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Tuesday, 13 October 2015 22:49

The Big Gig

Written by DJ Samuelian

ORONO - The upcoming Big Gig event is an opportunity for networking aimed at entrepreneurs, innovators and funders. The event also includes a pitch-off where three people who have been selected at a previous event will make elevator pitches: these have to be under five minutes and can't include any kind of hand out or power point. They will then receive feedback from a panel, and the audience and panel will vote on the winner, who will receive a cash prize. It is like a more laid back, low stakes and constructive version of the show 'Shark Tank.' The winner will also go on to compete in the Big Gig Finale for a $1,500 grand prize. But the experience will still be very beneficial to those who don't win. The feedback they receive on their pitch might mean that they'll be better prepared for the next opportunity.

'To me Big Gig is really about building that community, helping people meet each other and get encouragement to be innovative and to feel that staying in this community is something that could be really good for them. We are trying to encourage people, especially young people, to stay here and do their thing,' says Paul Riechmann of the Orono Economic Development Corporation, one of the partners for the event. 'We had a couple who won one of the competitions and they were just graduating from UMaine. They had choices; they were from away and they could have gone back, but they have bought a house in the area and do their business here. That's the kind of story we want to hear more of.'

BANGOR - Penobscot Theatre Company recently installed a state-of-the-art assistive listening system staff describe as a game-changer for many patrons. With personal transmitters and radio wave technology, patrons who are hard of hearing may now sit anywhere in the house and fully enjoy the show.

"Accessibility is a priority and our old assistive listening devices were increasingly problematic," said Production Manager Bob Rogers. "The new system includes a stationary transmitter that connects to our main sound system, so we can now broadcast a high-quality audio signal to users' receivers. They can listen through the ear buds provided or through their hearing aids." The devices are available at the box office upon request.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 17:15

This week in ARTober

Written by PR

BANGOR The celebration of arts and culture in Bangor continues. In addition to ongoing exhibits and events, check out these events. For a complete and up-to-date listing visit www.bangormaine.gov/artober and click on the event link.

Oct. 7: Free Live Taping of The Nite Show with Danny Cashman Gracie Theatre at Husson University 60 p.m. www.niteshow.com.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 17:11

Her Majesty's Cabaret turns 5

Written by Allen Adams

Local sketch comedy group celebrates anniversary

BANGOR One of the Bangor area's premier creative collectives is celebrating a birthday this month.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 17:02

Keeping the drinks green

Written by DJ Samuelian

BANGOR - Bangor Greendrinks meets every second Tuesday of the month to mingle and have a couple beers with others who consider themselves environmentally conscious. Every month the venue is different, but the ideas stay the same: have fun, support local business, and be green. The next event falls on Oct. 13, goes from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be hosted by Epic Sports in downtown Bangor. There is a suggested $5 donation and, in line with the green theme, you are asked to bring your own vessel to drink from. However, they sell recyclable containers if you forgot yours at home.

Greendrinks itself is part of an international movement that began in a pub in North London in 1989. Now there are meetings in 525 cities in 51 countries.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 21:11

Broadway rocks the Gracie

Written by Allen Adams

Local group to celebrate the rock and roll side of musical theatre

BANGOR When people think of the songs of Broadway musicals, they tend to think of that vast, yet nebulous category of 'showtunes.' However, there's a group of local performers who are offering up the opportunity for audiences to discover that a tune in a show does not necessarily a showtune make.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 22:30

The wonderful Wizard of Oz'

Written by Allen Adams

PTC holiday production filled with mirth and magic

BANGOR There's no place like the Bangor Opera House. There's no place like the Bangor Opera House. There's no place like the Bangor Opera House.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:35

Beware the Ides of March

Written by Allen Adams

Ten Bucks Theatre presents Julius Caesar'

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

NEW YORK - A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp.

Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:35

Roll up for the Mystery Tour!

Written by Mike Dow

Beatles collector acquires iconic bus to help children with cancer

Simon Mitchell was a 7-year-old student living with his family at West Malling Air Base in Kent, England, where his father worked for the Royal Air Force. One Tuesday morning at 9, a most unusual group appeared at the base in a brightly decorated bus packed with colorful characters.   

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