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    Thursday, August 7, 2008

    5 things to do this weekend, 8.7.08

    1. Hot on the heels of the double musical whammy of last weekend (The Shangri-La Festival and the Beltek Festival), there's yet another music fest set for this weekend. The first-ever Up North Festival will kick off on Friday at the Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds in the western Maine town of Hiram. The lineup is so full of jam bands that you won't be able to get the patchouli stink out of Oxford County for weeks. Check out Bob Weir and Ratdog, Umphrey's McGee, the Wailers, Assembly of Dust, Soulive, RJD2 and many more on Friday through Sunday. In all fairness, it's actually quite a stellar lineup of acts, and it's a festival that hopefully will come to be a regular part of the Maine summer music scene. For more info, visit

    2. The Penobscot Theatre will present a concert version of "Guys and Dolls" live in Pickering Square in downtown Bangor, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy some of the area's best voices, as they bring to life the "musical fable of Broadway."

    3. Friday night in Bangor, Big Time plays at Paddy Murphy's, starting at 9 p.m., and DJ Emily Bee spins rock n' roll and electro at the Red Martini, starting at 9:30 p.m. Hey, wait a minute. That's me. Whoops. I forgot. Silly moi.

    4. Old Grey Goose plays some serious Celtic-style old timey rockin' tunes. They'll play starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday at 3 Tides in Belfast. Pickle martini. Bocce court. Fire place. Quesadillas. Yum.

    5. While you're in Belfast, it would totally be worth stopping by Waterfall Arts on High Street to see the two fantastic exhibitions currently on display: Beth Henderson's encaustic paintings, and Avy Claire's "For the Trees," an environmentally-minded installation. For more info, visit

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