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Topping the charts

The metalsmiths in DEAD SEASON have hit the HEATSEEKERS (NORTHEAST) BILLBOARD chart with their latest album, The Negative NUMBers . It's debuting this week at positive number 2.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 17, 2011
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010
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Hope and energy

As we launch into the next decade with a collapsing economy and apocalyptic themes bleeding into every facet of culture, it's particularly hard to be optimistic about the arts, as yes, they are often the first to go.
Looking ahead to Maine's art scene in 2010
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 01, 2010
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It takes a village

Treble Treble , a new 15-page photobook and 10-artist compilation album curated by local musician and budding photographer Joshua Loring, is the first concerted effort to market Portland's indie music scene.
... and a compilation album/photobook to raise a self-sustaining indie scene
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 27, 2009

The death of 'Do This,' and more

Photographer/songwriter/BOXY member JOSHUA LORING and SPACE GALLERY were awarded a grant by the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION to document the underground rock scene.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 20, 2009

A mill grows in Biddeford

'We're responding every step of the way to our environment. And to each other.'
Six artists wax hyper-real at the North Dam Mill
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 02, 2009


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Everybody poops

Recently selected as one of 17 regional artists to exhibit at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park's Biennial in January 2010 (alongside fellow Mainer Randy Regier), and awarded a grant from the Maine Arts Commission in support of her interactive sc
Greta Bank talks priorities and realities
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 31, 2009
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State of the arts

In Portland, and around Southern Maine, developing trends hold promise for our changing, but still cantankerously distinct, artistic character to act as a new kind of cultural reflection.
Emerging trends and promising futures for Portland artists
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 03, 2009
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All in the timing

Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
Acorn's Maine Playwrights Festival springs eternal
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009
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Like Christmas in the spring

State officials say that Maine stands to receive approximately $900 million via that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act we've heard so much about.
Economic stimulus
By DEIRDRE FULTON AND KATRINA BOTELHO  |  March 18, 2009
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Interview: Randy Regier

Randy Regier, 44, received his MFA from the Maine College of Art and is now an instructor there and at Bowdoin College. He is the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission 2009 Fellowship and is currently exhibiting two installations.
Living the dream
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 11, 2009


Musicians: What you need to know

It's true that we don't live in a city where there are tons of big labels looking to give local musicians their shot at the big time.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON + KATRINA BOTELHO  |  January 14, 2009
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Sony’s loss is Portland’s gain

Three local music entities are reaping the benefits of a major national lawsuit against big-name music institutions.  
Music money
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2008

Committee of onions and failure

To help me decide on a topic for this week’s column, I assembled a blue-ribbon commission.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 02, 2008
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Hey, where’s our office?

Everyone knows that it’s the innovators who survive.
A proposal for the state to make a commitment to Maine music
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 02, 2008
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Cultural corridors

Last week, SPACE Gallery hosted a forum as part of an ongoing series called “Creative Conversations.”
A talk with Nat May + Jessica Tomlinson
By IAN PAIGE  |  October 25, 2006


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Where have all the artists gone?

Nancy Kureth is lost in the Biddeford mills again.
Portland’s creative exodus gives Southern Maine’s mill towns a new lease on life
By SARA DONNELLY  |  August 09, 2006
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Painting the walls

A Phoenix interview with artist and  S.U.B.O.N.E. alter ego Tim Clorius
Graffiti activist speaks on youth + art + community
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 06, 2006
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Armory arts center

A 25,000-square-foot building sits on just shy of three acres at the foot of the south end of the Casco Bay Bridge. Vacant since 1996, the former South Portland armory remains in limbo. Its owner, the moribund Museum of Glass and Ceramics, declared ban
South Portland's vacant landmark could be reborn as a cultural icon
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 17, 2006