Arts

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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Arts
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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Arts
5:54 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Telling Room: 'Atop a Windy Peak'

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 called "Atop a Windy Peak" and the young author, Ethan Boardman, was inspired by a project he did on wild Maine weather.

[Transcript not yet available.]

The Telling Room in Portland is a nonprofit writing center dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Ethan Boardman is a student at Scarborough Middle School.

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Maine Calling
1:38 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Maine Calling Book Club: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Credit Vernon Barford School

The Maine Calling tackles its first kids' book.  Geared toward middle school readers, Wonder by R.J. Palacio tells the story of a 10-year old boy named August with severe facial deformities heading off to school for the first time.

Guests:

Josh Christie is the author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland. He is a bookseller at Sherman’s Books in Portland and co-founder of the podcast Bookrageous.

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Arts
6:05 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sedgwick Author: Demise of Books Overstated

Warren Lehrer

The demise of the book, as a delivery system for literature, is all but imminent in the minds of some futurists. But Warren Lehrer doesn't buy it. The writer and artist, a summer resident of Sedgwick, has been a pioneer in the art of the book. His most recent work, a novel, reflects his interests in expanding the possibilities of the book format as a way to tell stories. Keith Shortall caught up with Lehrer recently at the Rockland Public Library.

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The Telling Room
5:42 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Telling Room: 'The Forest of the Runaways'

"The Forest of the Runaways" author Molly Ruth Daley.
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 "The Forest of the Runaways," by Molly Ruth Daley.

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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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