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Weekly Arts News for Feb. 20-26, 2014


BANGOR — “Narnia,” based on the beloved C.S. Lewis classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” will transport audiences Feb. 21-22 at the Bangor Opera House. Part of Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy series, the production will feature performances by 27 local students ages 4-13, directed by teaching artist Ben Layman.

“My journey with ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ began as many children’s,” said Layman. “My mother first read it to me chapter by chapter at bedtime, and as I got older, I reread it many times.

“But the story became real for me when a troupe of touring performers brought the world of ‘Narnia’ alive in my middle-school gymnasium,” he said. “That performance has stuck with me even into adulthood.

Now, some 20 years later, I have the privilege of guiding Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy students in creating the magic of ‘Narnia’ and sharing its magic with audience members who will experience the story for the first time, or in a whole new way,” Layman said.

Performances of “Narnia” will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 21-22 and 3 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Bangor Opera House. Tickets are $12 per adult and $8 per child. Tickets can be purchased online at penobscottheatre.org or by calling 942-3333.

West Coast Swing

BREWER — Lessons in West Coast Swing will be offered from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 21 at Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St. Lessons will be taught by a professional instructor.

Open dancing will be offered from 8-11 p.m. Admission is $15 per person.

For more information, call 989-7100 or email nextgentheatre@gmail.com.

Gallery talk

BANGOR — Alfredo Gisholt, assistant professor of painting and printmaking at Brandeis University, will give a gallery talk and presentation in conjunction with the UMaine Museum of Art’s exhibition “Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection.” He will speak at the museum from noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27.

Gisholt will discuss selected prints from the exhibition and also provide commentary on his recent copper plate etchings, on display in UMMA’s lobby gallery through March 22. He will comment on his creative process and technical details related to the production of this suite of images. His works are currently on view at the CUE Art Foundation in NYC.

For more information, log onto umma.umaine.edu.

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