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    Thursday, September 18, 2008

    5 things to do this weekend, 9.18.08

    1: The 32nd annual Common Ground Fair is set for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Unity Fairgrounds. It's the largest fair of it's kind in New England, bringing together farmers, vendors, exhibitors and volunteers to show off the vast array of organic, socially conscious goods and services that we have to offer in our state. That, and there's tons of great music and food to boot. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors and free for kids under 12, and gates open at 9 a.m. all three days. For more information, visit the Maine organic farmers and grower's web site at

    2: Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure is set for this Sunday, Sept. 21 starting at 10 a.m. on Front Street on the Bangor Waterfront. Those who wish to run the full 5k race start at 10; a shorter distance 1k walk starts at 10:15. Registration fees start at $20, which of course goes to an incredibly worthy cause - finding a cure for breast cancer. Additionally, on Friday night Susan G. Komen sponsors Blues for the Cure, a big party featuring three blues acts starting at 8 p.m. at Jeff's Catering in Brewer. Tickets are $10 at the door, and bands featured include Sista Sadie, River Bottom Funk and the England Brothers. For more info, visit

    3: Get your metal on at the Kave i Bucksport this weekend, with a show featuring Death Threat, Crown of Kings, Cruel Hand, Bouny By Regret, the Brophy Monster and Thanks for Nothing. Ten bucks at the door, all ages, and it starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more info, visit

    4: The International Student's Association at the University of Maine hosts it's semesterly Oronoka party, starting at 10 p.m. Friday at 103 Ultra Lounge in Orono. It's probably the only chance you'll get for the rest of the year to hear dance music from all over the world - from Indian trance to Eastern European house music, from salsa to qawwali. If you like to dance, this is the party you want to go to. Admission is $7, and it's 18 plus, so anyone can go.

    5: This isn't exactly eastern Maine, but it's something super cool to do this weekend - and it's something I'm quite distraught over, since I will not be able to make it. Why?, the indie rock-slash-hip hop group on Anticon Records, are playing at the Space Gallery in Portland on Saturday night, along with electro-indie group Alias. Why's album "Alopecia" is one of my favorite albums of the year, and if you feel like taking a trip down south, or will be in that area anyway, I most highly recommend checking it out. Tickets are 8 bucks at Bull Moose Music outlets; for more info, visit

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