CAMDEN — Auditions for the musical “The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art” will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Camden Opera House. Show dates are at 7 p.m. July 15-17. Auditioners are asked to prepare a short a capella piece that shows off vocal range. The production is a collaboration between local quilting artists, businesses, schools and musical and theatrical communities. For more information, call 354-5077.
ROCKPORT — The Everyman Repertory Theatre of Camden will present a new contemporary translation by Artistic Director Paul Hodgson of a comedy by French playwright Moliere, “The Miser.” The play will be performed April 22 through May 1 at the Rockport Opera House.
A comedy, “The Miser” lampoons greed, old age, young lovers, lackeys and matchmakers. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong before it is resolved with typical 18th-century good sense and taste. Lovers marry, families reunite and Harpagon’s gold is returned.
The Everyman Repertory Theatre will perform the comedy at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22, 23, 29 and 30 April, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, April and May 1. Tickets are available at HAV II, The Owl & Turtle Book shop, Rock City Books & Coffee and Yo Mamma’s.
For more information, call 236-0173 or visit http://www.everymanrep.org.
Maine, Civil War topic of new book
VINALHAVEN — Author Harry Gratwick, a longtime summer resident of Vinalhaven, announced the publication of his latest book, “Mainers in the Civil War.” A retired history professor, Gratwick also is the author of “Penobscot Bay: People, Ports and Pastimes” and “Hidden History of Maine.” His third book, “Shipping Lanes, Stories from the Maine Coast,” is scheduled to be released in 2012.
Gratwick is a member of the Vinalhaven Historical Society and has written on maritime history for Island Institute publications. For more information, visit http://www.historypress.com or http://www.harrygratwick.com.
UNITY — Master’s Blend Coffeehouse, featuring the bluegrass music of Wild Blue Yonder, will offer an evening of music and refreshments at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Unity Community Center. The event is free.
Master’s Blend Coffeehouse is a ministry outreach of the Quaker Hill Christian Church
in Unity. For more information, please call Pastor Mike Senecal at 491-5080 or e-mail
Reading of Chinese poetry
ROCKLAND — A reading of Chinese poetry will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the David Scriven Crowley Gallery, 409 Main St.
The poems will come from “Poems of the Masters: China’s Classic Anthology of T’ang and Sung Verse” translated by Red Pine. aka Bill Porter, who has given special permission to use his work for the reading.
David Chen, a 15-year-old student at Georges Valley High School, will read the original Chinese and poet Kendall Merriam will read the English translations.
The reading will open with music by Vincent “Blind Albert’ Gabriel. Chen will read Li Pai (Li Po) “Sitting Alone on Chingting Mountain” and nine other poems of the “Masters” which will end with another by Li Pai, “On Yellow Crane Tower Hearing a Flute.” Merriam then will read his long poem, “Yellow Crane Terrace.”
The reading is free and open to all.
The event is part of Poetry Month Rockland, a city-wide celebration of poetry as an art form, produced by the Rockland Public Library in conjunction with National Poetry Month.
Journal making workshop
WASHINGTON — Gibbs Library will offer a journal making workshop 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 21, at the library, 40 Old Union Road. The event is sponsored by the Paula Green Art Fund. Participants will choose one of two journals to create — either a hardcover journal or a Japanese stab bound journal. Class size is limited to 20 participants.
The journal making process includes bookbinding techniques such as accurate folding, hand sewing, measuring and gluing. Precut papers will be provided. The techniques taught will be a starting point for future explorations of this infinite art form, said workshop instructor Cynthia McGuirl.
The workshop is suitable for adults and children age nine and older. Children age 6 to 8 may attend if accompanied by an adult who works with them. The workshop is free with a $5 materials fee charged to adults. Materials are free to those age 18 and younger. Preregistration is required by calling 845-2663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 845-2663.