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Review: 69°S.: The Shackleton Project

“Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.”  
An ethereal trip to the turn-of-the-century wilds of the South Pole
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  February 10, 2012

Review: Arthur Christmas 3D

The diametric opposite of the Antarctica-set Happy Feet Two , or at least geographically, Sarah Smith's revisionist Santa Claus tale still delivers the same kind of offbeat holiday animation.
Sarah Smith's revisionist Santa Claus
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2011

Glenn Beck's unhinged Sweater saga

Hello, America. A special Glenn Beck Program tonight: I'm speaking to you from somewhere in the North Pole, and let me tell you [adopts cartoonish yokel voice with rubbery exaggerated shiver] it is coooooooold up here.
Knit Twit Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 27, 2009

Middling earth

At times, the images in Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield's documentary adapted from the BBC nature series of the same name elicit that rare cinematic response: wonder.
Too much talk spoils the images
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 24, 2009

Ice ice baby

In July 1860, Captain Isaac Israel Hayes's schooner, the United States, left Boston and sailed to the Arctic.
Polar landscapes at the Peabody Essex, plus monsters at the Museum of Science
By GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2009

Enrich thy neighbor, Portland

Back in the temperate zone, the local and national economies are in the crapper.
'Buy local' and take care of business
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 10, 2008


Enrich thy neighbor

'Buy local' and take care of business
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 08, 2008

Degrees of difficulty

“Well, this has to be inappropriate,” says Mara, hastily moving away from a rather close moment with old flame James.
Portland Stage's subtle premiere of Magnetic North
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 16, 2008

Fred Claus

As for infusing the ol’ ho-ho-ho, the most Christmasy moments for this reviewer arose whenever a nearby critic groaned, “Oh Christ!”
Bad Santa ripoff
By ALICIA POTTER  |  November 08, 2007

Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007

Burning issues

“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
By GREG COOK  |  June 20, 2007



Scrooge is inclined to blame a mean night before Christmas on a badly digested bit of beef or a blob of mustard.
  Dublin Carol ; The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2006

Naughty or nice?

Portland-area residents do pretty well when it comes to horrendous light displays. Slideshow: Portland holiday displays  
The holiday displays that put the bah in our humbug
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2006

Psycho Santa

Ryan Landry takes a holiday hatchet to The Silence of the Lambs in his latest outing for the Gold Dust Orphans, serving up Kris Kringle with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
Ryan Landry’s Silent Night of the Lambs
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 05, 2006

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

There comes a time when it’s best to leave that old Santa suit in the attic — especially now that the kids have grown up and gone away. Watch the trailer for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause  (QuickTime)
They should have stopped at 2
By TOM MEEK  |  November 08, 2006