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May 12, 2014. Bangor, Me: KAHBANG Film has announced the introduction of KAHBANG Film Interactive, an audience participation based screening modeled after the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” interactive showings. The inaugural event will screen the movie “Wet Hot American Summer” and takes place Saturday August 9th at the Brick Church in Bangor from 11 pm to 1 am as part of the KAHBANG Film Fest. Any KAHBANG Festival Platinum, Gold, or Film Pass holders will be honored at the door. Film Passes for the entire Film Festival may be purchased at www.kahbang.com/tickets or individual tickets will be on sale at the event for $5.00.

“We picked “Wet Hot American Summer” because it’s a cult classic movie set in Maine, that people love and we can have a lot of fun with it. Since CNN Travel called us one of the weirdest film festivals in the country, we really decided to embrace that title and offer a unique viewing experience for the audience as part of the Film Festival; and that is how KAHBANG Film Interactive started. To participate, people are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest as their favorite camper or counselor from the movie to win a prize. We also will provide the audience with different props to use during the film and have leaders in the audience that will let the crowd know when to use the props. Shouting at the screen during the movie is also highly encouraged. It’s going to be a great time.”

-Meg Shorette, KAHBANG Film Executive Director

KAHBANG Film Interactive: “Wet Hot American Summer” encourages people to dress up as their favorite camper or camp counselor from the movie and participate in a costume contest before the screening. There will be various prizes given out to participants including cash and cans of mixed vegetables. Event organizers will provide props to the audience to enhance viewer experience and lead the crowd in using the props. Concessions will be available during the screening for purchase. Open to all ages, this screening will be part of the 2014 KAHBANG Film Festival, which includes other mainstream and indie film screenings, during the August 7-10th event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.kahbangfilmfest.org or contact KAHBANG Film Fest Executive Director, Meg Shorette at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Music: Best Of Portland

portland best of show

05/14/14 - Portland Phoenix Best of Show. Come celebrate the Best of Portland! May 14th at the Port City Music Hall. It's free!

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Photo: Naked Girls In Abandoned Buildings?

BARE USA Indiegogo from Brian Cattelle on Vimeo.

05/13/14 - Our friend Brian Cattelle has launched an awesome Indigogo idea mixing nude photography and abandoned buildings. We think it's pretty awesome. If you think so too, throw him $5 or $10 and help his dream become a reality.

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Politics: John Schneck (D) Running For Reelection To The Maine House District 126 (Bangor)

John Schneck

05/13/14 - Rep. John C. Schneck has served his first term in the Maine House of Representatives (2012-2014). He is a member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. John is semi-retired and has a diverse work history which includes running a small family pest-control business, working as a re-insurance treaty underwriter in New York City, and most recently was the daytime news anchor on WKIT (Stephen King’s radio station).  He is a licensed amateur radio operator (currently licensed as WA2OUU). As a Vietnam War veteran serving in the U.S. Navy, he is also a member of the American Legion.

After spending many years camping, backpacking, and hiking extensively throughout Maine and the New England area, John and his family chose to move to Maine in 1997. He and his wife Mary settled in Bangor where they raised their two daughters, Katie and Kelly.  John and Mary continued to reside in Bangor with their four-legged son (an Airedale named Murphy).

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Comedy: Sir Ian McKellen On How To Be A Good Actor.

Ian McKellen on Extras by Victor_Bugle

02/07/13 - Ha.

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Life: The Science Of Lying

05/13/14 - Yep.

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Music: Mike Sempert (Of Birds & Batteries) Premieres "Survival"

Mike Sempert

05/05/14 - Buy Mike Sempert's latest album.

Mike Sempert is best known for his work as the songwriter and frontman of the Bay Area band Birds & Batteries.

After years of recording and touring, Sempert decided to take a break from the band to focus on other aspects of life. He got a dog, moved to Los Angeles, and married his longtime love. Inevitably, a new collection of songs came together, many of them centered around these changes and the questions creative people often face as they stare into the oblivion of adulthood.

And so comes Mid Dream, written and recorded in Oakland and Sacramento in the months leading up to Sempert's move to LA. The album is comprised of deeply personal songs presented in high fidelity on both an intimate and epic scale. While Birds & Batteries' albums were on the synthier end of the spectrum, Sempert's new songs called for a more organic treatment - exposed vocals, live drums, acoustic and electric guitars, wurlitzer and rhodes. Some songs are ornamented with flourishes of orchestration, lush background vocals and achey pedal steel guitar, while others are stripped down to the bare essentials. Unobscured by excessive reverb or distortion, Sempert's unique voice and direct lyrics are laid out for all to see, in a humble and bold offering. The clarity of production and songwriting on Mid Dream was influenced by the classic studio music of the 1970s- albums by Gram Parsons, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac as well as music by Beck, The Shins, Sparklehorse and Cass McCombs and many more. Sempert's voice has been compared to that of Richard Manuel of the Band and Alan Sparhawk of Low.

Birds & Batteries bandmates Colin Fahrner and Jill Heinke were called on to contribute drums and bass respectively, as well as a cast of tremendous musicians from the Oakland music community. Friends and neighbors Blake Henderson (engineering) and Sonya Cotton (vocals) contributed vast intangibles to the album, fostering an environment of warmth and support around the recording process. The result is honest, gentle and striking; there's plenty of sunshine breaking through the fog and sea spray. Mid Dream is his meditation on love and commitment, on art and growing up (or trying to). Mike will be on the road with his band to support the record, so we hope you get a chance to see him make this music live as well.

Click here to listen.

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