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Firehouse 13 gets a facelift

The walls of the Firehouse 13 cultural center are a deep red now, split by a long, white stripe on the northeast wall, with a bit of black below.
Rock Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 22, 2011

Thesis defense

Encompassing a broad range of themes, media, and levels of participation, each set of works in this year’s Maine College of Art exhibition by nine thesis-level Master’s of Fine Arts students achieves its own world and requires a separate toolkit to proce
 MECA’s MFA students strut their stuff
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 28, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first e
Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2010

Hearty and sweet

America's war on obesity is going nowhere.
Sonny's finds the right mix of flavors and textures
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 19, 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
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010

Hot + steamy

"My kingdom for a plate of soup!" a hungry and possibly freezing Anton Chekov wrote in 1890, aboard a Russian steamer crossing the world's oldest lake.
Finding soups to fight winter's chill
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 08, 2010


Portland’s wishes for 2010

Ah, these fresh moments of the new year, when our hopes and resolutions are unsullied by the rough ravages of time, politics, and the Maine winter.
New Year’s resolutions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 01, 2010

Phattening Providence lyrics

The flyers appeared on coffee shop message boards and street corners. "We Phatten Rhymes," they read, and "Brown/RISD Rappers: Get Your Lyrics Doped."
Beats and Rhymes
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  November 13, 2009

Monster man and more

James Whale's career as a purveyor of marvelous film entertainments was brief.
James Whale at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 11, 2009

Rhode Island weighs a succession drama of its own

The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has Massachusetts' political class speculating, in not-so-hushed tones, about the odds of a next-generation Kennedy running for and winning the seat.
Political Watch
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 04, 2009
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Back-to-school supplies

After a summer that started with a monsoon and coasted into its final lap with a heat wave, when we talked about Wilco, celebrity deaths, and Shakespeare in the park, when we feared tasers and crime sprees, and we consumed Mexican food and ice cream, w
What you won't find on your syllabus
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 28, 2009

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Open your pie hole

Pizza is at the top of most students' survival-kit necessities (along with beer, sleep, and coffee). Luckily, whether your tastes lean in the standard dough-sauce-cheese direction, or run toward the artisan variety, there's a pizza option for you in Po
Ten places to stuff your face with pizza
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 28, 2009
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Greens see red, must seek more green

In a move Maine Green Independent Party leaders say unfairly targets them, but that Maine Democrats say is simply protecting taxpayer money, the Legislature last month passed a law requiring gubernatorial candidates to raise tens of thousands of dollar
Campaign planning
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 31, 2009
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History bites

Just a few months after the close of its upstairs neighbor, the Roma Cafe, the Bramhall Pub, long an institution in the West End, shut its doors two weeks ago. And while there's talk it may reopen after renovations, one thing is for sure: The 11-plus-ye
Bramhall shuttered; Jerks need a new home
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 26, 2009
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Where everyone knows your name

A conversation with the owners of Caiola's
A conversation with the owners of Caiola's
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  June 26, 2009

Books tour

While most area colleges continue to offer predictably boring campus tours that amount to wandering through academic ghost towns imagining departed crowds, there are also some alternatives to the standard walk-and-talk routine.
A guide to unofficial campus visits
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  May 01, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: May 1, 2009

Is Rick Wormwood an inbred Maineiac as some would speculate?
Loving Maine

The shape of things

We are shaped by what surrounds us. Our exteriors — meaning geographical locations, physical infrastructure, and bodies alike — affect our interior states of mind.
Portlander's stories explore the connections between what's inside and out
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 01, 2009

Divine operas

USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
USM shows off two Puccini one-acts
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 18, 2009

Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009

The Center of the universe

Real-life quantum leaper Richard Goodwin was sort of a 1960s political Zelig — everywhere you looked, there he was.
JFK speechwriter and Renaissance man Richard Goodwin explores the roots of today's religious wars by channeling 17th-century anti-hero Galileo in a play called Two Men of Florence
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 04, 2009

Some people have real problems

Mainers are facing grievous financial burdens. Stores and factories are shutting down. Businesses that stay open are laying people off. Unemployment is rising as fast as the foreclosure rate on homes. And housing prices are sinking like the value of ret
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2009

Energized outlet

Two-thirds of the prog-noise powerhouse collectively known as Cowgirl are members of Zox.
The instrumental mayhem of Cowgirl
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 04, 2008

Momus | Joemus

Since the 1980s, Momus has been the recording guise of Scotsman bon vivant Nick Currie, a man of many masks and endless curiosity.
American Patchwork/Darla (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 11, 2008

Portlandhenge returns

Sorry to be a drag, but summer is officially over: at 11:44 am on Monday, September 22, the sun passed directly over the Earth’s equator to mark the autumnal equinox.
By CHRISTIAN MCNEIL  |  September 25, 2008

The biggest fun in Little Rhody

When you’re in between studies, getting tired of playing beer pong, or looking for something new, here are a few tips for how to make the most of your time in the Ocean State.
Adventures from Westerly to Woonsocket and beyond
By PETER IAN ASEN  |  August 27, 2008


100 things to do

A checklist for true Portlanders.
Want to call yourself a true Portlander? Here's a checklist.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 27, 2008

Injured Wobbly awaits trial for resisting arrest

One year after North Providence police severely injured Alexandra Svoboda during a demonstration, she awaits a fifth knee surgery and a trial for resisting arrest.
Annals of labor
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  July 23, 2008

Morning munchies

Recently three restaurants on the westerly end of the Portland peninsula — Caiola’s, 555, and Local 188 — are now offering brunch.
Three West End eateries open for brunch
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 18, 2008


Music seen at 14 Winter St, May 10, 2008
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  May 14, 2008