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Playing with food: Maine Restaurant Week gets theatrical

Maine Restaurant Week is once again upon us (March 1-14). Here in Portland, we’re very conscious of how much there is to the growing, crafting, serving and eating of food, but of course there’s more to it even than that: Food is also integral to family, romance, history and memory. To accompany your Maine Restaurant Week with a less literal, more literary take on food, consider reserving seats at The Maine Dish: A Feast of…

Strictly ballroom: Mechanics Hall to showcase historic space with performances

This First Friday, March 6, one of Portland’s most beautiful historical spaces – the third-floor ballroom of Mechanics Hall – will reopen to the public for the first time in 50 years, and to mark the occasion comes a showcase of art and performances. The last grand functions of the Mechanics Hall, a 200-year-old building on downtown Congress Street, took place in the 1950s. Now, thanks to a partnership between theater company Acorn Productions and…

Business as usual: Lyric captures amoral world of 1960s big business

There’s a certain kind of nostalgia by which we look back at the good-old-days of bad, limning reproachable behaviors of the past that are way more benign than what we’ve got going on now. A prime example is the business world: Given the chicanery of the last decade or so, doesn’t the sing-song sociopathy and career climbing of the 1960s corporate model seem like an escapist fantasyland? Hence Madmen, and hence the continuing popularity of…

Lorem Ipsum takes on two Churchill plays

We’ve grown rather fond of the anti-hero: the Don Drapers and the Piper Chapmans of our fictional worlds. We love them for their shortcomings, and even when they take it one step too far, it’s often hard not to admire them for it. So when Mariah Bergeron’s Marion snakes her way to the top of the London real estate scene in Caryl Churchill’s Owners, breaking and stealing any heart that gets in her way, it’s…

A 10-year-old weighs in on 'A Christmas Story: The Musical'

Every creative idea has a worst-case audience. Like, you are about to get rich off your Grumpy Cat knockoff video, but your first showing coincides with an ASPCA feline awareness campaign against exploiting animals for Internet profit. Or your new cutting-edge mixology documentary gets reviewed by a New Yorker freelance hack fresh out of rehab — stuff like that.
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