Allen Adams

Allen Adams

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:36

Ink' to take its first bow

Penobscot Theatre to present world premiere

BANGOR Penobscot Theatre Company has given audiences a lot to appreciate in recent years. We have seen harmonic musicals, door-slamming farces and modern classics grace the Bangor Opera House Stage. However, what we haven't seen is a world premiere.

Until now, that is.

PTC will be presenting the world premiere of the play 'Ink' by Alice Van Buren. The play, which originally appeared at the 2010 Northern Writes New Play Festival (and was voted audience favorite), is receiving the full stage treatment. Previews of the show begin on March 28, with the official opening night taking place on March 30.

It's the story of Mary Rowlandson, the first female author to be published in America. In February of 1676, preacher's wife Rowlandson was taken from her home in Lancaster, MA by Native Americans. She was their captive for nearly three months before finally being ransomed and returned to her husband.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:49

Making it happen

Local group launches literary magazine

BANGOR Anyone who has spent time in and around Bangor over the past few years has borne witness to a wonderful evolution. The creative community in the area has been growing exponentially and the arts have become a significant presence.

The newest addition to our artistic landscape is The Tarratine Quarterly, a new literary publication based right here in Bangor. It's a wide-ranging, freewheeling publication offering art, poetry, proseand ideas. The first issue is titled 'Manifest/O' and contains works from artists both nearby and farther afield.

In addition to the 500 or so physical copies, Tarratine will also be launching a PDF version of the magazine. That version will be forthcoming in two weeks or so; visit for more details.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:06

More peerless prognostication: MLB 2012

Thoughts on the upcoming baseball season

It's almost time. Florida and Arizona are abuzz with Major League Baseball teams getting themselves ready, tweaking those rosters and making those difficult final decisions about minor league demotions and even the ends of careers.

The game is once again coming to life, but while one of baseball's hallmarks is its consistency, this particular offseason has seen a lot of change. There have been some major changes of address: Prince Fielder moves from Milwaukee to Detroit; Japanese sensation Yu Darvish will take the mound for the Texas Rangers; and St. Louis icon Albert Pujols made the move to the West Coast in joining the Angels.

However, the biggest development of all is MLB's decision to add another wild card team to the postseason. This means that five teams from each league will make the playoffs, with the two wild card teams kicking off the October festivities with a one-off, win-and-in game. This can only serve to provide even more fans with reason to stay invested in their home teams throughout the long season.

Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:20

Dr. Seuss saves the Earth The Lorax'

The works of Dr. Seuss have been adapted to the big screen many times over the years with mixed results. For whatever reason, some of his stories translate well to film while others simply do not. However, his canon is so universally beloved that the movies just keep on coming.
The latest attempt is 'The Lorax,' from the same team that did 2010's excellent 'Despicable Me.' Chris Renaud and Ken Daurio are certainly talented, and there are some great moments here, but the movie never seems to quite live up to its potential.
3 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:16

'Project X' deserves an F

Sometimes, a movie comes along that looks just terrible. You see the trailers and read the advance coverage and you think to yourself 'Man, what a steaming pile that movie is going to be.' Of course, you're still kind of titillated by the idea of going to see this awful, awful movie. Sometimes it's fun to see something you know is going to be bad.
But sometimes you get a movie that's beyond bad, a movie that is exponentially worse than even the terrible trailers ever indicated.
Sometimes you get 'Project X.'
1 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 15 March 2012 07:17

Celebrity Slam - Mar. 14, 2012

Love hates Muppets

There are certain go-tos when it comes to this space. It's a wonderful day when I turn on my computer and immediately see the name of one of my favorites. It almost assures me that I'll have some first-rate, top shelf asshattery on which to comment.

Courtney Love's name came up today.

Yes yes yes we see a lot of Ms. Love in this space. If you are weary of her, I apologize. However, the fact of the matter is that she says and does a whole lot of crazy stuff. Not even Hollywood 'crazy' crazy crazy. Scary crazy. Happily, her latest insanity isn't of the abusive, apartment-burning ilk this time. Still, she has put some beloved characters right in her crosshairs.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:33

John Carter' just misses

Adventure epic lacks spirit of source material

One of the problems with adapting a beloved literary property to the big screen is the simple truth that you can't satisfy everybody. Like it or not, two hours of film cannot match 400 pages of novel in terms of sheer volume of description. So filmmakers pick and choose the parts that they use - making a coherent movie, sure, but also infuriating the purists. Of course, if the literary property in question is almost a century old, there's a little leeway.

So it is with 'John Carter.'

The film is based on the Barsoom series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This film is based primarily on 'A Princess of Mars,' the first of a dozen different stories featuring the planet Mars as imagined by Burroughs.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:25

A Thousand Words' and zero laughs

Clumsy comedy has little to offer

Remember when Eddie Murphy used to be funny?

The past few months have heard rumblings that maybe Eddie was on his way back he'd shown us a little of the old razzle dazzle in 'Tower Heist;' he was set to host the Oscars but then the movie went nowhere and Brett Ratner's homophobic slurring took care of the hosting gig and the talk of Eddie's return sort of disappeared.

'A Thousand Words,' Murphy's latest, is indicative of the kind of dreck to which he has exposed audiences over the past couple of decades.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:46

The descent into (March) madness

It's that time of year again, that time when even the most casual of sports fans (or even non-fans) start paying attention to the wild and wooly world of NCAA hoops. 

That's right, folks. It's tourney time.

You've all seen the NCAA tournament brackets that are essentially ubiquitous following the final selections and seedings that took place over the weekend. Chances are pretty good that even if you don't follow the sport yourself, you know someone who follows college basketball. And there's a solid possibility that that someone, or someone who knows that someone, is putting together a tournament pool.

Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:09

Celebrity Slam - Mar. 7, 2012

Give and take

You may not remember, but Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries were married for a little while. Then they got divorced soon afterward. However, unlike with most marriages, this divorce was only the beginning.

Kris Humphries has returned to the spotlight with his recent outrage about Kim's refusal to return the gifts they received from their wedding guests. Kim made a charitable donation (to the tune of $200,000 twice the value of the presents) instead of returning the gifts. It might seem a little weird that Kardashian is keeping them, but she's well within the parameters of proper etiquette. She was under no obligation to do anything, though the donation was a nice gesture.

While Humphries has said that he appreciates that Kardashian made the donation, he felt that the donation should have been made in addition to returning all the presents. He also made mention yet again that the guests were duped by Kim's 'fraud' with regards to the wedding.

Like sands through the hourglass

Where to begin? Let's start with the fact that all this donation stuff happened months ago. Are you really just now addressing it, Kris? Clearly it must have been bothering you if you spent the past three months formulating your response. That must be it, right? Or did you bring it up because you've been confronted with the fact that you're a mediocre basketball player and this is the only way you can get anyone to pay attention to you? It was nice being for-real famous for a few minutes, wasn't it Kris? Hard to let that go.

The best part of all is that one of Kardashian's friends is calling BS. He claims that he gave Humphries a $5000 gift card as a personal wedding gift and that Humphries refused to return it. So not only is he being a self-righteous d-bag about the whole thing, he's a hypocrite too!

That's not how ballers do it, buddy. Sit down on the bench and think about what you've done.

Southern-fried sexual harassment

Celebrity chef Paula Deen is in a bit of hot water thanks to a lawsuit brought by a former employee.

Lisa Jackson, who worked as the general manager of Bubba's Oyster and Seafood House (co-owned by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers) in Savannah, Georgia from 2005-2010. She alleges that during the entirety of her employment there, she was subjected to all manner of inappropriate behaviors, including lots of racist and sexist comments. She is claiming sexual harassment and infliction of emotional distress.

Jackson claims that Hiers was constantly bringing pornography into the workplace, even going to XXX websites on work computers and never logging out, making porn a constant presence in Jackson's workday. He told her he wanted to replace the entire staff with 'Hooters girls' and complained about servers he deemed 'fat.' She also claims that Hiers told her to 'bring pictures of herself when she was young' for him to look at. In addition, both Hiers and Deen were liberal users of racial slurs, according to Jackson.

The irony is that the only reason Jackson was hired was because the man who previously had the gig was fired for you guessed it sexually harassing the staff. Said harassment led to this delightful aside: Deen allegedly said to the outgoing manager 'If you think I have worked this hard to lose everything because of a piece of p---y, you better think again, and now I'm going to do something I have never done I am going to put a woman in a man's job.'

How progressive.

While there are two sides to every story, if even a fraction of this is true, Team Deen has got some serious issues on their hands. Seriously what century is it again? I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that dropping n-bombs in the workplace has been considered inappropriate behavior for some time now. I can see how that sort of language might be disconcerting in a place of business.

And the porn thing is just gross. How socially maladjusted can you be? And to throw all this at the woman who replaced the guy you fired for sexual harassment? It's just ridiculous. The dude is a troglodytic moron whose sole redeeming quality appears to be his sibling relationship to a woman capable of constructing an entire meal out of butter and bacon fat.

GodI wonder what his office smells like.

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