Arts & Culture

All State Music Festival in Gorham

There will be music making on the Gorham Campus of University of Southern Maine (USM) this week.  Over 400 high school musicians from Maine will converge on

USM forthe Maine Music Educators Association's annual All State Music Festival.  Last November, students went through rigorous auditions to secure a spot in one of

the threehonors performance groups: Orchestra, Band, Chorus.  Competition is keen and being accepted one year does not guarantee acceptance the next year.

Students will rehearse May 19th & 20th on campus, then move to Windham High School for the concerts on May 21st.  Order of the concerts is as follows: 2:00 pm

Orchestra; 3:30 pm Band; 5:00 pm Chorus. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Ticket prices are $8.00 each for ONE concert; $6.00 each for TWO concerts ($12.00

total); $5.00 each for all three concerts. ($15.00 total).

Movies: "Bridesmaids"

Movies: "Bridesmaids"


Sigmund Freud once asked the question, “What do women really want?”  Thanks to “Bridesmaids,” we now have the answer:  to make us laugh uproariously.


You may have heard how this movie came to be.  Impressed by Kristen Wiig’s supporting performance in 2007’s “Knocked Up,” producer-director Judd Apatow told her that if she brought him a screenplay he’d put it on screen.   Wiig (who regularly steals the show on “Saturday Night Live”) got together with comedy sketch pal Annie Mumulo (who has a cameo in “Bridesmaids” as the nervous woman on the plane) to write this movie.  




Sunday, May 15, 2011, 6:30 PM

Nokomis Regional High School in Northern KV

Movies: "Jumping the Broom"

Movies: "Jumping the Broom"

Hollywood just loves wedding movies -- it makes so many of them.  And why not?  A wedding is a self-contained story arc with multiple characters.  There's romance, family intrigue, hot bridesmaids, hunky best men, lots of drinking and emotions running high.  

Did I mention hot bridesmaids?

"Jumping the Broom" is a small wedding movie set in the prestigious African-American enclave of Martha's Vineyard (but mostly shot in tax-sheltered Nova Scotia), featuring a talented black cast, most of whom come from various TV series.  

At center stage are Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton, Ms. Rain in "Precious") and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso, known to some as Det. Gil Puente from the TV series "Southland").  They meet cute in New York, just after Sabrina has promised God she will not give away her "cookie" to anyone other than her future husband.

Fast forward six months, to the wedding weekend, cookie still undelivered.  

Movies: "Thor"

Movies: "Thor"

So you want to make a summer blockbuster?  Here’s all you have to do.  


First, option a Marvel Comics hero -- any one of them should do the trick.  Next, scrape together a jillion dollars for special effects and hire a small army of (mostly French) CG professionals.  Then find yourself an appealing leading man -- say, blond Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth (Thor).  Toss in a few big name supporting actors like Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Rene Russo (Frigga, and please don’t snicker).

Movies: "Fast Five"

Movies:  "Fast Five"

With the arrival of “Fast Five” in movie theaters, I declare the summer movie season officially open.  


This continuation of the “Fast and Furious” franchise delivers all the rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem summer audiences are presumably looking for, while borrowing plot points from the far more sophisticated “Oceans Eleven” series.  Still, it’s a rousing action pic set in exotic Rio de Janeiro, which makes for a different point of view, I guess.


Movies: Hanna

Movies:  Hanna

“The Adjustment Bureau” was good.  “Source Code” was better.  “Hanna” is the best of the current crop of skillfully-made action movies. 

It’s been around for a few weeks, but if you’re an action fan, you owe it to yourself to see this one before it leaves the big screen. 

It’s a violent, modern-day fairy tale, with a plucky young girl fighting for her life against a host of wicked wolves, chief among them a renegade CIA agent, played by Cate Blanchett, slipping into and out of a southern accent.  (We know she’s a baddie the moment we see her brushing her big, scary teeth in an enlargement mirror.)