The Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival (LAFF) will present its annual Sneak Preview of Films & Fundraiser on Friday, February 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Skye Event Center at 855 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.
The event will feature preview trailers of many of the films to be presented at this year’s festival in April. Maine performer and comedian Mike Miclon, whose “Richard3” will make its world premiere at the festival on April 4, will be the host.
Complimentary food will be provided by Gritty’s and a cash bar will be available. Up for bid in a silent auction will be over $5,000 worth of gift cards and items donated by businesses and festival supporters, including Fuel, Gritty’s, Mac’s Grill, FX Marcotte, Downtown Homemade & Vintage, Jim Beam Brands, Ahimsa Custom Cakes, Katahdin Studio Furniture, Hilton Garden Inn, Sweet Pea Designs, and Lewiston-Auburn Magazine.
Admission to the preview is by a suggested donation of $5 at the door.
Now in its fourth year, the 2014 Festival will take place April 3 through 6. Festival founder and director Josh Shea notes that the quality of films submitted this year has been exceptional.
“This Preview will give local movie fans a taste of what they can expect to see in April,” said Shea. “Film lovers will be impressed with the overall creativity and technical aspects of many of the productions.”
Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” for 2013, the three-day event features dozens of independent films, including many U.S. and Maine premieres, screened at five venues throughout the Twin Cities. The festival also provides numerous opportunities for area film aficionados to meet with directors, producers, and actors from many of the films.
The Festival will kick off on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. with “Survivorman” Les Stroud “in concert” at The Franco Center in Lewiston., when the popular TV show host and author will present a multimedia performance. A meet-and-greet in the Center’s Heritage Hall will immediately follow. Tickets are $22.
Another highlight will be the world premiere of Mike Miclon’s feature-length farce, “Richard3.” Based on the Shakespeare play and featuring area actors and locations, the movie will screen at The Franco Center on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. Receptions will take place both before and after the film in the Center’s Heritage Hall. Tickets are $22.
“Whether you’re a fan of ‘Richard3,’ ‘Hanover House,’ ‘How to Kill a Zombie,’ ‘Escape From Tomorrow,’ or TV’s ‘Survivorman,’ we urge you to buy tickets early,” Shea says. “Compared to last year, we are averaging double the traffic on our Facebook page and website, and tickets are selling ahead of expectations across the board.”
For more information about the Festival schedule, events or to purchase tickets, see lafilmfestival.org.
Some of New England’s funniest comedians performed for a full house at the Auburn Fireside Inn on February 7, bringing in $712 for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Comedy Fix founder Mark Turcotte, Stephen Cloutier, Dee Turcotte, Shawn Carter, Phoebe Angle, Paul Landwehr, Dempsey Center Youth and Family Services Coordinator Tookie Bright and Stephanie Doyle. The next show is scheduled for Friday, March 14. For more information, see http://comedyfixlive.com.
The ninth annual “F.A.B.” Winter Dance Showcase will take place on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston. The event, whose name stands for “Franco-American and Bates,” is produced by the Franco Center in association with Bates College.
F.A.B. aims to bring the mid-Maine dance audience together with artists from around the region. Visually stunning and kinetically mesmerizing, the event energizes Lewiston’s most beautiful auditorium with a kaleidoscope of dance styles.
The Auburn Firefighters Local 797 Children’s Fund will present two 21+ comedy shows on Friday, May 23 at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston. The shows will feature three professional comedians, including Rob Steen, who have appeared on Letterman, Leno, at Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun. Proceeds will benefit programs supported by the Children’s Fund.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $10. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (207) 432-6968 or emailing email@example.com.
Touring behind a 2013 recording celebrated for its fresh approach to the weary theme of love gone wrong, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter will perform on Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at Bates College in Lewiston.
Named one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste magazine in 2006, Ritter is an American musician and author known for his distinctive Americana style and storytelling lyrics. The Bates concert is part of an acoustic tour presenting Ritter’s songs in stripped down, intimate arrangements.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
Calmness reigned as our coffee group sat around in Tim Horton’s last Thursday, waiting for the fulfillment of this week’s latest prophesy from the hallowed heights of Mt. Washington’s abode of the Gods of meteorology. Snow was coming!
Conversation turned to a walk down memory lane of winters past. Winters without the Weather Channel. Winters reported by three TV channels that ceased to broadcast after 1 a.m. It was a time when the weathermen were plain looking and the least important members of the news staff. The accuracy of their forecast was slightly more accurate than a coin toss.
Qualifying to run in the Boston Marathon was one of local chiropractor Ryan Metivier’s life-long goals. When he crossed the finish line in 2013, he thought it was the icing on the cake.
“With the grueling winter training regimen, my busy schedule, and those long, cold Sunday morning runs, I never thought I would be motivated to run it again,” he said.
All of that changed with the bombing that marred the 2013 event. In the aftermath of the attack, he felt compelled to be a part of this year’s Marathon as well. He has decided to dedicate this year’s effort to raising funds to benefit the Mainers affected by the tragedy.
“I feel like I’m paying tribute to those who were struck down last year,” he said. “It’s like not running would somehow mean that the ‘bad guys’ won. I want to show people what this race really means.”
While training for the marathon this winter, Metivier has thought about how he could turn the long, tiring training process into a friendly competition. Inspired by the 2013 world champion Boston Red Sox, he is challenging members of the community to join him in growing out their beards Red Sox-style and “using the savings from those razor blades to team up and donate money” to benefit local Marathon victims.
The Franco Center’s stand-up comedy series will resume on Friday, February 7 at 8 p.m. with headliner Michael “The Korean Comedian” Cho and warm-up sets by New Hampshire comics Greg Boggis and Matt Barry. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
The show is the second of five monthly stand-up comedy nights taking place through May at the Franco Center, in addition to an evening with comedian Bob Marley, who returns with two back-to-back shows on the night of April 12.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
Stewardship, common sense, a sense of reality and the ability to recognize misplaced compassion are characteristics vital to insure the success of individuals and businesses. Lacking these characteristics will make one a truly successful legislator.
They will be heralded for their courage and insight, called a champion of the people and a forward thinker. This heaped upon them by party leaders, special interest groups and the media. But the common-sense individuals and businesses that labor daily to just get by will curse those policy makers in Washington and Augusta whose progressive thoughts continually decrease the fruits of the working man’s (and woman’s) labor. They will sacrifice the working person’s well being in order to gain the support of special interest groups.
The 2014 Auburn Winter Festival will begin on Friday, January 24 and conclude on Sunday, January 26. Festival events and activities will take place at Lost Valley Ski Area, Norway Savings Bank Arena, Auburn Public Library, Walton School, the PAL Center and a number of other locales. Highlights will include a 3-on-3 pond hockey tournament, sledding, snowmobile rides, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, ice sculptures, and a torchlight parade.
For more information and a complete schedule of activities, see the City’s website at www.auburnmaine.gov.