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Two local feature films and a Maine film fest get wicked scary

With just five main characters and an East Texas motel room as its primary setting, thriller film 40 West is as stripped-down and immediate as theater.
The horror! the horror!
By MATT BROWN  |  October 12, 2012

Photos: JP Music Fest 2012

This year's JP Music Fest took over Jamaica Pond on September 8, 2012.
September 8, 2012 | Jamaica Pond
By LAURA JANE BRUBAKER  |  September 14, 2012

Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Short one-act plays can come across as trivial, a joke that's all punchline, or as resonant as a pivotal scene from a two-hour drama.
Lightning round
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 27, 2012
The Big Hurt - July 20, 2012

The Big Hurt: The month in tragedy, rampages, and weird cheese

It's been a sad and grisly few weeks for live music.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 20, 2012
Cannes: Rust and Bone

Cannes turns 65 and shows no signs of retiring

Sixty-five is the age at which people think of retiring. Arguably the world's greatest film festival, Cannes — whose 65th edition began the day after beaming Socialist François Hollande was sworn in as President of France — has no such plans. This yea
Socialist security
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 25, 2012

Add it to the reading list

It'll be no surprise to any of our readers that we here at the Portland Phoenix are big fans of reading — and we're grateful for the time you take to read our work every week!
The sixth annual Maine Festival of the Book
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 30, 2012

BackTalk Tilda Swinton

Interview: Tilda Swinton talks about Kevin

You never know what you're going to get with a film starring Tilda Swinton.
Mother load
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
Sundance - 2012

Sundance 2012 shakes off the angst

Two full production years following the market collapse in the third quarter of 2008, the tonal zeitgeist of films on display at the Sundance Film Festival — a reliable snapshot of independent filmmaking — has shifted from dark to light.
The light stuff
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 03, 2012

Photos: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, NJ

Bands perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, New Jersey on September 30-October 2, 2011.
Ashbury Park, New Jersey | September 30-October 2, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  October 07, 2011

Photos: The Life Is Good Festival at the Prowse Farm

The Life Is Good Festival takes over Prowse Farm in Canton MA on September 24-25, 2011.
Canton MA | September 24-25, 2011
By MILES WEAVER  |  September 30, 2011

Photos: East Cambridge Damian Festival

The East Cambridge Damian Festival takes over Cambridge Street on September 11, 2011.
East Cambridge Damian Festival | September 11, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 16, 2011

ID fest 3

Identity Festival rocks out the dance party

Genre predictions are dumb, but there is one thing absolutely certain in music: rock music is dead, and the era of electronic dominance is finally here.
Beats happening
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 19, 2011

Photos: Charlemont Reggae Festival 2011

Charlemont Reggae Festival comes to the Charlemont Fairgrounds on August 13, 2011.
Charlemont Fairgrounds | August 13, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 19, 2011

First step for the freak fest

The three key components to any successful underground music concert are good bands, cheap booze, and a sketchy venue whose identity is a semi-well-kept secret.
Rave On
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  July 01, 2011
St Peter's Greasy Pole

Greased up in Gloucester

When people picture the greasy pole, they often envision men scaling a vertical pole, as in Boston's Festival Betances.
Big Slick
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2011
PTown IFF 2011

The 13th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival

Henry Thoreau said of the song of the wood thrush: "Whenever a man hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut. . . . " For some reason, Provincetown is full of these birds — appropriately so, given the avowed in
Cape Crusaders
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 24, 2011

Comics fest returns, with kids up front

If you have any doubt that comic books are ascendant in popular culture, look no farther than the film Thor , based on the Marvel adaptation of the Norse god, which has earned more than $344 million in less than a month in theaters.
Page Life
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  May 20, 2011

Photos: International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum

Steampunk enthusiasts gather at the kick-off to the International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, on May 6-8, 2011.
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation | May 6-8, 2011
By RYAN MCMAHON  |  May 13, 2011

The goggles-and-corset crowd invades the watch city

Broken clocks are getting hard to find in this part of the country. At least that's what a Santa Claus archetype who introduced himself as Professor William Whatley told me, shortly after the clouds exploded.
Steam power
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 13, 2011

Maine Maple Sunday celebrates the changing of seasons

A cold wind made it feel more like winter than spring this weekend, but the steam pouring out of the sugarhouse means that spring is definitely here.
Liquid spring
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  April 01, 2011

The Big Hurt: Corgan vs. Malkmus: 15-year grudge

As a child of the '90s, I sure find it heartwarming to see a classic feud of my youth re-form for a big festival appearance.
Feud reunions
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 26, 2010


Women's Playwriting Festival at Perishable

Kicking off a season in which all Perishable Theatre plays will be written by women, the 15th International Women's Playwriting Festival is presenting the world premieres of three plays selected from hundreds. It's running through October 23.
New views
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 08, 2010

Intimations of life: Camden International Film Festival 2010

Just six years into its life, the Camden International Film Festival — a four-day documentary showcase running from September 30-October 3 at venues in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland — has achieved breakout status on the crowded festival circuit.
CIFF's sixth program is its best and most diverse yet
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 01, 2010

Photos: Marshmallow Fluff Festival at Union Square

Union Square hosts the Marshmallow Fluff Festival on September 25, 2010.
Marshmallow Fluff Festival in Union Square on September 25, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  October 01, 2010
Viva La Vinal Festival at the Somerville Community Growing Center

Viva La Vinal Festival at the Somerville Community Growing Center

The fifth annual Viva La Vinal Festival is screening four new indie films outdoors and hosting music by Audrey Ryan, Kingsley Flood, This Blue Heaven,...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 16, 2010

Photos: St. Anthony's Feast at the North End

Italian immigrants and North End residents celebrate St. Anthony's Feast in the North End on August 27-29, 2010.
St. Anthony's Feast | North End | August 27-29, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  September 03, 2010


Taste of the town

The third annual Savor Providence event, a benefit for Trinity Rep, will take place on Saturday, August 28 from 11 am to 3 pm, as foodies choose 10 restaurants to visit (a book of 10 "tastes" is $35).
A guide to Savor Providence
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 27, 2010

From solid to standout

Maybe the most surprising thing about Portland indie band Brenda’s set at the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival on the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams, Massachusetts, on Saturday was that people were actually there to see it. Lots of them.
Brenda’s big summer ends at Wilco’s festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 20, 2010

Block-rocking beats

The sweltering summer of 2010 (quit crying — summer was nonexistent last year) is about to get even hotter with the return of the capital city’s biggest bash.
Get ready for Providence Soundsession '10
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 16, 2010
Cambridge River Festival

Cambridge River Festival

This year's 31st annual Cambridge River Festival will feature an opening tribute to the late storyteller Brother Blue, a Jazz & World Music stage (Yoron...
By webteam  |  June 01, 2010