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Hessian + Dementia Five + Motherfu@#kers Be Trippin' on January 22 at Geno's

Music seen
With a name like a throwback to a "parental advisory" era that today seems charmingly nostalgic, Haverhill, Massachusetts's Motherf@#kers Be Trippin' (special characters theirs) were like an open-top Jeep cruising the promenade of riotous rock and roll.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 26, 2011


Robert Shetterly on his series of admirable Americans

Painting the truth
At a ceremony scheduled for noon on Friday, Brooksville painter Robert Shetterly will unveil a portrait of former Maine legislator and civil-rights leader Gerald Talbot in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 04, 2011


Odd year ahead for museums and galleries

2011 brings the Biennial and much more
Remember, for every droopy tarp stalactite that makes it into a museum lobby installation, there are dozens of similar (and similarly impressive) creatures that never leave a studio wall.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 29, 2010


The year in Portland's art scene

For lovers of spectacle, 2010 offered a lot of feasts. A fine collection of installations and site-specific works graced the greater city in 2010, challenging our perceptions and changing our surroundings.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 22, 2010

Livening up 2010: Many bands, all over town

Music seen
It was about the experience in 2010. Whether it was the sweaty, riotous, arm-over-your-buddy's-shoulder type of concert or the ruminative, head-plodding sort, concertgoers in town (and away) had much to immerse in.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 22, 2010


Heading for health

Alternative-medicine providers forge new paths to survive the tight economy
According to massage therapist Mea Tavares, I have a lot of air in my system.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 16, 2010


Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Big words
Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 01, 2010


Review: Bangor artist Kenny Cole lights the 'Hellfire' at SPACE Gallery

When there's smoke
"The Hellfire Story" is a tough pill to swallow.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 24, 2010

Live review: Mezcalitos at Mayo Street Arts, November 20

Music seen
Many American social institutions unite strangers of different generations. In bowling leagues, you can roll pin-for-pin with a person twice your age without breaking a sweat.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 24, 2010


Review: Light and heavy connections 'Between' Gail Spaien and Ahmed Alsoudani

In grave detail
Gravity, of course, is relative. The weight of a thing is meaningless without its pull toward another. This is especially evident at Aucocisco's November exhibition, where multiple thoughtful takes on the theme of gravity bind the works by Gail Spaien and Ahmed Alsoudani.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 16, 2010


Review: AoK's solid debut

Appropriately, AoK Suicide Forest's self-titled debut record is traveling music; whether a soundtrack for coursing through terrain similar to their grim namesake or a more, uh, cosmic environment, is a decision left to the listener.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 11, 2010


Review: CiB's strong finish

Get stung
The personal is apolitical. With this simple inversion of an old cliché, you'll discover why Covered in Bees (who disbanded in September) were so important.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 11, 2010


Exploring the range of the body's possibilities with STREB

Take flight
Midway through last Wednesday night's performance of "Raw" by the dance company STREB, Cassandre Joseph stood frozen atop a metal scaffolding extending nearly the full height of the Merrill Auditorium stage.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 03, 2010


Experiencing the Sacred and Profane Festival

Time and temp building
In seriously dark conditions, art is simply the ritual of making light. It's more proper to say that Saturday's festival of the Sacred and Profane was more of a communion or convention than a festival.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 17, 2010

Thrones + Christian Mistress + AoK Suicide Forest at Geno's, October 10

Music seen
Probably the most beautiful thing about a metal show is that it's the only place you can catch dozens of people emphatically nodding Yes .
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 13, 2010


Review: Patrick Corrigan's dueling creations at Gallery 37-A

Story storage
It's probably safe to say Patrick Corrigan went through a surrealist phase.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 07, 2010

What is public art?

And can it be by someone from away?
Life is short; art is forever. At least until someone trips on it.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 29, 2010


Review: Be more Curious at SPACE Gallery

Look deeper
In a world of curiosities, it's tempting to shrug off the incomprehensible. This is where Kreh Mellick's and Kimberly Convery's approach becomes a problem.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 08, 2010

Live Review: Jacob and the House of Fire play the Bayside

Music Seen
Any sport compatible with drinking is probably compatible with music. Portland bands should be thankful Bayside Bowl has figured that out.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 01, 2010


Fascinating new discoveries at Whitney Art Works

Curiouser and curiouser
It's quickly clear that something's off in Ethan Hayes-Chute's world.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 18, 2010


Decay, exposed

Bill Daniel's images and items lament a fallen society
Bill Daniel doesn't call the landlord when there's a hole in the roof. He just turns the damn house into a boat.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 11, 2010

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