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Park, with recreation

 Squaring off
 Squaring off
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 16, 2014

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Girls (and boys) on film

 MIFF 2014 features Glenn Close, Sara Driver, and a boy's unforgettable adolescence
The Maine International Film Festival, now in its 17th year in Waterville, remains one of the region’s more ambitious cultural institutions, less bound by a singular ambition than a desire to convey the breadth and depth of cinema’s past and present. (This, and a healthy dose of music and human-interest documentaries.) On that account, MIFF ’14 is an impressive achievement, offering area filmgoers its best program in years. With so much to survey, let’s make haste with the recommendations. (Particularly emphatic suggestions are marked in bold print.)  
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2014

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The most brutal sport

Billy Elliot scores big at Ogunquit Playhouse
Ballet is not for pussies.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 11, 2014

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Betty Cody, 1921-2014

The Maine music community lost a hidden giant last week with the death of Betty Cody, at 92.
The Maine music community lost a hidden giant last week with the death of Betty Cody, at 92.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 11, 2014

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Adventures in lo-fi

Pigboat treat us as equals
One obvious reason for heavy music is catharsis, a healthy release for all the built-up bullshit modern life entails. Like kickboxing class for suburban women, but with lots of black clothing and long hair.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 11, 2014



Gas is too cheap

One Cent's Worth
The best way to push people to drive less would be to make driving more expensive.  
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  July 11, 2014

Between the dying and the dead

Politics and other mistakes
Being politically deceased, you’d think Steve Woods would give us a break by putting on a dark suit, lying down in a coffin, and closing his eyes.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 11, 2014

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Rainbow bending

Hoopleville
Hoopleville
By: DAVID KISH  |  July 18, 2014

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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

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The quay to good living

Porthole diners forgive, forget, feast on
Though they offer an appealing moral clarity, in practice zero tolerance policies have ruined any number of urban schools, fragile marriages, and card-marred soccer games. Zero tolerance almost ruined Portland a few years back, too.
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 11, 2014



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Man is the sum of his arts

Marc Swanson sets stage for Rehearsal Space
Rehearsal Space has an atmosphere of sneaking into an abandoned house, a domestic arrangement of personal effects that contains nothing more, nothing less, than prescribed.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  July 14, 2014

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Desperate pleasures

Endless Jags  Sell the Banquet , keep the mess
What are the Endless Jags desperate for? Good question.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 10, 2014

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The Seventeenth Annual Muzzle Awards

Spotlighting those who diminish free speech
Spotlighting those who diminish free speech
By: DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2014

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Distilled portrait

MSMT’s  Chamberlain pays faithful homage
The greatest love of the show’s title—for both Chamberlain and its audience—remains the war itself.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 10, 2014

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Biting into the fantasy

Film and food trucks rev up our primal urges
Is it a sign of the shallowness of our national culture that we have spent half a decade excited by the idea of food served from trucks? Sure. But is it a symptom of some deeper condition? I suspect so. This summer offers a chance to investigate thanks to the arrival of a critical mass of food trucks around Portland, along with the film Chef, about a restaurant chef who starts a food truck.  
By: BRIAN DUFF  |  July 10, 2014



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Distant reveries

The Wax Tablet
News and sounds from the Reverie Machine, Lunch Cult, and Skylark Sisters
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 10, 2014

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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

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Midcentury maestros

 Pollack collection dances with modernism
As Maine’s art tourists gobble up the area’s major summer exhibits—Richards Estes and Brown Lethem, Andrea Sulzer, and the inexhaustible Alex Katz—they’d be smart not to overlook the fine arts enclave on Forest Ave., where collector Edward Pollack has operated for much of the past decade.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 10, 2014

Porn and Loneliness

 In Layman's Terms
 In Layman's Terms
By: DANA FADEL  |  July 07, 2014

All the wrong choices

 Politics and other mistakes
Reform is in the air. Olympia Snowe and the Portland Press Herald are calling for changes in the way we elect our leaders in order to restore public confidence, end gridlock, and reverse global warming. There’s a much better chance they’ll accomplish that last one than either of the other two.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 07, 2014


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