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BANGOR – March in Maine usually coincides with our earliest signs of spring. The snow banks are fading, the temperature is beginning to creep upward, and the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will soon arrive for another evening of unrivaled family entertainment at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The Harlem Globetrotters “Fan Powered” world tour will bring the iconic athletes and entertainers to Cross Insurance Center on March 26, at 7 p.m. A special “Magic Pass” pregame event is scheduled to occur 90 minutes before the game, where fans can spend time on the court with the team – shooting, spinning balls and obtaining autographs and photos.

Columbus, Ohio native Zeus McClurkin (#30) paid an advance visit to Bangor as team ambassador. The 6’8” forward visited schools, hospitalized children at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and local media.

An undefined friendship between two misfit neighbors is at the center of Alex Lehmann’s “Paddleton,” an emotionally impactful dramedy starring Mark Duplass (“The One I Love,” “Room 104”) and Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Big Sick”). The film premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival and is available now on Netflix.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:05

Where do Phish newbies jump in?

Anticipation is building for Phish’s 2019 summer tour, scheduled to include twin shows at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on June 25 and June 26, and Fenway Park in Boston on July 5 and July 6. As longtime fans secure tickets and arrange travel plans, let’s ask a question on behalf of the newcomers: What is the logical entry point for the Phish tenderfoot trying to crack the code to nearly 36 years of music?

James Montgomery still has the blues, more than a half-century after he became obsessed with the musical form.

The legendary blues harpist and frontman for the James Montgomery Blues Band says he’s counting the days until his band’s next appearance at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., with special guest Michael Corleto, a 16-year-old blues guitar phenom from southern Maine and Alivia Russo, an up and coming young blues artist from Ogunquit.

Actor, author and comedian Finesse Mitchell’s latest standup special, “The Spirit Told Me to Tell You,” has broken wide open on digital streaming platforms after its debut on Showtime last fall.

Mitchell, a member of Saturday Night Live’s cast from 2003 to 2006, draws deep laughs with stories about life in Los Angeles, phone calls from parents, being a new father, relationships, and bending the truth to keep those relationships afloat.

Author D.X. Ferris describes himself as a “metal-thrashing dad” with chronic insomnia. A Pittsburgh native currently based in Ohio, Ferris has penned two books on the metal band Slayer and he recently collaborated with musician Donnie Iris and his band-mates in The Cruisers to write the definitive history of that beloved Pittsburgh musical institution.

Ferris’s latest book draws inspiration from a cultural touchstone. “Good Advice From Goodfellas: Positive Life Lessons From the Best Mob Movie” cites more than 130 teachable moments from one of the most quotable films of all time.

Comedian Steve Treviño is back with “Til Death,” his third standup comedy special utilizing real life stories.

“It’s really a love story,” Treviño said of his new special during a phone interview. “If you’re married, if you’re in a relationship, if your parents are married, my show is for you.”

Like his previous specials, Treviño draws upon real stories from his life and marriage for “Til Death.”

“I’m a storyteller and I talk about my life in detail,” Treviño says. “A lot of standup specials now are sad and boring and tragic. Mine is tragic but it’s funny. I really do deal with how my wife and I almost got divorced but I do it in a very funny way.”

Victoria Gotti says co-writing the screenplay for Lifetime’s new biopic “Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter” gave her an opportunity to set the record straight on a number of misconceptions about her life (as portrayed by Chelsea Frei) as the daughter of the late mob boss, John Gotti (played by Maurice Benard).

Gotti also served as executive producer and narrator for the movie, which premiered last month and is available anytime on demand.

Victoria Gotti checked in with The Maine Edge to discuss challenges she overcame to make the movie, myths about her upbringing and a memory of her dad that she holds dear.

“This is a milestone for me,” celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck told me last week about Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards ceremony. “This will be the 25th year that we have cooked for the Governor’s Ball, and I always make sure to include Maine.”

The Governor’s Ball is the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscars celebration which immediately follows the awards ceremony and telecast.

For 11 laugh-filled years, we knew John Ratzenberger as America’s favorite know-it-all barfly Cliff Clavin on the NBC comedy “Cheers.”

Ratzenberger has led a fascinating life since his years on “Cheers” and his years prior to playing Cliff Clavin were no less interesting.

From Woodstock to Stonehenge, Ratzenberger was there. The only actor to appear in every Pixar film checked in with The Maine Edge last week to chat about his Zelig-like life.

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