How I Ate My Summer Vacation — New Eateries Continue to Flood the Peninsula and Beyond

Summer in Maine is a short window. It’s a time to slow down, get outside and soak up the warm weather before it inevitably disappears just a few months later. It’s also a time to give your oven a rest and sample some of the newer eats that are popping up around town on a weekly basis, and there’s plenty to look forward to. Not sure where to start? Here are a handful of spots…

'The City Can Do Better': Marpheen Chann's vision for a Portland that's truly for everyone

Last week, the local activist and Maine law graduate Marpheen Chann announced his grassroots effort to run for Portland's City Council, representing District 5 (Deering Center, North Deering, Riverton), a seat currently occupied by David Brenerman. He's running against Kim Cook, who runs a government relations firm, and Craig Dorais, a patent attorney. As a first generation Asian-American and member of the LGBTQ community with real-world experience, Chann says he's uniquely poised to tackle some to the…

Letter to the editor: Planned Parenthood Proudly Celebrates Pride Month

Every June, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities around the world come together to celebrate our resilience, strength, and activism. The annual parades and events commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, when LGBTQ people stood up to police brutality and pushed back against systematic discrimination, affirming our right to be ourselves, safely and proudly. Today, that fight for full civil rights continues.   Many young people have found the courage and support to…

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,…

How Fake Is This? — Three Theories on Holly Seeliger's 'Zoon Politikon'

Last week, the Portland Press Herald published a piece by Greg Kesich calling attention to the YouTube channel “Zoon Politikon” hosted since October by Portland’s Holly Seeliger, a Green Party affiliate and member of the Portland School Board. “Zoon Politikon,” a show through which Seeliger, working alone, releases content near daily, covers a broad range of political headlines and sentiments, much of it from what might be understood to be a liberal-left perspective. But Kesich…

News Briefs: No deportation for Ali, Portland gets official safe spaces, gripes over Bayside, and climate change threatens lobster

Judge posts $9,000 bail for permanent resident threatened with deportation After sitting in a New Hampshire jail for weeks, uncertain whether he’d be deported back to famine-stricken Somalia, Portland resident Abdi Ali received the first bit of good news after a court appearance on June 1: he may get to go home to his wife in Portland, Maine. Judge Mario Sturla said in a bail hearing in Boston that Ali would be released after a…

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…

News Briefs: Mayor Strimling joins climate coalition, Bayside bids go up, and a local activist announces a run for city council

Portland joins the coalition of cities pledging to uphold the Paris agreement After President Trump stunned almost every scientist (and otherwise sensible American) when he pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord last week—which pushed for countries to reduce emissions in an attempt to hold the increase in global temperature to a 1.5 degrees Celsius—many concerned progressives in local government took the matter in their own hands. A network of 187 “Climate Mayors” wrote and signed a…
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