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Review: Gather

As we continue to withdraw from the institutions that once organized modern life, we fill the abandoned spaces with restaurants.
Community, local flavors, and expert preparation
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 30, 2012
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Review: Seagrass Bistro

The day is coming when the baby boomers will bankrupt this country, sparing only their own nest-eggs and supplemental health insurance.
How the other 1 percent feast. It's delicious!
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 23, 2012
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Jason Phelps and his 2663.5-mile plan

If you pay attention to the local music scene at all, you probably know bluegrass band Jerks of Grass have been playing every Thursday night — first at the now-defunct Bramhall Pub, then at Gritty's, and now at Bayside Bowl — since sometime in 1998.
Take a hike, Jerk
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 02, 2012
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This is why we're so $%&*^# hot

During last week's heat wave, air-quality sensors along coastal New England recorded "unhealthy" levels of pollution baked into the hazy, humid air.
Weather Update
By CHRISTIAN MILNEIL  |  July 29, 2011

Join the Gypsy caravan

The latest on Gypsy Tailwind, Low-Flying Airplanes, and more
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 07, 2010

Ardeo at Waterplace

There are two kinds of chain restaurants. Some are stamped out with cookie cutters and rely on customers being attracted to something familiar. And others go for quality as the common denominator, standardizing what has been fine-tuned but allowing for c
A sturdy culinary link
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2010


Soundbender's last show, Battle of the Bands, and more

SOUNDBENDER , in playing the LOKI  EP-release party, will be saying goodbye. The band have announced it will be their last show.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 16, 2010
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Cindy Bullens to run for state senate

Is Cindy Bullens the first Grammy-nominated musician to run for Maine Senate?
Rock and Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2010
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For richer, for poorer

Laura Coroi saw my “Immigrant Kitchens” poster at the YMCA and introduced herself.
Romanian polenta with sheep’s milk feta
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 09, 2010

Seeking humane treatment

Some Maine people are taking moral responsibility for the way supermax inmates are treated.
State and national efforts well under way
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 19, 2010
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A painting, a letter, upside-down peppers

"While I wait, I beat the peanuts," says Hop Nguyen, a custom clothes designer in her home kitchen in Yarmouth, Maine. She's teaching me how to make green papaya salad from Bac Ninh province in northern Vietnam. She's waiting for the spaghetti-like strip
It all goes into making Vietnamese papaya salad
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  February 12, 2010


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Don't be chicken

Last year was a weird one for chicken wings.
Dig right in at Binga's Stadium
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 29, 2010

Injustice everywhere

Thank you for the timely interview with Harvey Silverglate.
Letters to the Portland Editor, October 9, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 09, 2009
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Ripple effect

The Portland Phoenix launched in 1999, just as the Portland music scene was turning.
The 10 most influential bands of our first 10 years
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 18, 2009
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Late-night bites

Yes, there are places in Portland to get something to eat after 10 pm — even as late as 3 am. From pizza and wings to pancakes and homemade apps, this city has your appetite covered, whether it's been a long night of Beirut or studying (ha!). We wouldn
It's dark. You're tired and hungry. You've come to the right place.
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 28, 2009
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Book of Samuel, Vol. 3

It's so easy not to think about the music Samuel James makes much at all. Built from the very pillars of American music, it's easy to dismiss it as an homage, a throwback, a curiosity. And it is all those things, with James's ageless voice — he could b
For the ages, and For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 21, 2009


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Every Friday there's an art walk

This Friday, as the first Friday of every month, Portland art-lovers will wander the streets, checking out the latest and greatest our galleries, museums, and shops have to offer. Nearby communities have their own versions, too.
Portland’s creativity is on display any time you care to look
By ANNA PEROCCHI  |  August 07, 2009

Some kind of salvation

In 2008, Sean Faircloth, then a state representative from Bangor, lost his bid to become Maine's attorney general, mostly because lots of legislators questioned his credibility. When your credibility is so shaky that even politicians notice, you have a
Politics and other mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  June 19, 2009

Politics and other mistakes: Sweet electricity

Harley Lee has a lot to learn about running a scam.
Annexed electricity
By AL DIAMON  |  January 14, 2009

The Year in Green

I don't know whether it was the sky-high gas prices or what, but Portland sure caught an eco-bug in 2008.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

Ridiculous and sublime

 Certainly what will stick out most in our minds are those wonderful hours late on November 4, when we hugged and cheered and attempted to get from one side of Empire to the other without spilling our beer.
Maine got stranger in 2008
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008


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Movies are moving, hot dogs are hopping, Binga's is burning

Even as the temperatures drop and we head into hibernation mode for winter, Portland's drinking, dining, nightlife, and shopping scenes continue to evolve. Here's a round-up of comings and goings.
Venue watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 26, 2008

PACTS priorities are a green-transport victory

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Committee showed that Southern Maine’s transportation priorities are rooted in our current economic conditions.  
Reality-based community
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 09, 2008

Windshift

Harley Lee and I are not friends. The only time we’ve met was a couple of years ago in a Carrabassett Valley bar, where I told him the world would be a better place if somebody poisoned his drink.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 23, 2008
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A county primary

Four Portland Democrats are competing to represent Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, and Long and Chebeague islands on the three-person Cumberland County Commission.
Elections
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 04, 2008
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Gathering steam

As flight attendants do with pin-on airline wings, TrainRiders hosts used to distribute blue “I rode the Amtrak Downeaster today” stickers to children only.
Local train proposals seek funding, find support
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 06, 2008


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Schools of rock

“You walk in here, and you feel as though you’re visiting your favorite aunt or uncle’s house ... it’s a place where you want to visit and you’re willing to take risks.”
There’s a whole lot of moving, shaking, and band-building going on in the world of local music instruction
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007

A loving abduction?

Lola and Nicholas Kampf should write a parenting book.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 25, 2007
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House pest

The biggest political story in Massachusetts right now is the state’s ongoing dalliance with casino gambling.
One Cape Cod blogger is getting the scoops and setting the pace for Massachusetts casino coverage — for better or worse
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 12, 2007
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A record in the sand

Four years ago, Rockland native Ed Jarett set the Guinness Book record for the world’s tallest sand castle.
Ever higher
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 25, 2007