CHICAGO — Fans of the Grateful Dead want a campout style atmosphere during three 50th anniversary concerts in July at Chicago’s Soldier Field, but whether the venue will allow it is another question.

Jeremy Davis, of Florida, started an online petition — which had about 8,000 signatures by Saturday —asking that overnight parking be allowed in lots surrounding the stadium along Lake Michigan.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 20:49

Skewed View - (01/28/15)

by Kaitlyn Furge

No water in sight – except for maybe some snow – you can still get the sense of rolling down a river in this historic spot. Bonus points if you know the full name of the man who donated this iconic work of bronze to the City of Bangor. (Photo by Katy England).

Last week’s Skewed View was from the metal sculpture that adorns the lawn in front of the United Technology Center (UTC) on the Hogan Road in Bangor. Many people may drive by and never realize the amount of cool technology and innovative classes in that school – well worth a tour. (Photo by Katy England).

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:42

Weird Al and Peter Frampton at the Maine State Pier

by PR

PORTLAND – Grammy Award Winner Peter Frampton and power-pop Cheap Trick will co-headline at the Maine State Pier on June 26. Also, fresh off the biggest year of his storied career, “Weird Al” Yankovic recently announced his 2015 Mandatory World Tour, making at stop at the Maine State Pier on Sunday, July 26, 2015 as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series.

Frampton and Cheap Trick at the State Pier

For actor Donald Faison of TV’s “Scrubs” and “The Exes,” Maine reminds him of his brother – and his car. “My brother went to UMaine and he loved it there,” Faison told me in a recent phone interview. “I remember loaning him my car to use for the winter, thinking he would only drive it around town.”  

Faison’s brother may have loved Maine, but he also missed New York. “He ended up driving from Maine to New York almost every weekend and put almost 100,000 miles on my car. That’s what brothers are for,” Faison said, laughing.

BANGOR -- Bangor Ballet will hold auditions at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 for its June 13 and 14 performances of “Les Sylphides” and “Coppelia” (excerpt).

Auditions will be held in the fourth floor studio of Thomas School of Dance at 14 State Street in Bangor.  Auditions are open to any intermediate to advanced level dancer. Parents will be asked to sign audition forms for any dancer under the age of 18.

Second installment in fantasy series shines brightly

One of the joys of literary series – particularly fantasy series – is the level of world-building that they allow. Multiple books let authors play the long game, creating intricately detailed realms piece by piece.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:59

J-Lo no-no – ‘The Boy Next Door’

by Allen Adams

Erotic thriller neither erotic nor thrilling

Bad movies are par for the course in January, but it seems that this year’s Hollywood landfill is particularly pungent. There are a whole lot of awful offerings out there this year, each possessed of its own special brand of terribleness.

Johnny Depp vehicle utterly, painfully unfunny

In recent years, Johnny Depp has developed an odd relationship with the moviegoing public. He has increasingly gone in for roles where he was able to cloak himself in some sort of affectation, be it the way he dresses or the way he talks or the way he wears his hair (facial and otherwise). Many times, he combines more than one of those put-upon qualities.

BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum is currently offering free admission during the 2015 winter months, thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank. Admission will be free Feb. 5, 2015 through April, and then again in November and December.  

“This is a perfect example of why we love our community partners,” said Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Abbe Museum’s president and CEO. “Machias Savings Bank has been supporting the Abbe Museum since 1991, and we truly value this partnership, which has been critical to ensuring that we can fulfill our mission as an important cultural and educational resource for Hancock County and the State of Maine.”

Monday, 26 January 2015 15:03

ArtLab for All Ages workshop at CMCA

by PR

ROCKPORT - Artist Leah Gauthier, whose work is featured in the exhibition Shift at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, will lead the February ArtLab for All Ages workshop at CMCA in Rockport. The workshop will be on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., and will be followed by an artist reception.

Gauthier's current artwork consists of living sculptures that incorporate food, foraged natural materials, live plants, and handmade objects. After viewing Gauthier's work and exploring the ephemeral qualities inherent in it, workshop participants will create their own assemblages from natural materials, inspired by new relationships between the materials and how we interact with the natural world around us.

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