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'Sells Out' to be performed at Bangor Opera House

BANGOR Penobscot Theatre Company's Northern Writes Festival has gotten a makeover this year. While it is still primarily focused on the workshopping and development of new theatrical works, the festival is spreading its wings a bit in this, its sixth year.

Part of that spread is the inclusion of other types of performance as part of the proceedings. You've got some spoken word poetry. You've got a CD launch party from local band When Particles Collide.

And, closing the festival, you've got the spirited degenerates of Her Majesty's Cabaret. HMC is bringing its newest show 'Sells Out' to the stage of the Bangor Opera House on Saturday, June 23 at 9 pm. Tickets are $10, although that admission also includes admission to any or all of the four Northern Writes readings taking place at the Opera House on Saturday.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:09

Father knows worst That's My Boy'

Sandler's first foray into R-rated comedy falls flat

It has become common in critical circles to look down on the works of Adam Sandler. Sandler's man-child antics have lost their luster for film critics around the world; those who watch movies for a living have grown tired of Sandler's never-changing shtick. And with good reason with very rare exception, the films that Sandler and his Happy Madison production company have produced have been getting steadily worse over the past decade-plus.

But hey millions of people go out and shell out their hard-earned dollars to see this junk, so what do the critics know?

Sandler's latest offering is 'That's My Boy,' yet another example of Sandler taking a promising comedic concept and hammering into the ground under wave after wave of repetitive idiocy and poorly-acted cameos from Sandler's buddies.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:05

Rock of Ages' less than solid

Movie musical combines the worst of Broadway, 80s rock

While they were once a vital part of the cinematic landscape, movie musicals have become much more of a hit or miss proposition. A musical with both good music and good execution can still be a bona fide hit, but the sad truth is that one or the other of those two primary factors is often found lacking.

'Rock of Ages,' based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, is Hollywood's latest effort.

It's 1987 the golden age of the LA rock scene. Young Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough, 'Footloose') is a starry-eyed girl who has moved to the big city from Tulsa, Oklahoma to be a famous singer. Upon her arrival, she meets Drew (Diego Boneta, TV's '90210'), an aspiring young rocker who just happens to work at the legendary Bourbon Room, a music club owned and operated by aging rocker Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin, TV's '30 Rock') and his assistant Lonny (Russell Brand, 'Arthur').

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:43

The return of Douglas Adams (kind of)

New book adapts Adams's never-aired television scripts

When I first glanced at the copy of 'Shada' (ACE, $26.95) on my desk, I was dubious mostly because of the bold 'Doctor Who' that shared the book's cover. Novelizations of TV shows rarely prove to be anything worth writing home about, but then something else caught my eye.

'The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams.'

Now you have my attention.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:06

2012: The year of the no-hitter?

One of the great things about great sports moments is that you never know when you're going to get one. Or more than one.

In 1990 and 1991, major league baseball saw an unprecedented number of no-hitters. Each season saw seven; a number unmatched in the entirety of the game's modern era and surpassed only once in baseball's entire history (In 1884, the age of spitballs and a mound just 50 feet away, there were eight). That two-year period represented a spike of pitching dominance that was unlike anything baseball had ever seen.

2012 has a chance to be another one of those spikes. Maybe the biggest ever. So far this season (and bear in mind there are still roughly 100 games to go), there have been five no-hitters two of them perfect games.

Thursday, 14 June 2012 22:47

The frantic farce of The Foreigner'

UMaine summer theatre kicks off third season

ORONO The University of Maine Summer Music Theatre Festival is back with their 2012 season.

This season debuts with 'The Foreigner' by Larry Shue. The production is actually a collaboration between UMSMTF and Bangor Community Theatre. Performances are at the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on the University of Maine campus and run through June 17.

Charlie Baker is a bit of a dull guy nice, but dull. Charlie's friend Froggy LeSueur is a British explosives expert who occasionally comes to the U.S. to run training sessions. Froggy brings Charlie along with him on one of these jaunts, putting him up in a rural fishing lodge in Georgia.

However, Froggy must tend to his duties and leave Charlie alone at the lodge, which serve only to exacerbate Charlie's feelings of shyness. In an attempt to help his friend, Froggy tells Betty, the lodge owner, that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and neither speaks nor understands English.

Novel filled with humor, heartbreak and hubris

Weddings are complicated business. Not only do you have to deal with your own family, but with that family whose fate will soon be intertwined with yours. There are so many particulars that need to be addressed; crossing t's and dotting i's. Everyone is emotionally charged and walking on eggshells. Whether you're the bride or groom or just a family member on the periphery, weddings are often incredibly complex.

That said, wonderful stories can be mined from those complexities. Author Maggie Shipstead has created one such story with her debut novel 'Seating Arrangements' (Knopf; $25.95). It's a tale of a single weekend in a man's life the weekend his eldest daughter is getting married. Unbeknownst to him, however, he is set to gain much more than a son-in-lawand lose much more than a daughter.

Thursday, 14 June 2012 07:52

Prometheus' rises

Ridley Scott prequel lives up to the hype

Ridley Scott is a master of creating atmosphere. His films always have a lush visual aesthetic that elevates them. He's also got some wonderful horror sensibilities; the first 'Alien' mined epic scares with cardboard cutouts and lighting tricks. His bromance with Russell Crowe has gotten to be a bit much as of late, so it was probably time for Ridley get some alone time.

So we get 'Prometheus.' Scott is returning to the near-future universe of 'Alien' only this time with a multimillion studio budget. Would the money enhance what Scott already brings to the table? Or would he get bogged down by the budget's temptations and expectations?

Turns out it's the former.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 15:34

An ambivalent NBA Finals prediction

A look ahead from someone who doesn't really care

I've long had a lukewarm relationship with the NBA. As a fan of sports in general and New England teams specifically, I check in with the Celtics from time to time throughout the season, but I rarely pay any real attention until the playoffs start and only then when the Celtics are in contention.

The 2012 Celtics took us on quite a ride, but they ultimately came up short, leaving us with a Miami Heat/Oklahoma City Thunder matchup in the finals. While this is admittedly the dream outcome for the NBA powers that be, most of my personal interest ticked away along with the final seconds of Celtics/Heat Game 7.

Still, it would be remiss of me not to engage my exceedingly inaccurate powers of prediction for this series, and so here's how I see it:

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:51

Celebrity Slam - June 13, 2012

Miss Informed?

Beauty pageants are serious business. While the millions of television watchers out there get a chance to watch the ceremony unfold and see all the glitz and glamor, there's a dark underside to events such as the Miss USA competition. One contestant in this year's pageant Miss Pennsylvania is trying to bring some of those dark machinations into the light.

There's only one problem: she's a lunatic.

Sheena Monnin represented the state of Pennsylvania in the recent Miss USA pageant. She didn't win, but according to her, it wasn't because she failed to measure up. Oh no it was because the entire thing is rigged. Her evidence? She claims that one of her fellow contestants (Miss Florida) saw a list of the five finalists before they were announced. Proof! The fix is in!

Not so fast.

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