Ann Basu Inside a well-lit warehouse somewhere between Portland’s East and West ends, five friends create. They make gestures on canvas, develop film, produce sound and cut video content. Sometimes they lie on the couch and scroll through Instagram, at others they gather around to critique one another’s art, like they did in college.
Ann Basu This weekend in Wish Theater, Masque and Gown will present ‘‘American Idiot,” a rock opera brimming with youthful angst and frustration. Based on the Green Day concept album of the same name, the show includes several of the band’s most beloved songs—including the title track “American Idiot,” as well as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “21 Guns”—and weaves them into a story in which three central characters confront relationships, drug use and their own social and political disillusionment in a bleak, post-September 11 American landscape.
PJ SeelertDAUGHTERS OF IRAN: Bates student Gabriella Shpilsky performs in “The Poets and the Assassin—Daughters of Iran” on Thursday. The play, written by Reza Jalali, tells the stories of Iranian and Muslim women. Despite their centuries-long battle for human rights, the stories of Iranian and Muslim women have traditionally been overlooked in American society.
Associate Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen’s reimagining of the culinary splendor in “Babette’s Feast” was no easy task. A new adaptation of the story directed by Karin Coonrod, currently running at Portland Stage, focuses on a universal message of self-sacrifice and service.
Phoebe Zipper In an industry where artists are usually discovered on a streaming platform rather than onstage, building a live show or even having stage presence seems no longer necessary to “make it.” But for this series showcasing artists with upcoming concerts in the Portland area, we are lucky to have Hippo Campus, a Minnesota indie band that rose to fame mainly due to a knack for electrifying live performances.
Courtesy of Ashley Gavin New York City-based Ashley Gavin has a range of talents: she’s primarily a comedian, but is also a writer and an actor, delving into topics like feminism and homophobia. She tours at colleges, hosts open mic nights, acts in the web series “Gay Girl Straight Girl (GGSG)” and has starred in television shows and movies.
Ezra SunshineART UP CLOSE: Attendees at “Bearing Witness: Gender Violence and Visual Art” view art on display in the Zuckert Seminar Room. The curation and lecture addressed depictions of violence from the 16th century through the 1990s.
Victoria Yu Bowdoin alumna Susan Coyne’s ’07 picture book “The ABCs of Subverting the Patriarchy” pays homage to a diverse range of provocative and inspiring people—among them, Joan of Arc and Ida B. Wells—who challenged deeply entrenched beliefs about gender, sexuality and race.
Courtesy of Curtis Memorial LibraryCELEBRATING LONGFELLOW: Poet Gary Lawless (center), dressed as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poses with Manager of Adult Services at Curtis Memorial Library Sarah Brown and poet Patty Sparks during Longfellow Days. This month, poet and co-owner of Gulf of Maine Books Gary Lawless will once again don his Henry Wadsworth Longfellow costume and roam the town reciting poetry to passersby.