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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:54

Distinctive downtown dining

Two new restaurants expand the scope of Bangor's offerings

Over these past few years, we've been privileged to witness the blossoming of Bangor a downtown renaissance of sorts. New businesses of all fashions and flavors are popping up left and right. It's a time of explosive, exciting growth.

Even so, when two new restaurants open up within two weeks of one another and less than a mile apart, it warrants mentioningespecially if each place brings something new and unique to the table. These establishments are each powered by passion and packed with offerings for every stripe; there's something for everyone.

Check out this brand-new pair of downtown dining destinations.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:33

Portrait of a president - Lincoln'

Spielberg, Day-Lewis bring history to life

Every once in a while, moviegoers are treated to a perfect cinematic storm, a confluence of talent that all but assures excellence. It is a rare and wonderful thing to see unfailingly exceptional actors, writers, director and subject matter come together in the same place at the same time. When they do, the result is true movie magic.

If you're lucky, the result is a movie like 'Lincoln.'

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:07

Giving thanks in the movies

A look at some films with Thanksgiving themes

As a rule, when we hear the term 'holiday movie,' we almost automatically equate it to 'Christmas movie.' It's understandable Christmas is by far the most cinematically celebrated holiday. But is that fair? There are other holidays after all including one right around the corner.

So in that spirit, here are a few 'holiday' favorites that revolve not around Christmas trees but rather turkey dinners. Thanksgiving, while vastly underrepresented in the world of Hollywood, has still managed to serve as the setting for a few great (and some not-so-great) film offerings.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:29

About to throw a Tantrum'

New nightspot to open soon in Bangor

BANGOR The past few years have seen a bit of a renaissance in downtown Bangor. There has been an explosion of new establishments aimed at making the area a destination for food and fun.

In just a matter of weeks, yet another new nightspot will be added to the growing roster.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:03

Previewing the 100th Grey Cup

Toronto and Calgary meet for the CFL championship

This February, the Super Bowl will be contested at the Superdome in New Orleans. It will mark the 47th time the game has been played. Millions upon millions of people from all corners of the globe will watch. Hundreds of television hours and thousands of articles are devoted to coverage of the NFL every season; you'll even occasionally find some here in these pages. The NFL is the biggest business in American sports, and the Super Bowl is its culmination.

But what if I told you that there was another professional football championship being contested here in November? A championship that has been around for over twice as long as the Super Bowl?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:27

Celebrity Slam - Nov. 21, 2012

This week in Lohans

Here at Celebrity Slam, we do our best to avoid going back to the same well too frequently. Making fun of the same handful of celebrities every week isn't necessarily our aim; the goal is to spread the sweet mockery amongst all those who deserve it. However, occasionally our hands are forced.

That's right, boys and girls it's the Lohans!

Friday, 16 November 2012 10:39

The Curious Steambox Affair' a near miss

Steampunk mystery never quite finds its feet

The relative popularity of steampunk as a literary genre makes a good deal of sense. It combines the romanticism of the Victorian era with the trappings of science fiction, resulting in a mash-up to delight history buffs and sci-fi fans alike. The possibilities of a world where major scientific advances are made with the power of steam are myriad.

Of course, having a lot of directions in which to go also means that there are a lot of directions not worth going.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 22:46

The evolution of a spy Skyfall'

Newest Bond film reinvigorates the franchise

It's hard to fathom, but the James Bond film franchise is celebrating its 50th year. That's half a century of a single iconic character evolving right alongside our culture. Starting with Sean Connery first gracing the screen as Bond in 1962's 'Dr. No,' there have now been 23 cinematic outings featuring the now-archetypal superspy.

(And yes, I'm aware that there are a handful of 'other' Bond movies; we're just talking about the projects from Eon Productions.)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:40

A master at work

Notes on watching Louis C.K. live

PORTLAND I am sitting in perhaps the best seats I have ever had for a live performance. We're in the second row and I'm right on the aisle. I am about to get up close and personal with a master of the craft.

I'm about to see Louis C.K.

For those who are unfamiliar, Louis C.K. is perhaps one of the most prominent stand-up comedians out there today. His FX television series 'Louie' is providing a whole new insight as to what is possible with scripted television. With his show, C.K. has a degree of autonomy unseen in the TV world; not only is he the star, but he writes and directs every episode. He even edited much of the first season-plus himself, though those duties have apparently been at least partially handed off as of late. The end result is a deconstruction of the situation comedy; something old is new again.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:35

Embracing the everyday with Penn Jillette

'Every Day is an Atheist Holiday' humorous and honest

There are plenty of writers out there who celebrate their respective faiths. Religion is a great part of our world's wonderful literary tapestry. Authors everywhere wax poetically about the whats and whys of their beliefs.

And then there's Penn Jillette.

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