Leftovers: Maine Restaurant Week isn’t up for review

It’s hard not to name names or point fingers during Maine Restaurant Week. Sure, brand recognition is great for Marketing 101 awareness-building, but even the...

Letter from Aroostook: Dogs, dirty hands and helping a community

The County (and yes, it is always capitalized) has more than a quarter-million acres of land used for agriculture. So it’s no surprise that...

The new Empire: Backstage at Portland’s only full-time comedy club

The stairwell leading to Empire Comedy Club is packed with people. Behind the club’s closed doors are candlelit tables and dozens of folding chairs,...

On Stage: Human complexity at the heart of Good Theater’s ‘Pack of Lies’

What, if anything, justifies a lie? Principle? Patriotism? Somebody else’s lie? Such questions become more than philosophical when Bob and Barbara Jackson (Paul Haley...

Reach your finish line: Group treadmill classes, strength training at Maine’s first run studio

It happens every winter. Spurred on by new-year optimism and holiday revelry, we start telling people crazy things like “This year, I’m going to...

On repeat: A new Portland label for lo-gloss rock ‘n’ roll

You know that cassettes are back, right? Local and indie record labels kind of like them.  They’re certainly a lot cheaper than vinyl albums, which...

On Stage: Mad Horse, SPACE deliver provocative, layered ‘Appropriate’

The setting of "Appropriate," a decrepit old Arkansas plantation house, is a mess of hoarded boxes, dingy wallpaper, and upholstered Empire chairs splitting at...

Leftovers: Valentine’s Day massacre is hard to avoid

Servers and savvy diners alike know St. Valentine’s Day is one of the top three rookie events on the Hallmark restaurant calendar. Along with...

Into the Wild: Meet the Cooper’s hawk, Portland’s deadliest bird

Have you ever seen a flock of pigeons flying over Portland and thought about eating one? Just grabbing and chowing down on one of...

A 2-part winter adventure: Hike and sauna

Mountaintop views are distinctly wonderful in the winter, when the naked trees give way to scenes that summer foliage tends to hide.  On winter hikes,...