ELLSWORTH - The Grand announces the next in a series of high-definition simulcast performances from The National Theatre of London a production of the eagerly anticipated new play 'The Last of the Haussmans' starring Julie Walters and Rory Kinnear on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.

Directed by Howard Davies, 'The Last of the Haussmans' tells the story of anarchic, high society drop-out Judy Haussman (Julie Walters, 'Educating Rita,' 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows') who remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon coast. After an operation, she's joined by wayward offspring Nick (Rory Kinnear) and Libby (Helen McCrory), sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family's crumbling swimming pool. Together they share a few sweltering months in this chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand's film program of documentary and independent films, CineGrand, continues with the independent film smash 'Sleepwalk with Me,' screening on Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Mike Birbiglia plays 'Mike Birbiglia,' an aspiring stand-up who fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career and finds his anxiety coming out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Birbiglia co-wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It's also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by "This American Life."

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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:52

James McMurtry returns to The Grand

ELLSWORTH - The Grand presents a solo performance from singer-songwriter James McMurtry on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry ('Lonesome Dove,' 'Terms of Endearment'), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, released in 1989, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. 

Published in Music
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 15:33

Grand ole time

Bigger, better, funkier

We're flush with cultural treasures so much so that we sometimes can forget what's in our own backyard. But, with their marquis lighting up the Ellsworth skyline in all its historical glory, there's never been a better time to check out The Grand.

'Our mission is to bring enrichment and educational programing to Ellsworth and Eastern Maine,' said The Grand's Arts Education Coordinator Kristie Billings. She noted that sometimes people tend to categorize The Grand as 'just' a movie theatre, or 'just' a live performance venue, when it is that and more. Much more. So much more it's almost insane.

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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 announces the first in the Fall 2012 series of Hi Def simulcasts from The National Theatre of London: a theatrical adaptation of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (based on Mark Haddon's bestselling novel) on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.

Christopher (Luke Treadaway), 15 years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog, Wellington. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in his book to solve the mystery. He has an extraordinary brain - exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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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.

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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.'

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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.

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