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BRAHMIN BULLS: Minimalist aesthetic and gentle redemption from a Maine filmmaker

Coming to the Portland Museum of Art this weekend is Brahmin Bulls: a Maine filmmaker's well-designed exploration of what it's like to be young, full of potential, yet struggling to find a personal stake in family and career.Saco native Mahesh Pailoor's family drama unfolds in a gentrifying corner of East Los Angeles, where protagonist Siddhartha (annexed to Sid) can't quite strike a balance between his own priorities, and those set upon him by his personal…

The Salt of the earth: Compassionate cold shouldering at SALT Alumni Photo Show

A spontaneous gallery show at Engine, in Biddeford, offers a glimpse into work created by former students of SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, including a series of photographs documenting self and other in the rural Maine landscape.The pop-up show opens Wednesday, and closes Saturday, following a Friday night kickoff event to coincide with Biddeford-Saco's monthly ArtWalk. The show features work from six photographers, collected by SALT grad and Portland photographer Penn Chan. Chan's intent is…

Constructing identity: The politics of self, other and community at a new exhibit at USM

Exploring how to foster individuality within a collective identity and how to turn trauma into new beginnings in Portland's unique multicultural community lies at at the heart of Constructing Identity; a multifaceted exhibit opening Wednesday, April 15 at USM's AREA Gallery in Portland.Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy has been providing a safe space for students from local middle and high schools to explore identity politics via two distinct multimedia concepts, both co-facilitated by the Center for…

Filthy blessing: Catching up with Grime Studios post-payday

Plans to expand and to improve Portland's Grime Studios are that much closer to becoming a reality, by virtue of a recent endowment that will go toward reconciling the biggest challenge facing local artists: finding affordable, accessible and accommodating workspaces.The $30,000 in funds, acquired through a grant from the Warren Memorial Foundation, will finance the completion of “Phase One” of buildout, which Grime owner-operator Justin Curtsinger says could total over $100,000. Coupled with a nontraditional…

What I learned from my father

My name is Christopher Papagni. I arrived here last winter after spending 16 years at the French Culinary Institute (FCI) in New York City. The last position I held at the school was Executive Vice President. After completing a Ph.D. at New York University in Education Administration, it seemed logical to marry my love of food with education. FCI was where chefs like Bobby Flay and David Chang went to school to learn basic French…

The Tourister: Where to see wild animals (besides the bars)

If you enjoy mingling with wildlife, Maine features several intriguing destinations. Here’s our Top 5 list:1. York’s Wild Kingdom, Route 1 in York Beach: If you’re looking to get close to a wide variety of animals from around the world, York’s Wild Kingdom is the place to do it. This zoo and amusement park combo boasts over 60 species, including big cats, gators, tropical birds and everything in between. While you can’t exactly pet the…

 The Tourister: Our list of top offbeat destinations

Those in search of the quirky, the bizarre or the mildly offbeat can check out these “learning” opportunities.The Umbrella Cover Museum. USA Today has profiled it in company with weird sites such as the Winchester Mystery House of San Jose, Calif., and the Underwater Music Festival of Big Pine Key, Fla., but the Umbrella Cover Museum is truly one of a kind. It boasts visitors from across the world. Then, there’s this distinction: “The Guinness…
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