Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine school that has nurtured documentary storytelling for more than 40 years is closing its doors. Over 1,000 writers, photographers and radio and multimedia storytellers have attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies since it first opened. But ever-present financial challenges have finally forced Salt to shut down for good.

PORTLAND, Maine - Former Portland Poet Laureate Steve Luttrell has a new book of poetry out - his first in a decade. It's called "Plumb Line." Luttrell talked about the book with MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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This week, the National Football League announced it will hear Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his "deflategate" suspension June 23.

NFL Commissioner Roger Godell says he will personally hear the appeal.

There's no way to know how he'll rule, but we have a speculative judgment, delivered in song, from Phil Hoose, accompanied by Sandi Ste. George and Joel Eckhaus.

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By Natalie Feulner, Bangor Daily News

Bangor- and Belfast-based cafe owner Chris Roberts has little connection to California, but he is trying to do his part to address the state’s four-year drought that has left thousands of acres dry and void of water-dependent crops.

Maine author Phil Hoose has once again written about children doing extraordinary things.

This time the setting is World War II Denmark. In "The Boys Who Challenged Hitler," Hoose writes about the aftermath of the day in April 1940 when German troops poured into Denmark, taking over with virtually no opposition:

Mainer Phil Hoose is the winner of a National Book Award. His latest book is "The Boys Who Challenged Hitler." Hoose will make an appearance tomorrow at Longfellow Books in Portland.

Has Portland Become Too Hip?

May 14, 2015
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PORTLAND, Maine — In its latest edition, the foodie magazine Bon Appetit describes Portland, Maine, as "the new Portland," meaning that Maine's biggest city could now be on an equal footing with its much bigger, ultra-hip namesake on the West Coast.

Courtesy, HarperCollins Publishers

In the past few weeks, there have been many stories marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. Former Maine journalist Lou Ureneck's new book is about what happened after nearly a decade of killing and dislocations.

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PORTLAND, Maine - "Cabin Fever" is an art show with a difference: It has been described as a testament to the healing power of art. The traveling exhibit showcases the work of about 40 different artists, who have all been diagnosed with some form of mental illness.

Aaron Flacke

PORTLAND, Maine - Writer Monica Wood is known mostly for fiction, and for her best-selling memoir about growing up in a small Maine mill town. Now Wood is about to make her debut as a playwright and is once again drawing deeply on the experiences of her youth.

NEW YORK - Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to "American Pie'' have been sold at auction for $1.2 million.

McLean offered the wistful anthem that asks "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?'' at Christie's on Tuesday.

The name of the buyer was not released.

The 16 pages include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song.

The eight-minute-long "American Pie'' was released in 1971. It was a No. 1 U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972.

CAMDEN, Maine — The original manuscript of Don McLean's "American Pie" is up for auction this week.

The manuscript and notes from the song that debuted in 1971 are being sold by the singer-songwriter who lives in Camden, Maine. Christie's is handling the auction Tuesday in New York.

The single "American Pie" achieved No. 1 status in January 1972.

The song has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and was named a "Song of the Century" by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - The Louis Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport is taking applications for its first ever "writer in residence." The person selected will be given a free place at the library to write, in return for doing some kind of program for library patrons.

Josh Bodwell, executive director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance says this is the first program of its kind he's aware of in the state. Irwin Gratz sat down at the library with Bodwell and Graves Library Director Mary Lou Boucouvalas to talk about the project.

Courtesy: "I Learn America"

PORTLAND, Maine - A recent wave of immigrants to the city of Portland has meant big changes for the city's public schools, where about 25 percent of students don't speak English at home. As a part of the Portland Children's Film Festival this week, several hundred local high school school kids came together to watch and discuss a film that deals with immigrant teenagers' experiences at one New York City high school.

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PORTLAND, Maine — The James Beard awards are known as the "Oscars of the culinary world," and among this year's nominees are a record number of Maine chefs and other food professionals, including Alison Pray of Portland.

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WATERVILLE, Maine — An 11th grader from Mount Ararat High School will represent Maine in the National Poetry Out Loud competition next month.

  Rose Horowitz won the state finals held yesterday at the Waterville Opera House. She surprised herself — she couldn't even believe that she made it to the finals. But she was a natural on stage.

"Like my actual character is very shy and scared and I have a hard time talking," she says. "I actually do Poetry Out Loud because I can be someone else and can be confident."