On Stage: Comedy, social commentary mix in Portland Stage stream of ‘Native Gardens’

'Native Gardens" is a tale of two backyards in a well-off D.C. suburb: One is a meticulously maintained, aggressively pest-controlled grid of exotics. The...

The social-distancing blues: What happens when there are no more gigs to play?

'If you’ve ever seen Titanic,” Jay Bragg said, “where the ship is sinking and the band plays on, that’s how I felt.” The former...

Letter from Aroostook: Aroostook strong

Over the past few weeks, I spent a lot of time running to events. I made a stop in Fort Kent at vet check...

Leftovers: Homeward bound

It’s been more than a week since Portland Phoenix ownership decided that, apart from our production team of one, we’d work from home. The...

Homework(out): Our living room is our gym as Maine fitness studios move classes online

When it comes to my home workout routine, I prefer to keep it simple. I start with one set of arm curls followed by...

Art Seen: Abby Shahn at 80

When photographer Jocelyn Lee opened Speedwell Projects at Woodfords Corner in Portland in 2016, her stated aim for the gallery was “to support and...

Let’s all pitch in: When life gives you lemons, might as well rock out

If you’re not talking about COVID-19, you’re thinking about it. If you’re not thinking about it, you’re a better person than me (or you’re...
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Into the Wild: The oddest creatures ever to show up in Portland

Everyone loves a good Portland celebrity sighting (my ex-girlfriend once served Billy Joel at Gilbert’s Chowder House), but no recent visitor was as remarkable...

Explore the shoreline in Boothbay: Hike 5 miles of family-friendly trails at Ovens Mouth...

Winter hasn’t been very wintry on the coast of Maine. This was supposed to be the year that I got really good at skate...

Maine Jewish Film Festival puts ‘topics that matter’ on the screen

Update: On March 12, after this story was published, organizers announced the Maine Jewish Film Festival would be postponed until fall because of concerns...