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LEWISTON - For $150 and a 300-word essay, hopeful restaurant owners could land a successful restaurant and a place to live in one fell swoop during 'Maine's Dream Restaurant Contest.'

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LEWISTON A college student appalled at the dorm furnishings his roommates were leaving behind his freshman year has started a booming business recycling mini refrigerators.

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LEWISTON - Concert artist Igor Lovchinsky presents the final program of the 2012-2013 Piano Series season at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Friday, May 24. The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include works by Bach-Busoni, Chopin, Scriabin and Liszt. 

Lovchinsky is one of the most popular pianists to have given recitals at the Franco Center, where he has also appeared as soloist with the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. His electric interpretation of the Grieg A-minor piano concerto was the highlight of the Midcoast's Gala Concert in October 2011.

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LEWISTON/AUBURN Tributes and fundraisers have always been part of Ed Boucher's life, but for Lewiston's legendary music industry guru and impresario of the L-A music scene, this one is different: This one is for him.

On Saturday, May 18, from 4 to 10 p.m., at the Royal Oak Room at Ironhorse Court (www.royaloakroom.com), One Bates Street, Lewiston, friends and fans will gather for "The EAB Tribute" being organized to help defray costs of an unexpected medical diagnosis late last year.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:14

MPBN's Suzanne Nance to perform in Lewiston

LEWISTON Most people probably think of Suzanne Nance as the voice of 'Morning Classical Music,' a program that airs each weekday morning from 9:05 a.m. until noon on MPBN Radio.

But Nance is also a very talented soprano who has performed on stages all over the world, and on May 3 she will be performing a concert at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston composed of selections mostly in French with a few in English, featuring some of Maine's most talented women backing her on piano, cello and violin.

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LEWISTON The most popular band to ever come out of Maine, if one is using album sales as a yardstick, will perform at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Friday, April 26.

Rustic Overtones is a seven-piece group whose unique sound comes from vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Dave Gutter's throaty, distinctive voice and the band's three-piece horn section, a member of which has played as part of opening acts for Dave Matthews and Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden.

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The UFC has been the king of mixed martial arts since its first event in the United States back in 1993. Former MMA promotions such as EliteXC, StrikeForce, Pride Fighting Championships and World Extreme Cagefighting all tried competing with the UFC, only to fall in the end. While all these companies ultimately failed, the UFC has been growing with large pay-per-view buys, record fan attendances, and a huge television deal with Fox. 

The UFC might be at the top of its game, but that hasn't stopped the founder and CEO of the second largest MMA promotion in the USA Bellator. Bjorn Rebney founded Bellator MMA in 2008 and has been pushing his company through the uniqueness it brings of being completely tournament-based. This means that every fighter must win a series of matches through a tournament to become eligible for a title shot. 

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:36

Piano series continues with Henry Kramer

LEWISTON Henry Kramer, an accomplished member of the new generation of American pianists and a former Maine resident, appears at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the fifth recital of this season's piano series.

The first half of the program features Schubert's 'Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 120,' Chopin's 'Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52' and Brahms 'Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Book I).' Following the intermission, Kramer will perform two major works by Prokofiev: 'Piano-Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80' and 'Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82.'  Canadian violinist Cordelia Paw will join Kramer in performing the piano-violin sonata.

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LEWISTON Pardon Me, Doug, a band that pays tribute to the music of the popular Vermont jam band Phish, will perform at the Franco-American Heritage Center on Friday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m.

Phish is known for their dedicated legions of followers, known as 'phans,' many of whom travel great distances to see multiple shows on each tour. They're also known for their long shows that completely change from night to night. During a stretch of four Madison Square Garden concerts leading up to New Year's Eve, for example, Phish played 90 songs without repeating a single tune.

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LEWISTON/AUBURN The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn's Professional Theatre, ends its 2011-12 season with the heartwarming and poignant comedy 'On Golden Pond,' running May 4 through 13. Featuring real life couple Ellen Crawford and Mike Genovese (from NBC's E.R.), tickets for this popular, much-loved play are already in high demand, and an additional 2 p.m. matinee performance has been added on Saturday, May 12.

The loons are back on Golden Pond, and so are Norman and Ethel Thayer, a retired professor and his feisty wife. Returning to their annual lakeside cottage in Maine, their summer is unexpectedly transformed by a visit from their middle-aged daughter, her fianc and his 13-year-old son.

The play explores the triumphs and difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage as well as the complicated relationship between a daughter and her hard-to-please father. Along the way, a comical and touching bond develops between the young boy and the old man. Many people may be familiar with the much-loved film based on the play starring Henry Fonda and Kathryn Hepburn. According to Director Christopher Schario, "The play is somewhat similar to the film, with a touch more humor, and it's easy to understand why Maine audiences have fallen in love with the story." In fact, author Ernest Thompson spent his summers along the shores of Great Pond, located in Belgrade, Maine, where the play is based.

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