Elise Pepple of Hear Tell: “Storytelling is a democratic art; it is a renewable resource.”


Hear Tell is a monthly live storytelling event organized by Elise Pepple. Crush[ed] is the theme of the next episode, which takes place this evening (doors at 7) at Tandem Bakery (on 742 Congress). According to Pepple, she wanted the theme “to be about love because it’s February” but “didn’t want it to be too […]

I want to give Lily SanGiovanni 1,000 high-fives


By way of the Portland Press Herald: Senior class president Lily SanGiovanni sparked community outrage in January when she changed the way she invited students and faculty members to recite the pledge. “At this time,” SanGiovanni said over the intercom, “would you please rise and join me for the Pledge of Allegiance if you’d like […]

Darren Ranco on seeing racism and white supremacy beyond individual incidents


This evening I will be hosting an event called Think + Drink, which has been organized by Maine Humanities Council: Think & Drink will be offered again in winter 2015 at SPACE Gallery, and the broad theme for this series will be “Disruption.” We’ll examine, in turn, the disruption of whiteness, authority, art, and gender. […]

Holly Nunan reflects fondly on the legacy of Sangillo’s Tavern


Sangillo’s Tavern, a 62-year-old bar located on Hampshire St. in Portland, is closing this weekend: Sangillo’s Tavern will close this weekend, after the state upheld the city’s denial of a liquor license. ‘We will not appeal the decision,” owner Dana Sangillo said Monday, confirming this is the last week the 62-year-old bar at 18 Hampshire […]

William Burroughs, Glenn Danzig, and cats

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“The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don’t buy love for nothing.” ― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside. 1986. “I always thought a punk was someone who took it up the ass.” — William S. Burroughs, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History […]

After Editor Dan MacLeod is fired, Matt Dodge leaves the Phoenix


Confirming mounting suspicions that The Portland Phoenix is ultimately a rebranding effort for the Portland Daily Sun, Phoenix Staff Writer Matt Dodge announced that he would be leaving the paper. The news comes after it was revealed that the paper had fired Editor Daniel MacLeod. UPDATE: Another quick note: It appears that—according to her Facebook […]