L/A Arts will wrap up its inaugural three-day extravaganza, Ice Fest L/A, with a free day of family fun on Sunday, February 24. Taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the day’s events will include marveling at the festival’s beautiful ice sculptures, taking in ice sculpture demonstrations, delighting in delicious treats provided by area eateries, and enjoying the physical comedy theatre of Michael Trautman.
Trautman started out in life as a fairly normal person. After growing up in Springfield, Illinois, he attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he studied Political Science with the intention of becoming a lawyer. But in 1976 he took his first mime class, and in 1977 he was invited to become a founding member of Mimeos, a Kansas City-based school and performing company. Since then, he has been having fun performing at venues around the world.
Variously identified as a visual comic, performance artist, new vaudevillian, mime (gasp!), physical comedian, storyteller, magician, and fool, Trautman claims only to be a clown… and not a very traditional one, at that. He has appeared in the New York International Festival of Clown Theater, Festival D’être in Quebec, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and on the ABC television special, “WOW! The Most Awesome Acts on Earth.”
Ice Fest L/A will take place in the Bates Mill Complex’s Fountain Park, located behind DaVinci’s at 150 Mill Street in Lewiston, and in the Bates Mill Atrium. Food donors for the three-day event will include Bates College, Boa Thai Sushi, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fishbones American Grill, Forage Market, Fuel, Grant’s Bakery, The Green Ladle, Harvest Hill Farms, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, The Italian Bakery, Jasmine Cafe, Labadie’s Bakery, Longhorn Steakhouse, Maine Gourmet Chocolates, Mac’s Grill, Marco’s Italian Restaurant, Margarita’s, Mother India, Naral’s, Panera Bread, Pedro O’Hara’s Irish Pub & Mexican Cantina, Sea40, Tim Hortons, Thai Dish and The Library Cafe.
Sunday’s Family Day will be preceded on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. by two 21+ evenings, featuring deliciously frosty beverages, a variety of yummy hors d’oeuvres, and live music and entertainment. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $10, with two $2 drink tickets included, and can be purchased at by calling 782-7228, at www.laarts.org, or in person at the L/A Arts offices at 221 Lisbon Street in Lewiston. For more information, see www.icefestla.com.