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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 23:20

Word up The Bangor Book Festival

Written by Allen Adams

Literary festival marks seventh year

BANGOR The time of literary celebration is upon us once again.

The Bangor Book Festival is descending on the city this weekend, bringing a multitude of authors and illustrators to various spots all over downtown Bangor and continuing an annual acclamation of all things literary. The fun plays out over the course of Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5.

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 21:07

G-Fresh is putting Maine on the hip-hop map

Written by Katy England

Over the past couple of years, the hip-hop scene in Maine has been growing. In Bangor alone there has been a surge of shows featuring names like Li'l Wayne on the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion and Raekwon of the Wu Tang Clan at Tantrum. But there's also been a surge in local talent, as evidenced by the success of Hip-Hop 101 at Tantrum.

Ellis Davis, who performs as G-Fresh, was one of the performers at the Hip-Hop 101, and has been in the Bangor area filling the void of local hip-hop talent. He's been interested in rap since a young age, even though his mother listened mostly to R&B. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 22:31

Changing seasons, changing channels

Written by Allen Adams
Previewing fall 2013's new broadcast offerings

Being a television executive is much like being a professional gambler; it's a business built around taking huge risks. Sometimes, the risks pay off. More often, they don't. So it is with new network television shows. For every breakout hit, there are half-a-dozen flops. And that doesn't even count the scores of filmed pilots that ultimately fail to find a home. Still, hope springs eternal, even in the entertainment business. 
 
The network dial is riddled with new offerings this fall. Any one of them could conceivably capture the public's imagination and become a mainstay for years to come. Of course, that just means the rest of them will be boring, bland and ultimately forgettable  assuming they aren't epically terrible; we can probably count on a few of those as well.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 21:23

Autumn entertainment 2013's fall films

Written by Allen Adams

Now that the summer is coming to an end, we venture into the realm of cooler climate, football and fallen leaves. While the end of summer brings the 'blockbuster' movie season to a close, it is by no means the end of high-end, high-quality cinematic entertainment. 

Sure, most of the Oscar-bait pictures come out at year's end the aim being to keep them fresh in the minds of the voters but there are plenty of films in the fall that will likely get some attention come awards season. And while the mega-budget tentpole films are mostly a summer phenomenon, there are some big money offerings in the offing over the next couple of months superheroes and sci-fi epics aren't restricted solely to the summer.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 22:46

Another year of poor pigskin prophecy

Written by Allen Adams

Predictions for the 2013 NFL season

Autumn approaches and that means it's time for the NFL to make its triumphant return. The 2013 season promises to be another one filled with phenomenal plays and serious surprises.

It also marks the continuation of one man's Quixotic attempts to make accurate predictions regarding the outcome of said season. That's right, folks! It's my annual NFL preview, complete with (probably) poor predictions. So come along for the ride and see if I can scale the heights of prognosticative mediocrity or else once again crash and burn in a spectacular fashion.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 21:19

A season to be celebrated

Written by Allen Adams

PTC marks 40th season

BANGOR - Over the past decade or so, the city of Bangor has seen its arts scene blossom. The town is alive with more music, art and performance than at any other point in recent memory. New businesses and organizations that grow the creative community are springing up all over.

However, there are also some groups with very real and vibrant histories in the mix. Some have been around since long before this recent revitalization. These organizations form a cornerstone of this creative renaissance.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:32

Ke$ha: Warrior Tour hits Bangor

Written by Katy England

BANGOR The name Ke$ha is polarizing. People love her. People hate her. But there's no argument that she is a new icon dominating the scene. And she's coming to the Darling's Waterfront Concert Series on Aug. 30 as part of her Warrior Tour, promoting the album of the same name. She is promising her fans the night of their life.

'The tour has been amazing. It's my Warrior Tour.' It's kind of wild. I've been getting into trouble in metal bars, drinking warm tequila,' she said in the phone interview with The Maine Edge.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:03

Fierce Earth - Climbing Katahdin

Written by Christopher Burns

There was clearly felt the presence of a force bound not to be kind to man. It was a place for heathenism and superstitious ritesto be inhabited by men nearer of kin to the rock and to the wild animals than we.

--Henry David Thoreau

MILLINOCKET The first successful climb of Katahdin was in 1804 by surveyors Charles Turner, Jr. and Zackery Adley. Since then the mountain has opened up to the ambitious and those desiring to commune with nature. In 1846, Henry David Thoreau attempted the mountain up the Abol Slide. Due to poor weather Thoreau never reached the peak, but he did not need to conquer the mountain to feel its awesome power. It was while staring out from the Tablelands that he felt the portentous spirit of the mountain. 

According to Abenaki mythology, Katahdin was home to the trickster Pamola. He protected the mountain and conjured storms. Legends depicted him with the head of moose, the body of a man and the wings and feet of an eagle. Like Uluru in Australia and Kailash in Tibet, the Abenaki considered it a grave trespass to ascend Katahdin.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 21:37

KahBang - Music | Art | Film

Written by Katy England

BANGOR For the past five years, KahBang has been bringing more and more culture to the area. First came music, then art, then film and beer - and each year is bigger and better.

Headlining the Festival this year is rock band Dr. Dog and Odd Future group member, hip-hop artist Earl Sweatshirt. New additions include St. Lucia, Gentleman Hall, Vacationer, X Ambassadors, Caro Khan, My Pet Dragon, Spencer Albee and North of Nashville. KahBang is also showcasing emerging musicians from all over North America, playing genres that include indie, electronic, rock, hip-hop, country-rock, electro-pop, rap and indie- folk.

"Not since our founding year in 2009 have I been more excited for our event. We took an approach this year that focused on building a festival and not just a concert, and I'm overwhelmed by the result. We have more to offer to the public than any year before, and most of it is free,' said Tim Lo, executive director of KahBang. 'For our returning fans this is the richest experience they'll ever have. Get ready for one amazing KAHBANG weekend. We're excited to host New England and visitors from afar.'

Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:29

All the whistles and bells

Written by Katy England
Downeast Scenic Railroad

There ain't nothing sweeter than riding the rail.
-Tom Waits

ELLSWORTH The railroad has a long and storied history in America. It was both the backbone and lifeline of industry and commerce in many places, and it was no different in Maine. Volunteers have gone above and beyond to not only preserve this history, but ensure that future generations can actually experience rail travel for themselves with the Downeast Scenic Railway.

'[The Downeast Scenic Rail] informs people of history of the line and what its meaning has been to the community, and how it helped develop the area,' said Tom Testa, president of the Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, Inc. 'This was the link to the world.'

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