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Maine, Thankfully: Samuel James: Songwriter, Storyteller, Raconteur

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Samuel James is an artist and all around raconteur based in Portland, Maine. He is a seasoned and celebrated blues musician—touring around has taken him all over the planet. His writing about race has been featured in the Phoenix and he recently told a story up growing up in foster homes on the popular radio program […]

Maine, Thanfully: Kelly Arbor and Gaelle Win Robin of Maine Educationalists on Sexual Harmony

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When I first started thinking of the Maine, Thankfully series, I found myself excited to talk with folks who are doing work that changes the way most think about community service. The work that Kelly Arbor and Gaelle Win Robin of Maine Educationalists on Sexual Harmony (M.E.S.H.) are engaging in will likely do exactly that. On paper, […]

Maine, Thankfully: Zoe Odlin-Platz of India Street Public Health

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This is the first installment of Maine, Thankfully, a series about folks who are making things better for their communities and for our state at large. A new profile will run every week day between now and Christmas with each profile examining a variety of approaches to doing good. You can learn more about the […]

[Guest Post] Mr. Porter’s wild night: PHOTOS of Sunrunner, Covered in Bees and Mamá Ladilla

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The following post, which is about Douglas Porter—one of the most prolific musicians in the Portland scene—comes as a guest contribution by Ben McCanna. It originally ran on his blog Post Mortem Portland, a site which bills itself as a “photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine.” As I have long admired Porter, and […]

Ultimate 2014 Maine Holiday Gift Guide: Over 150 Maine Gifts

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BEHOLD! The 2014 Maine gift guide! Here is a list of holiday gifts made by folks from Maine and/or have some sort of connection to the state. Be careful, as this guide is so hot it will likely melt your face right off of that pretty head of yours. Holiday gift season doesn’t have to […]

Filmmaker David Meiklejohn talks Damnationland, pursuing struggle in Los Angeles

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David Meiklejohn is a filmmaker and one of the co-producers of Damnationland, an annual Maine-based film anthology that “features genre-defying original works” and celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. The premier takes place at The State Theater on Friday, October 17th with additional screenings scheduled throughout the remainder of the month.  The event will also […]

Let’s figure it out together at citydrift/Portland

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You will find me behind a table full of books at citydrift/Portland (September 19 – 21). Before I explain, a bit about the event: Over a 72-hour period, Portland will experience three days of drifts and simultaneous creation and installation of drift documentation or ephemera, including panel discussions at the citydrift/Portland hubs. citydrift/Portland will conclude […]

5 favorite not-at-all fancy Portland restaurants and bars

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Portland has so many amazing, high profile, chronically celebrated restaurants that it is easy to forget those just “pretty good,” solidly reliable places that consistently hit the spot. When you want something as simple as a burger, figuring out where to go can quickly spiral into a bout of existential despair. Do I go to […]

“I’m King of the Mall” or: Confessions of a Teenage Mall Rat

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Sometime in my later teenage years, my elderly father told me that he enjoyed sitting on the benches in the mall and just watching young people be young. He appreciated our energy and liked sitting and letting it wash over him. I understood this more than he figured I did. I enjoyed going there largely […]

[VIDEO] Beer Camp Across America showcases Maine’s brewing prowess

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I am thankful to have gotten the opportunity to go to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America on Friday. The traveling beer festival only touched down on seven locations in the United States, one of which was right here in Portland. This is particularly significant because, as nearly everyone in the video touches upon, there […]