Features (166)

Pop Idols, Language Barriers, and Smashing Stereotypes: Why this young Muslim's fascinated with South Korea

For most of her life, Mary Kadhim, a 16-year-old Iraqi-born student at Deering High School, held a deep fascination with South Korean culture.   It started when Kadhim first tuned into “Boys Over Flowers,” a short-lived but hugely successful dramedy television series that follows a spunky schoolgirl trying to balance romance and education at a South Korean academy.   “At first I thought it was weird,” said Kadhim. “But then I started really liking it,…

IT'S LEGAL: Maine's Guide To The New Marijuana Law

State lawmakers had to jump through numerous political hurdles to get to where we’re at today, a time where recreational marijuana is finally legal in Maine.   After clashing with House Republicans in staunch opposition to legalization, and enduring a recount effort (that was eventually ditched) and a marijuana smear campaign led by Governor Paul LePage, proponents of legal weed won a major, albeit slim, victory. But the battle’s far from over, as recent events…

The Winter Survival Guide: Top Places To Chase Away The Winter Blues (Or Any Blues)

Winter has got to be my least favorite season. Without the sparkle of the holidays, it’s a period filled with slush, freezing winds, and limited daylight. Sickness seems unavoidable, whether I’m at home or work. And the constant chill (which you longtime locals might be used to by now, but not me!), makes me want to stay inside, curled up under blankets, until buds begin blooming. But instead of letting the drab of the winter…

What Will Life Be Like Under Trump and LePage?

Here at The Phoenix, we’ve created this week’s slightly unsettling cover image of a face-swap of Governor Paul LePage and President Donald Trump to illustrate a commonly held perception: they’re basically the same person.   Sure, they come from different backgrounds — Trump from New York real estate, and Franco-American LePage from the Maine paper and lumber industries — but as political leaders, they share many similarities in terms of behavior, values, and proposed policies.…

He said what?! Picking quotes from Trump and LePage

When a leader is considered “quotable,” it’s typically a praise, but not if you’re President Donald Trump or Governor Paul LePage. Last year those in the media had a plethora of controversial soundbites to publish and initiate the next wave of controversy. But it must be asked, what good comes from publishing their nasty remarks or, often times, factually untrue generalizations?   I’ll admit, not much. But, there is some value in revisiting Trump and…

The Cultural Appropriation Debate (Because You're Already In It)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (this may include being an avid World of Warcraft player), you’re acquainted with the concept of cultural appropriation. In the past 18 months, writers from Slate, Salon, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and countless more have tackled the subject. It’s been accused of pop stars like Katy Perry (for dressing like a geisha at the American Music Awards), M.I.A. (for shooting a music video…

New Year's Resolutions for the City of Portland

Like most people do during the first couple weeks of a new year, I’ve been thinking about resolutions. For some reason, I’m psychologically hardwired to think about bettering myself at the resetting of a unit of measuring time. I’m sure you’re having similar thoughts. In fact, I know you are, because I asked many of you while casually strolling Portland’s streets after last week’s storm. Most of you responded as expected. You said that 2017…

Let's Party: A (Completely Arbitrary) Ranking of New Year's Events in Maine

We imagine you've got an idea how to wind this year to a close. But in case you're still on the fence, we at the Phoenix have ranked ten weird-ass options in and around the city, using the criteria we look for in making an otherworldly night.   Go all out at the Red Carpet Event on Thompson’s Point This New Year’s Eve extravaganza is dubbed by organizers Felker x Derose as the biggest and most…

On The Cover

On the cover this week is featured artist Caroline Loder, an oil painter with a penchant for bold graphics, stalwart compositions and vivid textures. She lives on Chebeague Island in Maine, so it's no surprise that her themes and subjects are often nautical in nature. Below she gives some details on her background, experience and inspiration.  "In 2013, I moved to Chebeague Island with my family and was immediately struck by the varying coastal landscape.…

A Year in Review: The biggest local news stories of 2016 and why they mattered

If 2016 could be categorized with a film genre, it’d be some kind of horror, thriller, disaster movie hybrid, the kind of movie that builds tensions and anxiety throughout but doesn’t end with a satisfying or positive twist. Instead, 2016 the movie toyed with our emotions and instilled fear, confusion and rage in those who saw it unfold.   Reflect briefly on some of this past year’s events. Cancer took David Bowie. Opioids killed Prince.…
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