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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:31

18 films for fall 2018: A Fall Movie Preview

Written by Allen Adams

Labor Day has come and gone, so the time has arrived for us to offer up our annual Fall Movie Preview.

2018 doesn’t have quite the luster that some past years have had – at least in terms of sheer box office appeal. There are movies that will make plenty of money, of course, but there aren’t really any of the big franchise tentpoles that we’ve seen in year’s past. There’s no MCU offering, no “Star Wars” movie.

And that’s OK.

There are some big-budget extravaganzas and some franchise sequels, as well as some original works and even a few early Oscar possibilities. Comedy and drama, sci-fi and fantasy, horror flicks and family fare – there’s something for everyone this fall.

Check it out.

The 2018 National Football League season is upon us. We’re just days away from kickoff for the first game of the season – this year’s first matchup sees the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6.

As always, there's plenty to anticipate. Lots that we know, lots that we don't know - and a whole lot that we think we might know but don't actually really know. Anybody who has read one of these previews in the past know that I live my life in that last category.

And so once again, I will be attempting to anticipate how the season will play out. Once again, I will do my best impression of a monkey with a dartboard in an effort to make some sort of sense out of the whole mess. I’m even going to try to predict the 2018 regular season records of each team – a fool’s errand inside a fool’s errand.

(For those interested, I will also be continuing our popular “Kibbles and Picks” online-only feature, wherein I attempt to pick the winners in each week's schedule of NFL games and try to achieve a greater rate of success than that reached by my dog Stella (who has defeated me handily the last three years in a row and in four of five seasons overall, by the way). Check our website at www.themaineedge.com every Thursday or find Kibbles and Picks on Facebook to see if man can even the score against beast; it's possible, but I wouldn't count on it. She’s far better at this than I am.)

And so here it is - your almost-certain-to-be-way-off 2018 Maine Edge NFL Preview.

(y = division winner; x = wild card)

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:55

Great shows grace the Gracie in 2018-19

Written by Allen Adams

BANGOR – There are some great shows that will be gracing the stage of the Gracie Theatre – located on the campus of Husson University – over the next year.

This marks the seventh season for the Gracie. Seven seasons of quality programming aimed at enhancing the cultural landscape of the region. Seven seasons of wonderful performances offering something for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Seven seasons of seeing things you won’t find anywhere else in the area.

Whether you’re looking for music or comedy or one-man shows featuring Hollywood icons, Gracie Theatre Managing Director Jeri Misler has come up with something for you. Misler was kind enough to chat with The Maine Edge about what’s going on at the Gracie and talk about some of the highlights, as well as about the process of assembling such a diverse season.

ORONO – The Collins Center for the Arts is heading into its 33rd season of exceptional arts programming on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono.

The CCA – formerly known as the Maine Center for the Arts – has been a vital hub for the performing arts in the region ever since the Bangor Symphony Orchestra christened its stage all the way back in 1986. The iconic building has played host to memorable acts large and small over the years, bringing a wonderful variety of arts and entertainment to our area.

The Collins Center has long been a foundational piece of the cultural community, offering high-quality programming year after year after year. This season is no exception, with a wonderful variety of music, theater and dance aimed at audiences of all ages. As per usual, the powers that be at the CCA have managed to ensure that there really is something for everyone.

BANGOR – Wayne Harvey has spent the last decade trying to help make wishes come true – with wiffle ball.

Harvey – a television personality for WABI here in Bangor – has been at the helm of Wayne’s Wiffle for a Wish, an annual wiffle ball tournament that raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for years now. The tournament is about to mark its 10th year, with the latest edition taking place on Saturday, August 18 at Union Street Athletic Field.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 15:32

Summer reads: The last five years

Written by Allen Adams

We’ve reached that point in the season where everybody is trotting out their annual recommendations for summer reading. This is something of which I wholeheartedly approve – I believe that the more we talk about books, the better.

However, I’ve decided to adopt a slightly different tactic with this year’s story. I’ve decided that rather than try and sell you on new or about-to-arrive works, I’d take you on a trip back through the past few years and reintroduce you to some of the works that I’ve written about and enjoyed over that span.

I’ve gone back about five years and put together a list of works that you may have missed the first time around, but that are well worth your attention. There are 18 in all – 11 fiction, 7 nonfiction. There’s literary fiction and genre fiction, biographies and memoirs and a fair amount of baseball-related stuff.

(Note: As you’ll see, there’s no Stephen King stuff on here. That’s because he could basically BE the list. Besides, you don’t need me to tell you about Mr. King and his summer read-worthiness – although I will say that the past decade, his work has been as consistently good as it has ever been.)

So dig into this list. I can almost guarantee there’s something here to fulfill everyone’s summer reading needs, but even if you don’t see anything on this particular list to your liking, go find something. Discover new words and new worlds. Read.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:58

More movie magic courtesy of MIFF

Written by Allen Adams

WATERVILLE - One of the highlights of Maine's cinematic calendar is about to get underway in Waterville.

The Maine International Film Festival is set to take place from July 13 through July 22. The festival - marking its 21st year - will once again feature a vast array of films - nearly 100 in all. Comedies, dramas and documentaries, feature-length films and shorts, movies new and old from all over the world and from right in our backyards here in Maine.

Monday, 02 July 2018 15:37

Fair fare – fun with food festivals

Written by Allen Adams

There’s a lot going on in the summertime here in Maine.

There’s all of the outdoors stuff, of course. There are mountains to be climbed and trails to be hiked. There are oceans and lakes and rivers begging to be swum in or kayaked or sailed upon. There’s even the nigh-ubiquitous ritual of heading “upta camp,” where you can do some, most or even all of these things depending on where you go.

Or if you’re leaning towards the arts, there are a multitude of options for you to take in, whether you’re looking for concerts or live theatre or film festivals. There’s a whole lot on that side of things as well.

But you might not be as familiar with just how many food-based festivals are happening all around the state of Maine over the course of the summer. These events – some taking place in just a single day, others clocking in at a week or longer – are devoted to celebrating various foodstuffs that are inherent and integral parts of life here in Vacationland.

We’re not in time for all of this summer’s festivals – for instance, the always-exceptional Maine Whoopie Pie Festival took place back on June 23 – but there are still all manner of tasty trips there for the taking, with a variety of festivals playing out over the next few weeks.

Here’s a look at just some of what’s to come.

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