Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

PORTLAND, Maine - Texting "I love lobsters'' just got easier.

Maine Independent Sen. Angus King says a long-overdue lobster emoji is coming to smartphones, and it is cause for celebration. King tweeted thanks to The Unicode Consortium for "recognizing the impact of this critical crustacean, in Maine and across the country.''

Unicode said Wednesday the lobster emoji was among more than 150 picked to be added in the next round of emojis. Others include a bagel, a pirate flag and a mango. Unicode is a nonprofit organization that promotes consistency in computer coding.

ORONO, Maine - Over 10 years after the last Mass was held at a former Catholic church in Maine, the Orono building will reopen this week as a new performance space.
The former St. Mary's Catholic Church, now the Old St. Mary's Reception Hall, will host its first public event Friday. The Bangor Daily News reports the church was purchased in 2010 by a couple who recently moved to Maine.
Despite the enormous of amount of work that went into restoring it, Fariba Dayhim and Shahram Pourmomtaz say they believed it was important.

PORTLAND, Maine  — Maine native Amy Allen has her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter.

'Antiques Roadshow' Has Never Traveled To Maine. What Gives?

Jan 3, 2018
Susan E. Bouchard / Associated Press File

Like any red-blooded Mainer, there are some things I’m predisposed to love: Shortcuts around peak-summer traffic. Red hot dogs and Humpty Dumpty All-Dressed potato chips. And, especially in my case, cool old stuff — the kinds of things you find in antique shops, barns and garages that always come with a story.

Mainers love old stuff, be it valuable or little more than junk. Maybe it’s because of Yankee thriftiness. Maybe it’s because we love a good story. Probably a bit of both.

Nora Flaherty / Maine Public

As you do your gift shopping this year, you may find yourself looking at board games — specifically hobby games, which are intended for an older, more strategically minded audience than, say, “Candyland.”

Some might have predicted that the rise of video games would hurt board games, but hobby games, like “Settlers of Catan” and “Pandemic,” are growing — and one of the biggest new games comes from right here in Maine.

Back in 2011, Tom Deschenes made a goal: to invent a board game. He’s a college administrator who lives in Portland, and he’s an avid board gamer.

You Can License A Stephen King Short Story For $1 - As Long As You Follow His Rules

Dec 21, 2017
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

When Bangor native Jeff Schiro was a film student at New York University in the early 1980s, he asked his favorite writer, fellow Bangorian Stephen King, if he could make a film of his short story “The Boogeyman,” from his 1978 collection “Night Shift.”

Schiro had no idea that his student project would be the first of a lesser-known phenomenon that, over the past 35 years, has spawned more than 300 short films adapted from King short stories.

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Former Vice President Joe Biden will appear in Maine’s largest city during his book tour.

Merrill Auditorium in Portland says the Delaware Democrat will appear on Jan. 31. He is in the midst of a tour called the "American Promise Tour" and is expected to talk about his political career.

Pre-sale for the tickets starts on Wednesday and ends Thursday at midnight. Tickets include a copy of Biden’s memoir, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose." Ticket prices range from $78 to $335.

Jim Nabors, Gomer Pyle On 'Andy Griffith Show,' Dies At 87

Nov 30, 2017

HONOLULU - Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show,'' has died at 87.
Nabors died peacefully at his home in Hawaii on Thursday with his husband, Stan Cadwallader, at his side. He was 87.
Cadwallader says Nabors' health had been declining for the past year. His immune system also was suppressed after he underwent a liver transplant about 20 years ago.
Nabors became an instant success when he joined "The Andy Griffith Show'' in the early 1960s.

© Ian Dickens

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.

Bex Finch

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.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

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.

Heather Perry / "Southgate Faces"

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.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

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.