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NEW YORK — Dear Stephen,

Before you go, I just had to add my voice to all the others in Colbert Nation. On Thursday at 11:30 p.m. EST, you will end “The Colbert Report” after nine seasons of heroic truthiness. We will miss you like crazy.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:27

Skewed View (12/17/14)

by Kaitlyn Furge

This week’s view is a monument to finding freedom through courage. This perspective is located in the Twin City near another statuesque icon you may have seen in these pages some weeks ago. (Photo by Kaitlyn Furge)

Last week’s view was a mesh moose on the room of Geddy’s in Bar Harbor, back in the long-long ago when snow was a distant memory and green was the color of the day. (Photo by Kaitlyn Furge)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:16

‘The Theory of Everything’ has it all

by Allen Adams

Hawking biopic offers compelling story, brilliant performance

As a rule, I don’t like it when someone tries to make a biopic about a subject who is still with us. For whatever reason, it always rubs me the wrong way. There’s something just a little off about making a movie about someone who might well be in a position to see said movie. In essence, a lot has to go right in order for such a film to work.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:13

‘Exodus’ just won’t leave

by Allen Adams

Overlong Biblical epic lacks soul

There are certain movies that never seem like a good idea. You hear initial rumblings about the film and it sounds like a bad idea. You see the trailers for the film and it looks like a bad idea. And when you finally go to see the film itself, well … it turns out that it was a bad idea.

Evangeline Lilly is known for playing tough characters on the big and small screens. But if she were to play herself, she says the character would have to be an introverted loner.  

Lilly was fugitive survivor Kate Austen in six seasons of ABC’s “Lost.” As Tauriel, she is head of the Mirkwood Elven guard in Peter Jackson’s second and third installments of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” The trilogy concludes with “The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies” in theaters Dec. 17.  

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 22:42

Favorite reads of 2014

by Allen Adams

My love for the written word is well-documented. Over the course of 2014, I have read and reviewed nearly 50 books, books that span all manner of style and genre.

And I’ve derived real pleasure from just about every one of them. However, there are always a few that stand out. Certain books have stuck with me – some because they were brilliantly written, others because they spun compelling stories. Some elicited laughter, others tears.

ELLSWORTH - The “Live in HD” high-definition simulcast series of productions from The New York Metropolitan Opera continues its 2014 – 2015 season at The Grand on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 12 p.m. with a delayed screening of the Dec. 13 production of “Die Meistersinger Von Nürnber.” The opera is Richard Wagner's only comedy among his mature operas as well as one of the longest operas still being performed today – this particular production runs six hours, thus the earlier than usual screening time. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for Grand members and $19 for students (15 and under).

Influenced by the philosopher Schopenhauer's theories of aesthetics, the opera tells the story of a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Bringing this comic tale to life are Michael Volle, who made a notable Met debut last spring as Mandryka in Strauss’s “Arabella” and will sing his first North American performances of Hans Sachs, South African heldentenor Johan Botha as Walther von Stolzing, German soprano Annette Dasch as Eva, Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill as Magdalene, American tenor Paul Appleby as David, German baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle as Beckmesser, and German bass Hans-Peter König as Pogner. Helping to revive Otto Schenk’s 1993 Met production are Set Designer Günther Schneider-Siemssen, Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler, Costume Designer Rolf Langenfass and Choreographer Carmen de Lavallade. James Levine conducts. 

BANGOR – The Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) annual production of “The Nutcracker” featuring the Robinson Ballet returns to the Collins Center for the Arts on Dec. 20 at 2 and 7 p.m. and again on Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts. Conductor Jacomo Bairos will lead the BSO and the Bangor Area Children’s Choir in Tchaikovsky’s classic score, with choreography by Maureen Lynch, Keith Robinson and Stevie Dunham.

The BSO and the Robinson Ballet first partnered for performances of “The Nutckracker” in 1984, when conductor Werner Torkanowsky and Robinson Ballet founder Ralph Robinson decided to bring a full production of the beloved work to the Bangor region.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:55

BUZZ BRIEFS - 12/17/14

by PR

The Grand box office closed Dec. 22-26

ELLSWORTH – The Grand in Ellsworth announces that its box office will be closed for the holidays Monday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Dec. 26. It will reopen Saturday, Dec. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and return to its regular hours on the following Tuesday, Dec. 30. Tickets will still be available for purchase online at www.grandonline.org. The Grand will be open Sunday, Dec. 28 and Monday, Dec. 29 for screenings of “The Lego Movie,” the vacation matinee. Regular box office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Board readies special fundraising effort to support purchase and renovation

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company announced its plans today to transform former Fire Station #6, a City-owned property at 4 Griffin Road, Bangor, into a theatrical production hub. The announcement follows last night's vote of the Bangor City Council to approve the property sale. "The availability of this unique building presented an unexpected opportunity we couldn't resist," said Fritz Oldenburg, vice president of the theatre's board of directors and head of its facilities committee, "the chance to meet three critical facility needs and position the theatre for sustainable growth." Once renovated, the 4,800-square-foot building will house the company's scene shop, serve as living quarters for production apprentices, and provide costume storage space.

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