Arts & Culture

Movies: Jane Eyre

Movies:  Jane Eyre

How interesting that “Jane Eyre” is showing here alongside “The Conspirator.”   

Both are set in the mid-19th Century, meaning that both feature hoop skirts, period sets  and the type of formal English we never hear anymore.  But what a difference between Robert Redford’s bloodless Civil War drama and Cary Fukunaga’s warm and evocative re-telling of Charlotte Bronte’s romantic novel. 

The Internet Movie Data Base informs me that this is the 18th movie version of “Jane Eyre,” not counting seven different TV adaptations.  For my money, it’s  one of the best:  beautifully shot in all four seasons by Brazilian director and cinematographer Adriano Goldman, with a lush music score by Daria Marianelli and terrific acting by a worthy cast of knowns and unknowns.

Movies: The Conspirator

Movies:  The Conspirator

All the elements are here for a gripping drama: a presidential assassination, a dark conspiracy, a military tribunal.  So why does this earnest historical recreation of the post-Civil War era seem so flat? 

“The Conspirator” centers around the trial of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), whose Washington boarding house was the meeting place of John Wilkes Booth and his band of Confederate sympathizers in the weeks leading up to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and simultaneous attempts on the lives of the Vice President and Secretary of State.   

Gaslight Theater's Annual "Evening of One Act Plays"

Gaslight Theater's Annual "Evening of One Act Plays"

Hallowell, Maine-- Casts have been selected for The Gaslight Theater's Annual "Evening of One Act Plays", which will be produced April 29 and 30 at Hallowell City Hall.

Each year, the Gaslight Theater produces the Evening of One-Acts to encourage and mentor new directors, furthering our goal of making theater arts more accessible. The One-Acts provide an opportunity for actors to take on intriguing roles with a lesser time commitment than a full-length production. It's also a great way for those who haven't acted before, or have limited experience, to "get their feet wet" on the stage.

This year features five short, but intriguing plays. Directors Juli Brooks Settlemire, Ben Keene and Linda Duarte, will "share" a talented crew of actors, several creating more than one character in the course of the evening.

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Student artists in your neighborhood to be honored at Blaine House

Augusta, ME – Student artists from across Maine will receive recognition from Maine’s First Lady at a Blaine House ceremony at 2:00 pm, on Monday, April 11.

The students, from 17 schools, will receive certificates for their participation in the Maine Youth Excellence in Art exhibition that has been on display in the Capitol Complex since February.

“These works of art are inspiring and showcase the talent of our youth,” said Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage. “Two pieces of artwork are on display currently in the Blaine House and we are making space available for a third.

Learn to Read Your Customer's Mind & Other Essential Skills of Delivering Excellent Customer Service

 Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 a.m.
Waterville - The next Business Breakfast, presented by Thomas College in partnership with the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, will host Denise Martin, President of Good for You Coaching and Consulting, Inc. She will speak about learning to read your customer's mind. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Atrium on Thomas College’s campus at 180 West River Road in Waterville.

Human Rights in China

Human Rights in China

Tuesday, April 5, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
Dr. Li Xiaorong, a prominent Chinese human rights activist, is founder and director of an international human rights group with extensive networks in China. She was the first executive director of Human Rights in China, a U.S.-based human rights group, and also served on its board till 2005. Her research projects have won support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MacArthur Foundation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. On her last trip to China to visit her family and conduct research, she was arrested, searched, interrogated, and expelled from the country.

MOGA Supports Orange Growers Jobs Bill: LD 4111

(HALLOWELL)—The Maine Orange Growers Association (MOGA) is pleased to provide its support for the proposed Maine Bill, LD 4111: An Act To Provide Funding For Orange Production.  This bill will provide essential money to the Department of Agriculture to promote the establishment of orange seed companies and innovative business technologies in Maine .  This industry is expected to grow exponentially in the State as the incentives to new businesses through LD 4111 are realized. 
For the past year, our dedicated orange growers have been proof positive that an orange growing climate and workforce can thrive in Maine .  While still trying to get our producers to expand into year round greenhouses until global warming takes hold, our innovative producers continue to use the “Broad base - small scale” approach to providing oranges to the marketplace in Maine .  With LD 4111, MOGA believes that orange production, from seed to harvest, can be accomplishe