04/18/13 – Recognized in central Maine dance circles for their innovation, the choreographers and dancers of Vivid Motion transform their bodies into the characters, creatures, objects, and landscape of Sinbad’s world. Elaborate costumes, puppetry, and visual effects are also utilized to bring Sinbad’s wild and magical world to life. Additionally, the creative minds behind the show have personified Sinbad’s motivation for adventuring as a shadowy specter that follows him throughout his journey. While elements of swordplay and combat choreography are recurrent in the show, the story is suitably themed to be appropriate for an audience of any age.
06/08/13 – Darol Anger & Emy Phelps
A collaboration of 2 unique and deeply affecting musicians. Legendary fiddler and multi-string master Darol Anger focuses his talents in service of the singer-songwriter's art. Emy Phelps is a standout artist in a large field: a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. In combination, these 2 musicians bring out each other's special ability to convey deep emotional resonance combined with a bit of hot pickin'.
BillyHill features both talented bluegrass veterans and exciting fresh faces. Lincoln Meyers (guitar, vocals) had toured for years with national bands Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The April Verch Band. Ron Cody (banjo) has recordings that have been featured on All Things Considered, The Thistle and the Shamrock and Sirius Radio. Zach Ovington (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist in the New England folk, bluegrass and jazz scene for over 10 years. His music is based in southern folk music learned during childhood with Irish and traditional jazz influences from time spent in the north. Wendy Cody (bass) has performed throughout the area as part of the venerable New England Bluegrass Band. Together, BillyHill makes a brand of modern bluegrass rooted in tradition yet infused with inventive verve.
01/31/14 – Christine Sullivan has been pursuing art since early childhood and professionaly for over 35 years. Love of the surrounding environment is what motivates her to paint.
First painting in watercolor and other water media she recently has been working in oils, finding it a challenge just waiting for paint to dry. This usually means working on more than one painting at a time. Painting is a challenge, it takes much time and thought and study, but the rewards are very gratifying.
Just walking in her garden at her home in Maine or by the harbors on the coast, through her travels in the south, or to the family home in Michigan, there is no shortage of inspiration.
Always hopeful the future brings time to paint all those images she sees in her mind.
04/17/14 – Film Festival Highlights Local Aspiring Filmmakers & Actors
Lights! Camera! Action! The New England Film Academy is proud to present, in association with St. Lawrence Arts, an evening of film that spotlights the movies of the Academy. Join us for a series of short films spanning the last eight summers of great work by our aspiring filmmakers and actors. It will be an entertaining night filled with laughs, giveaways and fun!
The New England Film Academy, based in the Greater Portland area, offers hands-on learning experiences in the world of filmmaking that gives campers a chance to express themselves both in front of the camera as actors or behind the scenes as directors, producers, writers and more as they learn first-hand how movies are created and made into featured films.
Through these filmmaking efforts participants learn team-building, conflict resolution, problem solving and inter-personal skills while building their own self–confidence and expression in a fun, creative and supportive environment. These all add up to practical and applicable life-long lessons that carry over to school and home activities.
04/18/14 – Zemya and Spoonmaker’s Diamond offer a taste of world melodies from far corners of the planet, bringing their distinctive styles and unique talents to Maine audiences. Performing together for the second time, both groups share a passion for the unifying, energizing power of music.
The women of Zemya blend beautiful, edgy harmonies in a repertoire that celebrates folk traditions from the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the British Isles and the Americas. Directed by Deborah Gordon, Zemya singers include Joy Ahrens, Barbara Beckelman, Hildy Ginsberg, Abby King, Mischa Schuler, and Ann Swardlick.
Spoonmaker's Diamond plays authentic and entrancing tunes from Turkey, Armenia, Andalusia, the Balkans and the Middle East. The quartet includes Steve Carpenter on percussion, Barbara Truex, strings and vocals, Steve Gruverman on woodwinds, and Joanne Rawlings-Sekunda, vocals and percussion.
04/19/14 – Stripwrecked Burlesque is a group of talented dancers from Maine who fuse contemporary dance with classic burlesque. We are experienced dancers with a background in Jazz Cabaret, Belly Dance, Salsa, Ballet and much much more!
Stripwrecked Dancers include: Ginger Rita, Tess La Twizzler, Kiinky Slippers, Pepper Pettingal, Jessa Belle, Sassy Delight, Fraulein Danger, Scarlet Janie Gun, Rose Marie Havoc, Koshka LaChat and Shelley Littlefield.
04/23/14 – The 13th annual Maine Playwrights Festival features two schedules of short plays, an evening of monologues, a staged reading of a full-length play, and the 24-Hour Portland Theater Project
05/09/14 – Colleen Edwards, a choreographer and dancer at Portland Ballet Company, will premier her re-staged ballet “Sahar” on Friday, May 9th at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. The ballet, originally performed in Boulder, Colorado, was described in local press as “. . . exquisitely choreographed and beautifully executed.”
The 45-minute ballet has been re-staged for its 10th anniversary to premier in Portland and features four professional dancers from Portland Ballet Company. Edwards explains, “I am intrigued by the Middle East and the stories, music and mystery of the region inspired this ballet. Sahar is an Arabic girl’s name meaning “dawn” and it is a fitting name for the ballet that is themed around a new beginning within a group of strong, beautiful women.”
05/10/14 – English Dream, Spottiswoode & His Enemies’ sixth studio recording, is a haunting new departure for the New York band to be released April 15th. "It’'s an English record, written and sung by an Englishman, but recorded in Brooklyn by a New York band. “Salvation, our fourth record - was Americana” says Spottiswoode, the band'’s songwriter and front man. “This time we’'ve gone "Anglicana" and made a pastoral collection of songs about nature, love, childhood and the other side of the pond. Sometimes it’s idyllic and sometimes it’s a bit scary.”"
Please join us for this very special night to celebrate the release of their new album ENGLISH DREAM on May 10th at St. Lawrence Arts.
05/11/14 – BIRDIE GOOGINS is coming to town. Accidentally Maine’s Only Super Model she’s on the road and finds she’s got her finger on the pulse of the State of Maine. So she’s telling it like it is deah’. “I come from a long line of Eccentrics and I’m just saying, Might be time the People that Speak Like the People - Speak for the people.” She guarantees you’ll have a hoot!
Birdie Googins is a well known stand up comedian who has received rave reviews from all over the State for her one woman comedy show: Birdie Googins: “Accidentally Maine's Only Supermodel.” In Southern Maine the press calls her a phenomenon. In Northern Maine she's heralded as an icon. No matter what region she's appearing in she's regarded as hilarious.
06/28/14 – Gerhard comes to St. Lawrence Arts celebrating the successful year of his latest CD "There and Gone,"
a collection of original compositions and covers including a stunning arrangement of "Imagine/Across the Universe,"
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and a concert favorite on Weissenborn, "Killing the Blues."
" ...some of the richest steel-string sounds you’ve ever heard." - Andy Ellis Premier Guitar Magazine " ... crystalline brilliance
... consummate control and mastery of every nuance. "There and Gone" quietly assumes its place among the best of
Gerhard's offerings. " Minor 7th © Céline Keating
Gerhard will share an evening of exquisite guitar music- performing material from his new CD as well as
concert favorites. Performing on 6-string, slide guitar and Hawaiian lap steel, Gerhard combines rare
compositional depth with inspired virtuosity. Fans of guitar music won’t want to miss this opportunity to see and hear one of the country’s finest players.
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