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Brennan takes leading role on school support

Maine's high school graduation rate has improved by five percentage points in four years, the state Department of Education announced earlier this week.
Learning for Dollars  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 01, 2013
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Freedom to attend school

... with or without fear.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  January 11, 2013
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Review: Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Maybe the Kid is going through a rough adolescent patch — but he was no great shakes to begin with.
Half-assed
By TOM MEEK  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

There's only one story, says the teacher near the end of this take-two of the Spider-Man franchise: who am I?
Only one story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012

More reverend than most reverends; an Abel challenger; hail, Olivia

Those unfamiliar with Phillipe and Jorge's childhoods are often surprised to learn that in our Wonder Years, your superior correspondents were quite the choirboys.
Holy too too
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 08, 2012


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A new documentary explores immigrant youth and their place in Maine and America

"Back in the Congo, we heard rumors that America is paradise — where everything is perfect, money flows like water, you can eat as much as you want, whenever you want, you can get anything," says Emmanuel Muya, one of 15 immigrant high school students fe
The weight of the world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 25, 2012

Grad students get the knife

On July 1 graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible for federally subsidized Stafford loans.
Student Loan Cuts
By MELISSA NELSON  |  May 18, 2012
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At the hip-hop high school

In his new book, Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education , Sam Seidel describes a sign hanging at the juvenile detention facility in Cranston.
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By PHILIP EIL  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: The Forgiveness of Blood

American filmmaker Joshua Marston ( Maria Full of Grace ) traveled to Albania to write and direct this thoughtful, subtle feature about the victims of a blood feud, with an all-Albanian ensemble.
Joshua Marston's thoughtful, subtle feature
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 09, 2012
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Sixth-grader starts egg-ceptional small business

Students in the Yarmouth public schools have been eating fresh, local eggs regularly for about a month. Each Tuesday a local farmer delivers about five dozen eggs for the school nutrition staff to use in each of the schools' cafeterias.
Entrepreneurship
By AMY ANDERSON  |  February 24, 2012


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Photos: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Burlesque at Club Cafe (NSFW)

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School hosts sketching of burlesque models at Club Cafe on January 25, 2012.
January 25, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 03, 2012

End Black History Month

It's that time again! Let's roll out the black history materials and talk about African-Americans as if most people really care about them, during the shortest month of the year.
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 03, 2012
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Review: Carnage

As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012
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Twelve sweet ideas for Maine in 2012

With the new year upon us, we're looking into the future to see what things will be making Maine better in the coming 12 months. Here's a selection of things we'll be watching — and you should, too.
Better by the dozen
By DEIRDRE FULTON, JEFF INGLIS, AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 06, 2012
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Review: Pariah

Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
Dee Rees's first feature
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2012


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Review: Being Elmo

Just in time for the release of The Muppet Movie on November 25 comes Constance Marks's look at the man behind the pilly-fabric Sesame Street character.
A moving portrait of an unheralded artist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011

Portland schools are 'learning to succeed'

Portland's public-school employees and leaders are working hard to meet the needs of every student in the system, but when asking themselves whether they've accomplished that, "the answer is 'Not yet,'" according to School Board chairman Kate Snyder.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 04, 2011
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School portraits

Memories.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: Norman

Cancer seems to be the breakout star of indie films this season. In Jonathan Segal's Norman , it gets its hands on the title character's father and is the catalyst for his emotional turmoil and social alienation, though you get the feeling he was never
Suburban settings
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: The Mighty Macs

Based on a true story, but drawing on every underdog sports movie ever made, Tim Chambers's tale of Immaculata College's 1971 championship women's basketball team had me going — up to the regional semi-finals.
A study in stereotypes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 21, 2011


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Review: Mysteries of Lisbon

Ruiz's gorgeous, painterly visuals are shot from startling angles and work alongside his precise, anarchic, and gleefully absurd narrative to evoke a heightened reality that plumbs the mysteries of life.
Raúl Ruiz's legacy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011
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School reform comes to Maine

Of all the conservative policies pushed through in the wake of Maine's Republican takeover last year, there is one on which the right and left may be able to find common ground.
What we know, and what we have yet to learn, about changing education
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 19, 2011

Digging into school nutrition

It's not only in the classroom that change is coming to Maine schools. Local cafeterias are revamping their curricula as well.
What's for lunch?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 19, 2011
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Graduate programs in visual design teach more than just software skills

For me it was important to go back to school because while I had a BA in communication arts, I did not have the design history and foundation necessary to create designs that communicate effectively.
Designing a future
By BRITTANY KEARNAN  |  August 05, 2011
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A study in anarchy

Named after a family of birds that is markedly playful and diverse, Corvid is a benevolent underground anarchist institute fostering eclectic inter-disciplinary thought.
With no campus, accreditation, or heirarchy, Corvid College thrives underground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 29, 2011


Leveling the playing field

A few observations on Dena Riegel's " Striking Back: Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrent " (April 29).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 20, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 20, 2011
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Local heroes of 2011

In the 14th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
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By DANIEL MCGOWAN AND MARION DAVIS  |  April 22, 2011
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Don't be an idiot

We're all idiots when we're 18. We're all idiots for the first half of our 20s, and longer, for some. By saying so, we're not trying to insult anyone.
What we wish someone had told us about making the best of the college experience
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 28, 2011

School + Whoarfrost at the Buoy Gallery


The Buoy Gallery (2 Government Sq in Kittery) is one of the most truly interesting artist-run spaces in Maine. Successfully merging an ethos of challenging,...
By webteam  |  October 20, 2010