Three Art Shows You Have to See This Summer

If your love of Maine art goes deeper than First Friday hangout sessions, check these compelling art shows on view while they're hot. 1. Selvedge at Able Baker Contemporary Curated by muralist and painter Tessa Greene O'Brien, Selvedge is a dynamic group exhibition of artists playing with the fundamental methods of making paintings, substituting new techniques and processes to the fundamental stapes of medium, support, and surface to create avenues that expand the history and…

8 Days A Week: Decolonization Lessons, Coal Studies, and Girl Talk

THURSDAY 22 SOLAR OBLIVION | President Trump says he loves coal miners. He’s also said, at various points along the campaign, that he loves “the Hispanics, the Evangelicals, the Mexican people, the wounded warriors, the generals, the Saudis, the Mormons, and the poorly educated.” As voting blocs go, those in coal mining country are pretty high up there, and the 24 percent increase in American coal production over last year at this time (according to…

Summer Hits The Stage

Once again, PortFringe has kicked off Portland’s summer of theater, and you have through June 24 to catch some of the crazy — check out last issue’s PF Roundup and this issue’s capsule reviews.    Summer usually proceeds with a measure of Shakespeare, but some of the usual suspects are mixing things up interestingly this year. Fenix Theatre Company is instead staging Chekhov in Deering Oaks Park: Three Sisters runs in the band shell July 13 through August 5. And while Bare Portland…

Early Highlights from the PortFringe Festival

The Fringe goes on! This year, the PF team has had the great idea to offer “first looks” at shows, written by local friends of PF and posted at http://portfringe.com/first-looks/, and here are a few of my own highlights from the first weekend: The Yellow Wallpaper (Bare Portland – Portland) + from the rib vault in the room that has become mary (New Fruit – Portland) Absolutely stunning. This jointly devised installation and performance, an abstracted riff on Charlotte Perkins…

John Sundling's 'Ghost Fence' Conjures Portland Past and Future

The first of a series of temporary public art installations throughout the city assembled by TEMPOart Portland, Ghost Fence has by now caught your attention. It's not likely the assemblage of flagging tape, wooden poles, and plastic sheeting in the grassy knoll along Franklin Arterial would be mistaken for a civic beautification project, but it's surely prompting questions.   The work of Portland-based artist and designer John Sundling, Ghost Fence is up for the month…

8 Days a Week: Pride Parades, Weed Eaters, and City Savers

THURSDAY 15   RESPECT TO SHERYL SWOOPES | There's one thing true in this world of lies, and it's the fact that Rivalries has decent burgers. I'm not kidding here. For a sports bar with roughly eight dozen TVs, you'd think they'd be content to stay in their lane, serving up requisitely tasty yet forgettable pub food to bros whose palates have been too mossed over by foamy IPAs to care what it tastes like.…

Giving In To Trickery — Bess Welden's 'Legbala is a River'

To hear the story of Legbala is a River, we’re invited into a bright, round tent of white cloth, to sit with our feet bare in red sand. A woman moves among us to tell her story, and what we hear first is a question: “Is it ok for me to say,” she asks, “that I don’t miss him all the time?” “He” is her husband, a doctor, who has left her and their two kids, for…

Bloomsday's Back — Tony Reilly's AIRE Renews a Love of Joyce

Tony Reilly in "Ulysses for Beginners" The American Irish Repertory Theater (AIRE) is bringing back their original show "Bloomsday for Beginners," its celebration of June 16, the day that the action takes place in James Joyce’s much-revered-but perhaps-lesser-read masterwork, Ulysses. In one hour, the troupe will take you through the perambulations of Leopold Bloom, the main character and Irish Odysseus who wanders the Dublin streets and pubs and, at one point, a brothel. It's there…

8 Days A Week: Raise the Flag, Rally for Life, Dance Forever

THURSDAY 8   DESIRE TRAP | In the film world, it's considered a treat to live in a city that'll screen Stalker, the newly-restored HD release of Andrei Tarkovsky's mindbending 1979 sci-fi film. That Portland is among those cities is a delight. In the film, a mysterious interloper known only as "The Stalker" guides two yearning souls—a depressive writer and a professor looking for scientific discovery—to a place called "The Zone," where the rules of…

Fear, Cruelty, Friendship — Smoke and Bubbles debut 'Oriana's Eyes'

By any account, the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci had an intense and incredibly ballsy life: she distributed grenades with the Italian Resistance as a child, was embedded all over the world as a war correspondent, and, during an interview with Muammar Gaddafi, defiantly removed her headscarf. But at the end, she was bitter, alone, wracked with fear and Islamophobia, and losing her sight to cancer. As her personal assistant in New York until shortly before her…
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