The signature of labor

Here’s this week’s episode of The Port City Chronicle, the continuing serial novel of Gretchen, a 46-year-old criminal defense lawyer, and her family and friends, seeking love and happiness in Portland the hard way:“Let me tell you about my trip,” Adam said. “So much happened, I’m not even sure where to start.”

How to survive domestic abuse in the workplace

Here’s this week’s episode of The Port City Chronicle, the continuing serial novel of Gretchen, a 46-year-old criminal defense lawyer, and her family and friends, seeking love and happiness in Portland the hard way:“I must look awful, I just got off a flight from L.A.,” Nicole’s date James said. She’d met him at a bar a few weeks earlier and invited him to our house party so she wouldn’t have to be alone with him.…

Why you should live for yesterday

Here’s this week’s episode of The Port City Chronicle, the continuing serial novel of Gretchen, a 46-year-old criminal defense lawyer, and her family and friends, seeking love and happiness in Portland the hard way:“If I’m going to talk, there’s got to be a runway,” Tim said. “Otherwise how will my verbal aircraft be able to land?”

When your motto is make it till you fake it

Here’s this week’s episode of The Port City Chronicle, the continuing serial novel of Gretchen, a 46-year-old criminal defense lawyer, and her family and friends, seeking love and happiness in Portland the hard way:“Miller’s going to give you your review this year,” my boss Howard said. “He has nobody else to review and it makes him feel bad.”

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…

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…

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…
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