What we are thankful for

A YEAR AND COUNTING tPortland Food Co-op General Manager John Crane reports on the first year of the co-op’s retail space.

A ‘ripple of benefits’: Portland Food Co-op celebrates $3 million in sales after first year of retail store

What a difference a year makes, especially in the life of a ...
WHAT'S IN STORE Oxbow offers an
alternative to shopping overkill.

Black Friday frolics: Shoppers will swarm, but other delights lurk out there this weekend

Love it or hate it, Black Friday shopping has become part of ...
OPENING VISTAS to nominate a child for a donated instrument, call 207.956.3019 or email musicandmagic

Odd Ball for a good cause: Dance party helps supply musical instruments for children

The grownups get together and get down so that kids can get ...

Turkey Game

I’ll never forget the first time I went to a Turkey Game ...
Oliver! | Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart | Directed
by Miles Burns |
Produced by Seacoast Repertory Theatre, in Portsmouth | Through
Dec. 20 | Call 603.433.4472 or visit www.seacoastrep.org

A Twist for the holidays: Oliver! offers steampunk Victorian drama in time for Thanksgiving

The holidays are upon us, which means there will soon be a ...
Dutton and That Right
Speedily,” was one of
the paintings recovered in the Greater Boston area.

N.C. Wyeth Caper on display: PMA exhibits recovered works of art as FBI continues probe

The N.C. Wyeth Caper, widely regarded as Maine’s most significant fine art ...
SOFT TOUCH malty sweetness prevails in Rising Tide’s Waypoint

Coffee beers: A fusion of my two favorite drugs

Don’t judge me, but I’ll spend most days suspended between two of ...
Attention TO DETAIL Crooners and Cocktails evokes the 1950s.

Five-Course Interview: ‘Feel like Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin for a night’

Stepping into the posh interior of Crooners and Cocktails is akin to ...
FRIENDLY HAND OTTO’S on Congress Street is helping Maine
Friends of Animals.

Maine Friends of Animals benefits from pizza orders

Supporters of Maine Friends of Animals can show their support over pizza ...
OFFICE ADDITION a development at 16 Middle St. will fill in a section of the east end that traditionally was partly industrial.

Newbury Street grows up: Fore, Middle Street developments continue a trend in Shipyard’s back yard

Twenty years ago, there was not much happening around Newbury Street. Those ...
The Snow Queen — Story Time with Portland Stage Company | Portland Public Library | Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10:30am

Ice palaces and toys from scratch

Snow Queen reading part of Portland Stage program A Portland Stage actor in ...
STATE OF MIND Model Airplane’s black Friday Funksgiving will make people move at
the Portland House of Music and events.

Featured Show: Model Airplane brings the funk to Portland venue

Listening to Model Airplane performances alone in your living room, through headphones, ...
MAL DEVISA at SPACE Gallery, in Portland, on Nov. 28.

8Days: From Rhum tastings to mansion viewings to tree-lighting excitement

THURSDAY, Nov. 26 GAZE INTO HER EYES | Take some time to ...
HOLIDAY TRADITION crews install the city’s
christmas tree in Monument Square.

The Portland Phoenix: Black Friday legalities, a tree’s arrival and creatives for a cause

In bigger stores, Black Friday on Thursday not allowed in Maine With ...

Dive into deals this ski season

You bought your ski season pass. Good for you. The sooner you ...

New landlord safety rules apply to Airbnb, roommates

If you are an Airbnb host — or just have a roommate ...

A franchise with depth: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 provides a satisfying end

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, which concludes the hugely popular ...

Zodiac Zone

Saturn starts a trend Thanksgiving Eve, opposing Full Moon, moving on to ...

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Zodiac Zone

By Sunday Mercury and the Sun are both in Sagittarius, sign of movement and change.  With a Gemini Full Moon peaking Wednesday evening, it’s not easy to get a commitment or simple answer.  Between now and Thanksgiving, prepare for blunt statements, altered plans and an ever changing guest list. Aries: As Moon in Aries opposes […]

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RUNS AND GUNS In this courtesy photo, blazing snow guns signal the start of ski
season at Sunday river.

Out There: Ski season gets early lift

When Sunday River dropped the ropes on Locke Mountain’s T-2 trail on Oct. 19, the Maine ski season officially began — at least for the 750 or so diehards who showed up for top-to-bottom fun via Lower Sunday Punch. When Sunday River dropped the ropes on Locke Mountain’s T-2 trail on Oct. 19, the Maine […]

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LOVE AT FIRST LICK “Older animals make truly great pets,”
said Dr. Mandie Wehr, veterinarian.

Dogs of an age: November is National Senior Pet Wellness Month

This month is Senior Pet Wellness Month, and to celebrate, Coastal Humane Society based in Brunswick and partner shelter Lincoln County Animal Shelter of Edgecomb will be offering free adoptions for dogs and cats ages 8 and older; adult cats ages 1 to 7 will be 50 percent off, Coastal Humane Society announced. “Older animals […]

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BEARD BOUND Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez,
owners of Piccolo.

Get ready, New York City, Piccolo is coming to town

James Beard’s former townhouse in the West Village has been a place to showcase culinary talent for over 30 years. An invitation to cook at this prestigious location is hard to come by and never taken lightly. Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez have been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York […]

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CLOUD NINE Bissell Brothers are bucking
the traditional emphasis on clarity.

The Clink: Clearing some things up with the Bissell Brothers

Trying to think of an antecedent to the story of Bissell Brothers’ rise to hoppy Maine prominence is impossible. No other startup brewery in Maine’s history has been through so many shifts in footing so quickly. Entering their third year of production, Bissell is continuing to produce a much loved hop-forward product. I sat down […]

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BREWS & VIEWS the Appalachian Mountain Club rests at a summit surrounded by the Chairback Range.

Grain, hops and reflection: Peak Organic, AMC outing sheds light on natural resources

One gorgeous Saturday, I was lucky to join Peak Organic Brewing and Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) on a weekend of local food, drink and mountains. We kicked off the trip tasting cider, mead and kombucha at Urban Farm Fermentory, then visited Prime Hops in Benton, a micro-farm that’s one of Peak’s many sources of hops. […]

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A solid fourth act for 007: Daniel Craig again anchors gritty reboot in Spectre

Spectre, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond and 007’s 24th official adventure overall, isn’t as good as Casino Royale or Skyfall, but both represented high watermarks for the long-running series. It is still a rousing spy thriller that hews closer to the Bond formula than the previous Craig films. Starting with 2006’s Casino Royale, the […]

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director Genevieve Aichele

Threesome: Eleemosynary an ‘exquisitely wrought portrait’ of three women’s passions

Three generations of Westbrook women share a certain expectation of themselves, says teenaged Echo, the youngest. That expectation: “to be extraordinary.” She continues, chirpily, “It’s kind of like having a disease in the family.” The dual gifts and burdens of these three brilliant women are often at odds, in Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, a comedic drama […]

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Julie langham and
Karen Ball perform
in Bess Welden’s

Memorable Madeleines: Expanded play gives breathing room for revelatory script

The resentments, rivalries and affection between adult sisters Jennifer and Deb Greenblatt can be said to be held in a box of cookie recipes. In the aftermath of their baker mother’s death, the sisters will re-examine their mother, their sisterhood and themselves, in Bess Welden’s Madeleines. Ann Tracey directs the superb pairing of Karen Ball […]

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WILD BARD Mnemosyne Heileman as Katherina and Beth Somerville as Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew.

Bare Bard’s loony Shrew: Production combines wit, spectacle, schtick

The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps the most sadistic and creepy of Shakespeare’s comedies. Through a modern lens, the “taming” looks a lot like repellent psychological abuse. So what to do with the show? Well, you can clown it up, or you can play it as a scary cautionary tale, or you can enact […]

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