Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

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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.

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.

The Telling Room: 'The Forest of the Runaways'

Jul 25, 2014
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.

The Telling Room: 'I Am Not Wild'

Jul 18, 2014
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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

The Telling Room: 'Wild Ice'

Jul 11, 2014
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

Tom Porter

Maine's biggest classical music festival, and one of the longest-running, is underway, and has reached two milestones: its 50th year, as well as the swan song of the man behind it.

The Telling Room: 'In the Blind'

Jun 27, 2014
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 a piece called "In the Blind" by Noah Williams.

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