Japanese beetle orgies, people who leave their pets in hot cars, and damning the weather in all of its extremes

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Jeremy Smith is a USM alumnist and he works at his family’s antique store. He is also a friend of mine from the Cornish area. We attended the same high school, and now that I have a house back in town, we occasionally get together, drink beers and shoot the breeze about the real, the […]

Let’s talk about 80s horror. Also, the original Jason Vorhees is in Portsmouth tonight.

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The original Jason Vorhees, the supernatural killing machine from the Friday the 13th movies, will be in Portsmouth tonight. Ari Lehman will be appearing at Let’s “B” Reel, a monthly movie series that showcases b-movies and features guests, props and other extra goodies. Lehman’s appearance was made possible by Coast City Comics!, who hosted him […]

A Mainer in Palestine: Amos Libby discusses conflict, kidnappings, and besiegement in the West Bank

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Amos Libby is an American volunteering as an English teacher at a school in the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories. Shortly after he arrived there, the region exploded into chaos both figuratively and literally after Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah, three teenage Israeli settlers, were kidnapped while hitchhiking. Two and a half […]

Briana Holt talks about the forthcoming Tandem Bakery and her love for sandwiches and pies

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While covering Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly’s Family Feast for Knack Factory last night, I ran into the great baker Briana Holt, who had made a delicious strawberry buckle for the event. Holt will be overseeing the pastry program at Tandem Coffee Roasters’ forthcoming West End cafe and bakery expansion (Portland Food Map recently gave this […]

Check out The Internet’s Own Boy at SPACE Gallery this Wednesday

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This Wednesday, SPACE Gallery is showing The Internet’s Own Boy, a documentary about “programming prodigy and information activist” Aaron Swartz. I will be moderating a video Q+A with filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. I have been focused on the intersection of the Internet, information access and civil liberties in one way or another for the past decade. As […]

Spencer Albee talks Zach Jones, making choices, and his career retrospective

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Super-musician and all around good guy Zach Jones is in town for the week and he will be joining Spencer Albee for a show at Port City Music Hall tonight. The event, The Gang’s All Here, will feature a selection of Jones’ music, Albee’s music and a collection of the songs the two have preformed […]

Mike Tipping discusses the early success of his As Maine Went book campaign

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Columnist, activist, and fellow Bangor Daily News blogger Mike Tipping has written a book called As Maine Went. It documents the rise of Governor LePage and the Tea Party movement here in Maine. While the book, which is published by Tilbury House, comes out in the middle of July, Tipping used the crowdfunding site Kickstarter […]