Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

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Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and USM for a Maine Community Foundation Inspiring Philanthropy celebration, featuring poet Richard Blanco.

On Nov. 18, 2014, Blanco spoke about the power of community and read poems as guest speaker.

For more on the talk, click here. For more on the Maine Community Foundation, visit

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland officials are unveiling the acquisition of several works of art by Maine artist Bernard Langlais that are being placed in public buildings around Maine's largest city.

Officials will commemorate the public art effort at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Ocean Gateway Terminal in front of Langlais's "Standing Bear'' sculpture. City officials say the ten artworks include sculptures, wood reliefs, abstract works and birdhouses gift to the city from the Kohler Foundation.

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TOPSHAM, Maine - Concert pianist Frank Glazer, who has lived in Maine for more than 30 years, is preparing to celebrate his 100th birthday. The internationally-renowned performer, who still holds a position as artist in residence at Bates College, spoke recently with Tom Porter at his home in Topsham about his early experienes in music and how they have shaped his approach to the piano.

Best-selling author Stephen King was in South Portland Monday afternoon, wrapping up a national tour to promote his latest novel "Revival." Fans of the Bangor-based horror writer converged on the Books-A-Million bookstore, eager to get a signed copy.

Among them was Suzanne Edwards, from Dayton, Maine, who was keen to get home and start reading.

"He's so easy to read," she says. "I hated reading in high school, and when I picked up one of his books and I started reading I couldn't stop. And I've been reading every book since it's come out ever since."

BANGOR, Maine — Stephen King's latest novel is out.

"Revival" is being released Tuesday, and King will be in New York City to mark the event.

His six-city book tour travels from New York City to Washington; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; and Austin, Texas, before wrapping up on Nov. 17 in South Portland, Maine.

ORONO, Maine - A supernatural musical created by writer Stephen King and rocker John Mellencamp is going on tour, starting in King's home state.

``Ghost Brothers of Darkland County'' kicks off Saturday and Sunday at the Collins Center at the University of Maine. From there, the show moves on to a string of cities from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., to Chicago, Denver and San Francisco.

King's story is based on the real 1957 deaths of two brothers and a young girl.

Mellencamp wrote the "blues `n' roots'' musical score.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Museum of Art is now home to a new sculpture - an eight-foot-high number "7", which sits just outside the museum's entrance. The piece, by internationally known pop artist Robert Indiana, is called - appropriately enough - "seven." The sculpture is being officially presented Friday evening during Portland's First Friday art walk.


In 1934, a weather observer stationed at the peak of Mount Washington recorded a, then record, wind gust of 231 miles per hour. As a point of reference, that’s in the same neighborhood as an F5 tornado.

Even on hot summer day, conditions at the peak can drop below freezing in a matter of minutes – which is just one reason more than 135 people have died in the shadow of Mount Washington since 1859.

And yet, Mount Washington isn’t just Home of the World’s Worst Weather--as a sign at the summit famously boasts--it’s also home to a weather station, where a team of researchers are able to safely live year-round.

Which begs the question: would the Mount Washington Observatory be the perfect place to survive a zombie apocalypse?

Listen to this radio story to find out:

YARMOUTH, Maine - An historic Midcoast mansion, a town post office, city clock towers, and an entire Maine downtown: Those are among the eight items Maine Preservation has included in its 17th annual list of Maine's Most Endangered Historic Places.

Maine Preservation Executive Director Greg Paxton says these places face a variety of threats and, often, demolition. But he says there are also broader themes, such as what the future holds for entire downtown areas.

PORTLAND, Maine — A broadcasting company is seeking permission from the city of Portland for an all-day music festival at the Eastern Promenade.

Townsquare Media Portland — which owns 15 radio stations — is expected to ask the City Council on Monday to approve a festival for next August.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the artists would be selected soon after the city approves closing off part of the Eastern Prom.

This year, on Friday November 7th, we are taking our annual Maine Calling Holiday Gift Guide Show on the road and turning it into a live event showcasing over a dozen Maine artisans and businesses and their wares.

Host Jennifer Rooks and the Maine Calling crew will broadcast live from the SPACE Gallery at 538 Congress St. in Portland and discuss holiday gift giving and the abundance of locally made gifts with Alex Steed, Bangor Daily News blogger and founding partner at Knack Factory, and Laura Serino, digital editor of Down East Magazine.

A 10-minute preview of a film called "In Blind Sight" will debut later today at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Ben Frost, director of legal and public affairs for New Hampshire Housing, said he was inspired after hearing Claudia Folska, who is featured in the film, and invited her to keynote a conference of planners.

Photo by Isaac Simpson
Courtesy Sumner McKane

A new film that explores the lives of turn-of-the-20th century Mainers through photography airs tonight and Saturday on MPBN Television. In "The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Simpson," filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane tells the story of Isaac Walton Simpson.

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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.

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."