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The Art Of Protest — Every Decision Counts in Mainer's Participatory Film 'The Maribor Uprisings'

In 2017, the stakes of organized dissent seem exceptionally high. The 214 people charged as part of the anti-fascist protests on January 20 — a/k/a the DisruptJ20 action during the inauguration of Donald Trump — have been hit with felony charges and currently face up to ten years in prison. These blanket charges — levied onto some without evidence that they did anything more than show up — are the most severe repercussions for nonviolent…

Is Portland Dying? Housing, Inequality, and the Future of Bayside

“In cities that function as growth machines, where economic growth is prized above all us, the needs of the poor and middle class are eclipsed by the desire to inflate the value of land.” Peter Moskowitz.   Two black youths — let’s call them Alex and John — were playing basketball in Kennedy Park last week, and musing about the neighborhood they live in: East Bayside. It didn’t take long for their conversation to turn…

This Thing Is On — Inside the Portland Maine Comedy Festival

A great comedy set is an extremely subjective experience. They come in so many different themes and styles that it’s impossible for one to be universally loved. Someone in the audience is bound to get offended, and typically, comics don’t care. On the contrary, it fuels many of them. George Orwell’s words, “every joke is a tiny revolution,” ring true today in a time where comedy sheds the remaining vestiges of our puritan past and…

Conflict By Design — How a Power Struggle Between Mayor and City Manager Was the Plan All Along

Imagine, if you will, City Hall as a large playpen. Now place into it three children. One we shall call Jon; a second named Council (what odd names these parents are giving their children these days!); and a third named Ethan. Now, imagine some hypothetical parents toss in two beach balls — one to Jon and another to Council. Seeing that he has no ball to play with, Ethan wants to use Jon’s. But Jon…

Portland's 2017 Summer Guide

Summer in Maine reminds us how good it is to be alive.   Our state is peppered with beautiful lakes, miles of epic coastline, and gorgeous mountain trails that when witnessed, makes us appreciate our paltry existence. Here, seemingly sheltered from the world and its myriad problems, many of us are lucky to breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and exist a short ways away from natural marvels. As cliche as our state motto is,…

A Phoenix Guide to PortFringe — 8 Days of Raw, Risky Performances from Around the Country

The Yellow Wallpaper by Bare Portland, Photo by JJ Peeler/James Patefield That's right, PortFringe is back for its sixth year! From June 17-24, nearly 50 new, weird, and edgy original shows by artists from around the country will be performed in tight, intimate venues throughout Portland's arts district. Since wading through these acts can be a bit daunting, we created this handy guide to this year's festival. In the mood for something dark and apocalyptic?…

Honoring the Pride Portland! Grand Marshals

Courtesy of Pride Portland!, we recognize the individuals serving as Grand Marshals of the 2017 Pride Parade. Each of them make up the Exploratory Committee of the Equality Community Center (511 Congress St.), which was formed in 2014 in an effort to expand services, assess community needs, and develop a larger and more comprehensive center for LGBTQIA people in Portland. Their expanded of the Center, including retail space, space for additional non-profits, increased programming, and housing…

Pride and Prejudice

Pride is a time of celebration. When we in the LGBTQ+ community celebrate our identities, our voices, our love, and our community, proud to be who we are. But Pride is also a time to reflect on the work left to do. Pride, like our community, does not exist in a vacuum. A celebration for some of us does not mean a celebration for all. The safety and comfort to choose to celebrate Pride — or not to…

My First Pride

I’ve been out as queer for over a decade, and have been to every Pride festival here in Portland since moving in 2010 (actually, Pride that year was my first weekend living in Portland — it was a nice little gay welcoming party from the city). But this will be my first Pride celebration as an out transman. I’m really looking forward to running around shirtless with my 11 new chin hairs and SPF 100-laden…

Honoring the Legacy of Stonewall

In the summer of 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City as part of a decades-long campaign of harassment against LGBT citizens. These raids had become routine for all the city’s clubs and watering holes that dared to provide sanctuary for the LGBT community. But the raid that transpired on the 28th of June 1969 was anything but routine. As legend has it, police rushed the bar at Stonewall and shortly afterward,…
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