- Museum L-A will host a fun and elegant Great Gatsby Party on Friday, November 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.
Featuring a decadent tower of “bubbly,” a chocolate fountain, a cash bar, and light refreshments, the event will evoke Jay Gatsby’s jazz-era parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel of 1920’s America, “The Great Gatsby.” Guests will be treated to a free glass of “bubbly” to toast the evening.
Providing the music will be the Mike Willette Swing Band. The 13-member ensemble will perform “a musical history of Big Bands from the 1920s through the 1970s,” says vocalist Mike Willette. “It will be music you can dance to.”
Also on display will be a historic chandelier – recently restored by Lighting Concepts of Lewiston – that once hung in the lobby of Lewiston’s Empire Theatre. Opening in 1903 with an appearance by Raymond Hitchcock, a prominent Broadway star of the time, the Empire transitioned over the years at its 142 Main Street location (near the current site of Pedro O’Hara’s) from play house to movie house to church before it was demolished in 2005.
The 1920s was a time of Prohibition, the national ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol ushered in by the 18th Amendment. The ban proved difficult to enforce, and widespread public disdain led to the proliferation of underground activities and establishments – including speakeasies – that distributed and sold alcohol illegally.
Museum L-A and the Franco-American Collection at Lewiston-Auburn College are collaborating to present two exhibitions honoring local veterans and the contributions of Twin City residents to the country’s wartime efforts.
The Franco-American Collection’s exhibit, called “Sous les Drapeaux: Under the Colors,” features the stories of local Franco-American veterans who served in conflicts from World War One to Korea. Exploring themes of identity and patriotism within the Franco-American community, the exhibit was curated by Atrium Art Gallery Coordinator Robyn Holman and Franco-American Collection Coordinator James Myall.
A dynamic wind quintet known for its innovative programming and stagecraft will appear at Bates College on Friday, November 1. WindSync will perform music by Anton Reicha, Astor Piazzolla, David Maslanka and Maurice Ravel in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” the quintet has been thrilling audiences nationwide with its unique approach to classical music. Based in Houston, the group consists of Garett Hudson, flutist; Erin Tsai, oboist; Jack Marquardt, clarinetist; Tracy Jacobson, bassoonist; and Anni Hochhalter, who plays the horn.
The patriotic rock band, Madison Rising performed at the Lewiston Armory on October 19, 2013. The concert benefited Wounded Heroes Program of Maine and Disabled American Veterans. Band members mingled with supporters at an after party held at Gippers Sports Grill. From Left: Samuel Fishman, Shawn Kern, Bob Rich III, Pam Payeur Executive Director of Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, Dave Bray, Ken Quinn Chairman of the Androscoggin Republicans, Steve Padelski. TCT Staff Photo by Laurie Steele
Bates College artist-in-residence and internationally renowned pianist Frank Glazer will perform sonatas by Mozart, Weber, Hindemith and Beethoven on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in Bates College’s Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at 75 Russell Street in Lewiston.
Maine’s largest fiddle orchestra of traditional Celtic music has set dates for its 2013 concert series.
Fiddle-icious will perform on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook Street in Freeport. Admission for the Freeport show will be $10 at the door. Children ages 12 and under will enter for free.
Broadway standards, Motown hits, stilettos, mini-skirts, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and plenty of wine and champagne all await patrons at the Franco Center’s annual gala fundraiser concert by the Broadway Dolls on Saturday, October 26.
Patrons with $35 tickets may attend a pre-concert reception at 6 p.m. and one, called “Broadway Bubbly,” after the show where they can mingle over champagne and dessert with the five women in the Broadway Dolls. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Woman’s Hospital Association (WHA) Rotating Art Gallery at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston is now displaying watercolors by Irene Rothe of Auburn and photographs by Debbie Angelides, manager of the WHA Gift Shop.
Rothe began painting in 1973 with instructor Phyllis Woodsum of Wayne. She began showing her art work at sidewalk shows in 1992. Her primary medium is watercolor, and she enjoys painting island scenes, especially of Monhegan.
A pair of sold out shows at the inaugural LAME Comedy Fest on September 27 and 28 brought in $1,646 for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.
Event organizer Mark Turcotte hosted some of New England’s best comedians, including George Hamm, Johnny Ater, Phoebe Angle, Mark Reilly, Josh Day, Brian Brinegar and Dee Turcotte in the first show. The festival concluded the following evening with performances by Nick Lavallee, Kyron Hobdy, Brett Groh, Troy Pennell, Ryan Waning, Ian Stuart, Matt Kona and Will Green.
“It was an awesome weekend,” said Turcotte. “We have some very funny people in the local comedy scene and I was thrilled to see such an outpouring of support for this event and the Dempsey Center. I’m already planning for next year.”
Community Little Theatre’s Bill Hamilton and Phil Vampatella have lost count of how many sets they have designed and constructed, both together and with others, over many seasons of service with CLT.
They may not know how many, but their experience shows. The set of the company’s current production, Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” is turning into the latest masterpiece by this fearless team of volunteer carpenters and their co-creators, Carol Hodgkin and Glynnis Nadel, who are adding the artistic décor to Director Adam P. Blais’ design.
The production will open on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. for its two-week run at Great Falls Performing Arts Center in Auburn. Tickets are $18; $15 for seniors ages 60+; $12 for children ages 12-. They may be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 783-0958, or at LACLT.com.