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A crushing tale, beautifully told
It’s rare that we can put a human face on American foreign policy. And even rarer that the visage belongs to a person who steps willingly into the limelight — though admittedly for other reasons.
| September 12, 2013
Four art mavens show their personal tastes
Combine the flush of technology with several generations' output of cultural objects, and it's only a matter of time before having things would be considered an art of its own.
Please, come in!
| June 15, 2013
The year ahead in visual arts
While the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART is about to wrap its wildly successful Winslow Homer exhibit, something tells me we'll be feeling the various expressions of "Weatherbeaten" for awhile.
See and be seen
| December 28, 2012
Recalling the year’s most notable shows
Looking back over this year's art exhibitions, some of the most exciting shows could be discovered at uncommon venues.
In the rearview mirror
| December 21, 2012
Up close with a superbird
Maine author Phillip Hoose always manages to dig up the compelling stories that haven't yet been told — but should be.
| September 28, 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
| April 20, 2012
Domestic life viewed by 17 Maine photogs
In the theater of Maine photography, the winter exhibit assembled at the Portland Public Library might be thought of as a kitchen drama — a show that tells the rich tales of the many and diverse voices of Maine domestic living — and it deserves to be se
| January 13, 2012
Comics fest returns, with kids up front
If you have any doubt that comic books are ascendant in popular culture, look no farther than the film Thor , based on the Marvel adaptation of the Norse god, which has earned more than $344 million in less than a month in theaters.
| May 20, 2011
The League ReEmerges
What better way to explain an electoral system (or anything, really) than by using cupcakes?
| May 13, 2011
Reaching a new frontier
Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
Book of the times
| March 11, 2011
So you thought you were special
Reading Hannah Holmes's work is enlightening and entertaining — even when it's at its most depressing.
| February 18, 2011
Draw-a-Thon III at the Portland Public Library
Local visual artists and peace-org Codepink's local chapter collaborate to host Draw-a-Thon III, a daylong, interactive print-production event whose select final products will be enlarged...
| January 12, 2011
Robert Shetterly on his series of admirable Americans
At a ceremony scheduled for noon on Friday, Brooksville painter Robert Shetterly will unveil a portrait of former Maine legislator and civil-rights leader Gerald Talbot in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library.
Painting the truth
| January 07, 2011
Bullied documentary at the Portland Public Library
Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project has been one of the most successful viral campaigns of 2010, giving a little glimmer of hope that the...
| December 07, 2010
Art at Work: Forest City Times at the Portland Public Library
The principles of fairytales don't always translate to modern life. I've never seen a talking horse; no human race is naturally evil like the Orcs;...
| December 07, 2010
Book sale at the Portland Public Library
As the holiday season officially begins its maddening, frenzied arc, consider an in-town opportunity to cross off some literary gifts on the cheap. From noon...
| November 22, 2010
What is public art?
Life is short; art is forever. At least until someone trips on it.
And can it be by someone from away?
| October 01, 2010
Fall Books Preview: Reading list
Even if you’re not back in the classroom, autumn inspires a desire to learn, to restore the intellectualism that was fried by too many beers and barbecues and sunburns. Fortunately, Portland is full this fall with opportunities to spark your smarts.
Smartening up the seasonal transition
| September 17, 2010
Ann Beattie reads Walks With Men at the Portland Public Library
New Yorker short story favorite Ann Beattie is at the Portland Public Library this afternoon to promote her slim but much-admired new novella, Walks With...
| August 25, 2010
Michelle Souliere reads from "Strange Maine"
Earlier in the day, the Green Hand's Michelle Souliere reads from her recently-published book named for her great local blog and zine, Strange Maine. She'll...
| June 23, 2010
Dennis Lehane at the Portland Public Library
Appearing at the fantastically-renovated new Portland Public Library, regionally-beloved author Dennis Lehane - best known for future-film novels Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, and Mystic...
| June 09, 2010
The Telling Room book-release party at Portland Public Library
Our own little McSweeney's, local non-profit the Telling Room offers a book-release party for its latest and perhaps most adorable collection of stories by young...
| May 05, 2010
Portland Public Library re-opens
The Portland Public Library returns to full operating capacity today after a multimillion-dollar renovation, with more space, computers, and events too. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is...
| April 14, 2010
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
| February 12, 2010
No assignments here
Need a break from all that required reading this fall? You're in luck. In
An enjoyable reading list
| September 18, 2009
The Maine Festival of the Book relocates to USM
Now in its third year, the Maine Festival of the Book is settling into a new home on the USM campus
| April 01, 2009
This fall’s regional literary scene will see abstinence and desire, ghosts and dykes, convicts and Christians, toxic water bottles and yummy food.
Autumn’s authors about town
| September 10, 2008
100 things to do
A checklist for true Portlanders.
Want to call yourself a true Portlander? Here's a checklist.
| August 27, 2008
Festival of the book
If you want to be closer to Ethan Hawke, mark your calendar to attend the second annual Maine Festival of the Book, to be held this Thursday through Saturday in Portland.
Hob-nob with literary celebs
| May 19, 2008
Sue Miller’s stories can be uncomfortable to read — and that’s a compliment.
Sue Miller's latest book is painfully close to the heart
| January 16, 2008
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