Arts & Culture

North, South, East, or West, Maine is the Best!

North, South, East, or West, Maine is the Best!

The Arundel Barn Playhouse welcomes its 2011 season technical staff from all over the Unites States including Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Missouri, Minnesota, Florida, Virginia and some from our very own Maine!

Salvation Army’s Author’s Tea with Guest Author & Artist Rebekah LaCourse

Salvation Army’s Author’s Tea with Guest Author & Artist Rebekah LaCourse

Old Orchard Beach – The Salvation Army will host its annual Author’s Tea on Thursday, May 26 at 5:00 pm at their facility located at 2 Sixth Street in Old Orchard Beach.  The event is for the students who just completed The Salvation Army’s Oobie reading program.
We are pleased to announce guest author & artist Rebekah LaCourse will be reading from some of her children’s books to the students.  Also, the students will share from their own books they wrote during the program.

She also contributes to wildlife conservation and has competed in the Maine Waterfowl Stamp competition since 2005.

Award-winning Mohawk beadwork artist to visit Kennebunkport Native American arts gallery

Award-winning Mohawk beadwork artist to visit Kennebunkport Native American arts gallery

Award-winning Mohawk beadwork artist to visit Kennebunkport Native American arts gallery May 28 - 30

Niio Perkins, award-winning Mohawk beadwork artist, will visit Home & Away Gallery from May 28 to 30, from 11 AM to 5 PM. Perkins, who works in the traditional Iroquois raised bead style, incorporates contemporary materials and colors, creating vibrant, timeless pieces that will endure through the generations.

Born in 1980, Perkins began to create beadwork in 2005. With no mentor in her family or community, she taught herself the painstaking techniques that have established her reputation as one of the best Native American bead workers in the Northeast. Researching historic beadwork through museums and publications, she was able to adapt traditional techniques and designs to suit her personal creative style.

Movies: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

Movies:  "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

Sit ye down, lads and lassies, and let me tell you about some real pirate movies.  They were made when Hollywood knew how to buckle a swash -- and they had stars like Douglas Fairbanks (“The Black Pirate,” 1926), Errol Flynn (“Captain Blood,” 1935) and Burt Lancaster (“The Crimson Pirate,” 1952).   So what if they didn’t have 3-D, surround sound and computer animation?  They had lusty men of iron aboard staunch ships of wood -- even if those ship were usually anchored on Hollywood sound stages.  

All of which brings me to this summer’s big pirate picture, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” starring the elfin Johnny Depp and the sultry Penelope Cruz.  

Salvation Army Band Presents Spring Concert Tonight

The Old Orchard Beach Salvation Army Band will hold its spring concert on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the local Salvation Army, the corner of Sixth Street and Church Street in Old Orchard Beach. 

Local musicians who attend the Army as their church are extremely talented and their ministry is expressed weekly at their Sunday services under the direction of Bandmaster Al Stickland.  The concert will include a Brass Quartet from The New England Brass Band, New England’s premier brass band “in the British Tradition.”  The New England Brass Band was formed in 1988 by a group of friends which with years of experience playing in the British style.

Included in the evening program will be selections by the Salvation Army Songsters (choral group) under the direction of Dr. Drew Poulopoulos as well as presentation by soloists of the group.

Admission to the concert is free.

Remember – “It’s happening in Old Orchard Beach.”

All State Music Festival in Gorham

There will be music making on the Gorham Campus of University of Southern Maine (USM) this week.  Over 400 high school musicians from Maine will converge on

USM forthe Maine Music Educators Association's annual All State Music Festival.  Last November, students went through rigorous auditions to secure a spot in one of

the threehonors performance groups: Orchestra, Band, Chorus.  Competition is keen and being accepted one year does not guarantee acceptance the next year.

Students will rehearse May 19th & 20th on campus, then move to Windham High School for the concerts on May 21st.  Order of the concerts is as follows: 2:00 pm

Orchestra; 3:30 pm Band; 5:00 pm Chorus. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Ticket prices are $8.00 each for ONE concert; $6.00 each for TWO concerts ($12.00

total); $5.00 each for all three concerts. ($15.00 total).

Movies: "Bridesmaids"

Movies: "Bridesmaids"


Sigmund Freud once asked the question, “What do women really want?”  Thanks to “Bridesmaids,” we now have the answer:  to make us laugh uproariously.


You may have heard how this movie came to be.  Impressed by Kristen Wiig’s supporting performance in 2007’s “Knocked Up,” producer-director Judd Apatow told her that if she brought him a screenplay he’d put it on screen.   Wiig (who regularly steals the show on “Saturday Night Live”) got together with comedy sketch pal Annie Mumulo (who has a cameo in “Bridesmaids” as the nervous woman on the plane) to write this movie.