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Lewiston’s aging relic

Lewiston and the Somalis. Nice ring to it, eh? Maybe a quirky new Wes Anderson film involving a genteel English butler and refugees from a war-torn nation?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 12, 2012

Mainstream progressives get Occupied

"We are the 99 percent!" reverberates in the basement of the Portland Public Library on a Saturday morning. Ninety radicals — well, maybe damn strong liberals — are plotting to take over the government — well, in any case, to harass the one percent.
The 99 Percent Spring begins
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 20, 2012

The Making of Paul LePage

Governor Paul LePage generated more controversy and negative press in his first year in office than most Maine politicians do in their entire careers.
Part One: Escaping Poverty; or, the Horatio Alger Years
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 13, 2012

Dirty money

As I walked down the corridors of the Ralph Owen Brewster Hospice for Decaying Political Ideals, there were no indications of despair, pain, or misery.
In memory of Brewster
By AL DIAMON  |  August 05, 2011

New play based on L-A's Somali experience

Maine's twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn gained national attention in the first few years of this century for its reception of Somali immigrants.
Immigrant scenes
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 07, 2011

Maine storyteller heads away for audiences

We here at the Phoenix don't pull this kind of thing often, but this weekend you're missing out. Lewiston native (and Munjoy Hill dweller) Michael Parent has headed 1000 miles southwest from Portland to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro
Tall tales
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2010

Great Falls Balloon Festival

As the end of the summer festival circuit draws near, a sentimental hometown favorite comes to an end. The Great Falls Balloon Festival runs all...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010

Live to be 106

Jenny Sanchez learned many of her magical dishes, including chancho frito and gallo pinto (previously featured here), from a family helper when she was a young girl.
 The Nicaraguan secret: tortas de espinaca
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 04, 2010

Foolish dreams

There’s nothing in the Maine Democratic Party’s platform about free beer.
Maine Democratic Party offers a lot of freebies, beer is not one of them
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2010

Leaves of Life from Arborea, and other Portland music news

BUCK AND SHANTI CURRAN , the husband-and-wife team behind ethereal folk band ARBOREA , have been touring nearly non-stop and curating compilations right from their home base in Lewiston.

Moms rock!

Some moms decide, from heartbeat one of ultrasound, that they aren’t going to let a small (i.e., life-changing) thing like motherhood get in the way of their art.
Musician-mothers learn to balance boundless energy and tireless creativity
By DENA RIEGEL  |  May 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

Howling Trains, Barking Dogs, and Refugees

If you're looking for a little post-Christmas gift to yourself, you might want to check out the original recordings of LOVE, INC. , one of Maine's first pop bands.

Super friends

THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked
Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
By TEA KRULOS  |  December 11, 2009

Behind the walls

Museum L-A is sequestered in the far end of the Bates Mill Complex in downtown Lewiston, with a bold red and yellow awning announcing its presence and trumping its otherwise unassuming facade, which might otherwise be lost in the sea of industrial brick
Museum L-A synthesizes history and art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 06, 2009

Tomorrow never dies

For a Halloween party with substantially less gore, check out the newest release from Dave Rowe (and sometimes his Trio), The Music Never Dies .
 A new full-length from Dave Rowe (and Trio)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 30, 2009


Deal with It

When I was seven, I had a winter coat with flashes of neon so bright they glowed in the dark.
Revisiting the nightmares of a four-hour, made-for-TV Stephen King miniseries
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 30, 2009

Looking deep inside

"None of us," says Mr. Utterson, recalling the small group peering into Edward Hyde's dark flat, "wished to go inside."
Jekyll finds the Hyde in all of us
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 23, 2009

Local-only jukeboxes and the all-ages Hub

Fear not, underage music lovers!

Doom predictions

Plenty of seemingly unemployable people manage to make decent livings even though they're consistently wrong.
Gays into the crystal ball
By AL DIAMON  |  October 02, 2009

Catharsis + rebirth

My own backward gaze over the last decade of local theater only takes in the second half of it, so I've consulted a few veterans.
Portland theater's losses and gains since 1999
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 18, 2009


10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009

Music Seen: Ghosthunter, Antiseptic, + Shabti

Lewiston's Ghosthunter are generally classified as "punk," but their songs often veer into doomy sludge-rock reminiscent of bands like Electric Wizard and Sleep.
At Geno’s, August 29
By DAN CLARK  |  September 11, 2009

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 04, 2009
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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009
painting list

Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: July 10, 2009

A recent EqualityMaine campaign letter claimed that gay marriage is "the fight for our lives." I wonder whose lives they are talking about, when AIDS service organizations and community health/reproductive clinics across the state have been tightening
Dump gay marriage and regroup!

The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009

Same-sex marriage

From the podium at EqualityMaine's 25th anniversary dinner last Saturday night, former state senator Ethan Strimling posed a question to the 630 people in attendance: If gay marriage were allowed in Maine, how many of you would tie the knot?  
Fighting for a basic civil right without repeating other states' mistakes
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009