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Posted June 07, 2011, at 10:03 a.m.
Last modified June 07, 2011, at 5:51 p.m.

Music Theatre Festival

ORONO — The University of Maine School of Performing Arts will present the second annual Summer Music Theatre Festival with two exciting and gruesome tales to haunt summer nights. Kicking off the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, in the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on the University of Maine campus will be “The Bat,” a spine-tingling murder mystery by Mary Roberts Rinehart and James Avery Hopwood.

Directed by Angela Bonacase, the play is the story of the search for a stolen fortune and the identity of the illusive Bat, who murders innocent women in the dead of night. No one knows who is responsible, but everyone is a suspect.

Written in 1920, Rinehart’s play was adapted into a silent film in 1926 and revived in a 1959 version starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 17-18 and 24-25, and 2 p.m. June 19 and 26 at the Pavilion Theatre behind Fogler Library and Winslow Hall.

Tickets at $10, $7 for students are available at http://www.umaine.edu/spa or at the door. A discount is available when purchasing tickets at the same time as “Sweeney Todd” tickets, $20 for both shows.

For information, contact 581-1965 or Tom.mikotowicz@umit.maine.edu.

Beginning last year, the University of Maine School of Performing Arts premiered its Summer Music Theatre Festival with “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Mousetrap.” SMTF was created to foster outreach to the community offering a unique opportunity for people of all ages to work on professional theatrical productions, while giving university students a chance to further their experience and education.

Exhibit of miniatures at MMA

CASTINE — The works of multiple artists of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, June 12-15, and 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 16, in the Harborview Room of Harold Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy.

The exhibit will be held in conjunction with the guild’s annual instructional conference held each summer at the Castine college. It will feature handcrafted works from instructors and students and will be open free of charge to the public.

The guild is a mixture of miniaturists, both collectors and artisans, who have an appreciation for fine miniatures. Each year the guild hosts a series of classes, lectures and social events focused on the common interests of its membership. The annual Guild School, as the conference is known, brings more than 30 instructors, all artisans or fellows of the guild, and 200 miniaturists from more than 30 states and other countries to the MMA campus. While on campus, the group holds more than 40 classes, each running six to eight hours a day. The group offers a variety of classes for all skill levels in many mediums.

The primary goal of IGMA is to promote fine miniatures as an art form. It also seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of high-quality workmanship through public education, recognize and honor qualified artisans, encourage work of the highest quality, encourage the development of new artisans, and coordinate and serve the interests and needs of the artisan and nonartisan.

For further information, contact the MMA Conferences Department, Rhonda Varney, 326-2283.

Drumming and singing

OLD TOWN — A Native American Drumming and Singing Circle featuring David Slagger, member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, will be held 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 11, at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 1, 15 Hudson Road, Route 43.

All are welcome to bring their drum and join the drumming and singing circle as the final celebration in the Native American drum-making workshops.

For more information, call Gudrun Keszöcze  at 944-9259 or visit http://www.hirundomaine.org. From gate 1, it is a half-mile to Pine Tree parking lot, with the shelter farther on the left.

Documentary ‘Green Fire’

BANGOR — The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine and Bangor Public Library will hold two free screenings of a new film called “Green Fire,” the first full-length, high-definition documentary film made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold.

The film explores Leopold’s life in the early part of the 20th century and the ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world. It will be shown at:

• 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St., Suite 100.

• Noon Thursday, June 16, at Bangor Public Library.

“Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature.

The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the 20th century and still inspires people today. Probably best-known as the author of the conservation classic, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold is renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist and wilderness advocate.  

Jerry Smith, grand-nephew of Leopold, who is a birder and  active locally with the Penobscot Valley Chapter of the Maine Audubon Society, will introduce the film and  lead the discussion afterward.

The film is being shown in community screening venues like these throughout 2011 and will be released on public television in early 2012.

The Bangor screening is made possible by Dr. Michele Brogunier, former resident of Bangor and daughter of Bangor’s Hope Brogunier. Michele Brogunier, a physician who lives in Madison Wis., saw a premiere showing of the film and wanted Bangor residents to have an opportunity to see it as well.

 

“Green Fire” illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence by exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Viewers will meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration. They will learn about ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties and with their neighbors in cooperative community conservation efforts.

They will meet wildlife biologists who are bringing back threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, to the landscapes where they once thrived. The film portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land — his call for a land ethic — ties all of these modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is distributing the film to community screeners and is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Baraboo, Wis. The foundation’s mission is to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold.

Leopold regarded a land ethic as a product of social evolution: “Nothing so important as an ethic is ever ‘written.’ It evolves ‘in the minds of a thinking community.’” Learn more about the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the movie at http://www.aldoleopold.org.

For more information, call  the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine at 942-9343 or Bangor Public Library at 947-8366.

Bangor Band concerts

BANGOR — Because of the planned demolition of Bangor Auditorium and construction of the new auditorium, the bandstand will be removed on or about July 8. The Bangor Band concerts scheduled for July 4-5 will be the final two concerts at the bandstand location in Paul Bunyan Park. The band will move around the city to play. The website at http://www.bangorband.org will be updated as necessary.

• June 14, 7 p.m. concert, Bangor Public Library.

• June 21, 7 p.m. concert, Bandstand, Paul Bunyan Park.

• June 28, 7 p.m. concert, Fairmount Park.

• July 4, 7 p.m. concert, Bandstand, Paul Bunyan Park.

• July 5, 7 p.m. concert, Bandstand, Paul Bunyan Park.

• July 11, 7 p.m. rehearsal, Parks and Rec building, 657 Main St.

• July 12, 7 p.m. concert, Waterfront.

• July 19, 7 p.m. concert, Waterfront.

• July 26, 6:45 p.m. concert, Chapin Park.

• Aug. 2, 7 p.m. concert, Cascade Park.

• Aug. 9, 7 p.m. final concert, Waterfront.

Bangor Ballet auditions

BANGOR — Bangor Ballet will hold an audition for its fall show at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Thomas School of Dance, 14 State St. Additional auditions will be announced later in the summer. This audition is for intermediate and advanced dancers only; girls will audition on pointe.

The show to be cast will be a tribute in honor of choreographer George Balanchine. Performances will be in early November. Rehearsals will begin immediately after Labor Day.

All Bangor Ballet auditions are open to dancers from any school. Advanced dancers not now enrolled in classes may audition. Although Bangor Ballet auditions are held at Thomas School of Dance, no special preference is given to Thomas School of Dance students.

For more information, email bangorballet@gmail.com or call 945-3457 and leave a message for Bangor Ballet.

‘Abbott’s Reach’

BANGOR — Ardeana Hamlin will read from her latest book, “Abbott’s Reach,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

“Abbott’s Reach” is a sequel to Hamlin’s first book, “Pink Chimneys,” first published 24 years ago and now a Maine classic. The new book takes up where the first book left off, allowing readers to discover what became of Maude, Fanny and Elizabeth. The heroine of “Abbott’s Reach” is Elizabeth’s daughter, Mercy Maude, always called “M,” who marries a Searsport sea captain and goes to sea with him on a honeymoon voyage. Both books take the reader to 19th century Bangor where great prosperity and grim poverty coexist.

Hamlin writes the “By Hand” column that appears Tuesdays in the Bangor Daily News. She is an assistant editor for The Weekly and the Midcoast Beacon, weekly papers published by the BDN. She lives and writes in Hampden.

Collection of essays

BANGOR — Dana Wilde of Troy, a columnist and editor for the Bangor Daily News, has published a new collection of essays on Maine’s natural world, “The Other End of the Driveway.”

Available in paperback and ebook from www.booklocker.com, the volume collects essays from the award-winning Amateur Naturalist column in the BDN. An itinerant amateur naturalist from Waldo County, Wilde explores the science and experience of the backyard and the Maine woods, following in the tracks of writers such as Henry David Thoreau and Annie Dillard.

“Dana Wilde’s collection makes up a bright constellation of images and insights that tells the story of Maine’s natural world in all seasons and weather,” wrote Kristen Lindquist of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust in Camden. “His close and joyful focus on

everything around him, from stars and spiders to bog grasses and bear tracks, instructs and illuminates as all the best stories do.”

Wilde has taught at Unity College and the University of Maine, as well as in Eastern Europe and China. His writings on nature, literature and the cosmos have appeared in a variety of publications. He lives with his wife, Bonnie Woellner, in Troy.

“The Other End of the Driveway” is available from local bookstores and www.amazon.com. For more information, visit www.dwildepress.net/thedriveway or contact the author at naturalist@dwildepress.net.

Trailer park musical

BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre will continue the Maine premiere of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” through June 19 at Bangor Opera House.

The musical fable for mature audiences is directed and choreographed by interim Producing Artistic Director Nathan Halvorson.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9 and 16; 8 p.m. June 10-11, 17-18; 3 p.m. June 12 and 19. Tickets are $20-35 at the theater, 942-3333 or http://www.penobscottheatre.org.

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