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BRAINING WITH GREAT WESTERN PLAIN: The glib realities of jam band life, emojis, and “Sandy Hammer”

For such an animated, hard-working bunch, who manage to appeal to the proverbial masses while staying weird enough for Portland, the three members of local rock outfit GREAT WESTERN PLAIN are surprisingly self-loathing. Gigglingly glib about their upcoming show at Port City Music Hall on Saturday, and bubbling over with blasé observations of the banality of touring life, they're downright dismissive of their career prospects as they come to terms with their ascent to jam…

The Phoenix Potpourri: Bringing down the house

LePage, Mills disagree even when they agreeIt turns out that Maine’s Republican governor and Democratic attorney general disagree even when they agree, because both said the state’s Supreme Judicial Court got it right this week when it comes to suing, largely over welfare cases.

Minimum wage debate takes back seat to LePage’s welfare cuts

A push to raise the minimum wage in Portland is re-emerging this week, perhaps symbolically occurring on the steps of City Hall almost a year to the day after the initiative started. And, also somewhat symbolically, decision makers inside the building announced they will delay taking action."We're still going to move ahead regardless," said Andrew Francis, communications associate with the progressive Maine People's Alliance.

Coma-inducing attack at homeless camp spurs state supreme court case

Homeless people in Maine run the risk of exposure, frostbite and freezing to death. Yet another risk is getting beaten senseless at a homeless camp.At least that's what happened in a Sept. 16, 2012 incident that gave rise to State of Maine v. Adam Delano. In this case, which went all the way to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Delano, 23, was the suspect in a nighttime attack on another homeless man at an encampment…

LADY LESSONS: The indomitable Aly Spaltro on a new record, a new name, and old Maine roots

ALY SPALTRO, or, the artist formerly known as LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER, is slated to celebrate the release of her newest album, After, at PORT CITY MUSIC HALL on Friday. Lady Lamb has dropped “The Beekeeper” from her moniker going forth, but she's kept all the sass, the weird, and the whimsy that's fueled the 25-year-old's music career since she began experimenting with writing and recording at Bart's & Greg's DVD rental store in Brunswick…

Women’s Day Fashion Show raises funds for vocational training

Women Around the World’s sixth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show will be held this Saturday, March 7, at the Cathedral Guild Hall on Congress Street. Women Around the World is a non-profit that works to improve the lives of women locally and globally. The evening’s events raises money for vocational training for women through a celebration of food, fashion, music and entertainment. This year’s theme is “Make It Happen.”

New-look Blue part of Ettun’s music scene in Portland

The Ehud Ettun Trio returns to the intimate environs of Blue jazz club on Friday, March 13, where they’ve played four times already. When they arrive, however, Blue will be bigger than the last time they jammed there, due to renovations at the Congress Street venue.The new look Blue plans to reopen this week, and owner Terez Fraser said that, in addition to the expanded space, she’s adding spirits to the drink offerings.

The Phoenix Potpourri: a round-up of oddities and edibles

Home Grown Maine drifting south to Augusta for medical marijuana expoMedical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Inc. announced that Home Grown Maine, the group's fourth annual medical marijuana expo, will be in Augusta on May 30 and 31.The Home Grown Maine Expo will be at the Augusta Civic Center. Last year, the expo was in Bangor.
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