Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Courtesy Jason Spooner Band

CAMDEN, Maine - Four years after the release of its album "Sea Monster," The Jason Spooner Band has a new CD, recorded in a new studio in the Midcoast town of Camden. Keith Shortall spoke with front man Jason Spooner about the record, "Chemical," which he says refers to the process of making music, and the emotional response to hearing it.

The Jason Spooner Band's new CD, "Chemical," will be released Sept. 16. The band will headline Portland’s first Green Festival in Monument Square this Saturday.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The Portland Museum of Art has purchased the land around the Winslow Homer Studio in Scarborough, protecting the artist's view from development.

The sale, for $2.3 million, closed Aug. 29.

The museum placed a conservation easement on the property and donated the easement to the Scarborough Land Trust, which will enforce it.

Courtesy Caddigan Auctioneers

A painting of a young girl by Buxton folk artist John Brewster Jr. was auctioned in Maine last month for $413,000, far exceeding the expectations of the auctioneer.

The 15-inch by 18-inch painting is of young Marcia Ingraham. Its sale was handled by Massachusetts-based Caddigan Auctioneers.

Courtesy Cirque du Soleil

PORTLAND, Maine - The circus has come to town - and it's a far cry from Barnum and Bailey. Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment giant, often described as the world's biggest producer of theatrical shows, and it's bringing one of its traveling shows to Portland this week.

The Telling Room: 'In A Tiny Place'

Aug 29, 2014

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.

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.

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: 'One Man's Fear'

Aug 22, 2014

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."  

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.

The Telling Room: 'Uprooted'

Aug 15, 2014
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."

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."

The Telling Room: 'Prologue'

Aug 8, 2014
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."

Telling Room: 'Atop a Windy Peak'

Aug 1, 2014

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.

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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.