On Stage: The universal appeal of ‘Almost, Maine’

Running into an old flame at the Moose Paddy bar, modeling the metaphysics of intimacy using a snowball, and peeling off a dozen winter...

Letter from Aroostook: Roots run deep for Maine Senate President Troy Jackson

On a chill morning two days before the New Year, I drove north to Fort Kent for lunch with Maine Senate President Troy Jackson....

Big Babe’s Tavern gives South Portland a music-first venue – with a great mac...

How many of you remember Raoul’s Roadside Attraction? Given the “dine-and-dance” spot closed in the 1990s, you can be forgiven if you don’t have...

Into the Wild: Wintry Portland a destination for snowbirds

Every Mainer knows a snowbird: Someone who is here for the summer, but spends the winter somewhere warm, like Florida or Arizona. You may even...

Leftovers: Putting on airs at the airport

As a rule, the public does not look forward to eating at the airport. Travelers are a captive audience limited by the location of a...

Fitness for the fun of it

When you were 8 years old, I’m guessing you didn’t begrudgingly wake up to a pre-dawn alarm so you could burn some serious calories...

On Stage: Is it love, or is it chemicals?

That special person just walked in the room: Your heart races, your chest and face flush, and you feel an overpowering sensation of warmth,...

A record of love, love, love

There are any number of reasons for thinking noted Harvard evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker is wrong-headed, but music lovers are welcome to seize on...

Leftovers: Bottoms up before wheels up

Big-city airports take hospitality industry voyeurism to a whole new level: The morning churn of vacationers slamming screwdrivers before running to their gate, the...

Art Seen: Time for art

This is my first contribution to the resurgent Portland Phoenix, but I have been writing about the art of Maine for more than 40 years,...