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Short films take over SPACE

On gallery walls
Having screened the first of this series back in June, it's good to see evidence that SPACE Gallery plans to show the whole "Project 35" collection.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 04, 2012

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The second half of the season brings surprises

Comedy and danger
Those who missed out on LOREM IPSUM's Threepenny Opera this fall should get in line early for its spring production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at SPACE Gallery (March 22-April 1).
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 28, 2011

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A peek at Portland art shows in 2012

Radicals and friends
Degas and the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART headline the news for early next year. We're so used to Degas and his point of view it's easy to overlook what a difficult and radical artist he really was.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 28, 2011

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Playwright Gage explains Lizzie Borden, on stage

Sharpened perceptions
Alleged ax-murderer Lizzie Borden is among the most notorious women in New England history.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 28, 2011

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Memories from a year in art shows

Fine lines
It was a year when the best shows weren't often the most memorable, and the most memorable weren't often the best.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 21, 2011

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The highlights of 2011’s theatrics

From madness to mealtime
Some of the most exhilarating moments in theater this year happened in the Apohadion, as a pale and schizoid Michael Dix Thomas shrieked the opening strains of "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," summoning to stage the lurid, ghoulish menagerie of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera .
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 21, 2011



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A year-long celebration winds down

Drawing to an end
Throughout 2011, June Fitzpatrick has done more than her share in highlighting the medium of drawing in the context of the state-wide project "Where to Draw the Line."
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  December 14, 2011

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Warming up to Portland Stage’s Snow Queen

Out in the cold
This week, we look at another theatrical alternative to the Dickens ghosts.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 14, 2011

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Chinese bronzes from thousands of years ago at Bowdoin

Alive with the past
Chinese bronzes are often felt, quite rightly, to fall within the purview of scholars and collectors who delight in detailed changes from one period or region to another.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 07, 2011

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New: Old traditions

AIRE spins Christmas with a Celtic charm
The winter holidays' bells, lights, and trees are already upon us, and along with them the first of the holiday-themed shows.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 07, 2011

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Friday sees a one-day-only art installation

No longer vacant
This week's Art Walk is replete with holiday shows, bazaars, and craft fairs.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 30, 2011



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They, and Gideon Bok, are nothing but subjective

Time and perspective
Commonly artists prefer to work away from public scrutiny, shielded from revealing the awkward phases of creation, to emerge with a finished work of art that will last, if not for eternity, at least for quite a while.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  November 23, 2011

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Bisbee + Fensterstock work their black magic at Aucocisco

Darkness visible
The similarities between Lauren Fensterstock and John Bisbee are manifold.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 16, 2011

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PSC works through Reza's Carnage

Just bein' kids
The setting of God of Carnage is a sleek, upper-story apartment with a full-wall view of the 14th arrondissement, where wealthy Parisians eat delicate desserts. But it is also a playground, where spoiled brats duke out their rage.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2011

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Acorn bares souls in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Illusions + pretenses
Edward Albee's heavyweight Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a horror story.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 16, 2011

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The Originals stage Pinter's Betrayal

Reverse psychology
Harold Pinter's masterwork Betrayal is a story of a British triangle.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 09, 2011



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A look behind the latest Asylum mural

Writing on the wall
With a postcard replica and classic Maine lighthouse-as-spraycan motif, graffiti art has never been less offensive than now.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 09, 2011

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The Portland Museum of Art shows an exhibit of Shaker crafting skill

Honoring simplicity
There's something fundamentally American about this very enjoyable show of Shaker work at the Portland Museum of Art.
By: KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 02, 2011

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Photos: ''Gather Up the Pieces: The Andrews Shaker Collection'' at the Portland Museum of Art

Through February 5, 2012
The Portland Museum of Art hosts “Gather Up the Pieces: The Andrews Shaker Collection’’ through February 5, 2012.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2011

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Dramatic Rep digs deep for catharsis

Finding the Tigers within
Today is a good day for twenty-something Sherry (Casey Turner): She's out of bed, over her depression, and starting her first-ever job as an elementary art teacher and art therapist.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 02, 2011

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Of Farms and Fables shows beauty, struggle of family farming

Speaking from the fields
From the bean patch, Lily calls her husband Walker: Pests in the beans. Walker is over in the chard patch, which he says looks like Swiss cheese.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 26, 2011


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