What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For the Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. These longtime pillars of the bluegrass world were recently invited to record for Smithsonian Folkways. On Friday, Aug. 4, Grammy-nominated Seldom Scene will be seen and heard on the stage of the historic Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.
As we head into August, in the heart of the dog days of summer, we have celebrations, movies, musicals, and plays. Add to these the twins of air conditioning and ice cream from the concession stand and who could ask for anything more?
Good to have friends: Fans of The Harbor Theatre, the cool little one-screen movie theater in Boothbay Harbor, will doubtless be pleased to know that, contrary to what had previously been announced, the theater will not be closing down later this year. As the theater’s website notes, the Friends of The Harbor Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will be stepping in to purchase and operate the theater effective Oct. 1, after the current lease runs out.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is playing this week at The Harbor Theatre.
Award-winning author Diane B. Saxton will hold a book-signing at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop, 158 Main St., Damariscotta on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Brunswick artist Barbara Bean, a retired clinical social worker, spent a great deal of her pre-work years drawing. During her 30 years as a social worker, she encouraged children with developmental disabilities to draw as a means of self-expression. Since her retirement, Bean has been expressing herself in her home studio for many hours a day. Some of the beautiful results of her long hours indulging her passion for drawing – and painting – currently hang on the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions in Damariscotta.
Doublet Design, located on Wiscasset’s Creamery Pier, is hosting the second in the SHED Talks at Dusk series on Thursday, July 27, 8:30 p.m., following the Wiscasset Art Walk. Local ceramic artist Juliette Walker will exhibit and discuss her work with the public.
Time is running out to see Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s production of “Into the Woods.” One of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular works, “Into the Woods” is a musically sophisticated epic fairy tale about wishes, family, and the choices people make.
Linda Porter has written a children’s book, “Angus Tapangus from Kangamangus, a Good, Good Boy,” and will do a reading and book-signing at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop, located at 162 Main St. in Damariscotta, on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m.
Paul Sherman and Liliana Thelander are two of the talented artists whose work can be seen at Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol this summer. They both use familiar objects and landscapes as jumping-off points for meticulous compositions that are exciting and personal rather than simply photographic.
Mason on display: I had the pleasure of spending time recently with highly accomplished Nobleboro artist George Mason, who happens to be one of the founders of the fantastic Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle. Mason, who has a background in ceramic architectural tile, was readying dozens of his “relief tapestries,” as he calls his lovely, partially encaustic work, for his open house and studio sale coming up on July 15 and 22 in the huge, light-filled room of the beautifully renovated former church that he calls home.
ArtWalk Waldoboro kicked off for the season Saturday, July 8. Like last year’s ArtWalk, this year’s version features Philippe Guillerm Gallery, the Heywood Gallery, and Tidemark Gallery. But this year, some new stops have been added, most notably Valerie Greene Gallery and Long Winter Soap Co., which, by the looks (and fabulous smell) of it, seems to have mastered the art of soapmaking.
Jim Messina’s consummate legacy of musical prowess spans five decades, three acclaimed rock supergroups, a vibrant solo career, and a dizzying array of game-changing producing and engineering credits, including The Doors, Lee Michaels, and Herb Alpert. He is an indisputable expert in the fine art of making hit music. On Saturday, July 22, Messina and his band will come to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.
This week is special. Not only do we have an encore broadcast of a play from London, we have an afternoon live concert — with the shades up and hopefully the sun streaming in. Follow this up with a romantic comedy, this time in Hebrew. Why not?