Hell is many things to many people. For centuries, writers have been using their notions of Hell as settings to tell their tales. Works such as “Inferno” from Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” or John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” illustrate the far-flung ancestry of literature’s introspective (and occasionally illicit) affair with Hell.
Modern authors often choose to represent Hell not as a place of fire and brimstone and screams of torment, but rather as enormous bureaucratic machines embodying a vast absence of meaning. In these reimagined Hells, the suffering of the damned is not called forth through physical methods, but rather more existential ones.
Part of our state’s namesake is on display in Bangor. This crest was a rallying cry during the early days of the nation. See if you can remember what others were asked to remember. (Photo by Katy England).
Last week’s view was a detail on the wall of the canals that run through the Queen City. The Kenduskeag Stream flows into the Penobscot, but first she wends through downtown Bangor. (Photo by Katy England)
PORTLAND – American rock band and multi-platinum selling artist Weezer will be returning to Maine on Friday, July 31 as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series at the Maine State Pier.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 6 at 10 a.m. Please see below for more details.
Remember when Will Smith was a movie star?
One might argue that he remains a movie star, but the truth is that since 2008, Smith has appeared in just a handful of movies. That list includes a cameo in “Anchorman 2” and an extended cameo in the execrable “Winter’s Tale.” Other than that, there was a phoned-in return to the “Men in Black” franchise and the well-documented nepotistic cautionary tale that was “After Earth.”
Lady A and special guest Hunter Hayes will play at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion June 4
BANGOR – Waterfront Concerts is excited to announce the return of Grammy Award Winning Country Artist Lady Antebellum to Bangor!
BANGOR – The Bangor Symphony Orchestra will be offering two exciting events for concertgoers and supporters the weekend of March 7 and 8. On Saturday, March 7, the 7th Annual Symphony Soiree will take place at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre, featuring unique auction items including the chance to commission new works from BSO Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman as well as Maine artist and UMaine professor Kerstin Engman. On Sunday, March 8, the BSO continues its Masterworks season at the Collins Center with Russian Masters, featuring pianist Norman Krieger in Rachmaninoff’s lush and gorgeous Piano Concerto No. 3. Tickets and information for both events are available at bangorsymphony.org.
The Symphony Soiree is the BSO’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with tickets now on sale for $60 per person. The evening will begin in the Gracie Theatre lobby with a silent auction at 6 p.m., with items ranging from Patriots tickets to kayaks to jewelry, art and local restaurant gift certificates. Heavy appetizers and complimentary beer and wine will be available during this time. At 8 p.m., attendees will move to the Gracie Theatre stage for dessert, a live auction, and a variety of performances featuring Maestro Richman, members of the BSYO, pianist Norman Krieger and vocalist Joelle Morris.
ELLSWORTH – The Ellsworth Area Chamber of commerce recently announced that March is “Dine Around Month” and is encouraging member to check out area food establishment and enjoy the seasonal offerings that have been put together for the Annual March Dine Around.
Each year at this time, in order to combat the winter blues, the Chamber, along with many local eating and food establishments, puts together a great list of specials, deals, new items and discounts for locals to get out of the house and take advantage of. Over 20 restaurants and food establishments have offers on this year’s Dine Around Menu. Each business picks what they will offer for a special, a discount, new item and when it’s available. New this year are coupons from several local places offering a discount for the entire month on an item or event.
BANGOR - Next up at Penobscot Theatre Company is a production designed to inspire laughter and serious thought in equal measure. “End Days,” by acclaimed playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer, plays March 12-29 at the historic Bangor Opera House. Through the story of 16-year-old Rachel Stein, Laufer weaves family and faith into a hilarious tapestry and asks, what would Stephen Hawking do?
"I didn't realize how my own beliefs had evolved," said Director Bari Newport, "until I began work on this absurdly delightful play. Bringing ‘End Days’ to life has brought me such joy and clarity, owing to the fresh, youthful lens through which the story is told. I hope our audience leaves more deeply connected and more hopeful."
BANGOR – April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, the Bangor Public Library has partnered with Bangor High School to bring poet Richard Blanco to Bangor. On Friday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a reception and Mr. Blanco will read from his works. On Saturday, April 4, the Library will host the 13th Annual POETS/SPEAK celebration in cooperation with the University of Maine and the Museum of Art at 12:45 p.m.
Selected by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in history, Richard Blanco followed in the footsteps of Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander. He read his inaugural poem, “One Today,” on Jan. 21, 2013. The negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging characterize his three collections of poetry: “City of a Hundred Fires,” awarded the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press; “Directions to The Beach of the Dead,” recipient of the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center; and “Looking for The Gulf Motel,” winner of the Patterson Poetry Prize, a Maine Literary Poetry Award and the Thom Gunn Award. His poems have also appeared in “The Best American Poetry 2000” and “Great American Prose Poems,” and he has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” as well as major media from the U.S. and around the world, including CNN, Telemundo, AC360, BBC, Univision and PBS. Blanco is a Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. A builder of cities as well as poems, he is also a professional civil engineer currently living in Bethel, Maine.
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