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Magical Universe
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Magical Universe
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Tues Dec 23 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Fri Dec 26 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat Dec 27 | 2pm
Sun Dec 28 | 2pm, 6pm
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Summary: Directed by Jeremy Workman Starring Al Carbee, Jeremy Workman, Astrid von Ussar English 1 hr 17 mins, rated NR Filmed for over a decade,... Read More

Directed by Jeremy Workman
Starring Al Carbee, Jeremy Workman, Astrid von Ussar

English
1 hr 17 mins, rated NR

Filmed for over a decade, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old strange and reclusive outsider artist who spends his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art — mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate dioramas. The documentary profiles Carbee’s amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle. Carbee’s story is explored through the prism of his unlikely friendship with New York filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who unexpectedly becomes Carbee’s closest friend and only link to the outside world. Far beyond just a portrait of an eccentric, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity. Its story culminates with Al Carbee’s greatest triumph as an artist and a man.

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Christmas
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Christmas
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Wednesday Dec 24 & Thursday Dec 25 | Closed

Summary: In celebration of the Christmas holiday, Frontier will be closed on Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th.  We wish you and your family a joyous... Read More

In celebration of the Christmas holiday, Frontier will be closed on Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th.  We wish you and your family a joyous holiday.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday, December 27th when we reopen.

Steve Grover Quintet
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Steve Grover Quintet
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Sat Dec 27 | 8pm | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Steve Grover, drums: Steve has led jazz groups in the New England area since the mid 1980’s. A Maine native, he teaches at The University of Maine at Augusta... Read More

Steve Grover, drums: Steve has led jazz groups in the New England area since the mid 1980’s. A Maine native, he teaches at The University of Maine at Augusta (where he received his degree in music), Bowdoin College and Bates College. Steve was a faculty member of The Maine Jazz Camp from 1984-97, and was director from 1992-94. In 1994, Steve won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers Competition, and in 1996 was a winner in JAZZIZ  Magazine’s “Percussion On Fire” talent search. He received an honorable mention in the 2004 Billboard Song Contest, and his composition “Breath” (from the album of the same name) was featured that same year on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”. In 2008 Steve’s original composition “Art Advocate” was chosen as the theme song for the MPBN program “Conversations With Maine”.  Steve’s group won “Best Jazz Act of 2009” in The Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll, and was voted one of the “Ten Most Influential Bands of the Last Ten Years” by The Phoenix that same year.


Steve has released ten CDs, with reviews appearing in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and Cadence magazines.  “The Garden Above”, a collaborative CD with saxophonist David Wells and guitarist Tony Gaboury, was included in The Portland Phoenix Top Ten CDs of 2006, and “Statement” was in the Top Ten CDs of 2010. His latest CD is “Haiku”, featuring a stellar New York quartet, and was awarded an Arts Visibility Grant by The Maine Arts Commission,  In addition to performing with his own groups, Steve has performed in concert with Buddy Tate, Jay McShann, Eddie Gomez, Chris Potter, Marvin Stamm, Greg Tardy, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brad Terry and many others. Steve lives in Farmingdale, ME.


Tony Gaboury, guitar: Tony holds his Master’s degree in Performance from Goddard College, and currently teaches at The Berklee College of Music. He has performed with many outstanding artists, including George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Bruce Saunders, and many others. Tony’s latest CD is entitled “Empathy” on the Invisible Music label. Tony lives in Portland, ME


Chris Van Voorst Van Beest, bass: Chris is currently making a name for himself as one of the finest jazz bassists on the New York City jazz scene. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Chris taught at the University of Maine @ Augusta from 1997 - 2002. He has performed with Clark Terry, Chris Potter, Louis Bellson, Danilo Perez, Brad Terry, and many others. Chris resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Blake Hawley: Guitarist and composer Blake Hawley recently graduated from the well-known jazz program at McGill University. He is quickly becoming an in-demand sideman and bandleader in Montreal, where he resides.


Duncan Hardy, alto saxophone: Duncan is a graduate of the highly regarded SUNY Purchase Jazz Studies program, and is currently teaching at The Waynflete School in Portland. Duncan is also involved in the study and performance of East Indian classical music as well as being an accomplished jazz saxophonist. He lives in Portland, ME.

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Renovations
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Renovations
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Tues Dec 30 | Closed
Wed Dec 31 | Closed
Thurs Jan 1 | Closed
Fri Jan 2 | Closed
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Summary: Frontier will be closed for renovations on the week of New Year's. We will have a more accurate answer regarding whether or not we will be open for the weekend as the... Read More

Frontier will be closed for renovations on the week of New Year's. We will have a more accurate answer regarding whether or not we will be open for the weekend as the renovations progress. In the interim, we will not be accepting reservations for the weekend of Friday, January 3rd-Sunday, January 5th.


We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to sharing our improvements with you when we reopen.


CitizenFour
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CitizenFour
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Tues Jan 6 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Wed Jan 7 | 2pm, 5pm
Thurs Jan 8 | 2pm
Fri Jan 9 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sat Jan 10 | 2pm
Sun Jan 11 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
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Summary: Directed by Laura Poitras Starring Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum English 1 hr 54 mins, rated NR In January 2013, filmmaker... Read More

Directed by Laura Poitras
Starring Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum
English
1 hr 54 mins, rated NR
In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema:  a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience.

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Live in the Lounge with Native Isles
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Live in the Lounge with Native Isles
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Wed Jan 7 | 8pm | FREE

Summary: Frontier's new entertainment hat, set in the "Lounge" on various Wednesday nights, hopes to bring a sense of relaxation to your mid-week.  Featured acts will be... Read More

Frontier's new entertainment hat, set in the "Lounge" on various Wednesday nights, hopes to bring a sense of relaxation to your mid-week.  Featured acts will be Pigbee, Micromasse, and Tyler Stanley's Native Isles. We invite you to come in, grab a drink from the bar, and enjoy yourself.

 

NATIVE ISLES (keyboards, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals)
A brother and sister duo, Tyler and Emma grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine but have spent most of their years since childhood in different areas.


Tyler, in Portland and now a resident of Brunswick, has been a member of the Portland based funk/soul band, Sly - Chi for over 10 years. As well, he has been involved in a number of local projects that have had national recognition such as Gypsy Tailwind and Jacob Augustine. Most recently he played at Sundance International Film Festival with The Pete Kilpatrick Band backing John Popper of Blues Traveler.


Emma, after graduating from The Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, has done three tours with the Broadway Musical, Spamalot, playing in the orchestra. She also was a musical performer at the 2010 Junior Olympics in Singapore. Emma now resides in Portland, Maine and plays with The Fogcutters Big Band.


As a duo they perform original material, “standards,” and their own arrangements of modern tunes.


Maine Short Film Festival 2014 sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association
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Maine Short Film Festival 2014 sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association
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Thurs Jan 8 | 7:30pm | $8 | Buy Tickets

Summary: The 2014 Maine Short Film Festival sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association is starting a theatrical tour of Maine theaters beginning January 8th at the... Read More

The 2014 Maine Short Film Festival sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association is starting a theatrical tour of Maine theaters beginning January 8th at the Frontier Café in Brunswick, ME (7:30pm). Featuring nine short fiction and non-fiction films from eight Maine filmmakers, the 90 minute festival competition was juried by three of Maine’s top film reviewers: Daniel Kany, art critic with the Portland Press Herald, Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival, and Louise Rosen, artistic and executive director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival. The shorts are all new releases from 2013 and 2014 and made by several of Maine’s top filmmakers.  The titles and filmmakers include:

 

Liz, by Sharyn Paul Brusie, 27 min.Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the 2014 Woods Hole Film Festival.  “Liz" documents the profound personal journey for survival of a young woman.  Homeless at 13, Liz lived a tragic life of despair, raging behavior and a brutal fight to survive on the streets.  With raw grit and extraordinary conviction, she surrendered the struggle and found peace when she turned her fight to the boxing ring.


Handful of Romance, by Sean Martin.  Two men cause their sock puppets to make out creating awkward tension between them.


The Schmee of Havilah Hawkins, by Steve Stone, director and Kevin Ross, editor of www.OffCenterHarbor.com, a video website; Havilah “Haddie” Hawkins, a fourth generation schoonerman, is the real deal.  Catch a glimpse of the soul of a boat and the soul of her captain—both icons of trailing-edge technology. Located on the coast of Maine in the quiet town of Brooklin, OffCenterHarbor.com is a video website created for classic boating enthusiasts.


ARRT!, by Geoffrey Leighton, sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists; The Artists Rapid Response Team -- creates banners and props to promote the work of progressive non-profits across Maine.  Artists from throughout the state meet in Brunswick for a marathon ARRT! workday. This film tells the story of this group of artists and their commitment to creating a low-tech solution to issue-based communication.


Deux Ex Machina, by Seth Campbell Brown, premiered at the Camden International Film Festival, 2014 Covered in grease, sandwich in hand, he has been in his shop tearing wires, and replacing logic with humor and wit.  This is the story of a man building an incredibly beautiful, yet incredibly dangerous machine.


A Story of Opportunities, by Seth Campbell Brown, Ugandans walk hours to reach basic life needs. Living in isolated communities, individuals are physically stuck in a world of poverty. But there is hope for a new future ­ one where individuals can carry themselves and their families needs and dreams, on the back of a bicycle.


Farm, by Christoph Gelfand., 5 min.  Farm is the simple story of a wandering spirit enjoying her time in nature. Combining precise sound effects with a lyrical voiceover, this non-fiction short is a calm retreat where the viewer can slow down and appreciate life on a farm.


Ursula, directed by Sarah Francoise and Anna Rios, produced by Jamie Hook.  This is a film about a young girl wandering alone in the forest, When she meets a mysterious sunbather adrift on a lake, the stage is set for a rural, pedestrian road movie in which nothing turns out to be quite what it seems. URSULA glows with the warmth of summer, and the magic and confusion of childhood.


In These Times (2013, 3:24), by Richard Kane and Melody Lewis-Kane, featuring the music of Noel Paul Stookey. Since 1988, the Tree of Life Food Pantry has been providing emergency and supplemental food assistance to residents of the Blue Hill, Maine, peninsula.  This inspirational film encourages all to support their local food pantry to help end hunger.


The Maine Film & Video Association (MFVA) is a not for profit trade association representing the filmmakers of Maine.  Richard Kane, chairman of the MFVA board and director of In These Times had this to say: "The purpose of the Maine Short Film Festival is to build audiences for the work of Maine filmmakers.  It also builds support for important issues that confront the people of our state.  We hope you will attend this festival and support the filmmakers and theaters in our state.”


Other confirmed venues on the tour include:
Guthries -- Lewiston, ME (Maine Microcinema) -- January 15
Stonington Opera House -- Stonington, ME -- January 29
The Strand -- Rockland -- March 29

Other venues across Maine now being booked.

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Sassquatch
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Sassquatch
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Sat Jan 10 | 8pm | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Sassquatch is the "missing link" between Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Indie music. This group, fronted by vocalist Christine McCormick, is focused on making fun and energetic... Read More

Sassquatch is the "missing link" between Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Indie music. This group, fronted by vocalist Christine McCormick, is focused on making fun and energetic music that borders with complexity. With original songs and arrangements that range from blues and hip hop influenced rock, to Jazz derived ballads, to Funk-fueled dance tunes, Sassquatch perpetuates an entertaining show to the last beat. Have you seen Sassquatch?

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Searching for Sugar Man
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Searching for Sugar Man
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Tues Jan 13 | 2pm
Wed Jan 14 | 2pm, 6pm
Thurs Jan 15 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Fri Jan 16 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat Jan 17 | 2pm
Sun Jan 18 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
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Summary: Directed by Malik Bendjelloul English 1 hr 25 mins, rated PG-13 In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived... Read More

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
English
1 hr 25 mins, rated PG-13

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.

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Growing Local
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Growing Local
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Tues Jan 20 | 2pm, 7:30pm*
Wed Jan 21 | 2pm
Thurs Jan 22 | 2pm
Fri Jan 23 | 2pm
Sat Jan 24 | 2pm
Sun Jan 25 | 2pm, 5pm**, 8pm
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*Q&A to follow with director Bridget Besaw of Seedlight Pictures
**Q&A and open discussion to follow with local farmers and co-hosted with Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

Summary: While “buying local” is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.  In three... Read More

While “buying local” is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.  In three short vignettes we meet the young farm couple Ben and Taryn, who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a famously fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub, artisanal butcher Ben who helps us better understand how healthier, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained, and Richard and Adam, father and son organic dairy farmers struggling to keep their family farm going and in the family. These poignant stories help us understand the interconnected fates of Maine’s small farms, consumers and the local food movement.

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Live in the Lounge with Micromassé
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Live in the Lounge with Micromassé
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Wed Jan 21 | 8pm | FREE

Summary: Frontier's new entertainment hat, set in the "Lounge" on various Wednesday nights, hopes to bring a sense of relaxation to your mid-week.  Featured acts will be... Read More

Frontier's new entertainment hat, set in the "Lounge" on various Wednesday nights, hopes to bring a sense of relaxation to your mid-week.  Featured acts will be Pigbee, Micromasse, and Tyler Stanley's Native Isles. We invite you to come in, grab a drink from the bar, and enjoy yourself.


MICROMASSE

Inspired by the great organ trios of the fifties and sixties but with an ear towards the future, MicroMassé carves a deep groove to please the soul with intricate arrangements to thrill the heart. Comprised of established Portland musicians Peter Dugas (organ), Max Cantlin (guitar) and Chris Sweet (drums) who combine their love of American jazz and European harmony with contemporary poly-rhythmic influences from Africa and Latin America.

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Choro Louco
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Choro Louco
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Sat Jan 24 | 8pm | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Brazilian Choro has been around for over a hundred years, but in this country itʼs virtually unknown. David Grisman, Mike Marshall and a handful of others have... Read More

Brazilian Choro has been around for over a hundred years, but in this country itʼs virtually unknown. David Grisman, Mike Marshall and a handful of others have helped introduce the music and the musicians to a larger audience, but itʼs still largely under the radar of most music listeners...Its beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and syncopated rhythms combine elements of European folk and classical, ragtime, jazz, Latin, and African music creating a style that is uniquely Brazilian.


Based in Portland, Maine, Choro Louco are driven by their love of the music. They play monthly at Portlandʼs eclectic club Blue, and have appeared at Acoustic Artisans and Mayo Street Arts.


Members of Choro Louco come from diverse backgrounds and can be seen in various ensembles locally. Carl Dimow, flute and guitar, has played jazz, classical, and klezmer music here and abroad with the Casco Bay Tummlers, and numerous other ensembles. Nicole Rabata, flute, plays primarily celtic, classical and contemporary classical styles. Joel Eckhaus comes from an old time/jazz/pop/vaudeville background and has applied his knowledge of the ukulele to the Cavaquinho, Brazilʼs version of the uke. Kris Day plays with various bluegrass, rockabilly, and jazz bands in Portland. Eric LaPerna is best known for his percussion work with the middle eastern ensemble, Okbari, but has proven equally adept at Brazilʼs version of the tambourine, the pandeiro.

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Saheli
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Saheli
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Sat Feb 28 | 8m | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Eli Arlen, Sue West, Shirsten Lundblad and Catherine Eliot are a vocal quartet with an eclectic repertoire that draws from several genres, including folk, world music,... Read More

Eli Arlen, Sue West, Shirsten Lundblad and Catherine Eliot are a vocal quartet with an eclectic repertoire that draws from several genres, including folk, world music, spirituals, and quirky indie tunes.  Many of their songs are a cappella, but they also include the occasional drum, ukulele or guitar.  Saheli seeks to inspire and celebrate the human spirit through music.

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