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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.
| 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
| 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).
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| 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
| 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,...
| November 03, 2010
Maine women take to the gridiron
Saturday will be a different kind of ladies’ night at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
| 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
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| October 30, 2009
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
| August 28, 2009
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
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| March 26, 2008
“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
| February 27, 2008
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
| December 26, 2007
What happened to the student bill of rights?
Overzealous deans at Emerson literally make students’ rights disappear
HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAMES F. TIERNEY
| October 25, 2007
Contemporary music will be the centerpiece of the 14th annual Portland Chamber Music Festival.
Premieres by three contemporary composers
| August 15, 2007
The history of musical étude is rooted in piano pedagogy.
Senior recital of yesterday, études of today
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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.
| July 12, 2006
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
| 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"
LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR
| May 03, 2006
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
| April 26, 2006
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
| March 29, 2006
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
| February 02, 2006
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
| January 18, 2006
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