$10-$20 Suggested Donation for Performances
(nobody turned away)

2024



The Cannery at South Penobscot is hosting a
Downeast Restorative Justice sponsored training with
Maine Boys to Men
July 16 & 17
Reducing Sexism and Violence Program
(RSVP)
The Training covers six topics over two days; Building Support & Safety – “Why boys?”; Gender Stereotypes; Empathy & Consent Beyond the Binary & Narrow Masculinity; Upstander Intervention; and Facilitation & Storytelling Techniques.
This training is ideal for educators, administrators, social workers, clinicians, parole officers, parents, domestic violence advocates, counselors, athletic coaches, facilitators, and volunteers… ideally, anyone working with youth!

Please visit RSVP for program information and the Training Institute for registration.
2-day training fee is $195. MB2M offers discounts or full scholarships to anyone who needs one.


Live performance of M P Landis'
Compositions Five & Six
solo and group interpretation with
Karin Spitfire, Anna Dembska & id  m theft able
Saturday June 29 -7PM
The 1st of a performance series throughout the season.
!Stay Tuned!

M P Landis' visual compositions series lay out a mosaic of 12 x 9 pieces. Each piece thought of as a note: the whole composition left to the performers to interpret how they may choose to.

This first performance is a prelude and eve of M P's opening (June 30) and show at Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill.

Composer, soprano, and improvisor Anna Dembska has been creating and performing concert music, music theater, and site-specific events and installations for over forty years.

These days her work is strongly influenced and inspired by the continuum of nature and taoist philosophy through the practice of tai chi, especially push-hands and its principals of responsiveness and patience, connecting, following, and adhering.

M P Landis is an artist living and working in Maine.

In 1989 Landis moved to Provincetown, MA to concentrate on making visual art, his intention since early childhood. Soon after he moved to Brooklyn, NY where along with his studio practice, was very active in the NYC downtown music scene, phographing and painting both on and off the stage, and collaborating with musicians, writer, dancers and other visual artists. In 2015, he and his family moved to Portland.
Since 1990 he has been in over 40 solo exhibitions and numerous 2-person and group exhibitions and is included in many publice and private collections.



id m theft able is a composer, improviser and performer that works within and without the realms of noise, avant-improvisation, sound poetry, performance art, et c. et c. et c.  using voice, found objects, electronics, and whatever else is available.
He has given over a thousand performances across 4 continents, in 40 countries in settings ranging from the scummiest of squats to the fanciest of festivals.
Karin Spitfire is an activist artist who uses whatever medium necessary to get her message across, ranging from performance to poetry, from artist books to sculpture.




April Sprouts: a Celebration!
A Craft and Knitting Circle(s) all day,
Friday April 26-9AM to Sundown
w/a potluck at 5pm
Open to all!
invite your children, grandchildren, elders, neighbors and friends!
also an invitation to share some sprouting seeds, beginnings of a project,
doesn't have to be a craft project!
...a sweater, a poem, a tune, a seed, a thought, a proposal for action...
Come by ~when you can~
for the day / for the potluck / to say hi / early & later / whenever
Bring a project that you are working on, or find inspiration here.
(limited supplies for basket weaving, spinning, sewing and knitting will be on hand)




2023



FROM WITHIN:
WRITINGS
closing event
DECEMBER 3
2:30 pm (prompt start)
Doors open: 1 pm

Live readings and conversation with two writers ZOOM'ing in from Maine State Prison.
(Zoom attendance option available, please inquire for link)
Moderated by poet, Bea Gates
Collin K, 2018
Poetry has always been part of Lalee's life. Introduced to poetry and to traditional oral story telling as a child in his native country (Somalia), and seeing poetry as an identity and a form of deeper communication with the universe and who/what it contains, Lalee only lately started exploring writing poems in English.
Leo has had a painful and complex relationship with writing over the course of his life. In recent time he has been able to use poetry as a cathartic means of capturing and processing moments of pain and reflection, giving him an avenue of artistic voice, unique from his public-facing, political, or scholarly works.
Last chance to visit (quick peek)!
FROM WITHIN exhibit
Friday 4-6 & Sunday 1-3
Through December 3



FROM WITHIN:
JUSTICE, AND CREATIVE EXERCISE
an Inclusive Community Conversation
NOVEMBER 19, 2 pm
JOIN US for a dynamic, invigorating discussion about the state of justice, inside and outside the system, inside and outside our own selves, and the powerful promise of the arts to effect change.
Facilitated by Larraine Brown and Norman Kehling of AIMe

AIMe - Artivism in Maine employs the arts and culture as powerful tools to effect social, economic and environmental justice throughout Waldo County and Maine. HIIT (Helping Incarcerated Individuals Transition) is a significant project sponsored by AIMe and founded by Norman Kehling. Mr Kehling was sentenced to forty four years and served thirty years at Maine State Prison, seven of those in solitary confinement. Both education and the arts are important in Mr Kehling's life as a free man. Most important is his commitment to work for the rights of those who are still incarcerated.

Ongoing FROM WITHIN exhibit Hours:
Friday 4-6 & Sunday 1-3
Through December 3




THE BURNING KEY
50 Years of hope as resistance
NOVEMBER 12, 5 pm
Poetry Reading/Talk
BEA GATES
From San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin:
“Like witnessing a holy physics, … Gates makes all phenomena music. You will exit this collection transformed.”
In 1975, Bea Gates returned to Maine. Having designed and printed native tongue (hopalong press, 1973), she bound the edition at Gray Parrot’s Hancock bindery. In 1976, she moved hopalong press from the Berkshires to the Larson’s old canning factory in South Penobscot where she founded Granite Press (1975-1989) as poet, Book Artist & feminist publisher. There could be a book about moving equipment and building print shops, but Bea has written more poetry than prose, now surfacing in her new collection—The Burning Key, New & Selected Poems (1973-2023) from Thera Books featuring new & uncollected poetry, letterpress limited editions, selections from books including Lambda Poetry Finalist In the Open and award-winning translations.
Maine Arts Commission Poetry Awardee and MacDowell fellow, Gates taught writing & literature for over twenty years in the Goddard MFA. She has taught in undergraduates and graduate programs, including CCNY, Colby College, NYU, and continues to teach workshops and one-to-one for mixed generations, young adults, and lgbtq folk in rural & urban communities. She initiated SIDELINES: Poems in Translation in more than one language at the Cannery in 2018. Her mail still comes to Penobscot. One of two remaining Readings, out of eight in Maine! this year.




FROM WITHIN
a three-part exhibit featuring art by incarcerated individuals
OCTOBER 29, 2 pm
Opening Reception
3pm we will be joined on ZOOM by artist John Lanpher
Exhibit Hours: Friday 4-6 & Sunday 1-3
Through December 3
Check back for related upcoming events
(e.g. A community Conversation in Nov 19 w/special guests)



Canceled: due to hurricane Lee -stay safe everyone!
Duo Denum & CillaVee
an electroacoustic field of sound and motion
SEPTEMBER 15, 8:30pm
Al Margolis: clarinet, violin, objects, contact mics
Tom Law: Max/MSP, treble viol
CillaVee: movement, voice




Closing Concert & Reception
Featuring Aldrich, Norton & Ross
Saturday, July 8
doors open at 6 pm, music at 7 pm

Continued installation hours: Thursdays - Sundays, from 12:00 to 6:00 PM

A CRANBERRY ISLES SOUNDSCAPE

an immersive soundscape installation
by the Island Soundscape Project
ollaborative sense-making.
Saturday, June 10 - Saturday, July 8
hours: Thursdays - Sundays, from 12:00 to 6:00 PM

opening reception, featuring
 E. Jason Gibbs, in concert
Saturday, June 10
doors open at 6 PM / music at 7 PM

A Cranberry Isles Soundscape is a four-channel soundscape installation made from audio materials gathered on the five islands comprising the Cranberry Isles, a Maine township which lies just south of the much larger (and well known) Mount Desert Island. The project was undertaken with the support and encouragement of the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society, where it is part of their permanent museum collection. It was also made possible in part by a University of Maine Arts Initiative grant.

A Cranberry Isles Soundscape was researched, recorded and composed between May, 2022 and April, 2023 by the Island Soundscape Project. The Island Soundscape Project is N.B.Aldrich, Adriana Cavalcanti and Steve Norton, who wish to acknowledge invaluable contributions from research assistants Merrilee Schoen and Sabrina Sudol.

concert
 E. Jason Gibbs
June 10, 7 PM

Guitar player, improviser, field recordist, E.Jason Gibbs' compositions are built from field recordings, and explore the relationship between the built and natural worlds and how humans impose themselves on environments. His work for guitar is improvised (drawing on minimalism, noise, free jazz and fingerstyle).





2022

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