Allen Adams

Allen Adams

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

A downtown debut on the airways

Broadcasting vet brings new radio show to Bangor market

BANGOR - Rich Kimball has been an important part of the fabric of Greater Bangor for a long time. He is a veteran of television and radio. He is a teacher and school administrator. He serves as the play-by-play voice of the University of Maine football team. He makes frequent appearances on the stage with Penobscot Theatre and the Focus Group.

The guy gets around.

His newest project, set to launch on Sept. 6, is "Downtown," a radio show that, while it has its foundation in sports, is intended to be much more than just typical sports talk. It will be airing on 910 AM from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:24

Cut loose with Footloose'

Remake fun, but flawed

The current Hollywood trend of remaking movies can be frustrating. It seems unlikely that all of the good ideas have been taken; there are still plenty of wonderful, original films coming out all the time. Despite that, studio executives have clearly decided that what people want is what they've had before.

Those sorts of decisions are what result in 'Footloose.'

It's a remake of the quintessentially 80s film of the same name starring Kevin Bacon as a city kid who comes to the sticks with something to prove and John Lithgow as the small-town preacher who blames dancing for all the ills of his town's youth.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:18

'The Big Year' not for the birds

Comedy driven by performance, plumage

Of all the hobbies that one might choose to make a film about, bird-watching would seem to be fairly low on the list. There would appear to be nothing truly dynamic inherent to quiet guys quietly picking their way through the woods and watching birds - quietly.

However, 'The Big Year' would beg to differ.

It's the story of three men who have decided to attempt what is known in birding circles as a 'big year.' The gist is that you try to see and catalog as many different species of birds (in North America) as you can in one calendar year. The person who puts up the biggest number is acknowledged as the world's best birder.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:12

'Damned' a Hell of a good time

New Palahniuk book offers a different kind of afterlife

'Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison.'

So begins 'Damned' (Doubleday; $24.95), the latest offering from best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk. And just like that, we're whisked away into a world that is part young adult novel, part John Hughes movieand complete Hell.

As in literal Hell. The place bad people go when they die? Yeah. That one. Only here, it is viewed through the cracked and chaotic lens of Palahniuk's hyperkinetic and warped sensibility. You've never seen the afterlife presented quite like this.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 14:37

An open letter to Theo Epstein

Dear Mr. Epstein,

I've been a Red Sox fan for a pretty long time. I first started really following the Red Sox at the tail end of the 1986 season. I had just started the fifth grade and the Sox were making their memorable run to the World Series. So my fandom was born in heartbreak. From day one, I understood that being a Red Sox fan meant being disappointed. It meant understanding that it wasn't a matter of if the Sox would blow it, but rather when.

And then you came along, Mr. Epstein. You came along and changed what it meant to be a Sox fan. You and yours took a team that hadn't won a championship in eight decades and landed two rings in a span of four years. You were only in the driver's seat for nine seasons, but in that time, you completely changed the perception of the Boston Red Sox organization.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 10:07

Patriots Progress Report - First Quarter

We're officially four weeks into the NFL season and the Patriots are off to another great start. New England is sitting at 3-1 and looking really tough to beat. Sure, the defense has been a little shaky, but with Tom Brady at the helm of a high-flying offense, New England has just been outscoring other teams.

This is most definitely a flawed team, and a lot of improvements will need to be made if they're to have any hope of going all the way. They can score enough to get to the playoffs, but can they prevent enough scoring to win once they get there? We'll see as the season progresses. For now, just sit back and watch the offensive fireworks.

On to the Progress Report.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 10:00

Looking back at Al Davis

Remembering an NFL legend

The NFL lost a pioneer last week when Al Davis, the longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders, passed away at the age of 82.

Ever since I've followed the game of football, I've been weirdly fascinated with Al Davis. His eccentricities, his unwavering devotion to 'the Raider way,' his ubiquitous 'Just win, baby,' and of course, the omnipresent track suits - all of it came together into this human caricature, a cartoonist's dream of a sports team owner.

However, before Davis was a punch line, before his Raider teams endured lengthy stretches of mediocrity, he was one of the most influential figures in the history of the NFL. After years of jokes at his expense by the likes of Bill Simmons and his many write-alikes, it's easy to forget that.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:53

October odyssey

Thoughts on the 2011 MLB playoffs

Friday, 07 October 2011 14:32

The lighter side of cancer

50/50' offers humor, heartbreak and humanity

Sometimes, the best, healthiest way to deal with tragedy or trauma is to laugh. Sure, it sounds counterintuitive at best, morbid at worst, but the simple truth is that there are times in our lives when you have to laugh or else you'll cry.

Discovering the humor in an inherently sad situation can be tough, especially in a film, when the slightest misstep can turn the audience against your characters in a heartbeat. Tiptoeing through the minefield of love, loss, sadness and pathos is a dangerous game, a game that can blow up in your face at any time.

But when that balance is achieved, when you can walk that narrow path through the minefield and come out on the other side, you've got something special.

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