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Finding the words

Responding to racism, trauma, and the murder of Michael Brown in Maine
It might be that there has never been a better, more informed time for a discussion about the politics of race in the US.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 21, 2014


We can talk about Ferguson

Analyzing responses and fallacies of the last week
Recently some of my white, male friends have told me that because I am black they have had a difficult time talking with me about the Ferguson riots. Here are some frequent comments I hear, along with my responses.  
By: SAMUEL JAMES  |  August 21, 2014


Floor report

How Portland's best dance nights left the Old Port behind
Portland dance nights are getting weirder, better, and more diverse, and the change is coming far from where people might look.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 14, 2014


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


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


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


Closing the gap

Is Portland ready for a $15 per hour minimum wage?
The Mayor wants to give low-wage workers a raise, but will it be a modest boost or a Seattle-style jump?  
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  July 23, 2014


Selling our shares

Despite its perks, Airbnb is making it tougher to live in Portland
Before we herald Airbnb as the harbinger of Portland’s “sharing economy” revolution, some troubling side effects are beginning to show. Airbnb is raising rents, fracturing neighborhoods, accelerating gentrification, and diminishing Portland’s stock of affordable, available, permanent homes.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 24, 2014


The Seventeenth Annual Muzzle Awards

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


The future of sex work

Does Canada have the right idea?
Just north of the border, Canada is taking a much different approach to policymaking around commercial sex and preventing the trafficking of vulnerable women and children. While Maine politicians, law enforcement officials, and social service agencies seem resistan t to anything other than outright prohibition, more progressive thinkers should consider other ways of looking at this unnecessarily controversial issue.
By: RYAN CONRAD  |  June 26, 2014


Have you heard of binge-listening?

Podcasts to check out this summer
Unlike traditional radio programs, podcasts allow for on-demand listening on a wide variety of subjects, catering to those with niche interests and dilettantes alike.
By: FRANCIS FLISIUK  |  June 24, 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


Getting off and getting it right

Fruit Punch Productions makes smart local smut
Fruit Punch Productions, owned and operated by trans couple Jules and Erin Purnell, is Portland’s premier queer porn film company.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  June 19, 2014


Subversive summer

An alternative tourist guide to Maine
Prisons, pot festivals, and Orgonon: Here are some different views of summertime Maine — seen through my personal political lens.
By: LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 18, 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


Finding the practice

How the fringes of Portland arts are fighting for survival
The Grime Studio building, of course, is scheduled to be demolished at the end of the summer as the city prepares for the $105 million-dollar development known as the Forefront at Thompson’s Point.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 11, 2014


When history comes alive

Exploring below the surface in Biddeford
While not everyone is physically or mentally equipped to venture deep into the unknown, opportunities do exist to experience urban exploration in a safe, sanctioned setting.
By: NICHOLAS GERVIN  |  June 06, 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


Point-Counterpoint: Portland's parks referendum

 With a vote just two weeks away, local campaigns ramp up
We invited representatives from Protect Portland Parks and Forward Portland to answer the same six questions in advance of the June 10 referendum vote.


Best 2014: Editors' Picks

Our weird and off-the-radar personal faves (plus a few constructive criticisms)
Our ‘Best of’ categories are quite comprehensive (see our supplement in this issue), but there’s a lot of stuff they don’t cover — things that defy categorization, things we didn’t even know needed to be honored until we saw/experienced/enjoyed them.
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