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Posted Sept. 10, 2008, at 7:42 p.m.

The Maine Discovery Museum will host works by Bangor Daily News cartoonist George Danby, beginning Friday, Sept. 12, and running through November. To accommodate the museum and the viewers. Danby’s editorial cartoons will be displayed on large foam boards, instead of displaying the work in its original size. Approximately 30 award-winning cartoons from throughout Danby’s career will be exhibited; the cartoons explore issues from both his Maine and national collection. Museum admission is $6.50.

The Black Maria Film Festival takes its name from the first film studio Thomas Edison built at his famous laboratory in 1892. It was nicknamed the Black Mariah after the police cars of the same name, since the building was covered in black tar paper to keep out the sun. It was there that Edison shot some of the first movies ever, all short, some no more than a few seconds. Black Maria Film Festival founder Joe Columbia named his annual traveling film series after that because it showcases short films — gleaned from more than 700 submissions from across the country in short feature, animation, experimental and documentary, such as Karina Eppelstein’s documentary “Phoenix Dance,” a scene from which is pictured here. The Black Maria rolls into Maine on Saturday, Sept. 13, when it plays at The Grand Theatre starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, $9 for seniors and teens. For more, visit www.grandonline.org.

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