Arts and Culture

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Maine author Lois Lowry's young adult novel, The Giver. It has won the Newberry Medal, been made into a movie, selected as one of the 100-most popular books in The Great American Read and is taught in numerous middle school and high school classrooms.

Maine Actress To Make Debut This Week As TV’s First Transgender Superhero

Oct 9, 2018
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Orono native Nicole Maines made history with her family in 2014, when they won a lawsuit against the Orono school district, winning the right for transgender students in the state of Maine to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Pop artist Robert Indiana died in a house with a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. The front windows are now boarded up. Buckets collect water. Clapboards are peeling.

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Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people -- including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description -- will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world.

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CAMDEN, Maine - More than a dozen windjammers are headed to Camden Harbor.  The 25th annual Camden Windjammer Festival kicks off Friday with the arrival of more than a dozen windjammers and an evening capped by fireworks on the waterfront.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine — The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America got what he wanted Monday: His remains were laid to rest under a special tombstone he commissioned before suffering a fatal heart attack.

BANGOR, Maine - The three-day National Folk Festival is about to get underway in Bangor.  The event kicks off Friday evening with a New Orleans-style parade featuring Tuba Skinny, followed by Quebec folk music, salsa and samba bands, and bluegrass and honky tonk music.

Courtesy of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries / via Bangor Daily News

THOMASTON, Maine — It’s not every day that you find an original painting by Andrew Wyeth in a relative’s house that you’re helping clean out.

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
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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.

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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.