It's a tradition dating back to the 1930s, and for many moviegoers, it still eclipses the modern multiplex experience. But it's also threatened by extinction. With only an estimated 357 drive-ins still functioning throughout the US, Saco is one of the last places where an audience of automobiles can bask in movie magic under the twinkling starlight. With speakers propped by the car windows and affordable concessions at hand, viewers laugh, cry, and cheer at double features of first-run films while knowing exactly who's kicking the seat behind them. Those who want to keep this American tradition going can donate to Project Drive-In, which aids outdoor theaters as they strive to make the pricey conversions to digital projection.
Film buffs across six states stare wide-eyed at large cinema screens, losing themselves in first-run Hollywood movies and the smell of fresh, buttery kernels within Your Neighborhood Theatre's 17 locations. Though all theaters prioritize comfortable seating, old-fashioned friendly service, and high-stakes preshow trivia slideshows, each location encompasses its own distinct charm, be it through arthouse décor, 3-D screens, or Rhode Island's vintage 1950's drive-in setting.
The Acorn Acting Academy faculty exercises years of experience performing and teaching at reputable institutions that include off-Broadway theater and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The team introduces children to on-stage performance with theater games, and expands the skills of adults through an array of classes. Beginner's acting courses teach students to intrepidly bare their creative souls in front of an audience, whereas Performance Intensive classes strengthen advanced thespians so they can deliver monologues, perform short scenes, and carry scripts carved into lead. Acorn Acting Academy also schedules writing classes that focus on themes such as enhancing writer-actor relations and penning soliloquies.
Acorn Acting Academy is run by Acorn Productions, a performing-arts organization that has been going strong for more than a decade. Its artists supply the people of southern Maine with a lens through which to view their emotions and proclivities for using the word "thee" via annual play festivals and theater series such as Naked Shakespeare.
The intimately sized Gold Room seats audiences at private tables to giggle and grin at the quips of a huge variety of comedians during two-hour shows that feature a lineup of three standups. In October, the Friday-night shows highlight the wild improvisational style of Bob Seibel and the edgy humor of Dave Rattigan, whose wit is dryer than a martini mixed in Death Valley. Between guffaws, duos and quartets can enjoy bites from steaming plates of appetizers stageside, selecting from such perennial favorites as spinach and artichoke dip, nachos with chili, and chicken wings spiced with hot, mild, barbecue, thai, or teriyaki sauce.
The Portland Symphony Orchestra performs myriad melodic masterpieces under the guidance of esteemed music director Robert Moody. The PSO commences a two-performance run of The Golden Age of Motown, a symphonic throwback to Motown classics with special guests Tituss Burgess and Joy Lynn Matthews providing velvety vocals. Raucously bob your head as the orchestra plucks and toots their musical vessels to such favorites as "The Tracks of My Tears", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Soul-steeped medleys pay tribute to musical groundbreakers such as The Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and The Temptations in this 50th anniversary tribute to the original Motown record label.
The Portland Chamber Music Festival, which has been broadcast on NPR and has received two Aaron Copland grants for American contemporary-music performance, is a community-based organization that brings nationally recognized, classical-chamber-music professionals to the Portland area. Part of the Summer Concert Series held in the air-conditioned confines of the Abromson Center, this August 13 concert will serenade eardrums with the rich stringscapes of Beethoven's Viola Quintet , the most memorable five-piece since the human senses formed a Grandfunk Railroad tribute band. Composer Lee Hyla, chair of music composition at Northwestern University, will introduce his Amnesia Redux for Piano Trio, and the sonic shindig concludes with a cochleae-rousing performance of Faure's Piano Quartet in C Minor.