Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:30

Regeneration gap

by Allen Adams

“The Heart Does Not Grow Back” innovative, original

Some of the best stories spring from extraordinary things happening to ordinary people.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:26

Skewed View (11/19/14)

by Kaitlyn Furge

Fans of history may be fans of this statue located in Brewer. An impressive tribute to a man with an impressive history and excellent facial hair. (Photo by Kaitlyn Furge)

Last week’s Skewed View was an image from John Bapst High School on Broadway in Bangor. The gray stone building cutting an impressive figure as it turns out impressive students. (Photo by Kaitlyn Furge)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:08

Janis Joplin vividly recalled in new book

by Mike Dow

With his new book “On The Road with Janis Joplin” (Berkley Hardcover/Penguin Group) author, historian, photographer and musician John Byrne Cooke has presented possibly the most significant written portrait of the iconic singer yet published.

In June 1967, Cooke was part of director D.A. Pennebaker’s camera crew at the Monterey Pop Festival when Janis Joplin took the stage for two sets with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Six months later, he became their road manager, overseeing day-to-day band concerns, travel arrangements and money collection after gigs.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:06

BUZZ BRIEFS - 11/19/14

by PR

Last Friday Coffeehouse presents an evening of acoustic bluegrass with Katahdin Valley Boys

WINTER HARBOR – Masters of acoustic bluegrass music! This well-known and well-traveled Maine group will showcase their hard-driving traditional sound in their sixth visit to the Last Friday Coffeehouse on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:04

2 Dumb 2 Dumber

by Allen Adams

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ a lukewarm effort

As someone whose teenage years took place in the early part of the 1990s, I have long borne a fondness for the work of the Farrelly brothers. In many ways, Bobby and Peter Farrelly were the pioneers of gross-out comedy, laying the groundwork for the foul and funny filmmakers of today.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:01

‘Birdman’ flies high

by Allen Adams

Creative, compelling tale one of 2014’s best films

Sometimes, a movie just hits on all cylinders. You go to see it and it presents an engaging narrative told in an interesting manner. It has a clear and creative aesthetic, with a look and sound that draws in an audience. It also features bold directorial choices and exceptional performances. It’s the sort of movie that leaves you breathless and thrilled when the credits roll.

Monday, 17 November 2014 22:49

The Wet Kiwi Inn to premier at UMaine Machias

by PR

MACHIAS -- Professor Gene Nichols of the University of Maine at Machias has won top honors in a composers’ competition and the world premiere of his work, “The Wet Kiwi Inn,” will be held in December at UMM.

“The Wet Kiwi Inn” will debut at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the UMM Performing Arts Center. A small reception will be held in the center’s lobby following the performance.

Monday, 17 November 2014 22:48

It’s a Grand Holiday Season!

by PR

ELLSWORTH – Spend your holidays at The Grand! The line-up for Holiday events, beginning Dec. 5 and running through the end of the month, is as follows...

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, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (“The Barber of Seville”) is Gioachino Rossini's (with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini) classic comedy featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera realized in The Met's effervescent production. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for Grand members and $19 for students (15 and under).

“The Met: Live in HD,” the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions offering a significant portion of the Met season to DownEast and MidCoast Maine communities, continues its ninth season with Rossini's “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” Based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy “Le Barbier de Séville,” it has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe,” and tells the story of the amorous Count Almaviva who has fallen at first sight for a feisty young beauty Rosina, who is kept under lock and key by her guardian, the pompous Doctor Bartolo. The count decides to pursue her disguised as a penniless but gallant student with the help of the omnipotent barber Figaro, who knows all the town’s secrets and scandals. Bringing this comic tale to life are the American tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Almaviva, the American lyric mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Rosina and the British baritone Christopher Maltman as Figaro. Supporting the director Bartlett Sher in this revival of his acclaimed 2006 production are Set Designer Michael Yeargen, Lighting Designer Christopher Akerlind and Costume Designer Catherine Zuber. Michele Mariotti conducts. 

BANGOR - There's no place like home - especially for the holidays - and this holiday season, there will be no place like Penobscot Theatre Company. “The Wizard of Oz” will take audiences over the rainbow, Dec. 4-28, in a journey comfortably familiar yet delightfully surprising. Acclaimed director and choreographer Michele Colvin (“The Honky Tonk Angels”) has returned to Bangor to bring the beloved classic to life, offering a fresh vision of a world where anything is possible and nothing is as it seems.

Widely regarded as America's first original fairy tale, “The Wizard of Oz” is based on the book by L. Frank Baum and best known through the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. It is the story of Dorothy Gale, a lonely young girl from Kansas, who is carried by twister to the magical land of Oz, where she meets new friends and frightening adversaries as she finds her way home. The iconic role of Dorothy will be shared by Molly Hagerty of Bangor and Bronwyn Beardsley of Ellsworth, both seventh graders and the youngest actors in the 18-person cast. "The audience will experience Oz through Dorothy's eyes," explains Colvin, "seeing all the wonder and peeling back the layers in her quest for truth."

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