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ORONO - Alzheimer's is no laughing matter, but Maine humorist Tim Sample is hoping to use his wit, jokes and Downeast accent to draw a crowd to his upcoming show in Orono that will benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

"One of the bizarre aspects of being in the business of humor for three and a half decades is I started doing standup in an era when nobody, and I mean nobody, would be using the F' word," explained Sample.

Sample, who was born in Aroostook County and raised in Boothbay Harbor, says he doesn't need to use vulgarities to be edgy, hip or funny. He's been able to gather quite a laundry list of material for his shows, CDs, videos and books, just by observing and talking to folks he comes in contact with.

"Rather than using humor as a means of leading reality, I use humor as a lubricant for difficult truths of life," said Sample. "I talk about aging like, 'Did you not think it was going to happen to you?' My mother is 89 years old, and I'll be moving her into assisted living. Her issue that she's balking at is she doesn't want to be with the old people - but at 89 and 90 years old, you are one of the old people."

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 16:11

A 'Throwdown' review

Written by Ann M. J. Joles

BANGOR Country music fans were plentiful Sunday as the Country Throwdown Tour made a stop at The Bangor Waterfront Pavilion. The lineup of acts ranged from sweet traditional acoustic to heavy Southern rock and a lot of twang in between. 

Fans were welcomed by Maggie Rose, a cute little blonde with a big old voice who sang from a young woman's perspective of fighting back and standing up. Her band jumpstarted the afternoon and was followed by Florida Georgia Line, a seemingly drinking game-inspired group. Eric Paslay, who has several published songs to his credit, delivered a deep talent for lyrics harkening back to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. He is a young man to watch if he can find some traction in a music market saturated with backwoods worship. Sunny Sweeney, always a fan favorite with her rhinestone bedazzled guitar, performed her own brand of trailer park songs. This is her second time in Bangor, last appearing with Lady Antebellum in September 2011.

Photos from the May 19, 2012 concert at the Bangor Waterfront Pavillion featuring Brook Royal, Hellyeah, Staind and Godsmack.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 14:13

New theater company debuts in Belfast

Written by Allen Adams
Mid Coast Actors' Studio to present Hedda Gabler'

BELFAST One of the wonderful things about living in a lush creative environment such as ours is the steady appearance of new and interesting projects and organizations. People with passion tend to find a way.

The latest outbreak of that passion can be found in Belfast, where the newly-formed Mid Coast Actors' Studio is preparing to mount their inaugural production. The group is tackling one of the true classics of dramatic literature, Henrik Ibsen's 'Hedda Gabler.'

Jason Bannister, a performing arts teacher in Belfast, founded the group and proposed this piece as their first production.

'MCAS is a group that I started this winter,' said Bannister. 'We are trying to focus on older plays in the public domain, classics that don't get produced often in this area.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:13

Running Wilde in Ellsworth

Written by Allen Adams
The Grand, Ten Bucks Theatre present 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

ELLSWORTH What's in a name?

It's a question asked by Shakespeare, but English poet, playwright and wit Oscar Wilde took a stab at answering it with 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' considered by many to be the author's masterpiece.

The Grand, in collaboration with Ten Bucks Theatre, is presenting a production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' at the Grand in Ellsworth. The show is running through May 20.

'Earnest' is the story of one Jack Worthing (Greg Mihalik). Jack goes to London to pay a visit to his good friend Algernon Moncrief (Nathan Roach) with the intent of proposing to Algernon's cousin Gwendolyn (Amelia Forman-Stiles). There's just one small problem everyone in London thinks Jack's name is Ernest.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:03

Katie's Quest Fundraising Dinner

Written by Wire Reports

HANCOCK - The Next Step is excited to host the second annual Katie's Quest Fundraising Dinner. This event will take place at Chipper's Restaurant in Hancock on May 24, 2012 beginning at 5:30. All of the proceeds from this event will be added to the Katie's Quest fund specifically designated to benefit children who have been impacted by domestic violence. After the murder of Katie Cabana and Aaron Settipani of Washington County, the whole community was shocked and saddened. Katie's oldest son, Gabe, has donated money to The Next Step that he asked them to use to throw a party for the children in our domestic violence homeless shelter. He wants children affected by domestic violence to know that every day doesn't have to be sad. The Next Step shares Gabe's vision and would like to help him honor his mother by being able to offer activities, special outings and events to children that miss out on so many of these opportunities because of the presence of domestic violence in their lives.

HERMON - The Morgan Hill Event Center will be bursting with music during the fourth annual 'Maine's Got Talent' competition next Saturday. Seventeen vocalists and dancers will not only be performing in front of a live audience but also a panel of judges in hopes of earning the $500 cash prize, a trophy, and bragging rights as this year's 'Maine's Got Talent' winner. All the proceeds from the show will benefit the Miss Maine Scholarship Fund, which provides deserving college scholarships to Maine women.

"The seventeen finalists are from all over the state and they range from singers and dancers to an acrobatic performer," said Linda Schoenfeldt, 'Maine's Got Talent' organizer.

12-year-old Catherine Howe of Bangor will be among the vocalists in next weekend's show. She found out about the competition from her godmother.

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:49

Maine twins apply for 'Amazing Race' on CBS

Written by Jodi Hersey

If you had a chance to travel the world free of charge, would you do it? Caitlin and Kendra Devore of Acton, Maine are willing to try. The 22-year-old twin sisters are applying for The Amazing Race on CBS. This reality show, which is preparing for its 21st season, takes 11 two-person teams on a race around the world using all modes of transportation including planes, trains, rickshaws, cabs, boats, etc. The teams are tasked with various challenges along the way in order to receive clues to that day's particular designated pit stop. The last team to check in risks being eliminated, while the team that manages to reach the final destination first wins one million dollars.

"When Caitlin and I are together you never what we're going to say on camera," said Kendra Devore. "We're twins that look nothing alike and haven't lived together or seen each other in person for a while, so hopefully that will appeal to them [show's producers]."

The sisters have spent the last several years attending college in different states. Older sister Caitlin is the one who pushed for the pair to apply for the show. She's been a fan of the 'Amazing Race' since it first aired on CBS back in 2001.

Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:30

A killer show

Written by Allen Adams
Winterport Open Stage presents murderous comedy

WINTERPORT Marriage can be murder. And as presented by one local theater company, said murder can be very, very funny.

Winterport Open Stage is presenting 'The Smell of the Kill,' a play by Michele Lowe and directed by Dominick Varney, through April 29 at the Wagner Middle School in Winterport.

Nicky (Brianne Beck), Debra (Jenny Hart) and Molly (Christie Robinson) are three women whose relationships with one another are built almost entirely around the fact that their respective husbands have been friends since college. The men meet up monthly for cards, cigars and dining room golf (no really) while their wives retire quietly to the kitchen for chat, cards and Chardonnay.

Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:55

Home is where you hang your high-hat

Written by Justice Barnes

Somebody much wiser than me once said, 'Necessity is the mother of invention.'

If this is the case, then musically speaking, Steve Peer is invention's baby daddy.

A long time musician, Peer began promoting music locally along the 'Bar Harbor-Bangor corridor' after returning from a long stint drumming in Halifax. Finding himself paying out more than seemed feasible for hall rentals and generously feeding and housing traveling bands, he looked for a more cost effective venue. It was then that Peer decided to strip his home and convert the first floor into 'America's favorite house concert.'

What started predominately as a vehicle to showcase Gaelic performers, 430 Bayside in Ellsworth has offered a stage to acts almost as diverse as Peer's own musical tastes and genres in which he is a proficient drummer.

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