Performed to full houses last weekend, River Company’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” by William Shakespeare, hath hit the mark with its witty dialogue and zany antics. The cast, headed up by community members Ben Meader as Petruchio and Jessica DeLisle as Katherine, deliver strong and memorable performances, giving the audience plenty to think about when it comes to who is doing the “taming” and the moral of the story.
Floorcloth revival: Walpole painter and herbalist Susan Connery had put some literature about painted floorcloths in a cabinet about 25 years ago, telling herself, “I want to do that.”
Novel Jazz returns to the Skidompha Library atrium on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. for some jazz on a summer’s eve. The band will be featuring music of the iconic Duke Ellington and his equally iconic musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn.
Oils and pastels by Carol Wiley are being highlighted at the Saltwater Artists Gallery in Pemaquid (Bristol) this week. “Painting feeds my soul. Each time I approach the easel, I am eager to see what will happen as I work to integrate what I know about painting with my intuition and inspiration,” said Wiley.
On Friday, Aug. 3, Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor will host a First Friday reception from 5-7 p.m. for acclaimed still-life painter Abbey Ryan. This young artist shot to fame when she was selected by Oprah Winfrey to be the featured artist in O: The Oprah Magazine. Since then, Ryan has added more than a dozen magazine, book, newspaper, and radio features to her resume.
For more than a half-century, the embrace between Cuba and the United States has been subject to an odd dance of politics, including a still-standing embargo. Nevertheless, the bond between the two nations is as deep and strong as ever, expressed most forcefully through the dance of culture — especially music.
So much music this week! From a live performance of Stravinsky’s classic “The Soldier’s Tale” to The Beatles’ 50th anniversary of “Yellow Submarine” to the Y-Arts kids’ return in “Annie Jr.” surely there is something for everyone live on stage this week at Lincoln Theater.
River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to view “Maine Expressions II,” a collection of contemporary abstract and expressionist oil paintings by Portland artist Russ Cox. The works will be on display from July 27 to Aug. 8 in the West Gallery.
Folk-rock singer and musician John Stirratt, of Wilco and The Autumn Defense, finds inspiration in the woods and coastline in Bremen, where he lives with his family year-round.
Giving back to the community and fostering an appreciation of art has long been a mission of the Pemaquid Group of Artists.
Boats!: It is definitely the time of year for boats. On the water, on boat trailers on the way to water – and at “The Boat Show” at Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta.
Boothbay native and Maine storyteller Tim Sample returns to the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor on Thursday, July 26. This master of Down East humor knows few equals.
In its 90th year of continuous seasonal operation, Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol features the work of many local resident artists. Bev Walker, who lives in Chamberlain in the summer and Topsham in the winter, and Will Kefauver, of Damariscotta, are two whose fine oil paintings attract visitors.
Savory Maine, at 11 Main St. in Damariscotta, will host a special activity for children from 4-5 p.m. during the Twin Villages ArtWalk on Friday, July 20.