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    Thursday, August 28, 2008

    5 things to do this weekend, 8.28.08

    1. The Unity Centre for the Performing Arts hosts Boston chanteuse Miss Tess, who, with her band the Bon Ton Parade, plays a fun, engaging blend of ragtime, swing and blues that brings to mind both Billie Holliday and Tom Waits. She takes the stage at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20 – proceeds from which benefit the Unity Barnraisers. For more info, visit

    2. The Blue Hill Fair is one of Maine’s oldest and most beloved fairs – it’s still got a traditional agricultural feel to it, and it’s not overpriced or overshadowed by the midway. This year’s fair opened yesterday, and continues through Monday. Some of the special attractions include musical performances by King Pirogi, the Gilpin Railroad Incident, the Eric Green Party, Flynnville Train, and, most importantly, Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band! There’s also Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show, comedians, magicians, a pig race, a blueberry pie eating contest and sheep dog trials, in addition to the various agricultural displays. For more info on admission prices and schedules, visit

    3. For your third thing to do, one of my personal favorite local bands, the always rocking Full Contact Kitty, is set to play Sunday evening at the Belfast Public Library, along with New Hampshire-based gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche and local songwriter Blair Seifkin. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance at Mr. Paperback in Belfast.

    4. Next up, through September 6, College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor will display the fascinating multimedia installation by artist Sam Van Aken, titled “Eden.” Working with a geneticist, Van Aken created his own strain of hybrid seeds, which he then grew inside a greenhouse that became part of the installation. It’s part Frankenstein, and part meditation on how we relate to the natural world. The exhibit is on view Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at COA’s Blum Gallery, for more info, visit

    5. As it turns out, you get a long weekend, thanks to Labor Day! Celebrate the working man by attending Eastern Maine Labor Council and Food AND Medicine’s Labor Day Solidarity Concert, featuring the likes of the Barncats, Steel Rail Express, Deja Blue, Spare Time and the Working Chorus. $5 gets you in the door, and gets you a locally produced, organic barbecue. The party is set for 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday at the Worker Center on Ivers Street in Brewer. For more info, visit

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