ELLSWORTH - The Grand's Performing Arts for Children (PAC) Education Program 2012 season begins on Friday, Sept. 21 with 'The Russian Spectacular' - Russian music, dance and song by the world-renowned ensemble Barynya. Open to all school-age children, there will be two shows: one at 10 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m. Teachers and parents are encouraged to attend with children.

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand presents the contemporary quartet Cordis on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, Cordis musicians will hold a workshop for musicians of all levels on the 25th preceding the concert, from 4 to 5:30pm.

After selling out in Stonington last summer, Cordis returns to offer musicians an opportunity to engage in creating new music with classical instruments. The musicians of Cordis redefine contemporary chamber music by fusing an original combination of custom-made and traditional ethnic instruments to create their signature sound. The ensemble - consisting of cello (Jeremy Harman), concert cimbalom (Richard Grimes), piano (Brian O'Neill) and percussion (Andrew Beall) as well as one-of-a-kind creations such as the electric mbira, melodica and the world's longest playing cylinder-driven music box - takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students, musicians and non-musicians alike, while concurrently developing new concert programs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Published in Music
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 15:23

Punky reggae party

Dave Wakeling and the English Beat to appear at the Grand

There are few things I enjoy more than a nice helping of 80s pop culture. Top it off with a bit of British invasion and I'm a happy girl. On Monday, July 9, the Grand Theater in Ellsworth will be serving the perfect blend of both by hosting an evening with the English Beat.

The English Beat formed in the late 70s predominately as a ska band, but they have created a sound that transcends genre classification and have produced hits that are staples in the soundtracks of thousands of peoples' lives.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:56

A Maine summer favorite: ice cream

No one is ever too old for ice cream. From toddlers and teenagers to young couples and senior citizens, we all have a sweet spot that can only be satisfied (especially during the summer months) with an ice cream cone, banana split or milk shake. Our favorite flavors may change as we age, but ice cream is one of those universal treats we never stop enjoying.

In Maine, we are blessed to have more than a few spectacular ice cream shops that make homemade and even seasonal flavors that you just can't find anywhere else. Below is just a sprinkle (rainbow colored, please) of a few of them whose owners gave us the inside scoop on what makes their ice cream such a hit.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:15

Buzz Briefs - June 20, 2012

The Grand commits a Love Crime'

ELLSWORTH - The Grand's hot new film program CineGrand begins its annual Summer French Film series with 'Love Crime,' starring Ludivine Sagnier ('Swimming Pool,' 'Love Songs') and Kristin Scott Thomas ('Tell No One,' 'The English Patient') on Thursday, June 28 through Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. It's French night all weekend long, as The Grand celebrates hot French films in the summertime.

'Love Crime,' the last film from Alain Corneau, director of the acclaimed "Tous les Matins du Monde," echoes both "All About Eve" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" in a story of the deadly one-upsmanship between two women in a multinational corporation. Ruthless executive Christine (Thomas) brings on Isabelle (Sagnier) as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence. But when the protg's ideas become tempting enough for Christine to pass on as her own, she underestimates Isabelle's ambition and cunning, and the ground is set for all out war. Soon to be remade as an English language thriller by Brian DePalma ('Dressed To Kill,' 'Carrie') as 'Passion,' 'Love Crime' is a great Gallic thriller in the tradition of 'Tell No One' and 'Diabolique.'

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:13

Running Wilde in Ellsworth

The Grand, Ten Bucks Theatre present 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

ELLSWORTH What's in a name?

It's a question asked by Shakespeare, but English poet, playwright and wit Oscar Wilde took a stab at answering it with 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' considered by many to be the author's masterpiece.

The Grand, in collaboration with Ten Bucks Theatre, is presenting a production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' at the Grand in Ellsworth. The show is running through May 20.

'Earnest' is the story of one Jack Worthing (Greg Mihalik). Jack goes to London to pay a visit to his good friend Algernon Moncrief (Nathan Roach) with the intent of proposing to Algernon's cousin Gwendolyn (Amelia Forman-Stiles). There's just one small problem everyone in London thinks Jack's name is Ernest.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:03

Katie's Quest Fundraising Dinner

HANCOCK - The Next Step is excited to host the second annual Katie's Quest Fundraising Dinner. This event will take place at Chipper's Restaurant in Hancock on May 24, 2012 beginning at 5:30. All of the proceeds from this event will be added to the Katie's Quest fund specifically designated to benefit children who have been impacted by domestic violence. After the murder of Katie Cabana and Aaron Settipani of Washington County, the whole community was shocked and saddened. Katie's oldest son, Gabe, has donated money to The Next Step that he asked them to use to throw a party for the children in our domestic violence homeless shelter. He wants children affected by domestic violence to know that every day doesn't have to be sad. The Next Step shares Gabe's vision and would like to help him honor his mother by being able to offer activities, special outings and events to children that miss out on so many of these opportunities because of the presence of domestic violence in their lives.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:55

Home is where you hang your high-hat

Somebody much wiser than me once said, 'Necessity is the mother of invention.'

If this is the case, then musically speaking, Steve Peer is invention's baby daddy.

A long time musician, Peer began promoting music locally along the 'Bar Harbor-Bangor corridor' after returning from a long stint drumming in Halifax. Finding himself paying out more than seemed feasible for hall rentals and generously feeding and housing traveling bands, he looked for a more cost effective venue. It was then that Peer decided to strip his home and convert the first floor into 'America's favorite house concert.'

What started predominately as a vehicle to showcase Gaelic performers, 430 Bayside in Ellsworth has offered a stage to acts almost as diverse as Peer's own musical tastes and genres in which he is a proficient drummer.

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