Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:33

Skewed View

by Tim Bissell

You might think you’re heading into the woods, but you’re still in Downtown Bangor. You can take this clue right to the bank. But which one?

Last week we had two correct guesses on our Mexicali Blues view. Congrats Alexandria and Jillian! You guys are observant (and fast!).

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel’s dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

Inside the colorful design center — a Hot Wheels-themed shuttle bus transports employees from Mattel’s parking garage — the designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the Comic-Con crowd, including a replica of the Batmobile from the game “Batman: Arkham Knight” and a 9-inch-tall action figure of Superman killer Doomsday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics.

Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails are preparing for a North American co-headlining tour with Soundgarden that starts Saturday in Las Vegas. It’s the fourth leg of a yearlong tour for Reznor, and the 49-year-old singer has reinvented the show to offer Internet-savvy fans something new.

LOS ANGELES — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest.

Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, “Mandatory Fun.”

BANGOR/PORTLAND – KahBang will be holding its sixth annual festival (Aug. 7-10) in Portland rather than the Bangor waterfront. The abrupt change stemmed from a series of logistical issues the non-profit organization met, including finding low-cost camp sites for festival goers and low ticket sales.

A relationship with the organizers of the State Theatre, Port City Music Hall (PCMH), One Longfellow Square and other venues in Portland allowed KahBang to retain the majority of the festival as it was originally planned. Music performances, independent films and artists will be appearing at the event as scheduled and in close proximity to each other.

Sequel offers grislier, more ambitious tale

Last year’s “The Purge” was one of those films that – while not a spectacular effort – stuck with me. The basic concept – an alternate future America in which the government has initiated a nationwide annual purge which meant that all crime (including murder) was legal for 12 hours – was an intriguing one. Granted, the film never explored that notion as much as I might have liked – it was essentially a pumped-up home invasion thriller – but there seemed to be a good deal of potential there.

Inexplicable comedy neither sexy nor funny

Why is it so difficult to make a successful summer comedy these days? 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:35

Beware the Ides of March

by Allen Adams

Ten Bucks Theatre presents ‘Julius Caesar’

BREWER – The dogs of war are being set loose at Brewer’s Indian Trail Park.

Annual festival set to take place Aug. 22 - 24 on the Bangor Waterfront

BANGOR – The 2014 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront has brought back its 24/7 online stream as excitement builds toward the 13th annual event. American Folk Festival Radio is online now through Maine Internet Radio - a local online radio company that streams a variety of original radio stations with local news, local talent and local information. The American Folk Festival Radio will feature artists who have played the American Folk Festival in years past.  

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 12:12

Sirens, Nymphs & Ladies

by PR

BROOKLIN – Handmade Papers Gallery, Reach Road, Brooklin, due north of Center Harbor, is pleased to present the collaborative work of gallery owner and papermaker, Virginia Sarsfield, and Maine painter, Russell D'Alessio.

The four works from the painter's series, Sirens, Nymphs & Ladies, showcase his passion for the islands of Maine and the surrounding sea. D'Alessio's spontaneous and imaginative technique in India ink, acrylic and/or colored pencil is shown to excellent advantage in these pieces on Sarsfield's handmade papers. 

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