Lewiston and Auburn, twin cities where the rivers of Creativity, Industry, Art, and Innovation converge. Home to a rich array of arts and cultural offerings where you will find thriving Franco communities made up both of traditional and new Mainers. Visit a downtown bustling with international cultures, historic buildings, modern museums, top quality eateries, and world-class offerings in theater, dance and music.
--- October 6 and 7 ---
Gendron Franco Center
and the Bates Mill Complex
The breadth and depth of fine and performing arts groups, organizations, and performances will delight and inspire you. With professional and community theatre, the symphony, local galleries, art and historical museums, lectures, dance festivals, and more. There are several options for those wishing to enjoy creative offerings on Thursday evening after the opening reception, as well as ongoing arts programing throughout the community.
Thursday Evening Specials, Starting at 7:30
Multiple locations in downtown Lewiston
Take an evening walk starting from the Franco Center and going through downtown Lewiston to experience local art, live music and delicious cuisine. Modeled after Lewiston Auburn's successful six-year art walk, the Art Crawl will let you design your own experience by visiting destinations such as, Wicked Illustrations, LA Arts, She Doesn't Like Guthries, The Hive Artist Collective, Avant-Garde Maine, and many more.
Community Little Theatre - Behind the Scenes of Broadway Musicals
30 Academy Street, Auburn, Maine 042100
Now in its 78th season, Auburn's Community Little Theatre is Maine’s longest continuously running community theater. CLT produces both musicals and non-musicals as a local membership organization. On Thursday October 6th they will present Behind the Scenes of Broadway Musicals: a showcase of current and past seasons, including numbers from Chicago, Gypsy, Shrek and more. They will also host a tour of their backstage and show off Central Maine’s largest costume repository.
Lewiston Public Library - Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine Poet Laureate
200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240
On October 6th the library will host an evening of poetry in both fun, contemporary slam and traditional formats, featuring Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum and the award-winning poetry slam students of Lewiston’s Edward Little High School. At over a century old, the Lewiston Public Library today is an invaluable community asset. This public repository of knowledge and culture serves as a focal point for education and information in Lewiston. It provides a wide range of information services to users of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems and has been a visiting writer and guest lecturer at programs around the U.S. His poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. Students from Edward Little High School participate in the Maine Writes program and took the top three honors in 2016 in a live, on-stage poetry slam against Bronx & Brooklyn students in New York City.
MEMORY by Amy Stacey Curtis
Bates Mill Complex, 35 Canal Street, Fourth Floor, Lewiston, Maine
September 18 through October 28, 2016, everyday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Amy Stacey Curtis has undertaken an 18-year commitment to interactive installation art, a project culminating through 9 solo-biennial exhibits from 2000 to 2016. In the end, Curtis will have installed 81 large-in-scope interactive works in 9 vast mill spaces of 8 Maine towns. Her last biennial MEMORY is in the same town which hosted her first, The Bates Mill in Lewiston.
Bates College Museum of Art - Multiple Exhibitions
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
75 Russell Street. Lewiston, Maine 04240
The Bates College Museum of Art brings a world of ideas to Bates College and the state of Maine. Through temporary exhibitions, the permanent collection, programming and education programs are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the College and region. Exhibits through October 8 include ROBERT INDIANA: NOW AND THEN, Jay Bolotin: The Book of Only Enoch, and Mythology.
Museum LA - Covering the Nation: The Art of the Bates Bedspread
35 Canal Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Museum L-A chronicles the history of work, industry and community in Lewiston and Auburn; serves as a community gathering place; creates engaging learning experiences; and contributes to the civic, cultural, and economic revitalization of L-A. Covering the Nation: The Art of the Bates Bedspread is the creation of guest curator Jacqueline Field who brought together some of the best known and most beautiful Bates bedspreads from the museum’s collection. Accompanying the bedspreads are display cases featuring advertising that was utilized to promote the Bates brand.
Baxter Brewing Tap Room - Brewery Tours and Tastings
70 Lincoln Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Thursday-Saturday: 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Baxter Brewing Co. is a Maine-based craft brewery which is the first of its kind in New England to can all of its beer. Located in Bates Mill in the up-and-coming community of Lewiston/Auburn, Maine. Brewery tours are free and include samples of regular, commercially-available beers. For groups of 15 or more or special requests, please call the brewery (207-333-6769) to make an appointment. Currently on tap: Pamola Session Ale | Tarnation Maine Lager | Stowaway IPA | Hayride Spiced Rye Ale. There is also the Small Batch Series: Red, Wit & Blue (Belgian Wit w/Grapefruit Zest & Spruce Tips) | Orange American Wheat Lager | El Presidente (Mexican Lager w/Lime Zest) | Double Bock (German Style Lager).