Saturday Nights at the DAC promise music and madness, on a weekly basis. Unless otherwise noted, shows are all BYOB, cabaret-style seating. So come on down, and let’s go crazy. Advance tickets—always at a discount!—are available as noted below, or at Bridgton Books and Morning Dew Natural Grocery.
Returning by popular demand this year is Maine’s premiere string quartet—minus one: While Violist Kristen Monk recovers from a surgery, the remaining trio will be on hand for a sparser, but perhaps even richer program this year, consisting of just three pieces: Beethoven’s Opus 9 #3 C Minor, Schubert’s Trio in B flat major D581, and a rare treat in Hungarian composer Erno Dohnanyi’s Serenade, Opus 10. Buy tickets early—this event will sell out!
Denmark becomes a Souk for the night, as we welcome Portland’s Alhan Middle Eastern Music Ensemble to town for a night of classical and popular Arabic and Turkish music of the 17th to the 21st centuries. They will also demonstrate muwashshahat, a song form developed in 10th century Andalusia and performed throughout the modern Arab world. Having studied with master teachers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, the members of Alhan strive to convey authentic versions of the music with a contemporary flare. With Madeleine Hanna; lead vocals and duff, Lauren Hastings; violin, Tom Kovacevic; oud, nay and vocals, and Eric LaPerna; riqq, darbuka and nay.
NOTE: Alhan founder Eric LaPerna will be teaching a workshop on Middle Eastern Drumming on Saturday, July 29. See here for details.
Join Norway, Maine’s Mollyockett Chorus for a mix of ballads and up-tunes, interspersed with vignettes about an eccentric family trying to agree on a vacation destination. The chorus’ singular style and playful selections have made Mollyockett a beloved fixture of the Lakes Region. Come on down to Denmark for a treat as we savor their a capella harmonies and tap our toes through a great evening.
Saturday, August 3, 7:30pm, pay-what-you-wish
PechaKucha is sweeping the globe! It’s true: from its inception in Tokyo a few years back, this Japanese show-and-tell technique has spread to thousands of cities worldwide, and claims enthusiastic audiences wherever it goes. A framework for brief, topical presentations, PechaKucha requires all presenters to adhere to a strict format: 20 slides, each presented for 20 seconds—no more, no less. Other than that, there are no rules. So if you have something you think you want to tell us… PechaKucha!
NOTE: This event is open to all, and potential presenters are strongly encouraged! If you have a topic you’d like to share with us, please get in touch with Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the DAC for a very special night of rare film and live music, as we welcome celebrated Portland musician Jeff Beam to Denmark for the world premiere of a new DAC commission, Stories from the Past; Sounds from the Future. Working closely with Bucksport’s own Northeast Historic Film archives, Beam has selected a handful of silent-film curiosities from throughout New England around which to build an eclectic songspiel. From scenes of blueberry farming in Hiram, to ice harvesting in Machias, via anonymous family tales on the shores of any old Maine lake, these forgotten historical documents provide the perfect foils for Beam’s elegant, evocative scores and songs. So come on down and see Maine like you’ve never seen it before!
NOTE: This screening will be followed by a panel discussion about representations of Maine, Past & Future.
The Fine Art of Burlesque, w/ the Boston Babydolls
Saturday, August 17, 7:30pm, $12 Advance / $15 Door
The award-winning Boston Babydolls—voted “Boston’s Best Burlesque” three years running—are a bonafide bumping, grinding, tassel-twirling, burlesque troupe on a mission to re-create the golden age of the artform. Since 2005, these rhinestone-covered glamour girls have been shaking and shimmying their way around the world, entertaining the masses and picking up new fans wherever they go. Every performance is unique! Come welcome them to Denmark for an evening of giant feathered fans, coquettish looks, glittering rhinestones, and vintage style that will really stir your paint! Ages 18+ only.
NOTE: The BabyDolls will be leading a (PG-13 rated) workshop at the DAC on Saturday, August 17. See here for full details.
(Made in Maine) Dinner & A Movie
Saturday, August 24, 7:30pm $15 Advance / $20 Door
EVENT SPONSORED BY MORNING DEW NATURAL GROCERY Come celebrate the very land we live in, as we present the moo-ving Made-in-Maine documentary Betting the Farm (See here for info on the film itself), and enjoy a 100% locally sourced, three-course meal created and prepared by renown New York organic activist and French Culinary Institute graduate Lauren Utvich (pictured at left). Come join us for Starter, “Maine,” and Dessert! BYO(Maine-Brewed!)B.
All Freakin’ Night!
Sunday, September 1, Dusk-to-Dawn!, $10
Okay, so Sunday is technically not Saturday. But you can still end the year in FEAR—all starting with a final slice of that Made-in-Maine cake with Black Rock (see here for details). The horrorshow then continues all night long, ending with a Pancake Breakfast at 7am the following morning at the DAC. So bring your sleeping bags (and security blankets!), and get ready to shiver. The lineup is secret, but trust us: we’ll have scary monsters and super freaks a-plenty! Ages 16+ only.
NOTE: We hope to host this event in Bicentennial Park—Dress warm!