Opening January 13
Winter exhibitions at the University of Maine Museum of Art
Three new exhibits open in January at the University of Maine Museum of Art, located on Harlow Street in Bangor. They include “Wet Window,” paintings from Siobhan McBride; “20 Years,” a retrospective of Maine artist Brenton Hamilton; and “The Life of David,” sculptures from Maine artist Jared Cowan. UMMA is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free.
SNOWcon Gaming Convention,
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
What’s nicer than spending a snowy weekend indoors, playing games? Doing it with a couple hundred other people who love it just as much as you. SNOWcon, now in its eighth year, is a gaming convention where the focus is on tabletop games of all types: board games, card games, role playing games, LARPs, miniatures, demo games, strategy games; as well as a packed game library, vendors, exhibitors, costume contests and more for gamers of all ages and experience levels.
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Strand Theatre, Rockland
Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and his band play in Rockland this January. Skaggs is largely responsible for a back-to-basics movement in country music, showing many that a bluegrass tenor with impeccable taste and enormous talent could sell traditional country in the ’80s, a time when pop music had invaded the land of rural rhythm. None of that has changed today. Tickets are available online via rocklandstrand.com.
An Evening with Pat Metheny, Collins Center for the Arts
This quartet continues jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny’s groundbreaking run with Mexican-born drummer Antonio Sánchez. Sánchez reconfigured the Hollywood soundtrack landscape with his percussion-driven score for 2015’s Academy Award-winning film “Birdman.” When Linda Oh’s not leading her own band, the bassist works with heavyweights like Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas. And 35-year-old British pianist Gwilym Simcock is one of Europe’s most acclaimed and influential young musicians. The quartet is just the latest sign that Metheny isn’t easing into his revered veteran status. Tickets are available by calling 581-1755.
Dancing With the Stars, Live!, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
This all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, including sizzling group performances, romantic duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. Dancing with the Stars: Live! travels to Cross Insurance Center on Jan. 18. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
Snowfest and Snodeo, Rangeley
Organized by the Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club, Snodeo is a weekend celebration with something for everyone. A chili and chowder cook-off, radar runs, children’s activities, live music, a snowmobile parade down Main Street, fireworks and much more. If you love snowmobiles, this is the place to be.
BSO: Bach, Handel & Haydn
Popular composers rarely performed by the BSO are brought to life in this chamber orchestra showcase, featuring BSO principal cellist Noreen Silver as soloist. Selections including J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.3, F. J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, and G. F. Handel’s Water Music: Suite No. 1, F major. The concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono.
Pies on Parade
If you love pie, it doesn’t get better than this. Pies on Parade is held the weekend of National Pie Day, with festivities beginning on Saturday with wine and pie pairings, pie tastings, and museum tours. On Sunday, Jan. 20, Historic Inns of Rockland and local restaurants and businesses open their doors from 1 to 5 p.m. for samplings of sweet and savory pies. More than 50 varieties of pie are donated by these establishments and all ticket proceeds help Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and its fuel assistance program. Visit historicinnsofrockland.com for more info.