Perhaps no Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan, featuring co-founder, lead vocalist, and renown fiddle player Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, bouzouki player Ciaran Curran, guitarist Daíthí Sproule, and accordionist Martin Tourish.
Music’s power to heal: In mid-December, I turned this column over to guest columnist Paul Kando, a local lover of the arts and the writer of the weekly “Energy Matters” column in this paper. Readers will remember Kando’s eloquent words about his inspiring arts education growing up in his native Hungary.
Starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award nominee John Lithgow, and Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie, “Bombshell” is based on a real scandal.
A selection of new paintings by local artist Susan Bartlett Rice will be on display at the Bristol Area Library, located at 619 Old County Road in Pemaquid, throughout the month of February.
Lincoln County represents: Good old Facebook! That’s how I found out about the brand-new issue of the ArtMaine 2020 Annual Guide featuring Damariscotta painter and gallery owner Will Kefauver as one of 88 of Maine’s outstanding artists.
Clamshell Quilters will meet on Monday, Feb. 10 at Faith Baptist Church, 144 Mills Road, Newcastle. This will be an all-day charity “sew-in,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Soup, dessert, coffee, and tea will be provided.
Open mic lowdown: I had the pleasure last Thursday, Jan. 23, of spending time hanging out at Fernald’s in Damariscotta with a handful of local musicians (well, four actually), one of whom recently started working at the LCN as a press assistant and newspaper delivery person.
The Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro has been awarded $5,000, the largest amount possible, from the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. This grant will help defray the cost of extensive technology upgrades and improvements needed at the theater to both enhance audience experience and reduce energy consumption.
This weekend in the Parker B. Poe Theater, a month of rehearsals will culminate with three public performances as 25 students in grades three through eight, present their work in Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s seventh annual winter drama adventure.
Art with heart: Last month, I wrote in this column about spending time in the River Arts art studio with the artists from Mobius Inc.’s Creative Expressions program, watching them work and chatting with them about their then-upcoming exhibit at LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus.
On Friday, Jan. 31, Maine Farmland Trust and POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series, will host a screening of “Farmsteaders,” a film by Sheena Mallett, at Sheepscot General in Whitefield.
The Bristol Area Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group, with copies of books available through the library. This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book, in cooperation with the Maine State Library.
Impact in black and white: Petrea Noyes’ large, black-and-white mixed media piece called “String of Pearls” is one of the first pieces that greets visitors to the “Black and White” show currently on the walls of the main gallery at Damariscotta’s River Arts gallery.
A group of talented Maine musicians had Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater a-rocking and a-rolling during a reenactment of the “The Last Waltz” that doubled as a benefit concert for Lincoln County Television at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12.