Monthly Archives: February 2009

Movies at the Museum

By Vanessa Nesvig
Coordinator of Special Projects

Well, the long anticipated opening night of the Movies at the Museum happened last Friday night. A sold out performance of A Hard Day’s Night kicked off the season with 186 people waiting in a line that at one point snaked around the Café and was up the stairs! Steve and Judy Halpert (former owners of The Movies on Exchange Street) were fantastic hosts, introducing the new venture at the Museum and welcoming old friends.

The Museum’s slide booth has been transformed as we moved the Halpert’s equipment up from Exchange Street. Dedicated helpers like Dennis Levasseur and Eddy Bolz set up the 35mm film projector and a giant set of platters to build and break down the film projector. Though the equipment is large and impressive looking, it seems right at home in our now multi-media booth!

This weekend should prove another rockin’ line-up with three Academy Award nomination/winners; Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Rachel Getting Married, and Frozen River. Tickets are sold at the admissions desk on the day of the show. See you there!

February Vacation Rock & Roll Camp

by Julia Einstein
Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs

Rod Stewart’s lyric, “Every picture tells a story, don’t it,” plays in my head as I look at these from our great week! Young artist-musicians, Daphne, Samuel, Gabriel, and others, came with their creative rock attitudes and styles to look at and listen to famous visual and musical artists. How fantastic it was to view the Rock & Roll Photography exhibition as inspiration on how to photograph our own pose, style, and attitude! Looking at art as we traveled throughout the Museum’s galleries was the best way to collect ideas and Josephine Cameron, our music teacher, taught us to translate these song sketches into original compositions. Our campers produced a rock & roll CD complete with photographic cover art and design, liner notes, and a sessions recording. It was very cool!

Reading Bob Dylan Aloud

By Tim Beidel
Director of Interactive Development
The VIA Group

I had the opportunity to be among the readers last Saturday at Foto-Rhetoric: The Poetry of Bob Dylan. While I was looking forward to it, it occurred to me on the way to the Museum that this could turn out like a horrible college date: a few disinterested passers-by pausing as they noticed someone was reading song lyrics to them from the corner, and worse, talking about what those lyrics meant to them.

I needn’t have worried. The gallery was packed, as it has often been for the Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography exhibition, and there was a big group of Dylanphiles ready to hang on to each and every word—words that in most cases they have been hanging on to for decades.

We readers provided a cross-section of Dylan’s work, from the iconic (”Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’”) to, thanks to Dennis Bailey, a former spokesman for Maine Governor Angus King, poetry from Dylan’s album liner notes.

The highlight, though, was when an audience member read “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” and everyone joined along in the refrain. This was the kind of crowd that would have thought this was a good college date.