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A quick Q and A with Zoo Cain

A quick Q and A with Zoo Cain

The prolific artist and longtime Portland resident Zoo Cain shared some wisdom with the Phoenix ahead of the local premiere of "Peace, Love, and Zoo," an award-winning film by Reginald Groff that chronicles his road to recovery and shows that when you give to the universe, sometimes it gives back.    What have you been up to lately? Where is your energy focused?   Walking the wilds of Cape Cod with my wife Cindy.  Staying close with my art... Read more

27-03-2017 Hits:8 Features Francis Flisiuk

Columns

Talking Through the Unthinkable: Author Maria Padian's Wreck…

Talking Through the Unthinkable: Author Maria Padian's Wrecked

Don’t read this one with the kids unless they are educated about, and fortified against, the unthinkable.   April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It has happened to some of us. A relationship of trust and confidence turns out to be nothing but the worst betrayal other than outright murder. Some bear their scars well, and others allow themselves to be more like their attackers than they would like, if they thought about at all.   New Yorker Maria... Read more

27-03-2017 Hits:7 Kids Gabe Gregoire

Politics and Other Mistakes

Faking it

Maine has many serious problems, so it’s only natural the Legislature would devote all its efforts to finding solutions.   Except there’s nothing natural about the Legislature (warning: contains androids, invasive species and random bits of plastic), so it’s no wonder legislators dither away their time on insignificant matters. As everyone in this state knows, actual issues of importance are settled by referendum.   Shuffling complicated policy questions off on the voters frees legislators to cavort across the political landscape pursuing all sorts of mythical creatures. From Republican state Rep. Lawrence Lockman’s obsession with radical Islamic terrorists hiding in sleeper cells in Wytopitlock to...

24-03-2017 Hits:8 Politics & Other Mistakes Al Diamon

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News

Planned Parenthood says the fight is far from over

Planned Parenthood says the fight is far from over

A victory was won last week when the GOP pulled their flawed health care reform bill from the House floor after acknowledging they wouldn’t be able to drum up enough votes. It was a victory particularly for women, who hours before the bill died, saw a room full of men (in that tone-deaf Freedom Caucus photo Mike Pence tweeted out) make decisions on cutting maternity care, hospitalization, and other essential health services.“Friday was good day,”... Read more

27-03-2017 Hits:8 News Francis Flisiuk

Arts

8 Days A Week: Drone Artists, Anti-Trump Roadshows, and Donn…

8 Days A Week: Drone Artists, Anti-Trump Roadshows, and Donnie Darko

THURSDAY 30 THIS CHARMING MAN | When I was an undergrad student in New York and performing stand-up comedy, I had a mediocre joke near the top of my routine about the weird names people call their grandparents. It wasn't the world's best joke, but it got the ball rolling, because for the punchline I'd bellow the words mamou and papou at the audience in various tongues, and it loosened everyone up. Now get this! While this... Read more

28-03-17 Hits:7 8 Days A Week Nick Schroeder

Food & Drink

Seaweed tea: the next big drink trend?

Seaweed tea: the next big drink trend?

If you go to the Arabica coffee shop on Commercial St. close to the pier, you’ll find a curious offering on their drink menu: seaweed tea.   What impressions first come to mind when you think of seaweed tea anyway? A mouthful of salt water, but piping hot? The company name behind the tea is “Cup of Sea” after all.   Arabica patrons that day simply said that it “sounded interesting,” but... Read more

26-03-2017 Hits:6 Food + Drink Francis Flisiuk

Music

Myles Bullen urges Portland to Wake Up in latest music video

Myles Bullen urges Portland to Wake Up in latest music video

It’s probably easy for you to show compassion to someone who’s similar to you, pleasant, or successful. But are you willing to offer someone support when it’s difficult or uncomfortable? Most of us consider ourselves to be good people. To those that virtue signal on social media, or claim to be filled to the brim with positivity, do you extend those good vibes to a homeless person on the street or a refugee that can... Read more

26-03-2017 Hits:6 Music Francis Flisiuk

Outdoors & Sports

High & Inside: An Improbable Baseball Chat — Opening Day…

High & Inside: An Improbable Baseball Chat — Opening Day Edition

With major league baseball's opening day approaching this weekend and the Red Sox appearing once again like the team to beat (which surely they will be), we talked with Portland baseball guru and rogue hurler Brendan Evans about Sox nostalgia and the club's true prospects this year. Nick Schroeder: So Brendan, who are the first three Sox to get cut/flub out of their jobs? Brendan Evans: Carlos Quentin, Blake Swihart, David Price. Seems hard to... Read more

28-03-2017 Hits:6 Sports Nick Schroeder

Kids & Pets

Talking Through the Unthinkable: Author Maria Padian's Wreck…

Talking Through the Unthinkable: Author Maria Padian's Wrecked

Don’t read this one with the kids unless they are educated about, and fortified against, the unthinkable.   April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It has happened to some of us. A relationship of trust and confidence turns out to be nothing but the worst betrayal other than outright murder. Some bear their scars well, and others allow themselves to be more like their attackers than they would like, if they thought... Read more

27-03-2017 Hits:7 Kids Gabe Gregoire