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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:37

Inside ‘Beneath The Harvest Sky

by Mike Dow

Why a movie made in Maine turned Hollywood’s head                  

“Beneath The Harvest Sky” - a long-awaited coming-of-age drama written, directed and produced by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly - will premiere in theaters throughout Maine on Friday, April 25, one week before it opens nationally.  

Comedian Paul Reiser is coming to Bangor this weekend to make people laugh. Reiser, who starred in the popular NBC ’90s sitcoms “My Two Dads” and “Mad About You,” began his career as a stand-up comedian long before he started acting. Besides TV, he's also had the opportunity to star in several movies, including “Aliens,” “Beverly Hills Cop I” and “II,” and most recently he played Matt Damon's lawyer in the Emmy award winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra.” 

But what most people may not realize is that Reiser is also gifted in music. He wrote the theme song “Final Frontier” for “Mad About You” and collaborated with and played piano for British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham on the album Unusual Suspects. When he wasn't busy acting or making music he found time to become an author. Reiser has written three books so far – “Couplehood,” “Babyhood” and “Familyhood,” and he shows no signs of slowing down. I recently had the opportunity to talk with him by phone. He said he's looking forward to visiting the Gracie Theatre and sharing some universal laughs about the absurdities of modern life.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:36

Five filthy years of the Focus Group

by Allen Adams

Local improv comedy troupe celebrates anniversary

BREWER – The Focus Group has become one of the area’s entertainment mainstays over the past few years, with shows ranging from monthly appearances at their home base at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer to gigs at venues all over the region and the state.

BANGOR, Maine - Michael Fern, the publisher of The Maine Edge, recently announced that he is in serious negotiations to sell the publication to a firm in Boston.

The local arts and entertainment weekly has been in print since 2006, and it is uncertain what will happen to the current employees.
 
"It was a difficult decision, but one that I ultimately needed to consider," said Fern. "Due to the current economic climate, things have been challenging."
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 23:57

The quest for the Crown

by Allen Adams

An in-depth investigation of the fabled ‘Lost Crown of the Queen City’

BANGOR – We here at The Maine Edge rarely go in for what one would call serious journalism. We’re an arts and entertainment publication; we discuss local events and share our thoughts on pop culture and generally refuse to take ourselves particularly seriously.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 22:30

Play ball!

by Allen Adams

A 2014 MLB preview

It’s that time of year once again. The snow is melting and the grass is showing through. That whiff of spring is in the air.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 17:58

Broadway shows shine in Bangor

by Kaitlyn Furge

The goal of the “Broadway’s Best in Bangor” series is to bring some of the finest acts of Broadway straight to the Cross Insurance Center’s stage. With three out of the four shows of the inaugural season behind them, it’s safe to say that the idea has been hugely successful. From the quality of the shows to the enthusiasm of the audience to fill the seats, it’s safe to assume that Bangor is going crazy for Broadway. 

The tickets 

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 17:33

Get your Irish on

by Katy England

Saint Patrick’s Day is less than two weeks away, but that leaves you plenty of time to get your full Irish on, whether you come from the Emerald Isle or not. Whether you’re hitting some of the fine Irish pubs in the community or hitting any of the other lovely eateries that become Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, you’re bound to have a good time. Maybe too good of a time, but it’s tradition! 

The man himself

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 23:22

And the Oscar goes to…

by Allen Adams

Predicting the 2014 Academy Awards

Once again, we’ve reached that point in the year where the Hollywood folks roll out the red carpets and indulge in blatant self-promotion and self-congratulation. That’s right – it’s the Academy Awards!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 19:44

You’re not alone

by Katy England

NAMI helps people ‘Find Help. Find Hope.’ when dealing with mental illness

BANGOR – Finding out that you or someone you have has been diagnosed with a mental illness (bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders or major depression) can throw you for a loop. Even if you are coping with the disorder by taking medication and seeing a doctor, you may feel isolated, ashamed, and not know where to turn. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) can help someone with a mental illness and their family.

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