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Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:40

Boston's burning hot stove

A look at some Red Sox signings

After an abysmal 2012 season that saw the Boston Red Sox finish with 93 losses their worst season in 40 years and engage in perhaps the biggest salary dump trade in the game's history, the team finds itself in a rebuilding phase.

They have made some free agent signings aimed at altering the franchise's trajectory and halting the downward spiral they've been in for the past couple of years. Here's one fan's take on those big signings as well as one former franchise fixture's return to the division on the other side of its most heated rivalry.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:37

Baseball's big offseason moves

MLB's biggest free agent signings and trades

Major League Baseball's offseason is often filled with intrigue and surprises as assorted free agents sign with new teams and blockbuster trades are made. The winter of 2012 has been no different thus far as some of the game's big names and elite talents will be doing their thing from new zip codes come April.

This year's two biggest free agents were an interesting pair; two immense talents who have each dealt with their fair share of adversity both on and off the field.

First installment of trilogy strong in spots, but overlong

Certain films, by their very nature, are doomed to be disappointments.

Director Peter Jackson is once again taking audiences on a lengthy journey through the lands of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. The director of the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy has brought us the eagerly-anticipated first installment of 'The Hobbit.' This film, subtitled 'An Unexpected Journey,' leads off a brand new trilogy based on Tolkien's novel.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:24

We Got To Play Baseball' a solid hit

Collection offers 60 stories from behind baseball's scenes

Of all the major American professional sports, perhaps none carries as much reverence and respect for its own history as baseball. It is a game built generationally, each era constructed on the foundation of the one that came before it.

It is also a game that comes to life not just through its numbers, but through its stories. That's what makes a book like 'We Got To Play Baseball' (Strategic Book Publishing, $15.95) such an engaging read.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:50

Celebrity Slam - Dec. 19, 2012

Rainmaking regrets

The idea of 'making it rain' in a strip club has almost become cultural shorthand. It precisely captures a certain attitude with regards to wealth and self-importance. Usually, it's the sort of situation where everybody wins.

But sometimes, making it rain goes awry.

Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:20

Bet your bottom dollar on Annie'

PTC presents modern musical favorite

BANGOR One of the most wonderful artistic traditions here in Bangor is the annual holiday production at Penobscot Theatre. It has become a vital part of this celebratory time for many area families.

For a long time, we got various and sundry adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' the occasional 'Gift of the Magi' notwithstanding. In recent years, however, the offerings have diversified. We've gotten to spend time with Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris's 'Santaland Diaries.' We've gotten the musical stylings of 'Plaid Tidings,' and we've watched Ralphie pine for a Red Ryder BB gun in 'A Christmas Story.'

Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:09

Playing For Keeps' deserves a red card

Rehashed rom-com has little to offer

While the genre is largely disparaged with labels like 'chick flick,' there's no disputing that romantic comedy can make for an enjoyable moviegoing experience. When a rom-com is well made, it manages to strike a balance between romance and comedy, providing love and laughs in equal measure.

And when it isn't well made? It manages to become 'Playing For Keeps.'

Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:03

Maine Film Center to purchase Railroad Square

WATERVILLE The City of Waterville has spent the past 15 summers serving as a cinematic hub with its acclaimed Maine International Film Festival. The Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema have been long-time partners in bringing this wonderful event to fruition in central Maine.

The Maine Film Center recently announced plans to officially purchase Railroad Square Cinema in an effort to consolidate the many programs and offerings the two entities have put forth and advance the MFC's mission to 'enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art.'

Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:52

Collaborating with Coespace

Local couple launches a new kind of creative space

BANGOR The burgeoning business scene in downtown Bangor is getting a little more active.

Located at 48 Columbia Street, Coespace is the brainchild of the husband and wife team of Joshua Schmersal and Anne Schmidt. To put it simply, Coespace is, well a space. It's a place for anyone and everyone to use as they see fit. All you have to do is cough up a very reasonable $25 per hour for a four-hour block of time and you can use the beautifully renovated modern space for any purpose you like.

Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:29

Breathing new life into a classic Miss Julie'

Midcoast Actor's Studio to tour Strindberg production

BELFAST/TENANTS HARBOR Classic works of theatre sometimes get a bad rap. Too many people immediately dismiss older works as inaccessible, despite the fact that so many of them are built around themes whose universality hasn't diminished in the years since they were first written and produced.

Take August Strindberg's 'Miss Julie,' for example. The play, written in 1888, was the subject of scandal in its day due to its frank depictions of sexuality and unflinching portrayal of class dichotomy subjects that still inspire discussion and debate to this very day.

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