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The passions of Private Lives

Battle of the exes at Portland Players
Battle of the exes at Portland Players
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 03, 2014


Learning to hear, and listen

The struggle to find one's tribe at PSC
The vicissitudes of identity and community are difficult negotiations in Nina Raine’s drama Tribes , dynamically directed by Christopher Grabowski for Portland Stage Company.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 03, 2014


Inspired by the legends

Acclaimed local singer celebrates Judy Garland
Acclaimed local singer celebrates Judy Garland
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 03, 2014

Folly of youth

Politics + Other Mistakes
We now know what’s to blame for the decrepit condition of Maine’s economy.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 03, 2014

A sunnier outlook

Press Releases
The Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project released its annual State of the News Media report last week.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 03, 2014


Locking up the mentally ill

The agony of Michael James
The merger of the prison and mental-health systems continues
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 03, 2014


The dead don't leave

AIRE’s Da closes out 10th anniversary season
The complexity of familial love, regret, and shame, as seen between Charlie, who long ago moved to London, and his simple, sometimes confounding, working-class gardener father (Tony Reilly), are the crucible of Hugh Leonard’s Da .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2014


It's a hard knock life

Fraternal thrashing in Kessler's Orphans
Now young men, they are but two of the three orphans of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans , a drama about the fraternal shifts incited when a Chicago con-man named Harold (Michael Kimball) enters the lives of Treat and Phillip.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 28, 2014


Fur your ears only

Wax Tablet
Foam Castles, Eric Bettencourt, Fur, and more


Whistling past the graveyard

Monique Barrett gives a vocal performance to die for
The various instruments employed (mostly acoustic, in flavors of folk, gospel, and early blues) serve their purpose well: as a platform for Barrett to showcase her considerable vocal talents.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 28, 2014


Seasonally affective

Two young painters exhibit devotion to form
Portland painters Ellie Porta Barnet and Kate Russo show flashes of what’s to come.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  March 28, 2014


A taste of Mexico in Maine

Fresh tortilla biz adds value to locally grown corn
The finished product is gluten-free, low-sodium, organic, and high in fiber and vitamins, in particular B3. But above all, it’s tasty.
By: KATE MCCARTY  |  March 28, 2014


Ashes and dioramas

Wes Anderson makes a film about nostalgia
History, rather than ennui, is the incursion that motivates this, his most antic and most somber work.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 28, 2014

Can't drink that!

Diverse City
Sangillo’s, considered by many to be one of Portland’s iconic dives, has had a bit of trouble in the past year.
By: SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 28, 2014

Return of the king

Politics + Other Mistakes
Democrats in the Maine Legislature need either John Martin or Vladimir Putin.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 28, 2014


Crisis at USM

University cuts arts and humanities while crying poor — but are they really?
Roughly a hundred USM students and faculty protested the cuts on Friday in Portland, assembling outside the provost’s office in the law building in an effort to prevent the layoffs and demand reinstatement.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  March 27, 2014


Sign me up

KGFREEZE returns with plenty of hand-raisers
On the brand-new Volunteer Kyle Gervais has enlisted a Brady Bunch of collaborators, who share songwriting credits and contribute vocals, musicianship, and production.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2014


Enter the world of Felix Yz

Serial fiction
The brainchild of local author and WMPG program director Lisa Bunker, Felix is the 15-year-old protagonist of a new interactive online serial, The ZeroDay Countdown of Felix Yz.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 20, 2014

Where are the leaders on climate change?

At the summit
The conference was held in March despite the risk of a snowstorm because its organizers wanted “to reach the Legislature while it’s in session,” co-coordinator Fred Horch said.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 20, 2014


Harnessing the tides

At Good Theater, an honest (and sometimes humorous) look at dementia
Under the smooth direction of Brian P. Allen, three Equity actors delicately tackle the terrors of dementia, aging, and loss in this New England premiere.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 20, 2014

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