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Boston-based radio talk-show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr has spent a considerable part of his career exposing the thugs and mobsters of Boston's organized crime scene.   

Regular listeners to 'The Howie Carr Show' (3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on WVOM 103.9 in Bangor and WVQM 101.3 in Augusta) know that crime kingpin Whitey Bulger was at the top of Carr's list - and, as Carr will explain, he was on Whitey's list. Now that Bulger has been captured and tried (Carr attended the trial), Carr has announced an all-new 'Evening of Crime' billed as a night of 'spellbinding tales of organized crime in Boston,' coming to Bangor on Friday, Aug. 16 at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road. 

BANGOR It's time to dig those Hawaiian shirts out of the closet and get ready for a party, because the Sun of a Beach Festival is making its way to the Bangor Waterfront. It's an event tailored to fans of the 'island attitude' popularized by music superstar Jimmy Buffett and aimed at bringing a little bit of the beach to Bangor.

The show, brought to the area by Darlings and Townsquare Media, is set to take place on Aug. 11. From 2:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., Bangor is going to play host to its very own version of Margaritaville. Three great bands will be taking the stage. Tickets are $15; gates open at 2 p.m.

BELFAST - With five book stores in the downtown alone, Belfast is becoming known as a destination for bookworms throughout the state. The Third Annual Belfast Bound Book Festival, July 26-28, seeks to celebrate Belfast's literary tradition through author signings at downtown shops, events at the Belfast Free Library, poetry readings in galleries and on the streets and presentations on the bound book itself.

This year, Our Town Belfast is the coordinating force behind the effort. Executive Director Breanna Pinkham Bebb said, 'The book festival is an opportunity for our business community to promote itself to those who love books. We were delighted to take on a larger planning role this year because bringing people to downtown Belfast and encouraging them to support our local businesses is a large part of our mission as a Main Street community.'

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:24

KahBang Arts announces Electric Dash'

Written by Wire Reports
A 0.965605K Run & Dance Party for charity

BANGOR - KahBang Arts, the nonprofit arm of the KahBang music | art | film Festival, is excited to introduce the inaugural 'Electric Dash' Charity Run. The Dash will take place on Aug. 8, 2013 as part of the KahBang Festival's annual kick-off events in downtown Bangor.

Electric Dash is glow-in-the-dark run from Bangor's historic West Market Square to the KahBang Dance Stage on Waterfront Festival Grounds directly following the fifth annual KahBang Festival Kick-Off Concert. Registration is $5 and people can sign up at www.kahbang.com/dash. To celebrate your successful run (or walk) of fun, the Dash ends in a dance party at the Dance Stage with a DJ and glow sticks. Following the Dash and Dance Party, participants are allowed access to the KahBang Campsite's Late Late Stage, located directly behind the Sports Arena in Hermon.

Festival in Waterville honors Actor Keith Carradine and legendary director Robert Altman, welcomes Oscar-winning writer Ernest Thompson and more

WATERVILLE - Actor Keith Carradine and late legendary director Robert Altman are among honorees at this year's Maine International Film Festival in Waterville Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 21.    

Founded in 1998, the Maine International Film Festival shows some 100 films in 10 days. The MIFF seeks and screens some of the best of American independent and international cinema, plus spotlights some of Maine and New England's most exciting and innovative filmmakers. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:19

Bangor's first Ultimate Ninja Game

Written by Katy England
Brush up your skills and be the last man/woman standing

BANGOR Do you have mad ninja skills? The grace and speed of tiger? No? It really doesn't matter - you can still play and have a ton of fun at Bangor's first Ultimate Ninja Game taking place at Broadway Park on July 21 at 1 p.m.

When it comes down to it, the Ninja Game consists of people facing off in pairs, standing back to back, and when someone yells 'NINJA!' jumping to face each other and strike their best ninja pose. The person who is decided to have the best pose gets to go first. You can only move on your turn or to dodge and attack. The attacks are geared towards slapping your opponent's hands (no wrists or elbows) in one fluid motion. They are allowed to dodge, but they can't move their feet.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:12

Four in Progress'

Written by Wire Reports

CUSHING - Four Maine artists will show their artwork during a three-day show at The Cushing Historical Society's Arts in the Barn. In addition to exhibiting their work, Maine artists Nancy Keenan Barron, Bob Matus, Jamie Ribisi-Braley and Brian Braley will be working on new pieces, which they invite you to view, in progress, during the show's three-day run. Discuss materials, styles and more with each artist, and return throughout the weekend to see the work develop.

'Four in Progress' will be on view at The Cushing Historical Society, Arts in the Barn, 17 Hathorne Point Road, July 26 through the 28 with an opening reception on Friday, July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

ORRINGTON - The East Orrington Congregational Church on the Johnson Mill Road has a large group of regulars and visitors that attend service each week. But this time of year, the church also attracts a large array of classic car owners. That's because for the third year in a row, the church is holding a classic car show to raise funds for heating assistance for its neighbors in need.

"I'm the one who came up with the idea of a car show," said George Smith, churchgoer and car show organizer. "One day I was watching the news and saw some people lost their lives due to a fire trying to heat their place unsafely. I just started to try and think of something I could do to help any way I could."

WATERVILLE - Annie Ross was a founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time. Now 82 years young, Ross will be accompanied by her pianist, Tardo Hammer. Ross is one of the early practitioners of a singing style known as 'vocalese,' which involves the setting of original lyrics to an instrumental jazz solo. Ross's visit to MIFF is part of a special 'Celebrating Altman' program honoring the work of one of America's greatest directors, Robert Altman, with whom Ross worked as an actress in and creator of the soundtrack for his ensemble film masterpiece, 'Short Cuts.'

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:25

Swing like it's the 17th century

Written by Kaitlyn Furge

Contra dancing is mesmerizing. People weave in and out of each other, sometimes in lines and sometimes in clusters, all directed by a single caller. Swinging skirts, smiles and laughter fill the room. It's intricate and simple all at the same time, like a giant tapestry formed by small stitches. Even beginners can catch on to the simple steps. 

Not only is contra dancing fun, it's also happening in Bangor. The third Friday of every month, people of all ages assemble at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor to get their swing on. The dances are run by the board of directors of the Penobscot Contradancers. Mary Anne Eason, president of the Penobscot Contradancers, says there are many benefits to contra dancing.

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