Arts

The Telling Room
5:10 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Telling Room: 'I Am Not Wild'

"I Am Not Wild' author Kaitlyn Knight.
Credit Courtesy: the Telling Room

Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This week's entry is "I am Not Wild" by Kaitlyn Knight.

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Arts
9:07 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Presque Isle Wins Grant for Cultural Arts Center

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has been awarded $50,000 to help it develop a new, Northern Maine Center for the Cultural Arts.

"We have such a rich history of the arts here in northern Maine that we kind of keep to ourselves a lot," art professor Heather Sincavage says. "So, I think this building can be a spotlight to that, bringing people to the region to see what we have to offer."

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Jamie Wyeth
5:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Maine-Inspired Works Featured in Wyeth Retrospective

The headlands of Monhegan Island, 2007.
Courtesy: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The artist Jamie Wyeth spends much of each year on the midcoast of Maine - and his paintings from Southern Island and Monhegan Island are a big part of a new major retrospective of his work.

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Arts
7:29 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Was The Green Turtle The First Asian-American Superhero?

The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, revives the comic book hero the Green Turtle.
Sonny Liew Courtesy of First Second Books

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 11:39 am

For the first time since the 1940s, the Green Turtle is returning to comic bookshelves. The long-forgotten character has been resurrected in The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel about what many comic fans consider the first Asian-American superhero.

"He's like a classic, American World War II hero," says cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, who collaborated with illustrator Sonny Liew on The Shadow Hero.

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Arts
7:13 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Glenn Close Honored at Maine International Film Festival

WATERVILLE, Maine — Six-time Oscar nominated actor Glenn Close has been honored by the Maine International Film Festival.

Close called the Mid-Life Achievement Award — a moose statuette — she received Sunday night in Waterville "the best award I've ever received.""

The ceremony followed a showing of "Albert Nobbs," a 2011 film Close starred in and co-produced about a woman in 19th-century Ireland who dresses as a man in order to be able to work.

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The Telling Room
6:14 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Telling Room: 'Wild Ice'

'Wild Ice" author Grace Connelly.
Credit Courtesy the Telling Room

Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This week's entry is "Wild Ice," by Grace Connolly.

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Singers compete
7:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Would-Be Stars Line Up in Portland to Compete for Spot on 'American Idol'

Advancing American Idol contestants Ryan Williamson and Tom Emerson.
Credit Patty Wight

The popular TV singing contest program "American Idol" sent its scouts to the Maine State Pier in Portland today, where would-be stars braved the blazing sun and long lines for a chance to compete.

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Arts
8:42 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Windham Teacher Drums for Rock Band Boston

WINDHAM, Maine — The drummer for the rock band Boston isn't quitting his day job as a teacher.

Jeff Neal is a social studies teacher at Windham High School. But on his summer break, he's playing the drums — a gig he's enjoyed since 2002.

Neal tells WGME-TV that he started pounding on the drums in middle school. He was discovered by the founder of Boston while at Sunday River in 2002.

Betty Cody dies
5:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Maine Country Music Legend Betty Cody Dies

Betty Cody with her then-husband Hal Lone Pine.
Credit Library of Congress

Maine Country Music legend Betty Cody has died. Cody was 92, and is being remembered as the state's most recognized female singer, who opted out of her own career, to nurture a very musical family.

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Betty Cody dies
11:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Maine Country Singer Betty Cody Dies at 92

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ Country music singer and Maine Country Music Hall of Fame member Betty Cody has died.
 
    The Portland Press Herald  reports Cody died in her Lewiston home on Tuesday. She was 92. Her son Denny Breau confirmed her death.
 
    Cody's discography includes more than 20 songs. Her career peaked in the early 1950s after music industry powerhouse RCA Records signed her to a contract.
 

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