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All the world's a stage

Shakespeare's colorful As You Like It in Monmouth, Bath, and Deering Oaks Park
When three theater companies, all within a one-hour drive of Portland, choose to present the same Shakespeare play on overlapping dates, you have to wonder what about that particular show resonates with this particular moment.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 24, 2014

Number crunchers

Press Releases
Maybe instead of devoting still-more resources to food reviews, Maine’s leading news organizations should spend money on keeping better tabs on Augusta.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 23, 2014


Bluestocking film series showcases women's stories

Among last year’s 100 top-grossing films, women represented just 15 percent of protagonists, and less than one-third of total characters.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 16, 2014


Checking in: The New Guard and The Writer's Hotel

Literary scene
Former Mainer Shanna McNair started The New Guard, an independent, multi-genre literary review, in order to exalt the writer, no matter if that writer was well-established or just starting out.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 11, 2014


No tar sands

SoPo committee introduces Clear Skies Ordinance
“People’s feelings are clear...they don’t want to be known as the tar sands capitol of the United States."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2014


Your guide to all things Pride!

Ten days of community love and events
From the outset, O’Connor says, they were “foward-focused” — they had to be, given that they were basically starting from scratch — and committed to being as inclusive, positive, accessible, and transparent as possible.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 19, 2014


A ruby celebration

Honoring 40 years of the LGBT movement in Maine
Hundreds of people — “a who’s who of gay liberation” at the time — came to the first-ever Maine Gay Symposium in April 1974.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2014


Pulitzer-winner coming to Portland

Dissident Hero
Formerly a reporter for the New York Times covering global terrorism (which is where he won the Pulitzer, in 2002), Hedges is best known for his anti-corporate stance, his criticism of US foreign policy, and his call to action.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014


Discover the pros of having less stuff

Let's Get Minimal
The Minimalists’ take on simplification is more about why than how, Millburn says, speaking from the passenger seat of the “tour bus” — a 12-year-old Toyota Corolla — that’s taking them on a 100-city tour that stops in Portland on Friday evening.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014


A street poet's story, captured on film

The Art of Busking
An interview with Barrett Rudich, director of A Place of Truth, a documentary screening at this weekend's Emerge Film Festival.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2014

Long time coming

Carbon-spewing power plants must finally face the music
It’s why fossil fuel-fired plants have been allowed to belch millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the air, even as the public has come to blame this type of pollution for rising sea levels, increasingly crazy weather patterns, and worsening public health risks — because no one told them to stop.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 06, 2014

Hashtag activism: #YesAllWomen

Press Releases
#YesAllWomen gives voice to the idea what while not all men are entitled perpetrators of patriarchal oppression, yes, all women have experienced some form of gender-based discrimination and/or sexual violence.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 29, 2014


The wheels on the bus go glug, glug, glug

Maine Brew Bus launches new tours and service
It makes sense that the Maine Brew Bus, our favorite local designated driver founded by Zachary and Allison Poole, is expanding right along with the breweries it promotes on its all-inclusive beer tours.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 22, 2014


Activation: Congress Square Park

Coming soon: Bench Lunch + Dinner + A Show
If you haven’t already, you may notic e that Congress Square Park has a new vibe this spring.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 09, 2014


Slow-burning horror

The Hanover House will make you a believer
When you’re making a movie about a haunted house, it’s best if the house is actually haunted (for authenticity’s sake, of course).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 09, 2014

Provocative political essayist coming to Maine

Nothing Left?
The author of an incendiary piece in Harper’s magazine that lambastes liberals for lacking conviction and being too focused on electoral politics is coming to Brunswick this Saturday.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 08, 2014


One person ≠ one vote

King shines spotlight on dark money in politics
King shines spotlight on dark money in politics
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 08, 2014

New group plans to carry on voter guide

Here comes the Brigade
A new grassroots organization has risen out of the League of Young Voters’ ashes, aimed at producing what was the League’s best known and most invaluable resource, the Voter Guide.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 01, 2014

Boosting the signal

Press Releases
Frontline ’s new documentary “Solitary Nation,” which aired on April 22 and is available to watch for free online, sheds much needed light on a topic Portland Phoenix reporter Lance Tapley has been illuminating for eight years: isolated segregation within the Maine State Prison system.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 30, 2014


Welcome to 'Sandyland'

 One of the Greats
This Saturday night, Jonathan’s in Ogunquit welcomes comedian, actress, and brazen cultural observer Sandra Bernhard.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 25, 2014
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