Arts news Sept. 29

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

Children’s concert

ROCKLAND — Local folk musician Bob Stuart will perform a children’s program 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Coastal Children’s Museum, 75 Mechanic St.

Stuart has been singing along midcoast Maine for more than 30 years and has developed a reputation for his voice, his guitar and banjo skills and the bounty of his original and traditional songs. He will share all of his talents with the children and families. He will sing songs about waltzing with bears, dandelions, little black cats and old dogs named Fod.

The concert is free to members and included in the price of admission to others. To make a reservation, call the museum at 596-0300 or email info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org.

Acoustic string band

UNITY — Joy Kills Sorrow will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

With its bold new brand of acoustic music, Joy Kills Sorrow pushes right through the envelope and out the other side. The Boston-based string band brings a modern sensibility to an old-world sound, channeling the talents of its members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs.

While the group pays homage to its bluegrass roots — its name is taken from WJKS, a radio station that broadcast the Monroe brothers’ show in the 1930s — the band truly excels in its rich and textured treatment of more contemporary material. Boasting a full arsenal of original songs, Joy Kills Sorrow plumbs the spectrum of its spare instrumentation, effortlessly merging influences as diverse as folk, rock, pop and jazz. The music that emerges is dark and often funny, ruminating on modern life and love with eloquence and wit. The result is a radical new strain of folk music, one that bravely breaks with tradition even as it salutes the past.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at http://www.unitymaine.org/ or at the door.

There will be a pre-jam session at 6:30 p.m. Bring your instruments. For more information, call 948-7469.

Documentary film

ROCKLAND — On Friday, Sept. 30, the Farnsworth Art Museum in collaboration with the Camden International Film Festival will co-present the documentary film “Unfinished Spaces” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at The Strand Theatre. Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell will lead a post-film conversation with film directors Alysa Nahmias and Ben Murray.

The documentary tells the story of three young visionary architects who were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools in 1961. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the revolution gave way to reality, construction was abruptly halted. In 2001 the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying and Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.

For information on attending the Camden International Film Festival, visit http://camdenfilmfest.org/ .

Music festival volunteers

BELFAST — The Free Range Music Festival will hold a volunteer appreciation party 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Fallout Shelter at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. All are welcome, including past volunteers, those interested in volunteering and anyone curious about the festival.

There will be food and drink, photos and videos to share, and music from the past two festivals featured on the stereo. Next year’s festival volunteer opportunities will be presented and festival organizers will be on hand to answer general festival questions. There will be giveaways.

The Free Range Music Festival is a volunteer-powered, grass-roots, annual springtime celebration of original music in downtown Belfast, featuring a lineup of emerging and veteran artists. Participating musicians travel from near and far, representing a wide range of genres and musical backgrounds, from indie rock to bluegrass, a cappella vocal groups to hip-hop. The 2011 Free Range Music Festival featured performances by 32 acts across eight venues. The 2012 festival, the event’s third year, will follow the same model, presenting an all-new lineup of musicians from multiple genres.

For more information visit http://www.freerangemusicfestival.com/ or email info@freerangemusicfestival.com,

Shakespeare Society

The Shakespeare Society of Rockland will begin its 2011-2012 program of activities at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the Rockland Library’s Community Room. Organized in 1889, the group is composed of individuals from the midcoast area who enjoy reading and discussing the Bard’s works in a nonthreatening and congenial atmosphere.

Visitors are invited to join the reading of Act I of “The Winter’s Tale.” New members are invited. The group meets in the library every other Monday, October through April, for the study of one act of the current play. This year’s second play is “As You Like It.” For more information, call president Alan Hall at 594-4101.

Singer-songwriter at the museum

The Coastal Children’s Museum will welcome singer and songwriter Amy Robbins-Wilson for a toddler and children’s concert 1-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, above the museum, 75 Mechanic St. Robbins-Wilson will sing songs from her 2011 Kid’s Music Award-winning album “Lullaby and Goodnight,” and will weave in stories and nursery rhymes for the delight of the children and their families.

Robbins-Wilson has been recognized for her books on parenting and appears on a monthly segment as part of “Good Day Maine’s” Positive Parenting for Fox Channel 23 in Portland. She is the Lullaby Lady at http://www.Lullaby-Link.com, and the creator of Mommy Jingles, an online video program supporting musical parenting. More information may be found at http://www.amyrobbinswilson.com/ .

The concert is free to members and included in the price of admission to others. To make a reservation, call the museum at 596-0300 or email info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org.

Celtic singer

UNITY — Emily Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Smith is one of the leading singers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene. Her singing has gained her award-winning, worldwide recognition. As a songwriter she has been called “a Scottish Joni Mitchell.”

Smith’s childhood was spent dancing to music, rather than performing it, in her mother’s dance school. She grew up assuming everyone knew how to do a highland fling, and weekends were spent dancing at ceilidhs rather than nightclubs. She started out on piano at age 7, moved to snare drum in the local pipe band and subsequently found a passion for piano accordion, where at age 18 she was National Mod champion. It wasn’t until a solo with the school choir in her late teens that Smith discovered her singing voice.

She moved to Glasgow in 1999 where she gained an honours degree in Scottish music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. With principal study in Scots song, she also studied accordion and piano.

Winning BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Music of the Year Award in 2002 gave Smith the confidence and impetus she needed to pursue a career in music. In the same year she met New Zealand-born multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan, who had traveled to Scotland to pursue his own music career. Jamie joined Smith’s band initially on fiddle and has been an integral part of her sound ever since, helping to arrange and produce her albums and has settled into the role of lead guitarist in her band.

Smith soon found her interpretation of traditional Scots songs coupled with her own compositions were gathering appeal in the U.K. and farther afield, and the last eight years have seen her perform regularly to audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the United States and Canada. Smith has released three solo albums with her fourth, “Traiveller’s Joy,” launched in January.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at http://www.unitymaine.org or at the door. For more information, call 948-7469.

Harbor arts show

CAMDEN — The Carol Sebold HarborArts Juried Arts and Crafts Show will return to Harbor Park 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Nearly 100 artists and artisans will display, discuss and sell their work in an open marketplace beside Penobscot Bay.

The show will feature an eclectic mix of established and emerging artists in a variety of disciplines, expected to draw more than 4,000 visitors to the region.

For more information, visit http://www.camdenharborarts.com/.

Writing class

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library will hold the first of six classes in Sudden Fiction with Lee Heffner 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 4, at the library.

Experience level is irrelevant. Throw writer’s block out the window, manifest your inspiration, break the cycle and fire your own creativity. Pieces from this class have become short stories and launched novels.

In this six-week course participants will find their writing voice and prove they can write without an overactive imagination or a lightning bolt of inspiration. Heffner is a teacher, published author and longtime Rockland resident. The course is free, but registration is required by calling the library at 594-0310.

Opening reception

BELFAST — In an attempt to find a balance of the earthly and the ethereal, Aarhus Gallery will feature sculptor Pat Plourde of New Gloucester and photographer Prairie Stuart-Wolff of Union. The show will run Oct. 4-30. An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday Oct. 7, at the gallery, 50 Main St.

Plourde has specialized for more than 25 years in studio furniture, sculpture, railings, lighting and custom residential and commercial furniture in steel and vintage wood. He has designed and built fixtures for nationally known retailers such as L.L. Bean, Timberland and Whole Foods Markets and for several fine restaurants in Portland. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Log Home Designs, Fine Homebuilding, and Maine Home and Design.

Prairie Stuart-Wolff’s has exhibited her photographs in Japan, both in art gallery settings and in design showrooms. She attended the Salt Institute in Portland and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. She divides her time between Union and Japan.

Work by artists Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick also will be on view.

For more information, visit http://www.aarhusgallery.com/ or call 338-0001.

Poetry and art

BELFAST— Poet and art writer Carl Little will combine his passions in a reading and slide presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Belfast Library. The program is free and open to the public. The talk is planned in anticipation of the 2011 Belfast Poetry Festival, which takes place Oct. 14-15 in downtown Belfast. Visit http://www.belfatpoetry.org for the full schedule.

Little will explore the relationship between poetry and art through the work of Brueghel, Klimt, Hopper, Auden and others. He will feature several of his own poems tied to artworks, including a selection from his collaboration with painter David Estey from the 2009 Belfast Poetry Festival.

Little is the author of “Ocean Drinker: New & Selected Poems” as well as many art books, most recently, “Eric Hopkins: Above & Beyond.” His poems have appeared in a number of journals, among them, Off the Coast, Puckerbrush Review and the online journal Locuspoint, as well as in the anthology “Maine in Four Seasons: 20 Poets Celebrate the Turning Year,” edited by Wesley McNair. He is director of communications and marketing at the Maine Community Foundation.

For more information call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Art show

MONROE — The seventh annual Monroe Art Show, a free cultural event sponsored by the Monroe Community Library, will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, on the second floor of the Town Hall. Refreshments will be served. Paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, textiles, woodworking and the Jacobi weed structures. For more information, contact Sharon Smith at 525-3264 or ras3264@yahoo.com.

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