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A cultural biography of beards

The eighth annual Stache Pag variety show will be held at the State Theatre in Portland, on Friday, March 27, at 7:30pm. That happens to officially be “Moustache Appreciation Day” in the city of Portland. In tribute, here is a timeline of hirsute history.

Clash lets its hair down for festival

On Wednesday, March 25, the Clash dons a stache.The “Stache of the Titans” will take the format of the wildly popular Clash series, originally known as “Clash of the Titans,” and featured bands inspiring the cover band competition will be Toto vs. Hall and Oates.The Clash series is in its 13th year. Conceived as the Clash of the Titans, the cover-band series was started by music-scene icons Spencer Albee and Mark Curdo.

Combing the Bearded Brewfest for top beards, moustaches

The first Bearded Brewfest on Saturday, March 21, will add suds to the stubbly splendor of the Facial Hair Fest. Twenty Maine and regional craft brewers will offer unlimited samples of beard- and moustache-inspired brews and other craft selections, as a kick-off to the Facial Hair Fest, which runs through March 27.

Maine Irish Heritage Center events

St. Patrick’s Day ParadeSunday, March 15 @ 12:00pmThe parade begins at the Fish Pier at Noon and proceeds east on Commercial Street, ending at Bellbuoy Park (between Ri Ra´ & the Maine State Pier). Participants should arrive at 11:0am. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bob Kearney at 207.310.8575.

TEENAGE DREAM: Andy Grammer, keepin' his head up, takes Portland to prom

While your face melts at various basement shows this week, pop prince Andy Grammer is coming to Portland to melt teenage hearts. We caught up with Grammer, touring with X-Factor winners Alex & Sierra, to talk about all of his hopes, dreams and aspirations. Are we ready for him? Depending on your tax bracket: If you're too young to pay them, you're probably amped for this show. However, is he ready for us? We're not…

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.

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…
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