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Paintings of dreamy and sublime awkwardness

 More Bradford, Please
With only eight paintings, “Katherine Bradford: August” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art leaves us wanting more.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 05, 2013


Fenix takes Deering Oaks for fair Verona

 Two blushing pilgrims
Open-air, no-frills Shakespeare, performed by the Fenix Theatre Co. in various landscapes of Deering Oaks Park, has become a summer institution in Portland.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 25, 2013


Artists zig and zag at SPACE Gallery

Spatial relations
Spatial relations
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 25, 2013


All that glitters

It may not be gold, but it sure is eye-catching!
In a provocative summer show at the ICA, saturated with garish colors and kitschy bric-a-brac, Alex da Corte coats Pop Art aesthetic with an almost unbearably sugar-rotten glaze, all while raising tricky questions about intimacy, memory, and American sociocultural fabric.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 17, 2014


A shoreward look at Maurice Prendergast’s career

Growing up by the sea
Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924) has been something of a problematic figure for those of us who grew up in the long shadow of modernism.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 10, 2013


The hoi polloi run this show

Participatory performance
In Shakespeare contemporary Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle , gamely directed by Patrick Flick for the Theater at Monmouth, two well-meaning Citizens of 1600s London derail a conventional Elizabethan comedy and recreate it in their own image.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 10, 2013


A strong, solid finish to Maine Women Pioneers III

Women lead at UNE
The 18 artists featured do not necessarily strike me as occupying the frontlines of contemporary art; however, their work is mature and confident. Gender and its societal associations only rarely come to the forefront of the artists' conception or the viewer's experience.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  July 10, 2013


Are you a voyeur? This show’s for you

Check yourself
For many years, the art of Adriane Herman has dealt with the mundane tasks of daily life, specifically handwritten notes and to-do lists of the quotidian events of others.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 26, 2013


Four art mavens show their personal tastes

Please, come in!
Combine the flush of technology with several generations' output of cultural objects, and it's only a matter of time before having things would be considered an art of its own.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2013


It’s not easy being teen

A new parable from Snowlion
Teenagers can be mean. They can pick up on — and crucify other kids for — the barest hints of insecurity, let alone more glaring disabilities or difference.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2013


PortFringe returns — with almost 50 shows in five days

See how it flutters!
Summer is finally upon us, but for theater-goers, that doesn't have to mean all show tunes and Shakespeare-in-the-parks: The exhilaratingly non-mainstream anomalies, innovations, and debaucheries of PortFringe, Portland's festival of new, edgy, and experimental theater works, are back for a second year.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2013


George Mason’s latest focus is deep and broad

Acts of awareness
George Mason has been a familiar presence in art in Maine for decades. His work is found in public places, schools, and private collections, but he hasn't often shown significant groupings of work in Portland.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 13, 2013


This Bard’s grisly, but not bloody

Bring out your dead
Bring out your dead
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 13, 2013


Baring deep Injuries

 Unwinding the gauze
Sean Mewshaw is back at SPACE with a new project.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013

Dramatic Rep gets self-referential

We’ve now officially entered the season of musicals, and if you’re hankering for something in the genre that’s a little cleverer, somewhat raunchier, and way more meta than the usual fare, look no farther than [title of show].
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013


What the drama gods are offering this year

The summer trinity
As it heats up around here, theatergoers can look for a sure trinity of major summer offerings.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 07, 2013


Ponder great art on Maine walls

 Digging deep
Whether they seek beauty, progress, historical focus, or unconventional ideas, art lovers should have no problem plotting the summer.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 07, 2013


What Portland’s creative types are reading for summer

 Artists on books
This summer, instead of listing the usual batch of hot summer books (you can find those anywhere), we asked a diverse and completely arbitrary group of Portland arts luminaries what was on their summer reading lists.
By:  |  June 07, 2013


Sophia Narrett’s update on the Romantics

Dreams in paint and thread
Sophia Narrett has created "embroidered paintings" since 2011.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  May 30, 2013


Ogunquit Playhouse revives four superstars

Return to greatness
For a certain generation, attending the musical The Rat Pack is Back! is to indulge in an evening of nostalgic transport, watching four performers recreate the songs and antics of four superstars during their golden era, playing sold-out shows in Las Vegas. For a younger generation, such an evening presents an opportunity for a little historical pop-cultural education.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 30, 2013


Wallace Shawn’s dialogue in Lorem Ipsum's mouth

You keep using that word
Pedestrians passing the window of Rose Contemporary gallery last weekend might have wondered what several leering, expensively dressed people were up to inside.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 23, 2013

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