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PTC production offers weird, wild trip to the Florida swamps

BANGOR We are not alone in the universe at least, not according to some eccentrics living in the swamps of Florida.

That's part of the story behind 'The Sugar Bean Sisters,' a play by Nathan Sanders. Penobscot Theatre Company is presenting their production of the show a Maine premiere through Feb. 17 at the Bangor Opera House.

It's the tale of the Nettles sisters, two spinsters living out their days in their deceased father's shack in the town of Sugar Bean, Florida. There's Willie May (Irene Dennis), a born-again Mormon who supports their little family by way of her 'grapefruit fortune,' a settlement for an injury she received while working at a citrus plant. And then there's Faye Clementine (A.J. Mooney), a woman whose main claim to fame is an appearance on the cover of 'The Weekly World News' after a UFO sighting 20 years ago.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:12

Talk back to Maine playwright John Cariani

Written by Wire Reports

STONINGTON - Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House is proud to announce that Maine's most acclaimed playwright and actor John Cariani will be featured in conversation with national cultural journalist and 'The Writer' editor Alicia Anstead following the Saturday, Feb. 9 7 p.m. production of his newly revised play, 'Last Gas.'

'John is one of the most interesting people I know, and I can't wait to talk with him again,' said Anstead.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:09

Feb. 14, 2013 to be V-Day's largest day of action ever

Written by Wire Reports

STONINGTON - This Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, join Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House (OHA) and friends and be one of One Billion Rising around the world to end violence against women and girls. At events around the island throughout the day, including community readings from Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues' and 'Emotional Creature' at the Opera House at 7 p.m., you are invited to join women and men from across the world as we walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:06

Stars in Shorts' stand tall at The Grand

Written by Wire Reports

ELLSWORTH - The Grand's 75 Anniversary series continues with an exciting, unpredictable collection of your favorite stars in short films when 'Stars in Shorts,' screens on Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. - with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Friday.

From the presenters of the wildly successful annual Oscar-nominated short films program, ShortsHD presents 'Stars in Shorts,' a collection of seven short films featuring some of the world's biggest actors! Judi Dench is a neophyte in the complicated landscape of internet dating in 'Friend Request Pending.' Colin Firth is an unusually needy neighbor to Keira Knightley in 'Steve.' Lily Tomlin gets lost on her way to a funeral in 'Procession.' Jason Alexander is a screenwriter at the end of his rope in the musical short 'Not Your Time.' Also including short films starring Kenneth Branagh, Julia Stiles and others, 'Stars in Shorts' is the first collection of short films to bring you everything you expect when you go to the movie theater laughs, drama and now some of the best actors from film and television.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:01

Fuel up for free at College of the Atlantic

Written by Wire Reports
Solar-powered electric charging station opens to the public

BAR HARBOR - Fuel up for free at College of the Atlantic! The small college on Maine's Mount Desert Island has opened a solar-powered electric charging station to any vehicle needing a recharge. Like many efforts on the COA campus, this was student-driven, linking the college to a funding group and the Maine community extending as far as the Darling's Nissan dealership in Bangor. The COA facility is at the north end of campus, and is open year-round between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 11:58

Green Acres hosting dog documentary

Written by Wire Reports

BANGOR - Green Acres Kennel Shop will be hosting the first Maine screening of the new documentary 'Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs' on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, so please pre-register by calling 945-6841.

It's a commonly accepted idea that dogs are 'man's best friend.' We give them a special place in our lives and they are, in turn, loyal companions. At the same time, many modern dog owners also believe that they are meant to establish themselves as the 'alpha dog' in relation to their pets. This is a status supposedly achieved through attitudes and acts of domination, varying by emphasis on physical restraint and disciplinary 'correction.'

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:58

Lifecasters' presents stories of life's second act

Written by Mike Dow

'The odds of me composing a symphony were one in a hundred thousand. It's never been done before like this.' Alby Hurwit, composer, retired radiologist.

Sometimes you get a second chance in life. In 'Lifecasters,' a new film for PBS from executive producers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, the duo behind 2009's award winning documentary 'The Way We Get By,' we meet three very different people who attempt to beat the odds and realize their true purpose later in life.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:50

A star is born?

Written by Allen Adams
Raising money with a rumba

I have never been one to fear making a fool of myself in front of others. I have been on plenty of stages in my time - I've performed with local companies such as Penobscot Theatre and Ten Bucks Theatre and many others, not to mention my time with The Focus Group so I've already said and done all kinds of things to embarrass myself and my family.

Now, however, I have the opportunity to embarrass myself in a whole new way and for a great cause.

Ever wonder what it would like to hear all seven Harry Potter books told in 70 minutes? This is your chance. The on-stage performance that has played to many sold-out houses across the world, 'Potted Potter,' is coming to the Gracie Theatre in Bangor.

Created and performed by actors Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner, 'Potted Potter' is an attempt to tell all seven Harry Potter books to the audience in a matter of just over an hour. In this unique performance, Turner plays Harry Potter, while Clarkson takes up the task of playing all 360 other characters from the series.

UNITY - The Camden International Film Festival's CIFF Selects program is partnering with the Unity College Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities to present a series of free, environmentally focused documentaries at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts.

'We are very excited to be partnering with Unity's Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities on this winter and spring screening series," said Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival. "It is the goal of our CIFF Selects series to provide audiences throughout the state the opportunity to experience cutting-edge documentary film. This collaboration was extremely special because we were able to curate around the college's mission, highlighting new work with a focus on the environment or natural resources."

The first film in the series, 'The Atomic States of America,' will be screened at the UCCPA on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Don Argott.

In 2010, the United States approved the first new nuclear power plant in 32 years, heralding a 'Nuclear Renaissance.' But that was before the Fukushima accident in Japan renewed a fierce public debate over the safety and viability of nuclear power.

'The Atomic States of America' journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear power and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy.

From the gates of Three Mile Island to the cooling ponds of Braidwood, IL, the film introduces people who have been on the front lines of this issue for decades: community advocates, investigative journalists, renowned physicists, nuclear engineers, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors and former government leaders.

Based in part on Kelly McMasters' book, 'Welcome to Shirley,' about growing up in the shadow of the Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, the film explores the evidence for serious health consequences documented by people living in Shirley, as well as near other nuclear facilities. Their concerns call into question who can be trusted to provide truthful information and how much influence the nuclear industry has over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its decisions.

As the nation stands at the crossroads of a possible Nuclear Renaissance, 'The Atomic States of America' inspires informed discussion on the safety, viability and future of nuclear power in the United States.

Additional film screenings include 'Sun Come Up' and 'Facing Climate Change' on Feb. 21 and 'Chasing Ice' on March 14.

Camden International Film Festival is recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers. For more information, visit www.camdenfilmfest.org.

FREE ADMISSION sponsored by the Unity College Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities. The UCCPA is located at 42 Depot St in downtown Unity. For more information call 207-948-7469 or visitwww.uccpa.unity.edu.

Built from a one hundred year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the UCCPA is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and other various events.

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 naturalresources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.

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