Arts and Culture

Kotzschmar organ restored
6:17 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Portland's Famed Kotzschmar Organ Sings Again after $2.5 Million Restoration

The facade of the Kotzschmar organ.
Tom Porter MPBN

This weekend marks a landmark occasion for the city of Portland's century-old Kotzschmar organ, as it returns from a lengthy and costly overhaul that supporters hope will keep it going for another 100 years. Tom Porter took a look behind the curtain.

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Conversations about art
4:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

A Portland Sculptor Talks Art on Sex Lines in New Exhibit

by Aaron T Stephan

PORTLAND, Maine - Conversations about art happen every day - in classrooms, coffee shops and museums. But Portland artist Aaron Stephan wondered what it would be like to broach the subject with strangers in an unlikely setting. And the results of that excercise are part of his latest exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art.


Aaron T Stephan is primarily a sculptor, but in his first solo exhibition at the PMA, he's introduced an audio component.


"Hello. This is Sherry, who am I talking to?"

"Hi Sherry, this is Aaron."

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Jason Spooner Band
4:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Jason Spooner Band Ends Four-Year Gap with Release of 'Chemical'

The cover of the Jason Spooner Band's new CD, Chemical.
Credit Courtesy Jason Spooner Band

CAMDEN, Maine - Four years after the release of its album "Sea Monster," The Jason Spooner Band has a new CD, recorded in a new studio in the Midcoast town of Camden. Keith Shortall spoke with front man Jason Spooner about the record, "Chemical," which he says refers to the process of making music, and the emotional response to hearing it.

The Jason Spooner Band's new CD, "Chemical," will be released Sept. 16. The band will headline Portland’s first Green Festival in Monument Square this Saturday.

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Arts and Culture
9:39 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Winslow Homer's View of Sea in Maine Preserved

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The Portland Museum of Art has purchased the land around the Winslow Homer Studio in Scarborough, protecting the artist's view from development.

The sale, for $2.3 million, closed Aug. 29.

The museum placed a conservation easement on the property and donated the easement to the Scarborough Land Trust, which will enforce it.

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Painting auctioned
12:36 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Painting by Buxton Folk Artist Fetches $413,000 at Auction

A portraint of Marcia Ingraham painted by John Brewster Jr. in 1823.
Credit Courtesy Caddigan Auctioneers

A painting of a young girl by Buxton folk artist John Brewster Jr. was auctioned in Maine last month for $413,000, far exceeding the expectations of the auctioneer.

The 15-inch by 18-inch painting is of young Marcia Ingraham. Its sale was handled by Massachusetts-based Caddigan Auctioneers.

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Cirque du Soleil
4:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Cirque du Soleil Brings Death-Defying Acrobatics to Portland

Cirque du Soleil acrobats perform.
Credit Courtesy Cirque du Soleil

PORTLAND, Maine - The circus has come to town - and it's a far cry from Barnum and Bailey. Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment giant, often described as the world's biggest producer of theatrical shows, and it's bringing one of its traveling shows to Portland this week.

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Arts and Culture
4:47 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Telling Room: 'In A Tiny Place'

Annick Umutoniwase

On this last Friday of August we conclude our summer series highlighting the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This essay, by Annick Umutoniwase of Casco Bay High School in Portland, was inspired by a memory she had as a small child in Rwanda.

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Code Switch
9:30 am
Thu August 28, 2014

How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia

Carl Douglas strikes a pose as he promotes his 1974 song, "Kung Fu Fighting."
Michael Putland Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 9:33 am

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International HOPE Day
4:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

LOVE Artist Robert Indiana at Center of Exhibit

VINALHAVEN, Maine (AP) _ Maine-based pop artist Robert Indiana will participate in International HOPE Day, a celebration of his art in countries across the world.
The artist is best known for his "LOVE'' image, in which the L and O sit atop the V and E. His HOPE image follows a similar theme. The image will be a part of installations and events in Munich, Caracas, Miami, New York City and Vinalhaven, Maine on Indiana's Sept. 13 birthday. He will turn 86 that day.

Stephen King book tour
4:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Stephen King Book Tour to Hit the Road on Nov. 11

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Horror writer Stephen King has released dates for his tour to promote his book "Revival.''

The six-city tour that was announced Monday kicks off in New York City on Nov. 11, the date the book goes on sale. It continues through Washington; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; and Austin, Texas, before wrapping up Nov. 17 in South Portland, Maine.

More details will be released next month.