Sequel offers engaging characters, loads of laughs

As a longtime reader whose tastes tend toward the omnivorous, I’ve collected a handful of favorites over the years. These are the authors whose every new work I eagerly anticipate, seek out and devour. We all have our favorites, after all.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 21:58

Skewed View - (08/26/15)

by Katy England

There is a little corner in Downtown Bangor where you can broaden your mind and change your perceptions. Two ways in, but so many fine pieces of art. Where is it? What is it? (Photo by Katy England).

Last week’s Skewed View was the FairPoint headquarters on Park Street in Bangor. The interesting building is not open to the public, and is tucked just behind City Hall. (Photo by Katy England).

Novel offers epic tale of reincarnation and regret

Picking up a book is a roll of the dice. They say one should never judge a book by its cover, but often, we have little more information than that to guide our decision as to whether or not to turn to the first page – particularly with a newly released work. We can investigate further if we so choose, but in doing so, we risk having our minds made up before the first word is read.

Biopic offers glimpse of literary icon David Foster Wallace

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”

  • - David Foster Wallace, “Infinite Jest”
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 20:36

High spy – ‘American Ultra’

by Allen Adams

Stoner action comedy never quite clicks

We’re gradually coming to the end of the 2015 summer blockbuster season. One of the most interesting cinematic aspects of August is the fact that there are inevitably films that don’t quite measure up to the bar set by our seasonal expectations; these are just movies that fail to fit the mold for whatever reason. That isn’t to say that they’re bad, necessarily – though they often are. It’s just that they are different.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 19:53

Sultans of String come to Maine

by PR

BOOTHBAY HARBOR/ELLSWORTH – 2015 JUNO Award (Canada’s Grammy) nominees & SiriusXM Award winners Sultans of String return to Maine with a much anticipated stop at music hotspots Boothbay Harbor Opera House (Sept. 12, 2015) and The Grand in Ellsworth (Sept. 13, 2015). 

“Being invited back to play in Maine is a thrill—the audiences here are so warm and welcoming,” says bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool.

MACHIAS -- Volunteers at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce are busy organizing the third annual Machias Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 19, and they are seeking additional vendors and community volunteers. The festival is co-sponsored by The French Cellar and Skywalker’s Bar and Grille.

At last year’s event, hundreds of visitors enjoyed a large vendors’ market, road run, children’s games and the indoor wine and beer fest, all in the area of Station 1898, the vintage railroad station that the Chamber is restoring. Some vendors said it was their most profitable event all season. This year, vendors will be selling handmade clothing and items, local farm cheeses, brick oven fired pizza, locally grown and spun wool, art and crafts, and more. Vendor spaces are $25 and farmers are free; vendors should be on site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Spaces can be reserved by calling the Chamber at 255.4402.

MACHIAS -- Poet Leonore Hildebrandt and artist Heidi Daub have combined for the first opening of the Art Gallery for the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of Maine at Machias. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4.

The Heidi Daub exhibit - Pieces of Prayer - will feature new and select paintings and handwritten poems and is a continuation of Daub’s work in Maine that has spanned more than 25 years.

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company is proud to announce its Dramatic Academy offerings for the coming academic year. "We're delighted to bring back fan favorites and expand in new directions to meet burgeoning interest in the community!" said Director of Education Amy Roeder. "Whether novice or veteran, young or...seasoned, there's a place for you to play at Penobscot Theatre."

Up first is a musical theatre boot camp taught by noted local music teachers Philip and Tina Burns: Sept. 9, 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Designed for students aged 12 and up, this comprehensive master class series will focus on releasing tensions that directly affect vocal freedom, movement, technique and artistic expression.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 19:49

New Renaissance Singers start rehearsals

by PR

BREWER - On Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m., the New Renaissance Singers will gather at the First Congregational Church at 35 Church Street in Brewer for the first rehearsal of their 25th season. The choral group always welcomes new members, and the first few rehearsals are open to anyone who wants to watch and listen, to see if they are interested in joining. 

New Renaissance Singers (NRS) is a non-audition, four-part community chorus serving Central and Eastern Maine. The members of NRS have varied musical backgrounds, are all ages and perform diverse repertoire from all genres & styles. NRS is governed by a volunteer board of directors and is supported by member dues and community sponsors. NRS Board President Tricia Griffith states, “We welcome all who share a love of singing, and believe that in uniting our voices in song we can nurture a love of music in our community and beyond.”  In addition to their performances, NRS also has a music scholarship fund for supporting young people's participation in choral music. In the past they have provided scholarships for Bangor Children's Choir and for Maine Music Camp at the University of Maine in Orono. 

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