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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 29, 2014

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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.
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 15, 2014

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Best 2014: Shopping Winners

 Find out who won Best Tattoo Shop, Best Erotic Gifts, Best Holistic Practicioner, Best Bookstore, and more!
Clothes + Music + Shoes + Bongs + Booze
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 15, 2014



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Best 2014: Food & Drink Winners

Find out who won Best Pizza, Best Cocktails, Best Sandwich/Wrap, Best Beer Selection, and many, many more!
Dinner + Drinks + Lunch + Brunch + Late-Night
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 21, 2014

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Best 2014: City Life Winners

Find out who won Best Activist, Best TV/Radio Personality, Best Blog, Best Place for Yoga/Pilates, and more!
People + Places + Personalities + Politics
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 19, 2014

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Best 2014: Arts & Entertainment Winners

Find out who won Best Hip Hop Venue, Best Maine Author, Best Non-Gallery Art Space, Best Street/Performance Artist, and more!
Art + Song + Dance + Words + Film + Theater 
By: PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 15, 2014

Before the board

USM community prepares anti-austerity cases for Trustees’ meeting as more cuts loom
USM community prepares anti-austerity cases for Trustees’ meeting as more cuts loom
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 09, 2014
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