Up + Coming (10)

BURLESQUE BODY POLITIC:  Transforming feminine tropes into a queer-friendly, body-positive feminist troupe

On Monday, local burlesque troupe The Sleekeasy Sisters offer audiences the chance to engage with highbrow body politics, and the tongue-in-cheek thrills of a variety show at SPACE Gallery.The variety show docket provides a little something for everyone, including music from Jed Cellar and Cerella Gonzalez, respectively, comedy care of Gwen Tuttle, and a “sideshow spectacle” care of Latie Kel. The show, emceed by Nurse HotSnatch, is meant to tease out the fun side of…

Filthy blessing: Catching up with Grime Studios post-payday

Plans to expand and to improve Portland's Grime Studios are that much closer to becoming a reality, by virtue of a recent endowment that will go toward reconciling the biggest challenge facing local artists: finding affordable, accessible and accommodating workspaces.The $30,000 in funds, acquired through a grant from the Warren Memorial Foundation, will finance the completion of “Phase One” of buildout, which Grime owner-operator Justin Curtsinger says could total over $100,000. Coupled with a nontraditional…

The Salt of the earth: Compassionate cold shouldering at SALT Alumni Photo Show

A spontaneous gallery show at Engine, in Biddeford, offers a glimpse into work created by former students of SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, including a series of photographs documenting self and other in the rural Maine landscape.The pop-up show opens Wednesday, and closes Saturday, following a Friday night kickoff event to coincide with Biddeford-Saco's monthly ArtWalk. The show features work from six photographers, collected by SALT grad and Portland photographer Penn Chan. Chan's intent is…

Constructing identity: The politics of self, other and community at a new exhibit at USM

Exploring how to foster individuality within a collective identity and how to turn trauma into new beginnings in Portland's unique multicultural community lies at at the heart of Constructing Identity; a multifaceted exhibit opening Wednesday, April 15 at USM's AREA Gallery in Portland.Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy has been providing a safe space for students from local middle and high schools to explore identity politics via two distinct multimedia concepts, both co-facilitated by the Center for…

BRAHMIN BULLS: Minimalist aesthetic and gentle redemption from a Maine filmmaker

Coming to the Portland Museum of Art this weekend is Brahmin Bulls: a Maine filmmaker's well-designed exploration of what it's like to be young, full of potential, yet struggling to find a personal stake in family and career.Saco native Mahesh Pailoor's family drama unfolds in a gentrifying corner of East Los Angeles, where protagonist Siddhartha (annexed to Sid) can't quite strike a balance between his own priorities, and those set upon him by his personal…
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