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JAMESTOWN, New York — Did you hear the one about Bob Hope, Rodney Dangerfield and Andy Kauffman performing on the same stage?

It might not be a joke once the National Comedy Center opens its doors.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The songs still ran long. To the uninitiated, the communal rituals of the faithful fans probably looked strange. Was it trippy? Well, this was a Grateful Dead show, after all, the first in a handful over the next week that are said to be the last.

The four surviving members of the Dead, joined by a trio of well-versed companions, launched their “Fare Thee Well” mini-tour Saturday night in Northern California, where the legendary jam band got its start 50 years ago and almost two decades after the death of beloved lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.

Ray Harrington’s documentary has laughs and soul

What does it mean to be a man in today’s society? That is the question Ray Harrington attempts to address in his documentary “Be a Man.” With the help of his friend and fellow comedian Derek Furtado and crew, Harrington categorizes the key areas that are considered manly: fighting, drinking, cars and grooming or appearance.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:03

Bear-ly legal – ‘Ted 2’

by Allen Adams

Sequel lacks the heart of the original

Living in the age of Hollywood recycling, we should never be surprised to see a sequel. And when the first film is successful to an unanticipated degree, prepare yourself for a title with a number after it.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:02

Every dog has his day – ‘Max’

by Allen Adams

Family-friendly effort mostly falls flat

One could definitely argue that on the summer box office slate, there’s no room among the animated blockbusters, over-the-top comedies and CGI action movies for smaller, more niche-oriented movies. Happily, that doesn’t stop people from occasionally trying. And that variation in fare can be a welcome respite from the high-volume popcorn sensibility of the season.

‘The Book of Speculation’ a magical debut 

Books that revolve around books are a tricky proposition. They can be a little too self-referential and meta for their own good. However, when those stories work – when the book in question is a perfect fit both narratively and thematically – they not only tell dynamic tales, but also serve to celebrate the power inherent to a good book … a power that any reader worth his or her salt is constantly seeking out in the works that they choose.

ELLSWORTH - The Grand is excited to announce local country legend Danny Harper at the Ellsworth Harbor Park and Marina on Friday, July 3 at 6 p.m. as the first of the annual Free Summer Waterfront Concerts for 2015. The Waterfront Concerts are sponsored by the City of Ellsworth. Admission is free to all concerts.

Running the gamut from country to jazz to an all- steel pan group, this year’s series of free summer Waterfront Concerts has something for everybody. And Danny Harper guarantees to “keep it country!”

Monday, 29 June 2015 17:36

Watch out: 'They Came From Away'

by PR

One-man show at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts dramatizes diversity under pressure

UNITY – “They Came From Away,” a one-man play written and performed by Trevor McKinven, will be staged for one night at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts.

BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum, the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine, is pleased to announce a new Wabanaki artist fellowship. Thanks to the support of Dawnland, LLC (the concessioner in Acadia National Park), the Museum will be awarding three fellowships intended to provide support for travel, lodging, and other costs associated with exhibiting at Indian art markets in Maine and New Mexico.

“In our efforts to foster and promote contemporary Wabanaki art in both a regional and national context, these fellowships are designed to help Wabanaki artists promote their work within the greater artistic communities,” said Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Abbe Museum President and CEO.

ROCKPORT — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art continues its summer 2015 lineup of gallery talks on Wednesday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m., with artist Kevin Cyr. 

In conjunction with his current exhibition, Becoming Nomads, Cyr will talk about his work that explores themes of what it means to be autonomous, or at the very least an adventurer. The work is an expression of self-reliance, and investigates mobility, habitats, and housing. It ranges from drawings, paintings, photographs and scale models to a full-size camper sculpture towed by a Raleigh three-speed bicycle.

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