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Amid grief, a meditation on love See Karen Vachon, page 4
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PORTLAND’S DAILY NEWSPAPER
Hotel developer unveils bid to build on Congress Square Plaza — See the story, page 7 The sweet smell of spring
‘Progeny’ wins with artistic themes See page 5
Connor accused of ‘financial selfdealing’ See page 9
Mike Farwell, owner of Uncle’s Farm Stand of Hollis, relishes a brisk and sunny day in Monument Square Wednesday as customers browse his seedlings, jams and jars of honey and syrup. For the second time this season, Farwell set up early in the square. The midweek farmer’s market doesn’t officially start until next week. The Saturday market in Deering Oaks kicks off this weekend. Farwell was joined Wednesday by Alewive’s Brook Farm of Cape Elizabeth and Balfour Farm of Pittsfield. Early spring has been too cold for much production, Farwell said, but that’s normal for Maine, he added. “It’s not starting off too hot like last year when it ruined some of the buds,” Farwell said, referring to a warm start to last spring. “Now it seems like everything is on schedule.” (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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ABOVE AND LEFT: Rehearsals put dancers through their paces for “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” a production at Merrill Auditorium that was described as challenging and emotionally charged. The production comes to the stage Friday at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit https://tickets.porttix.com/public. (TIMOTHY GILLIS PHOTOS)
‘Visual, visceral’: Portland Ballet, Choral Art Society join forces to stage ‘The Armed Man’ By Timothy Gillis
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The Portland Ballet Company and the Choral Art Society are joining forces on Friday, to premier a contemporary work, “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” which those involved in the production described as emotionally charged and raw in its power. The show, which is at 8 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, combines voice and dance in a riveting production on the many phases of war. Nell Shipman, resident choreographer and associate artistic director, played the music by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins so much that it became ingrained in her daily existence. “I live with the music. It’s on all the time, on a loop. Little things start to speak to me. Different pieces of the puzzle start to appear the more I listen to it and the more invested I get,” Shipman said. “There’s a definitely a storyline. It’s not just abstract dancing. There are some main ideas represented. Three women represent life, death and a soldier’s conscience that reappear throughout the piece. Then there’s the soldier in body and the soldier in spirit. There are circumstances surrounding these characters throughout the piece. It’s fairly clear through costume and movement, and what the music is telling you at the time. You come to understand who is who.” She said this is not a “story ballet,” but a journey one takes through some deep and difficult experiences. “I usually choreograph things I know, and I know of war and death, but not firsthand,” Shipman said. “This is a little different for me, in terms of dealing with emotions that are really frightening. So I have to go there, and figure out what it means to me. Ultimately what I have discovered is that I’ve found that this piece is a testament to my faith in the human spirit.” The music of “The Armed Man” has been performed more than 1,000 times around the world, including at Carnegie Hall in New York. Jenkins’ composition was commissioned by the Royal Armouries in the United Kingdom for the Millennium celebrations to honor the victims of the Kosovo War. The piece incorporates texts from a variety of religious and historical sources, including the Catholic mass, the Islamic Call to Prayer, Rudyard Kipling, and a survivor of Hiroshima. When Robert Russell, Choral Art Society music
director, and Eugenia O’Brien, Portland Ballet artistic director, first heard Jenkins’ composition, they concluded it was ideally suited for a choral/ ballet collaboration. The two groups have worked together before, on “Carmina Burana” and Mozart’s “Requiem.” This new collaboration is something transcendent, they say. “This is stunning visually, and provocative in the wake of the Boston Marathon incident,” O’Brien said. “I think that people’s image of ballet takes them down a different path than what we are presenting. It’s the opposite end of the spectrum from ‘Nutcracker,’ in terms of mood and presentation of the movement. The dancer’s ability to convey deeper feelings and thought is really what this whole mood
piece is about. It’s a journey and yet it is no different from watching a movie. You buy into what’s happening in front of you. It’s visual, visceral. The music is glorious. The music is what drives so much of this.” O’Brien, who started the Portland Ballet in 1980, worked with Russell to determine what music worked with both groups in the most effective manner. “It needs to be danceable and evocative to create that dance, and convey a compelling story,” O’Brien said. “If you hear John Williams’ music to ‘Jaws,’ there is no mistaking what’s happening. Nell has taken the music and transported it into the bodies of these dancers. It takes a professional dancer to present the impact of a piece like this.” see BALLET page 8
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Amid grief and violence, a meditation on love
John Lennon’s song lyrics, All you need is love and Ma Bell’s advertising message: Reach out and touch someone have been ringing in my ear all week. I’ve surmised that these simple messages are what is needed most in our world today. I realized this last week when I was in Rome. Our family went to visit our friends; the Gondreau family, from Johnston Rhode Island, whose eightyear-old son, Dominic, disabled with cerebral palsy, was kissed by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square packed with 250,000 people, after the Easter Sunday Mass. This special Pope encounter touched the world over. Happening the week before we arrived, the Gondreau’s were Better with interviewed on several TV netAge works in the U.S. and Europe for four days following the event. The family was asked by the media: Why is it the public can’t get enough of this story? Dominic’s father, Professor Paul Gondreau humbly said that, yes, he was very touched Pope Francis had reached out to his disabled son, but the message was so much more. Pope Francis had reached out to a world of people who suffer in many ways. A woman
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Did the brothers Tsarnaev fail? “Whatever they thought they could ultimately achieve, they’ve already failed,” says President Obama of the Boston Marathon bombers. “They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because as Americans we refuse to be terrorized.” Bostonians did react splendidly. From first responders to folks who gave blood, from hospital staffs to the FBI, ATF and state troopers, from the Boston and Watertown cops to the hostage rescue team that talked Dzhokhar Tsarnaev out of that boat. But did the Brothers Tsarnaev really fail — as terrorists? On Sunday’s talk shows, a subtheme was that this had been the “most successful terrorist attack since 9/11.” For consider what these brothers accomplished. By brazenly exploding two bombs right at the finish line of the marathon, with TV cameras all around, they killed three and injured, wounded and maimed 178 people for all the world to see. Within hours, their atrocity
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had riveted the attention of the nation. Cable channels went wall to wall, as did major networks. By the evening of the attack, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and President Obama had gone live to reassure us they would be apprehended and justice done. Day two, Obama appeared again as the greatest manhunt in U.S. history was underway. On day four, the FBI released photos, imploring citizens to come forward and identify the men in the white and black caps. That evening, the brothers murdered an MIT police officer, hijacked a Mercedes van and engaged in a gunfight with Watertown police that left Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead and
A million people in and around the city of Paul Revere, of the Lexington and Concord patriots, of Bunker Hill, locked their doors and hid inside because a lone armed teenager with pipe bombs was on the loose. his brother a fugitive. On Friday morning, Gov. Patrick went before the cameras to tell a stunned nation he was imposing a lockdown on all of Boston and half a dozen neighboring communities. Red Sox and Bruins games were canceled. A million people in and around the city of Paul Revere, of the Lexington and Concord patriots, of Bunker Hill, locked their doors and hid inside because a lone armed teenager with pipe bombs was on the loose. Boston, said The New York Times, was a “ghost town.” “The scene was extraordinary. see BUCHANAN page 5
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Originals’ ‘Maiden’s Progeny’ dwells on artistic themes As I was still in need of a hefty jacket, the sky was deep blue and thoughts of summer ignited a short, enjoyable road trip to the banks of the roaring Saco River in Bar Mills. Twenty-five minutes straight out on Congress Street is the intimate, charming home of The Originals and their newest production, MAIDEN’S PROGENY: AN AFTERNOON WITH MARY CASSATT, 1906, written by Le Wilhelm. Mary Cassatt was a rare character within the Fine Art world in the late 19th century, an Impressionist, female, American painter living and working on her own terms in Paris, France. The new century had already found Ms. Cassatt exploring her options as a painter, finding her own voice and purpose as, tragically, her eyesight began to fade. This play unfolds on one specific afternoon, the day after the artist Cassatt sat in judgment of her own work, knowing soon her sight would render her unable to be her own critic. Honesty with one’s own work as an artist is difficult, but in the world of Art, others make a living commenting with their opinion and scrutiny. When an English critic invites himself to Ms. Cassatt’s home, the play becomes a “lively debate about the necessity of critics, class and gender politics and the role of the artist in society.” Dana Packard directs this visually stunning production with an Equity cast. Heidi Kendrick, Peter Bloom and Jennifer Porter have created an amazing environment for the action to be enveloped by a Parisian Spring. The set is the studio space within Ms. Cassatt’s Chateau, creating the perfect mix of color, feminine influence, yet a serious platform for work, overlooking the lush gardens dripping in Lilac. Detail within the room is minute including the two huge bay windows and french doors leading to the gardens enhancing the feeling of an airy, lighthearted, long anticipated breath of spring. Quickly, the mood is transformed,
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adding an underlying tension as Ms. Cassatt, played by Jennifer Porter, is introduced, hard at work with a mother and child portrait. Her subject is fellow American Iris Wallace, portrayed by Elisabeth Hardcastle. Dana Packard directs “Maiden’s Progeny,” a visually stunning production with an Equity cast. See this production at the Saco Ms. Porter River Theatre in Bar Mills. (COURTESY PHOTO) brings a wonderful ter on this stage. and let the cards fall where they may. intensity of passion to this character, The major focus of the dialogue A thought sticks with me as Ms. Casexceptional work when describing the within this play is between Ms. Cassatt explains the obstacles of even her judgment of her paintings. The beginsatt, the Artist, and Winford Johnclosest support. In Paris she became ning of the play has the artist behind ston, the visiting English critic. Brian a close friend to Edgar Degas, she an easel working on the Wallace porChamberlain approaches the role of shares his praise of her, “you are very trait and the audience has no doubt in Johnston as charming admirer, helpgood, for a woman.” the authenticity of Ms. Porter’s action; ing to educate and introduce those unfortunately, vocally, she seems outside the inner circle to the artists MAIDEN’S PROGENY plays a weak at times. Linda Shary brings to within. Mr. Chamberlain succeeds in short run through April 27, shows at life the housekeeper and confidant of inhabiting a creature as complex and 7:30 p.m. The Saco River Theatre, Bar Ms. Cassatt, Marie-Ange. Ms. Shary vocal as Ms. Cassatt, constrained as Mills, Maine finds and exploits many humorous well by the social norms of the period Box Office and information, 929moments and gives Marie a bounce and living up to the image of Eng5412 of personally. Ms. Shary’s Marie-Ange lish Gentleman, crusader of “FairI also want to inform all of you not to keeps a great home clean, bakes the Play” in the world. Each actor was miss the Maine Playwrights Festival, lightest pastries and makes a mean also required to learn French and I produced by Mike Levine and Acorn cup of tea, but, if necessary, can be applaud the ease of the language on Productions, hosted by the St. Lawa loyal bulldog and enforcer. Even stage. I have no idea if any or all the rence performing center on Munjoy though the year is 1906 and the Wild actors could speak it before being cast. HIll, Portland. The festival runs West is a fading memory relived in Mary Cassatt played a man’s game through the first weekend of May. paperback novels, Marie hopes to get and was successful because she perto America to see Cowboys and “naked severed in the face of being told, NO. (Harold Withee is a member of red men.” Ms. Shary is a joy to encounShe didn’t ask permission, she just did Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.)
‘The often-clogged Massachusetts Turnpike was as clear as a bowling lane’ BUCHANAN from page 4
The hub of the universe, as Boston’s popular nickname would have it, was on lockdown from first light until near dark Friday. A massive dragnet for one man had brought a major U.S. city to an absolute standstill. “The people were gone, shops were locked, streets were barren, the trains did not run. The oftenclogged Massachusetts Turnpike was as clear as a bowling lane.” Saturday, all six newspapers this writer receives led with the capture of Dzhokhar. “Frenzied Hunt Paralyzes Boston,” ran the Times banner. TV and print media are still consumed with the brothers, their motives, their travel history, their Chechen background, their Islamic beliefs. And Washington is in a ferocious debate over whether Dzhokhar should be interrogated at length or read his Miranda rights. Each side of the gun control and immigration debates claims the marathon massacre and its aftermath validates their position. On April 15, the day the Tsarnaevs set off the
pressure cooker bombs on Boylston Street, there were 40 bombings and shootings across Iraq that took the lives of 75 and wounded 350. No one in the outside world knows the names of those who set off these bombs, and no one cares. And Baghdad was not locked down. How, then, when these brothers are now as wellknown as Timothy McVeigh, if not Osama bin Laden, and they committed an atrocity that mesmerized America for a week, and they forced a lockdown of one of our greatest cities, can it be said that they failed — as terrorists? Worse may be yet to come. For, just as some of the perpetrators of the Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora and Newtown massacres found inspiration and exemplars in mass murderers before them, so the Brothers Tsarnaev may have shown the way for those who hate us to go out in their own special blaze of glory. All true Americans were with the people of Boston last week. Yet there are individuals to whom these brothers are heroes. Lest we forget. Millions across the Muslim world still believe bin Laden struck a blow for them when he sent those planes into the
World Trade Center. Al-Qaida has been growing and gaining recruits since 9/11 Yet, while Osama targeted the symbols of U.S. economic, military and political power — the Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, the Capitol — the Tsarnaevs hit a “soft target.” They went after innocent people engaged in the purely innocent activity of competing in and watching a sports event. And from the weapons and bombs they were carrying Thursday night, they were prepared to keep on killing, until killed themselves. Suicide-seekers going after soft targets such as ballgames, concerts, malls, parades or school events is something other nations have known but we have largely avoided. Our luck may have run out. Let us pray the Boston Marathon massacre is not the new paradigm for the sick souls within. (Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” To find out more about Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.)
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Events like this leave you perplexed, confused and bewildered with an eight point strap, his arms are in uncontrolled full in the crowd of St. Peter’s shouted out: “Your son is motion; his droopy here to teach the world to love.” head is supported by The message of love for mankind, and reaching a moon shaped pillow; out to the disabled, could not possibly have been you’d have to know more poignant and well timed. Within a day of our him well to underarriving in Rome, news of the Boston Marathon stand the few words bombing stunned the world. With our oldest son that he speaks, but at Emerson College just down the road from the one thing is clearly attack, phone calls and texts were pouring in. The evident, he loves day after the bomb, my son reported how quiet people, and shows it everyone was: “people aren’t talking,” he said. with sounds of joy Events like this leave you perplexed, confused with a big smile. He’s and bewildered. How could two people do so much a trooper. evil? What was going on in their heads and their ABOVE: Eight-year-old Martin Later on in the hearts? And more daunting; to those who knew Richard lost his life as a result day we stopped at a of the Boston bombing. Martin souvenir stand. All had a message to the world. of his siblings made Remembered by his sign, he small purchases; we so proudly held a year ago: No re-grouped showing more hurting people. Peace. our purchases, and RIGHT: Dominic Gondreau met started to move onto the Pope, and a woman in the Join us from 5-9pm our next tour. Dominic crowd of St. Peter’s shouted th cried and was clearly out: “Your son is here to teach the world to love.” (COURTESY upset. We all realized; PHOTOS) we hadn’t gotten him $3.50 will be donated a little trinket. Back for every pizza sold. them, no one suspected them to do such an evil to the shop we went to get him a little rosary ring act. Indeed scary. It causes you to ask: What sufto put on his crooked bent finger. He smiled with Benefit: fering in their life has led them to commit such joy. The souvenir oversight was a reminder of how evil — to kill or harm someone else? Breakwater easy it is, even among those who care so much, to With text and phone messages coming in, we forget to put yourself in their shoes. I realized this School read frequent news feeds on the Internet, while little boy is fully aware of what is going on, trapped pounding the streets of Rome with the Gondreau inside his seriously disabled body; I cannot even 72 Commercial St., Portland, ME family. From churches to ancient Roman ruins, imagine how much he suffers. His mother reminds me: with pizza, gelato, and cappuccino stands in Open Sun. thru Thurs 11:30am–9:00pm, Fri. & Sat. 11:30am–10:00pm he knows life no other way. between, my husband and I were taken by how the It’s far worse to have your life as you know it, Italians reached out to changed by an accident or event that leaves you disDominic. Some recogabled. 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All of these restaurants have devenishwinesgeek.typepad.com, but touch someone today. for big ambitions and most are putting here’s the thinking behind my Pay extra attention to serious money into the build out of the predictions. the needs of the disabled. Their needs can so easily spaces. The combination of more seats, Natural wine is made with as little be overlooked. And, new people with new perspectives, and chemical and technological intervention while you’re at it, sing more money being invested is going to as possible. That means organic farming, John Lennon’s song: All drive more competition and pressure to no weird additives, and little or no you need is love. After sulfur. People care a lot about where stand out. 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Congress Square plans unveiled to city accommodate a band or large rally but is a place where people can go drink a coffee, meet someone, watch passersby and then The developers of the former Eastmove on. land Park Hotel unveiled a new iteraBrennan asked if it would be possible for tion of their plans to annex a portion of the event space to go up a story or down a Congress Square for an events center story to allow for more usable space in the Wednesday night. plaza. The City Council’s Housing and “...Almost anything is possible if there’s Community Development Commitno financial challenges,” Costin said, and tee heard a presentation from Rockthe costs associated with going up or down Bridge Capital — the firm that bought are too much for the project. the Eastland Park and is converting it The plans unveiled at the meeting are the into the Westin Portland Harbor View first ones the city has seen since August. — which discussed the plans to build The developers had presented a tentaa 5,000-square-foot events center but A view of the proposed events facility off the former Eastland Park Hotel and the redesigned Con- tive plan that would use a portion of the still maintain a portion of the existing gress Square Plaza. (Graphic by Canal 5 Studios Courtesy of Rockbridge Capital) park for a ballroom and leave a “pocket square as a public plaza. park” along Congress Street for public use. “This is certainly a substantive and The design of the events center and the plaza will The company’s intentions for the ballroom were credible proposal put on the table,” said Mayor create an inviting gateway into Portland and the entirely separate from the rest of the hotel renovaMichael Brennan. “It’s a great starting point for disArts District, said Costin, unlike Congress Square tion plans. cussion.” today. The Congress Square Redesign Committee did not The $40 million renovation of the Eastland is “Currently, the configuration doesn’t do that and endorse the developers’ plans and preferred the city under way, according to Adam Valente, managing can’t do that,” he said find another way to rehabilitate the neglected park. director of RockBridge Capital, and is on track to be Costin said the events center addition wouldn’t Now that the city has received plans from Rockcompleted in the latter part of 2013. mimic the design of the hotel but instead be more Bridge, those designs will be forwarded to the ConPatrick Costin, of Canal 5 Studio, said the events modern. He said the primary design materials are gress Square Redesign Study Group. The group will center that’s being proposed is a single-story building limestone, glass and wood. review the plans, and make a recommendation on that connects to the hotel, engages the public space “... It’s a very simple building and I think its simthe proposal. and allows for access to the neighboring buildings. plicity is the best strategy.” Once the study group has made its recommendaWith the events center, the public plaza would be Councilor Ed Suslovic asked what the suitable tion on the RockBridge plans, the HCDC will take about 4,200 square feet, according to Costin, and be uses would be for the reduced park since it seems to the matter up, collect public input and either make designed to connect with the neighboring plazas in be designed as a more passive space than one that a recommendation on the plans or create the process front of the Hay building and the Portland Museum can accommodate a band or event. for further review. of Art. Costin said the plaza, as it’s designed, wouldn’t By Craig Lyons THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Take Back the Night returns to raise awareness about sexual violence By Craig Lyons THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
In its continued efforts to raise awareness about sexual violence and support the victims of the crimes, the Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine is hosting the 32nd annual Take Back the Night Rally on Friday. The Take Back the Night rally is set for Friday at 6 p.m. starting in Monument Square, according to a press release, and features a march through downtown Portland, speakers and informational tables. The event will wrap up Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Julia Davidson, of Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine and a member of the rally’s organizing committee, said Take Back the Night is about raising awareness about sexual violence and helping empower the victims of the crime. “The event is about spreading knowledge that the crime is still happening,” she said. Davidson said there are still a lot of myths about sexual violence, such as the false notion that many of the crime reports made are false. She said many reports of sexual assault aren’t made because victims aren’t comfortable talking about what happened to them, and incidents don’t lead to an arrest or prosecution. Davidson said the
theme for the rally is “It Takes a Community” and that centers around the need for bystanders to get involved when witnessing incidents involving sexual assault and prevent them. She said it’s about creating a culture of not accepting behavior that leads to sexual violence. The Clothesline Project will be on display during the rally, according to Davidson — a collection of T-shirts and peace flags that have a message about sexual violence written on them. Take Back the Night is being co-sponsored by SARSSM and the Portland Police Department with
additional support from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Maine Trans Net, Midtown Community Policing Center, the Portland School Board, the University of Southern Maine Campus Safety Project, the University of Southern Maine Women and Gender Studies Program, Family Crisis Services and the Preble Street Teen Center. In the event of rain on Friday, Take Back the Night will be held at 443 Congress St., in the thirdfloor gallery space. For more information, visit http://www.sarsonline. org.
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Russell, Choral Art Society music director and music teacher at the University of Southern Maine for 34 years, will conduct the performance. “It’s an extraordinary composition with a wide range of musical styles and musical emotions: the whole notion of the excitement of war, the thrill of battle, the horror of the aftermath, a possibility of peace. As recently as a century ago in Britain, there was a notion that you had to go to war to keep the peace,” said Russell, who began working with the 50 singers in earnest last month. “What really grabs me about the music is the range of emotions that the conductor touches,” he said. “And what really strikes me about Shipman’s choreography is how she has looked to the heart of the music for the message the music and the text is conveying. What she’s created is, to me, extraordinary. It makes the experience that much richer for the dance movements that are added to the music. It’s taken our imagination and our interest.” The costumes for the performance were painted by Alpha Rickard Clemons IV, a tattoo artist from Poland, Maine, to represent death and life. Each costume took 12 to 15 hours to make. Preceding the musical event, there will be five personal accounts of war, including the WWII bombing of Dresden, as seen through the eyes of Michael Bachem, who was then a small German boy. “I lived close to Dresden,” Bachem said. “I was five years old. My story isn’t one about the horrors of war; mine is quite different. There’s a light on the horizon; it’s hopeful and positive. That was the basic the thrust — to not celebrate heroic deeds, but the resilience of people and the
Nell Shipman, resident choreographer and associate artistic director, looks at a dress rehearsal for “A Mass for Peace.” (TIMOTHY GILLIS PHOTO)
hope of the future.” Bachem, who came to the U.S. in 1961, is retired from Miami University of Ohio, where he taught German and folklore. “We didn’t really know what was going on,” Bachem said of the Dresden bombing. “All we knew was it was just another day. There were air raids going on every day.” The youngest of six children, Bachem said his older brothers and sisters didn’t explain these things in adult terms. “As you will hear, my memories are all basically of having been sheltered and protected by my family.” Now manager of the Choral Arts Society, he will be joined on stage before the music by Peggy
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Connor attorney: ‘It’s an unfortunate personal attack’ by Press Herald, parent company MTM By Bob Higgins David Carkhuff
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In a letter to current employees of the Portland Press Herald, CEO and publisher of parent company Maine Today Media, Lisa DeSisto, gave information that the insurer for the company had written a check to cover “unauthorized” funds allegedly taken from the company by former publisher Richard Connor. The letter stated, “After an extensive review of documents and interviews with current and former employees, Travelers Casualty & Surety Company recently paid MTM $537,988.68 (minus $50,000.00 deductible) under the company’s Connor employee theft insurance policy as a result of funds former CEO Richard Connor took from the company for unauthorized personal use during his twenty-seven months with the company.” Accusations of financial mismanagement plagued the exit of Connor, who left the company in October of 2011. Among the items discovered by the insurance company forensic accounting team were the following; •$287,224.78 in unauthorized salary increases and bonuses. •$90,381.32 in unauthorized personal expenses charged to MTM company credit cards. •$70,352.49 in unauthorized payment of personal American Express card bills with MTM funds. •$36,089.74 in unauthorized compensation for and use of company automobiles, including the purchase of a new Chevy Suburban for his son three days after he started at MTM. •$22,940.35 in unauthorized handwritten checks drafted by or at the direction of Connor for items including home landscaping, personal dental work and a $6,000.00 Camden vacation rental. •$16,000.00 in unauthorized use of company funds to pay for another Camden vacation rental. •$10,000.00 in an unauthorized wire transfer to Connor. •And $5,000.00 in claim expense. Connor, in a statement to the Press Herald, stated that he believes “they’re wrong, and they’re lying.” He went further to suggest that the issue would eventually be resolved in his favor. DiSisto in Wednesday’s letter to employees stated, “Mr. Connor was able to conceal his activity for as long as he did partly because company officers charged with financial oversight and reporting were frequently replaced. In fact, the former CEO
went through four chief financial officers in just over two years. When the former Board of Directors finally selected and installed its own, trusted CFO it was only a matter of a few months before Mr. Connor’s financial self-dealing was uncovered and he was out as CEO.” A year ago, another past employer took issue with Connor’s management. Connor “engaged in a pattern of causing The Times Leader to transfer cash to him for personal use and causing The Times Leader to satisfy personal credit card charges,” alleged a lawsuit filed by Wilkes-Barre Publishing LLC of Pennsylvania against its former CEO in 2012. Connor, the suit argued, acknowledged the debts, some $250,123, but never repaid them, according to a story in the Citizens Voice newspaper. DiSisto referred to this legal action, writing, “We are advised that there is the possibility of further legal action on these issues and as a result, we are limited in our ability to provide additional information at this time. However, we did feel it was important to share this information with many of you who lived through that very difficult, uncertain period. You should know that we have aggressively, successfully recouped and reinvested nearly a half a million dollars.” Peter Bennett, president of the Bennett Law Firm in Portland and an attorney who is representing Connor, said the Portland Press Herald did not divulge the full story about Connor. “It’s an unfortunate personal attack, the unfortunate part besides it being an attack is that a great deal of the story is omitted,” Bennett said in an interview Wednesday. “When Rich Connor came on board, it was understood that he was being asked to not only run three newspapers in Maine that were in turnaround mode but also continue to run the media property in Pennsylvania, that he was going to have to be going back and forth to two places and living in two places,” Bennett said. “Along the way there were expenses and some of what we believe Travelers paid were legitimate business expenses,” Bennett continued. There were other expenses related to his travel, and other expenses that were in “the form of an executive perk, not that he wasn’t going to have to pay the money back or account for it, but that he would be given leeway,” Bennett said. “None of what he did was hidden from anyone’s view, none of this was done nefariously, and he had taken steps in 2011 to start working on truing up the portion that would be his responsibility. That’s the gist of what went on here. Unfortunately, the largest newspaper in the state can spin the story any way they wish,” he said. Saying he had not read the DiSisto letter in full, Bennett said he could not comment on a legal response. “We’ll take a look at it and figure out what to do next. Why they decided to do this at this time is beyond me,” Bennett said, referring to the Portland Press Herald. The insurance company
sale by the Seattle Times’ Blethen family in 2008. Following Connor’s tenure in Portland, investor Donald Sussman, husband of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, brokered a deal for an ownership stake in the company. Bennett said Connor continues running Foster’s Daily Democrat based in Dover, N.H. and is still living in Falmouth.
responded to a claim without consulting Connor, Bennett added. “Travelers never even spoke to the man before they paid what they paid on the claim,” he said. Not being directly involved in the Pennsylvania lawsuit, Bennett said he could not comment on it. Connor came on the scene after the Portland Press Herald was put up for
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to your ideas is truly special and will be cherished as such. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As your guiding planet pulls across the sky from the sun, you might be tempted to do whatever it takes to reach a goal. Take a step back and think about this. A righteous process is the ultimate success. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The reason you go forward with duties you aren’t particularly thrilled to carry out is that you know a valuable secret: The bigger life happens beyond the small world of what you want to do. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your understanding of human motivation and behavior will save you from a hassle -- that is if you act on what you instinctively know. Don’t be swayed by strong personalities. Stand up for yourself. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 25). Your limited view of yourself will be challenged this year. You’ll rip up the plan and love how your life follows a natural course through the next seven weeks. Then it’s back to the drawing board, and a new goal shapes your decisions. August brings the first in a series of small victories that add up to an October prize. Cancer and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers: 6, 4, 33, 12 and 30.
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, April 25, the 115th day of 2013. There are 250 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 25, 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she’d written expressing concern about possible nuclear war; Andropov reassured Samantha that the Soviet Union did not want war, and he invited her to visit his country, a trip Samantha made the following July. On this date: In 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term “America,” in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci (vehs-POO’-chee). In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine. In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal. In 1862, during the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured the city of New Orleans. In 1898, the United States formally declared war on Spain. In 1901, New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signed an automobile registration bill which imposed a 15 mph speed limit on highways. In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli (guh-LIHP’-uh-lee) Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war. In 1944, the United Negro College Fund was founded. In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe (EL’-beh) River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. In 1972, Polaroid Corp. introduced its SX-70 folding camera, which ejected self-developing photographs. Actor George Sanders was found dead in his hotel room near Barcelona, Spain; he was 65. In 1993, hundreds of thousands of gay rights activists and their supporters marched in Washington, D.C., demanding equal rights and freedom from discrimination. Ten years ago: The Pentagon announced that Army Secretary Thomas White, whose tenure as civilian chief of the military’s largest service was marked by tensions with his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was leaving office. Five years ago: Three New York police detectives were acquitted in the 50-shot killing of Sean Bell, an unarmed groom-to-be, on his wedding day. One year ago: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Arizona’s tough immigration law. (A divided court later threw out major parts of the law.) The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery. (The House didn’t pass a bill.)
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King appeals for bipartisanship in maiden speech in U.S. Senate Daily Sun Staff Report In his first major address on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, appealed to his colleagues to rise above the partisan divide to find solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems, according to a press release from King’s office following the Wednesday speech. The first Independent from Maine elected to the U.S. Senate, King called on his colleagues “to abandon the gridlock and ideological entrenchment that has pervaded Congress in King recent years,” the press release noted. “Our failure to act is a disservice to those who built what we have inherited,” King said in the “maiden” speech. “We have to understand that each generation must meet its own challenges and redefine this question with our eyes open to practical
effects, without blinders of absolutism or ideology. As I look back on history, the great accomplishments of this body, the great accomplishments of this government, have rarely, if ever, been victories for one side or the other. Instead, they’ve been based upon hard-fought battles and grudging compromise; recognition of national needs, along with local interests, and a willingness to honor our most basic charge: to form a more perfect union. I hope, in a small way, to contribute to this search for solutions that are practical and effective.” King also underscored the importance of moderation in problem solving, saying: “There’s no right answer. It can’t be all one or the other; neither side has exactly the right response. We shouldn’t be an uncontrolled central government, and we shouldn’t be a government that’s so dispersed that we can’t do anything. The tension is hard-wired into our system, but I think it helps us to find balanced policy.” In closing, King quoted President Lincoln to urge his colleagues to think in new terms as the 113th
Congress wrestles with significant challenges: “We live in a time of accelerating change, and Mr. President, almost exactly one hundred and fifty years ago, our greatest President sent a message to Congress in the midst of the greatest crisis this country has ever faced. His message was about change and about how to deal with change — and was [meant] to try to shake Congress out of the lethargy of politics as usual, because we were in the midst of the Civil War. … Here’s what Abraham Lincoln said: ‘The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and therefore we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.’ And here’s the key line: ‘We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.’ We must disenthrall ourselves; think in new and different ways — and then, we shall save our country.” King, former governor of Maine, was elected last November to fill a seat long held by Republican Olympia Snowe.
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7 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., paving work will be underway on Pearl Street from Oxford Street to Lancaster Street. As a result, this section of Pearl Street will be closed to all traffic and detours will be place. Access to Whole Foods will remain open.“
Architalx: Matthias Hollwich
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Portland Museum of Art, Architalx, Matthias Hollwich, “Personality.” Hollwich is principal of HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), New York, N.Y. www.HWKN.com. “Matthias Hollwich, SBA, is a registered European Architect, and cofounder and principal of HWKN and cofounder of Architizer. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN.” Architalx is an annual lecture series that showcases leaders in the architecture and design fields. $10 at the door, visit Architalx.org for details. Also, http://www. portlandmuseum.org/events/lectures.php
Climate Change Adaptation
7:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Climate Change Adaptation: The Maine Response to Planning, Economic, & Engineering Challenges at Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, 34 Bedford St., Portland. “How is climate change affecting Maine’s communities and what challenges will we face? The Maine Legislature is considering a bill that would require the state to resume work on an adaptation plan to address looming climate change problems. This timely panel will discuss how they are measuring the likely impacts of climate change and planning for needed infrastructure changes. Real world examples will be used to show how to design and build infrastructure — some of which may be underwater — in the face of various climate scenarios. George Jacobson, Maine State Climatologist & Professor Emeritus, Climate Change Institute & School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine; Jonathan ‘J.T.’ Lockman, AICP, Vice President of Environmental Planning, Catalysis Adaptation Partners, LLC; Ryan Wingard, PE, Project Manager, Wright Pierce.”
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CLYNK for Art School Competition
9 a.m. “More than 350 Maine students in grades K-12 entered the first-ever CLYNK for Art School Competition by creating artwork to inspire recycling. CLYNK, the Maine company that makes it easy to recycle and make a difference, recently announced the six winners: Colby Frost from George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish; Kayleigh Therriault from Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock; Maija Jacobs from Westbrook Middle School in Westbrook; Ellie McGee from Mount Desert Middle School in Mount Desert; Senna Bui from South Portland High School in South Portland; Emma Jordan from South Portland High School in South Portland. Each student’s artwork will be displayed on a huge, mobile canvas — the side of one of five CLYNK trucks that pick up bottles and cans at CLYNK locations in Hannaford stores. Each winning entry was also awarded $250 to support school art programs. Visit www.clynk.com/art to view the students’ artwork online. CLYNK trucks are being unveiled at the winning artists’ schools over the next few weeks. On Thursday, April 25 at 9 a.m., all the students at George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish will watch as Colby Frost’s winning piece is revealed. It will be a memorable birthday present for the fourth grader who will be turning ten that day. ... On Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m., South Portland High School will recognize its two winning student artists Emma Jordan and Senna Bui, both eleventh graders. With help from ecology teacher Tania Ferrante, South Portland H.S. students are active in environmental initiatives, including recycling, composting for the school garden, and zero waste awareness week.” To learn more, visit www.clynk.com/art.
Protest at Portland Housing Authority
3 p.m. “On Thursday afternoon April 25 at 3 p.m., the Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA), an organization of social workers, students, and consumers of social service, will join students at the University of Southern Maine in a protest at the Portland Housing Authority on 14 Baxter Boulevard. SWAA and students are targeting the lack of governmental action on a severe housing crisis which effects primarily working class and lower income people. Homelessness in the Portland area is at record highs, and reported openings in housing vouchers only a week ago led to large number of families (perhaps close to a thousand) to wait on line. But this is not just a Portland problem.”
The Guatemala Collection
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception for The Guatemala Collection and the publication of “Distilling the Influence of Alcohol” at the University of Southern Maine sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS); live music; refreshments; the public is invited. 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, Glickman Family Library, sixth floor, 314 Forest Ave., University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. With more than 10,000 Latinos living and working in the state, Maine’s relationship to Latin America, and particularly to Guatemala, is a growing one. Guatemalans work in Maine’s forests and blueberry fields; the Maine National Guard in the past has been sent to Guatemala; and several Maine charities, such as Safe Passage, headquartered in Yarmouth, have focused on their attention on this Central American country. On Thursday, April 25, USM’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS) and USM’s Special Collections will recognize the university’s receipt of a rich trove of Guatemalan archival materials. ... As part of the opening there will be brief
“Maine: The Wilder Half of New England” by William David Barry is described as “... an accurate, articulate, informative, insightful and visually attractive account of Maine for the twenty-first century” by Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., Maine State Historian. Barry will speak about his book at the Brown Bag Lecture Series held in the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium on Wednesday, May 1 at noon. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) talks related to the exhibition of materials from The Guatemala Collection: Government and Church Documents for Sacatepéquez: 1587-1991, which culminates four years of work by USM students Chriss Sutherland and Lucas Desmond who were responsible for arranging and describing the collection. Some of the documents from this collection informed the new publication Distilling the ‘Influence of Alcohol,’ edited by David Carey Jr., USM Professor of History and CAHS Associate Dean.”
Women in the Arab Awakening
5:30 p.m. Wishcamper Center Room 102, University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. “The World Affairs Council of Maine is pleased to welcome Dr. Haleh Esfandiari to Portland to speak on women in the Arab Awakening. Two years into the Arab Spring, women feel marginalized. Despite the contributions that women made to the successful outcome of the Arab revolutions, the agenda for the empowerment of women is being gradually eroded. Women’s participation and presence is being challenged in the political, social, and economic arenas. Women’s legal rights are under siege. Their safety and security are becoming a pressing issue, and as the public space is becoming more dangerous for women, the scope of women ‘s activities is growing more limited. Haleh Esfandiari will discuss these topics and more at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus on April 25th at 5:30 p.m. Registration required. Biography: Haleh Esfandiari is a distinguished Iranian-American scholar and Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is the former deputy secretary general of the Women’s Organization of Iran, and also worked in Iran as a journalist. Her memoir, My Prison, My Home, based on her 2007 detention in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison, was published in 2009. She is also the author of Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran’s Islamic Revolution.”
‘The Healthcare Movie’ at UNE
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. University of New England. “‘The Healthcare Movie’ is a 65-minute documentary that tells the story of how our Canadian neighbors fought for health care for everyone in Canada, and how the United States health care system evolved to be so different. The film is narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, the grandson of the ‘father of Canadian health care,’ Tommy Douglas. UNE College of Medicine student chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and Maine AllCare are co-sponsoring a screening of ‘The Healthcare Movie’ on Thursday, April 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WCHP Lecture Hall on the UNE Westbrook College Campus, 716 Stevens Avenue in Portland. Meet the film’s producers Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg at 5:30, to learn more about the story behind ‘The Healthcare Movie,’ and about their next project. ‘The Healthcare Movie’ will be shown at 6
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food writer Alana Chernila will visit The Telling Room in Portland, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to teach a food writing workshop for adults. Chernila is the author of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making, named one of the best cookbooks of 2012 by Epicurious, The Daily Meal, Serious Eats, and Culture Magazine. The class is $50, or $35 for active Telling Room volunteers. Part of The Telling Room’s Night Owl Series of adult workshops, the class will use discussion, writing prompts, and snacking prompts to investigate the process of bringing stories to life around the meals that feed us. This workshop is both for those wanting to jump into food writing and those who enjoy writing about food in the context of their fiction or non-fiction work. Visit tellingroom.org to register.
Little Black Dress Event for Goodwill
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Goodwill Industries of Northern New England will hold its second annual Little Black Dress Event on Thursday, April 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Ocean Gateway(14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland). It is an evening that celebrates everyone’s favorite little black dress, while raising funds to benefit veterans and their families. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live music from The Wetsuits and live and silent auction items. Goodwill will also feature a boutique store, where guests will have the opportunity to pick up affordable jewelry, shawls, handbags and other accessories. Proceeds will help Goodwill meet the needs of veterans and their families. Together, with a committee of veterans and other experts, we are working to help these families meet immediate needs, connect to available resources and move forward. Tickets for the event are $35 each or two for $60 and are available online at www.goodwillnne.org or by calling 774-6323.”
Electrifying Maine with Central Maine Power
6:30 p.m. Moderator: CMP Line Trainer Nick Vermette, Maine Historical Society. “Linemen, technologists, and others work around the clock to keep electricity flowing safely throughout Maine. Line Trainer Nick Vermette moderates a panel that includes current and veteran Central Maine Power employees. They’ll discuss and tell stories about what it takes to keep the grid going, tools and technologies, responding to storms and major outages, service calls in years past, and how they keep us safe. Panelists include: Teresa Lang, Customer Service Supervisor; Jim Wright, Transmission Supervisor; and retired repairman, Andy DeBiasio.” http:// www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml
Augusten Burroughs at PPL
7 p.m. SPECIAL TIME AND DAY. “This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t” with Augusten Burroughs. “If you’re fat and fail every diet, if you’re thin but can’t get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can’t get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it’s your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don’t want to have sex with your spouse and don’t know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you’re lost in life. If you have ever wondered, How am I supposed to survive this? This is How.” “Portland Public Library‘s Brown Bag Lecture series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine.” The series is held every other Wednesday in the Rines Auditorium, usually from noon-1 p.m. with a book signing held afterward. This one is being held on a special time and day. “Complimentary coffee is generously provided by Coffee By Design and cookies are donated by Whole Foods Market. Longfellow Books provides books for sale to be signed by the author. Please see a complete listing at www.portlandlibrary.com.” see next page
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‘Palestinian Journalists and the Making of U.S. News’
7 p.m. Tufts assistant professor Amahl Bishara, a Palestinian-American, will give a public lecture/slide/video presentation on a rarely discussed aspect of the Israel/Palestine conflict: ‘Palestinian Journalists and the Making of U.S. News: An Unlikely Collaboration.’ Thursday, April 25, Wishcamper Center, 44 Bedford St., room 133, University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. “Sponsored by a coalition of peace and justice, religious, and academic organizations. Q/A session will follow the talk. Light refreshments will be provided. Professor Bishara’s talk, based on her book ‘Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics,’ argues that American press coverage of the Israel/ Palestine conflict depends upon the skills and dedication of Palestinian journalists who work with U.S. journalists. She details the daily struggles of these Palestinians and the risks they take to do their jobs, even as they lack control over the final product. She also challenges the notion of journalistic objectivity, not only for the personally engaged Palestinian, but also for the foreign correspondent, the supposed ‘neutral outsider.’” FMI: 239-8060; email@example.com
Skywarn training sessions
7 p.m. “The National Weather Service in Gray relies on weather reports from local weather observers across numerous communities in New Hampshire and western Maine. Our observers help us determine how severe a storm is, how much snow or rain has fallen, or how quickly our streams and creeks are rising. In addition, the National Weather Service relies on volunteer weather observers who on a daily basis take temperature and precipitation measurements to monitor our climate.” Latest Skywarn training sessions include Gorham Recreation Dept., 75 South St. (Enter from Ballpark Road), April 25, 7 p.m.; South Portland, Wednesday, May 1, American Legion Hall, 413 Broadway. http://www.weather.gov/gyx/skywarn_skywarn.htm
Lust, Lies & Rocket Ships
7:30 p.m. “The Maine Playwright’s Festival kicks off two weeks of performances Thursday night at the St. Lawrence Theater with ‘WANT/NOT’ a new play by local playwright Cullen McGough. ‘WANT/NOT’ traces the journey of a modern American family: broke, dysfunctional, and plagued by the shadows of the Iraq/Afganistan wars. Mature subject matter. 7:30 curtain. $5.”
USM Department of Theatre’s ‘Orlando’
7:30 p.m. The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre presents the Maine premiere of “Orlando” — adapted from the Virginia Woolf novel by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Meghan Brodie. “In the hands of playwright Sarah Ruhl, Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending satire becomes a lavish pageant of sex, style, and soul. Orlando, a man born during Shakespeare’s time, lives and loves through six centuries without aging and — fantastically — transforms into a woman along the way. This play is like a dream — strange, beautiful and not easily forgotten. Performances are in the Russell Hall auditorium on the Gorham campus, April 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. April 21, 24 and 28 at 5 p.m. and April 23 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult: $15, Student: $8, Senior: $11, USM Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $11 $5@five Show: April 24 at 5 p.m., all seats $5. For more information on show times and tickets call the USM Theatre Box Office at780.5151 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/theatre to purchase tickets online.”
‘Maiden’s Progeny’ by The Originals
7:30 p.m. The Originals present “Maiden’s Progeny,” an afternoon with Mary Cassatt,1906.” Saco River Theatre, April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee, April 21, 2:30 p.m. “‘It was high time that someone wrote a play about Mary Cassatt, the only American member of the original Impressionist coterie of artists, and Le Wilhelm has met the challenge with flying colors with Maiden’s Progeny...’ — Frank Winship — UPI. This intelligent and affecting play takes the audience to Cassatt’s chateau outside Paris on a warm spring afternoon, to witness a spirited showdown between the passionate and quick-witted Cassatt (Jennifer Porter) and Wynford Johnston (Brian Chamberlain) a good natured, if somewhat prejudiced art critic. He has barged into Cassatt’s home, hoping for an end to the estrangement he has encountered from artists after the publication of his latest book. What follows is a lively debate about the necessity of critics, class and gender politics and the role of the artist in society. Never descending into a lecture play, Maiden’s Progeny is a shimmering, enchanting piece that explores rich ideas and emotions and a burgeoning friendship between two adversaries. Directed by Dana Packard, and featuring Linda Shary as Marie Ange, Cassatt’s servant and friend, and Elisabeth Hardcastle as Iris Wallace, who, along with her child, has become the model for Cassatt’s latest work.” Adm. $20 — Adults, $18 — Students and Srs. Thursday, April 25 is pay-what-you-can. Call early for reser-
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The 12th annual Maine Playwrights Festival
7:30 p.m. St. Lawrence Arts Center. The 12th annual Maine Playwrights Festival features two schedules of short plays, an evening of 2-minute plays and monologues, a staged reading of a full-length play, and the 24-Hour Portland Theater Project. April 25 to May 6. To Purchase Tickets online please visit http://www.acorn-productions.org/ Playwrighttxs.html. Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.: Want/ Not by Cullen McGough (staged reading). Free of charge, $5 donation encouraged. Schedule A: Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.: Beating the Odds; Saturday, April 27, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Take Two. Sunday April 28, 5 p.m.: Beating the Odds. Schedule B: Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.: The Perils of Company; Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.: The Perils of Company; Saturday, May 4, 4 p.m.: The Perils of Company.Schedule A: Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.: Beating the Odds; Sunday, May 5, 7 p.m.: 24-hour Portland Theater Project. Tickets are $15/Adults; $12/Students and Seniors. $10 All Ages for 24-hour Theater Project. Festival Passes (valid for all four schedules): $45/Adults; $40/Students and Seniors. All Day Pass (valid Saturday, May 4 for both shows): $25/Adults; $20/Students and Seniors.” http://www.stlawrencearts.org
Friday, April 26 USM ‘Thinking Matters’ conference
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Want to know the best way to collect solar energy? What about significant contributions to photojournalism? Are you interested in protecting gray wolves? This small sample shows the wide variety of topics that University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College students researched during the past year and will present during USM’s annual ‘Thinking Matters’ conference on Friday, April 26. This year, many of the projects focused on ways to improve the lives of Mainers. Friday, on USM’s Portland campus, poster and mixed-media presentations will be held in the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oral presentations will run from noon4:30 p.m. in classrooms on the second floor of Payson Smith Hall. The event is free and open to the public, with free parking available in USM’s parking garage off Bedford Street. Since 2003, ‘Thinking Matters’ has fostered opportunities for students to collaborate with their professors on research projects and allowed students to present their work in an academic conference setting. Now, students and faculty from Southern Maine Community College have joined the conference.” For more information, visit: http:// usm.maine.edu/research/thinkingmatters.
CLYNK for Art School Competition in SoPo
11 a.m. “More than 350 Maine students in grades K-12 entered the first-ever CLYNK for Art School Competition by creating artwork to inspire recycling. CLYNK, the Maine company that makes it easy to recycle and make a difference, recently announced the six winners: Colby Frost from George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish; Kayleigh Therriault from Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock; Maija Jacobs from Westbrook Middle School in Westbrook; Ellie McGee from Mount Desert Middle School in Mount Desert; Senna Bui from South Portland High School in South Portland; Emma Jordan from South Portland High School in South Portland. Each student’s artwork will be displayed on a huge, mobile canvas — the side of one of five CLYNK trucks that pick up bottles and cans at CLYNK locations in Hannaford stores. Each winning entry was also awarded $250 to support school art programs. Visit www.clynk.com/art to view the students’ artwork online. CLYNK trucks are being unveiled at the winning artists’ schools over the next few weeks. On Thursday, April 25 at 9 a.m., all the students at George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish will watch as Colby Frost’s winning piece is revealed. It will be a memorable birthday present for the fourth grader who will be turning ten that day. ... On Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m., South Portland High School will recognize its two winning student artists Emma Jordan and Senna Bui, both eleventh graders. With help from ecology teacher Tania Ferrante, South Portland H.S. students are active in environmental initiatives, including recycling, composting for the school garden, and zero waste awareness week.” To learn more, visit www.clynk.com/art.
Maine Artists Collective
noon to 4 p.m. “Although it sounds like a computer art show, members of the Maine Artists Collective (MAC) are opening their artistic windows to let fresh impressions in. This exhibit, which runs from April 26 to May 30, at Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., Portland, is a window of opportunity for artists to present new work or re-imagine their old work.” http://www.constellationart.com
Extension vegetable gardening course
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The University of Maine Cooperative
Extension is scheduled to present a five-session vegetable gardening course this spring on Friday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Falmouth. The first session is planned for Friday, April 26. The course is designed for serious gardeners and those individuals new to the Maine climate. It will include classroom, hands-on activities, problem solving, and field sessions. The course will address garden planning, season extension, applied soil science, water issues, and the effective management of weeds, insects, wildlife and diseases. The fee to participate in the course is $50 per person and includes a handy reference notebook for gardeners. Partial scholarships are available to those for whom the fee is a hardship. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Extension at 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (Maine only) or andrea.herr@ maine.edu or see the website http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/vegetable-gardening-course/zb1
Happy Trails Big Bash
5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Happy Trails Big Bash & Silent Auction to benefit Portland Trails at the Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland. Tickets are $35 ($25 for Portland Trails members), or 10 tickets for $250 for nonmembers (includes free membership) and $200 for members. “Portland Trails’ Happy Trails Big Bash & Silent Auction is a perennial favorite party to welcome in the warm days of spring and summer with live music, fun games, and great food. This year the bash will have a Cuban flavor, with the Salsa rhythms of traditional Cuban music group Primo Cubano, and hors d’oeuvres with a Cuban/ Spanish flavor. The party starts off at 5:30 with music, M.C. Ethan Minton from WCLZ, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar, at the Portland Club on State Street. When the auction closes at 8 guests will have a chance to shoot pool in the elegant Portland Club Billiards Room or participate in a Cake or Case Walk — a game where winners can win cakes or cases of beer!.”
Take Back the Night March and Rally
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Ending sexual violence in Maine starts with recognizing that the entire Maine community has a responsibility in preventing it. The 32nd annual Take Back the Night March and Rally — which addresses community engagement about the issue — will take place on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in Monument Square. The rain location will be the PPNNE 3rd floor gallery space at 443 Congress St. The theme for the evening, “It Takes a Community: To Stop Rape, To Allow Rape, To Heal…What have YOU Done?” will set the tone for marchers as they walk from Monument Square, through the Old Port and back, accompanied by police escort. Upon return, survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones will be invited to share their stories and experiences.” The event is free and open to people of all genders. For more information, please contact Angela Giordano, Prevention Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 828.1035, ext. 108.
Autism awareness fundraising event in Sanford
7 p.m. Autism awareness fundraising event in Sanford. Sanford Elks Lodge, 13 Elm St. Prizes include $350 saltwater fishing trip from Stone Coast Anglers; $300 one-night stay and breakfast at the Nonantum Resort; $300 Adirondack chair and footrest from Lowery’s Lawn and Patio; $170, two tickets to see Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels Band. Over $3,200 in prizes, only $10 each, 30 chances to win in raffle. Purchase chance auction tickets from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entertainment by DJ Dick Fredette; for more information, call Al at 324-8184.
USM Department of Theatre’s ‘Orlando’
7:30 p.m. The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre presents the Maine premiere of “Orlando” — adapted from the Virginia Woolf novel by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Meghan Brodie. Performances are in the Russell Hall auditorium on the Gorham campus, April 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. April 21, 24 and 28 at 5 p.m. and April 23 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult: $15, Student: $8, Senior: $11, USM Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $11 $5@five Show: April 24 at 5 p.m., all seats $5. For more information on show times and tickets call the USM Theatre Box Office at780.5151 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/theatre to purchase tickets online.”
Carolyn Gage plays at Acorn Studio Theatre
7:30 p.m. “Warrior women are the subject of the two oneact plays by Carolyn Gage opening at the Acorn Studio Theatre this month. Acorn Productions, in collaboration with Cauldron & Labrys Women’s Productions, is producing ‘Little Sister’ and ‘Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist,’ opening on Friday, April 12 and running through Sunday, April 28. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The plays will be followed by a talkback with the playwright and the actors after the Sunday performances. Tickets for the evening of one-acts are $15 ($12 For students and seniors) and may be purchased at the Acorn website at http://www.acorn-productions.org/. For more information, call 854-0065.” see next page
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‘Maiden’s Progeny’ by The Originals
7:30 p.m. The Originals present “Maiden’s Progeny,” an afternoon with Mary Cassatt,1906.” Saco River Theatre, April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, at 7:30 p.m. Adm. $20 — Adults; $18 — Students and Srs. Thursday, April 25 is pay-what-youcan. Call early for reservations, 929-5412. Tickets available online at www.sacorivertheatre.org
12th annual Maine Playwrights Festival
7:30 p.m. St. Lawrence Arts Center. The 12th annual Maine Playwrights Festival features two schedules of short plays, an evening of 2-minute plays and monologues, a staged reading of a full-length play, and the 24-Hour Portland Theater Project. April 25 to May 6. To Purchase Tickets online please visit http://www. acorn-productions.org/Playwrighttxs.html. Free of charge, $5 donation encouraged. Schedule A: Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.: Beating the Odds; Saturday, April 27, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Take Two. Sunday April 28, 5 p.m.: Beating the Odds. Schedule B: Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.: The Perils of Company; Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.: The Perils of Company; Saturday, May 4, 4 p.m.: The Perils of Company.Schedule A: Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.: Beating the Odds; Sunday, May 5, 7
p.m.: 24-hour Portland Theater Project. Tickets are $15/Adults; $12/Students and Seniors. $10 All Ages for 24-hour Theater Project. Festival Passes (valid for all four schedules): $45/Adults; $40/Students and Seniors. All Day Pass (valid Saturday, May 4 for both shows): $25/Adults; $20/Students and Seniors.” http://www.stlawrencearts.org
‘The Drowsy Chaperone’
8 p.m. April 12 at 8 p.m. until April 27 at 8 p.m. Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland. www.lyricmusictheater.org. “A show for every true musical theater fan, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ burst onto the Broadway scene in 2006. An homage to 1920’s jazz-age shows, the show begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan puts his favorite cast album on his record player and takes the audience along for the ride.” http://www.lyricmusictheater.org
‘The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace’
8 p.m. “The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace” at Merrill Auditorium. “Portland Ballet and the Choral Art Society collaborate to bring this masterpiece to the stage, with live orchestra and world premiere choreography by Nell Shipman. This collaboration follows in the footsteps of productions Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Requiem.” Tickets are available through porttix.com
Stephanie Mains of Portland browses tables of flowers at the Portland Farmer’s Market in Monument Square during a recent season. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
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