NEW YORK — A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn’t beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn’t need to use his imagination.

The “Dating Naked” series is the latest example of reality television’s newest trend. Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:21

Across the Whedonverse

by Allen Adams

‘Joss Whedon: A Biography’

Few people have had the sort of impact on the pop culture landscape that Joss Whedon has brought to bear over the past two decades. From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “The Avengers,” Whedon is one of the most formidable – and most beloved - figures in entertainment.

Rock and roll royalty will step onto the stage of the Cross Insurance Center this Saturday night when John Fogerty, creative mastermind behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, brings his band to Bangor.  

It’s tough to think of another artist with as much mass appeal as John Fogerty. For more than two generations, his songs have touched the lives of listeners spanning a multitude of musical genres. He wrote a song for everyone. 

Novel looks at little-known period in New Hampshire history

When it comes to historical fiction, a delicate balance needs to be struck. Using history solely as a skeleton with which to prop up a narrative can often result in a disconnect between the story and the setting. However, relying too heavily on the historical aspect can result in a dry work that lacks dramatic punch.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 23:27

Union House releases debut album "Manifesto"

by PR

Union House is comprised of Maine natives Ric Bruns (vocals and guitar), Greg Lunn (vocal and guitar) and Chas Bruns (drums and bass). They have just released their debut album "Manifesto".

Click here for their Facebook page.

Click here to listen to samples and download the album.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 23:23

Production Looking For Crew In Maine

by PR

Low-budget independent feature seeking scrappy, energetic grip crew to work in Jonesport, Maine Aug. 5 to Sept. 7, 2014. 

The Lighthouse Project Film (working title) is a period drama being shot in the coastal village of Jonesport, Maine and at the Moose Peak Lighthouse. Written and directed by Erica Fae. Starring Antti Reini, Finland's top actor. DP Wes Cardino. Shooting on Arri Alexa with Cooke prime lenses. Awesome housing, RT travel and all shoot day meals provided. Flat rate deal-- $3,300, plus kit fees. 

PORTLAND/SPAIN – When Portland, Maine artist Ann Tracy was chosen as a finalist in the 2014 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, she was also invited to exhibit that work at the Third Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography in Malaga, Spain at the Municipal Museum beginning Sept. 18 and running to Nov. 20. A reception for this work and other new works will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Constellation Gallery, 512 Congress St. in Portland.

Tracy has returned from New York, where she showed her digital mixed media paintings based on historic artworks "The Green Graces Series" as well as new work based on her recent trip to Cuba this past January with Bilhenry Gallery at Art Expo New York 2014, on Pier 94.

ELLSWORTH - The Grand is excited to announce auditions for its new production of the Broadway hit “Monty Python's Spamalot,” to be held Aug. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Aug. 2 and 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. In addition, there will be potential call backs on Monday, Aug. 4from 6 to 8 p.m. The production runs Oct. 17through Nov. 2, 2014.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” is the first Grand live theatrical production in many years. Artistic direction is provided by long-time Grand collaborator Ken Stack and stage direction by Michael Weinstein (director of Bangor Community Theater's successful musical “White Christmas”). The production of the irreverent British comedy troupe's musical theater take on the Holy Grail legend gives local performers the opportunity to play King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Sir Not Appearing in This Production. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” contains such crazy, yet tuneful, songs as “The Song That Goes Like This,” “Knights of the Round Table” and, of course, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
Anyone interested in auditioning should be ready to do a brief dance combo taught at the audition (so be dressed comfortably to move). Potential performers should also prepare a song, but the song needn't be from the show. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, and a British dialect is strongly encouraged.

STATEWIDE – The “Pick Up A 12-Pack Of Life” digital CD project is currently looking for Maine country bands who are interested in making a difference while promoting themselves across the country.

National Campaign Spokesperson for this first of its kind project is singer/songwriter Jayna Lininger. The Pittsburgh native has been gaining popularity across the country and is looking to use her music to help promote a cause near to her heart. “This campaign has given me the opportunity to use my music as a powerful tool in raising drunk driving awareness,” says Lininger.

STONINGTON — Opera House Arts (OHA) celebrates the 14th edition of its annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival at the Stonington Opera House, overlooking Maine’s busiest commercial lobster port, July 31-Aug. 2, 2014. The 14th annual festival deepens lasting community ties with world-class jazz musicians and extends its presentation of the most innovative jazz on the national scene. This year’s event amounts to a jazz-piano summit, featuring two astounding pianists, New Orleans’s Henry Butler and Panamanian Danilo Perez, each of whose artistry owes to an environment shaped, like Stonington’s, by a relationship with surrounding waters, with their trios.

Festival headliner Henry Butler (Saturday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m.) extends a long line of distinctive piano virtuosos born and raised in New Orleans that includes Jelly Roll Morton; as such, his artistry speaks of the mighty Mississippi River and the port that, a century ago, lent jazz what Morton famously called “the Spanish tinge.” Danilo Perez (Friday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.) hails from Panama, home to a storied canal that links two worlds. His most recent recording, the brilliant “Panama 500,” honors the moment in 1513 when the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, having crossed the isthmus that is now Panama, is said to have first glimpsed the Pacific Ocean.

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