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Greater Bangor arts news, Sept. 13, 2011

Young Americans at Hermon High School

HERMON — The Young Americans, an internationally known troupe of singers and dancers, return to Maine every three years, and always to Hermon.

Area students are participating in a three-day workshop with the troupe Sept. 15-17, with a show set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Hermon High School.

The Young Americans will perform the first half of the show, with workshop students joining the second part.

Travis Maynard of Hermon has been with the Young Americans for 2½ years, said Morita Tapley, who runs Morita’s School of Dance and coordinates the three-day workshops in Hermon, Orono, Howland and Ellsworth. He is a graduate of Hermon High School, while Young American Tony Gerow is a Bangor High graduate.

Tickets are $10, $5 students, and all are welcome.

Young Americans workshop and show

ORONO — Everyone hopes for a lively start to the school year, but some lucky students in RSU 26 will be kicking up their heels, thanks to a three-day performance workshop offered by the Young Americans, an internationally renowned troupe of singers and dancers.

Students in grades four-12 attending Orono, Veazie or Glenburn schools are eligible to participate in the program, which will take place Sept. 18-20 at Orono High School. They will enjoy age-appropriate sessions on voice, dance, acting and improvisation, with solo and ensemble practice, theater games and instruction in staging, choreography, performance and audition techniques.

The program will culminate in a community concert featuring the Young Americans and the RSU 26 students at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Orono High School. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 students.

Students of RSU 26 interested in participating in the workshop should contact Rose Clark at Orono High School, 866-4916, or rclark@riversidersu.org, Sept. 15. The workshop registration fee is $47. Participants may purchase a T-shirt for $10.

Socialist, Marxist Studies

ORONO — The fall Socialist and Marxist Studies Series will be held at the University of Maine in Orono, with a few talks at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 100 Harlow St., Bangor. All are welcome to attend.

Sept. 22: “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Palestinian Statehood and the Crisis of Israeli Democracy,” professor Alex Grab, history, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union, UMaine.

Oct. 6: “Bring Our War $$ Home: 9/11, the Afghanistan War and the Killing of Osama bin Laden,” philosophy professor Doug Allen, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union, UMaine.

Oct. 13: “Global Cooperation: the Only Path Forward,” Don Kraus, executive director of Citizens of Global Solutions, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union, UMaine. At 7:30 p.m. that day, Kraus will present “Tribalism, Globalism and the Responsibility to Protect,” at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 100 Harlow St., Bangor.

Oct. 20: “Rethinking the Capitalist-Communist Difference: a Marxian Analysis,” Richard D. Wolff, professor of economics emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at New School University, New York, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union, UMaine. At 7:30 p.m., in 101 Neville Hall, UMaine, Wolff will deliver the annual Howard B. Schonberger Memorial Lecture on Peace and Social Justice on “Capitalism’s Ongoing Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Solutions.”

Oct. 27: “Living Downstream II: Updates on the Old Town Dump and the University of Maine,” 12:30-1:45 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union, UMaine. Panel members include John Banks, director of the natural resources department, Penobscot Nation; Paul Schroeder, Orono resident and member of Trash Trackers Network; and Ed Spencer, West Old Town resident.

Nov. 3: “Practicing Revolution, Practicing Medicine in Cuba and Venezuela,” Steve Brouwer, author of the new book “Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care,” 12:30-1:45 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union, UMaine. At 7:30 p.m., Brouwer will present “Revolutionary Doctors in Venezuela and Cuba” at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 100 Harlow St., Bangor.

Nov. 10: “I Go on Singing: A Tribute To Paul Robeson,” Anthony Brown, performer and activist for social justice, founder of The Peacing It Together Foundation. In a tribute to Robeson — All-American football player, Shakespearean actor, world-famous singer, film star and courageous human rights, peace and justice activist — Brown presents his national performance of Robeson’s songs and narration of his remarkable life, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union, UMaine. At 7 p.m. in Hauck Auditorium, Memorial Union, Brown will perform “Songs and Stories of Peace, Hope and Justice.”

Speakers are not necessarily Socialist or Marxist. For more information, call 581-3860 or email douglas.allen@umit.maine.edu.

Talk on cemeteries

BANGOR — It’s time to get out and learn a little more about what the Maine Old Cemetery Association has to offer. Bill Macomber will speak on “Cemeteries and Gravestone Preservation” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the meeting of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. All are welcome. Bill’s wife, Jane Macomber, is president of the Maine Old Cemetery Association.

Fleetwood Mix

HERMON — Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon will host a benefit performance by Fleetwood Mix at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, on Route 2.

Fleetwood Mix is a visual and musical re-creation of Fleetwood Mac. The veteran players bring their spirit to recreate the look and feel of Fleetwood Mac. With the solo hits of Stevie Nicks as part of the show, the harmonies, instrumentation and onstage chemistry have surprised and captivated audiences all over North America.

The performance will benefit local charities such as Hemophilia Alliance of Maine, Clark’s Have a Heart Cancer Foundation and youth sports organizations.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Morgan Hill Event Center, by calling 848-7100, or by calling Bill Libby at 852-4671. The evening will include light snacks, a cash bar, a silent auction, raffle and giveaways.

Historic play about Hessians

ORONO — “The Hessian Officer in America,” an entertaining play from 1783, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Hauck Auditorium, Memorial Union, University of Maine. Tickets are $10, $5 students at BookMarc’s in Bangor, or at the door. Proceeds benefit Maine Forest & Logging Museum at Leonard’s Mills, Bradley.

Hessian troops were stationed at Fort George, now Castine, at the end of the Revolutionary War, 1782-1783. The units in Maine were from Braunschweig (Brunswick) and Ansbach-Bayreuth, Germany.

Written by Johann August Weppen more than 200 years ago, the play was published in Gottingen, Germany, and has been translated by Rodrigues, a German translator and faculty member at the University of Maine.

The cast comprises area students, actors and actresses in period costumes. The play is supported by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

For more information, contact Anette Rodrigues 945-3562 or Anette.rodrigues@umit.maine.edu.

‘Odd Couple’ auditions

ORONO — Orono Community Theatre auditions for Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 25-26, at Keith Anderson Community House, 19 Bennoch Road. The play, which will be directed by Angela Bonacasa, has roles for six men and two women. There also are opportunities to work backstage. For more information, call 866-5065.

Starlight fest

BANGOR — The Island Astronomy Institute has created the Maine Starlight Festival, a “statewide celebration to promote the enjoyment and protection of Maine’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through science, education and the arts.”

An evening of fun and learning for families with children ages 3-12 will be held, rain or shine, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way.

The event will feature activity stations for creating constellation stories, dancing through a starry sky, making pinhole constellations, creating star finders, making marshmallow constellations and showings of “Journey to the Stars,” created by the American Museum of Natural History.

The suggested donation is $3 a child. To help organizers prepare, RSVP to 990-2900.

Ballet scholarships

BANGOR — The School of Robinson Ballet has announced that six students are recipients of the 2011 Ralph Robinson Dance Scholarship: Lorna Harriman, Ava Smith, Sarah Bishop, Rachel Caron, Elise Lichtenberg and Alex Michaud.

Recipients must be, or have been, a Robinson Ballet dancer and plan to attend a four-year accredited academic institution as a full-time student. Scholarship money may be used toward books, tuition, travel or room and board.

Since its inception in 2006, the Ralph Robinson Ballet Scholarship has awarded monies to 15 students totaling $11,000. Past recipients include Jesse Dunham, Amanda Fahey, Chelsea Andrews, Chelsea Zawadzki, Audrey MacLean, Elizabeth Bunker, Joe Sherman, Matthew Sevey, Nick Cormier, Katie Clark, Addie Jordan, Katie Smith, Julie Bunker, Ellie Bate and Ariel Eaton. Money to fund the Ralph Robinson Dance Scholarship comes from private and corporate donations and through the hard work of the Friends of Robinson Ballet organization.

Penobscot Theatre opener

BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre, Bangor’s professional theater company, will continue its season opener “Last Gas,” a new play by Maine playwright and award-winning actor John Cariani, who also wrote “Almost, Maine.”

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 and 21-22; 8 p.m. Sept. 16-17 and 23-24; 3 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25, at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.

Tickets are $20-35 at 942-3333 .

‘Without Borders’ art

ORONO — The University of Maine’s Intermedia Master of Fine Arts exhibit, “Without Borders VIII: Breaking Ground,” is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16, in Lord Hall Gallery.

A closing reception is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

Without Borders features thesis work of John Bell, Richard Corey, Ryan Guerrero, Bethany Engstrom, Matthew Leavitt and Justin Taylor. The exhibition includes installation, variable media, sound art and community-based graffiti.

Pressed glass

SEARSPORT — Earlier this year the Searsport Historical Society took possession of more than 100 Early American pressed glass butter dishes from the Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Carver collection. Carver was a founding member of the Penobscot Marine Museum, and these dishes represent Mrs. Carver’s passion for Early American glass. Included are many rare and unusual patterns not usually seen today. The dishes were exhibited in June and since then the society has received many requests to display the collection again.

The Searsport Historical Society will open the Crary-Carlon-Coleman House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, on Sears Island Road. All are welcome to tour the house free and enjoy a piece of Searsport’s history.

Marine museum grant

SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum has received a $42,000 Museums for America grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to support expansion and improvements to the museum’s educational services.

The grant award was based partly on the museum’s successful use of an earlier grant to create Penobscot Bay History Online, http:// www.penobscotbayhistory.org, an education website focusing on the history of Penobscot Bay, and to align its educational programs with the Maine Learning Results.

With new funding, the website will be expanded and updated with new primary source materials for students and new chapters on maritime history. The museum’s Maritime History and Literacy Curriculum, used in school and after-school programs in several communities, will be organized into kits that can be rented out, greatly reducing costs to school districts. Some curriculum units will be revised for the preschool level. Curriculum will be updated to correspond with the new Common Core Standards.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Museums for America is the institute’s largest grant program for museums, supporting projects and activities that build museums’ capacity to serve communities. For information, visit http://www.imls.gov/. For more information, call 548-2529 or visit http://www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org/ .

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