Musician’s show focuses on self-esteem, bullying

Mime and musician Scot Cannon will perform “Be Positive Be Productive” for children of all ages at 4 p.m. Saturday at Skowhegan Opera House, on the second floor of Town Hall, at 225 Water St.
Cannon’s work with bullying and self-esteem issues comes as a natural outgrowth of his years of teaching and entertaining. He has found that sharing his own experiences with speech problems, and the struggle to be accepted, strikes a universal chord in his audiences and results in programs that speak to both minds and hearts.
Tickets are $5 each or $20 for families. They are available by cash or check at the Opera House manager’s office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Town Hall, or at the door on the day of the show at 3:15 pm.
Cannon’s performance is presented by Friends of Skowhegan Opera House and Wesserunsett Arts Council. All proceeds will go toward improvements to the historic building.

Series spotlights Cape Porpoise, archaeology 
The Cape Porpoise Archaeological Alliance will host a free series to explore visual anthropology and archaeology. CPAA is a partnership between the Brick Store Museum and Kennebunkport Conservation Trust supporting archaeological research in Cape Porpoise and the surrounding areas. This 5-week series, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, is led by CPAA’s professional archaeologist Tim Spahr. It’ll take place at the Brick Store Museum’s program center at 117 Main St.
The goal of this series is to highlight current trends in the field that incorporate science and art into the practice of archaeology. The partnership supports documentation and contextualizing the archaeology of the islands and intertidal zone threatened by global sea level rise. Additional sessions will be held at the same time and place on March 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Parking is available on Main Street, Dane Street and in the Town Hall parking lot. Admission by donation is suggested to help support session speakers. Registration is optional and suggested, and can be done by visiting or calling 985-4802.

Juilliard students to perform at church
Two musicians from Juilliard School of Music will perform songs and dances at 7 p.m. Friday at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, at 114 Main St. The event celebrates the 250th anniversary of the historic building.
Chris Staknys, pianist and music director of First Parish, has invited two inspiring musicians to perform: pianist Anna Han and cellist Leland Ko, who will offer songs and dances from Georgia, Turkey and Japan. The show stopper will be an exciting four-hands piano Sonata by Mozart played by Han and Staknys.
The concert will be viewable in person or online. Cost is $15. Register at

Career, art roundtable pairs with exhibit
The Brick Store Museum will launch its History at Work online roundtable series at 6 p.m. Friday focusing on the shared (but often different) experiences of those working in similar career fields. For the inaugural episode, Maine illustrators will join the table for a fun, free-flowing discussion of their careers, artwork, and everything in between. This program is in conjunction with the current exhibition “The Great State of Illustration in Maine,” curated by the Illustration Institute and will meet on Zoom.
Roundtable guests include Scott Nash, Melissa Sweet, Chris van Dusen, and Rebekah Lowell. The discussion takes place virtually on Zoom. Guests are invited to join the live discussion and purchase a take-out dinner to go along with the program. The 3-course dinner is catered by For the Love of Food & Drink. Menu selections are on the museum’s website. This event is a fundraiser for both the museum and the Illustration Institute, who will share the proceeds of all ticket sales.
Tickets for the event can be reserved on the museum’s website at, and are $10 per person, $5 for museum members and donors (of either organization); or $30 with dinner included; $25 for members and donors.
The parallel exhibition, “The Great State of Illustration in Maine,” runs through Sunday.

Library offers documentary, kids cooking class
Rockport Public Library will offer the following programs this week at 1 Limerock St:
• A screening of the film “By the Waters of the Winds” will be 6 p.m. Wednesday. The 36-minute film documents a 50-mile hike by a group of Mainers in August 2019 visiting the Wind River Range of Wyoming.
The film takes viewers from sweeping mountain vistas to intimate close-ups with alpine flora. Maureen Egan’s candid narration captures the wonderment of being in such a place, as well as the discomforts and obstacles that can accompany a wilderness adventure. The filmmakers’ son, Cole Seymour, wrote the musical score for the film.
Tim Seymour, a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, is a trained photographer and graphic designer. Seymour took up filmmaking in 2015 to document his 240-mile hike on the John Muir trail in California. The film will be followed by a conversation with Egan and Tim Seymour.
This program is part of the library’s “Short Film Club” series.
• On Saturday, “Students Learn ‘No-Bake’ Recipes” will meet for its first session at 10:30 a.m. Students ages 11 to 16 are invited to join youth librarian Stephanie Miller to learn how to “no-bake” fun snacks. None of the recipes will require an oven or microwave and all materials will be provided. Space is limited for this free event. Please call 236-3642 to sign up.
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