Arts and Culture

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 Thu August 28, 2014 3:50 pm

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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.

The Telling Room
4:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Telling Room: 'One Man's Fear'

We continue our summer series featuring the work of young writers, in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This week we showcase the work of Nicholas Giroux, a student at Scarborough Middle School. Giroux's piece was inspired by a project the Telling Room did with all of the middle schoolers there on "wild Maine weather."  

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Deceptive Cadence
7:21 am
Thu August 21, 2014

A Perfectly Cromulent Classical Guide To 'The Simpsons' Marathon

From The Simpsons short "Music Ville."
Fox Broadcasting Company

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 2:24 pm

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The Last Ferryman
5:48 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Birthday Gift for Maine Bridge: An Opera

Soprano Donatta Cucinotta, right, is featured as historical figure Annie McGuire, along with community members Roger Green, left, and Sam Harrington, center, in Opera House Arts' original new musical The Last Ferryman.
Credit Karen Galella / Courtesy Stonington Opera House

STONINGTON, Maine - If you're going to celebrate the anniversary of a local landmark, why not write an opera? That was exactly the thinking that's given life to a production called "The Last Ferryman," which creators in the Downeast community of Stonington have dubbed a "popera." It features the music of a Grammy-award-winning pianist and composer, and professional singers from Boston and New York, as well as local talent. "The Last Ferryman" made its debut at the Stonington Opera House last night.

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The Telling Room
3:29 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

The Telling Room: 'Uprooted'

"Uprooted" author Grace Roberts.
Credit Courtesy the Telling Room

And on this Friday we continue our summer series featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This week's entry is "Uprooted" by Grace Roberts, an excerpt from the 14-year-old Cape Elizabeth High School freshman's soon-to-be-released novel," Sleeping Through Thunder."

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10:24 am
Wed August 13, 2014

'Maine Stage' to Feature Excerpts from 'Song of Hiawatha'

Credit Kirstin Irby / Contributed

Editor's note: This story was submitted by Charles Kaufmann, artistic director of the Longfellow Chorus. "Maine Stage" for Wednesday, Aug. 13, features excerpts from the chorus' performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's "The Song of Hiawatha."

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The Telling Room
5:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

The Telling Room: 'Prologue'

Author Henry Spritz
Credit Courtesy the Telling Room

Every Friday this summer, Maine Things Considered is featuring samples of young writers, in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This week, an offering from 14-year-old Henry Spritz, an eighth-grader at King Middle School, who is one of four students chosen for the Telling Room's "Young Emerging Authors Fellowship." This is an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released novel, "The Road to Terrencefield."

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