Arts & Culture

Movies: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

Movies:  "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

 

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is a tender love story involving young Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his statuesque girlfriend Carly (British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, replacing Megan Fox in the series because Fox injudiciously compared director Michael Bay to Adolf Hitler).  Poor Sam has trouble finding work in Washington, even though he saved the world in two previous “Transformers” installments, and his hyper-critical parents are coming to visit.

 

Oh, wait, there are some giant robots involved as well.  The Autobots are the good ones, the Decepticons not so much.

 

Summer of Love starring Michele Lee at the Ogunquit Playhouse until July 16th!

Summer of Love starring Michele Lee  at the Ogunquit Playhouse until July 16th!

Be prepared for a head on collision between cultures when a conservative bride runs away from the altar and runs into a VW Bus full of hippies from Haight-Ashbury, in the East Coast premiere of Summer of Love, on stage June 22 to July 16 at the Ogunquit Playhouse. With a little help from the hippies and dropouts of San Francisco, she comes to realize she has to make her own kind of music! This new musical by Roger Bean showcases the powerful music of the late 1960s by some of the most influential artists of the love generation including The Mamas and the Papas, Donovan, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane, with songs that include: “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Get Together,” “Piece of My Heart,” “White Rabbit,” “Spinning Wheel,” “Happy Together” and many more! Take a trip down memory lane, remember your glory days and most of all enjoy the music!

Movies: "Bad Teacher"

Movies:  "Bad Teacher"

 

Pam Smart was a really bad teacher.  In 1990, she seduced one of her New Hampshire students, age 15, and got him to murder her husband.  That’s bad.  By contrast, Elizabeth Halsey, the character played by Cameron Diaz in this new movie, is just semi-bad:  she smokes dope, drinks heavily and does all she can to avoid any actual work in her middle school classroom.

 

Heaven Help Me (feel good comedy)

Heaven Help Me (feel good comedy)

The three Holloway brothers have a real problem.  Their string of casual restaurants is failing, youngest, black sheep brother Rollie owes money to every bookie in town, and they need to sell the family beach house to recapitalize the business.  The only problem is that their deceased fourth brother Fred is haunting the place and won’t vacate!

 

Movies: "The Tree of Life"

Movies:  "The Tree of Life"

 

There are dinosaurs in this movie, and a series of breathtaking space visuals, but this is about as far from a summer sci-fi blockbuster as you can get.

 

Written and directed by the reclusive Terrence Malick (he wouldn’t even appear to accept his best picture award at the Cannes Film Festival), “The Tree of Life” is a deeply serious exploration of one Texas family whose personal tragedy evokes all humanity’s abiding questions about God’s will.

Worlds Seen and Foreseen Can Be Watched in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN, July 23 – Visions of the world as sculptural globes are displayed in shop windows in downtown Skowhegan, Maine starting this week. "Worlds Seen and Foreseen" presents works by more than twenty artists in a multiple site group show organized by Solon artist Abby Shahn.

Artists contributing works to the show include Karen Adrienne, Bernie Beckman, John Bozin, Robin Brooks, Mary Burr, Martha Campbell, Kenny Cole, Al Crichton,  Annie Earhardt, James Fangbone, Nancy Jervey, Robert Lieber, Iver Lofving, David McLaughlin, Amy Ray, Kaden Roman, Jan Royall, Robert Saunders, Lisa Savage, 2Abby Shahn, Barbara Sullivan, Chris Sumberg,Wally Warren and Shanna Wheelock.

Bruce Marshall Group

Bruce Marshall Group
 

Saturday, August 20th at 7pm - Sponsored By: MAYO REGIONAL HOSPITAL
The Bruce Marshall Group live show treats their fans to a soaring ride as they rip through a catalog of original material that truly sets this band apart. They love to mix it up, whether it’s pulling off exciting jams that build with dynamics and layering, or playing the concise arrangements of their songs with discipline and taste. The sound defies categorization, slipping seamlessly around touches of Blues, R&B, Rock and Southern Boogie. The interplay between Bruce and longtime guitarist Dave Cournoyer is the heart and soul of their performances and they always deliver. The songs are mostly upbeat, but even those dealing with love lost and missed opportunities, carry an underlying sense of hope and optimism. The band continues to work tirelessly and must be experienced live to be fully appreciated.