. For 82 days, she was their captive. Finally, she was ransomed and released.

After trying and failing to move past the trauma of the experience, Mary was eventually persuaded by community leaders to write down her story. This captivity narrative would become the first true literary sensation in the United States.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:50

Music saves kids with cancer at EMMC

Written by Wire Reports
How one student organization is making a difference

BANGOR - Rock out at Curva Ultra Lounge Friday, April 06, 2012. The Husson/NESCom chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is hosting the second annual Music Saved Me Benefit Show - featuring five Maine-based bands, including Paranoid Social Club, When Particles Collide, Mines of Paris, One Shot Nothing and The Transducers. Z 107.3's Paul Wolfe hosts the show.

'It's going to be a blast,' said Conor Sweeney, who is involved in publicity for the event. He's hoping to reach out beyond the Husson Campus and have the public from the greater Bangor area attend to help raise money. 'The goal was to mainstream it and make sure the community knows about it.'

Proceeds raised from Music Saved Me will benefit pediatric oncology at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Leukemia survivor Erin Falwell is helping organize Music Saved Me for its second year, as it has become an annual event for PRSSA. Music Saved Me will help EMMC's patients through arts and entertainment.

Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:42

Brewer troupe competes at state drama festival

Written by Mike Fern
Four earn individual honors in parody of Shakespeare's plays 

FALMOUTH After months of rehearsals and a round of competition, students from Brewer High School made their way to the state Class A finals of the Maine State Drama Festival held last weekend at Falmouth High School.

The students, performing the hilarious parody 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),' qualified for the competition after earning a berth at the regional round at Stearns High School in Millinocket earlier this month, where they outperformed both Bangor and Old Town high schools. And while they placed sixth overall at the state-level competition, four cast members were recognized by the judges for their individual contributions.

'We were very pleased with our performance,' said Rich Kimball, a teacher at the high school and Brewer's drama coach. 'I thought it was our best performance of the show.'

Thursday, 29 March 2012 08:34

Cardboard art on display in Belfast

Written by Jodi Hersey

BELFAST - Turns out cardboard isn't just for boxes anymore! Waterfall Arts in Belfast is hosting an art show next month called 'Corrugation Nation' which will display pieces of work made mostly out of cardboard. The show organizers say it's a great way to recycle and raise money for the nonprofit's art programs at the same time.

"Cardboard is everywhere and people don't know what to do with it," said Lorna Crichton of Waterfall Arts. "It's going to be an interesting show."

At least 50 percent of each piece of art must be constructed of corrugated cardboard, the kind cardboard boxes are made of rather than paperboard, which cereal boxes are made of. Paint, wood, wire, fiber, glue and other embellishments can be used to enhance the rest of the exhibit.

Thursday, 29 March 2012 08:16

Awaiting their return

Written by Mike Dow
Phish fan camps at Loring for nine years

EDITOR'S NOTE: (This story is from The Maine Edge's annual April Fools Day edition. As such, you can safely assume that most of it - if not all of it - is totally made-up.)

'Phish is coming back and I can prove it,' says Brian Costigan, 37, of Concord, NH. For the past nine years, Costigan has been living in an RV parked outside the old Loring Air Force base in Limestone, ME site of the Phish festivals in 97, '98 and '03. Certain of the legendary jam band's return in 2012, Costigan claims the band has planted clues only those paying close attention could notice.

According to Harold Hood, media relations director for Loring Commerce Center (formally Loring Air Force Base), 'At first, we didn't know what to think this guy living in his RV, just waiting for Phish.' He said that Loring Development was initially against the idea of having Costigan live outside their gates, but the folks of Limestone convinced them to let him stay. 'They've taken a shine to him,' Hood said. 'He'll help anyone in need, and they help him if he needs something. He helps us plow in the winter and mow in the summer. He's polite and keeps his RV in immaculate condition.' When asked about Costigan's prediction of Phish's return, Hood replied, 'Who knows? We've never seen anything like those concerts. Business like you wouldn't believe. Good kids. Brian is our last connection to those times.'

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:36

Ink' to take its first bow

Written by Allen Adams
Penobscot Theatre to present world premiere

BANGOR Penobscot Theatre Company has given audiences a lot to appreciate in recent years. We have seen harmonic musicals, door-slamming farces and modern classics grace the Bangor Opera House Stage. However, what we haven't seen is a world premiere.

Until now, that is.

PTC will be presenting the world premiere of the play 'Ink' by Alice Van Buren. The play, which originally appeared at the 2010 Northern Writes New Play Festival (and was voted audience favorite), is receiving the full stage treatment. Previews of the show begin on March 28, with the official opening night taking place on March 30.

It's the story of Mary Rowlandson, the first female author to be published in America. In February of 1676, preacher's wife Rowlandson was taken from her home in Lancaster, MA by Native Americans. She was their captive for nearly three months before finally being ransomed and returned to her husband.

Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:23

Table Games Set to Open at Hollywood Casino

Written by Wire Reports
Blackjack, Roulette, and other table games to make Maine debut

BANGOR Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway is set to officially launch their latest set of offerings. Friday morning, Hollywood Casino's fourteen table games will be open to the general public for the first time.

'We cannot describe how excited we are that this day is finally here,' said John Osborne, General Manager at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. 'This has been in the works for a long time. We had a great campaign last fall, letting voters throughout Penobscot County know what we planned to do, and after they approved the plan in November we immediately began putting it into action. Today, we're looking forward to seeing the first customers sit down, have fun, and usher in this new era of gaming in the State of Maine.'

Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:00

Barenaked Ladies announce 'Last Summer on Earth'

Written by Wire Reports

Bangor, ME - Multi-platinum pop rock group the Barenaked Ladies have announced their 'Last Summer On Earth,' a freewheeling road show featuring Blued Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker. They will visit the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion on Sunday, August 19th. The much-anticipated tour will hit more than 30 arenas and amphitheaters across the country, with tickets going on sale March 23rd. 

"I love playing outside in the summertime," says Barenaked Ladies vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson. "To travel and hang around with a bunch of bands, and get a chance to do some collaboration is part of the magic of a summer tour." As for the tour's moniker, Robertson says, "I'm a man of science, and therefore put zero stock in all of the disastrous predictions about the year 2012. But JUST IN CASE, I think everybody should come out and see one last great summer concert tour! It can't hurt, right? Here's hoping the Mayans just got tired of chiseling!"

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:01

Females dominate KahBang Arts gallery

Written by Jodi Hersey

BANGOR - The works of five talented women will be on display at this year's KahBang Arts spring gallery. The creations of Emma Sampson, Abbeth Russell, Lisa B. Martin, Stacy Howe, and Lori Leonard can all be viewed on the second floor at Zen Asian Bistro in downtown Bangor from now until April 7.

"We do two galleries a year and when we do them we have artists submit their work or we pick ones we like from online," explained Meg Shorette, executive director of KahBang Arts. "When we started going through the images we liked, I realized they were all done by women."

The featured artists in this year's event all reside somewhere in New England.

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