On Stage: Bare Portland’s ‘[Storage]’ explores our urge to possess

'Possession." What a curious word. It can mean a solid, tangible object, or it can mean a state of romantic, spiritual, or even demonic...

Remembering Steve Grover: Six composers, 18 musicians, and an incredible legacy

Last month, Steve Grover would have turned 64. Like just about everything, that would have given him a lot of joy. The drummer, composer,...

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...