Beacon arts news for Oct. 27

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, at 7:29 p.m.

Coffeehouse

UNITY — Master’s Blend Coffeehouse will feature the talents of bluegrass group Wylde Blue Yonder at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Unity Community Center. The event is free and open to all.

Master’s Blend Coffeehouse is a ministry outreach of the Quaker Hill Christian Church in Unity. For more information, call Pastor Mike Senecal at 491-5080 or email timesten@roadrunner.com.

Comedy show

CAMDEN — Tickets are available for the Cindy Pierce comedy show, “Finding the Doorbell,” a one-woman show of taboo-breaking stories about the female body, discovering one’s own sexuality and other findings about life, that will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Camden Opera House. Advance tickets are $20 and may be purchased online through Peopleplace in Camden at http://www.peopleplacecoop.org or http://www.camdenoperahouse.com.

The show is for adults only as it contains explicit sexual language and graphic descriptions.

A limited number of tickets for reserved seating and an after show meet and greet with Cindy Pierce at Zaddik’s restaurant are available for $30. Tickets at the door the night of the show are $25.

‘As if’ stories

“As if” stories, a series of live readings of short stories by Maine writers performed by Maine actors, will be broadcast on WERU radio (89.9 FM in the midcoast area, 99.9 FM in Bangor) at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of every month, beginning Nov. 3. Those outside WERU’s broadcast area may listen online at http://www.weru.org.

The readings, performed live at Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, include “The Blender” by Martha Fenton, performed by Beverly Mann; “The Reach” by Stephen King, performed by Helen York and Bonnie VersbenCoer, with musical accompaniment by Doug Ludwig; “Officer Friendly” by Lewis Robinson, performed by Nathan Raleigh; and many others. For those who miss the first Thursday broadcasts, most of the programs will be available in the WERU archives on the station’s website. For more Information about the broadcasts, email info@weru.org.

PopTech exhibit at the library

CAMDEN — Since 2004, Peter Durand has been translating into art what PopTech conference speakers say, and a selection of the resulting paintings will be featured during November at the Camden Public Library. An opening reception and talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. As House Artist for PopTech, Durand gives viewers the opportunity to digest the intriguing, inspiring and sometimes flabbergasting ideas presented on the PopTech stage. Having created more than 250 on-site paintings live during presentations at the annual conference, he feeds the visual side of the brain, helping people remember and understand what they have heard.

Durand’s PopTech work will be on view in the Picker Room at the Library Nov. 1-30, accompanied by descriptions of the conference sessions and links to videos of many of the talks.

As a designer and facilitator, Durand uses visual learning in collaborative strategy and design situations to accelerate change. Durand is co-founder and creative director of Alphachimp Studio, an information graphics and facilitation firm that serves clients across North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to his role at the PopTech conference, Durand serves on the faculty of PopTech’s Social Innovation Fellows and Science and Public Leadership Fellows programs, and provides graphic facilitation services during strategy sessions for all major PopTech initiatives.

The opening reception will include a brief talk by PopTech Program Manager Ollie Wilder, with an update on PopTech’s expanded, year-round activities and a description of how Durand creates his impressive work.

In addition to its conference, PopTech now manages two Fellows programs, exploratory “labs” on subjects such as sustainable materials, and in-depth collaborative projects that have included new ways to fight HIV/AIDS and to decrease violence in urban settings through the use of new technologies. PopTech is co-located in Camden and Brooklyn, N.Y., and is on the Web at http://www.poptech.org.

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