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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: March 2, 2018

Last minute Oscars party idea: Head to the Press Hotel on Sunday

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

In case it hasn’t been made abundantly clear, the 90th annual Academy Awards  are happening on Sunday night. We just got wind of a very cool sounding event happening at the Press Hotel in case you’re looking for somewhere fun to watch all of the red carpet and speech drama unfold.

Here’s everything you need to know:

“Night at the Oscars”

WHEN: Sunday, March 4 . Red carpet coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Oscar ceremony starts at 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Press Hotel, 119 Exchange St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $20 and proceeds benefit The Space Gallery

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Gus and Ruby Letterpress custom designed Academy Awards ballot so you can play along, photo booth by Maine Snapshop Photo and Portland Prophouse, bottle of sparkling wine for two, mocktail offerings and movie-themed bites

HOW TO GET TICKETS:  eventbrite

And here’s a picture of Cate Blanchett holding an Oscar  just because we love her:

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