Arts and Culture

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A 164-Year-Old Bangor Church Will Hold Its Last Service On June 30

May 7, 2019
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor will hold its last worship service on June 30 and close its doors after serving the community near Union and Thirds streets for more than 160 years.

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Erin French's famed restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in Freedom, will open for the new season in a matter of days.  Since opening in 2014 the 40-seat restaurant at the site of an old mill has become so popular that French conducts a mail-in lottery for reservations. This year's is already over. She received 20,000 post cards.  Only 1,000 will be chosen.  French came by Maine Public's Portland studios recently for a chat with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.


Melissa Sweet grew up in New Jersey, but when she first came to Maine in the 1970s, she fell in love.

Mainers In Paris 'Took Some Of The Last Photos That Exist' Of Notre Dame

Apr 16, 2019
Courtesy of Jasmine Ireland / via Bangor Daily News

Mainers who witnessed the enormous fire that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday described the experience as harrowing and surreal.

Courtesy Adam Fisher

The new animated movie "Missing Link" opens nationally and in Maine today. It tells the tale of a big foot-like character trying to find missing relatives. The film features the voices of Hollywood stars like Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis. But one of the films animators, Adam Fisher, is originally from Maine and recently left the West Coast to teach animation at the Maine College of Art.  Fisher spoke with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about the film and his work.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Roman Catholics are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

UNITY, Maine - A Maine town is asking people to keep a grip on their balloons. Residents of Unity on Saturday approved an ordinance prohibiting the intentional release of 10 or more balloons within a 24-hour period.

Pollution Is Personal At A New Abbe Museum Exhibit

Mar 20, 2019
Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

The rapidly changing climate in Maine and New England is affecting lives – those of the people who depend on the region’s waters, as well as the species that live there. At the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, a new exhibit explores the connection between the First People and the northern waters, and how that relationship is evolving in reaction to climate change and pollution.

PORTLAND, Maine  - Maine's largest city will hold its annual celebration of art, music and food for the last time this summer.

Despite Suit, Effort For Robert Indiana Museum Is Advancing

Feb 25, 2019
Lauren Casselberry / Associated Press/file

PORTLAND, Maine — Despite costly litigation embroiling pop artist Robert Indiana's estate, the foundation tasked with transforming the reclusive artist's home into an art museum is moving forward.

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Creative Portland is launching a new event intending to highlight the city's performing arts talent. It will take place this Sunday, Feb. 17. The show will feature music, dance, digital art. Singer JanaeSound recently relocated to Portland from St. Louis, Missouri, and will be performing on Sunday. Her song "Diamonds" has racked up more than 100,000 listeners on services like SoundCloud and Spotify. She spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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ORONO, Maine - A Maine man who is part of a long tradition of basket makers in a native American tribe has received a prestigious fellowship and its $50,000 award.

LEWISTON, Maine - Maine's second-largest city is getting some love from a TV show.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Verna Bloom, the actress who portrayed the wife of the dean in the movie "Animal House,'' has died. She was 80.
Family spokesman Mike Kaplan tells The Hollywood Reporter that Bloom died Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine, of complications from dementia.
In the 1978 John Landis film, Bloom played Marion Wormer, who flirted with and had a drunken romp with fraternity president "Otter'' Stratton.
She was Clint Eastwood's lover in "High Plains Drifter'' and was Mary in "The Last Temptation of Christ.''