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Looking good: Upcoming art exhibits

Vaginas, posters, Ronald McDonald, grayed rainbows, and porcelain feature in our 10 most anticipated exhibitions of the winter.

By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2012

Freeport’s excellent (and free!) outdoor Shakespeare

Trickery and dissembling around love have one role or other in just about everything Shakespeare wrote, though he lays it on particularly thick in Twelfth Night .
Fade to gray
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 12, 2011

Back to the land

There is an idyllic pull to the homesteading lifestyle, especially when such a back-to-the-land experiment is undertaken on the coast of Maine, where rocky shores abut dense woods and merely breathing the air imparts rural spirit and pluck.
Digging up cathartic childhood memories
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 08, 2011

Soundbender's last show, Battle of the Bands, and more

SOUNDBENDER , in playing the LOKI  EP-release party, will be saying goodbye. The band have announced it will be their last show.

The Rock Off is on, and other music news

Tone King Andy Argondizza has organized a benefit show for Nick Curran, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and, being a musician, isn’t exactly rocking all-inclusive health insurance.

50 ways to leave 2009

We sent a team of future-thinking Predator drones all across the state of Maine, and a little ways down into Seacoast New Hampshire to sniff out any NYE happenings, from barely-off-the-couch to the Maine mountains, all the way to interstellar travel (we'
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 01, 2010


What would Joan do?

In the pilot episode of AMC's Mad Men , Peggy Olson told Joan Holloway: "I'm from Bay Ridge. We have manners."
Gifts to show off your taste
By DEIRDRE FULTON + CLEA SIMON  |  December 11, 2009

Conquer the cold

Any New Englander worth his salted cod knows that the key to beating seasonal hibernation-induced depression is adherence to one simple motto: Leave The House.
Banish winter blahs with energizing outdoor fun
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 11, 2009

Three-hour tours

They crowd our sidewalks, wearing lobster hats and carrying LL Bean bags, from August through October. We’re told about how their presence is vital to our economy.
Lessons from a cruise-ship trip to Portland
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009

All for jazz

Clifford Glimmer (Paul Menezes) goes into advertising after college, but he got his name -- plus a lot of other blessings and problems -- from jazz.
Freeport Players' Side Man dominates the stage
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2009

Mixin' it up

First on my dance card this fall is the Good Theater's The Little Dog Laughed (September 17-October 11), a scathing comedy about Hollywood, a closeted actor's indiscretions with a hustler, and his agent's desperate clean-up duties.
Fall's theater shows cover serious ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009

exotic list

Hot exotic adventure tonight!

Unless you're a vegetarian or fried-pigskin-intolerant, I have an adventure for you. It requires about three hours. It's exotic, but does not require calling the phone numbers on the next few pages. Depending on who you are, it requires little or a lot
Shave cabbage, rub pork ribs, peel yuca, and more
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  August 28, 2009

Talking points

Rich Connor's reforms have brought a much-needed sharpened focus to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and its sister papers. Certain changes, though, are raising eyebrows not just for what they are, but because of how Connor is doing th
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 28, 2009

Payin' for my sins

I don’t like the way you’re looking at me.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 17, 2009

In search of authenticity

Friederike Munz, a 27-year-old German woman, was going to teach me how to make German potato salad the way she'd learned from her grandmother on a farm in Freiburg, Germany.
Real German, Real German potato salad
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 10, 2009

Just-so stories

There's plenty of room for neurotic misbehavior in Noel Coward's Fallen Angels .
Noel Coward's Fallen Angels wait for love
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 25, 2009


Stirring the pot

The new year ushers in some lively shake-ups and stirrings among Portland's theater community.
Changes are afoot in the local theater scene
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 14, 2009

The borscht I kissed once...

When I was working at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, two housekeepers who didn't speak English but giggled a lot brought in a pot of their family's borscht for the employee meal. In the dark basement hall where the employees ate, I tasted serious fami an underground hallway — and rediscovered at home
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 19, 2008

Here come the bugs

I'm not one of those people who assumes that just because somebody casually mentions they're thinking about running for governor of Maine in 2010, that they should be restrained, subjected to electro-shock therapy, and deported to someplace where they c
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2008

What good can the blues do?

You can’t ask too much of the blues. Like the raw emotion they’ve become synonymous with, the blues are not cerebral. They are not progressive or revelatory.
Pam Baker and the SGs help you drown your sorrows
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 17, 2008

Who's reporting on the Hill?

A former writer for the Munjoy Hill Observer who was involved in a neighborhood newspaper dust-up last year has started her own blog about the Hill.  
Spot blog
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 30, 2008


Shifting sands

If you want to know what the future holds, take a ride up to the Desert of Maine in Freeport.
The real lesson of the Desert of Maine
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 18, 2008

Slow food at Sebasco

This season, Sebasco will offer diners a “Pure Maine” menu — a smorgasbord of local, seasonal ingredients whipped into amazing culinary creations.
American cuisine counts on locavores
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2008

Staging send-ups

I’m happy to report that a number of other summer productions will be sending up various cultural phenomena.
Summer produces pirates, horrors, and wonders
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 18, 2008

Adam and the Waxmen

The band, who play a rousing combination of bluesy, folksy, soulful rock, graced the stage of a brand-new Freeport Cabaret.
Music seen at Freeport Cabaret, June 6, 2008
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2008

Look at Maine’s alternative-transport options

Check it out: the Portland Green Streets initiative (through which locals can get free coffee on the last Friday of every month — if they choose an eco-friendly method of getting to work) has taken off.
Commute another way week
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 07, 2008


Digging in

When The Real World goes green, you begin to wonder whether we’ve reached critical mass on this whole environmentalism/eco-chic/rolling-out-the-green-carpet schtick.
Scrutinizing the sustainable-farming message
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 28, 2008

Twist in my story

This is a cautionary tale about people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 23, 2008

Freeport senior is a young Renaissance Man

Last fall, Freeport high-schooler Kevin Henthorn’s The Art of Walking won the Film of the Year award in the Phoenix’s Maine Short Film Festival.
Conversations in a box
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2008

Portlanders on stage

Nobles and groundlings alike place their verbiage strategically for love, for mischief, or — most delectably — for both.
The city's most prominent theater showcases hometown talent
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 12, 2008