In “The Public,” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an Occupy sit-in.
Mother’s Day music: When I reached British singer-songwriter Callaghan by phone on Friday, May 3, she was on the road, fresh off of a gig the previous night at the Museum of Commerce in Pensacola, Fla. and soon to be performing at the Standard Deluxe in Waverly, Ala., on May 5.
Artist and photographer Jocelyn Lee was hosted by Newcastle painter Jane Dahmen on the evening of Thursday, May 2 as part of Dahmen’s informative ongoing series of live interviews with artists called Talking Art in Maine: Intimate Conversations at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta.
This is the eighth season for the Maine Pottery Tour, and Neighborhood Clay in Damariscotta is pleased to be part of the tour again this year, on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5.
Fun, intimate community theater: I love going to River Company plays in Skidompha Library’s Porter Meeting Hall. I like to sit in the front row of the cozy, intimate space, basking in the feeling of being immersed in the story being played out mere feet away from me.
LCCT, the resident theater company of Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater, will hold auditions for the musical “A Grand Night for Singing: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein” on Tuesday, April 30 from 6-8 p.m. in Skidompha Library’s Porter Meeting Hall. People auditioning are asked to use the Elm Street entrance to the library.
Art in the country: There’s an art show on the walls of the community room at Sheepscot General – that oasis of goodness smack-dab in the middle of the beautiful rolling farmland of Whitefield – that is really worth spending some time checking out. It’s an exhibit of work – lots of it – by the employees at the rural cafe, store, and farm, and it gives one insight into what makes those nice folks tick.
Besides the full chorus under the music direction of Sean Fleming, annual Hearts Ever Young performances include a variety of dance. This unique troupe of local members of the community has adopted the philosophy that age doesn’t matter and proves it every year, especially when it comes to dancing.
GSB advanced chorus sails on: I had another great arts tip fall into my lap this past week when Anne Plummer, who teaches fourth grade at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta, wrote me an email about an impressive project recently completed by the advanced chorus at GSB.
“Sister Act” is now a wonderful memory – and hopefully many of the songs continue to be hummed as people walk along. The theater is now back up and running with its wide variety of programming. This week, which includes, art, music, movies – including the second Harry Potter movie of our free eight-film series – is a good example of life at Lincoln Theater.
Get up, get moving: One of my readers, Carol Teel, who serves as artistic director for local senior song-and-dance troupe Hearts Ever Young, among other things, suggested I check out the Conductorcise event on Saturday morning, April 6 at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta.
More fine student art: Andrea Cough, who is the art teacher at Bristol Consolidated School, emailed me to say that she had read my recent “Artsbeat” column about the Lincoln Academy IDEAL art show at Rising Tide Co-op in Damariscotta and to let me know that some of her pre-K through eighth-grade art students have a show up at the Bristol Area Library.
Whitefield landscape photographer Tony Marple’s color photograph titled “Frozen Dinner Plates” – of jagged flat chunks of ice lined up like stepping stones across the surface of a body of water – evokes the work of British artist Andy Goldsworthy, who specializes in site-specific installations of carefully arranged natural materials such as ice, leaves, and rocks.
Mountainfilm on Tour is coming to Damariscotta for the very first time. The show will bring a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed, and incredibly inspiring documentary films from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colo. Mountainfilm on Tour will be held at Lincoln Theater on Tuesday, April 30.