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'The Complete World of Sports (abridged)' sprints across The Barnstormers stage Aug. 5 to 9



8-5-14-barnstormers-complete-world-of-sports-abridgedBarnstormers Theatre funnymen Blair Hundertmark, John Schnatterly and Doug Shapiro lampoon the NFL, your child's soccer practice, golf and everything in between in the homerun "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)" on stage Aug. 5 to 9. (RACHEL LANDIS PHOTO)TAMWORTH — The hit comedy "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)" rounds the stage at The Barnstormers Theatre Aug. 5 to 9.

Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor's witty lampoon on sports takes the audience on a fast-paced ride covering the history of sports. The show bounces from topic to topic, era to era and will introduce you to "Olymp-ish Games." From a chintzy ESPN "Sports Center," three anchors satirize everything from the NFL to your kid's soccer practice. No sport is above, or below, their scope. It's faster than a NASCAR race with more punches than Muhammad Ali.

"If you follow sports, you'll find this show incredibly funny. If you don't follow sports, you may laugh even harder," said artistic director Bob Shea. "It's clever. It's original. It's a wonderful summer show that parodies everything we love and hate about sports."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 06:26

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Stone Mountain celebrates eighth anniversary with special concert Aug. 1



BROWNFIELD — Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine is celebrating eight years of music in the mountains with a special Stone Mountain LIVE Anniversary Show on Friday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m.

This show features Carol Noonan and her house band the Stone Mountain Boys — including guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry — and special guests Irish band Teada and country singer Lori McKenna.

Stone Mountain LIVE takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun night. Great music, food, and fun all come together in one great night that is fast becoming one of Maine's treasured traditions.

This evening is the musical baby of Stone Mountain's owner, Noonan, who hosts this unique revue-style show. In between rehearsing, Noonan will be planning and fixing the evening's dinner. She does a little bit of everything to keep the music coming to Brownfield.

This annual anniversary show also serves as a fun way to support Stone Mountain. The ticket helps the center get ready for winter. There will also be an auction before the show with lots of cool Stone Mountain related items and talents.

Tickets are $88 and can be purchased by visiting www.stonemountainartscenter.com or calling (207) 935-7292.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 04:50

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Mountain Top Music Center presents home concert with pianist Jed Wilson and friends Aug. 1



LOVELL — Mountain Top Music Center will host a home concert at the spectacular Eastman Hill Farm in Center Lovell, Maine featuring pianist Jed Wilson and friends Friday, Aug. 1.  The concert is open to the public. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-concert appetizers and post-concert dessert will be provided, during which a portion of the estate and grounds will be open for viewing. Guests with reservations may begin arriving at 6:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 04:26

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Denmark Arts Center seeking volunteers for DAM JAM



DENMARK — This year the Denmark Arts Center's DAM JAM will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 3 p.m. to Midnite, in Denmark, Maine's Bicentennial Park. The Denmark Arts Center is still seeking volunteers for the event. With a bigger line-up, a fuller bus, and (hopefully) an inflated audience, they need even more hands on deck this year.

Volunteers are needed to help direct cars to the parking lot, sell lemonade or T-shirts, check IDs at the gate, etc. The arts center also need help for their set-up/break-down crew.

 

In return for all your hard, most-appreciated work, the arts center has decided to sweeten the usual volunteer benefits. In addition to free entry, a T-shirt and granola, volunteers are invited to a special after-party with the bands. The arts center has even booked a special after-party band called Dead Night, who are the musical equivalent of indoor fireworks.

 

The line-up of bands, including acts from Maine (Oble Varnum, Butcher Boy, Chamberlain, Sunset Hearts), a drumming circle from Ghana by way of New Hampshire (Akwaaba Ensemble) and some superstars from further afield (Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra). There will also be some last-minute surprises. 

This year, Denmark Arts Center has partnered with Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, who are co-sponsoring the Jam, and helping sell tickets and fill the Portland bus. 

For more information visit www.denmarkarts.org or call (207) 452-2412.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 04:23

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Voice of the Valley returns after six-year hiatus



CONWAY — Warm up your singing voices because, after a six-year hiatus, M&D Production is bring back their "American Idol"-style singing competition, Voice of the Valley, offering a whole new group of singers the opportunity to showcase their talent and win cash prizes.

Audition day for the competition is Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2 to 6 p.m. at M&D's Your Theatre located at 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway. First round eliminations are Saturday, Sept. 6, at Your Theatre. Second round eliminations are Saturday, Sept. 13, at Your Theatre. The final round presentation is Sept. 20, at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on the Fryeburg Academy campus in Fryeburg, Maine. All show times start at 7:30 p.m.

There is a $50 entrance fee to participate. Contestants must be at least 16 years old. The registration form can be emailed or picked up/retrieved by going to the theater or calling the box office at 733-5275. First place prize is $1,000, second place is $500 and third is $250.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 03:38

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