Arts news

Posted June 14, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.

Outdoor movie festival

BANGOR — River City Cinema will present “Summer Subpoena,” a free outdoor movie festival, at sunset Fridays, June 24-July 29, with films featuring tales of law, litigation and legal eagles.

Each film will begin about 8:30 p.m. in Pickering Square. Bring a lawn chair. Admission is free. Concessions will be available. For information, visit http://www.rivercitycinema.com. The schedule is:

• June 24 — “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”

• July 1 — “12 Angry Men.”

• July 8 — “Inherit the Wind.”

• July 15 — “Stairway to Heaven.”

• July 22 — “Anatomy of a Murder.”

• July 29 — “Witness for the Prosecution.”

• Aug. 5 — rain date.

Cool Sounds beach party

BANGOR — Cool Sounds will continue 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, when the Downtown Bangor Partnership hosts a beach party with Rog & Ray. The southern Maine duo packs a whole summer of fun into one evening, from the Caribbean style of Jimmy Buffett and other Latin beats to a well-chosen country song or two.

Ray sings lead, plays guitar and congas, and occasionally flute and harmonica. Rog provides the harmonies and moves smoothly from lead and rhythm to bass guitar and plays keyboards, as well. Audience members are encouraged to get onstage and play congas on certain numbers.

The show will be held in conjunction with the Outdoor Market, 5-8 p.m., which features more than 35 vendors selling Maine-made fine arts, select crafts, specialty food items and produce in West Market Square and along Broad Street.

Other Cool Sounds concerts scheduled are:

• June 23, The Scharff Brothers, alternative, pop, rock ’n’ roll.

• June 30, Sam and Yuri, folk‐rock fusion.

• July 7, Evergreen, bluegrass, folk, blues, old‐time, country and swing.

• July 14, Kayla Wass Band, country.

• July 21, Teen Jam.

• July 28, RetroRockerz, good‐time music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

• Aug. 4, FLASH! In the Pans, steel drum, calypso, pop, swing, blues and classical.

• Aug. 11, The BArSTuARDS, rock-folk with Celtic influence.

Concerts will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, the concert would move under Pickering Square garage, and the market would be at the discretion of the vendors. For more information, visit http://www.downtownbangor.com.

‘Evening with Elvis’

BANGOR — An “Evening with Elvis,” featuring Bruce Nye, will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Spectacular Event Center, Griffin Road.

Live and silent auctions will feature a handmade quilt, tickets to Collins Center for the Arts, a two-night stay at the Samoset Resort, a kayak, jewelry, furniture, restaurant gift certificates and other items.

Tickets are $20, or $140 for a table for eight. Proceeds benefit community outreach projects at Grace United Methodist Church. Tickets are available at the church, 942-8320, or at the door.

Julie and the Bug Boys

ORONO — Julie and the Bug Boys will perform 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Orono Public Library. The concert is sponsored by Orono-Old Town Kiwanis. The Friends of the Library will be selling food and balloons to benefit the library’s programs. All are welcome. For more information on the Backyard Bash, call 866-5060.

Family art workshop

BANGOR — Karen Littlefield, local photographer, is featured this month at Maine Discovery Museum. The “Art in the Heart of Downtown” artist in residency offers three days of child-friendly presentations, culminating in a Family Art Workshop 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

Families will create sun prints and work on a digital image collage using animal pictures at the workshop. The fee is $12, $10 members for one child and one adult. The fee includes two museum admissions; attendees are invited to explore three floors of “too much fun” before and after the workshop. Preregistration is required.

Karen Littlefield is particularly known for her use of pinhole cameras. Join her in the museum’s Main Street Gallery to see how a pinhole camera works and try out some of her techniques June 16-17 during regular museum hours.

LIttlefield’s love of photography began seven years ago. After one year of shooting film, her interest shifted to digital photography. She recently expanded her work to include the pinhole camera. Equipped with pinhole cameras, a stool and bungee cords, she can be seen in downtown Bangor capturing her pieces of art.

Art in the Heart of Downtown programs at the Maine Discovery Museum are sponsored by the Quimby Family Foundation.

To register for the Family Art Workshop, call the museum at 262-7200 or visit

http://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org.

Bangor Band concerts

BANGOR — Bangor Band concerts have been scheduled throughout the city. The website at http://www.bangorband.org will be updated as necessary.

• 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.

‘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. She 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.

Brewer Hometown Band

BREWER — The Brewer Hometown Band will present the first in its summer concert series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, outside Brewer Auditorium. The concert will move inside in case of rainy weather. All concerts are free, and donations are appreciated.

Activities for teens

BANGOR — Bangor Public Library asks teens to take their best shots this summer and enter the Bangor Public Library Teen Photography Contest. This year’s Teen Reading theme, “You Are Here,” should be the subject of the photo. The winner will receive a digital camera, courtesy of Bangor Wal-Mart. Entry forms are available at the library’s circulation desk or on the library’s website: http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/kidsweb/Teen2008/TeenSRSplash2010.htm .

Young adults and teens also are invited to read a book or magazine, listen to an audio book, or attend a teen program and give the library a review to share with others. Those interested can pick up review forms at the Children’s Desk or go online. There is no limit to how many reviews one may submit. Once a week, there will be a drawing from the reviews for a $25 gift certificate to the Bangor Mall. There will be a final drawing for a $50 Bangor Mall gift certificate in August.

Young adults and interested teens are invited to make a 90-second film. Read a classic novel or play that is in the public domain, then film the story in 90 seconds. No matter how serious the novel, it is bound to bring a chuckle when condensed to a minute and a half. Enlist the help of family and friends and have a chance to win a digital camcorder.

Check online for rules and suggestions for classic novels. There will be a film festival of all the entries. The winner will be announced on Friday, Aug. 5. For more information about these programs, contact Bangor Public Library at 947-8336., ext.111.

Robinson dance workshops

BANGOR — Robinson Ballet has scheduled two dance workshops. A workshop for intermediate and advanced dancers, ages 9 and up, will be held 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 27-July 1.

This one-week intensive for older and more experienced dancers will focus on many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, choreography and dance improvisation in addition to classical ballet, giving the serious dance student opportunities to learn important techniques.

An overnight option is available at Eastern Maine Community College, Kineo Hall, fully chaperoned.

A workshop for younger dancers, ages 9-12, will be held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, July 5-8. This session emphasizes the fun of moving to music while building strength, control and coordination and the use of those skills in creating dance in a friendly, noncompetitive way. No experience is required.

RBC instructors include: Keith Robinson, “Partnering,” artistic director and founding member of Robinson Ballet; Maureen Lynch, “Pointe,” artistic director and founding member; Stevie Dunham, “Modern Dance,” dance teacher for more than seven years, earned bachelor’s degree in dance and choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Guest artists include: Shana Bloomstein, “African Inspired Dance”; Sylvia Ferrell, “Mid-Eastern Dance”; Sandy Hartley, “Contemporary”; Julie Arnold Lisnet, “ Dance Expression Through Acting”; Birdie Sawyer, “Hip Hop.”

For information, costs and reservations, visit http://wwwrobinsonballet.org or call 990-3140.

Documentary ‘Green Fire’

BANGOR — The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine and Bangor Public Library will hold a free screening 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 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 career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the 20th century and 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, grandnephew of Leopold, who is a birder and active with the Penobscot Valley Chapter of the Maine Audubon Society, will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterward.

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

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.

Pressed glass dishes

SEARSPORT — The Searsport Historical Society has acquired more than 100 Early American pressed glass butter dishes from the Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Carver collection. Clifford Carver was a founding member of the Penobscot Marine Museum, and these dishes represent Mrs. Carver’s passion for Early American glass. Included are many rare and unusual patterns.

The Searsport Historical Society will display these butter dishes during its opening weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Crary-Carlon-Coleman House on Sears Island Road. All are welcome. The exhibit is free.

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