With a bad cold and a broken-down car, and a generous helping of other chaos, my dreamer's mind has been shut down for a while. Well, maybe I'm feeling a little better today, because, while downloading a free album of songs by Maine musicians, sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, I stumbled across the story of St. Lawrence Arts, in Portland, which rescued and old church from ruin and turned it into a performing arts venue, just like my Gymnopedie fantasy. Cause for optimism? Sounds like their building was in even worse shape than Gymnopedie by far. Cause for pragmatism? Looks like the efforts to get where they are have taken about 20 years; and Portland has a larger population and is artsy-fartsier. Here's the link to the history of St. Lawrence Arts. Next up, they have a plan to add on a second larger theater to the complex.
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