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Buzz Briefs - June 20, 2012

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'Love Crime' 'Love Crime'
The Grand commits a Love Crime'

ELLSWORTH - The Grand's hot new film program CineGrand begins its annual Summer French Film series with 'Love Crime,' starring Ludivine Sagnier ('Swimming Pool,' 'Love Songs') and Kristin Scott Thomas ('Tell No One,' 'The English Patient') on Thursday, June 28 through Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. It's French night all weekend long, as The Grand celebrates hot French films in the summertime.

'Love Crime,' the last film from Alain Corneau, director of the acclaimed "Tous les Matins du Monde," echoes both "All About Eve" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" in a story of the deadly one-upsmanship between two women in a multinational corporation. Ruthless executive Christine (Thomas) brings on Isabelle (Sagnier) as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence. But when the protg's ideas become tempting enough for Christine to pass on as her own, she underestimates Isabelle's ambition and cunning, and the ground is set for all out war. Soon to be remade as an English language thriller by Brian DePalma ('Dressed To Kill,' 'Carrie') as 'Passion,' 'Love Crime' is a great Gallic thriller in the tradition of 'Tell No One' and 'Diabolique.'

Admission for each CineGrand screening is as follows: general admission - $7; seniors - $6; members - $5. The Grand is pleased to offer French Film & Pizza night in collaboration with The Maine Grind.

Future titles in The Grand's annual Summer French Film series include the seventies satire 'Potiche' starring the iconic Catherine Deneuve and Grard Depardieu ('The Last Metro,' 'Changing Times') in their sixth film together on July 12-14; the provocative 'The Names of Love,' July 26-28, and Juliette Binoche in 'Certified Copy,' Aug. 9-11.

For more information on the CineGrand program, please call the box office at 207-667-9500, visit The Grand website at or follow on Facebook at

Juno-nominated Dave Gunning to perform at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts

UNITY - The Skye Theatre, in partnership with the Kingfield POPS, will present Juno award nominee Dave Gunning in concert at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts in Unity, Maine on Thursday, June 21. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and participate in an open jam session before the show. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.; pre-show jam session begins at 6:30.

Writing from a sonic menu that includes flavors of Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, folk and country musical styles, Gunning transcends genre with songs that fill your senses and touch your soul.

Gunning's latest award-winning recording project, ' a tribute to John Allan Cameron,' was recently honored with a prestigious 2012 Juno Award nomination for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Gunning was the winner of two 2011 ECMA Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards and has been awarded six East Coast Music Awards since 2003. He was the winner of the Indie International Song Contest (for his song, 'Hard Workin' Hands,' co-written with Ron Hynes) and a finalist in the Great American Song Contest, the USA Songwriting Competition, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Contest.

Gunning is set to release his new studio recording 'These Hands' in June. A seasoned performer and entertainer, he has toured extensively both solo and with his band, performing to sold-out venues, festivals, house concerts and theatres throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K. , Ireland, Denmark and recently in Afghanistan, entertaining the troops.

The Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts is located at 42 Depot Street in Unity. Ticket price is $15 at the door. For reservations, call the Skye Theatre at (207) 562-4445 or the UCCPA at (207) 948-7469. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Built from a 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures and other various events. For more information, visit

Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education which emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.

Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary headlines 2012 Kingfield POPS

KINGFIELD - On Saturday, June 30, the charming, historic village of Kingfield, nestled against the peaks of Maine's 4,000-foot Western Mountains, will host an outdoor concert featuring the international icon of American folk music, Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra (BSO) conducted by Grammy winner Lucas Richman.

Audiences can expect to hear Stookey play some of the well-known and beloved tunes that have made him an American legend songs like 'The Wedding Song' ('There is Love'), 'Puff the Magic Dragon' and more. The BSO will play a selection of songs with Stookey, and will also perform an eclectic set of all-American pops and patriotic compositions by Gershwin, Copland, Rodgers, Williams and others.

Opening performers include Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, Nadia and Jocko, the Maranacook String Band and the Western Mountain Trash Can Band.

At the end of the evening, when fireworks launch into the moonlit sky, more than 1,500 cheering people will rise to their feet as they do every year and offer an enthusiastic standing ovation.

Guests can bring a picnic or buy food from one of the local vendors and dine al fresco against the backdrop of the mountains.

During the day, at the Festival of the Arts in the village (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), visitors can meet artists and artisans and interact with them as they exhibit photography, jewelry, stained glass, blown glass, paintings, metal works, wooden bowls and spinning yarn. Maine musicians will play live music throughout the day.

On June 29, the Friday night before the main event, a dozen of Kingfield's galleries and museums will open their doors to welcome visitors to the POPS Friday Artwalk. Three of the venues will feature live music: Tom and Mali Obomsawin at the Village Gallery at the Farm Cottage Gallery, Andy and Ellie Buckland at Grand Central Station and the Gawler Family at the Schoolhouse Gallery.

Decades Month continues at Hollywood Casino with Motor Booty Affair on Saturday, June 23

BANGOR Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway is midway through Decades Month, celebrating the music, trends, and styles of the 50s, 60s and 70s!

This Saturday night (June 23), Hollywood Casino celebrates the 1970s by welcoming Motor Booty Affair to the Sound Stage Lounge. Maine's favorite disco band will take the stage at 9 p.m. on Saturday night as part of the 'Funktified Free Slot Play' day at Hollywood Casino.

'It's amazing how well defined every decade has been regarding the music and trends that have come from it,' said Hollywood Casino General Manager John Osborne. 'Over the past two weekends at Hollywood Casino we've seen Elvis, Sinatra and a retro sock hop. This weekend, we're preparing for bell bottoms and disco balls. We're looking forward to a lot of fun.'

Over the past two weekends, Hollywood Casino has celebrated the decades of the 1950s and 1960s with decade-appropriate live music each weekend, and a variety of special themes.

In addition to the music, customers will have the chance to win a share of $5,000 of free slot play Saturday afternoon. The free slot play promotion takes place from 4 to 8:30 p.m., with live music starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge for entry, although all customers must be 18 or older to be allowed on the gaming floor.


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