Weekly arts news

Posted Oct. 04, 2011, at 3:34 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 04, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.

Quilt program

ORONO — A program on “Vintage Piecework” will be presented by Carolee Withee at a meeting of the Orono Quilters at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Orono Senior Center, 10 Birch St.

Withee will showcase her Heritage Series of vintage quilts made of the crocheted, tatted and embroidered work inherited from our grandmothers. Admission is free. For more information about the program or the Orono Quilters, email sharonquinn.fitzgerald@umit.maine.edu.

Jonathan Bright exhibit

BANGOR — Jonathan Bright’s photographs from around the globe will be on display Oct. 6-Dec. 7 in the John and Lynda Rohman Art Gallery at the Eastern Maine Community College Library. An artist’s reception will be held 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. 974-4640.

Speaking about this collection, Bright said, “For the past few years I have traveled to different parts of the globe, taking pictures and pursuing my paragliding passion. My travel adventure photographs include blue mountains, and jewel-green valleys, viewed from above; cool, quiet meadows; and glaciers, frozen in time.”

For more information, contact the EMCC Library at 974-4640 or jblood@emcc.edu.

CD release party

BREWER — Come enjoy the fusion of R&B, jazz, blues and soul at a CD release party by singer-songwriter Stesha Cano at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Next Generation Theatre, Center Street. With the price of admission, guests will receive a free copy of her latest CD, “Like a Bee” and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling the Next Generation Theatre at 989-7100.

Planetarium shows

ORONO — The brilliant fall stars will shine in the night sky and under the dome at the University of Maine’s Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium as planetarium Director Alan Davenport rolls out the October schedule.

Public programs start on Friday, Oct. 7, with shows at 7 p.m. every Friday through December. Shows geared toward young stargazers are held the first and third Fridays of each month, and more mature topics on the second and fourth Fridays, with special showings of the holiday program “Season of Light” in December.

Featured in this fall’s series is the new program “2012: Prophecies of the Maya,” produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 28.

“Also, the popular and personable tour of the planets, ‘Our Sky Family,’ is offered Oct. 7 and Oct. 21 for ages 5-9.”

The space theater in Wingate Hall on the Orono campus has been host to many thousands of visitors in years past and continues to provide Maine sky watchers with views that are out of this world, according to Davenport. Each one-hour show includes a look at the night sky and a feature story to entertain and educate, too.

The Jordan Observatory is open on clear Fridays after the star shows and everyone is welcome to drop in for a look through the Alvan Clark telescope. “The stars and planets can become fast friends with the magic cast by these programs,” Davenport said.

The fall season features a variety of shows for all ages. For information and show descriptions, visit the Jordan Planetarium website, http:// www.GalaxyMaine.com. The schedule is:

Friday, Oct. 7 and 21, 7 p.m. “Our Sky Family.”

Friday, Oct 14 and 28, 7 p.m. “2012: Prophecies of the Maya.”

Friday, Nov. 4 and 18, 7 p.m. “The Little Star That Could.”

Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., “Black Holes.” (No show Nov. 25)

Friday, Dec. 2 and 16, 7 p.m. “Earth, Moon & Sun.”

Friday, Dec. 9 and 23, 7 p.m. “Origins of Life.”

Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 2 p.m. “Season of Light.”

In addition, open afternoon showings of select programs are scheduled especially for home school families the first Friday of each month. See the website for more information.

Admission to the planetarium is still $3 per person, and seating is limited. Advance reservations are recommended at 581-1341. Observatory telescope viewings are free to all.

For information, contact Alan Davenport, 581-1341.

Legends show

BANGOR — The look, the style and the voices of three entertainment giants will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Andy DiMino as Dean Martin, Susan Griffiths as Marilyn Monroe and Joan Rose as Barbra Streisand bring the show business icons to life with their tribute to the legends.

“This show promises to be pure fun,” said Jeri Misler, managing director of the Gracie Theatre. “We are bringing Vegas to the Gracie, allowing audiences to relive a great musical memory or be introduced to legendary ‘stars’ up close and personal.”

For tickets, go to www.gracietheatre.com or call the box office at 941-7051.

Finer Things crafts show

SEARSPORT — Fine crafts by Maine artisans will be on sale in the Finer Things Invitational Craft Show and Sale through Oct. 23 at Penobscot Marine Museum. The show is free in the museum’s Admission Center at 40 East Main St.

No ordinary crafts fair, the event features the works of carefully selected Maine artisans who are masters in their respective crafts, including pottery, jewelry, furniture, quilts, flutes, basket making, book arts, spinning, weaving, felting and more.

Featured craftspeople include Laurie Adams, Deborah Bergman, Stephanie Crossman, Janelle Delicata, Sister Bette Edl, Asha Fenn, Faith Garrold, Ken Green, Jeff Jelenty, Karen Jelenty, Marcia Markwardt, Chris McLarty, Cathy Melio, Colleen O’Donnell, Maureen O’Keefe, Laura Lee Perkins, Willy Reddick, Betty Schopmeyer and Geoffrey Warner.

The museum and the craft show are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 548-2529 or visit http:// www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org.

Historical program

ORONO — The Orono Historical Society’s fall program, Tea Time and Photos, will be at 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Orono Town Council Chambers, 59 Main St. It is a digital presentation of Orono’s vintage photographs archived in the historical society’s vast collection.

This program will show places and people in the context of their era, and leave you wondering about living in Orono back then and how it became what it is now. The photos will be on a continuous loop so come when you can. There will be complimentary tea and assorted refreshments.

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