Keep Your Eyes Wet: USM's 'Molded by the Flow' Makes Spirited Theater

Molded by the Flow is a show about water and work. As it begins, musicians tap mallets against tall glass jars and suspended silver goblets. Workers in coveralls move among wood crates stacked high against a blue screen, which flickers to life with a pale, fluid ripple. Visions of water are the pulse of this original multi-disciplinary performance and the culmination of a year-long collaboration between students and faculty in USM’s departments of Theatre, Art, and the School…

8 Days A Week: Boss Hogs, Goat-Lions, and Horsemen of the Apocalypse

THURSDAY 27   KILLER PARTY | Film festivals make strange vacations. On the one hand, you got to admit they're low-key national treasures, marrying the best of university and bohemian life into one weekend. I mean, who doesn't love a sanctioned space for challenging ideas in a strange city with a bunch of good bars, intelligent people, and interesting food? On the other, what kind of festival collects a bunch of super-cerebral adults for the…

The Economy of Laughter: An Interview with Demetri Martin

The comedian Demetri Martin, who performs at the State Theatre on April 28, is known for a unique mix of observational humor, one-liners, jokes about language, drawings and music. His brand of humor earned him a spot as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and as a contributor on The Daily Show. As an actor, he’s appeared on such TV shows as House of Lies and New Girl, and in film, most notably as…

Risk, Bravery, Desire: Derek Jackson's 'Ladyboy' at Border Patrol

Ladyboy is a solo exhibition featuring new works by Derek Jackson. It's the second exhibition at the new Border Patrol gallery, a studio of three modestly sized rooms in the State Theatre building, whose curator-proprietors (Elizabeth Spavento and Jared Haug) describe its mission as exploring the notions of government agency and the intersections of contemporary art and corporate aesthetics. Put another way, it's a converted office space on the third floor of an old and…

8 Days A Week: High Concepts, Holy Noise, and a Huge Best Of Party

THURSDAY 20   GIVE LOVE | It's 4/20, which is of course the day we celebrate the Civil Rights Act of 1871, which enabled the POTUS to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to white supremacist groups like the KKK. Great work! (The POTUS at that time was the magnanimous Ulysses S. Grant, who was actually born Hiram Ulysses Grant but was so embarrassed by his initials -- 'HUG' -- that he initiated a change.…

Resistance is Hands-On: An Interview with GET READY WEEKLY

One of the more visible and inspired collaborations to emerge after the election, the Portland-based art duo Erin Johnson and Marieke Van Der Steenhoven began collaborating as GET READY WEEKLY with the intention of using art and social practice for advancing racial, social environmental and economic justice for artists and non-artists alike, hosting workshops where participants made protest signs and keeping a public calendar of resistance efforts around city and state. As we approach Trump’s…

Grief Lessons: Portland Stage's String Around My Finger

In the aftermath of a miscarriage, Emma (Marjolaine Whittlesey) and her fiancé Kip (Chris Davis) must contend with their loss, with their own hearts, and – especially trying, sometimes – with other people’s help. A stranger writes to Emma comparing her lost child to the death of a dog. Kip’s tone-deaf, type-A sister Lisa (Danielle Slavick) hovers by the hospital bed and kibitzes. The physician assistant, Dave (David Mason), is jaded and monosyllabic. It’s all so…

8 Days: The Return of Rustic, Freaky Beat Shows, and One Very Famous Rapper

THURSDAY 13   POP UP SQUATS | If you want a booty looking like it walked off a Tyga music video, you’ve got to put in the time...and the squats. The social athletes at Booty Bomb are turning the Stroudwater Distillery into a boot camp, so if you want to shape your rump, or just shake off the seasonal lethargy, I suggest you enlist. And if it’s been awhile since you’ve broken a sweat, don’t…

UNLOADED: The ICA Group Show Hits a Difficult Mark

In the U.S., there are 86 gun deaths a day. So visitors to the Maine College of Art's ICA are informed at the outset of UNLOADED, a traveling exhibition of works from national artists on the theme of guns in America. Guest-curated by Susanne Slavick, an artist, curator, and professor at Carnegie Mellon, the show consists of 26 artists (including a piece by a six-woman collective) across a spectrum of media and concepts illustrating America's complicated…

8 Days A Week: Hot Religious Fetishes, Hot Dog Parties, and Hot Drag Shows

THURSDAY 6   TWINKLIN' | Were this 1992, the multi-instrumentalist Ahmad Hassan Muhammad would be pumping out records on Nonesuch or ESP-Disk or some other independent jazz label of mighty caliber, but in the oversaturated music landscape of 2017, the Bowdoin graduate and upper echelon Portland musician showcases his incredible fusion compositions at spots like Blue. Lucky us. Under the name Kafari, the jazz pianist and member of hip-hop fusion group Jaw Gems plays with tenor…
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