Arts news July 21

Posted July 17, 2011, at 5:58 p.m.

Musical theater production

NORTHPORT — Northport Music Theater will present “The Bikinis,” by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22-23 and 29-30, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 and 31. In the summer of 1964 on the Jersey shore four friends form a girl group, win a talent contest and make it to the top. Many years later, The Bikinis reunite for a show of summer hits. Songs include selections from styles of the era — folk, pop, early rock and psychedelic rock, R&B, country and disco.

Tickets are $25 for evening performances, $20 Sunday matinees, day of show $14. Call 338-8383 9 a.m.-2 p.m. show days to obtain the discounted ticket offer, while supplies last. Cash or check only at the door. The theater is handicapped-accessible.

Eco-motion street sculptures

BELFAST — Waterfall Arts and Our Town Belfast are bringing a new edition of Eco-Motion street sculptures to the sidewalks and parks of Belfast. The theme “Please, Be Seated!” brought more than 18 new seating structures now installed on city walkways and in three downtown parks. Creative individuals crafted unique and fun seats, such as a lobster buoy bench, a carved apple tree, a human- and wind-powered weather vane seat, a fairy throne, a whimsical frog chair and more.

Maps listing the “Please, Be Seated” installations are available at the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, Waterfall Arts and downtown merchants. Visitors can use the maps to complete the Puzzle Piece Hunt on the map’s reverse side.

Ten of the new seats have “Please, Be Seated” Braille signage, thanks to Dr. Lyndon Morgan.

The seat structures will be in place until early September, when they will be sold at a public auction if they have not had a buyer commit to a minimum bid. Prices and auction information will be announced athttp://www.belfastecomotion.org/ by the end of July.

Book Festival

BELFAST — Belfast merchants and Our Town Belfast will hold a Book Festival Friday through Sunday, July 29-3. Six bookstores and many shops will participate. The event will include book signings by authors and illustrators, authors giving readings and talks, question-and-answer sessions, cookbook authors and cooking demonstrations, craft book authors and demonstrations, children’s books readings and signings, and bookbinding demonstrations.

For more information visit,http://www.BelfastBoundBookFestival.com, email Nanette at Info@BeyondTheSeaMaine.com or Dorothy@OurTownBelfast.org.

‘Art to Collect Now’

ROCKPORT — “Art to Collect Now,” an exhibition of 100 pieces of artwork contributed by artists invited to submit to CMCA’s 34th Benefit Art Auction, will open Saturday, July 16. The exhibition includes artwork by many of Maine’s most distinguished artists. Admission is free to members, $5 others.

The 2011 CMCA Benefit Art Auction will take place Sunday, July 31, at Point Lookout in Northport. It is also CMCA’s largest fundraiser, providing support for the organization’s operations, exhibitions and programs. Artists choose to donate either a portion or all of the proceeds to CMCA.

The auction preview begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by a catered dinner and the auction. Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will preside as auctioneer. Tickets to the auction and dinner are $125 and may be ordered by calling CMCA at 236-2875. Absentee bids are encouraged for those who can’t be present at the auction.

American Folk Festival

BANGOR — The American Folk Festival will celebrate 10 years of music, dance and culture from traditions across America and the world Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28, on the waterfront.

Performers scheduled are:

• Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners, Friday and Saturday.

• Samba Ngo, Congolese, Friday through Sunday.

• Super Chikan, blues, Friday through Sunday.

• Eden Brent, Mississippi jazz, Saturday and Sunday.

• Rich in Tradition, bluegrass, Friday through Sunday.

• Hot Club of Cowtown, western swing, Friday and Saturday.

• Seamus Connolly & Friends, Irish song and dance, Friday through Sunday.

• ReVeillons! Quebecois, Friday through Sunday.

• The Brotherhood Singers, gospel, Saturday and Sunday.

• Pedrito Martinez, Latin dance, Saturday and Sunday.

• Zikrayat, Egyptian music and dance, Saturday and Sunday.

• Rhythms of Rajasthan, Rajasthani music and dance, Saturday and Sunday.

• Chuna McIntyre, Native American Yup’ik, Friday through Sunday.

• Stooges Brass Band, New Orleans Parade Band, Friday through Sunday.

• Los Tres Reyes, Mexican romantic trio, Saturday and Sunday.

• Bing Xia, Chinese Guzheng, Saturday and Sunday.

Suggested donation is $10 a day.

Ghostlight Chorus

CAMDEN — The Ghostlight Chorus of New York will perform “Water & Light” at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, in the Camden Amphitheatre as part of its New England tour. The concert will feature a performance of “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Thomaston native Nathan Salzone, as well as Whitacre’s “Water Night” and Ligeti’s “Lux Aeterna.”

Founded in 2010 by artistic director Evelyn Troester, the ensemble is an elite chamber choir with 16 to 20 singers focusing on vocal-choral technique work, musicality, intonation and rhythm mastery, as well as creative improvisation.

Free concert

ROCKPORT — The Windjammer Barbershop Chorus of Camden will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Rockville Community Chapel, Old Rockland Street, off Route 17. The chorus, directed by Kathy Robitaille, with assistant director Granville Ames, usually consists of 18 members and has been in existence for about 15 years. They rehearse at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Lion’s Den in Camden. Members travel from as far away as Nobleboro, Alna, Washington, South Thomaston and Belfast. They share a love of a cappella music and the camaraderie that is associated with barbershoppers.

Lemonade and home-baked goodies will be available for purchase on the lawn during intermission. Donations will be accepted at the door with proceeds going toward the continuing renovation of the chapel and to help pay a loan necessary for the new roof and repairs to the belfry.

The third and final concert in the series will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Music will be provided by Bay Winds North. For more information, visithttp://rockvillemechapel.org/.

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