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  • Bangor Media Collective 3:31 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , local food   

    Meet Your Farmer on May 10 

    May 10 from 5-8 pm at Brick Church, 126 Union St., Bangor will be a screening of “Meet Your Farmer,” a documentary featuring eight farmers in Maine.

    From 5-6 pm will be mingling time with a beer tasting, appetizers, and displays from local farms. The film will start at 6 pm, followed by a question and answer panel with local farmers at 7 pm.

    “Meet Your Farmer” is essential viewing for local food lovers and anyone who feels it’s important to know where their food comes from. Each segment of the documentary introduces you to a farming family, gets you acquainted with their farm through beautiful footage, and explains in the farmers’ words the challenges, blessings and opportunities in Maine farming.

    Sponsored by Food and Medicine, Maine Farmland Trust, Bangor Green Drinks, and River City Cinema.

    What: Screening of “Meet Your Farmer”
    When: Tuesday May 10, 5-8 pm
    Where: Brick Church, 126 Union St., Bangor

  • Bangor Media Collective 11:48 pm on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , native american   

    Writer’s Workshop April 30 on Indian Island 

    Just learned of a great opportunity for poets & writers out there–an all-day writing workshop hosted by 4 renowned Native American writers, on Indian Island tomorrow.

    Emerging Writers’ Workshop
    With Lisa Brooks, Daniel Justice, Cheryl Savageau, and Craig Womack
    An inter-generational event to strengthen your writing skills. Feel free to bring writing you are working on.

    Saturday, April 30, 2011 10am – 4pm
    Indian Island School, 10 Wabanaki Way
    Register: / WALK-INS WELCOME!!
    FMI: Maria Girouard (207) 817-7471 or Margo Lukens (207) 581-3834

  • Bangor Media Collective 9:16 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , charity, , , jewelry, yikes studio   

    Donate $5 to Heifer International and Win a Necklace by Local Artisan 

    "Passing on the gift": Giving the offspring to others is a key part of Heifer International's strategy.

    Collective member Suzanne Anderson of Yikes! Studio is a polymer clay jewelry artist whose art is fun, elegant and innovative. Her latest project is a fundraiser for the international nonprofit organization Heifer International, whose work empowers women and families with the gift of livestock animals. Suzanne is raffling off a beautiful necklace with beads depicting the faces of women world-wide, expertly caned from polymer clay. A donation of $5 or more enters you to win– and the proceeds help someone find economic security and dignity through ownership of livestock.

    The organization’s website describes their mission this way: “Heifer International is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance & sustainability.” Among organizations that address hunger and opportunities for women, Heifer International is a standout, with measurable successes as well as the less measurable, but immeasurably valuable, experiences of empowerment. Suzanne (of Lucerne, Maine) and I talk about the necklace she is creating as a fundraiser for Heifer. Read the interview!

  • Bangor Media Collective 9:08 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    In the video editing lab with Laura B. working on two videos: Monday’s nurses’ forum and Solidarity Harvest.

  • Bangor Media Collective 8:17 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: groups, , music   

    Bangor’s Bassists 4 Bassists 

  • Bangor Media Collective 3:35 am on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , nurses, , videos   

    How much has changed since MSNA unionized nurses… 

    How much has changed since MSNA unionized nurses in Bangor, Maine voted to strike last winter? The nurses’ employer, EMMC, is still unwilling to compromise and find a solution to nurses’ concerns about safe staffing.Overworked nurses have grown concerned that patient care may be seriously affected by poor nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Watch the video on the strike, and consider dropping in tomorrow night at the Bangor Public Library for the Public Forum on Staffing and Healthcare Quality at EMMC. This Forum is April 25th at 6 pm in the 3rd floor lecture hall.

  • Bangor Media Collective 2:41 am on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

    Vincent Van Gogh
  • Bangor Media Collective 2:38 am on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , The Maine Edge   

    Bangor Media Collective and The Maine Edge to hold monthly contest 

    "Jalapeno Flowers" by Zeraph

    The Bangor Media Collective is collaborating with The Maine Edge on a monthly photography contest.

    May’s theme is Maine in Spring. The subject of the photos should capture the season in a way that uniquely reflects on the state. The winner will be published in the May 18 issue of The Maine Edge.

    Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit photos via e-mail to with “Photo Contest” as the subject line.

    Deadline for the May contest is May 1. Include your name, home town, website if you have one, and a brief caption if desired (no more than 50 words).

    By Katy England

  • Bangor Media Collective 2:28 am on April 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    EMMC Nurses: Their Turn to Speak 

    "A broad array of research on this topic has found an association between lower nurse staffing levels and higher rates of some adverse patient outcomes." Safe staffing really does save lives. -US Dept. of Health and Human Services

    By now you have likely heard about the crisis going on at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC), the largest hospital in our area and the largest employer north of Bath. But you may not have heard from those who do the work–the nurses themselves. On Monday, April 25 at 6pm at the Bangor Public Library, you will have a chance to hear firsthand from those who have struggled for months to get management to address staffing shortages and other issues, which they see as seriously threatening patient care at Bangor’s community hospital.

    EMMC management has regularly purchased ads in the Bangor Daily News that disparage the nurses’ union, but the nurses and community members who have been affected by the issue of staffing shortages and the ongoing labor dispute at EMMC have not had an equivalent chance to speak.

    The Worker Rights Board of Eastern Maine (WRB), a group of community leaders with a mission to provide a community forum to legitimize workers’ voices and to help remedy workplace injustices, is holding the Public Forum On Staffing and Healthcare Quality at EMMC on Monday night to amplify these voices that are so critical to the future of our hospital. Members of the WRB will compile testimony from the forum and release a public response.

    These leaders are involved because the hospital is a vital part of our community. Please join us to hear from those who do the work and send the message that their voices matter.

    What: Public Forum on Staffing and Healthcare Quality at EMMC
    When: MONDAY Night, April 25th 6 pm
    Where: Bangor Public Library, 3rd floor lecture hall

    To RSVP or if you have questions, please call 989-5860 or e-mail This notice was sent out by FoodANDMedicine Maine.

  • Bangor Media Collective 3:39 pm on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Interview with X Anthroid caption id= attachment 107… 

    Interview with X Anthroid

    "Death of the Sin Eater"

    X Anthroid isn’t really the kind of artist you expect to find in a little city in central Maine, but these woods are mysterious and home to a myriad collection of strange and beautiful minds. X, of Bangor, is a sculptural and three dimensional artist who also paints and creates steampunk-inspired clothing. Her website,, is a work of art itself, showcasing X’s clothing lines, three dimensional work, visual art and poetry, among much more.

    X’s work is dark and pensive in a natural, autumnal kind of way. Dead branches, sun-whitened grass, bleached bones and lost possessions (or found objects, depending on your point of view) seem to be present, and at times feature in her actual materials.
    These meld with a kind of intense self-reflection that shapes her compelling sculptures, many of them of bodies and body parts made transcendent by unexpected additions– a hand beckoning from within the chest of one sculpted torso holds a length of red string, for example.

    I was excited to have a chance to interview X a few weeks ago about her sculpture, steampunk and her effort to “Quayify” her Victorian farmhouse.

    BMC: What drew you to begin sculpting? How has your style evolved?

    X: A wise, old sculptor whose work i completely adored once told me that he could see me working in 3-D. At the time i thought he was crazy because i barely had the patience to work in 2-D. And then, years later, i decided to give it a try. Imagine my surprise when i found out i actually loved working in this medium! As a bonus, sculpting has taught me a patience i never knew i possessed. I find the process to be therapeutic and relaxing as well. And i have gained a tremendous amount of hand strength as a result.

    RR: What materials go into your sculptures? Why do you choose these materials?

    X: Anything i can get my grubby little hands on is fair game. Of course clay is the main ingredient. But i have a special process i put the clay through to give it a unique texture and look. I do love objects which are old and have decayed. So i try to give this look to my work.

    BMC: Do you consider your work to be feminist?

    X: Yes i do, although many people may not see it as so. I do like to think that i take my work to the edges of certain ideas and play with them there on the edge.

    BMC: Many of your fashions are in the “steampunk” style. What do you like about steampunk?

    X: I am very much drawn to Steampunk as a clothing style. I love the ornateness of Victorian fashion combined with more dire and modern imagery. I have always been attracted to people and things which are “out of time” with modern society and Steampunk certainly fits this description quite well.
    BMC: You have said before that you wanted to make your house look like a Quay Brothers movie set. How’s that coming along?

    X: It is still going. And going.. and going…. and going. Presently i have run out of fundage to complete the project i started. I am perhaps halfway to the look that i want to achieve for my Little House of Quays. I shall get there. Sooner or later.
    BMC: What have you been working on lately?

    X: Well, aside from “Quayifying” my Victorian farmhouse i have also been working on new sculptures and have gone back to an old favorite medium; photography. I have acquired a vintage 4 x 5 [large format] camera and have lots of plans for this particular item. In addition, i have been working on a super-secret project that i won’t talk about until i am ready to unveil it.
    BMC: Why did you choose the name “X” as a pseudonym?

    X: I chose the name for a few reasons. ‘X’ is a shortened version of ‘Xcathedra’ [which is itself a play on the Latin word ‘Excathedra’]. I like the fact that ‘X’ is not gender specific, and holds no “importance”. I also like the significance of this letter, which is often used in the signing of documents, by someone who speaks another language, and cannot read or write in English.

    There are many things that i do not understand about life, and the name just somehow seems fitting. Personally, i don’t care if anyone remembers me, or the name by which i am called. I am not that insecure. It is the images that i have created, that i want people to take notice of, and be affected by.

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