Arts & living

  • Star Wars celebration set

    Star Wars celebration set

    BAR HARBOR — “The Rise of Skywalker,” Episode IX in the Star Wars series, is set to open at the Criterion Theatre Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. And, as has become tradition, Atlantic Brewing Midtown across the street from the theater is planning a costume contest for earlier in the evening. The contest will

  • Paintings by Rowell-Kelley

    Paintings by Rowell-Kelley

    BAR HARBOR — Art by Bar Harbor-based painter Linda Rowell-Kelley will be on display at the Jesup Memorial Library during the month of December. Rowell-Kelley does much of her work on Mount Desert Island and on other Maine islander. She calls herself “a lifelong student of art” and studied drawing, painting and graphics at the

  • Improv Acadia chooses naughty over nice

    BANGOR — Bar Harbor-based Improv Acadia’s Jen Shepard and Larrance Fingerhut are bringing audiences an improvised holiday musical this month, starting on Dec. 12. But unlike other holiday-themed entertainment, this show is not intended for the whole family. According to a press release issued by Penobscot Theatre Company, which is producing the show, it is

  • Bryan Archive celebrated

    Bryan Archive celebrated

    PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Libraries and Ashley Bryan Center are celebrating the library’s recent acquisition of the archive of renowned artist Ashley Bryan, an internationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator, poet, and humanitarian. A public event was planned for Thursday, Dec. 5. Bryan, still active at the age of 96 and currently

  • Mes Amis to play midday

    Mes Amis to play midday

    ELLSWORTH — Mes Amis, a gypsy jazz quartet, will play a Midday Concert at 1 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Moore Community Center. The concert is sponsored by Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) with help from the City of Ellsworth and the Onion Foundation. Mes Amis is led by guitarist, vocalist, and composer Steve

  • Unlikely friends in a freak storm

    Unlikely friends in a freak storm

    BAR HARBOR — Matt Hochman knew he was going to direct this year’s Christmas production for Acadia Community Theater, but wasn’t sure what play to choose. He read through classics such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and noticed “all of them start out kind of sad,” he said. “I was looking for something upbeat.” Searching

  • Teachers discuss trip to Europe

    Teachers discuss trip to Europe

    TREMONT — Tremont Consolidates School teachers Liz Rabasca and Katrina Linscott will present a slideshow and discussion on their trip to France, the Netherlands and Belgium on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Thanks to a grant offered by the Tremont School Fund, the two set off last July for 16 days in order to

  • Planning ahead

    Planning ahead

    BAR HARBOR — The 2020 Bar Harbor Music Festival’s 54th Season will run from Sunday, June 28 to Sunday, July 26. The festival will celebrate the music of Beethoven, 2020 being the 250th anniversary of his birth. Visit

  • ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Criterion

    ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Criterion

    BAR HARBOR — The Bangor-based Robinson Ballet will perform the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Criterion Theatre. “We are very excited to return to the Criterion Theatre this year for ‘The Nutcracker,’” said Stevie McGary, artistic director of Robinson Ballet. “We are lucky to have the chance