Arts & Culture

A Benefit Honoring Portland Musician Mike Allen

A Benefit Honoring Portland Musician Mike Allen

On July 5th we lost our friend Mike Allen.  It was a devastating loss for those who knew him.  If you knew Mike, you're invited to join us at Spring Point Tavern this Saturday July 20th at 8pm as we will spend the evening honoring him.  We will be raffling off some amazing prizes.  There will also be a video tribute to him. And you can enjoy all this while dancing to some great 80's music spun by yours truly.  Mike was a rock n roll boy, so expect a lot of 80's rock.

Raffle ticket prices have yet to be determined, but the smallest prize is worth over $20 and we have some prizes worth well over $100.  The money will go to the band to put towards an intended memorial for him.

Prizes graciously donated by Nappi Distributors, National Distributors, Almost Famous Tattoo, Amy Lyn Photography and Shays Grill Pub.

Movies: "Despicable Me 2"

Movies: "Despicable Me 2"

You’ve got to love the fact that “Despicable Me 2” unhorsed “The Lone Ranger” at the box office.  Disney -- the godfather of animated movies -- trumped by an animated movie!  (Of course, the mouse house has also had a number of hits this summer, thanks in large part to its Marvel Comics franchise.)

I loved the original “Despicable Me” with its soft-hearted villain Gru (Steve Carell), whose plot to steal the moon is undone by three cute li’l orphan girls.  (I’ve been wondering about his name:  is it short for Gruesome, or perhaps a sly reference to the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service?  Certainly, Gru’s odd accent has more than a hint of Russkya in it, along with maybe a little Yiddish.)

Movies: "The East"

Movies: "The East"

So here’s a low-key thriller about eco-terrorism with none of the usual car chases, explosions and gruesome murders.  

Sounds refreshing, doesn’t it?  What makes it even more unusual is that it was produced by the brothers Scott (Ridley and Tony), best known for their high-impact action movies (“Black Hawk Down,” “Man on Fire,” etc.).

 

Local Business Celebrates 25 Years by Giving Back to the Community

Heidi’s House Child Care Center will be hosting a free Family Fun Day on Saturday July 13, 2013 at Scarborough Memorial Park from 9am-2pm to celebrate 25 years of quality early childhood education and raise funds for Team Kyle.  Team Kyle, named in honor of Kyle St. Clair, a young boy from Scarborough who died recently after a life long battle with illness, raises and donates funds in Kyle’s memory to support causes related to children, serious illness, and the Scarborough community.

“Community giving has been a cornerstone of the Heidi’s House philosophy from day one,” says owner Heidi McDonald. “We are excited to invite everyone to come out and have some fun while supporting an important cause.”  

“It means a lot to our family to have the community give back in Kyle’s name.  Kyle lived by the philosophy ‘pay it forward’ and that’s just what this event will do,” says Kyle’s mom Kate St. Clair.

Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Bug Light Park

The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber and the City of South Portland  have teamed up to host a series of outdoor movie events at Bug Light Park this summer.

The Bug Light Summer Movie Series will kick off on Thursday, July 11 and take place every other Thursday through August 22.  Each movie event is free and open to the public.

“Come enjoy movies under the stars, by the sea at beautiful Bug Light Park.  We’re hoping to make this a new summer tradition, one that people will look back on with fond memories for years to come.” stated SPCE Community Chamber President Linda Cohen.
• July 11- “Take Me Out to the Ballgame Night”!  Our featured movie will be “The Sandlot” which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. 

• July 25-  “Superhero Night” with Disney favorite, “The Incredibles”

• August 8-  “Classic Summer Movie Night” with the Indiana Jones favorite, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Movies: "Man of Steel"

Movies: "Man of Steel"

If you thought “The Avengers” was over the top, wait ‘till you get a load of the new Superman movie.  

Directed by Zack Snyder, who knows a thing or two about comic book movies, having made “Watchmen” and “300,” and scripted by David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight Rises”) from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan (who wrote and directed the twisty flicks “Memento” and “Inception”), “Man of Steel” is an origin story combined with an enhanced remake of 1980’s “Superman II.”

 

Movies: "Frances Ha"

Movies: "Frances Ha"

 

Tall, broad-shouldered and a little ungainly, Greta Gerwig plays Frances, and though she’s surrounded by friends and acquaintances throughout this movie, it’s practically a one-woman show.  (Gerwig also co-wrote the screenplay with her boyfriend, director Noah Baumbach.)

 

When we first meet her, Frances -- an understudy with a modern dance group -- is sharing a Brooklyn apartment with her best friend from Vassar, Sophie (Mickey Sumner, who happens to be Sting’s daughter) and dating a guy named Dan.  But both situations sputter out, leaving Frances with no place to stay and no boyfriend either.  Her dance prospects don’t look so hot either.