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Rhode Island goes red

For Rhode Island progressives, the new year arrived with an air of anticipation.
Progressives look back on a string of bitter defeats
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 23, 2011
Linde Wing Contemporary Art

The MFA pulls out the stops for contemporary art with the Linde Family Wing

A conundrum lies at the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts' Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, which debuted last weekend: how does a museum showcase a subject it has long neglected?
Playing catch-up
By GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2011
Calamari 'spaghetti' at Blue, Inc.

Calamari 'spaghetti' at Blue, Inc.

Photo: JOEL VEAK One of the joys of being a veteran restaurant-goer is watching a talented young chef move up the ladder. It's been fun...
By MC Slim JB  |  September 19, 2011

Spending time with Custardpaws and Mr. Freezy

Jeff Badger is a bit of a Renaissance man-about-town — visual artist of all stripes; musician of all stripes with the Hot Dogs/Transmission Drop — with a reputation for dabbling in the absurd and ridiculous.
Spending time with Custardpaws and Mr. Freezy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2011

Marie Moreshead + Ellen Tipper at Blue, January 28

The dual CD-release party for Ellen Tipper's The Juggler and Marie Moreshead's self-titled full-length album was a stripped-down affair, which was a relief because Blue was packed to the gills.
Music seen
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 04, 2011

28 ways to escape the winter doldrums

I know, I know. When winter rolls around, most of us want be eating comfort food with cheese in it and watching 30 Rock on a cozy lap-warming computer. But, c'mon!
Get outta that rut!
By DENA RIEGEL  |  February 04, 2011

Port Veritas at Blue

Compare the energy of Blunt Radio's Sunday audio slam to the spit-poetry kings-and-queens Port Veritas, who bring it at Blue (650A Congress St., 207.774.4111) this...
By webteam  |  January 12, 2011

Jennifer Greer + Hannah Kramer Trio at Blue

New York's Jennifer Greer is a theatrical singer-pianist and heart-heavy lyricist whose songs contain a slight haunt. She plays Blue (650A Congress St., 207.774.4111) with...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011

Mark Tipton at Blue

At Blue, the illustrious trumpeter Mark Tipton curates a night of jazz and associated oddity titled "Holiday Bizarre." See what this Fogcutter and House of...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

Christian Cuff + Chuck E. Costa + Julia Easterlin at Blue

The Red Curtain Music Series at Blue (650A Congress St., 207.774.4111) presents a pretty good range of sounds starting at 8 pm. Acts include local...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

Live review: Matt Meyer and the Gumption Junction at Blue, November 11

On my way to see Matt Meyer and the Gumption Junction play at Blue, I made sure to get there on time.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  November 19, 2010

Nashville flood-relief benefit at Blue with Jay Biddy + Carolyn Currie

And at Blue, an afternoon show is a worthy benefit for overlooked flood-relief efforts in Nashville, which have damaged a number of cultural institutions. Jay...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010

Luna Madidus at Blue

The Belfast jazz quintet Luna Madidus, whose repertoire runs from Mingus to Mahler and Morphine (with a detour through Bowie), are at Blue at 8...
By webteam  |  June 16, 2010

John Funkhouser Trio + Daniel Glaude Trio at Blue

Blue offers a night full of jazz, featuring the expansive Boston John Funkhouser Trio (led by the Berklee professor) at 8 pm, before the young...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010

Mark Tipton + Okbari at Blue

Portland's Best Jazz Venue, Blue, turns five years old tonight, and marks the occasion with a couple of mainstays. Bimpie-nominated jazz act Mark Tipton performs...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010

Titus Abbott at Blue | Ahmad Hassan Muhammad Trio at Slainte

And in jazz offerings worth a look, Titus Abbott Presents his monthly show at Blue at 8 pm (it's free at 650A Congress St.; call...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010

Narrative pop with a little husk

It’s not easy to pull off the husky-voiced narrative-pop songwriter thing without sounding like an inane moron (just ask Shawn Mullins), but along with Jeremy...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 06, 2010

"Boombah Festivus Show"

Trumpet virtuoso and Colby College professor Mark Tipton (also of Les Sorciers Perdus) brings his Jazztet to Blue tonight, for a holiday show featuring special...
By webteam  |  December 17, 2009

Amos Libby and Carl Dimow at Blue

Okbari’s AMOS LIBBY and CARL DIMOW of the Casco Bay Tummlers team up for an evening of moody and impassioned “Music from the Sicilian Underground”...
By webteam  |  September 09, 2009
First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk

  FRIDAY 3 ART & PLAY Unlike the rest of the local scene, the First Friday Art Walk finds itself running on full steam on...
By webteam  |  July 01, 2009

Hot summer nights

If the coming week is indicative of anything, it's that this is going to be one busy summer. Discs have been flooding into the office and there's no end in sight. In an effort to keep up, here's a collection of four reviews for albums being released be
Before the solstice hits, four albums drop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 12, 2009

Portland Music News: June 5, 2009

There aren't too many people who've been around and about the local scene more than MATT SHARDLOW over the past 15 years. He's played with the HOBBES , ZION TRAIN , 8 TRACK , STATE RADIO , and various CLASH OF THE TITANS ensembles, while doing s