Behind the scenes with the cast of Nutcracker Burlesque

Climbing the stairs of a giant converted mill in Westbrook, I hear the flustered chatter of a cast whose opening night is less than one week away. Signs lead me to the Drouin Dance Center classrooms where I stumble upon a makeshift dressing room full of nearly naked dancers. It’s not the worst discovery, I’ll admit, but I blush all the same. This is the cast of Vivid Motion’s Nutcracker Burlesque and they’re in the…

Past futures: Sci-fi meets the politics of otherness at new Bowdoin art show

A new exhibit at Bowdoin College Museum of Art offers a multifaceted look into the intersection of science fiction and post-Cold War cultural consciousness amongst Latin American artists.Curated by Sarah J. Montross, Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral curatorial fellow, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar of the Americas, opens March 5. Perhaps the most appealing theme to sci-fi fans or to armchair art historians will be the invocation of “icons of the Space Race”:…
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