Thursday, March 31, 2011

EVENT: First Friday Artwalk "Mysterious Waters" opening

Mysterious Waters: A series of ink and watercolor drawings by Brandon Kawashima, inspired by themes from Japanese folklore and images of environmental pollution.

Opening during First Friday Artwalk, April 1st, 2011, from 5:00-8:00pm at the Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress Street, Portland, ME.

This show of drawings, crawling with labyrinthine lines but colored with delicate simplicity, attempts to grapple with the mystery of our relationship with the natural world, which we adore and abuse simultaneously. The show will be on display through the month of April.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Free tickets to ZooZoo by Imago Theatre!

Look closely-- these are great costumes!
Anyone out there a fan of performance art and animals? We have a pair of tickets to ZooZoo, performed by Imago Theatre, at 7:00pm this Friday night, April 1st (Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME)!

Drop us a line and we'll pick a winner tomorrow!

"Defying classification, they have populated the stage with characters and beings such as comedic amphibians, acrobatic larvae, circus boulders, and metamorphosing humans in works which tantalize the senses, the intellect, and the passions. From adaptations of classics to excursions into vaudevillian existentialism, Imago's repertoire is as vast as the forms they shape. With commissions for stage, film, and television, Imago blurs the lines of the expected to break new ground, exploding performance boundaries yet maintaining humor and humanity."

"Imago Theatre tours internationally while also producing a season at its home base in Portland, Oregon. The company's critically acclaimed FROGZ opened at the New Victory Theater on Broadway in New York, in April of 2000 and returned to the New Victory in May 2002. FROGZ also performed a smash hit month-ling run at the award-winning American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusets in the summer of 2005."


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Closing early Tuesday for talk in Augusta!

I'll be closing the shop early, at 5:00pm, this coming Tuesday in order to get up to Augusta, where I'll be giving a short talk about my book, Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011
WHERE: Reading Room of the Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop St., Augusta, ME
COST: The program is free and open to the public.
FMI: Call (207)626-2415 or visit

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Path to Storytelling workshop

In May 2011, Lynne Cullen will be offering a three-part storytelling workshop at the Green Hand. The cost is only $65; this covers all three sessions and also includes a graduation performance evening to which students can invite friends and family (the date will be determined at the last class). Spaces will be limited, so book early!

To sign up for this workshop, or for further information, please contact Lynne Cullen at:
207-846-1321 or
Workshop website can be found here:
Storytelling is a social art form, and can be a powerful medium in our personal lives. Whether you wish to use storytelling in your work (teachers and health workers, for example) or would like to perform stories at storytelling clubs (such as Seanachie Nights or MOOSE), this workshop will give you a firm grounding in storytelling skills.

During this workshop, you will explore your natural abilities and learn how to remember and tell traditional stories, using simple imaging and memory techniques. Not only will you have fun, but you will leave with the beginnings of your own collection of stories.

This workshop is suitable for people at all levels of experience, including anyone who has never told a story before.

* MAY 10-- The first session will introduce participants to the rich world of traditional storytelling, through a combination of discussions, handouts, and games.

* MAY 17-- In the second session, we will delve more deeply into stories and storytelling, through exercises to aid visualization and language. At the end of this session, participants will be given a short, traditional story to learn.

* MAY 24-- In the third session, each participant will tell their story in front of the class and receive constructive feedback on presentation and content.

* Finally, each participant will have the opportunity to perform a traditional story at a graduation performance.

Lynne Cullen is a local (seanachie) storyteller and a playwright. She is a member of LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling), MOOSE (Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts), and the Society for Storytelling. She is the creator, producer and host of Seanachie Nights, a monthly storytelling evening decidated to traditional stories and music. In 2009, Lynne was awarded a MaineArts Grant to finish her full-length play: 'The Amazing Life and Mysterious End of Ragana: Mistress of Illusion'.