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Memories from a year in art shows

It was a year when the best shows weren't often the most memorable, and the most memorable weren't often the best.
Fine lines
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 23, 2011
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Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?

The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
Drawing conclusions
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 16, 2011
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Hot summer moves

The 2010 Bates Dance Festival's first main stage performance, a concert by Monica Bill Barnes and Company, was hot — playfully theatrical, intensely human, ardently physical.
Bates Fest opens with Monica Bill Barnes
By JUNE VAIL  |  July 16, 2010

Bates Dance Festival at Bates College


It's opening night for the Bates Dance Festival, with Monica Bill Barnes & Company performing at 8 pm at Bates College's Schaeffer Theater in Lewiston....
By webteam  |  July 07, 2010
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Hidden in plain sight

In a larger new home and with its most impressive roster in years, the Maine Jewish Film Festival can already boast a successful 2010.
The Maine Jewish Film Festival explores identity
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY + DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010

James Hannaham Reading


Before we focus on local happenings, a couple of farther-flung readings are worth your time today. As part of Bates College's Language Arts Live series,...
By webteam  |  February 24, 2010


Faltering steps forward

As in many other sectors, the green world in 2009 was marked as much by bluster as by tangible positive action.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 25, 2009

Youth to power

Bates College junior Robert Friedman will be missing a couple weeks of class in December.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 27, 2009
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Portland School Committee candidates

While the District 1 and at-large races are uncontested (with a newcomer in the former and a one-term incumbent in the latter), we offer here those candidates’ answers, as well as those of the two candidates vying for the District 2 seat being vacated by
District 2 race, with two uncontested seats
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009
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Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009
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Happy meeting

An artistic intersection between Joseph Nicoletti and Ying Li happened in northern Italy. These very different painters from widely differing backgrounds found common interest in the Italian landscape, and have made paintings whose similarities illumina
Divergent approaches, the same landscape
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 22, 2009


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Everything is illuminated

A solemn pigeon, a rolling thunderstorm, flecks of dust: nearly everything speaks in The Invention of Everything Else , Samantha Hunt's second novel.
Samantha Hunt weaves historical fiction from Nikola Tesla's biography
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 11, 2009

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008
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Hipster University

On-campus concerts — for us graduates or college abstainers — offer a lot to complain about, but it’s worth taking a chance on a college gig or two this year.  
College rock hits the campus circuit
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 16, 2008
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Artists in landscape

It’s a modest work with gusto and charm.
Commemorating the Katahdin Lake purchase
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 13, 2008
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Mash-up your prejudices

The work of DJ Spooky demonstrates through art the kind of philosophical progress Obama calls for.
DJ Spooky remixes The Birth of a Nation
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 04, 2008


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Prodigal daughter

When pianist Anastasia Antonacos walks into the coffee shop for our interview, it is clear even without a piano in the room why she has been so successful.
The future of classical music is here
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  January 23, 2008
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Three prison-reform events

Three events centered on Martin Luther King Day will kick off a prison-reform movement in Maine.
Getting organized
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 16, 2008
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Coming alive

Back in the day, winter and early spring used to be a dead zone in the Portland art year, but 2008 seems to be shaping up pretty well.
Portland's art weathers the dead season
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 26, 2007
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Dance revolution

This not only demonstrates the passion of political activists, but hope for future generations.
David Dorfman's "underground" at the Bates festival
By KELSEA BRENNAN-WESSELS  |  July 18, 2007
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Burning issues

“Human beings just can’t affect climate that much,” David Arnold remembers Bradford Washburn telling him in 2005.
Global warming is the new hot subject in the art world
By GREG COOK  |  June 20, 2007


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Prison madness explained

More than 2 million people are imprisoned in the United States, the largest number of any country, including China.
Big picture
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 28, 2007
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Grand choral works

The traditional Roman Catholic liturgical text for a requiem mass is a prayer for the dead, evoking horrors of the last judgment.
 Johannes Brahms’s A German Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 28, 2007
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Making small bigger

Chamber music originated in the 17th and 18th centuries for nobles and aristocrats, written by personal house composers.
Upsizing the Portland Chamber Music Festival
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  February 28, 2007
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Operatic oboe

For centuries it has been the ultimate goal of instrumentalists to emulate the singing human voice.
Instruments mimic vocalists
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  January 10, 2007
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Unheimlich maneuver

This weekend the Bates College Museum of Art unveils the cryptozoological community’s most highly esteemed artworks by a Wyeth family member, living or otherwise.
Cryptozoology at Bates College
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  June 21, 2006


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'Retarded hippy'

The message to be gleaned from a recent Frieze magazine survey is that the art world, like the world in which it is nestled, has gone to the dogs, that there is no longer any scope for real criticality.
Four dangerous decades
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  April 26, 2006

Our future

Maine’s collegiate Republicans have lately been spinning lies just like the big kids.
My first spin machine
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 15, 2006

Growing Maine culture

A look back at the highlights of the decade
A look back at the highlights of the decade
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 01, 1900