k.d. lang, and more
ORONO — Singer k.d. lang, whose performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” electrified those watching the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics, will be the special guest at the Collins Center for the Arts gala on Sept. 24, an evening that will launch a silver anniversary season of excitement, entertainment and surprise.
In October, the national touring company of “My Fair Lady” will remind audiences what can be done “With a Little Bit of Luck” while bubble artist Fan Wang will float into town with a Gazillion Bubble Show unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
Audiences will be amazed in November by the “Impossible Magic of the Masters of Illusion,” then help the Mad Science Theater-CSI crew solve a murder and marvel at the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China.
In December, enjoy “The Sounds of Christmas” with the incomparable Elisabeth Von Trapp and the Empire Brass. In February, a little “Respect” will come to the stage with help from the West End Company of the Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers.
March brings the “Music of Queen” and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra rocking Hutchins Concert Hall. In April, it’s The Met: Live in HD performance of Verdi’s “La Traviata” and in May, the Great White Way with 100 Years of Broadway, including hits from musicals ranging from “Phantom of the Opera” to “Cabaret,” “Jersey Boys” and “Chicago.”
Tickets are on sale at the box office at 581-1755 or online athttp://www.collinscenterforthearts.com
BANGOR — A Summer Evening Musicale, featuring chamber musicians from Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, at All Souls Church, 10 Broadway.
The event is sponsored by the Arlan A. Baillie Steinway Performance Series, Congregation Beth Israel and Bangor Symphony Orchestra. It is free, and a reception will be held afterward.
Summer music series
BANGOR — Bangor Public Library’s Summer Music Series features free concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for music lovers of all ages and tastes.
• July 27, Jose Ayerve, alternative music. His one-man show has appeared across Maine. Ayerve has produced an album in Spanish, “Cinco Pesos.” He co-wrote the single “Pega Luna Manny” about Boston Red Sox player Manny Ramirez, which was included in film credits for “Fever Pitch.”
• Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m. “Smells Like the Nineties,” a trip back in time to revisit the best of punk, rock and grunge. Wes Delaney does vocals with Matt Chabe on guitar and bass. Rick Wright contributes guitar and bass and Scott Dufour keeps the beat. Delaney provides fun performances as the band brings the energy of the ’90s alternative scene to the library.
• Aug. 10, 7 p.m. Amanda Gervasi, a Maine-grown artist, sharing insightful lyrics and onstage intensity enchanting audiences of all ages. With a folk-rock roots and blues appreciation, her songs reveal a blend of her influences and originality. After moving to Portland, Gervasi joined Gypsy Tailwind and recorded two albums.
• Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Jonee Earthquake, a walk on the wild side with an energetic and enjoyable punk band. Irreverent and fun, Jonee Earthquake makes perfect music for moshing. Formed in 1979, the band retains its joy of sharing punk and rockabilly music with audiences of all ages.
• Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Heart of Maine Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, local women sharing their common love of singing in four-part harmony, barbershop a cappella style. Members range from age 22 to 82. “Singing keeps us young,” said Bette Cozzi, a singer in the lead section for several years.
• Aug. 31, 7 p.m. Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine, performing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan since 1976. The singers share their love of the charming operettas from the 1800s. By preserving the vitality of the classic works of Sir Arthur Sullivan and Sir William Gilbert, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society inspires and entertains the community.
The series is sponsored by Gross Minsky and Mogul Law Office. Concerts are held in Peirce Park next to the library, or inside in case of rain. For information, call 947-8336.
BANGOR — Cool Sounds will continue 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, when the Downtown Bangor Partnership presents the Teen Jam.
The Outdoor Market will be held 5-8 p.m., with 35-40 vendors selling Maine-made fine arts, crafts, food items and produce in West Market Square and along Broad Street.
Other Cool Sounds concerts scheduled are:
• 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 moves under Pickering Square garage. For more information, visit www.downtownbangor.com.
BANGOR — Free family concerts, “Around the World in 30 Instruments,” will be offered in Bangor, Blue Hill and Castine. The concerts, presented by 21st century bards Four Shillings Short, who perform Celtic, folk and world music, are scheduled for:
• Blue Hill, Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21; 374-5515.
• Bangor, Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St., presented by Maine Discovery Museum and WERU Radio, children’s concert, 10-11 a.m.; family concert, 1-2 p.m. Thursday, July 21; 262-7200.
• Castine, Unitarian Parish Hall, 41 School St., 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Sponsored by Friends of Witherle Memorial Library.
Celebrating their 16th year, the husband-wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California tour the United States and Ireland and live as the troubadours of old, traveling from town to town.
The Celtic-folk-world music duo plays traditional and original music from Ireland and Scotland, Indian ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs, medieval and Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers.
At Bangor Library
BANGOR — Bangor Public Library has announced Summer Reading Program events:
• Thursday, July 21, stories of Kathy Lena’s trip to Zambia, including a safari through South Luangwa National Park, 10:30 a.m., Story Room.
• Friday, July 22, “Luau,” 10:30 a.m., patio by the Children’s Room. Don tropical wear for ukulele music, crafts, food, hula and stories. In case of rain, the event will move to the Story Room.
• Monday, July 25, Jody Smith doing “Crafty Critters,” 10:30 a.m., Story Room. While sharing fascinating facts about the animals, Smith will help everyone create their own little critter.
• Tuesday, July 26, Special Collections Librarian Bill Cook, “Out of the Ashes, The 100th Anniversary of the Bangor Fire, the Great Fire of 1911.” Cook will present a slide show of original photographs from the library’s collection and describe what firefighting was like then. He’ll have samples of firefighter equipment from that era and the present to compare. For more information on the Great Fire, visit http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/firecomm/index.htm.
• Wednesday, July 27, “Mother Goose,” birth to 24 months, stories, songs, finger plays with Shane Layman, 10:15 a.m. “Summer Storytime,” stories and crafts, age 3-7, 11 a.m.
• Thursday, July 28, Shane Layman hosting “Flavors of the World,” herbs in international cuisine, 10:30 a.m., Story Room.
• Friday, July 29, Pancoe Pool Party, 10 a.m., Beth Pancoe Municipal Aquatic Center, Union Street. Each child who registers for the summer reading program gets a free pool party pass for a child and a parent or guardian. Hosted by the aquatic center, Bangor Parks and Recreation and the library are hosting the party. Brief water safety review with lifeguards.
BANGOR — The KahBang Festival has announced the addition of a campsite Aug. 11-13 on outer Hammond Street in Hermon.
The KahBang Festival will present music by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, My Morning Jacket, Lupe Fiasco, Chromeo, Atmosphere, Surfer Blood, Atomic Tom and dozens more. The campsite itself will feature its own stage, and will provide around-the-clock entertainment for campers. KahBang Festival and camping passes are available at http://www.kahbang.com.
Campers will be taken by shuttle between the campsite, downtown Bangor and the waterfront.
“The addition of camping truly solidifies us as a super-regional event. We’re excited to receive individuals from across the country and have them experience our event and beautiful summer in Maine,” said Tim Lo, executive director.
For more information regarding the KahBang Festival and camping, contact Chris Michaud at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 461.4435.
‘The King and I’ trip
BANGOR — All Souls Congregational Church will sponsor a Cyr bus trip to see “The King and I” on Saturday, Oct. 1, in “theater in the round” at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass.
The cost of $159 includes transportation, theater ticket, lunch at the Wenham Tea House, supper at the Old Country Buffet and donation to All Souls Church and its community outreach. All ages are welcome.
The reservation deadline is Aug. 1. Food concerns or mobility challenges may be accommodated when requested.
Send name, address, phone number and check payable to All Souls Church in care of Nancy Ziegenbein, 41 Linden St., Bangor, ME 04401. Indicate lunch choice: chicken potpie, lemon-baked haddock or quiche of the day. For information, contact Ziegenbein at 947-7965.
Open Farm Day
ORONO — A taste of Maine farm traditions is in store for visitors attending Open Farm Day events 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Page Farm and Home Museum on the University of Maine campus.
Guests young and old are invited to try their hand at such chores as churning ice cream or butter, spinning wool into yarn and felting. There will be centuries-old games to play and demonstrations of heritage crafts throughout the day, along with exhibits of farm machinery and more.
Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring their favorite traditional family fare to share at the Old-Fashioned Potluck Picnic.
Ample free parking is available. For more information about the museum or this event, visit http://www.umaine.edu/pagefarm/ or call 581-4100.