Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

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A Charles Dickens will perform the classic novel “A Christmas Carol” in Portland on Monday, Nov. 27. That’s Gerald Charles Dickens — the novelist’s great, great grandson.

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John Hodgman is known for a variety of things — he was a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” he has written several books of funny fake facts and hosts the podcast “Judge John Hodgman,” as well as writing a Sunday New York Times Magazine column as Judge John Hodgman.

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The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine has obtained approval to leave its downtown Portland building for a new location.

The Portland Planning Board approved a permit Tuesday that will allow the museum to move to a yet-to-be-constructed building on Thompson’s Point.

Executive Director Suzanne Olson says they’ve outgrown their current space, one they’ve been in for 20 years. She says the new building will be three stories tall and occupy about 30,000 square feet.

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From public radio shows such as The Moth to local storytelling groups, there are more chances than ever to tell a personal tale in front of an audience. This weekend, an event called This Is My Brave comes to Lewiston, inviting people who have experienced mental illness to take center stage at the local Franco Center and share their story.

Corinne Pratt, 39, has struggled with mental illness for most of her life. For a long time, she didn’t think she could open up about it.

One Of Oldest Native American Birch-Bark Canoes Now On Display

Oct 5, 2017
Patrick Whittle / Associated Press

BRUNSWICK, Maine - One of the oldest-known examples of a Native American birch-bark canoe is on display at a museum operated by a historical society in Maine.
The Pejepscot Historical Society says the canoe dates to the mid-1700s. It's an example of the type of canoe that was critically important to the history and culture of the Wabanaki, the first people of parts of northern New England and Atlantic Canada.

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At 11:30 a.m. every workday the lunch whistle blows at Bath Iron Works, and shipfitters, welders, pipefitters, electricians and painters gather in at the yard’s south gate for a strict 30-minute lunch break. But many Bath residents know very little about these people or about the dangerous work they do.

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Since they first discovered the patterns of the sun and the moon, human beings have searched for more accurate methods of keeping time. Clockmaking developed into something of a fine art in the 18th and 19th centuries, but by the 1980s, the quartz clock movement rendered much of that mechanical knowledge a thing of the past.

Keith Shortall / Maine Public

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet experienced her first moments of life in a modest duplex in the midcoast city of Rockland.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- In 1989, when Stephen King had already published more than 20 books, three teenagers were discovering his horror novel "It," a 1,100-page epic about a group of adolescent outcasts and a shapeshifting villain who most often manifests as a child-eating clown.

If Angelenos know one truth, it may well be this: There is absolutely no love lost between the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. In the classroom, on the football field, around campus — few places escape the pervasive sway of LA's great rivalry.

But this week, the battle has found a new theater: the proper spelling of Shakespear(e).

PORTLAND, Maine - Elvis died the night before he was supposed to kick off a tour in Portland, Maine.

Forty years later, fans like Anne Salamone are still hanging onto those tickets. She says she can't bear to give up the tickets or the memories.

Many other fans still have their tickets.

She tells WCSH-TV that her uncle bought her tickets when she was in the eighth grade. She was crushed to learn Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.

The Portland shows on Aug. 17 and 18 were supposed to kick off the first leg of his 1977 tour.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

These days, a “Cooper” might refer to a brand of cheese or a compact car. But a hundred years ago, a cooper was commonly known as person who built wooden casks to store wine, whiskey or other consumables — and the craft is still alive.

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Lois Lowry has written more than 40 books for kids and young adults, won a bevy of awards for her work and had one of her books, “The Giver,” made into a 2014 film starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.

Ex-'Prairie Home' Host Garrison Keillor Busy As He Nears 75

Aug 4, 2017
Jeff Baenen / Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Former "A Prairie Home Companion'' host Garrison Keillor is keeping busy in retirement.
Keillor turns 75 on Aug. 7. The next day he boards a bus for a 28-city tour that he vows will be his last.
The Minnesota humorist signed off as host of "Prairie Home'' at the Hollywood Bowl last July. He turned the show over to mandolinist Chris Thile, who starts his second season in October.
Keillor tells The Associated Press he misses being on the air, and hasn't listened to the show since leaving.

Youth Rock Orchestra Pairs Maine Musicians With Touring Bands

Aug 3, 2017
Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler / Maine Public

There’s an old joke: “What do you call a viola player with a beeper? An optimist.” The idea is that classically trained musicians may have a harder time getting gigs than rock or folk artists. But there’s a project in Maine that’s designed to put young orchestra musicians on a live stage to give them a sense of what it’s like, and for some young players, it’s renewing their interest in music.