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,...

Ring that Bell

It’s not exactly Lady Gaga teaming with Tony Bennett, but the brand-new Bell Systems does feature a pretty interesting multi-generational pairing. Out front on the lead...

Letter from Aroostook: How The County does the holidays

Of all the places I have lived, Aroostook does the holiday season the best. Beginning in late October, every weekend and almost every day has...

Leftovers: You don’t have to be Christian to love Christmas Eve

In my world, Christmas Eve has long been known as “What’s a Jew to Do?” night.  Unless my daughters and I were invited to crash...

Into the Wild: Where to find a wild phoenix

I’ll write about a lot of animals in this column about Maine wildlife, but I won’t write much about the phoenix. Because, you know,...

Leftovers: Heard it in a love song

When the devastatingly handsome Landscaper paved over my heart the second time, my friends circled the wagons for an intervention. Tired of watching me not learn from...

Give adventure

There are presents I remember. Begged-for toys and cool-kids clothes I sought out under the tree like some ravenous late-winter scavenger. The jean jacket...

Leftovers: Swapping the suds

Well-oiled gears turn all year round to artfully crank out the many organized food and booze events that hit our Google calendars and cash...

Return to the Nuclear age

As contemporary music has become more and more commercialized and sanitized, the pendulum was bound to eventually swing the other way. It’s no wonder that straightforward,...

Portland Ballet’s ‘Victorian Nutcracker’ gets a face-lift

One ballerina stands in front of the studio mirror and twists her strawberry blonde hair into a tight bun. Behind her, at the barre,...