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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:19

Bangor's first Ultimate Ninja Game

Written by Katy England
Brush up your skills and be the last man/woman standing

BANGOR Do you have mad ninja skills? The grace and speed of tiger? No? It really doesn't matter - you can still play and have a ton of fun at Bangor's first Ultimate Ninja Game taking place at Broadway Park on July 21 at 1 p.m.

When it comes down to it, the Ninja Game consists of people facing off in pairs, standing back to back, and when someone yells 'NINJA!' jumping to face each other and strike their best ninja pose. The person who is decided to have the best pose gets to go first. You can only move on your turn or to dodge and attack. The attacks are geared towards slapping your opponent's hands (no wrists or elbows) in one fluid motion. They are allowed to dodge, but they can't move their feet.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:12

Four in Progress'

Written by Wire Reports

CUSHING - Four Maine artists will show their artwork during a three-day show at The Cushing Historical Society's Arts in the Barn. In addition to exhibiting their work, Maine artists Nancy Keenan Barron, Bob Matus, Jamie Ribisi-Braley and Brian Braley will be working on new pieces, which they invite you to view, in progress, during the show's three-day run. Discuss materials, styles and more with each artist, and return throughout the weekend to see the work develop.

'Four in Progress' will be on view at The Cushing Historical Society, Arts in the Barn, 17 Hathorne Point Road, July 26 through the 28 with an opening reception on Friday, July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

ORRINGTON - The East Orrington Congregational Church on the Johnson Mill Road has a large group of regulars and visitors that attend service each week. But this time of year, the church also attracts a large array of classic car owners. That's because for the third year in a row, the church is holding a classic car show to raise funds for heating assistance for its neighbors in need.

"I'm the one who came up with the idea of a car show," said George Smith, churchgoer and car show organizer. "One day I was watching the news and saw some people lost their lives due to a fire trying to heat their place unsafely. I just started to try and think of something I could do to help any way I could."

WATERVILLE - Annie Ross was a founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time. Now 82 years young, Ross will be accompanied by her pianist, Tardo Hammer. Ross is one of the early practitioners of a singing style known as 'vocalese,' which involves the setting of original lyrics to an instrumental jazz solo. Ross's visit to MIFF is part of a special 'Celebrating Altman' program honoring the work of one of America's greatest directors, Robert Altman, with whom Ross worked as an actress in and creator of the soundtrack for his ensemble film masterpiece, 'Short Cuts.'

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:25

Swing like it's the 17th century

Written by Kaitlyn Furge

Contra dancing is mesmerizing. People weave in and out of each other, sometimes in lines and sometimes in clusters, all directed by a single caller. Swinging skirts, smiles and laughter fill the room. It's intricate and simple all at the same time, like a giant tapestry formed by small stitches. Even beginners can catch on to the simple steps. 

Not only is contra dancing fun, it's also happening in Bangor. The third Friday of every month, people of all ages assemble at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor to get their swing on. The dances are run by the board of directors of the Penobscot Contradancers. Mary Anne Eason, president of the Penobscot Contradancers, says there are many benefits to contra dancing.

BANGOR 'The Nite Show with Danny Cashman' will celebrate WABI's 60th anniversary with a one-hour version of the show at an earlier time. "The Nite Show Celebrates 60 Years of Great TV on WABI" will air at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. The show will bring together WABI personalities from the past and present, blending interviews with the show's usual amount of comedy and music.

'It is sometimes mind boggling to think that WABI's vast, impressive history now includes a nearly three-year run of a local late-night talk show," said Nite Show host Danny Cashman. "When given the opportunity to honor that history, we jumped on it. We'll have some great interviews, some comedy bits that pay homage to WABI's legacy ... and - as they used to say at TV5 - something special, too."

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:56

The Union - music and art

Written by Christopher Burns

BREWER - Coming to the Next Generation Theatre Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m., is The Union. A showcase of the fine musical and artistic talent our fair city is home to, it will feature an all-star line-up of local artists and musicians in live collaboration.

'The Union is designed to bring together music, painting and poetry, not only by sharing a stage, but also by inspiring one another in a very unique way,' organizer Carlie Deshane said.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:52

Daughter of Don Knotts to perform in Bangor

Written by Kaitlyn Furge

Tied Up in Knotts!, a comedy show dedicated to the memory of Don Knotts, is coming to Bangor. The show features Don Knotts's daughter, Karen Knotts. The show will take place on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gracie Theatre located on the Husson University campus. Adult tickets are $17, with discounts available for Husson alumni. 

Knotts designed a show full of laughter, stories and music.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:05

Talking beer with the Beer Geeks

Written by Allen Adams

The VIP session of the Bangor Beer Festival will include keynote speakers Chris Nelson and Merideth Canham-Nelson. This husband and wife team has spent years traveling all over the country and all over the world in the pursuit of beer and beer culture.

Their website, TheBeerGeek.com, launched back in 2005. Since that time, this dynamic duo has visited hundreds of breweries in their never-ending pursuit of a quality quaff.

SURRY -  Zoe Weil, humane educator, author and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) in Surry, will perform her one-woman show, 'My Ongoing Problems With Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl,' on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, 121 Bucksport Rd.

Weil uses personal stories and a delightful wit to admit that living according to the MOGO (MOst GOod) principle to do the most good and least harm to herself, other people, animals and the environment can present unexpectedly humorous hurdles. The performance will resonate with everyone who has found themselves in the wrong lane while trying to do the right thing.

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