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True costs of war

A discussion with SMWC member Sarah Lazare
The Southern Maine Workers' Center leads a free workshop titled "Organizing for the Right to Heal" Thursday, which connects the fight for greater access to US health care to war efforts around the globe.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 14, 2014


Built to last

Nadal and Buckwalter fly the flags at Mayo
Just like kids’ forts, the room is a forum for the constant bending of logic.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 07, 2014


USM budget deficit split by conflicting philosophies

Crisis at USM
Whatever criteria the University of Maine system is using to decide where to cut, it doesn’t seem related to the production of degrees.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  August 07, 2014


What the light reveals

Maasch's room of dark statues, fresh flowers
Their latest duo at Susan Maasch Fine Art, Brenton Hamilton and Kiki Gaffney, is worth a stop, its works adventurous enough to satiate the art-educated while sufficiently wall-mountable to please strict collectors.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 31, 2014

Activists pass SoPo ordinance

No tar sands
When people talk about outside money coming into the Portland region, they’re usually referring to the food, tourism, and hospitality industries. But it’s getting increasingly harder to overlook the influence of the oil industry, which has lately been pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into efforts to expand tar sands and crude oil production along the East Coast.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 31, 2014


Selling our shares

Despite its perks, Airbnb is making it tougher to live in Portland
Before we herald Airbnb as the harbinger of Portland’s “sharing economy” revolution, some troubling side effects are beginning to show. Airbnb is raising rents, fracturing neighborhoods, accelerating gentrification, and diminishing Portland’s stock of affordable, available, permanent homes.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 24, 2014


Inclinations & otherwise

Three artists break out at Corey Daniels'
In an assembly that is at once challenging, aesthetically diffracted, and oddly comforting, the Maine artists Peter Bennett, Heather Chontos, and J.T. Gibson unite their work at the breathtaking Corey Daniels Gallery, the Wells art house built on a plot half in the world of regional antique culture, and the other firmly in a modernist fantasia.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 18, 2014

Park, with recreation

 Squaring off
 Squaring off
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 16, 2014


Desperate pleasures

Endless Jags  Sell the Banquet , keep the mess
What are the Endless Jags desperate for? Good question.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 10, 2014


Midcentury maestros

 Pollack collection dances with modernism
As Maine’s art tourists gobble up the area’s major summer exhibits—Richards Estes and Brown Lethem, Andrea Sulzer, and the inexhaustible Alex Katz—they’d be smart not to overlook the fine arts enclave on Forest Ave., where collector Edward Pollack has operated for much of the past decade.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 10, 2014


Wielding sister-city influence, or trying to

Portland-Russia relations
Russia’s odious anti-LGBT laws have been widely condemned recently, but this month they come into direct conflict with Portland’s international relations.  
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2014


Pull up the anchor

Highlights of Maine’s summer art offerings
If they know where to look, the Maine art summer should satisfy many of the interests of our culturally voracious populace.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 18, 2014


Finding the practice

How the fringes of Portland arts are fighting for survival
The Grime Studio building, of course, is scheduled to be demolished at the end of the summer as the city prepares for the $105 million-dollar development known as the Forefront at Thompson’s Point.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 11, 2014

Faculty senate plan would save USM over $5 million

On May 29, the University of Southern Maine faculty senate took a bold step in the #USMfuture saga, revealing an alternative budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year with countermeasures that push against the austerity program enacted as a result of UMaine’s systemwide budget crisis.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 06, 2014


Upon further reflection

Richard Estes’ photorealism at the PMA
Richard Estes’ photorealism at the PMA
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  June 06, 2014


Before they wash away

The sonic portraits of Foam Castles
Tyler Jackson’s Foam Castles has been an ongoing, shapeshifting project since the beginning.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 29, 2014


Miles ahead

Elastic Smile stretches Great Western Plain way out
A demonstration of Neu-ish kraut rhythms done up in prodigious Yankee style, with unattractive vocal harmonies either deadpanned or brazenly off-key, and a guitar tone that could best be described as desperate, the sprawling Elastic Smile is as much of an original statement as a daunting one.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 29, 2014


Adult crash

Fattened up and re-fanged, the Rattlesnakes whip out their best
What they’ve done with Get Your Fill then is significant. The ‘Snakes fifth album is, in a very real way, a return to form.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 29, 2014


Upsetting the natural order

PhoPa’s three artists re-interpret their environs
In a show of captivating works on paper using radically different approaches, three artists use the visual vocabulary of environmental studies to create art that engages our capacities for politics, poetry, and metaphor.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 15, 2014

Before the board

USM community prepares anti-austerity cases for Trustees’ meeting as more cuts loom
USM community prepares anti-austerity cases for Trustees’ meeting as more cuts loom
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 09, 2014


Data and surrealism

West Coast artist Jenny Odell maps Maine infrastructure using Google Earth
The landmarks here are all Portland-specific, but the prints function opposite a map or a legend.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  April 30, 2014

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