Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

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
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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.

  "Orphan Train" is Christina Baker Kline's breakout novel. The author - who grew up in Maine and comes back each year - has written four books, but this is the first to really take off, selling more than 800,000 copies. It spent 30 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. The novel interweaves the story of two protagonists - Molly, a teenage girl of Penobscot Indian heritage living in a foster home, and Vivian, a wealthy elderly woman whose childhood was also marked by displacement and loss.

People who can't clap on the beat drive comedian Aaron Michael King crazy, especially one group in particular. He devoted a whole YouTube sketch to ... some white people he knows.

Portland Man Stages Plays — With Action Figures

Jun 23, 2014
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A typical Saturday night in Portland features a varied lineup of concerts, movies and restaurants. But, at an intimate event in the living room of a house in the city's West End neighborhood, something unusual is happening. About 20 people are sitting on couches and folding chairs, watching Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar." But it's not the one you think you know.

What makes this rock opera different are the actors, about 40 of them. They're all plastic action figure dolls. And they're performing on a miniature stage.