To the bat cave! Murcielago’s ‘Casualties’ demands headphones, in lieu of live show

There are bands that put out great headphones records, and there are bands that put on great live shows, but it’s the rare bird...

Leftovers: Rockwell, Roosevelt, and Fauci

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. There’s no expectation of gifts, and notions of gratitude and thanks are the message du jour. It...

On Stage: A rich, nuanced, tender ‘Talley’s Folly’ at Portland Stage

The story of Matt and Sally reckoning with their feelings for each other will take 97 minutes, without an intermission, Matt tells us upfront....

Just keep swimming: Doing laps and water aerobics at greater Portland’s indoor pools

Don't banish your swimsuit to the summer clothes bin crammed under your bed just yet. While it's true our car windows are frosting over at...

Letter from Aroostook: Finding ghosts

Ever since we moved to The County almost 15 years ago, I have had my eye set on making a jaunt out into the...

Leftovers: Wardrobe changes of 2020

There aren’t many aspects of life that have been left untouched by the pandemic. Even if only by a few degrees of separation, I’m...

On Screen: ‘Ham on (dark) Rye’

In celebration of having made it past Nov. 3 (I optimistically presume), we turn to a film that’s apolitical, vaguely otherworldly, and almost out...

Song for a ‘Broken’ nation: Dominic Lavoie’s latest is a necessary triumph for our...

You know it’s getting bad when the cover of the Sunday paper is just straight up: “We all have clinical anxiety now.” Everybody’s got...

Leftovers: ‘Karenism’ meets Dr. Seuss

A ticked-off reader recently accused me of being sanctimonious in a June 24 column addressing the phenomenon of "Karenism." She also chided me for...

Creep ME out: Get outside in costume this Halloween

Boatloads of candy.  That's the sugar-coated and chocolate-dipped reason many kids love Halloween. We’re not talking just any ol’ candy here, either, but free candy...