Arts news

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 5:37 p.m.

Library programs

BANGOR — Bangor Public Library will begin its fall programs on Monday, Sept. 12, in the Story Room at 145 Harlow St., unless otherwise indicated. Every age group has a program, from birth to teen. The Children’s Department will offer 12 programs a week. All are welcome to stop by and find the right one for them.

• “Read to Me,” 10:15-10:45 a.m. Mondays, in the Story Room. “This program is for children who just love to be read to,” Christine Erickson said. “It’s a nice quiet midmorning break where kids can bring a snack and sit back and listen.” Children age 2-5 are invited to attend this program with a parent or guardian so everyone can relax together.

• “Mother Goose Storytime,” 10:15-10:35 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Babies up to 24 months are welcome to participate with a parent or guardian. “The little ones get so excited for their favorite songs and stories. That excitement is contagious,” said Jessica Atherton. Come join the fun for a few stories, songs and finger plays.

• “Tiny Tots,” 11-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. “Children bring such joy to Story Time. Their love of a good story makes it a fun time for everyone,” said Atherton, who will run this program. Two- to 4-year-olds may come with their participating adult and listen to stories, sing songs, do a craft and get a snack.

• “ABC Crafts,” 11-11:30 a.m. Saturday. “Come join me and my pals as we have a rootin’-tootin’ good time celebrating the alphabet,” said Diana Plummer. “How about waffle tick-tack-toe for the letter W?” Children 3-6 are invited to attend with their participating adult. Her program will have stories, games, crafts and snacks.

• “Maryann’s Night Storytime,” 6-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Have a busy schedule? Take time off after the stress of the day to attend this evening program. Maryann Lanzikos promises that “nighttime storytime is a great way to end your day. Come join me for stories, poems, and a song or two. Wear your jammies and don’t forget bring your teddy bear.”

• “Goody Gang,” 3:30 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays “Reading aloud is one of my greatest pleasures,” said Lanzikos. “We’ll have a craft and a snack each week to celebrate our love of books.” Children in kindergarten through second grade are invited to come and hear stories and poems. There is always a special treat for all who attend.

• “Coveted Crafts,” 3:30 p.m. third Wednesday of the month. Jody Smith selected each craft to make sure that they were enjoyable activities for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. “I hope to inspire children to have fun using different media and materials,” Smith said. Exploring and creating with new materials will lead to individual expression and fun for a lifetime.

• “Chapter Chums,” 4-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Shane Layman likes his job because “I enjoy discussing concepts and ideas. There is a remarkable sense of accomplishment for children when they understand more than just words on a page. Every year I am astonished by how kids seem to get smarter and more creative with their thinking and understanding.” Third- and fourth-graders can meet and read great books, play puzzles and do crafts. A free book is provided to each participant.

• “The Library Club,” 3:30-4:15 p.m. every other Friday, beginning Sept. 16. The location is known only to club members. “Calling all fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders,” said Lanzikos. “I would love for you to join our Library Club. I hope to create a special place for you to relax and make friends.” Members of the Library Club have access to an exclusive meeting room. They can view books before they go into circulation and select books for the library. Members also are able to check out without their library card.

• “Shane’s Surprise Book Group,” 3:30 p.m. Fridays, starting Sept. 23. The book group is a cross between a book club and a birthday party. “Introducing children to new ideas and writing styles is very important to me,” said Layman. “This could be extremely exciting.” Fifth- and sixth-graders can come join the fun.

• Christine’s “Teen Reader’s Theatre,” 4:30 p.m. every other Wednesday. According to Erickson, “Teen Reader’s Theatre is a perfect solution for teens who like to perform but feel that they don’t have the time for lengthy rehearsals or memorization.”

• “Teen Fantasy Book Club,” 4-5 p.m. every other Wednesday, starting Sept. 21, in the boardroom. “Our first book this year is ‘The Last Boy on Earth’ by local author Thomas Burby,” said Erickson. “We will have about three meetings to discuss this book and then have an overnight at the library. You really need to read the book to see why this is such a perfect conclusion.”

• “Teen Anime Club,” 3-5 p.m. second Monday of the month, beginning Sept.12, in the boardroom. This is a great venue for anime fans to meet and exchange ideas and watch anime DVDs. Erickson loves the club and said, “I’m constantly learning new things about the artwork and story lines from past members.” Club members also are invited to check out the library’s manga and graphic novel selection and make suggestions to add to the collection.

For information, call 947-8336.

‘Cuckoo’s Nest’

EDDINGTON — Ten Bucks Theatre Co. will hold auditions for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, at the Eddington-Clifton Civic Center, Comins Hall, 1387 Main Road, Route 9.

Those auditioning will read from the script. Monologues are welcome, but not necessary. The stage adaptation is by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey. Julie Arnold Lisnet will direct the production.

The cast has 13 men and four women.

“A charming rogue contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison,” according to a synopsis of the play. “He clashes with the head nurse … and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for 12 years; he makes a presumed deaf and mute Indian talk. … He stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party … . For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too much for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction.”

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13, at the Eddington-Clifton Civic Center.

Performances also may be held Nov. 18-19 at Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft.

For information, call 884-1030.

‘Without Borders’ art

ORONO — The University of Maine’s Intermedia Master of Fine Arts exhibit, “Without Borders VIII: Breaking Ground,” is open to the public through Friday, Sept. 16, in the Lord Hall gallery on campus.

The recently opened exhibit is free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. A closing reception is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

This year’s Without Borders features the thesis work of the first graduating class from the Intermedia Master of Fine Arts program: John Bell, Richard Corey, Ryan Guerrero, Bethany Engstrom, Matthew Leavitt and Justin Taylor. The exhibition presents a variety of art that exists “between” traditional art forms, and includes installation, variable media, sound art and community-based graffiti.

“The Without Borders exhibition this year is very exciting for me. Not only does this present the first full class of graduating University of Maine MFA students in intermedia, but also the nature and breadth of the work itself is really remarkable,” said Owen Smith, director of the IMFA.

“What is a clear is that, if nurtured, creativity can take almost any form, and what I keep coming back to is that although the work presented is very divergent, there is a wonderful and strong sense of what is possible in, or through, an intermedia approach,” he said.

The three-year Intermedia MFA program provides graduate students an opportunity to engage in innovative, creative and theoretical work in a flexible program that encourages individual development within an interdisciplinary context. Since 2004, the Without Borders Contemporary Arts Festival has presented a range of ideas focused on exploring the spaces between culture, art, science and technology by regional, national and international artists engaged in re-examining the nature of creative production.

More information on the exhibit is available at www.withoutbordersfest.org/. Information about the Intermedia MFA may be found at http://www.intermediamfa.org.

PVI artists

BANGOR — The artists from Penobscot Valley Industries, a division of Amicus, will exhibit their art during September in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

The artists will be host to an open house 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Sept. 9, in celebration of their 12th annual art exhibit at Bangor Public Library.

Penobscot Valley Industries is a community support program for adults with developmental disabilities that provides opportunities for learning and growth to promote creativity, skill development, personal growth, wellness, self-advocacy, life planning, independence and self-expression.

This exhibit includes work in acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and papier-mache. Edna Taber, PVI program specialist, works tirelessly and with great dedication with the PVI artists throughout the year in cultivating their interests through art comparison studies, art journal, art retreat, futures planning, learning center and library research groups.

PVI artists who are displaying their work are Scott Brown, Patrick Campbell, Amanda Caruso, Karen Colwell, Darlene Day, Jaimmie Eaton, Chris Emery, Tim Healy, Jane Lee, Angela Messer, Steve Morris, Brenda Ouellette, Sabra Ravenscraft, Gregg Smith, Fred Thibodeau, Andy Tidd,

Dan Turner, Lisa VanTasel, David Weatherbee and Chris Young.

This year artists from Ralph Leek Elders have been welcomed by their colleagues at PVI to join their exhibit. Ralph Leek Elders, a division of Amicus, is a community support program designed to serve developmentally disabled individuals who have reached retirement

age. Elders actively participate in the community, volunteer for community organizations, participate in fundraising for favorite charities and enjoy senior citizen activities that enrich

their retirement years. The RLE Art Group is flourishing with creativity through the instruction of their art group leader, Shannon Seekings.

RLE Artists who are displaying their work are Cheryl Tracey, Judy Sinclair, Pauline Bucknam, Betty Jean Conary, Ruthie Parkhurst and Lena Rene.

Fishers of Men

CORINTH — Corinth United Methodist Church will present a free concert by the Fishers of Men 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the church, 275 Main St.

Fishers of Men is a local Christian group of men who share their love of Jesus through song and testimony. A freewill offering will be received.

For information, call the church office at 285-3557.

Bangor Community Chorus

BANGOR — Members of the Bangor Community Chorus, along with conductor Joshua Schmersal and accompanist Colin Graebert, invite music lovers of all ages and voice ranges to come sing with them when the historic chorus launches its 42nd season.

Rehearsals are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St.

Being able to read music or being an accomplished singer is not a requirement to join the BCC. A love of singing and having fun are all that is needed.

Square dancing

ORLAND — Square dancing for beginners and veteran dancers will begin on Sept. 21 and meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Orland United Methodist Church parish hall in Orland Village.

The cost for the 10-week program is $100. The first night is free for those who would like to learn or try out the program. For more information, contact the caller and teacher, Charlie Bishop, at 469-3048.

Register for square dancing by calling the Bucksport Senior Citizens office at 469-3632, or email information to useniorcenterb@roadrunner.com. Checks for payment should be made out to Bucksport Senior Citizens.

This year’s program is dedicated to the memory of Colon MacDonald of Orland, a longtime caller and dancer locally, nationally and on cruise ships out of Florida and Hawaii.

Author McCullough

SEARSPORT — Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough will sign his newest book, “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Left Bank Books, 21 East Main St. The event is free and open to all.

McCullough is an American historian, a consummate storyteller who has been the voice of American history for four decades. His work includes the acclaimed biographies “John Adams” and “Truman,” Pulitzer Prize winners in 2002 and 1992 respectively; “1776,” a landmark history which had an initial print run of more than 1 million copies in 2005; “Brave Companions,” “Mornings on Horseback,” “The Path Between the Seas,” “The Great Bridge” and “The Johnstown Flood.”

TV and movie viewers also know McCullough for his familiar voice on documentaries, including almost two dozen installments of “The American Experience,” Ken Burns’ “The Civil War,” “Smithsonian World” and the 2003 feature film “Seabiscuit.”

For “The Greater Journey,” McCullough found inspiration in a city he adores, Paris, but the story is a thoroughly American one — a group portrait of dozens of gifted Americans who studied and worked in Paris between 1830 and 1900, then returned to change the course of American history with the ideas and talents they had discovered.

The names represent a who’s who of American achievement, including James Fenimore Cooper, author of “The Last of the Mohicans”; Samuel Morse, painter and inventor of the telegraph and Morse code; Charles Sumner, the abolitionist; Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., poet essayist and professor of anatomy at Harvard Medical School; Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the sculptor; George Catlin, painter of the Great Plains Indians; historian Henry Adams; novelist Henry James; painters John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt.

As McCullough points out, these Americans did not travel to Paris in a diplomatic capacity, as did Franklin or Adams in the 18th century; nor as expatriates such as Hemingway or Fitzgerald in the 20th century. They were not business travelers and did not travel for pleasure or status. Rather, they came for a very specific and serious purpose: to learn, to work and to make their mark.

In addition to two Pulitzer Prizes, McCullough has won two National Book Awards and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Yale University, he is an avid reader, traveler and devoted painter.

For more information, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400.

Theater fund grants

The Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation seeks grant proposals to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater in Maine.

Proposals for funding will be accepted from local, regional, and statewide community and professional nonprofit theaters for programmatic, capacity building, operating and capital support.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 15. A new online application is available at http:// www.mainecf.org.

Last year, the Maine Theater Fund distributed a total of $50,175. The 12 grants ranged in size from $2,325 to the maximum award amount of $5,000.

For more information about the Maine Theater Fund, visit www.mainecf.org. For more information, contact Pam Cleghorn at pcleghorn@mainecf.org or call 877-700-6800, ext. 2205.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/30/the-weekly/great-bangor-arts-news/ printed on July 13, 2014