• Family-friendly musical event April 1

    Family-friendly musical event April 1

    BAR HARBOR — “Fire in the Commons,” a musical in the tradition of old-fashioned campfire shows, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. in Gates Auditorium at College of the Atlantic. The show will include sing-alongs, skits and a time travel journey to a more peaceful future. The show is a work in

  • Welcoming spring

    Welcoming spring

    Works by Brahms, Schubert and Franz Schreker are on the program of the Blue Hill Concert Association’s final concert, featuring violinist Ariadne Daskalakis and pianist Anthony Spiri at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Daskalakis and Spiri recently recorded the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas for the West

  • Grand takes on Agatha Christie’s chilling mystery

    Grand takes on Agatha Christie’s chilling mystery

    ELLSWORTH — Director Robin Jones has a specific vision of the effect he wants the Agatha Christie mystery “And Then There Were None” to have on audiences when they see the production over the next two weekends at The Grand. “I don’t want people going out of here saying, ‘Oh, that was delightful,’” he said.

  • Australian sci-fi star to grace comic book convention

    Australian sci-fi star to grace comic book convention

    BAR HARBOR — Actress Gigi Edgley, known for her role as Chiana in the science fiction series “Farscape,” as well as a replica of “KITT,” the high-tech car from the TV series “Knight Rider,” will appear at the first Bar Harbor Comic Con from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Atlantic

  • Deer Isle-Stonington wins second at regional festival

    Deer Isle-Stonington wins second at regional festival

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School’s production of “The Insanity of Mary Girard,” directed by Casey Rush, won the Class B title, garnering 299 of 300 possible points, at the Eastern Regional competition Sunday night. Deer Isle-Stonington High School’s “No Rules Were Broken in the Making of this Play,” by writer/director John Lincoln,

  • Mr. Bucksport contest coming to town

    Mr. Bucksport contest coming to town

    BUCKSPORT — Maine winters are long, cold and dark, so it’s no wonder that during the last days of the season a few Mainers start to act a little silly. One strong example is the annual Mr. Bucksport contest, which will make its 17th appearance at the Bucksport High School gymnasium on Saturday, March 18,

  • Man of many hats

    Man of many hats

    “Sometimes classical, sometimes bluesy, sometimes jazzy and always exquisitely beautiful.” That’s how The Ellsworth American writer Hugh Bowden described Brooklin pianist Scott Cleveland’s 2016 recording titled “Short Pieces for Solo Piano.” Cleveland, who graduated in 1976 from the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston and earned his master’s degree in music theory and composition

  • Musicians hit high notes

    Musicians hit high notes

    BAR HARBOR — Judging from the high quality of musicianship on display last week at the Maine District VI High School Jazz Festival, jazz is alive and well in Downeast Maine. Bands from seven schools participated in the March 1 district festival, which is a warm-up for the state instrumental jazz festival, scheduled for March

  • Awards system to change at jazz finals

    MILLINOCKET — The Maine Music Educators Association will no longer award three top trophies at Maine’s vocal and instrumental jazz finals coming up later this month. Instead, competing schools will receive either gold, silver or bronze medals in accordance with their scores at the state instrumental and vocal competitions March 17-18 in Newport and March