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    Thursday, February 19, 2009

    5 things to do this weekend, 2.19.09

    1. Here is a very important thing: Demetri Martin is at UMaine this weekend. You may have seen him on his new show on Comedy Central, "Important Things with Demetri Martin," or you may remember him from the Daily Show. Either way, he's absolutely hilarious. He'll take the stage at the Collins Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, call 1-800-622-TIXX.
    2. The Grand Theatre in Ellsworth hosts a Cabin Fever Bailout concert featuring a tasty lineup of local bands, including Rant, A Dying Breed, Poetic Acrimony and Stiff Whisker and the Driftwood Kids. The show starts at 7 on Saturday, and admission is $15.
    3. John Cariani's "Almost Maine" is enjoying a nice run at various theatres throughout the state. The Broadway play about a small Maine community will be produced this weekend and next at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft; showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and also at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
    4. The Bar Stewards, Bangor's best Irish band, play at Paddy Murphy's pub this Saturday, starting at 9 p.m. Expect loud, raucous songs about drinkin', fightin' and lovin'.
    5. The Academy Awards are set for this Sunday evening, and several area theatres will host simulcasts of the show, including big fundraisers at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth and Reel Pizza Cinerama in Bar Harbor. For 15 to 50 bucks, you get hors d'oeurves, champagne and a chance to get all dolled up which watching the Oscars, and all the proceeds go to benefit at Beth C. Wright Cancer Center. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.; for more info, visit

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