Arts and Culture

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Next weekend, 100,000 people will descend on the Bangor waterfront to take in music that has evolved over centuries. The three day American Folk Festival will feature 15 performers playing all sorts of styles, from Texas Blues to Gospel to Zimbabwe vocal harmony. But what exactly is it that makes folk music..folk music? Keith Shortall spoke with a Maine folklorist about some of the common stories that are sometimes hidden from the average ear.

CONCORD, N.H. - Scene-stealing snakes, bears, turkeys and lobsters all make an appearance in the latest season of a television program featuring New Hampshire's Fish and Game conservation officers.
 
"North Woods Law: New Hampshire'' returns to the Animal Planet cable network on Sunday at 9 p.m.
 

Celie Deagle, Lucia Helder, Penobscot Nation / Maine Public

For the last 153 years, the University of Maine campus has occupied the traditional territory of the Penobscot Nation. 

Red Sox Baseman's Memorabilia Going Up For Sale

Aug 13, 2018
Saco River Auctions / via Associated Press

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Some items belonging to one of the Boston Red Sox's early members are going up for auction.

Maine Arts Commission

The National Endowment for the Arts is planning to eliminate a rule that prohibits some noncitizens from competing in a national poetry competition.

The decision comes four months after Deering High School student Allan Monga sued the federal agency for not allowing him to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press

When Vinalhaven resident and celebrated pop artist Robert Indiana died this spring, he left behind $50 million worth of art, and instructions to turn his home into a museum dedicated to his legacy.

PORTLAND, Maine - Influential food magazine Bon Appetit calls Portland the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year – beating out larger cities like New York or Los Angeles.

Chad Conley owns Rose Foods - one of several restaurants named as a reason Portland’s food culture beats out other cities.

Conley says he expects the article to have some effect on the business, but not on his management style. 

Lauren Casselberry / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - A medical examiner has been unable to determine the cause of pop artist Robert Indiana's death, but a spokesman says the death was not suspicious.
 
A spokesman told The Associated Press on Friday that the death was likely cardiac-related, but the official cause and manner of death is "undetermined.''
 
Indiana's "LOVE'' series is instantly recognizable around the world.  
 
Indiana died May 19 at age 89 at his Vinalhaven Island home 15 miles off the coast of Maine. His attorney said he died from respiratory failure.
 

YARMOUTH, Maine - Maine's clam harvest might be down, but the state is still ready to celebrate in honor of the shellfish.
 
The Yarmouth Clam Festival, a venerable celebration of Maine clams, is getting started on Friday. The festival has been around for more than 50 years and is free to the public. It includes a carnival that began on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.
 
The rest of the festival goes until Sunday, too. It includes food booths that are managed by local nonprofit groups. The festival expects to serve more than 6,000 pounds of clams.
 

Colby College Museum of Art

A significant painting by the renowned 20th Century painter Jackson Pollock now hangs in the Colby College Museum of Art.

Director Sharon Corwin says the painting, “Composition with Masked Forms,” was purchased last month for an undisclosed sum and hung this morning. Some art historians say the painting highlights a master artist working to develop his own style.

Corwin says she hopes the acquisition inspires curiosity in Mainers and tourists alike.

Charles Sykes / Invision

PORTLAND, Maine - A transgender former middle school student who fought to use the bathroom of her choice in Maine is preparing for her big screen debut.
 
Nicole Maines is starring in the indie horror film "Bit'' as a transgender teen trying to co-exist with and understand a group of feminist vampires in Los Angeles.  
 

MYSTIC, Conn. - A replica of a Viking longship that sailed across the Atlantic Ocean is scheduled to leave its current home in Connecticut.
 
The 115-foot Draken Harald Harfagre is scheduled to sail out of Mystic Seaport Museum on Monday. The Day reports that the Draken has been at the museum since 2016, where it has undergone maintenance while raising funds for the next leg of its voyage to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
 
The vessel is scheduled to return to Mystic in October.
 

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Maine tourists or natives on a quest for lobster can find it in countless restaurants, grilled or baked, boiled or sautéed, whipped up into fancy gourmet dishes, or served humbly in the shell, alone on a plate.  But we wondered:  How do the people who catch those lobsters prefer to prepare and eat them?  We headed to the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op to find out.  

Tom Wolfe, Pioneering 'New Journalist,' Dead At 88

May 15, 2018
Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press

NEW YORK - Author Tom Wolfe, who chronicled everything from hippies to the space race before turning his sharp eye to fiction, has died. He was 88.
 
Wolfe's agent Lynn Nesbit told The Associated Press that Wolfe died in a New York City hospital. Additional details were not immediately available.
 
The "new journalism'' reporter and novelist insisted that the only way to tell a great story was to go out and report it. His writing style was rife with exclamation points, italics and improbable words.
 

Deering High School

On Tuesday morning, 19-year-old Allan Monga of Westbrook stepped onstage in the first round of the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. He took a breath, exhaled, and recited W.E.B. Dubois’ 1907 poem, “The Song of the Smoke.”

If it wasn’t for a federal judge’s ruling, that performance likely wouldn’t have happened, because while Monga won Maine’s Poetry Out Loud competition last month, he wasn’t considered eligible for the national finals because of his immigration status.

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