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UMaine production offers powerful, disturbing drama

The power of live theater is undeniable; the stage allows for a visceral urgency that simply cannot be duplicated in any other medium. While disturbing and taboo subjects can be tackled by all forms of artistic expression, nothing captures them with the same level of immediacy that the theater does.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:41

Tom Wolfe returns with Back to Blood'

Miami stars in author's first novel in seven years

One of the masters is back in business.

In an age of hyperbole, it's easy to throw around a term like 'literary icon.' However, there are precious few authors who genuinely deserve such a title. Tom Wolfe is such an author. While perhaps best known for groundbreaking non-fiction works such as 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' and 'The Right Stuff,' Wolfe has also written masterful novels that turn his critical eye on the social dynamics of New York City ('Bonfire of the Vanities') and Atlanta ('A Man in Full'), as well as private university life ('I am Charlotte Simmons').

People sometimes forget that you don't have to shock to scare.

You can scare with shock if you choose, of course, but too often, we forget that sometimes subtlety can be just as scary or even scarier than overt in-your-face tactics. In fact, some of the most frightening tales ever put to page rely on a subtle intensity designed to draw you into their own world rather than shock you out of your own.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:56

Argo' stranger than fiction

Director/star Affleck brings true story to life

One of the things that Hollywood often forgets is that some of the greatest stories are true stories. A movie doesn't have to be populated by fictional supermen and grand events that never were in order to be engaging, exciting and interesting.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:45

Meeting Strangers on the Beach'

Maine native pens engaging, entertaining thriller

It's easy to tell when an author sets a novel in a place for which he or she has a genuine affection. When that love of place is there, it informs the entire piece with truth and honesty that makes the narrative really come to life.

Author Josh Pahigian clearly carries that sort of affection for Old Orchard Beach, the Maine tourist town that serves as the backdrop to his novel 'Strangers on the Beach.'

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:08

Celebrity Slam - Oct. 17, 2012

The end of an era

Making fun of celebrity foibles is certainly an enjoyable pastime; it is what has made this space one of the more popular ones in our publication since its inception. Gentle (or not-so-gentle) mockery of the misdeeds of the rich and famous oftentimes makes for great entertainment.

However, sometimes an opportunity arises where we can celebrate the celebrities among us rather than debase them. This is one of those times. It was recently announced that The Mike and Mike Show, a longtime staple of area morning radio, is bringing its 15 year run to an end.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 15:37

Taken 2' The Takening

Flat sequel mostly a rehash of the original

There are certainly valid reasons for the spate of sequels that Hollywood has been trotting out in recent years. Moviegoers often like seeing stories extended beyond the 120-minute running time of a single blockbuster or beloved characters placed into new circumstances. Not to mention the sheer lucrative nature of the beast.

Of course, the downside is that you regularly get crap like 'Taken 2.'

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 15:32

Sing along with Pitch Perfect'

Film explores the world of competitive a cappella

Anyone who has been on a college campus has seen them. Or heard them, anyway. They are enclaves of a unique brand of music nerd.

They are a cappella singing groups.

These groups write their own arrangements of popular songs, not only singing the lyrics, but also creating melody and rhythm using nothing but their voices. They're usually cheesy as all get out, but no less enjoyable because of that.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:57

When humor meets horror

This Book is Full of Spiders' transcends its genre

What if the people of the world were slowly being infected by parasitic brain spiders? Spiders that burrowed their way in and waited until the proper moment to simply take complete control of their hosts (with monstrous consequences)? Spiders that no one could even see?

No one but you.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:42

Making MLB history with the Triple Crown

Detroit's Cabrera first Crown winner in 45 years

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers had a season for the ages in 2012. He batted .330, with 44 home runs and 139 RBI, leading the American League in all three categories.

Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown, one of the most elusive achievements in the sport. He accomplished something that only 15 players before him had done; something that hadn't been seen in baseball in 1967 the year Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski won the Crown while playing with the Impossible Dream team 45 years ago.

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