Emily Burnham

Features Reporter


Record review roundup: When Particles Collide, Chamberlain and Mama’s Boomshack

on June 24, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
When Particles Collide — Photoelectric Though it’s technically their fourth release — there was an EP and an LP in 2012, and another EP, “Ego,” out last fall — “Photoelectric” feels like the first big statement from Bangor-via-New Hampshire duo When Particles Collide. It feels like a proper rock album, …

Winners selected for the State of the State ticket giveaway — are you one of them?

on June 20, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
Earlier this week I let you know that we here at the BDN had gotten our hands on five pairs of tickets to the annual State of the State concert, and that we wanted to give them out to you, you rockers of Maine. You know, that amazing yearly concert …
Sandra Hardy directs the University of Maine's production of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" during a rehearsal at Hauck Auditorium in Orono on Thursday, October 25, 2007.

‘She was a force of life:’ Sandra Hardy, longtime UMaine theater professor, dies at age 76

By Emily Burnham on June 20, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
Many students called her a tough talker who didn’t suffer fools gladly, with a biting wit, a booming voice, and possessing of no qualms about telling someone when they were doing it wrong. They also called her a friend, an intellectual and emotional powerhouse, and an inspiration both on and …
Willie Nelson plays his guitar during the Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Kacey Musgraves concert Thursday at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.

“It’s been a little while, huh?”: Willie Nelson plays first Bangor concert in 8 years

By Emily Burnham on June 20, 2014, at 9 a.m.
“It’s been a little while, huh?” said Willie Nelson, from the stage of the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, as he played his first concert in Bangor since appearing at the Bangor Auditorium in 2006. Nelson, 81, is as American as baseball, as Woodstock, as a denim jacket. Thursday night he played …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, June 20-22: Long days, hot nights.

on June 19, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
1. Last week we had a full moon on Friday the 13th; this week the summer solstice is on a Saturday. What shenanigans can we come up with this weekend? Well, start Friday, where in Bangor you can take your pick of a number of fun live performances events, such …
Production crews set up the Cirque du Soleil Varekai show Tuesday at the Cross Insurance Center.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ team talks magic behind the scenes, on stage

By Emily Burnham on June 18, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
The circus is in town — though it’s a circus unlike Bangor has ever seen, as Cirque du Soleil opens its five-day run of “Varekai” from June 18 to 22 at the Cross Insurance Center. The world-renowned company of acrobats, dancers and musicians will perform seven shows from Wednesday through …

Enter to win tickets to the 2014 the State of the State concert in Portland this July!

on June 17, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
If you read my blog, you know that if there’s one thing I really, really, REALLY care about, it’s Maine music. Whether it’s in Aroostook County or the Old Port, if it’s made in the 207, I want to hear it. Which is why I’m really psyched that this year …

Maine touring shows, coming to a venue near you this summer

on June 17, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
State Theatre, Portland The next show at the State Theatre is a concert by Primus on June 25, but it’s been sold out for months, so don’t get too excited (unless you have tickets already). A double bill featuring songwriter John Hiatt and bluesman Robert Cray is set for July …
Aragosta owner and head chef Devin Finigan works pasta through a pasta machine to create her signature dish, lobster ravioli recently in Stonington.

‘Stonington is true Maine, to me:’ World-traveling chef cooks local at island restaurant

By Emily Burnham on June 17, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
It was the spring of 2013, and chef Devin Finigan was waiting in line at Starbucks at Logan International Airport in Boston, on her way to Spain to cook for a few weeks at an acclaimed restaurant in Mallorca. She struck up a conversation with the next person in line, …
Brad Paisley holds up two flat daddies at his Bangor concert on June 15; left to right, they are Sgt. Dana Gross of Levant and Sgt. Ryan Kelly of Lewiston.

‘Flat Daddies’ at Brad Paisley concert revealed as Maine-based soldiers with 133rd battalion

By Emily Burnham on June 16, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Why was it so important for country superstar Brad Paisley to find out the names of the soldiers behind the life-size cardboard likenesses he signed during Sunday night’s concert on the Bangor Waterfront? “It got to me when I saw these cardboard cutouts — I guess they …

Help Brad Paisley find photos of the concert-goers and their ‘flat daddies’!

on June 16, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
  Country star Brad Paisley took time out during last night’s Waterfront Concert to autograph some ‘flat daddies’ — cardboard cutouts of military fathers deployed overseas that families keep with them while Dad is gone. Now, he’s looking for better photos of those folks, since the ones he’s got are …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, June 13-15: I see you shiver with… anticipation.

on June 12, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.
1. Friday night in Bangor brings the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative Art Walk, set for 5 to 9 p.m. in locations all across downtown; be on the lookout for random acts of Argentine tango in a few spots throughout the walk. It’s also opening weekend for Penobscot Theatre’s “The Rocky …
Richard Hsu (left) and Anastasia Antonacos rehearse before opening night at the Burnt Cove Church in Stonington Tuesday. The Opera House Arts summer season kicks off with "Romeo and Juliet and Zombies," and the Bridge Project.

Changes big and small fill a transformational season for Opera House Arts in Stonington

By Emily Burnham on June 12, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
It’s hard to imagine the days before the Deer Isle Bridge existed. Can you picture there only being ocean between the mainland and the island — before that narrow, oddly humped stretch of pavement and steel spanning Eggemoggin Reach irrevocably changed life for the residents of Deer Isle and Stonington? …

Bangor artist Chris Peary creates ‘Detritus,’ journal of art, culture and comics

on June 11, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
Bangor artist Chris Peary will launch issue two of Detritus, the journal of arts, culture and comics he curates. Issue two will be released on Thursday, June 12, with an official unveiling set for 5:30 p.m. at the Rock & Art Shop on Central Street in downtown Bangor. Copies of …

Lost your phone at a Waterfront Concert? Check the website and get it back

on June 11, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
After every show, the folks that clean up the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion unearth a number of lost objects. Car keys. Debit and credit cards. Phones. Wallets. Glasses. You name it. This year, Waterfront Concerts webmaster Pat Shaw decided to be proactive about returning some of those lost things to their …

Pop sensibility part of Portland musician’s ‘chemical makeup’

By Emily Burnham on June 10, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
This is a first for me in the nearly nine years I’ve been writing this column. One guy, who is in two bands, has two brand new albums coming out within one week of each other. Is he a crazy creative workaholic, or is this just a coincidence? The musician …
Full cast ensemble scenes from Penobscot Theatre Company's production of "The Rocky Horror Show," set for June 12-28.

Don’t dream it, be it: ‘Rocky Horror’ closes PTC’s 40th season ‘with a bang’

By Emily Burnham on June 10, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
Nathan Halvorson remembers the first time he saw it. He was in high school, growing up in Sioux City, Iowa. It changed his life. “I had always heard about ‘Rocky Horror,’ but I’d never seen it up until that point,” Halvorson said. He is directing the penultimate production of Penobscot …

Pop sensibility part of Portland musician Tyler Jackson’s ‘chemical makeup’

on June 10, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.
This is a first for me, in the nearly nine years I’ve been writing this column. One guy, who is in two bands, has two brand new albums coming out within one week of each other. Is he a crazy creative workaholic, or is this just a coincidence? The guy …
Ann Patchett

Novelist Ann Patchett, in Maine for Belfast reading, talks books, books and more books

By Emily Burnham on June 09, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
Ann Patchett was already the best selling author of such books as “Bel Canto” and “State of Wonder” when she and her business partner Karen Hayes opened Parnassus Books in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Patchett knows well the plight and pleasures of indie retailers — for three years she’s …

Waterville bookstore receives $5,000 grant from writer James Patterson

on June 09, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
The Children’s Book Cellar, a bookstore specializing in children’s and young adult books and a mainstay of Waterville’s downtown business scene for more than 25 years, will receive a grant from thriller writer James Patterson for $5,000. Patterson has this year been giving out grants of up to $10,000 to …
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