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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:13

Improv ME Festival to take inaugural bow

Improv comedy festival to feature groups from all over New England

BREWER – That foot of snow might have you a little down in the dumps. But you can’t let Mother Nature win. Chase away the early-onset winter blues by experiencing some of the best improv comedy that New England has to offer – right here.

National tour of author’s supernatural musical kicks off at Collins Center

ORONO – Stephen King is returning to one of his old haunts – and he’s bringing some ghosts of his own along for the ride.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:23

If it bleeds, it leads – ‘Nightcrawler’

Film offers bleak look at media’s questionable morality

There are few actors in Hollywood who inspire feelings as mixed as those brought forth in me by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Derivative thriller forgets to break new ground

It’s an accepted fact that there are only so many stories out there to be told. That’s one of the reasons that the film industry is seemingly propped up by a never-ending stream of sequels and franchises: coming up with original ideas is hard. Remakes and reboots are much simpler undertakings.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:09

A repo man possessed

“The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man” absurd and excellent

The hero’s journey is one of the oldest stories that we tell. There have been endless variations on that theme; a multitude of takes on the idea. And yet, so many storytellers find ways to keep that seemingly ageless idea fresh.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:06

Kibbles and Picks 2014 – Week 9

I added a little bit to my lead this week – though I’m not sure exactly how I managed it.

Luck was certainly on my side; once again, Stella got stung by some last-second heroics that helped her picks snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The ending of the Detroit/Atlanta game in London was a microcosm – Detroit managed a game-winning field goal after a penalty negated their first (missed) try.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:41

Faith’s cosmic boundaries

“The Book of Strange New Things” transcends genre

While there have always been works that strived to use the tropes of science fiction to transcend the clichés inherent to the genre, it seems that over the past decade or two, more and more writers have brought the conventions of sci-fi into the realm of literary fiction.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:35

Out on a limb

HOWARD, N.Y. - Authorities say charges are pending against two men who led police in western New York on a vehicle and foot chase that ended after one of the suspects climbed a tree.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says the men fled a deputy who was checking on their parked vehicle in the town of Howard Saturday morning. The driver sped away at speeds reaching 80 mph and drove through a field before going over an embankment.

What a difference a month makes.

We’re now at the halfway mark of the Patriots season and it would appear that all of the naysaying from the first month might have been…let’s just say misguided.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:16

Celebrity Slam - 10/29/14

Facing facts

One of the unfortunate realities of celebrity existence is the constant and unwavering attention paid to every aspect of what you do and who you do it with. The argument can be made that it’s part of the unwritten social contract into which public figures enter with the world around them. Part of being famous is, well…being famous. A certain degree of sacrifice is to be expected in those circumstances.

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