Arts & Culture

Movies: "Despicable Me 2"

Movies: "Despicable Me 2"

You’ve got to love the fact that “Despicable Me 2” unhorsed “The Lone Ranger” at the box office.  Disney -- the godfather of animated movies -- trumped by an animated movie!  (Of course, the mouse house has also had a number of hits this summer, thanks in large part to its Marvel Comics franchise.)

I loved the original “Despicable Me” with its soft-hearted villain Gru (Steve Carell), whose plot to steal the moon is undone by three cute li’l orphan girls.  (I’ve been wondering about his name:  is it short for Gruesome, or perhaps a sly reference to the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service?  Certainly, Gru’s odd accent has more than a hint of Russkya in it, along with maybe a little Yiddish.)

Family animation workshop

Color Transformation Movie! A Family Workshop

Saturday, June 29 9:30 am

Saturday, June 29, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (drop in anytime throughout the morning!)
Instructor: Huey (www.filmsbyhuey.com)
Location: Common Street Arts, 16 Common St., Downtown Waterville
FREE drop in workshop; All ages are welcome!

Bangor Band to perform at the annual R.B. Hall Day

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, the Bangor Band will be one of 14 community bands from around the state to perform at the annual R.B.Hall Day, at Fort Western in Augusta.

R.B.Hall was an internationally recognized composer from Maine, born in Bowdoinham in 1858. He primarily wrote marches, such as a Bangor Band favorite, "Greetings to Bangor".

The Bangor Band is tentatively scheduled to perform at 4:30 on Saturday.

One of New England’s oldest continuous community bands, the Bangor Band was founded in 1859. The band is conducted by Curvin “Chip” Farnham.

The Band’s ongoing sponsor is Bangor Parks and Rec. See our website for updates on our summer concerts schedule, at www.bangorband.org, or call band President Lori Wingo at 207.944.4193.

Movies: "The East"

Movies: "The East"

So here’s a low-key thriller about eco-terrorism with none of the usual car chases, explosions and gruesome murders.  

Sounds refreshing, doesn’t it?  What makes it even more unusual is that it was produced by the brothers Scott (Ridley and Tony), best known for their high-impact action movies (“Black Hawk Down,” “Man on Fire,” etc.).

 

Students from Searsport and Lewiston Named “Governor’s Young Writers of the Year

Students from Searsport and Lewiston Named “Governor’s Young Writers of the Year

 Three high school students have been chosen as the winners of the Maine Community College System’s A Journey Into Writing contest and named 2013 Governor’s Young Writers of the Year. They are: Emily Evans of Searsport and Arianna Tang of Frankfort, both juniors at Searsport District High School, and Fadumo Musse, a junior at Lewiston High School.  A Journey Into Writing is open to all high school juniors and home-schooled students of the same age.
 
The three students were each presented with an award and a $2,500 check by First Lady Ann LePage in a ceremony at the Blaine House today. MCCS President John Fitzsimmons joined her in presenting the awards.
 

Movies: "Man of Steel"

Movies: "Man of Steel"

If you thought “The Avengers” was over the top, wait ‘till you get a load of the new Superman movie.  

Directed by Zack Snyder, who knows a thing or two about comic book movies, having made “Watchmen” and “300,” and scripted by David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight Rises”) from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan (who wrote and directed the twisty flicks “Memento” and “Inception”), “Man of Steel” is an origin story combined with an enhanced remake of 1980’s “Superman II.”

 

Movies: "Frances Ha"

Movies: "Frances Ha"

 

Tall, broad-shouldered and a little ungainly, Greta Gerwig plays Frances, and though she’s surrounded by friends and acquaintances throughout this movie, it’s practically a one-woman show.  (Gerwig also co-wrote the screenplay with her boyfriend, director Noah Baumbach.)

 

When we first meet her, Frances -- an understudy with a modern dance group -- is sharing a Brooklyn apartment with her best friend from Vassar, Sophie (Mickey Sumner, who happens to be Sting’s daughter) and dating a guy named Dan.  But both situations sputter out, leaving Frances with no place to stay and no boyfriend either.  Her dance prospects don’t look so hot either.