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

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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

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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 […]

Exit Interview: Nick Schroeder, former Managing Editor of DigPortland

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I offered my take on the fall of DigPortland at the start of this week, and Seth Koening wrote this article about the drama. I was interested, though, in what DigPortland Managing Editor Nick Schroeder had to say about all of it. For the paper, Schroeder ran a feature entitled Exit Interview, where he interviewed […]

“Back Off Flatlander” and other great Maine-themed patches

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Kris Johnsen, an artist I have featured every year for my annual holiday gift guide (we have framed and hung several of his pieces in our home), has organized a new endeavor called Portland Patch Project. Each month will feature a different sewn patch designed by a local artist. Patches will be manufactured and feature […]

Interview: Pious Ali, “Public Servant at Large,” on activism, immigration, and empowering young people

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Pious Ali tells people he is a “public servant at large.” Over the past decade, he has worked at PROP, organized a youth interfaith alliance, and won a seat on the Portland School Board.  Ali came to Portland from New York in 2002. Looking for work outside of restaurants, he got a job with PROP, […]

Kitty Critic is a series in which Portland musicians perform for their fan’s cats

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According to its website, “Kitty Critic is an internet series in which musicians from Portland, Maine perform in their fan’s homes for their fan’s cats.” Maine appears in all caps so no one is confused into thinking we have anything with filthy Portland, Oregon. It goes on to explain that “the series is designed to bring […]

“Transgender Funnyman” Ian Harvie on Amazon’s Golden Globe winner “Transparent”

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Note [January 12, 2015]: Since publishing this interview last week, Transparent won a Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy. Star Jeffrey Tambor also won a Golden Globe for his performance in the show. For those unfamiliar with the award, it’s like a mashup of the Oscars and the Emmys, only the awards show portion is […]

15 Instagram photos that show how Mainers celebrated the arrival of 2015

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On the eve of the year 2000—the New Year’s Eve everyone thought would usher in one catastrophe or another—I spent the night with a bunch of friends from Westbrook High School. We synched Wizard of Oz with Dark Side of the Moon and awaited the impending doom of Y2K, which never came. It feels like […]