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LOVELL — The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, located at 227 Main Street in Lovell, Maine, is partnering with the Maine Humanities Council, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation, and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations to present a foreign policy speakers series: "The World in Your Library." This series will connect our community with Maine-based foreign policy experts, scholars, and practitioners who will give presentations on critical foreign policy issues.

Three speakers and topics have been selected for one-hour-long presentations on important global issues with Eric Hooglund presenting the first, "Civil War in Syria: Domestic, Regional and International Repercussions," Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.

Hooglund is a Maine native, professor emeritus of Middle East Studies at Lund University in Sweden, an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Iran, and editor of the journal Middle East Critique. During a 40-year academic career, he taught at colleges in Asia, Europe and the United States, including Oxford University and both Bates and Bowdoin in Maine. He is the author or editor of seven books and more than 100 scholarly articles. He currently resides in Belgrade Lakes.

The next presentation is the series is Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m with Bradley Babson presenting "Challenges and Opportunities on the Korean Peninsula."

For more information visit www.hobbslibrary.org or call (207) 925-3177.



DENMARK — The Denmark Arts Center in located at 50 West Main Street in Denmark, Maine is presenting a work-in-progress showing of "Listen, Little Man!", a play about Wilhelm Reich, Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. This is a pay-what-you-want event.

Wilhelm Reich was one of the 20th century's great characters. From his celebrated beginnings in pre-war Vienna, where, as Freud's heir apparent, he rose quickly to the heights of the nascent field of psycho-analysis, to his tragic end in the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary, where he had been incarcerated by the FDA, Reich shot across continents and eras like a comet. From his lauded examinations of mass psychology, which he credits with providing fertile soil for fascist societies; to his controversial discovery of Orgone, a bioenergy and life-force thought to animate the libido; to his now-derided ideas of weather control and extraterrestrial communication, Reich's teachings and biography are still being digested today.

Reich's life at Orgonon, his compound in Rangeley, Maine, where he set up his research foundation and took up residence in 1950, provide the backdrop for "Listen, Little Man!", a new work of devised theater co-commissioned by the Denmark Arts Center and Complicated, Inc., and currently in development for a fall 2015 premiere in Denmark. Using elements of Reich's biography, interspersed with his own and associated writings, "Listen, Little Man!" is envisioned as a three-ring circus, with significant musical elements.

Come join Denmark Arts Centers as they present a four-part investigation of Reich, in the form of an illustrated slideshow; a filmic evocation of Orgonon itself; select readings from Reich's copious body of work; and a new musical composition inspired by his life. Directed by the Denmark Arts Center's own Jamie Hook, this evening will feature performances by longtime-Denmark Arts Center composer-in-residence Brent Arnold (Sunrise, Vacationland), and new Denmark Arts Center dancer-in-residence Cookie Harrist (Placeholders).

"Listen, Little Man!" is supported by grants form the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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

 



CONWAY — Arts in Motion Theater Company presents "Tom Thumb" at the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse on Friday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m.

The free, open to the public performance is the product of Theater-rific, Summer Theater Camp, a week long camp for children ages 8 to 12. Campers have been engaged in the many aspects of the theater arts and activities that go in to producing and performing a live stage production. Campers have been engaged in creative, inspirational play with daily lessons including improvisational exercises, prop making, set building and painting, auditioning, character building, rehearsal and more.

As part of their theater experience, campers participated in the Happy Conway video project with their own rendition of the Happy song.

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8-26-14-barnstormers-little-shop-of-horrorsSeymour (Jordan Ahnquist), Audrey (Rachel Alexa Norman) and Audrey II (Joe Longthorne) at feeding time in "Little Shop of Horrors," the final show of The Barnstormers' 2014 season. Show dates are Aug. 26 to 30. (ZACHARY DEGROOT PHOTO)TAMWORTH — The 2014 season finale "Little Shop of Horrors" fills The Barnstormers Theatre's stage Aug. 26 to 30.

This zany musical comedy is where 1960s horror film meets Motown as Seymour, a nerdy florist, happens upon an unusual looking plant. Soon "unusual" turns into spectacular as the plant — which requires blood to survive — becomes a vegetation sensation, raining fame, love and evil forces upon innocent Seymour.

The show was written in the 1980s by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who also created songs for Disney's "Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." When it opened in New York, it ran for five consecutive years and earned numerous awards including New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical.

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BARTLETT — The second anniversary Cold River Radio Show celebration will take place at Intervale's Theater in the Wood at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, featuring great music, storytelling and conversation between host Jonathan Sarty and guest performers.

Tickets for this fast paced variety show are $25 and can be purchased at The J-Town Deli in Jackson, White Birch Books in North Conway, or Spice and Grain in Fryeburg, Maine, or from the website www.coldriverradio.com.

The series is presented by Mountain Top Music Center of Conway.

“I can't believe it's been two years — but I am very proud of what we have achieved and excited about the future,” said Sarty in an interview this week at The Met Coffeehouse in North Conway. “We couldn't have gotten here without the support of our audiences, the community, local businesses and artists. I am very, very appreciative of everyone's help, and I'm really happy about where we are at this point. We're growing, as more and more people find out about us — and the most valuable factor in that is when people tell their friends about it, talking up the show.”

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