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The highlights of 2011’s theatrics

Some of the most exhilarating moments in theater this year happened in the Apohadion, as a pale and schizoid Michael Dix Thomas shrieked the opening strains of "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," summoning to stage the lurid, ghoulish menagerie of Bertolt Br
From madness to mealtime
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 23, 2011
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Year-end second chances in Portland dining

With the vogue in ever-changing menus, there are probably hundreds of great dishes that come and go every year in Portland that nearly everyone misses. You can't think about it: that way madness lies.
Don't miss out
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 23, 2011
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Looking back on 2011

If it seems like the year of the Occupy movement, that's a huge testament to the power of the effort that arose in New York on September 17, and had its Maine debut on October 1, spreading from Portland through the entire state over the course of that mo
Portland's year in progressive politics, the Press Herald , and pop-up shopping
By DEIRDRE FULTON, JEFF INGLIS, AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 23, 2011
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2011’s top 10 albums (and 5 EPs, too)

This is the first year reviewing local music made me feel truly panicked.
Haunted and Happy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 23, 2011
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Memories from a year in art shows

It was a year when the best shows weren't often the most memorable, and the most memorable weren't often the best.
Fine lines
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 23, 2011
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The best films of 2011 are not the ballyhooed

The films this year were kind of like the current field of Republican presidential candidates: some are entertaining, but there's no clear frontrunner, and there's more attention on the flashiest and least substantial than on the more thoughtful and genu
Also-rans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011