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The 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival
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The 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival
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Tues Sept 27 | 2pm
Wed Sept 28 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Thurs Sept 29 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Fri Sept 30 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sun Oct 2 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
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Summary: Manhattan Short Film Festival Various directors 2 hours, rated NR The Manhattan Short Film Festival gathers over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities gather in... Read More

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Various directors
2 hours, rated NR


The Manhattan Short Film Festival gathers over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities gather in cinemas, museums and universities for one purpose: to view and vote on the Finalist's Films in the 19th Annual Festival. Each finalist selected will be eligible to enter the Oscars.

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Our Health Film Series: Alive Inside
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Our Health Film Series: Alive Inside
Showtimes:
Tues Sept 27 | 7pm | SOLD OUT

Summary: Alive Inside Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett 1 hour 15 minutes Not Rated ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our... Read More

Alive Inside
Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett
1 hour 15 minutes
Not Rated

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

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Live in the Lounge with LQH
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Live in the Lounge with LQH
Showtimes:
Wed Sept 28 | 7:30pm | FREE

Summary: Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String... Read More

Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String Tide. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy the best in food, drink and live music.

LQH
LQH is a Portland based jazz/soul trio consisting of Chas Lester (drums/vocals), Tyler Quist (bass/keys), and Evan Haines (guitar). This group brings a mixture of uniquely arranged covers and compelling originals that will take you back and push you forward.


SEED: The Untold Story
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SEED: The Untold Story
Showtimes:
Tues Oct 4 | 2pm
Wed Oct 5 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Thurs Oct 6 | 2pm
Fri Oct 7 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat Oct 8 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm*
Sun Oct 9 | 2pm, 6pm
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*Q&A with film subject and Khadighar Farm seed curator, Will Bonsall

Summary: SEED: The Untold Story Directed and produced by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz Starring Winona LaDuke, Andrew Kimbell, Vandana Shiva, and Dr. Jane Goodall English 1 hr... Read More

SEED: The Untold Story
Directed and produced by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz
Starring Winona LaDuke, Andrew Kimbell, Vandana Shiva, and Dr. Jane Goodall
English
1 hr 33 mins, NR


Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories, and medicines of entire cultures. They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself.


Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. In less than a cen- tury of industrial agriculture, our once abundant seed diversity—painstakingly created by an- cient farmers and gardeners over countless millennia—has been drastically winnowed down to a handful of mass-produced varieties. Under the spell of industrial “progress” and a lust for profit, our quaint family farmsteads have given way to mechanized agribusinesses sowing genetically identical crops on a monstrous scale. Recent news headlines suggest that Irish his- tory may already be repeating in our globalized food system. Articles in the New York Times and other mainstream sources report the impending collapse of the world’s supplies of ba- nanas, oranges, coffee and coconuts—all due to a shortsighted over-reliance on a single, frag- ile variety. Without seed diversity, crop diseases rise and empires fall.


More than a cautionary tale of “man against nature,” the remarkable story of seeds is an epic “good-versus-evil” saga playing out in our modern lives. For eons, cultures around the world have believed seeds to be our birthright: a covenant with the earth shared by all and passed down across generations. But today, our seeds are increasingly private property held in cor- porate hands. A cadre of ten agrichemical companies (including Syngenta, Bayer, and Mon- santo) now controls more than two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Genetically modified crops (GMOs) engineered in their sterile laboratories dominate farmers’ fields and dinner tables in the United States and countries around the world.


Farmers from Minnesota to Madhya Pradesh, India toil in economic thrall to the “Gene Giants,” paying hefty licensing fees to plant their patented crops. If they attempt to save their own seed at the end of a season, following a tradition practiced by humans for over 12,000 years, they face ruthless prosecution. (Suffering under this indentured servitude, over 250,000 farmers in India have committed suicide in the last 20 years.)


People everywhere are waking up to the vital importance of seeds for our future. In recent months, March Against Monsanto protests have rallied millions in more than 400 cities and 50 countries to the cause of seed freedom. Ballot initiatives to label genetically modified foods have been proposed in U.S. cities from California to Connecticut—a direct threat to the profits of the Gene Giants and their Big Food cronies. Seed libraries, community gardens, and a new generation of passionate young farmers are cropping up to shift the balance toward a more sustainable and sovereign seed paradigm. A David and Goliath battle is underway, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.


The story of our seeds is a defining story of our time. Caught between the runaway jugger- naut of industrial agriculture and the ecological, cultural, and spiritual destruction in its wake, seeds offer us a profound chance to restore mutual harmony between people and planet. They are the eternal promise of an abundant new world waiting to be born. But the time for this redemption is running out. In telling this story, we aim to bring into clear focus the beauty, hope, and magic that seeds represent for humanity at this critical juncture.

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I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks
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I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks
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Tues Oct 4 | 6pm | Free admission by registering online here, donations accepted at theater entrance

Summary: I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks Directed by William Kunitz Join us for a special presentation of I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks.... Read More

I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks
Directed by William Kunitz


Join us for a special presentation of I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks. In celebration of Independence Association’s 50th anniversary we are holding a limited showing of the inspiring film by local filmmaker William Kunitz. This film includes footage from over 2 years of production and follows the unique achievements of the program’s artists.

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Songwriters on Stage
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Songwriters on Stage
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Wed Oct 5 | 7pm | $10 | Buy Tickets

Summary: Each month, the Maine Songwriter's Association presents Songwriters on Stage, a showcase of some of the best songwriters Maine has to offer. The show features three... Read More

Each month, the Maine Songwriter's Association presents Songwriters on Stage, a showcase of some of the best songwriters Maine has to offer. The show features three seasoned performers and an emerging songwriter to kick the evening off. It's an opportunity for listeners to discover new music or come hear local favorites in one of the best listening rooms in Maine. The September concert features Paddy Mills, Max Ater and Randy Lindsey, and emerging artist Will Harris.


Paddy Mills
Paddy Mills is an award winning folk singer from the coast of Maine. The son of a part time DJ at the local AM country radio station, Paddy grew up in the small fishing village of Owl’s Head. He cut his teeth playing Irish music at pubs throughout New England. These are the elements that inform his writing; from the direct and simple approach of classic country music, the emphasis on melody and storytelling found in traditional Irish music, to the unpretentious attitude and dry wit that stem from a hard scrabble life of scratching out a living where the ocean meets the land.

 

Paddy spent much of his youth performing in musical theater. He is home on a stage. He studied jazz vocals in college for a time and fronted a grunge cover band in those formative years as well. It was, however, as a singer songwriter that Mills hit his stride.  Paddy’s 2011 solo acoustic album 3 Lefts sounds “as though he were right there in your living room. For some artists, the more raw the recording, the more exposed their shortcomings. But to Mills' credit, his congenial delivery makes for one smooth listen” –Portland Press Herald. This is true also of his live performances. Whether at a coffee house, Festival, folk club or the corner of a bar, Paddy has a way of making listeners feel like they’re sitting in a living room listening to the telling of old familiar stories about their own family and friends. In 2013 Paddy was the Winner of both the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, and has started 2014 by winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition and taking Gold in the Mid Atlantic Song Contest, Folk/Acoustic category.

 

As a Folk Singer, Paddy maintains an extensive repertoire of Irish, American, Maritime, Nicaraguan and Labor folk songs. In 2012 he spent time in Nicaragua studying the music of the Sandanista revolution. His knowledge of and respect for traditional music is reflected is his own writing.  As a songwriter, Paddy has a knack for the overlooked. He knows that common sense is not so common, and simple truths are not so simple. Mainefolkmusic.com describes his songs as “intimate, heartfelt, finely crafted, and masterfully performed” Most importantly, though, Paddy's music can leave you grinning like you've just been let in on a secret -- one that you might just have known all along.

 

Max Ater
With “...a voice that rivals any you might hear on the radio...” (The Coastal Journal), Max Ater is an upcoming Pop/Soul sensation from Southern Maine. The 23 year-old singer-songwriter is best known for winning Maine’s Got Talent! in 2012. Driven by lyrics that connect us all, Max blends his deeper truths and soulful voice with a contemporary sound to deliver music that resonates with many audiences.

 

No stranger to the stage, Max filled his youth with community theatre, vocal training, and hours a day behind the piano. At an early age, Max was inspired by artists like Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones, John Mayer, and Elton John. In high school he began composing original music, which led to to an array of accolades including a nod and win from the Independent Music Awards, appearances on multiple television programs, and regular airtime on the radio. Max’s latest album is currently underway at Anchour Studio in Windham, ME. You can find out more about Max by visiting www.MaxAter.com

 

Randy Lindsey
Randy grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and began his career in guitar performance by teaching himself at age 14. He performed Rock and Roll with several local bands for many years and began teaching at local music stores at age 20. During his career, Randy has also performed solo, with duos and trios, and with bands of many different genres.

 

After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance and Music Education at the University of AL in Huntsville in 1981, Randy developed and implemented the Guitar Program at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL, from 1983 thru 1992 when he left to earn his Masters of Music Arts (MMA) degree in 1994. He finished course work in Doctoral studies at the University of Southern MS in 1996. Randy's college teaching experience includes instructing applied classical guitar majors and guitar elective students, along with conducting guitar classes and guitar ensembles.

 

As a performer, Randy Lindsey provides his unique musical ambience in a wide variety of settings. He enjoys including Jazz Standards, Classical Guitar Pieces, Originals, World Music (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, Thai), Popular Guitar-Oriented Songs, (and  even fun Cowboy Songs).

 

"Music you've never heard, music you may never hear again, and songs you've always known."​

 

Will Harris (Emerging Songwriter)
Will has been playing and writing songs for more than 40 years, but until fairly recently has been keeping them "at home."  Over the past few years he has been playing out on the open mic circuit and trying his songs, both old and new, out on audiences including several stints as featured artist at Ebenezer's. Will's songs are mostly in the folk tradition, edged with some country and bordered by the blues.

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Patagonia Provisions presents Unbroken Ground
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Patagonia Provisions presents Unbroken Ground
Showtimes:
Thurs Oct 6 | 7pm, with samples of Patagonia Provisions to be distributed after the film |
Get Tickets, $5 suggested donation at door to benefit the Maine Farmland Trust

Summary: Patagonia Provisions presents Unbroken Ground Directed by Chris Malloy English 26 minutes, NR REVOLUTIONS START FROM THE BOTTOM Our food choices are deeply... Read More

Patagonia Provisions presents Unbroken Ground
Directed by Chris Malloy
English
26 minutes, NR


REVOLUTIONS START FROM THE BOTTOM
Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change. Unbroken Ground, a compelling new Patagonia Provisions film directed by Chris Malloy, explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis.


This film explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. We believe our food can and should be a part of the solution to the environmental crisis – grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife. The film tells the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.

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Maine Masters Program
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Maine Masters Program
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Tues Oct 11 | 2pm, 5pm, 7:30pm* | Buy Tickets
*Q&A with independent curator and a co-producer, Bruce Brown

Summary: The Maine Masters Program Directed by Richard Kane 1 hr 37 mins The MAINE MASTERS series of ongoing artist documentaries is a New England Emmy Award-nominated... Read More

The Maine Masters Program
Directed by Richard Kane
1 hr 37 mins


The MAINE MASTERS series of ongoing artist documentaries is a New England Emmy Award-nominated series of portraits of some of Maine’s most distinguished artists sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists.  Since 2000, the series has received national and international attention through screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, and schools in the US and abroad.  This artist grouping features amongst the four best films:   Carlo Pittore who founded the Union of Maine Visual Artists was featured in the Maine Short Film Festival; Lois Dodd is amongst the best loved and admired artists in New York and Maine; Stephen Pace's film was nominated for the New England Emmy; and David Driskell's film won the best film broadcast on MPBN's Community Films in 2015. These portraits reveal the inner thoughts of these artists: what inspires them; what they love about being an artist in Maine; and what they leave behind.


THE RAW ESSENCE OF CARLO PITTORE is a portrait of this vulnerable artist who led a generation of younger artists in co-founding the Union of Maine Visual Artists and changed the way we define beauty in figurative art.


LOIS DODD: MAINE MASTER
Lois Dodd is recognized for her intimate, poetic, painterly approach to landscape, figure and floral motifs.  In 1952 she co-founded the Tanager Gallery in NYC that was instrumental in leading the NY abstract expressionist movement exhibiting such artists as Willem deKooning and Franz Kline. Her works can be found in the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum, and the Whitney Museum among others.


STEPHEN PACE: MAINE MASTER
This film follows Stonington painter Stephen Pace from his early days in Paris meeting Picasso and Gertrude Stein to the heady days in New York with Pollack, deKooning and Kline. But his last days in Maine were his finest – relishing the elements of his surroundings in paint – from a box of blueberries and sunlit porch to lobstermen loading bait.


DAVID DRISKELL: IN SEARCH OF THE CREATIVE TRUTH is a story about one of today’s most important artists and leading authorities on African American art.  This film captures Driskell making collages inspired by mentor Romare Bearden  and explores the give and take of his creative relationship with master printmaker, Curlee Holton. It all results in powerful works that pull from abstract expressionism, African masks, Coptic art, modernism, cubism – the history of all art in the works of this wise and gentle man.

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Live in the Lounge with Red-Eyed Fox
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Live in the Lounge with Red-Eyed Fox
Showtimes:
Wed Oct 12 | 7:30pm | FREE

Summary: Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String... Read More

Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String Tide. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy the best in food, drink and live music.


RED-EYED FOX
Jake Hoffman (Tumbling Bones) and Tyler Lienhardt (Tricky Britches, C.C. & The Swing Set) have teamed up to form Red-Eyed Fox, a soulful and energetic interpretation of traditional music from North America and around the world.

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Imber’s Left Hand
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Imber’s Left Hand
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Thurs Oct 13 | 2pm, 7pm* | $8 | Buy Tickets
*Q&A with director, Richard Kane

Summary: Imber’s Left Hand Directed by Richard Kane 1 hr 20 mins Imber’s Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love... Read More

Imber’s Left Hand
Directed by Richard Kane
1 hr 20 mins


Imber’s Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love transform the tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life. Imber’s switch to painting left handed and the black humor with which he dances with his dying is a celebration of life and community.


"A Great Triumph!"  Edgar Allen Beem, critic
"A Masterpiece!"  Dan Kany, Portland Press Herald
"Takes the wind out of you ... " Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe

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An Evening of Comedy...
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An Evening of Comedy...
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Fri Oct 14 | 8pm | $12 in advance, $15 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Join us for another great evening of comedy at with some of New England's best and brightest standup comedians.  This show will feature Karen Morgan (Sirius XM radio,... Read More

Join us for another great evening of comedy at with some of New England's best and brightest standup comedians.  This show will feature Karen Morgan (Sirius XM radio, AXS-TV Gotham Comedy Live, Nick at Nite), Stephanie Doyle (winner of Portland's Funniest Professtional), Shaun Connelly (New Orleans Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival) and more!  Get your tickets and dinner reservations early.  Don’t miss the Funny at the Frontier!  Come for dinner, stay for laughs.

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Novel Jazz Septet
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Novel Jazz Septet
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Sat October 15 | 8pm | $18 in advance, $20 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: The Novel Jazz Septet returns to the Frontier on 15 October, 2016 at 8PM to feature the swinging music of the great American jazz composers, Duke Ellington and Billy... Read More

The Novel Jazz Septet returns to the Frontier on 15 October, 2016 at 8PM to feature the swinging music of the great American jazz composers, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The band performs well-known compositions, plus rare, vintage gems, recently unearthed from original scores at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and re-interpreted for you at the Frontier.  These guys travel far and wide, keeping the spirit of Duke and Swee'Pea alive and swinging!

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Arctic Film Series: Nuummioq
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Arctic Film Series: Nuummioq
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Tues Oct 18 | 7pm | $8 | Buy Tickets

Summary: Nuummioq Directed by Otto Rosing, Torben Bech Greenlandic, English subtitles 1 hr 38 mins, NR Over the coming months the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum will... Read More

Nuummioq
Directed by Otto Rosing, Torben Bech
Greenlandic, English subtitles
1 hr 38 mins, NR


Over the coming months the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum will screen films featuring indigenous filmmakers and actors telling stories rooted in their own experiences but with universal relevance. Through a combination of these contemporary Arctic feature films and documentaries, we hope to bring both the wonders and challenges of life in the contemporary Arctic to viewers, and to open up conversations about this increasingly important part of the world.


Nuummioq tells the story of a young man’s odyssey from mundane existence into an acute sense of the sacred. Like most regular guys in the tiny capital city, Malik works, cavorts with buddies, and fools around—toggling between Danish and Greenlandic languages. All at once, when he discovers he’s very ill, mortality intrudes. Keeping the news to himself, Malik accompanies his cousin on a boat trip. What begins as an unremarkable outing becomes a transcendent journey at the edge of the world as he grapples with his elusive past and tunes into the present.


So breathtaking and luminous is Nuummioq’s landscape that you can almost feel the brisk air oxygenating your lungs. The tender play of shadow and light on the characters’ faces seems to suggest that we're only a flicker in nature’s vast radiance; but during our short time here, there’s family, tradition, and maybe even love.


“A pleasure to behold” - Variety
“Greenland's Nuummioq a stunning triumph” - Reuters
“The first feature from Greenland is a lively gem” - New York Times

"a startlingly accomplished piece of filmmaking" - The Hollywood Reporter

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Sound Bites: Telltale
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Sound Bites: Telltale
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Thurs Oct 20 | 7pm | $6 | Buy Tickets

Summary: A collaboration between the Salt Institute for Documentary studies at MECA, The Corner storytelling series in Lewiston, and Frontier, Sound Bites is a new kind of... Read More

A collaboration between the Salt Institute for Documentary studies at MECA, The Corner storytelling series in Lewiston, and Frontier, Sound Bites is a new kind of storytelling series. With a dedicated theme tying each Bite together, the night will feature regional Moth StorySlam Champions, locals sharing true tales, and audio and media pulled from the 43 years of Maine history in the Salt Archive. The sixth installment, Telltale, will feature the talents of NY-based, world renowned and Moth MainStage storyteller Peter Aguero, freelance National Geographic underwater photographer Heather Perry, architect of change and founder of the organization SheChanges - Lael Jepson, Moth story slam winner, mental health counselor by day and hilarious storyteller by night - Kevin Gallagher, Portland-based sound artist and co-founder of Pine Pitch Press, and Salt’s very own Andrew Thompson.


Sound Bites is made possible by generous contributions from Allagash Brewing Company and Toad & Co.

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Year-round Metal Enjoyment
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Year-round Metal Enjoyment
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Tues Oct 25 | 7pm with Q&A with director, Jeff Griecci after the film | $8 | Buy Tickets

Summary: Year-round Metal Enjoyment Directed by Jeff Griecci Written by Jeff Griecci, Ian Carlsen Produced by Jeff Griecci, Ian Carlsen, Nicholas Gervin English 95 minutes, NR... Read More

Year-round Metal Enjoyment
Directed by Jeff Griecci
Written by Jeff Griecci, Ian Carlsen
Produced by Jeff Griecci, Ian Carlsen, Nicholas Gervin
English
95 minutes, NR


Year-round Metal Enjoyment explores the New England origins of North American freight train graffiti, tracing the narratives of several members of the prolific YME and Circle T crews, and giving unparalleled access into the fastest growing subculture in the graffiti movement.


Challenged by the illegal nature of their passions, dangerous locales, and the pressures of a society that will not accept or understand them, these artists reveal what drives them to return, time after time, to execute their artwork on a canvas that is forever changing, moving and vanishing into oblivion.


Both snapshot of a fading history and love-letter to the trains themselves, Year-round Metal Enjoyment captures the voices, faces and thoughts of artists, railfans and train-workers alike, while showcasing the unlikely beauty of the trains in their environment.

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Live in the Lounge with Choro Louco
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Live in the Lounge with Choro Louco
Showtimes:
Wed Oct 26 | 7:30pm | FREE

Summary: Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String... Read More

Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String Tide. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy the best in food, drink and live music.


CHORO LOUCO
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.

Damnationland 2016: The Way Life Should Bleed
Film:
Damnationland 2016: The Way Life Should Bleed
Showtimes:
Thurs Oct 27 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Fri Oct 28 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sat Oct 29 | 2pm
Sun Oct 30 | 3pm, 7pm
All tickets $8 (10 Film Pass Exempt)
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Summary: Damnationland presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories. Now in its seventh year, the... Read More

Damnationland presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories. Now in its seventh year, the Damnationland 2016 program will feature world premieres of six short films produced by Mainers especially for the Halloween season. These are dark, surreal, humorous, and fantastic pieces, and they offer film fans an excellent sampling of the talent producing independent film in Maine today.

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Maine Songwriters' Association 6th Annual Songwriting Contest
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Maine Songwriters' Association 6th Annual Songwriting Contest
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Sat October 29 | 8pm | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: The Maine Songwriters Association presents the 6th annual MSA Song Contest finals with a showcase that will feature the six finalists in the contest. Jenny Lou Drew,... Read More

The Maine Songwriters Association presents the 6th annual MSA Song Contest finals with a showcase that will feature the six finalists in the contest. Jenny Lou Drew, Richard Wallace, Doug Kolmar, Sally Morgan, Adam Babcock, and Ruth Hill will each play two songs including their winning entry. A panel of three judges will choose the ultimate winner of this year's event. This is your chance to hear some of Maine's best songwriters.

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The Northeast By Eastern
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The Northeast By Eastern
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Fri Nov 4 | 8pm | $14 | Buy Tickets

Summary: The Northeast By Eastern - film, history and live music combine to illustrate a way of life from a simpler, more patient, yet enterprising American era. Film &... Read More

The Northeast By Eastern - film, history and live music combine to illustrate a way of life from a simpler, more patient, yet enterprising American era. Film & Music by Sumner McKane. Live Music by Sumner McKane & Josh Robbins.


For years, Belfast, Maine-based Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company sent traveling photographer-salesmen on the roads all over New England and beyond with cameras, catalogues, and order books, seeking buyers and markets for their unique “real photo” postcards.


The Northeast by Eastern combines Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company’s comprehensive collection of early 20th century photographs with archival film footage, interviews, oral histories, a musical soundtrack featuring period music, as well as an original score by Sumner McKane. Combined, these stories and images illustrate an era unlike any other in American history. Interviews and oral histories not only detail the history of the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co., and the postcard craze of the early 1900s; but also divulge stories from a quieter, simpler, yet stirring and enterprising time period. The audience hears first-hand accounts of smuggling during prohibition, of river drivers brawling for fun, of growing up without worry and without constant adult supervision, and of slop buckets spilling on tourists’ pies. These accounts are woven together amidst an exceptional backdrop of archived films and Eastern Illustrating’s work. 
www.sumnermckane.com


Sumner McKane is a filmmaker, composer and musician based in Wiscasset, Maine. He records instrumental music, film scores, and music for media. He produces historical documentaries along with companion live presentations to his films. In a few short years, Sumner has built a reputation for innovative historical storytelling using multimedia, combining various mediums to tell a historical story in a live setting. Sumner studied photography in Missoula, Montana at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and the University of Montana. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine with high honors in history. His music is often featured on NPR’s Echoes program, and he is a recent Maine Arts Commission Performing Arts and Media Fellow award recipient. The Northeast By Eastern his third historical documentary film project, following The Maine Frontier (2014) and In The Blood (2010). Sumner is accompanied by Josh Robbins on bass guitar. Josh is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter and has recorded and performed with Sumner in arts venues, theaters, historical societies, schools and other venues throughout New England for over a decade.

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Putnam Smith and Ashley Storrow
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Putnam Smith and Ashley Storrow
Showtimes:
Sat Nov 5 | 8pm | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Putnam Smith , who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his... Read More

Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather's banjo, and prints up the jackets to his CDs on an antique letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age.


Up-and-coming songwriter, Ashley Storrow’s radiant voice and thoughtfully crafted songs have quickly grabbed listeners’ attention.  For Ashley, the drive to write songs has never been a choice but rather a necessity. She began writing as a child on a farm in Western Massachusetts with a hay wagon as the stage and sheep for an audience. She has since expanded her following, ranking #2 on Reverbnation’s folk music chart in Maine, and she has shared the stage with Putnam Smith at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and One Longfellow Square (2016). Ashley released her debut CD the “Bear and the Bird” in July 2016. According to the Portland Press Herald, “The Bear and the Bird” is full of tender, poetic songs that will provoke thought, optimistic smiles and even a misty eye.” Ashley’s warmth and honesty draw you in and invite you to feel the same.

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Live in the Lounge with Darlin' Corey
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Live in the Lounge with Darlin' Corey
Showtimes:
Wed Nov 9 | 7:30pm | FREE

Summary: Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String... Read More

Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String Tide. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy the best in food, drink and live music.


DARLIN' COREY
A delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars, Matt Shipman and Erica Brown put a unique spin on an Americana mix of bluegrass, old time, folk and original songs.


The State Street Traditional Jazz Band
Music:
The State Street Traditional Jazz Band
Showtimes:
Sat Nov 12 | 8pm | $12 in advance, $15 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Every member of this band has a passion to play and preserve Traditional New Orleans Jazz and by capturing the original "Preservation Hall Jazz Band" era of music.... Read More

Every member of this band has a passion to play and preserve Traditional New Orleans Jazz and by capturing the original "Preservation Hall Jazz Band" era of music. John Page, founder & leader and Mark Finks, interim leader have brought their love of traditional New Orleans Jazz to the forefront of today's music scene since 1987. Both men have spent their lives studying, playing and interfacing with the most influential traditional New Orleans musicians of their generation.


Captain Page, retired U.S. Merchant Marine ship's captain, MMA & FIU graduate is a lifelong trumpet player hailing from a family of professional musicians reaching back several generations.


Mark Finks, entrepreneur extraordinaire, Yale University grad, former leader of the Galvanized Jazz Band and former President of the Dixieland Society of Connecticut recorded for George Buck and played with greats such as Woody Allen.

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Live in the Lounge with Native Isles
Music:
Live in the Lounge with Native Isles
Showtimes:
Wed Nov 30 | 7:30pm | FREE

Summary: Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String... Read More

Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String Tide. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy the best in food, drink and live music.

 

NATIVE ISLES
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.


BaHaHa Humbug Comedy Show
Performing Arts:
BaHaHa Humbug Comedy Show
Showtimes:
Fri Dec 2 | 8pm | $12 in advanced, $15 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Get ready to laugh yourself through the holiday season with our 7th annual BAHAHA HUMBUG Comedy Show featuring some of New England's best and brightest standup... Read More

Get ready to laugh yourself through the holiday season with our 7th annual BAHAHA HUMBUG Comedy Show featuring some of New England's best and brightest standup comedians.  This annual event sells out, so make sure to get your tickets and dinner reservations early.  Join us for this hilarious holiday tradition.  Come for dinner, stay for laughs.

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Live in the Lounge with Stride Tide
Music:
Live in the Lounge with Stride Tide
Showtimes:
Wed Dec 28 | 7:30pm | FREE

Summary: Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String... Read More

Join us most Wednesdays for live music in our lounge.  Featured acts include Red-Eyed Fox, MicroMassé, LQH, Choro Louco, Darlin' Corey, Native Isles, and String Tide. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy the best in food, drink and live music.


STRING TIDE
String Tide is a quartet of local musicians playing a fusion of traditional American folk music and popular tunes all with a bluegrass flair. Their sound features versatile vocal harmonies, smoking fiddle and mandolin leads, and clawhammer banjo. Their repertoire also includes fiddle tunes and originals with covers by the Beatles, Gillian Welch, John Prine, Wilco, and more.


To purchase ticket online, click here or call us at 725.5222.  Thank you.

 

All tickets sales are final.  No refunds will be given.  If a show is subject to a cancellation, we will notify you of the rescheduled date as soon as we are made aware.


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