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    Friday, September 12, 2008

    5 things to do this weekend, 9.12.08

    1. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals make yet another Maine appearance this weekend, when they take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Unity Centre for the Performing Arts. The Tickets are 26 bucks, but they're well worth it, because Potter and her band sound like Bonnie Raitt mixed with James Brown, backed by Booker T and the MGs. They're that good. For more info, visit

    2. If you'd rather try something with a little more locally grown spice in it, item numero dos is the dance party hosted by Primo Cubano, a Portland-based Latin orchestra, set for 7 p.m. on Friday at the American Legion Hall on High Street in Belfast. Primo Cubano play son music, the highly syncopated style popularized by the album and film Buena Vista Social Club. Admission to the dance is $10, and there's a rumba lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. before the band starts.

    3. The Penobscot Theatre Company kicks off its 35th season with a season opening production of Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond," set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Bangor Opera House. An old married couple, their daughter, her boyfriend, his kid and the mailman square off in a fight to the death over who ate all the strawberries. Aw, I'm just kiddin'! The funny, heartwarming family drama runs this weekend and next, and tickets are available at the opera house box office, or by calling 942-3333.

    4. Movie buffs should take a trip down east this weekend, as the new Woody Allen film Vicki Cristina Barcelona screens at 7 p.m. nightly at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, the annual Black Maria Film Festival rolls into town at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth, showcasing a number of short films from directors from all over the world. Admission is $10; for more info, visit

    5. This weekend brings us BangPop!, Bangor's first comic book convention in more than 10 years, and certainly it's biggest. It's set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Spectacular Events center on the Griffin Road in Bangor, and the ten dollar admission gets you in to meet lots of Maine's finest artists and writers in the medium, movie screenings, panels and a whole bunch of vendors selling comics both new and rare. For more information, visit

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