Musician Zach Jones on the “Blurred Lines” decision: “So now what?”


I have seen a lot of folks, particularly friends who are musicians, sharing insights and opinions regarding what the “Blurred Lines” verdict could mean for the industry overall. Zach Jones, a Los Angeles-based musician with Maine roots, shared the following on Facebook and gave me permission to share it here. The first time that I […]

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. […]