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This week in ARTober – Oct. 25-31

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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, the final week of events for this year’s ARTober.

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Banner Craft Night – Oct. 25 – 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 and spooky skull 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!

Dirigo Speaks Presents: “The Dogs Pond” – Oct. 25 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Bangor Public Library, Minsky Lecture Hall – Free

The Bangor Public Library hosts the latest installment of Dirigo Speaks, a staged reading of the new play “The Dogs Pond” by Orono playwright Travis Baker. It’s the story of generations of veterans reuniting at a Maine fishing camp to share their memories and support one another through the difficulties of moving on.

Paint and Sip with Sweets – Oct. 26 – 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.

Outerbridge: Clockwork Mysteries – Oct. 27 – 7:30 p.m.

Gracie Theatre, Husson University - $26.30-$36.25

A high-energy magical adventure for audiences of all ages. Let Ted and Marion Outerbridge take you on a mystifying journey through time courtesy of their elaborate Victorian time machine. Combining incredible illusions with amazing artistry, this is a show unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Join the Outerbridges on their amazing journey.

Downtown Trick or Treat at UMMA – Oct. 28 – 2-4 p.m.

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

Some spooky festivities are taking place at the museum! There will be candy, of course, and you can check out some of the Halloween-themed works on display in the lobby. You can even pose for a picture with Skully the giant skull, who will be dressed for the occasion.

Oil Painting Demo & Workshop – Oct. 28/29 – noon both days

Maine Jewelry & Art, 100 Harlow St. – Free/$55

Starting at noon, artist Heather Roselle Barter will demonstrate oil painting techniques as she works on a special collection of outdoor scenes of the Bangor Public Library. People can watch her work in the gallery during the demo. At noon the next day, Barter will offer a three-hour oil painting workshop at a cost of $55 per person.

Instrument Petting Zoo – Oct. 28 – 2-4 p.m.

Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange St. – Free

Join some of the members of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra for this unique hands-on event. Children are invited to touch, play and otherwise try out a number of different orchestral instruments. This is a great way to expose youngsters to the tools of the Symphony’s trade.

KinderConcert: Halloween Hijinks! – Oct. 28 – 4 p.m.

Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange St. – Free ($5 suggested donation)

Immediately following the Instrument Petting Zoo, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Juniper String Quartet will perform a selection of spooky classics as the trick or treating festivities in Downtown Bangor come to a close. After you gather your candy, head over to BAE to finish things off with some memorable Halloween musical offerings.

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