Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:20

Skewed View (09/17/14)

by Kaitlyn Furge

This view caused a little bit of a stir when it first appeared in Downtown Bangor. You may find yourself at a literal crossroads with this puzzle.

Last week, our larger-than-life Bangor native was Paul Bunyan standing proudly in front of the Cross Insurance Center. According to the Bangor Area Chamber of Commerce, Bunyan’s birth certificate is on file there.




Chad Hollister to play in Rockland

ROCKLAND – Chad Hollister was originally returning to Maine to play a benefit concert for Hope Elephants at The Strand Theare, 35 Main Street, in Rockland (Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.), but events took a tragic turn when the founder of Hope Elephants, Jim Laurita, 56, was killed in an accident. Hollister will still be playing, but the event has shifted to be a benefit for Laurita’s family and a celebration of his life.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:12

Be a Man

by Allen Adams

Ray Harrington documents his quest to find out what that means

Comedian Ray Harrington has made a documentary and wants you to help bring it to reality. The movie itself has been shot in its entirety, and Harrington has a Kickstarter to defray the post-production costs – a Kickstarter that met its goal in two days. But Harrington said that he had aimed low, wanting to cover the bare bones of what needed to be done (color correction and sound mixing), and the more he can raise, the better things will be in the end. There are a couple weeks to go, and Harrington is trying to meet his stretch goal of $8,000. He is already more than halfway there. And you still have time to help.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:09

Art and aging – ‘Stone Mattress’

by Allen Adams

Atwood collection features nine compelling stories

Short fiction sometimes gets short shrift in the literary realm. For whatever reason, collections of short stories never seem to generate quite the attention that novels do. But there’s nothing quite like a well-executed assemblage of shorter pieces; instead of a single overarching narrative - with one beginning, middle and end – the reader gets a multitude of starts and finishes.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:05

‘No Good Deed’ deserves to be punished

by Allen Adams

Home invasion thriller offers misogyny and trite banalities

One of the less-discussed benefits of seeing a lot of movies is the fact that you also see a lot of trailers. While I once considered them an annoyance of sorts, they have become one of my favorite parts of the experience. It’s interesting to get an idea about what my far filmic future holds as I anticipate the present.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:02

‘Dolphin Tale 2’ swimming in sentiment

by Allen Adams


Feel-good sequel offers inoffensive, family-friendly charm

When making a sequel, filmmakers need to understand that they aren’t expected to reinvent the wheel. If the previous offering’s formula proved to be a winning one, why change it? An audience that is going to see a movie with a number at the end of the title isn’t expecting some sort of radical reinvention. They liked what they saw before and they’d like to see more of it, thanks.

It’s rare to spend 40 years at any position – especially when that job is in the unpredictable and less than secure world of rock and roll. Rob Halford has been fronting the pioneering heavy metal band Judas Priest since 1974 (minus an 11-year stretch when he’d left to form his own group). Halford says he is grateful for having been granted a commission and a purpose by the group’s fans – to keep singing for Judas Priest.

This summer, “Redeemer of Souls” (Epic/Columbia), Judas Priest’s 17th studio album, debuted at #6 on the Billboard top 200 album chart, giving the band their first top 10 album in the United States.  

Monday, 15 September 2014 23:19

Mugs for Maskers

by PR

BELFAST – Come hoist a brew or two and support Belfast's best community theater, Belfast Maskers, putting on great shows since 1987! Rollie's is hosting four hours of live music, with local musician Chelsea Benedict, and will share a portion of their evening's profits to help fund Belfast Masker's 2014 season. Come for great food and drink, a 50/50 raffle and good music and fun for a fabulous cause! Sept. 25, 7-10 p.m. Visit for more information.

Monday, 15 September 2014 23:15

Volunteers needed for Fright at the Fort

by PR

PROSPECT - The Friends of Fort Knox are actively seeking volunteer actors, tour guides, security help and costumers, for the 15th annual award-winning Fright at the Fort event this October, at Fort Knox, Prospect, Maine. One of Maine’s largest Halloween events, Fright at the Fort takes place the last two Fridays/Saturdays before Halloween, Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25, and on Halloween itself, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. This year’s Fright at the Fort theme is “What’s Bugging You?” that will feature all things creepy crawly.

Unlike many other Halloween events that are run for profit, Fright raises money for Fort Knox restoration and improvement projects. Last year’s Fright proceeds are helping to pay for masonry work on the State Historic site.

BANGOR – Husson University announced that it is featuring the work of mixed media artist Patricia Pasteur in the Robert E. White Gallery in Peabody Hall on its Bangor campus. The exhibit, entitled Cold Stream Reflections (Altered Imagery) will run until Oct. 30, 2014.

“My work is a blend of photography, digital art, and painting on canvas,” said Pasteur. “I find inspiration in the colors, lights, textures I see outside my window in the beautiful Maine woods on Cold Stream Pond in Lowell, Maine.”

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