Dec 01 Thursday
We combine two brief programs for this one presentation.
We begin with the 19 minute long show "Beyond the Arctic Circle." A brief night sky tour follows. After the night sky tour we conclude with the 11-minute short show "Aurora Storm."
Dec 02 Friday
Ralph Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra) leads the cast in David Hare’s (Skylight) blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.
For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in office through a mix of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created parks, bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors.
Faced with resistance by protest groups campaigning for a very different idea of what the city should become, will the weakness of democracy be exposed in the face of his charismatic conviction?
Broadcast from the Bridge Theatre in London directly to the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Nicholas Hytner directs this exhilarating new play.
Presented by Ciclismo Classico and sponsored locally by Cyclemania in Portland, the 13th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is a celebration of travel and human-powered adventure on wheels, and it is the only event of its type in the world. You don’t have to be a cyclist to enjoy these journeys featuring people young and old, from Alaska to the Alps and beyond! We’ll be sharing an in-person evening of short films that will delight and inspire any attendee.
Doors open at 6pm for social hour followed by the event at 7pm.
Dec 03 Saturday
Dec 10 Saturday
The 73rd Warren Miller film “Daymaker” will be showing at The Gem on Saturday, December 10th at 4pm & 7pm. Join us for an annual celebration that crosses generations and connects us to the comforting constant of snow.
ABOUT THE FILMHow’s it going? Ask us again tomorrow, because today’s answer will change soon enough. Except, the mountains have seen this all before. And when you stand on top of one, it’s awfully tough to make out whatever you left below. From Alaska to Greece and beyond, our 73rd annual ski and snowboard film, Daymaker, will replace the mountains in your mind with ones that free your mind. Join Crazy Karl Fostvedt, Michelle Parker, Katie Burrell, Hana Beaman, Daron Rahlves, Ryland Bell, Cam Fitzpatrick, Connery Lundin and more on the hill, and you can’t really have a bad day.
British Columbia’s Monashees? Yes. The literal throne of the gods in Greece’s Olympus Mountains? Yep. Alaska? Twice. We hit Snowmass for the biggest party of the winter, and surprise a Warren Miller superfan at the base of Snowbasin for a day skiing with Jonny Moseley and Marcus Caston. We follow one of Europe’s most legendary mountain guides, rewrite the rules of adaptive backcountry riding, and try to keep up with some of the most exciting young skiers and snowboarders on the planet. So, how’s it going? Now that you mention it, thinking about winter kinda made our day.
The Bar Harbor Historical Society (BHHS) and the 1932 Criterion Theatre are collaborating again! This time, they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first alumni class that completed all four consecutive years at Mount Desert Island High School.
On Saturday, December 10th at 7pm, come join the BHHS at the Criterion Theatre for a special screening of “Consolidation.”
The documentary film, directed by Peter Logue, focuses on the challenges of creating a single high school from three schools in 1968: Mount Desert High School, Pemetic High School and Bar Harbor High School. The film’s subject remains pertinent today as the community considers a reorganization of the school system and the possibility of a consolidated middle school.
After the movie, a Q&A about the film will be led by School Superintendent Mike Zboray with panelist Burt Barker. Before and after the show, you can view a special exhibit in the theater lobby with items from the Bar Harbor Historical Society’s collection. Leaf through decades of school yearbooks to find pictures of family and friends and see the 1955 State Championship Gold Ball trophy!
Floor tickets are $5 and balcony tickets are $6. All the proceeds benefit the Bar Harbor Historical Society and The 1932 Criterion Theatre. Tickets are available through the BHHS events page: https://barharborhistorical.org/events/
“Meditations on Perihelion” is a live performance of original electronic music andimmersive visuals on the planetarium’s dome screen. This is a multi-sensory experience that invites audience members tocontemplate and reflect on the dark quietude of the Winter Solstice, the darkest time of the yearand the moment when the Earth is closest to the Sun. For some in the audience it can be a meditation, for others an active listening andperceptual experience. This event invites listeners to sink and settle into an evolving musicaland visual experience. The music, conceived and performed by Tom Luther, is inspired and informed by thechanges in the Earth’s orbit from Equinox to Winter Solstice. While falling into the generalcategory of “Ambient” or “Space” music, Luther has drawn on his experience as an improviser,composer, and pianist to extend at the conventions of the genre. In pieces such as “Kepler” and “Precession”, Luther explores the seasonal passage oftime. Melodies are reordered and recombined against a background of punctuating rhythms.“Skywheel” takes inspiration from the stillness of winter and presents a slowly evolving andmeditative soundscape ornamented by melodic fragments mimicking birdsong. “Analema”contemplates the idea of infinity through fractal imagery and overlapping and pulsing rhythmicpatterns. The visuals are being curated by planetarium director Shawn Laatsch and are acombination of imagery from the European Southern Observatory, real time astronomy scripts,as well as abstract animations. Luther and Laatsch have worked in a collaborative processusing feedback loops of musical and visual ideas.
Dec 31 Saturday
7:00 p.m. Larry Cat in Space
7:45 p.m. Expedition Reef!
8:30 p.m. Hubble Vision 2
9:15 p.m. Destination Solar System
10:00 p.m. Dinosaurs at Dusk!
11:00 p.m. Season of Light!
11:35 p.m. Aurora Storm!
11:50 p.m. Brief Winter Night Sky Tour
11:55 p.m. Broadcast of the Times Square Ball Drop.
Jan 06 Friday
We are delighted to announce that the "Season of Light" holiday program is returning to the Southworth Planetarium in full dome format. NPR'S Noah Adams narrates this omni-dome planetarium program about the history and astronomy of the holiday season.
What are the origins of the solstice festivals and Santa Claus? Why do we celebrate New Year's Day on January 1st? What is the history of Hannukkah? "Season of Light" explores the rich and beautiful history of our holiday traditions.
Toward the end of the show, we focus on the Star of Bethlehem. If it were a natural occurrence, what could it have been? An exploding star? A conjunction of planets? Perhaps a comet or some other celestial object.
Join us in our star dome theatre as we celebrate the joy and observe the traditions of the holiday season.