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This week in ARTober – Oct. 11-17

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BANGOR – The Bangor area is alive with the arts this month as the city marks its third annual ARTober celebration of the region’s creative community.

Here’s a quick look at some of the many things that are going on during the coming week.

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Pumpkin Craft Night – Oct. 11 – 6–7:30 p.m.

Fork & Spoon, 76 Main St. - $24.95

A night of crafting hosted by the folks at Fork & Spoon. You’ll learn how to make a fun pumpkin decoration from an old book and make it all your own. And there will be snacks and drinks provided as well (there’s a slightly reduced ticket price for those who don’t want wine). Head on over for an artsy good time!

“Misery” – Oct. 12 – Nov. 5

Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St. – Times and prices vary

This is a chance to see the Maine premiere of this new stage adaptation of the terrifying Stephen King classic, written by William Goldman (who also wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film). The show runs throughout October, giving audiences plenty of opportunities to watch as novelist Paul Sheldon is forced into a bizarre interaction with Annie Wilkes, his self-professed number one fan. A scary time will be had by all.

Hamilton and American Truths – Oct. 12 – 1-2 p.m.

UMA-Bangor, Lewiston Hall 119 – Free

We’ve all heard of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical sensation “Hamilton,” right? Join a collection of Hamil-fans in a discussion of the many complexities inherent to this show – not just the music, but also an exploration of what the show tells us about history, about storytelling … and about America.

Paint and Sip with Sweets – Oct. 12 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Specialty Sweets, 31 Main St. - $30

Every want to try your hand at painting? Here’s your chance! And everything is better with a glass of something to sip and a fancy chocolate or two.

iJam Bangor – Oct. 12 – 7 p.m.

Nocturnem Draft Haus, 56 Main St. – Free

There’s a surprisingly robust improv comedy scene here in Bangor and it’s growing all the time. If you’ve ever thought about giving it a go, the iJam offers a chance to do just that. With local improvisors hosting and running a variety of games, there’s room for participants of all experience levels.

“I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan” – Oct. 13 – 8 p.m.

Gracie Theatre, Husson University – Free

There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Ashley Bryan. This documentary will change that, telling the story of the 94-year-old creative dynamo whose art is informed by his life – his youth in Harlem, his service in World War II, his later years living on Maine’s Cranberry Islands – and the wealth of work that this acclaimed artist has produced. This film offers a chance to learn more about a creative legend.

The Focus Group Does BAE – Oct. 13 – 8 p.m.

Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange St. - $5

Local improv comedy legends The Focus Group will be presenting their first-ever full show at the Bangor Arts Exchange. Join them as they make inappropriate jokes about inappropriate subjects and refuse to feel even a little bit sorry about it. Mature audiences. (Full disclosure: I’m a founding member of this troupe.)

The 5th Dimension – Oct. 14 – 7:30 p.m.

Gracie Theatre, Husson University – Ticket prices vary

It’s a chance to check out some soul legends at work. The 5th Dimension was responsible for some of the most beloved songs of the ’60s and ‘70s. My personal favorites are “Up, Up and Away” and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” but really, the list goes on. Get your groove on at the Gracie.

Crafternoon @ UMMA – Oct. 14 – 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St. – Free

Swing by the classroom space at UMMA to create your own work of art! The Museum will provide materials in assorted media to allow for maximum creativity as you settle in to make something unique and exciting. Casual and creative and fun for all ages.

Jewelry Bead Demo – Oct. 14/15 – noon both days

Maine Jewelry & Art, 100 Harlow St. – Free/$30

Jewelry designer David Savage of Dorkorama Jewelry will be spending two days working with bead chain jewelry. Oct. 14 will be a free demonstration, running until 4 p.m. On Oct. 15, Savage will run a workshop – the cost is $30 – to teach participants how to make their own bead chain bracelet.

Bangor Art Society Plein-Air Live Auction – Oct. 17 – 5-9 p.m.

Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange St. - $5 per paddle

Bangor Art Society members will have been working on plein-air paintings since the first of October when this annual fundraising event takes place. The works produced by BAS members – landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and more captured from all over the greater Bangor area - will be put up for auction. Artist registration begins at 5 p.m. Public viewing of the art starts at 6 p.m. and the live auction kicks off at 7 p.m.

(For more information about these or any other ARTober events, visit the ARTober website at www.artoberbangor.com/events.)

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