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    Thursday, August 14, 2008

    5 things to do this weekend, 8.14.08

    1. The third annual Black Fly Ball is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, August 16 at the Machias Grange Hall, during the Machias Blueberry Festival. It's sponsored by the Beehive collection, the super cool activist organization who spent the past five years renovating the Grange Hall into its current state - which is eco-friendly, loyal to its traditional roots and totally beautiful. The Black Fly Ball is one of the wildest, most fun hootenannies you'll experience in Eastern Maine - every year, the Orange River Jazz Band plays good, old-fashioned big band music. The Machias Ukulele Club rocks it Hawaiian style, and that's followed by a punk rock marching band that the Beehive folks bring up each year - this time, it's the What Cheer Brigade, out of Providence, R.I. Partygoers are encouraged to wear costumes; the more ridiculous, the better. It's all ages and chem-free, and it's there's no admission, but donations are gladly accepted. For more info, visit

    2. Eric Green and his Party play at the Sea Dog in Bangor Friday night. Drinking is encouraged. Yes.

    3. The Bangor Film Festival kicks off tonight at Peakes Auditorium with a screening of John Carptenter's "The Thing" at 7 p.m. There's a short film program tomorrow, also at Peakes, and Saturday the films from this year's 28-Eighty Film Shootout will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Bangor Opera House. For more info, visit

    4. The Bar Stewards, a.k.a. that totally insane Irish punk band who play at Paddy Murphy's sometimes, are playing Friday night at the Wrong Turn Pub in Kenduskeag. PBR is a dollar. It's a hell of a joint.

    5. Starting at noon Saturday, Bangor is going to the dogs: it's the third (or maybe fourth?) annual Dog Day. Come to Pickering Square. See a whole lot of dogs go crazy and chase each other, and see a whole lot of dog owners go crazy and chase each other. It's actually really fun. Check out for more info.

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