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Oriana's Eyes A play by Sando Sechi and Jennifer Slack-Eaton

06/01/17 – Don't miss the premier run of Oriana's Eyes a collaborative play by Sando Sechi and Jennifer Slack-Eaton. This play is a true life account of a woman at the end of her life and the assistant that she falls in love with as if he were her own child. Manhattan, 2004, Oriana Fallaci is dying of cancer, a cancer that as the play unfolds spreads to her eyes causing her to lose her vision. Her assistant, Sandro becomes her eyes, leading her to doctor appointments, cooking with her and helping her to write again. Eventually Sandro is forced to choose between his dying mother and his dying boss. Sandro and Jennifer, founders of Smoke and Bubbles Productions, are the producers, playwrights and co-directors of this complex story. Smoke and Bubbles plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to Southern Maine Agency on Aging and to ILAP (Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project)! https://orianaseyes.com/

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Seth Warner and His Band present a 'Running on Empty' tribute show

06/15/17 – Portland, Maine based musician Seth Warner will lead an All-Star band in a complete live performance of Jackson Browne’s 1977 record Running on Empty on Thursday, June 15th @ 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 Day of show and are available at www.slawrencearts.org

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Lynn Deeves and soul sisters Trina Hamlin and Colleen Sexton

06/16/17 – It’s been 5 year since Maine songwriter Lynn Deeves and soul sisters Trina Hamlin and Colleen Sexton have merged their energies, offering up their special brand of “Joyful Noise.” Prepare yourself to be immersed in blues, folk, gospel and rock grooves with guitars, piano, harmonica, percussion and soulful, 3-part harmonies with good humor, chemistry and loads of positive vibes! A wonderfully, nourishing way to connect with community, heart and laughter, during these difficult times... Lynn Deeves cut her teeth on the New England rock circuit in the 1980’s and 90’s and has released 3 independent CD’s of original songs, as well as being 1/3rd of “under the song tree Live!” with fellow Mainers Anni Clark and Dan Merrill. A multi-instrumentalist, Deeves has opened shows for Ferron, Cheryl Wheeler, Ellis Paul, America and many others...Portland Press Herald says ”...5 star stage presence...this gals’ got a set of pipes...” Native Minnesotan, Trina Hamlin has been a guest on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien and her music has been featured on popular television shows on the WB, Lifetime, CBS, ABC and MTV. With a degree in professional music from Berklee College in Boston, she has written and co-produced 5 solo albums and performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Trina has shared stages with Taj Mahal, Charlie Musslewhite, John Hiatt and Rickie Lee Jones, to name a few. Colleen Sexton’s CD Greatest Find features guest appearances by brother Martin Sexton, Cliff Eberhardt, and Janis Ian. Sexton independently released Colleen Sexton LIVE (Crescent Records), a highly-acclaimed live recording illustrating her range, versatility and ability to connect with an audience. Colleen's debut CD, Step Outside, garnered two Boston Music Award nominations (1999), putting her among the elite of Boston songwriters. When these three powerhouse performers join forces, fans are not only in for stellar musicianship/songwriting but, witty stage banter, ease of being and positivity which resonates long after the last chord is played... www.lynndeeves.com

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Laurie Jones

06/17/17 – Join us Saturday, June 17th at 7:00PM as Laurie Jones performs here at St. Lawrence Arts! Having been dubbed, "the missing link between Dusty Springfield and Tom Petty", Jones take you on a confessional journey with just enough gritty rock to make for one fierce travel companion. Jones has paved her own path and has proven so by releasing her 5th record, BRIDGES, which has identified her, once again, as a songwriting force. She has been often compared to both Chrissie Hynde and Lucinda Williams for her lyrical wit and melodic sass. This comparison she humbly accepts. On Bridges, Laurie is joined by core band members Arend Trent Thibodeau and Doug Hoyt. The record was engineered, mixed and co-produced by Hoyt at Sounds Like Music Studio in South Portland Maine. A cast of guest musicians contribute to the songs which results in a "fierce" compilation of some of Maine's best kept secrets and could be Jones' best work to date. The process was solidified by having the record mastered by Grammy winning Adam Ayan at Gateway Studios in Portland Maine. Laurie Jones Band: Bridges, is a reminder that Jones is here to stay. She is backed by her rock solid band and armed with the full Jones musical punch she is known for.

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Keelan Donovan EP Release Show

06/20/17 – Don't miss Keelan Donovan as we welcome him back to perform here at SLA on Tuesday June 20th- 7PM show! Keelan Donovan is a sophisticated & confident vocalist with an energetic tenor tone & perceptive lyrics that showcases his passion & humor for life. Originally from Portland, ME, he now calls Nashville, TN home. He graduated from Belmont University in 2012 and almost immediately immersed himself in the Nashville music scene. In 2014, Keelan started touring Tennessee & adjacent states, and occasionally returning to New England to play shows for his friends & family. In 2015 & 2016 Keelan played over 400 shows around the globe, playing in 48 states & 4 different countries. His work ethic, along with a setlist of colorful songs & witty stage banter caught the attention of many Nashville A&R reps. In 2016 Keelan signed his first deal with Big Yellow Dog Music; a place that artists such as Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris & Jessie James Decker also call home. He is set to release his new self-titled EP, produced by production duo Daniel Tashian & Dan Agee. With his sincere lyrics, and infectious charisma, he has hopes to reach is broadest audience yet with these new songs. Along with signing a publishing deal, Keelan has had placements on TV show's on ABC, the Syfi Network, CMT, & a number of upcoming independent films. Keelan writes songs that are able to captivate fans of all ages. Keelan writes with a depth beyond his years without pining - like a man 30 years his senior. He's lamenting for us all, older and younger, with smiles, honesty, charm, and voice you can listen to all night. He hopes to convey his passion for music & songwriting to all who come to listen, dance, and sing along. http://www.keelandonovan.com/

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Allagash Brewing Company Victor Ale Tasting

06/22/17 – Sample the new batch of Victor Ale while supporting St. Lawrence Arts. Live Outdoor Concert by Pianist and Songwriter Kate Schrock performing with Glen DaCosta formerly of the Wailers, amazing food by Rosemont Market & Bakery and lots of great beer! Don’t miss the fun, June 22, 2017. Become a Beer Committee Member to be a VIP at the event and receive a special 2017 Beer Committee Pint Glass!

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Magic Eight Ball- A Tribute to Tom Waits

06/24/17 – There they go again- Magic 8 Ball has shaken up a mess of love songs, ballads, and notes on the human condition as written by the great Tom Waits. Chris Moore, Ben Hunsberger, Chris Dombrowski, and Ted DeMille interpret Waits songs from his vast and deep catalogue, offering their take on this underrated and often misunderstood songwriter. Expect lush three-part harmonies, relentless rhythms, and surprising soloing at this celebration of the music of a national treasure.

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Work Trucks

06/29/17 – Don't miss the band "Work Trucks" as they perform here on Thursday, June 29th at 7PM(Doors at 6:30PM). The "Work Trucks", an alternative rock group, started as a trio. It's grown into a full, dynamic, five-piece band. The "Work Trucks" play gigs in Portland and Hallowell monthly, intersprsed with shows at roadhouses and pubs coastally. Brendan Lake, front man and singer/songwriter with the "Work Trucks" , started years ago playing open mic at the former Front Street Public House in Bath. He often played solo and became known for his earthy, yet sultry, vocals. These days, Brendan's lyrics reflect his work ethic, his Down-East upbringing and his observations of life as a father, husband and working man. Years ago, as a young man, he sailed to San Francisco, the Azores and other foreign shores. At each mooring he earned his way by entertaining at local pubs. It's hard for one to speculate on the content of his vocals in those far-away taverns. Chris Lannon on bass guitar and Brackett Clark on keyboard support Brendan with incredible talent. These were the original three in the band. Lannon owned a sound production company in Boston for over thirty years prior to his move to Wiscasset. One of his recent sound mixes was for a Carly Simon album. Clark is a transplant from California where he played in a band that often opened for several well-known groups on the national and internation.al music scene. These two can play numerous instruments between them. The drummer and the electric guitarist are often fellow musicians who play in other bands with some of the guys from this group. The joy and fervor with which they play produces a rich tone to back Brendan's voice and the harmonies of all. Brendan Lake, ever the singer/songwriter croons in "Fishin' boat":..."Let me just make a few things clear; I like drinking beer; making love all night long; barely got time to write the song. I work on a fishin' boat..." A few years ago this might have summed up his life in its totality, when he was a free spirit. He is now the father of a blended family of four children with his wife, Tiffany Lee. They own and run Live Edge Deli and Bar at the site of the former Front Street Public House on Water St., Bath, year-round and during the summer months they operate the Osprey Restaurant on the waterfront in Georgetown. So one can understand how Brendan has "barely got time to write the song". However, it is our good fortune he has found time to entertain us tonight.

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Married with Chitlins CD Release Show

06/30/17 – Come hear Married with Chitlins' perform live and celebrate their new CD release! Married with Chitlins is an acoustic music duo of Liz and Chris Lannon that performs Traditional American music, Old Time Country and Blues, some Jazz standards and Celtic reels and jigs. We are mainly guitar and fiddle with a strong female lead vocal with harmonies. This amazing acoustic duo combines their talents to present a performance unparalled by few. Chris plays guitar while Liz performs on fiddle. Mandolin and harmonica are interspersed throughout their songs. Liz's vocals are evocative, while Chris' harmonies blend seamlessly to provide a toe-tapping time. Frank John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine, had this to say about Liz: “... Good singing, good musicianship and intelligent choice of material.” - Chris' background includes touring and recording as bass player in a band with Ben Orr (The Cars), recording and providing live sound support for Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band), as well as providing studio support for Carly Simon and Don Was. Blues Party - 1998 This new album, "Chris and Liz Lannon", released tonight, surpasses expectations since a guest performer entertains alongside the Lannons on nearly every track. Tonight' s show features one of those fellow musicians. The addition of a third player rounds out the sound, adding an even greaetr, richer sound. https://www.facebook.com/Married-with-Chitlins-113089815429637/

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Opera Maine presents 'An American Dream'

07/12/17 – An American Dream by Jack Perla If you had to leave your home today and couldn’t return, what would you take with you? Why is that object – that connection to your past – so important? Hear this story of Patriots and Immigrants as WWII is coming to a close. Timothy Steele, Musical Director, Directed by Richard Gammon. Studio Artists also will have roles as understudies and ensemble members in Opera Maine’s mainstage production of Verdi’s La traviata at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, July 26 and 28. Timothy Steele, Musical Director, celebrates his fourteenth season with Opera Maine. Since 1991 he has been on the opera faculty of New England Conservatory, and he has served as conductor/pianist for over 120 productions with numerous companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. He has conducted eight outreach tours with Boston Lyric Opera and was music director of Opera Providence. Richard Gammon, Director, is the director of Opera Maine’s Young Artist Program (Gianni Schicchi, Trouble In Tahiti) and has also worked with the Young Artist Programs of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North, and Virginia Opera. Other directing credits include: Ash Lawn Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Kentucky Lexington. He made his BAM Next Wave debut last year as the Creative Associate with the Seán Curran Company (Dream’d in a dream), was a former Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera, and has been on the staging staff of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North, and Opera Maine.

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Sonsonete Ensemble

07/22/17 – Don't miss the Sonsonete ensemble as they perform their debut here at St. Lawrence Arts on Sat. July 22, 2017! 'Sonsonete' is an ensemble that blends classical art songs of Spain with flamenco music and dance. The program will include art songs by living Spanish composer Antón García Abril and flamenco music & dance influenced by the Andalusian tradition. This dynamic ensemble is: Meghan Pilar Whittier Habibzai, classical soprano Behzad Habibzai, flamenco guitar (Portland native!) Timothy McReynolds, classical piano Kyoko Terada, flamenco dance Alfredo Darquea, percussion

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The Amazing Acro-Cats!

08/08/17 – Don't miss Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats as they purrform their feats of agility. Performances start August 7th and continue through August 20th. All tickets are available at www.circuscats.com. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (all former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. NOLA, our newest addition to the troupe, will be sure to delight and amaze you with her energy and ability. We also have a new celebrity in the troupe, Alley, who was just awarded Guinness Book World Records title for longest jump made by a cat - but wait there's more! Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the ONLY CAT BAND IN EXISTENCE The Rock Cats. With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes - Tuna (who plays cowbell) and her backing band really strut their stuff with their own style of original music. Cluck Norris, a chicken on cymbal and tambourine, isn't "kitten" around - she usually steals the show! Samantha Martin, Chief Executive Human (or CEH for short) of the Amazing Acro-Cats, challenges the idea that "cats can't be trained." Tuna and the gang are REAL house cats who have learned all their talents through clicker training. The shows feature a cat or kitten learning some basic s using this method that highlights positive reinforcement. Although she has studied and worked with many species, today Martin's primary focus is on cats. Training builds richer and more meaningful relationships between animals and humans and it can even save time and lives in emergencies. A lifelong fascination and unique bond with animals motivated Martin to study and earn her degree in animal husbandry and behavioral sciences. Her dedication and love for these felines can be seen in each and every purrformance. A portion of every shows' ticket sales go toward cat and kitten rescue! Martin advocates adoption from local shelters and other organizations, and works with them in many ways especially by taking adoptable cats on the road, making the Amazing Cat-Bus a mobile fostering unit. Over the past four years, Martin has purr-sonally found homes for over 159 cats and kittens and continues to take cats in need and help them find their furr-ever homes. Check out this review by the Austin Chronical highlighting the Acro-Cats efforts as a Top 10 theatrical set. And this recent video!! For more show details and information about the cats, visit thir website at www.circuscats.com

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