Events

Dar Williams in Concert

Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker. She’s released ten studio albums and authored four books including her latest, “What I Found In A Thousand Towns,” to be released in September.

Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the ’90s. Williams’ growth as an individual over her two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among others.

Dar’s most recent album, Emerald, “deals as bluntly as ever with the shadowy, subtle corners of humanity” according to Rolling Stone, and was recorded with friends such as Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, the Hooters and others in various studios across the U.S. It is a sparkling collection of new original material, inspired collaborations and some surprising covers such as B.A.D.’s “Johnny Appleseed” making this album one of her best yet.

“Dar Williams, one of America’s very best singer-songwriters… Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook.”
-The New Yorker

Tickets: $32 – $33
Prices include per ticket handling fees.

On Sale to Members: August 8
On Sale to Public: August 15

Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp: The Tortoise vs. The Hare

Waterville Opera House collaborates with Missoula Children’s Theatre, an internationally recognized touring group, to present sessions of theater camp during February and summer vacations for students in the first through eighth grades. Each week concludes with a fully realized performance, with scenery, costumes, and props. Theatre camp provides children with hands-on opportunities to learn about the theatrical process. The camp is open for children in grades 1 through 8.

The cost is $220 per session. A sibling discount and partial scholarships are available. A non-refundable deposit of $50 per session is required at time of registration. Please make checks payable to “Waterville Opera House.”

If you have any questions, please call 207.873.7000.

THE TORTOISE VS. THE HARE: Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Mammals and the Reptiles. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. There’s a real animosity between these creatures. As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, the mammals and reptiles join in the search…together. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that it’s easy to get along, if you just try. In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.

Matt Tavares Introducing Dasher

Dasher: How A Brace Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever is a brand new book from Matt Tavares. Available in November, it is destined to become a Christmas classic! Come meet Dasher. Matt will read the story and draw for us, too. Books will be available and Matt will be signing them.

Waterville GreenDrinks

Come join KV Connect, Waterville’s young professionals group, for an exciting evening of networking and socialization while helping to support a great cause! This month, we’re at Waterville Brewing Company

Admission is a $5.00 suggested donation to benefit Waterville Creates. Waterville Creates! promotes, supports, and grows their community‘s arts and cultural assets in order to strengthen Waterville as a vibrant creative center, increase access to creative opportunities for residents and visitors, and advance community and economic development goals.

Waterville GreenDrinks is part of the international GreenDrinks network, which is an informal and volunteer-managed social networking group built around a common interest and passion for the environment, sustainability and community. We invite you to join us each month for great food, drinks and conversation with your friends, colleagues and neighbors!

Thanks to Waterville Brewing Company for hosting this event. A special thank-you to New Dimensions Federal Credit Union for its sponsorship of this event and its support for our organization and community.

intermediate wheel class- 6 week workshop november

Mondays 5:30-7:30 p.m. Begins November 11.

This six-week pottery class is perfect for the individual with wheel throwing and centering clay experience who would like to further refine their skills. In this class, students will build upon basic pottery skills including building and throwing forms, creating more complex vessels including but not limited to, large bowls, dinner plates, lidded vessels, stacked and altered wheel forms. Bring your ideas and sketches to use as a place of departure.

The class fee includes a 25-pound bag of clay, all glazes, and kiln firings during the class period. Each student can access the studio from 6am- 8pm on weekdays and from 9am- 5pm on weekends–except when other scheduled classes are in session.)

Basic pottery/clay experience necessary. Registration required. $175

Limit: 6 students

Instructor: Yvonne Brown, Clay Studio Manager

*Prices do not include ticket handling fees.

Artful Movements: Time to Power-Up

In this FREE one-hour session, Artful Movements provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries. Each session will begin with a deeper look at an artwork, followed by movement and meditation with Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga. Beginners, families, and children over the age of seven are welcome. Yoga mats are provided; however, guests are encouraged to bring their own due to a limited number. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch.

 

This program is part of the Museum’s wellness initiative, Let the Art Inspire, which includes a variety of programs that connect mind, body, and art in innovative ways.

Art + Storytelling: Animals in Art

Following a brief exploration of the galleries with Museum staff and Colby student interns, the group reads a children’s book related to the month’s theme—in October, it will be “Animals in Art.” Afterward, preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups will visit the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art. Recommended for ages 3+ and their caregivers.

Run Lola Run – 35mm

There’s rarely been more concentrated cinematic energy than in this incredibly compact, thrilling movie—nor could there be much more energy than in star Franka Potente’s unforgettable embodiment of Lola, whose movie this just plain is. “Run Lola Run is a madly spinning top of a movie—one that, I suspect, will eventually be regarded as the art-house smash that heralded the 21st century… The ferociously infectious, candy-colored jump-cut style of Run Lola Run is pure, propulsive pop. The movie would have been unthinkable prior to the age of MTV and Tarantino, Oliver Stone and Trainspotting. Still, for all its pulsating, razor-edited exuberance, the film is ultimately as unique as its sources. In its speed and elegant hyper-precision, its celebration of action as devotion, it’s a new-style girl-power daydream. The film’s burbly techno soundtrack never stops, and neither does its heroine, Lola, a tattooed Berlin punkette with flame-red hair who has just 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 marks for her boyfriend, Manni. He owes the money to a gangster, but he left a plastic bag full of cash on the subway, where it fell into the hands of a derelict. At noon, Manni plans to walk into a supermarket and commit a desperate robbery, virtually ensuring his doom”—Entertainment Weekly. Only Lola can save him. But there will be no less than three endings to this story…. R. 1999. In German with English subtitles. 81 Min.

VARIETY!

VARIETY! is a new, signature fundraising event for Waterville Creates! and sure to be the hottest ticket in town. Join us in supporting the arts in Waterville as we present VARIETY! on Saturday, October 19 at the historic Waterville Opera House. Amazing and original performances have been curated especially for this community event — including our headlining act Star the Dancing Horse with Intuitive Horseman, Kevin Crane and a special performance from Disney’s Newsies the Musical. Additional performances will include music, dance, poetry, film, and more!

All proceeds will directly support the programming of Waterville Creates!, the Maine Film Center, the Waterville Opera House, and Common Street Arts.

For tickets call 207.873.7000 or click here

 

Art + Storytelling: Animals in Art

Following a brief exploration of the galleries with Museum staff and Colby student interns, the group reads a children’s book related to the month’s theme—in October, it will be “Animals in Art.” Afterward, preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups will visit the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art. Recommended for ages 3+ and their caregivers.