Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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Spencer Albee, a fixture in New England's music scene for more than two decades, has a lot on his mind these days.

Chief among the thoughts bouncing around his brain are the new songs he'll unveil this Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. as headliner of 'State of the State 3' a celebration of Maine music organized by Kyle Poissonnier and held annually at the State Theatre on Congress Street in Portland.

BANGOR In 1992, sources as varied as The New York Times and George Costanza (on an episode of 'Seinfeld') reported that salsa had outsold ketchup in the United States for the first time. America had a new preferred condiment.

Many fans might argue that salsa is not a mere condiment but actually a side dish and should be rebranded as such.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:07

Wolfgang Puck brings Maine to the Oscars

For the past 21 years, Master chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck has been commissioned with crafting menus, cooking and serving the more than 1,500 attendees of the Academy Awards during the post Oscars dinner, 'The Governor's Ball,' held immediately following the ceremony.

As preparations for this year's dinner began last week, he took time out for a phone interview to talk about the event and how he always insists that Maine is part of the celebration.

Mike Rutherford, guitarist, bassist and founding member of Genesis, sounds astonished when presented with a rundown of Genesis-related success in the 1980s.

That decade alone saw four hit-producing Genesis albums, four mega-selling solo albums from Phil Collins and three from Peter Gabriel.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:46

Take a road trip with Shannen Doherty

Take a road trip with Shannen Doherty

It's been more than 20 years since Shannen Doherty left the show that launched her career. As the occasionally diabolical Brenda Walsh on the original 'Beverly Hills 90210,' Doherty too often saw herself being gobbled by scandal-stirring tabloids and in search of direction.

For actor Donald Faison of TV's 'Scrubs' and 'The Exes,' Maine reminds him of his brother and his car. 'My brother went to UMaine and he loved it there,' Faison told me in a recent phone interview. 'I remember loaning him my car to use for the winter, thinking he would only drive it around town.'

Faison's brother may have loved Maine, but he also missed New York. 'He ended up driving from Maine to New York almost every weekend and put almost 100,000 miles on my car. That's what brothers are for,' Faison said, laughing.

They start lining up outside the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas early every morning. Some bring items for sale with hopes that they might appear on TV. Others are just there to make a pilgrimage to a place they welcome into their home every Thursday night.

The name of the business proved prescient when the History Channel began airing episodes of 'Pawn Stars' in 2009. The show chronicles the daily activities and interaction at the pawn shop and airs each Thursday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 23:05

My Maine Edge 2014 - Mike Dow

You want me to write about things I like and interview a gaggle of groovy people along the way? Let me think about that. Yes!

Actually, the original commission was slightly different. Five years ago, Mike Fern, publisher of The Maine Edge, asked me to submit a 'Best of 2009 in Music' article.

'The Princess Bride,' director Rob Reiner's 1987 romantic comedy-adventure-fantasy, is celebrated in 'As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride' (Simon & Schuster).

Written by the movie's lead, Cary Elwes (Westley), with Joe Layden, and using the original film call sheets as a guide (give to Elwes by producer Norman Lear), Elwes received input from his fellow cast members to deliver a richly intimate account of a film which occupies a lofty position in the pop-culture pantheon but very nearly didn't get made.

Evangeline Lilly is known for playing tough characters on the big and small screens. But if she were to play herself, she says the character would have to be an introverted loner.

Lilly was fugitive survivor Kate Austen in six seasons of ABC's 'Lost.' As Tauriel, she is head of the Mirkwood Elven guard in Peter Jackson's second and third installments of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit.' The trilogy concludes with 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' in theaters Dec. 17.

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