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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 19:47

Blue Man experience

Written by Katy England

Great show all around, the closer the better

BANGOR The Cross Insurance Center's auditorium floor was packed. The first few rows of guests pulled on clear plastic ponchos to protect them from the spray (Yes, Blue Man Group shows have a 'splash zone').

Before the show kicked off, there were LED tickers that scrolled text discouraging cell phone use, such as texting, taking selfies or operating drones. The thread of humor was something that continued throughout the show.

Friday, 04 October 2013 19:35

Shades of Blue - Blue Man Group comes to Bangor

Written by Katy England

Blue Man in Bangor

BANGOR The Blue Man Group is coming to Bangor, and it's no secret. When lines opened for tickets, they were sold out almost instantly.

The Blue Man Group is a phenomenon - a blending of performance art, percussive music and comedy. They've been a sensation since the late '80s and early '90s, and now they're coming here. We had a chance to chat with Mike Brown, one of the three people who will be performing Blue Man at the Cross Insurance Center on Oct. 10.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:58

Local youths holding auction for service trip to Guatemala

Written by PA

BANGOR/BELFAST/ELLSWORTH Youth from three local Unitarian Universalist churches are holding an online auction beginning Sept. 15 to support a 2014 service trip to Guatemala. The youth group, Mid-Maine YoUUth for Safe Passage, (MYSP), consists of 18 Unitarian Universalist high school youth from Bangor, Belfast and Ellsworth. The youth will volunteer with Safe Passage, a charity that works with over 500 children and youth in Guatemala City whose families survive by picking through the large city dump. For more information on Safe Passage, visit www.safepassage.org.

Close to 200 items will be up for bidding in the MYSP auction, from high-valued gift certificates to electronic devices and automobile services. Items are donations from businesses in the tri-city area of Bangor, Belfast and Ellsworth. The auction will be taking place from Sept. 15 through Oct. 5. The auction is the online site www.biddingforgood.com, which helps raise funds for charities. To see the full list of available items, and to place bids, visit https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/BiddingForGood.action. Click on "Browse Auctions" (auctions near me), or search "Guatemala UUYouth Service Trip July 2014." Then register to bid, top right corner under "bidder's sign in."

BANGOR The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure - Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway are proud to honor Survivor of the Week Ruth Susee of Kenduskeag. Susee is celebrating her 15th year being cancer free.

Susee was diagnosed in 1998 with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. "I was absolutely floored when I got a call from the doctor saying they found something and I needed to go see a surgeon," said Susee.

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present award-winning author Margot Livesey as the first writer in UMF's 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series. Livesey will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Livesey grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. Her first book was a collection of stories entitled 'Learning by Heart' (Penguin Canada 1986). Her writings since then include: 'Homework,' 'Criminals,' 'The Missing World,' 'Eva Moves the Furniture,' 'Banishing Verona' and 'The House on Fortune Street' winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England award. Her most recent novel, 'The Flight of Gemma Hardy,' won the New England Independent Booksellers' Award in fiction for 2012.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:48

The Maine story of finding Donn Fendler at The Grand

Written by PA

ELLSWORTH - The Grand's film program concentrating on subjects of interest to the Maine community continues on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. with the Donn Fendler Event, including local schoolchildren reading from Fendler's book'Lost on a Mountain in Maine' segments of the documentary film, 'Finding Donn Fendler: Lost on a Mountain in Maine 72 Years Later,' 20 minutes of a new fiction film based on the book and a post-film Q&A with the directors and the film's subject. Tickets are available at The Grand box office (667-9500) or online at www.grandonline.org. Adults are $10 while youth (12 and under) are $7. Scouts in uniform will receive a $2 discount on their tickets. The event is being held with assistance from the Ellsworth Public Library.

Fendler's story of hope and survival took place in July of 1939, when 12-year-old Donn got separated from his family while hiking up Katahdin's Hunt Trail. Lost and alone, Donn made his way down the mountain and through over 80 miles of thick Maine forest and over the course of nine days lost nearly 20 pounds, most of his clothing and was eaten alive by seemingly every insect known to man. Through hallucinations, black bears and abandoned cabins, Donn never gave up hope as he continued to push onward.

BAR HARBOR Join College of the Atlantic and Friends of Acadia as they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA, now its 11th year. The festival focuses on films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:19

Grand audience votes for best short film

Written by PA

ELLSWORTH - Filmgoers in Ellsworth will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to vote on the work of filmmakers from around the world when the 16th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to the screen at The Grand on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are General Admission seating and are as follows: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors/students and $8 for Grand members.

Once again, following the slogan 'One World - One Week - One Festival,' the MSFF is bringing together over 100,000 people from such cities as Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna and Cape Town (not to mention audiences in the Ellsworth, Maine!) to view and vote on the 10 short film finalists from an initial, record-breaking 628 entries received from 48 countries around the world! 

HALLOWELL - Calling all artists and animal lovers! Artist Cheryl Miller needs your help filling the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell with 46 million turkeys this Thanksgiving season. (Seriously.)

Mail your turkey drawings, doodles, fiberart, prints, paintings, caricatures, cut-outs, sketches or sculptures, plus the official entry form and an optional donation of $1 (50 cents will support this project at the nonprofit Harlow Gallery and 50 cents will be donated to Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Penobscot at the end of the project) to the following address:

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington, the birthplace of public higher education in Maine, celebrates its 150th anniversary this academic year. This historic milestone marks UMF's passage from humble beginnings as the state's first 'Normal School' to that of a nationally recognized public liberal arts University of nearly 2,000 students.

Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, sees UMF's year-long sesquicentennial celebration as a wonderful opportunity to recognize the University's long history of leadership, scholarship and rich partnership with the community. 'For one and a half centuries UMF has been a landmark for public higher education in the great state of Maine,' said Foster. 'Our continued success is a reflection of UMF's educational excellence, resilience and enduring commitment to the liberal arts tradition. We welcome the community to join us this year as we celebrate the ideals that the University was founded on 150 years ago and that continue today.'

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