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Local suspense novel conjures summertime

If these chilly winter days have you dreaming of sunbathing on the beach, a new mystery novel by Maine author Josh Pahigian could be just the thing to turn up the heat.
Mysterious strangers
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 25, 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
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 28, 2012

Truth to power

It's the end of the world as we know it in author and environmental journalist Bill McKibben's latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (St. Martin's Griffin).
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 20, 2012

Fraud isn't killing Maine's welfare system — conservative misunderstanding is

Last week in Ellsworth, Governor Paul LePage renewed his efforts to change Maine's welfare system, calling for increased restrictions on benefits for people seeking taxpayer support to get health coverage through the state's Medicaid program.
Barely hanging on
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 18, 2011

Wanna get away?

Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011

Why parenthood is a bad model for government

Political theory has, for centuries, come down to an analogy of anatomy, or of family: the head of the government is the head of the body politic, or the head of the household.
Diagnosing democracy
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 11, 2011

Scarcelli’s firm takes heat in Mississippi

Former gubernatorial and prospective US Senate candidate Rosa Scarcelli has had a lot of bad press of late, courtesy of her husband's role in creating an anonymous website that sought to smear another Blaine House candidate, Eliot Cutler. Now the compan
Housing slump
By COLIN WOODARD  |  February 11, 2011

"Does America (Still) Need Unions?" talk at the University of New England

The free-school drop-in class of the week occurs tonight with a timely lecture titled "Does America (Still) Need Unions?" at the University of New England,...
By webteam  |  November 03, 2010

Maine women take to the gridiron

Saturday will be a different kind of ladies’ night at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Full Contact
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2010

Portland School Committee candidates

While the District 1 and at-large races are uncontested (with a newcomer in the former and a one-term incumbent in the latter), we offer here those candidates’ answers, as well as those of the two candidates vying for the District 2 seat being vacated by
District 2 race, with two uncontested seats
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009
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Lesbians unite

For centuries, sundry artists have extolled Maine as a locale for all sort of idylls and creations. This weekend, a series of plays will limn our state's romanticism with seductive specificity: as a setting for imaginative and sensual women loving wome
Reclaiming the state's history and image
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 28, 2009

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Road trip

There comes a time in a woman's life when she just has to leave her husband at home with his mistress, toss her suitcase in a roadster, and head Downeast for a little timeout with her new, butch girlfriend. In July 1933, that's exactly what first lady
A lesbian journey through Maine's history
By CAROLYN GAGE  |  June 26, 2009

Whole in two

It’s as if Bill Manning and his work are a small, coherent universe of its own that exists somewhere, and periodically others get to visit it for a while.
William Manning’s abstract continuum
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 05, 2008

Running toward truth

The first wave of current-war fiction is washing up on American shores, and Alex Carr’s The Prince of Bagram Prison is a prime example.
A fast-paced spy thriller explores the ambiguities of wartime
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2008

Portland hosts a gaggle of literary ladies this week

Looks like supporting women artists now shouldn’t be too hard — this week.
Chick lit
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2008

Morality stories

“Mary Bean” isn’t who she says she is — the trial that follows the factory girl’s death certainly illuminates that much.
Mary Bean  embraces the ambiguity of real life
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 27, 2008


D.C. wannabes

Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007

Eraser heads

What happened to the student bill of rights?
Overzealous deans at Emerson literally make students’ rights disappear

Living classics

Contemporary music will be the centerpiece of the 14th annual Portland Chamber Music Festival.
Premieres by three contemporary composers
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  August 15, 2007

Piano play

The history of musical étude is rooted in piano pedagogy.
Senior recital of yesterday, études of today
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 14, 2007

Making small bigger

Chamber music originated in the 17th and 18th centuries for nobles and aristocrats, written by personal house composers.
Upsizing the Portland Chamber Music Festival
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  February 28, 2007


Smells like free spirit

Encountering Charlie Hewitt’s work for the first time, at his Farnsworth Museum retrospective, was like meeting someone from the neighborhood where you grow up long after you’ve grown up.
Art and engagement in Autumn 2006
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  September 13, 2006

Watch the film of the play

Last September, when Cathy Plourde directed 13 teenage girls in Ugly Ducklings , Carolyn Gage’s acclaimed play about homophobia at a girls’ summer camp, the cast had an audience long before opening night.
Behind the scenes
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 13, 2006

MECA slims down

To achieve its $15 million capital campaig goals, the Maine College of Art must first deal with declining enrollment and an administrative exodus.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 12, 2006
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Crazy talk

Part horror story, part psychological thriller, part radical feminist statement, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper has been adapted for the stage as a one-woman show.
Feeling much better, thank you
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 19, 2006

Letters to the Portland Editor, May 5, 2006

Readers fire back on Brian Duff's university-cafeteria story, and our Readers' Picks choice for Best Local Politician in "The Best"

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Hall dining

Since the college years are often a time when students discover the worst in American cuisine, I have ventured where few food critics have gone before — the college cafeteria.
Comparing Maine's college cafeterias
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 26, 2006
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Standing up

Some see — or at least hope to see — Portland's comedy scene as being on the brink of national prominence, as there are now 15 local stages devoting time to comedy and an overflow of new comics to fill them.
Portland’s comedy scene explodes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 29, 2006
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Maine-ufacturing consent

Typical of the exposure given 77-year-old MIT linguistics professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky by most American news media, he was blanked out by the Portland Press Herald , and there was no coverage by the Portland TV news shows or Maine Public Radio
Noam Chomsky himself is filtered by the news
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 02, 2006
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Beyond the frames

The University of New England campus in Biddeford is a damn long slog out of Portland in this January weather, but that’s exactly why it’s so comforting to see young area artists and their forward-thinking ideas represented.
University of New England exhibits bring art to the south
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 18, 2006