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Think, drink, and discuss disrupting authority with me this Wednesday

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Maine Humanities Council has organized a series called Think & Drink. It’s basically a mashup of a happy hour, civic forum, and participatory panel discussion. The series takes place the third Wednesday of each month at SPACE Gallery. It started in February and will end in May. The theme of the series this year is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maine, Thankfully: Donna Galluzzo, Executive Director of Salt Institute

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For this installment of Maine, Thankfully, I talked with Donna Galluzo, Executive Director of Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Salt is a non-profit school in Portland, Maine that offers semester-long intensive programs in documentary writing, radio, photography and new media.   I have long been an appreciator of Salt. I have had many friends who […]

I guess I should probably comment on this Phoenix v. Dig legal spat

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As my Bangor Daily News colleague Seth Koenig reported on Monday: Less than a month after Portland officially became a two-alternative-weekly city, those two alternative weeklies are engaged in a legal dispute. The new publisher of the Portland Phoenix has announced his newspaper will sue the nascent Dig Portland over what he calls breaches of contract by two […]

Maine, Thankfully: Lisa Bunker, Program Manager at WMPG

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For this installment of Maine, Thankfully, I talked with Lisa Bunker, who has been Program Director at WMPG for 12 years. For those unfamiliar with this institution, the college and community radio station has been in operation for just over 40 years. It is operated by a USM students and volunteers from the greater Portland […]