Arts news

Posted May 04, 2011, at 4:08 p.m.

Library book sale

BANGOR, Maine — The Friends of Bangor Public Library will hold their annual book sale for the public 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Bangor Public Library.

A special “pre-preview” sale with admission of $10 will be held 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 6. Books will be $5 each, except for specials, and no limit on the number that can be purchased.

The Friends’ preview takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6. Participants must be a member of the Friends of the Bangor Public Library, but it is possible to join at the door. There is a 20-book limit.

Ten thousand books, 98 percent of which have been donated, will be on sale — 60 percent of the books are hardcovers. These books are not “picked over.” There are no buyer restrictions on Saturday, May 7. Paperbacks will be 50 cents to $1, hardcovers $2. Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Bangor Public Library.

To donate books, call 947-8336 to arrange for pickup. To volunteer to work at the book sale, leave your name and contact information in the Friends of the Library’s mailbox at Bangor Public Library.

‘The White Rose’

ORONO, Maine — Orono Community Theatre will present a production directed by Bruce Johnson, “The White Rose,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Road.

The play tells the true story of a group of German university students who published anti-Hitler leaflets which they distributed throughout Germany and Austria in 1942 and 1943 before they were arrested, tried and sentenced.

The compelling script by playwright Lillian Groag begins with the arrest of Hans and Sophie Scholl on Feb. 18, 1943, and takes attendees through their five days of interrogation, with flashback scenes to the students’ Munich apartment that chronicle the inception of the anonymous student resistance group that came to be known as The White Rose. In Germany today, Sophie, Hans and the other students of The White Rose are regarded as heroes.

The OCT cast includes Telly Coolong of Milford; Cate Davis, Destiny Winters, Siobhan Harrity and Alex Bulteel of Orono; Sarah Niemic of Old Town, Anthony Severance of Orrington and Adam Boynton of Bradley.

Costume design is by by Cate Davis, set and lighting design by Sandy Cyrus, the stage manager is Amandy Fahey, and the assistant stage manager is KC Edes.

Orono Community Theatre is a program of the Orono Parks and Recreation Department. Tickets are on sale at Orono Pharmacy, $10 for adults, $6 students and seniors. Orono Middle School students will be admitted for half-price to the Sunday matinee. For information, call 866-5065.

Musica Sacra

BANGOR, Maine — Musica Sacra, sacred music for Eastertide and in honor of the Blessed Mother, will be performed by St. John’s Adult and Youth Choirs with strings, harp and organ at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at St. John Catholic Church, 207 York St.

Works of Bach, Dupre, Haydn, Schubert and Viadana will be performed. The director is Kevin Birch. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Allagash program

BANGOR, Maine — Tim Caverly, author of “Wilderness Wildlife” and “Allagash Tails,” will share a PowerPoint presentation at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Bangor Public Library’s Lecture Hall. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 947-8336, ext. 111.

Chorus spring concert

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Community Chorus members, led by conductor Joshua Schmersal and accompanied by Colin Graebert, look forward to welcoming the public to the group’s annual spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St.

The chorus, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, has many a great song in store, from Mozart to musical theater. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

Theater by seniors

BANGOR, Maine — The Hammond Street Senior Center’s “Still Playing” Theatre Troupe will stage a benefit to support the center at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at 2 Hammond St., downtown.

The play is cast entirely with Senior Center members and the public charity’s executive director. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information, call 262-5532.

Music by The Shuk

BANGOR, Maine — Internationally acclaimed musical group The Shuk will  perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Beth Israel Synagogue, 144 York St. The concert will be held in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. Admission is free.

The Shuk is an Israel-based group of musicians and educators who are dedicated to using music to excite and connect people to Israeli and Jewish culture, identity and society. The Shuk is sponsored in part by a donation from the Dresner Community Music Program, in memory of Anncharlene Dresner. For more information, call 945-3433.

Benefit for H.O.M.E.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Come to the Alamo Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, for a concert to benefit benefit H.O.M.E. David Dodson will share the stage with Mary Kate Small and longtime friend Dean Stevens.

Stevens is an exuberant performer who combines an intricate, self-taught guitar style with an expressive singing voice. A creator and interpreter of songs in English and Spanish, Stevens explores personal and social topics, paints sketches of people and places and celebrates the Earth.

Stevens travels frequently to Central America and is known for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees returning to their homes in El Salvador and Guatemala. Both he and H.O.M.E. will be selling Central American crafts and coffee at the Alamo.

David Dodson figures he has written 350 songs worth keeping and has called Camden his home since the 1980s. His newest CD, “Soul Song,” will be available while supplies last, with $1 dollar donated to H.O.M.E. for every CD sold at the Cinco de Mayo benefit.

Mary Kate Small will perform her song about Phil Gray, one of H.O.M.E.’s pillars, who died in March. She met Gray when she first volunteered in Orland and has been wanting to organize this benefit for sometime, especially in light of H.O.M.E.’s 40 years of accomplishments. With nearly 100 songs to her credit, and duos lined up with Dodson, Small is looking forward to raising funds for her favorite Maine nonprofit.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at 85 Main St. For reservations, call 469-7961. Suggested donation is $10.

Student performance

BANGOR, Maine — Twelve piano students and one organ student in grades three through 12 have been chosen by their teachers to perform at this year’s Student Performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at All Souls Church, 10 Broadway.

The Student Performance, which is part of the Arlan A. Baillie  Performance Series at All Souls Church, is designed to give students an opportunity to play for each other, inspire one another and have the experience of performing on a grand piano in a concert setting.

Teachers submitting students are Kevin Birch, Barbara Fenlason, Paulina Glazman, Kaiye Holt, Ellen Newton, Jim Nga, Patricia Stowell and Joann Westin. The level of playing is from novice to advanced.

A highlight of this year’s event is organist Abraham Ross, who at 17 has been organist for Grace United Methodist Church for three years. He has played piano for six years in student performances at All Souls Church. He will play the “Ave Maris Stella” suite by Dupre.

The public is invited to attend; admission is free.

Author Janet Chapman

BANGOR, Maine — New York Times best-selling author Janet Chapman will be the guest speaker for the Not Your Ordinary Book Group at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library. All are welcome to join members of the book group to listen to the author share her writing experiences. Chapman is a Maine native.

“This is why my stories are set here. And why I wish to share them with the rest of the world. I live in a log home on a lake in central Maine. I’ve been married for 25 years and have two remarkable sons,” she wrote on her Good Reads website. She has 16 books in print and two more titles due to be released. “Mystical Warrior,” the third book in the Midnight Bay series, will be released on June 28, and the first in the Spellbound Falls series in early 2012.

“Not your Ordinary Book Group” blogger Jan Lima advises, “If you have never read a Chapman romance, I suggest you start with ’Charming the Highlander.’ Janet’s books can all be read separately, but she has created an amazing community of characters within each of her series, so that it’s always wonderful revisiting friends from her former books.”

A list of Janet Chapman’s books with cover art and links to Bangor Public Library’s catalog is available on the library’s Web page, http://www.bpl.lib.me.us, click on the Author Visits link. Chapman has asked that those attending bring questions to ask about her books or her writing.

Bangor Public Library is a founding member of Bangor Arts, a collaboration inviting the public to discover and enjoy the excitement of Bangor’s world of art and culture.

Heartwarming movie

BANGOR, Maine — Movie Night will be held at 6 p.m. the first and third Friday of the month at Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia St.

The series will begin on Friday, May 20, with the family movie “Because of Winn-Dixie,” the heartwarming “tail” of a girl and the four-legged friend who changed her life. Pizza will be served before the movie. Both the movie and popcorn are free. For more information, check the website at http://www.csbcbangor.org

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