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Gathering together

Finding happiness amid violence
Snowlion exclusively produces works with "cultural, ethical, and spiritual value," and found both complexity and life-affirmation in Vincent Sessa's A Child's Guide to Innocence .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 20, 2013


Exploring new and old landscapes

Having it all
The nature-inspired work of Lydia Badger, Hilary Irons, and Erik Weisenburger, on display at Rose Contemporary under the name "The New Landscape," is undoubtedly new — powerfully conceived, refreshingly innovative, and scrupulously executed — but the three are also happy to be part of a long tradition.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  March 13, 2013


Good Theater’s odd-couple age drama

Distance in time
It's been a rough journey that brought 21-year-old Leo (Erik Moody), on a bicycle, all the way from Washington state to the Manhattan apartment of his grandma Vera (Alma Cuervo).
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 13, 2013


Has Portland lost its sense of humor?

The future of Maine comedy
Last October the Comedy Connection, for nearly twenty years the nexus of Maine comedy, closed.
By: LISA BUNKER  |  March 07, 2013


Will the future of Maine comedy include more of a female presence than in the past?

Women's words
The club scene itself, it's still a boys' club.
By: LISA BUNKER  |  March 07, 2013


Harrington’s debut is Connection’s finale

First (and last) laugh
This week, Providence-based comic Ray Harrington released his first CD, The Worst Is Over , on respected comedy label Stand Up! Records.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 06, 2013


Coward’s quiet play at Portland Stage

Just-so stories
The name of Noël Coward is fairly synonymous with the biting, devastating verbal wit of his farces like Blithe Spirit , in which well-off Brits behave badly, having at each other with verbal razors.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 07, 2013


Institutionalizing single works at IFAA

Looking closely
In another look at Portland's growing number of atypical studies within the art world, we spoke to Southern Maine Community College art history professor Christopher Stiegler, founder of the Institute for American Art, a curatorial space he runs from his home on Smith Street in Bayside. This is an edited transcript.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 07, 2013


Mattress revival

Lyric doesn’t take these tales lying down
Fairy tales seem to have an enduring appeal — especially when they're tweaked to look just a little bit less rarified.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 27, 2013


A public conversation probes art deeply

Thought experiment
The Peninsula School is a weekly art discussion forum open to the public launched within the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA by graduate sculpture student Rob Doane.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 27, 2013


Crossing the sea to go below the surface

Have ideas, will travel
The world is, as Tom Friedman has noted, flat, which doesn't take much label-reading to ascertain.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 20, 2013


Black-box results show success

Test flights
It's an on-stage-off-stage winter in Portland Stage Company's Studio Theater.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 20, 2013


New guide goes from Arrowhead to Yuca

Eats roots and leaves
If you want to eat more local produce come winter in Maine, you have to learn to love root vegetables.
By: LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  February 13, 2013


Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision

Postcards from the conscience
For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  February 13, 2013


A pair of Albee shorts on show at USM

Make my satire a double
Theatergoers who have been hankering for a shot of satire are in luck this week: The University of Southern Maine is serving up the biting spirits of playwright Edward Albee, and they're making it a double, with his one-act plays The Zoo Story and The American Dream.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 06, 2013


Good Theater premieres Death by Design

A theatrical mash-up
Someone doctors the Scotch early on, but it's brandy that playwright Edward Bennett (Rob Cameron) and his actress wife Sorel (Abigail Killeen) start in on first in Death by Design, by Rob Urbinati.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 06, 2013


Blending Lovecraft and modern art

Inspired darkness
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 06, 2013


Relish in the romp of Conan Doyle’s Hound

Great fare for groundlings
A certain kind of farce distinguishes itself among theatrical forms much as pigs distinguish themselves among the farm animals: by its fondness for playing in the mud, by its grinning, no-nonsense intelligence, and by the tasty saltiness with which it is often served.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2013


Roorbach’s newest book tastes of envy, mystery

Crossing the divide
Secrets and food and celebrity and bodies. These are the subjects of Maine author Bill Roorbach's new novel, Life Among Giants, a literary mystery with a tinge of soap-opera sudsiness.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 30, 2013


Astrid Bowlby opens the black box

Drawing encyclopedia
To consider "Everything," the new installation by artist Astrid Bowlby, consider what we know about the sausage maker.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 30, 2013


USM prof: Teaching is about spirit, not data

The turning of souls
Making an impassioned plea for humanistic considerations to remain paramount in our societal discussion about education and its continual improvement, University of Southern Maine philosophy professor Jeremiah Conway follows his own advice.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 23, 2013

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