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Bringing the exhibits to life at the PMA

Inside the galleries
This Friday, the Portland Museum of Art stages the last of this year's Artist Intervention series, a program launched in January 2012 in which local professional artists create on-site performances and installations to complement the visitor experience.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 05, 2012

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Serious thoughts in a frivolous season

Huddling over the map
As the citywide art scene becomes tinted with red and green, a trim show of five MECA faculty, bearing conceptually rich gifts and the grandiloquent title "The World Over," stays engaged in the world of ideas.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 28, 2012

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Lisa/Liza’s folk should not be left alone

Songs for the off hours
Folk music has always been the great unifier, its traditions loaded with neighbors coming together both merrily and melancholic by way of porch, campfire, or dance hall.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 28, 2012

You're famous. Now what?

Look Here! C'mon, Really!
If you missed last Friday's discussion on "microfame," or if you've ever felt that strange compulsion to get the hell off Facebook, listen up.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 21, 2012

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UNE’s impressive third all-female exhibit

Getting women right
Though the rhetoric of this election cycle might have cast doubts about other parts of the country, be thankful that in Maine, women are taken seriously.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 14, 2012

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Smudge Studio looks below the visual layer

Inconvenient depth
Here in Maine, nature is sublime, the views are picturesque, and a lot of the art scene's ideas are expressly visual.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 07, 2012



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Awaas challenge norms, politics, and audiences

The sound of progress
If metal is a fundamentally outsider genre, Awaas is what happens when a metal band looks in.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 24, 2012

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Accomplished musicians soar to new heights with Coalsack in Crux


Like a virulent strain of malware or an alien in a Ridley Scott film, the sole task of punk is simply to not die.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 24, 2012

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Sorting through the CMCA’s Biennial


The 2012 Biennial exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art collects seventeen artists: ten by submission, seven invited.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 10, 2012

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PaintNite comes to Portland

Acrylic + beer = art!
One of the more interesting art developments of the season has been the advent of PaintNite, a social gathering in which participants collect to drink and paint in groups at local bars.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 26, 2012

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Head to Camden for a big dose of great cinema

What not to miss at CIFF
Among the dozens of films at this year's Camden International Film Festival, here are two we strongly recommend.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 26, 2012



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Melding classic with unconventional

Coming Home(r)
If the stuff of the greatest magnitude in established art circles can usually be found at the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART , that truism is especially valid this fall, when the museum reveals a cluster of Winslow Homer retrospectives to celebrate the restoration of the Maine painter's studio in Prouts Neck.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 12, 2012

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Interview: Ray Harrington returns to Maine

Writing from the stage
This weekend, the transplanted Maine stand-up comedian Ray Harrington appears for a weekend of shows at the Comedy Connection, performing a set that will be recorded for a forthcoming record on, as he puts it, a "legitimate label."
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 05, 2012

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A view of gay and lesbian culture at Kymara

Sex in public
The Kymara Gallery, the curatorial project of the ambitious and audacious Kymara Lonergan, is the location of a stirring exhibition titled "Two Loves," containing works from the permanent collection of New York's prestigious Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 22, 2012

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Performance art about ICP

Juggalo fan club
For the sixth project in his ongoing "Pop Star" series, New York performance artist Neal Medlyn takes on the Insane Clown Posse, the illustrious Detroit horrorcore rap duo.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 08, 2012

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SPACE wallpaper plays tricks with the eye

It’s a jungle in there
As one of its most brilliant venues celebrates its 10th anniversary, Portland is treated to one of the most colorful and engaging art shows of the summer.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 01, 2012



Six artists take on reality at Rose

Let’s get mythical
The search for meaning can lead to some pretty weird places. Into a minotaur's lair, for instance, or the hollowed insides of a horse.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 25, 2012

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Upstart punk band issues a debut disc

Finding the right fit
Tryin on the Outfits is the 12-song debut from the Outfits, who are an all-girl punk band (or were, anyway — more on that later).
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 11, 2012

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Salt students peek just around the corner

Looking into new worlds
Sometimes a painting can only take you so far.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 27, 2012

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Hey cranks, peep what the ballists are playing!

Return to Tradition
With the Boston Red Sox sitting in fourth place and virtually all their players struggling or injured, it really couldn't be a finer time for baseball fans to rediscover what we actually love about the sport.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 27, 2012

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Local artist contemplates the Arab Spring

Breaking the yolk of tradition
Alina Gallo, a MECA MFA alumna with an academic background in writing and literature, is the artist behind "Rising," a modestly sized but stimulating collection of interpretive works — call them studies — that re-envision intersections of Western and Islamic culture both recent and ancient.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2012


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