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Growth is a myth
Artist and adolescent make arresting Sigrid - BY NICK SCHROEDER

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True costs of war

A discussion with SMWC member Sarah Lazare
The Southern Maine Workers' Center leads a free workshop titled "Organizing for the Right to Heal" Thursday, which connects the fight for greater access to US health care to war efforts around the globe.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 14, 2014

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Telling it like it is

Critical reviews of Portland arts by Telling Room students
Two weeks ago, the Telling Room hosted Review Camp, a week-long forum where greater Portland students (aged 10-14) learned to write critically about arts and cultural activities in the area, training their sights on a music video by indie-pop singer-songwriter Sara Hallie Richardson, the newish soda parlor Vena’s Fizz House in the Old Port, and art shows at SPACE Gallery and the Portland Museum of Art.  
By: TELLING ROOM STUDENTS  |  August 08, 2014

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The Ax to fall

The Wax Tablet
A chapter break for Biddeford's mighty Oak and the Ax; a Maine metal blog hatches an ambitious plan; and a look back at last year's debut album by Greef, an experimental folk project by a member of Butcher Boy
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 07, 2014

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Fire on fire

Caro Khan introduce themselves as Pyronauts
From the varying deliveries and styles through the three fully instrumental tracks, there’s a lot to consider in Pyronauts , with equal attractions in playing it loud in the car with the windows down and in the headphones.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 07, 2014

Not getting by in Portland


The city’s economy, and especially its real estate market, is booming, and gentrification is a potent force reshaping many neighborhoods. But it’s striking how much is the same for low-wage workers.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  August 07, 2014



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Built to last

Nadal and Buckwalter fly the flags at Mayo
Just like kids’ forts, the room is a forum for the constant bending of logic.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 07, 2014

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USM budget deficit split by conflicting philosophies

Crisis at USM
Whatever criteria the University of Maine system is using to decide where to cut, it doesn’t seem related to the production of degrees.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 07, 2014

Dumb and dumber(1)

Politics and Other Mistakes
Both Democrats and Republicans in this state appear to have come to a rare bipartisan agreement to increase their production of ridiculosity.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 07, 2014

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Toilet paper cool

Hoopleville
Hoopleville
By: DAVID KISH  |  August 11, 2014

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Coping with adulthood

Central Provisions vs. Old Port wisdom
The neighborhood’s newish Central Provisions is grown up. But it also embodies our ambivalence about adulthood, and our persistent hope that a few more drinks will help us cope with it.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  August 07, 2014



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The dream lives on

Theater of 'unwavering ideals' in its 78th year
The Deertrees experience is not just theater shows, and not just its program of concerts. Deertrees is also a certain ethos of small-town summertime in Maine.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 31, 2014

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What the light reveals

Maasch's room of dark statues, fresh flowers
Their latest duo at Susan Maasch Fine Art, Brenton Hamilton and Kiki Gaffney, is worth a stop, its works adventurous enough to satiate the art-educated while sufficiently wall-mountable to please strict collectors.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 31, 2014

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Hip hop summer

New records from Alias; the Yeti; Dynamo-P & Micodin
For pure output, it’s hard to argue Portland is anything but a hip hop city.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 31, 2014

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Empire strikes...again

The Wax Tablet
Empire back at full strength, and some dazzling melodic noise coming from remote Maine
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 31, 2014

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Unavailable men need not inquire

In Layman's Terms
I keep attracting men who are completely unavailable—either married or in failing relationships (as I learn later). They don’t make physical advances, but I definitely get the feeling they are interested. Either way, guys I shouldn’t, wouldn’t, and don’t want to be dating. What am I doing wrong to attract them? And how do I get this pattern to change?”
By: DANA FADEL  |  August 06, 2014



Activists pass SoPo ordinance

No tar sands
When people talk about outside money coming into the Portland region, they’re usually referring to the food, tourism, and hospitality industries. But it’s getting increasingly harder to overlook the influence of the oil industry, which has lately been pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into efforts to expand tar sands and crude oil production along the East Coast.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 31, 2014

Groups address struggle with capitalist system

Dat Capital
A man stands before the group and traces his long struggle with addiction. “I not only enable it, I operate within it and allow it to rule my life,” he says. While the admission follows a familiar script, the subject is a new one. “My name is Brian, and I’m personally afflicted… by capitalism.”  
By: MATT DODGE  |  July 31, 2014

Hard sell

Politics and Other Mistakes
Politics—like almost everything else except getting herpes—is about marketing.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 31, 2014

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Paths to greatness

New Indian food options offer rich discoveries
India, like the American university, is mostly in the news these days for its bloated and ineffective administration and an epidemic of underprosecuted sexual assault. But let’s not give up on either—India or college—as a source of wisdom and repository of culture.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 31, 2014

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Methods from madness

Dancers from Portland and New York bring compelling performance to the ICA
“No one listens if you just tell them what’s wrong,” explains Jack Ferver, a New York-based dancer, choreographer, actor, teacher, and writer, as we sit in the large back gallery space of the ICA at MECA. “Everyone knows what’s wrong, but how do people feel it?”  
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  July 30, 2014


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