Windows to the soul: And funk and art and country and spoken word and steampunk; too-cool Vermont festival migrates to Portland

Waking to literary themes: Lit Crawl promises sounds of literature to accompany festival music

Winooski, Vermont’s celebrated Waking Windows music and art festival, is traveling for ...

October outings: Mazes, apple orchards and clownhouses of horror

October is the best month. Still warm enough to pretend you don’t ...

Oktoberfest beer: Making lederhosen acceptable since 1810

The word “Oktoberfest Beer” conjures images of drunken Germans wearing lederhosen and ...

Memphis in the Port City: Hard-touring Lucero comes to Portland

One band that really embodies the old saying of “practice makes perfect,” ...

Fall in New England: Now that early-fall storms are behind us, here’s what lies ahead

OK, the rains and hurricane did a number on the Eastern United ...

8Days: Farm outings and Windows shopping

THURSDAY, Oct. 8 OL’ FASHIONED FUN | For Mainers, this event doesn’t ...

Buttler builder: Former Spartan Grill owner expects expansion with butt-disposal invention

About 11 years ago, Mike Roylos operated a food push-cart in Portland. ...

‘Bordering on pyrotechnic’: Gypsy jazz musicians converge in Kittery for first festival

This Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10, the first to-be annual ...

Irish reveries: Dancing at Lughnasa given life by Reilly, other superb cast

The modest Mundy household of 1936, two miles outside the Irish village ...

Ghosts of the past: Am I Born To Die? evokes Southern history with fresh sound

Without labeling it as a void that existed in the Portland music ...

Finding meaning from grief: My plea to Portlanders this season

Editor, In response to overwhelming tragedy often comes widespread push for reform, ...

Debating Portland’s future: Why mayoral candidate debates are important for the city’s future politics and leadership

_by Ralph C. Carmona Portland is an urban showpiece nationally recognized for ...

How to avoid Andy Warhol in Munich

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Big hearted, weak hearted

Last winter I met a man who introduced himself to me as ...

The Phoenix Potpourri: A search for survivors at sea, and a new PDD identity

Cargo ship El Faro presumed lost in Hurricane Joaquin A vigil was ...

Primed for Grime: Event Thursday heralds studio’s move from Thompson‘s Point to Presumpscot

Up-and-coming garage bands now have a new place to practice. Grime Studios ...

Adoption options: Animal Refuge League provides chance to find that special pet

As usual, the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is on top ...

The Clink: Checking in with Liquid Riot Bottling Company

  Photo by Benjamin Moore   Don’t call it a restaurant. Eric ...

Zodiac Zone

Mercury retrograde ends. Clear confusion and reschedule what’s been delayed. Venus in ...

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Biennial of today: PMA showcases artistic process in Maine with new exhibition

“You Can’t Get There From Here” seems a doubly apt title for the Portland Museum of Art’s 2015 Biennial, the first to be selected by an individual instead of a jury. The work selected by Alison Ferris, curator, was deliberately picked to accentuate the artistic process at play in the contemporary art scene in Maine. […]

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Robberies, drugs and gangs: Portland police confront seventh bank robbery since May; state joins Conn. gang, drugs, guns crackdown

Law enforcement, it seems, is a career with job security in Maine. Five days after city officials announced that police had solved all six of the city’s bank robberies dating back to May, another one happened. On Saturday, Oct. 3, Portland police said a suspect, described as a white male in his 40s or 50s, […]

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Fire chief hits the exits: Another department head leaving Portland

Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria is resigning, becoming the latest in a string of high-profile department heads to exit the city. Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced LaMoria’s decision Tuesday. LaMoria has served the city since January 2013, leading Portland’s 235-member fire and emergency management department. LaMoria’s last day will be Oct. 20. Jennings will […]

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ERIN HARPE AND HER DELTA SwINgERS, at Portland House of Music and Events, on Oct. 3.

David Anders ready to bite into season two of iZombie

iZombie, which returns for its second season Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. on the CW, is not your traditional zombie story. It is part comedy, part drama, part romance and part police procedural. The show’s protagonist Liv (Rose McIver) was a medical student before a scratch turned her into a zombie. Her medical skills led […]

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Straight out of Nashville: The Woods Brothers bring their brand of Americana to the State

Proving that a creative upbringing often yields wonderful results, stand two talented blues and folk rockmusicians, Oliver and Chris Wood. With their drummer Jano Rix, they’re The Woods Brothers, and they’ve been touring hard and producing classic blues-infused Americana for the past 12 years. Although officially a Nashville-based band, with their most successful album The […]

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Going old school: New England cider returns to its roots

I imagine that cider was an important expression of Yankee individualism in ye olde days. The apple trees that dotted New England’s landscape provided bushels of apples, that, when crushed, created a juice filled with both enough sugar and natural yeast to become gently alcoholic after a few days, and profoundly intoxicating after a few […]

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Five-course Interview: The Great Lost Bear taps into local beer scene

There’s a reason The Great Lost Bear, located at 540 Forest Ave., has been in business for almost 40 years: It’s a genuinely cool place. With the most beers on tap in the entire state (78!), hearty comfort food, great weeknight specials and a relaxed vibe, this is a must-visit Portland destination for foodies and […]

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Based on data, how effective is the Portland Needle Exchange Program?

Editor, Re: Francis Flisiuk’s story “Addiction, Relapse and Overdose” in the Portland Phoenix Sept. 29. To many people the Preble Street Resource Center and the Portland Needle Exchange Program are off-limits to any criticism. Ask too many pointed questions about the way they run programs and they label you a “hater.” Because of that there are […]

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Dining art: Inside, Outside, Above, Below at Thompson’s Point

You never know if a meal is going to make your “top five” list, and this one surpassed all expectations. I hesitate to call what I experienced “dinner theatre”; that conjures up memories of bad theatre in the ’80s. On the other hand, it was by all counts theatrical. I have eaten out hundreds of […]

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Tragedy in retrospect: The Amish Project ponders the unthinkable in Nickel Mines

The 2006 schoolhouse shooting of 10 Amish schoolchildren, in the Lancaster County town of Nickel Mines, Penn., became a crucible for meditations on both the horror of gun violence and the wonder of forgiveness — which the Amish community extended, with astonishing compassion, to the gunman and his widow. October 2 marks the anniversary of […]

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