Wednesday - April 10, 2013

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The Maine Irish Heritage Center will be commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the Northern Irish Peace Agreement by showing for the first time in the United States, the acclaimed BBC documentary
"George Mitchell: My Journey's End".

In 2012 Maine's Senator George Mitchell, architect of the Good Friday Agreement, returned to Northern Ireland with his 14-year-old son Andrew to visit some of the 61 families whose children share Andrew's birthday. In this deeply personal film, presented exclusively by the Maine Irish Heritage Center, the Irish families talk about the effects of the Agreement, and the Senator reflects on his hopes for "the children of peace." Former President Bill Clinton adds his perspective on the significance of Senator Mitchell's work.

The documentary will be screened on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Maine Irish Heritage Center,
Corner of State and Gray Streets in Portland, Maine.  A $5 donation is requested.

For more information on this event click here: MY JOURNEY'S END



Maine writer/director Lance Edmands will premiere his film "Bluebird" at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

Actor John Slattery (Mad Men) and actress Amy Morton ("Boss") star in the film which was shot in Millinocket, Maine during the winter of 2012.

Maine native R. Jameson Smith served as Associate Producer on the film.

For more information on the Tribeca Film Festival click here:  TRIBECA

For more information on R. Jameson Smith click here: R. JAMESON SMITH



Award-winning international journalist Sudip Mazumdar has been named a Libra Professor at University of Maine at Farmington for the 2013 spring semester. The Libra Professorship Program brings scholars of national and international prominence to the University of Maine System campuses to provide students and members of the community with outstanding faculty models for teaching, research and public service.

Sudip Mazumdar has been a special correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek in India. Since joining Newsweek in 1984, Mazumdar has covered stories of global and national importance for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. His work has included in-depth coverage of stories from the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the chemical disaster in Bhopal, India's liberalization program and terrorism to the global appeal of Bollywood.

For more information on Sudip Mazumdar and UMaine Farmington click here: UNIVERSITY OF MAINE FARMINGTON



The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present Maine author Monica Wood as the next writer in the celebrated UMF Visiting Writers Series. The UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program sponsors Wood's reading at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Wood's work includes "Secret Language," "My Only Story," "Ernie's Ark," "Any Bitter Thing" and "When We Were the Kennedys." She also writes books to help teachers and writers such as "Short Takes," "12 Multicultural Novels: A Reading and Teaching Guide," "Critical Reading Activities for the Works of S.E. Hinton," "Description," and "The Pocket Muse, Vols. 1 and 2."

Her most recent book, "When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine" won the 2012 May Sarton Memoir Award and was runner-up for the 2012 New England Book Festival Award in autobiography. It was on Oprah's Magazine summer-reading list, the IndieNext pick, Radio Boston summer pick, and New England Booksellers Association bestseller.

"Any Bitter Thing" was a top-ten finalist for Best Spiritual Book of the Year at as well as the Top Ten Booksense pick and the American Booksellers Association bestseller.

Wood lives in Portland, Maine with her husband. She does most of her writing in a studio that he built for her in their backyard.

For more information on Monica Wood click here:  MONICA WOOD



This recent Grammy award winning band is getting bigger and buzzier..and after meeting the Chocolate Drops, they probably hate that. Because for them it is about the music and the tradition of that music. Rolling Stone said, "The Carolina Chocolate Drops are...revisiting, with a joyful vengeance, black string-band and jug-band music of the Twenties and Thirties-the dirt-floor dance electricity of the Mississippi Sheiks and Cannon's Jug Stompers".

The Carolina Chocolate Drops will be in concert at:

The Strand Theater in Rockland on April 11th

Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield on April 14th and 15th.

For more information on the Carolina Chocolate Drops click here: CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS

For more information on the Strand Theater click here:  THE STRAND

For more information on Stone Mountain Arts Center click here:  STONE MOUNTAIN




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