HALLOWELL — Michael Kolster, a Brunswick photographer who teaches at Bowdoin College, will give a free presentation titled “A River Lost and Found: The Androscoggin River in Time and Place,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St.

Thursday’s presentation is based on a project that Kolster undertook with writer Matthew Klingle. They collected and recorded oral histories of people who live along the Androscoggin River, which was labeled as one of the nation’s most polluted rivers and which allegedly inspired the 1972 Clean Water Act.

“ Kolster’s work explores how we perceive depict, and come to understand the changing nature of riverways as they recover from a century of industrial pollution,” a Harlow Gallery release states. “He utilizes various photographic techniques and tools, including antebellum wetplate collodion process, blackand white film negatives and digital processes.”

“ We ask how an injured river might reveal an ethic of place that embraces the complexities of human and natural history together,” Kolster and Klingle write about the project. “Our answers suggest how Americans can embrace the middle ground between the pristine and the ruined typical of the places many call home.”

The event is presented by the Maine Traditional Film Photographers Group, which meets monthly at the Harlow Gallery.

Rossini Club strings together Sunday gig

PORTLAND — The Rossini Club will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St.

The program features Elizabeth Harmon, soprano, with Susan Rudy, piano, in Robert Schumann’s song cycle “Frauenliebe und leben, (“A Woman’s Love and Life”).

Violinist Robert Lehmann and pianist Steven Blumenthal will perform the Dvorak Sonatina, Op. 100, as well as two “ bon- bons” by Fritz Kreisler.

Lehmann is director of strings and orchestral activities at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. In addition to his duties at USM, he is music director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire White Mountain Bach Festival. He is first violinist of the Meliora Quartet and concertmaster of the PORTOpera.

A reception at which audience members can meet the performers will take place after the concert.

Suggested donation is $10. Students will be admitted free. For more information, call 797-8318.

Comedian Sample to appear at Medomak

WALDOBORO — Tickets are now on sale for Sunday’s Cabin Fever Relief benefit performance by Tim Sample at Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Sample is scheduled to take the stage at 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by American Legion Charles C. Lilly Post 149, with proceeds going toward the post’s Legion Scholarship Fund.

Concessions will be sold by the Medomak Valley Boosters. Medomak Valley High School’s Honor Society is volunteering to help with the show.

Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. They can be purchased at Lincoln’s Market and Scuttlebutt Antiques in Warren and at Deb’s Diner in Waldoboro.

For more information, call 449-7824 or 832-5188.

WMPG revs up for power boost party

PORTLAND — WMPG Community Radio plans to celebrate its successful power and range boost during an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at the station’s studio, 92 Bedford St., on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine.

“Please join us by listening to 90.9 or 104.1 FM, or stop by in person at 92 Bedford Street on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine for our transmitterwarming party,” a WMPG release states. “On that day you’ll hear special celebratory programming on the air all day long, with live music, voices from the past, and live and recorded calls from our new expanded listening area.”

Events planned for the open house include refreshments, free lunch, giveaways, a raffle, station tours and a chance to converse with WMPG volunteer on-air personalities.

“ WMPG Southern Maine Community Radio is the broadcast radio voice for the people of southern and central Maine, operated by a corps of more than 250 volunteers, aided by a small management staff,” the release states. “WMPG is supported in part by its listeners, as well as organizations and businesses from all over the listening area.”

For more information about WMPG, visit the station website at WMPG.org or find WMPG on Facebook and Twitter.

Symphony to perform at Cumston Hall

MONMOUTH — The Friends of Cumston Hall will present a concert by the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, directed by Paul Ross, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cumston Hall.

The performance will feature works by Sullivan, Rossini, Webber, Bach, Mozart and Enescu.

Admission costs $ 15 for adults in advance or $20 at the door. Students get in for $5. To order tickets, call 242-1574. Net proceeds benefit the Friends of Cumston Hall and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.

Modern music academy rolls out rock camp

PORTLAND — The Maine Academy of Modern Music will host an adult rock camp today, Saturday and Sunday at the Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Ave.

The camp is open to participants age 18 and older. It includes studio tours, master classes, live performances, songwriting workshops, instrument clinics, opportunities to meet music professionals and jam sessions.

The camp will conclude with a performance on Sunday. Attendance costs $200 per person.

To register, call 899-3433 or go online to www.maineacademyofmodernmusic.org/cam ps.

Community chorus to share ‘simple gifts’

ROCKPORT — The Midcoast Community Chorus will perform a concert titled “Simple Gifts” at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Mimi Bornstein directs the 130-member community chorus. Sean Fleming provides musical accompaniment.

“ This concert’s theme of ‘simple gifts’ lends itself to singing some favorite American folk tunes and hymns, some of which are traditional settings and some that are not,” Bornstein said in a release. “ Other highlights include the Kyrie from A Caribbean Mass by contemporary composer Glenn McClure; a lullaby in Zulu; a piece from the American jazz tradition; a choral setting of an instrumental Bach piece; a lyrical setting of the Pirkie Avot (Jewish morality law); and a traditional piece from Kenya and Tanzania.

The Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus also is scheduled to perform.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at HAV II in Camden, The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland and The Green Store in Belfast. Credit card sales and reserved seating ($20 and $25) are available by calling 975-0582.

For more information, visit www.mccsings.org or email [email protected]

Nonagenarian poet releases collection

AUBURN — Acclaimed Auburn poet Pearl Tibbetts Sawyer, recently released her ninth collection of original poetry to coincide with her 90th birthday, Jan. 21.

The new book, “A Long String of Pearls,” includes more than 100 entries. Most have not been published previously, although the new collection does include a few selections from earlier books that are now out of print.

The first in the series was published in 2002, at the time of her 80th birthday.

“It is my continued testimonial to life,” Sawyer explains in the introduction to the collection. “My image of myself is of standing in the center of a cloud of sticky-notes tossed with abandon into the air to flutter and land where they will. And these fragile notes contain hopes, dreams, emotions, fantasies and observations recounted and recorded over the past year and a half.”

Sawyer plans a series of public readings. A schedule will be announced shortly.

Opera premiere screening set Jan. 21

DAMARISCOTTA — The Lincoln Theater, 2 Theatre St., will show a broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s world premiere of “ The Enchanted Island” at 1 p.m. Jan. 21.

A Lincoln Theater release describes the production as “an adventurous melding of Baroque operas by Handel, Vivaldi Rameau and others, set to a story that is itself a melding of two Shakespeare plays, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Tempest.’”

The cast includes Placido Domingo, Joyce DiDonato and David Daniels. The libretto was devised and written by Jeremy Sams, and the performance will be conducted by William Christie.

Individual tickets cost $23 for adults; $21 for seniors; and $16 for students. Lincoln Theater members receive a $2 discount.

For more information about this and other events at the Lincoln Theater, call 563- 3424 or visit www.atthelincoln.org.

Psychics gravitate to Portland on Sunday

PORTLAND — A psychic event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd.

Tarot readings, psychic readings, spiritual readings, rune readings and Angel Card readings will be offered.

Massage, polarity and crystal work will be offered.

Admission costs $1. Fees for readings, products and services also will be charged.

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