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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.
| December 23, 2011
Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?
The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
| September 16, 2011
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
| 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....
| July 07, 2010
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
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,...
| 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.
| December 25, 2009
Youth to power
Bates College junior Robert Friedman will be missing a couple weeks of class in December.
| November 27, 2009
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
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| October 30, 2009
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
| September 18, 2009
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
| May 22, 2009
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
| 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
| October 22, 2008
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
| October 16, 2008
Artists in landscape
It’s a modest work with gusto and charm.
Commemorating the Katahdin Lake purchase
| February 13, 2008
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
| February 04, 2008
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
| January 23, 2008
Three prison-reform events
Three events centered on Martin Luther King Day will kick off a prison-reform movement in Maine.
| January 16, 2008
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
| December 26, 2007
This not only demonstrates the passion of political activists, but hope for future generations.
David Dorfman's "underground" at the Bates festival
| July 18, 2007
“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
| June 20, 2007
Prison madness explained
More than 2 million people are imprisoned in the United States, the largest number of any country, including China.
| March 28, 2007
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
| March 28, 2007
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
| February 28, 2007
For centuries it has been the ultimate goal of instrumentalists to emulate the singing human voice.
Instruments mimic vocalists
| January 10, 2007
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
| June 21, 2006
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
| April 26, 2006
Maine’s collegiate Republicans have lately been spinning lies just like the big kids.
My first spin machine
| February 15, 2006
Growing Maine culture
A look back at the highlights of the decade
A look back at the highlights of the decade
| January 01, 1900
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