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Brzowski will Sleep when he's dead

What you need to know about Brzowski in a nutshell: Not only does he understand that "myriad" is an adjective, and not a noun requiring a preposition, but he mines the Upanishads for samples.
Too old to die young
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 17, 2011

Kate Schrock picks up a backbeat

This happens in music all the time, of course: People with no obvious commonality come together because the music they make sounds good. Thus we have Kate and the Rocket.
Rocket fuel
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 01, 2010

Bubblegum pop, legendary sax, and a taste of Trails

Though they didn't win the ROCK-OFF this year, pop band FYVE did turn more than a few heads, with a bubblegum pop sound bolstered by twin-sister harmonies.

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
fish list

Keep your skin on

Skinless, boneless cuts of fish are convenient — you don't have to clean them yourself — but getting rid of those "extras" takes away a lot of flavor, and a lot of the nutrition, too. Good news! It's easy to grill whole fish, and they make a great cent
Grilling fish whole is a tasty variation
By TODD RICHARD  |  May 29, 2009

A better brunch

There is no worse fate than the purgatory of Sunday brunch. The scene is almost universally the same: after a night of aggressive drinking and merriment, boozy plans are laid to meet up in the morning for brunch.
If you can't make it out, here's what to do at home
By TODD RICHARD  |  May 01, 2009


A cure for all ills

Gin has a massive public-relations problem, one that is centuries old and showing no signs of waning.
Gin cocktails are great for starting spring
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 01, 2009

Patrick, the potato, and pork

In just a few short days, the life of Saint Patrick will be celebrated the world over with his namesake holiday, Ireland's most visible mark on the global calendar.
An affordable Irish dinner
By TODD RICHARD  |  March 04, 2009

An authentic Valentine?

With a battalion of cherubs, a glut of roses, and a ticker-tape parade of hollow Hallmark sentiments, Valentine's Day may yet be the most reviled and expensive holiday of the year.
Seeking history, and adventure, in the holiday
By TODD RICHARD  |  February 04, 2009

Stretching the wallet

I had never been to Punky's. Despite glowing reviews from food fanatics, there never seemed to be a reason to break from my norm or shake up my old fast-food standbys.
Punky's fits the stomach, and the bill
By TODD RICHARD  |  January 07, 2009

Stuff your stockings

For Christmas last year, my shop-local plan had me assembling gift baskets brimming with foods for several families on my list.
Maine-made treats for the holidays
By TODD RICHARD  |  December 10, 2008


Celebratory swigs

How do we celebrate the holidays during a global financial fiasco?
Holiday bottles that don't break the bank
By TODD RICHARD  |  November 12, 2008

Pumpkin primer

For budget-conscious shoppers, the arrival of pumpkin season is a boon.  
Turn the fall harvest into a feast
By TODD RICHARD  |  October 16, 2008

Get your goat

In the former home of the Portland Spice Company, the International Market is open for business in a neighborhood packed with multicultural food offerings.
Start a stew at International Market
By TODD RICHARD  |  September 17, 2008

Irish music night

At 9 pm on Wednesday, two chairs and instrument cases sat empty on Blue’s postage-stamp stage.
Music seen at Blue, August 20, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  August 27, 2008

Buying in

Buying goods from our immediate area has swollen from a good idea into a movement to make it a good habit for all Portland residents.
Local food is no longer more expensive
By TODD RICHARD  |  August 20, 2008

Sontiago + Gabe FM

Sorely under-appreciated hip-hop DJ Gabe FM is leaving us for the Left Coast, but couldn’t drop off the face without first dropping it like it’s hot.
Music seen at Bubba's Sulky Lounge, July 24, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  July 30, 2008

It's cookout weather!

If you’re attending (or hosting) a cookout, then have a heart and offer your guests something besides the obvious norm. Here are a few ideas.
Fending off the picnic “fruitcake”
By TODD RICHARD  |  July 23, 2008

Backyard barbecue basics

The intricacies of barbecue as a method, a meat, and a meal are several. Thankfully, Smithson is generous with his seasoned advice.
Blake Smithson shares smoky secrets
By TODD RICHARD  |  June 25, 2008

Benefit for the Portland Peace Festival

Dancefloors are alive. They are living, breathing, changing animals that are hungry for more.
Music seen at Bubba's Sulky Lounge, June 21, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  June 25, 2008

Fiddling with fiddleheads

The fiddlehead is Maine’s simplest, and quite possibly Maine’s most revered, delicacy.
A seasonal treat, explained
By TODD RICHARD  |  May 28, 2008


The delicious drunken daze that was the ’80s may have reached its pinnacle with Portland audiences.
Music seen at the Big Easy, May 24, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  May 28, 2008


Free admission makes it hard to pass up a show on a Friday night, especially when it is the emerging Portland-and-New Hampshire band known as Montroller.
Music seen at the White Heart, April 25, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 30, 2008

Gastronomic stimulus package

This, coupled with the thaw and other natural stimulus packages, write a recipe for the spoils of spring: maturing cheeses, bright wines, green garlic ramps, and outdoor eating.
Splurge a little at the Cheese Iron
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 30, 2008

Home-cooked satisfaction

Trips to my mom’s house always involve her spoiling me and my friends with Georgia-born home cooking.
Southern-style cooking needs self-rising cornmeal
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 02, 2008

Ghettosocks, Sontiago, Dilly Dilly, Gabe FM

Friday night showed why our Canadian hip-hop friends like to visit Portland so often.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, March 28, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 02, 2008

Band of Local All-Stars

Local working man’s bassist Justin Maxwell assembled a phenomenal band of local luminaries especially for the event.
Music seen at Empire Dine and Dance, March 2, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  March 05, 2008

Love it at Leavitt's

Besides, the bottle of Wolftrap is ample distraction from your time- and money-saving approach.
Ready-made, or ingredients, with plenty of wine
By TODD RICHARD  |  March 05, 2008

Senses and sensibility

February is the month of love, and the shortest month on the calendar.
Twenty$pot celebrates Valentine's Day
By TODD RICHARD  |  February 06, 2008

The year of the goat?

François Rabelais, racy author and advocate of the eat, drink, and be merry lifestyle, was quoted on his deathbed as saying he was “off in search of the great perhaps.”
Slow food and Rabelais Books ruminate
By TODD RICHARD  |  January 09, 2008