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Seasonal sipping

Fall cocktails at local restaurants
If you’ve got special reason to drown or celebrate this fall, Portland’s mixologists offer several autumnal elixirs that take advantage of the flavors and clean-slate feeling of fall.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 14, 2009


Stopping abuse

Is the justice system working for Maine’s domestic-violence victims?
It’s not dramatic, and it’s nothing like Law and Order: SVU .
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 14, 2009

Last call; open season

Venue Watch
Over the course of its short lifetime, the White Heart bar and lounge made its mark on Portland's nightlife scene.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 07, 2009

Less can be more

Going Green
It's one thing to shoot for an ecologically softer lifestyle -- one that's more deliberate, and less wasteful.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2009


Learning curve

 Maine novelist teases our brains
 Maine novelist teases our brains
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 23, 2009


Bigfoot coming to Congress Street

Venue Watch
Mainer Loren Coleman loves sharing his wealth -- the treasures collected during a 50-year career in the field of cryptozoology, which is the study of mysterious creatures (think Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the chupacabra).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 23, 2009


10 years later, we told you so

Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as it happens.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2009


Navigating Portland's entertainment rules

City Council
No live music after 12:15? No outdoor entertainment after mid-September?
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2009


No assignments here

An enjoyable reading list
Need a break from all that required reading this fall? You're in luck. In
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2009


Looking back to climb forward

Katrina's aftermath
It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Its causes and ramifications, though, extend much farther into both the past and the future. So say Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, Brooklyn-based spoken-word and multimedia artists known together as Climbing Poetree.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 09, 2009

Building on green energy

Going green
This month, my landlord will install new energy-efficient windows in my apartment. This is great news: Better insulation will reduce both my energy use and my heating bills. I'm happy to be experiencing first-hand what many agree is the single most-important step in the fight against global warming: eco-friendly building upgrades and weatherization.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 02, 2009

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Give peace a chance

Yoko Ono on why John Lennon's art remains relevant
This year marks the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In, which found the newlywed couple pontificating about peace from their Amsterdam honeymoon bed for a week. Decades later, the couple is still working together to promote social justice, with Ono publicizing exhibits of Lennon's playful, sometimes colorful, often childlike, works of art.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 26, 2009

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Back-to-school supplies

What you won't find on your syllabus
After a summer that started with a monsoon and coasted into its final lap with a heat wave, when we talked about Wilco, celebrity deaths, and Shakespeare in the park, when we feared tasers and crime sprees, and we consumed Mexican food and ice cream, we're ready to make the transition into fall.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 26, 2009

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Open your pie hole

Ten places to stuff your face with pizza
Pizza is at the top of most students' survival-kit necessities (along with beer, sleep, and coffee). Luckily, whether your tastes lean in the standard dough-sauce-cheese direction, or run toward the artisan variety, there's a pizza option for you in Portland. We've collected our top 10 favorites here (in no particular order), and make suggestions about when to visit each one.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 26, 2009


Why wind power blows

Why we shouldn't overload our energy basket with wind eggs
The world is looking for a no-brainer solution to the 21st century's impending energy crisis, and wind power seems to provide many of the right answers.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 19, 2009

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Whole Foods health-care boycott gathers momentum

Human Rights Watch
Unfortunately for Whole Foods Market CEO and founder John Mackey, those who appreciate his store for the healthy, eco-friendly (read: left-leaning, progressive) lifestyle it promotes are the same citizens who support universal health care.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 24, 2009

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Back to basics

MENSK revisits its original purpose
Sometimes the biggest stumbling block for our fantastic ideas is a small, seemingly insignificant hurdle — a missing piece of paperwork, a logistical snafu, one degree of separation too many.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 12, 2009

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Dead like me

Tonya Hurley's high-school afterlife
"Perception vs. reality. In high school, they are pretty much the same thing." So writes Tonya Hurley, author of ghostgirl and ghostgirl: Homecoming (Little Brown), two books ostensibly written for young adults but with elements that are just as appealing to grown-ups.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2009

Weathering the weather

Going Green
Sweltering summer heat is finally upon us, along with how-to-keep-cool considerations.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2009

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Just the beginning

The battle for marriage equality really starts now
More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on the issue on November 3.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 04, 2009

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Lacking magic

Richard Russo's latest slice of life is too thin
There's a lot to be said for literary realism, which tackles head-on the quotidian realities that postmodernism and surrealism often cloak in gimmicks or avoid altogether. Maine author (and Portland Phoenix reader fave) Richard Russo is nothing if not a realist; his previous novels portray believable characters navigating familiar, relatable scenarios.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 29, 2009

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