Spose makes entire album in one day

Hot off the heels of well-received full-length album Good Luck With Your Life released last spring, Wells rapper Spose set out to accomplish a milestone as impressive as it is absurd. With the help of dozens of esteemed Maine musicians, Spose wrote and recorded a full-length album in one day. Titled Humans and recorded by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo Studio, the album features contributes from several artists in the Maine rap scene, including Cam Groves, Sarah Violette, DJ…

Portland readies 1st Annual Iranian Film Festival

Portland readies 1st Annual Iranian Film Festival Students from the University of Southern Maine’s Honors program “Cinema in Iran” course, along with instructor Reza Jalali, will present the 2017 Iranian Film Festival — a first of its kind in Maine — in Portland beginning on October 20.   Ten feature films made by Iranian directors, including women, will be screened at the University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center on Friday evenings between October 20 and…

The Battle For Fair Rent — What You Need To Know About Question 1

It's no secret that Portland is changing — and fast. Tons of development money is pouring in, and with it, a different class of people who can afford higher rents, a process that has accelerated the displacement of long-term residents and exacerbated the housing crunch in the city. On November 7, Portlanders will vote on Question 1, the ordinance proposed by the upstart citizens' group Fair Rent Portland, which aims to cap the rate of rental…

Taking On The Tuck: City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau Clashes With Fox News Anchor

City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight last week to defend a measure he voted on for the city to recognize Indigenous People's Day on the second Monday of October, replacing Columbus Day. Immediately Carlson, who’s developed a reputation for vilifying progressive movements ever since he took the prime time Fox news spot from Bill O'Reilly, conflated the municipal recognition of Indigenous People’s day with an attempt at offering an alternate…

Hidden in this picture — Proposed casino ordinance is a bad deal for horses

With regards to the proposed ordinance, An Act to Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County, Question 1, which will appear on the November ballot, there is no provision in the ordinance to fund retirement homes for harness racing horses at the end of their careers [The proposed ordinance stipulates that an allotted 10 percent of a mandatory 39 percent of net slot machine income must be distributed to a fund that to…

Haunt Me Again — Your guide to Damnationland 2017

Time to preen that gnarly werewolf fur. You’re going to the theater! This weekend marks the eighth annual Damnationland festival, which kicks off with a screening at the State Theatre on the truly fiendish date of Friday, the 13th of October. One of the homegrown horror film festival’s most notable quirks is that each year features a new batch of directors. This doubles Damnationland’s function. It’s not just an entertaining festival of horror film made…

A Gross Way to End Your Night Coming to Portland — Pastry chef Brant Dadaleares to whip up a Confection Bar

Dessert in Portland is about to get gross, and you’re not going to want to miss it. Pastry chef Brant Dadaleares is currently working on developing Gross Confection Bar, a dessert-focused restaurant destined to create a niche of its very own. The 40-seat establishment — location still to be determined — is expected to provide a unique atmosphere with a focus on artfully plated desserts, as well as “enrobed ganaches, fruit pâtés, bon-bon, entremets, late…

News Briefs: Housing, Health Insurance, Paid Sick Days, and Shark Science

In 2018, just two health insurances offered in Maine Last week Anthem announced that it’s leaving Maine’s insurance marketplace. Currently, Anthem covers about 28,700 people in Maine. Starting next year it will reduce its offerings to just one off-exchange plans available only in Aroostook, Hancock, and Washington counties. Under Maine law, existing individual members will be able to renew their current health plan in 2018, but these plans will be offered off exchange and will…

'Maine has its own Standing Rock' - The Penobscot River Fight Explained

In September, Portland followed Bangor, Brunswick, and Belfast and voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. While the holiday recognition — which lands on October 9 this year — is informal (it's not federally recognized), we think it’s a useful time to reflect on Maine’s contentious relationship with some of its indigenous residents, specifically the Penobscot Nation.  About 150 miles north of Portland on a reservation called Indian Island, a long-simmering conflict between…

Portland artists share their Waking Windows dreams

The Waking Windows festival throws dozens of local performers onto bills with artists blowing up elsewhere in the country.  But with so much going on, it can be difficult to know how to map it. So we thought, who better than to ask the artists themselves what path to take?  Here are some Maine performers we've spotlit to tell us what they're looking forward to in the festival.   Name: Jeff Beam Instrument: guitar/vocals Statement:…
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