Arts: Coming Up

Spinning Stories

Texas singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at The Grand in Ellsworth. Cleaves, who is doing a benefit concert for the Downeast Salmon Federation, has received much praise for his unique voice and story sons and character vignettes. “I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves,” Maine author Stephen King said. “Because my life would have been much poorer without him.” Tickets cost $15 per adult and $7.50 for children under 12. To reserve seats, call 667-9500 and visit

Micro Doings

Maine author Elisabeth Tova Bailey, whose 2010 nonfiction book “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating (Algonquin Books) was called “Brilliant” by The New York Times, will speak about her yearlong companion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at the Witherle Memorial Library in Castine. While bedridden, Bailey found comfort in and followed the life of a woodland snail that took up residence on her nightstand. For more info, call 326-4375 and visit

A Dog’s Life

Back by popular demand, New Surry Theatre is once again presenting “Sylvia” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater. “Sylvia” is the story of empty-nesters Greg and Kate whose lives are starting over. Then one day, Greg finds a stray dog (played by a woman) in the park and everyone’s life changes.

Rebecca Poole directs “Sylvia” starring Michael Reichgott, Annie Poole, Jeffrey Brink, and Leanne Nickon as Sylvia. The play contains adult themes and language.

Tickets are $15 per adult and $12 for seniors and students. To reserve seats, call 374-5556 or e-mail [email protected]

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