Entertainment

  • Coda restaurant to showcase local songwriters

    Coda restaurant to showcase local songwriters

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Songwriter Showcase, featuring six local singer-songwriters who will share their music and inspirations, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at The Tavern at Coda at 18 Village Green Way. Hosted by Bowen Swersey, whose former band The Beatroots was much in demand during the 1990s, the Showcase costs

  • Opera House Arts casting “Play-in-a-Day”

    Opera House Arts casting “Play-in-a-Day”

    Opera House Arts invites interested actors to a potluck supper to cast its “Play-in-a-Day” production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the Reach Performing Arts Center in Deer Isle. Supper-goers will participate in a read-through with the directors who will assign roles. Then, “Tempest” cast and directors will work

  • Mavis Staples to perform at the Criterion

    Mavis Staples to perform at the Criterion

    “Livin’ on a high note” is the name of R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples’ 2016 album. Staples, who got her start playing with her family’s band, the Staple Singers in 1948, will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor. From Chicago, Staples is much in demand

  • Grand offers sneak peek of “Victoria”

    Grand offers sneak peek of “Victoria”

    ELLSWORTH — Fans of PBS’s “Masterpiece,” the Sunday night British drama and mystery program, can settle in with popcorn in hand and see ahead the first episode in Season 2 of the ITV production “Victoria” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at The Grand. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. In a joint-venture with Maine

  • In the wind

    In the wind

    Ensemble 4.1, an acclaimed quintet made up of four woodwind players and pianist Thomas Hoppe, will open the Blue Hill Concert Association’s 40th season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21. Founded in 2013, Ensemble 4.1 includes German bassoonist Christoph Knitt, Fritz Pahlmann (horn) and Alexander Glücksmann (clarinet) and Jörg Schneider (oboe). The players, who

  • MET’s “Hansel and Gretel” to be broadcast this weekend

    MET’s “Hansel and Gretel” to be broadcast this weekend

    ELLSWORTH — Engelbert Humperdinck — not the English pop star (“After the Lovin”) who pirated the German composer’s name — is among the composers whose fame was derived from a single work. The opera “Hansel and Gretel,” a holiday classic and in the repertory of most opera companies worldwide, captures the darker aspects of the

  • Contest winner’s play to be performed

    Contest winner’s play to be performed

    WINTER HARBOR —Swanville poet, novelist and playwright Bruce Pratt’s play “Radio Silent,” which explores a family in crisis and the family members’ related thoughts and feelings, is the winner of Schoodic Arts for All’s second Maine Playwright’s Award. A total of 15 works were considered from across the state. As the contest’s winner, Pratt will

  • Jazz vocalist Clare Bathé to celebrate three divas

    Jazz vocalist Clare Bathé to celebrate three divas

    BANGOR — Jazz vocalist Clare Bathé, who was the dance and vocal coach in the late Lena Horne’s show “The Lady & Her Music,” will bring her own cabaret show to the Queen City to ring in 2018. Bathé, who performed on Broadway in “Big River” and “Jelly’s Last Jam” and toured and recorded with