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    Thursday, September 4, 2008

    5 things to do this weekend, 9.4.08

    1. First off, for some authentic reggae flavor, go check out the I-Tals, who are set to play at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Since the mid-70's the three piece group has toured tirelessly, bringing its sweet, Jamaican-grown vocal harmonies to reggae fans the world over. Tickets are $20 at the door; for more info, visit

    2. Ring 362 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians will hold its second annual Stage Magic Competition on Saturday at All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor. The competition features such astoundingly fantastic local luminaries as the Amazing Wes Booth and his parlor magic, Professor Miller and his Chinese rings, and, visiting from Massachusetts, up and coming magicians Peter Boie. Local legend Dr. Wilson will open the show by climbing the ladder of swords, and middle eastern dancers from Kahaz Productions will complement the program. Admission is $5, and the show starts at 7 p.m.

    3. The Ottawa International Animation Festival's traveling film fest stops at the Grand Theatre Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m. 14 short films from some of the finest animators from around the world will be showcased during the program, ranging from the sweet and simple to the truly bizarre. For more information, visit

    4. There'll be plenty of pickin' n' grinnin this weekend at the Paul Bunyan Bluegrass Festival, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Paul Bunyan Campground on Outer Union Street. Artists set to play include the Adrians, the Katahdin Valley Boys and Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein; for more info and ticket prices, visit

    5. And now, for something completely different. Do you like little dogs? Do you like little dogs in costumes? If yes, then it would behoove you to head down to Wienerfest on Sunday at the Boathouse on the Belfast waterfront. Dachshund owners from around the state will bring their hot dogs to participate in races, games, a costume contest and parade. Whether or not you've got your own dachshund, it'll at least be a ridiculously cute afternoon. Dogs in costumes! Come on! The fun starts at noon, and it's a dollar per person and a dollar per dog. For more info, visit Don't believe me? Look at THIS:

    That dog is either thrilled, or plotting its owners demise.

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