2014-10-23 / Community Calendar

Spotlight

THEATER

“The Cocktail Hour” will open the season at The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St. in Lewiston. A.R. Gurney's comedy stars Ellen Crawford and Mike Genovese (from NBC's E.R.) Performance times are Oct. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m; and Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults with a group rate for 10 or more people at $16 per person. For tickets call The Public Theatre Box Office at 782-3200 or visit www.thepublictheatre.org.

“Jack the Ripper,” a dance performance by the Portland Ballet, will be presented on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave., Portland. Tickets are $20 at www.portlandballet.org. The ballet is set in fragmented scenes that depict the crimes of this mysterious and dangerous man.

“The Rocky Horror Show ”“ LIVE” will show at Nasson Little Theatre, 457 Main St., Springvale, presented by Our Theatre Company, Oct. 17-25. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed in Rocky Horror Show attire; participation and call-backs encouraged. Due to mature themes, this is an 18+ show. Performances will be Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 at midnight. Doors open half an hour before the show. All seating is $10 general admission. For advanced ticket reservations, visit www.myotc.org or call 294-2995. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

“The Addams Family,” will show at the Ogunquit Playhouse Oct. 1-26. Visit ogunquitplayhouse.org for ticket information.

“POE: Tales of Mystery & Suspense” will show at Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick, Oct. 15 through Nov. 5. with performances on Wednesdays, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.; and a Sunday matinee on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, guests are encouraged to dress up for a special Halloween production with a costume contest, trivia, prizes and surprises. The show features Kirk Simpson giving dramatic readings of famous Poe works. Tickets are $18 with an a la carte dinner menu. Reservations are suggested. Call 361-2272 or visit www.clayhillfarm.com

“Halloween Spooktacular,” a dance performance by the Portland Ballet, will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave., Portland. Tickets are $18 adult/$12 child at www.portlandballet.org. This family-friendly show takes a humorous look at the traditional Halloween themes with witches, specters and zombies haunting the theater. All ages are encouraged to come in costume and participate in the costume parade to be held during intermission. Choreography is by Nell Shipman, associate artistic director; with one piece choreographed by Vanessa Beyland.

A Haunted House event will be presented by The Youth Theater at the Nasson Community Center in Springvale Oct. 29 and 30, 5-10 p.m., and on Halloween, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The all-ages event will feature a bouncy house, carnival games, prizes, raffles, face painting and a costume contest (on Halloween night). A haunted walk will be offered for teens and adults. Tickets are $5 for the carnival and $8 for the walk. Call 324-5657 for more information.

“The Mousetrap,” an Agatha Christie murder mystery, will be presented this fall at City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford, Friday, Oct. 24 through Nov. 2. “The Mousetrap” has been running for 62 years on London's West End making it the longest running play in recorded history. Since the play's inception, each audience is asked to take a pledge not to talk about the ending of the play, allowing future audiences the opportunity to experience it fully. Showings are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All tickets are $20 and are available at www.citytheater.org or 282-0849.

ART

“The Transformative Vision + The Role of The Artist,” a panel discussion, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Engine, 265 Main St. in Biddeford. Doors open at 6 p.m. Jim Kelly, Dave Wade and Susan Porter will be the featured artists for a discussion that will focus on both the creative process and art as a vanguard in social change. For more information, contact director@feedtheengine.org or call 370-9130.

“Andrew Wyeth: The Linda L. Bean Collection” will show through Oct. 31 at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Ogunquit. This collection celebrates the art of Andrew Wyeth, one of Maine's best-known painters, through a collection assembled by Linda Bean of the L.L. Bean family.

“MATTER,” Amy Stacey Curtis' eighth of nine solo-biennial exhibits of interactive installation, is nine large-in-scope works throughout 24,000 square feet of Parsonfield's Robinson Mill, 10 Mill St. As with Curtis' previous “solo biennials,” each installation has instructions for audience participation. MATTER will be open for participation through Oct. 24. Regular hours will be daily from noon to 5 p.m., with free admission, donations accepted. For more information, visit www.amystaceycurtis.com or call 838-3390. Her solo exhibit, “Amy Stacey Curtis: Drawings,” will show at the museum through Oct. 31.

Pecha Kucha in Kennebunk is seeking presenters for the next Pecha Kucha Night on Thursday, Nov. 20 at River Tree Arts. Presenters have a timed show of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. In order to submit, send 3 to 5 sample images, a short description of your presentation and a brief bio to pechakucha.kennebunk@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 5. For more information, contact Linda Ward at leward@roadrunner.com.

MUSIC

Comedians Suzanne Westenhoefer and Jason Stuart will perform at Jonathan's, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. The two national headliners are known for being among the top openly gay comedians in the U.S. Visit jonathansogunquit.com or call 646-4777 for more information and tickets.

La Madeleine will perform at the First Parish Federated Church, 150 Main St., South Berwick, on Saturday, Oct. 25, followed on Nov. 22 with singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter with special guest Julie Dougherty. For advance reservations, call 450-8746.

Jim Weider's Project Percolator will perform at Jonathan's, 92 Bourne Lane in Ogunquit, on Nov. 1, 8:30 p.m. This groove and atmospheric guitar-driven band features national musicians Rodney Holmes, Jeff Hill and Avi Bortnick. Call 646-4777 for information.

Shape Note Singing will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 1-4 p.m at The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave. in Portland. This is a four-part singing tradition that originated in18th-century New England. This is not a performance, everyone is welcome to participate. This event is free. For more information, go to www.maineshapenotesinging.org or call Vicki Adams at 216-3890.

Violinist Areta Zhulla, cellist Ani Kalayjian and pianist Ilya Kazantsev will perform at The Sanford-Springvale Historical Society, 505 Main St. in Springvale on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for ages 21 and under. For more information, call 324-2797.

SPECIAL INTEREST

“Damnationland,” a scary film series featuring the work of Maine filmmakers, will be shown at The Leavitt Theatre in Ogunquit on Friday, Oct. 24 and The Saco Drive In on Thursday, Oct. 30. Details about all the screenings can be found at http://damnationland.com/screenings.

“Phantom of the Opera,” a pioneer classic horror flick, will be shown on the big screen with live music on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at the historic Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St., Route 1, Ogunquit. The event will feature live music by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis. Admission is $10 per person. Film-goers should note that the theater is not heated, and dress accordingly. For more information, call 646-3123 or visit www.leavittheatre.com.

“Nosferatu: Symphony of Horror” will be shown at Silent Film Night on Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave. in Kennebunk. The film will be accompanied by live music, provided by the River Tree Arts faculty ensemble. Admission is $5, and wine, beer and popcorn will be available. For more information, go to www.rivertreearts.org or call 967-9120.

“The Three Faces of Eve,” the second film in the 2014-15 Classic Film Series presented by Ogunquit Performing Arts, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Dunaway Center, 23 School St. in Ogunquit. Admission is free. This 1957 film is about a woman with multiple personalities and is based on a true story told in a best-selling book of the same name written by the two psychiatrists who handled her case. Joanne Woodward plays the leading role of Eve. Free popcorn is included. Coming up later in the series will be “Die Fledermaus” on Dec. 14, “Murder on the Orient Express” on Jan. 11 and “Dead Poets' Society” on Feb. 8.

Author Anne Rice, of “Interview with the Vampire” fame, to promote her new novel, “Prince Lestate: The Vampire Chronicles,” will make an appearance on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at The Music Hall's Historic Theater in downtown Portsmouth, N.H. The event includes an author presentation and on-stage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio's “Word of Mouth.” The series' house band, Dreadnaught, will play live music during the one-hour event. Tickets are $13.25, and the purchase of a book voucher is required. Vouchers can be redeemed on the night of the event for a signed copy of “Prince Lestat.” To purchase event tickets and vouchers, call The Music Hall box office at 603-436-2400 or visit 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. Tickets and vouchers are not available online.

Local author Irene Cote Single will be holding a book signing on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Community Library, John Street in Lyman. She will be selling and autographing her new novel, “Two Countries, Two Women: A Story Based on True Events of Adventure, Faith, Tragedy and Courage.” For more information, go to www.irenecotesingle.com.

“At Home in the Victorian Era” will be on display at the Saco Museum through Nov. 9, featuring an examination of the Victorian home and its furnishings.

AUDITIONS

The Academy of Dance, 25 River Road in Biddeford, is holding auditions for children in the community who are interested in participating in its amateur production of “The Nutcracker” this December. Call 283-1662 for more information.

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