Manhood Strikes Again — The Many Charms of Ray Harrington's 'Overwhelmed'

In 2015, Providence comic Ray Harrington turned a snapshot of his life — a thirtysomething brand-new dad who had just released his first comedy album — into a documentary film. Titled Be a Man, the stand-up artist’s movie explored the expectations of modern American masculinity as seen through the comic’s characteristically goofy, self-deprecating style. Harrington grew up in Bangor and his parents divorced when he was very young, and he was legitimately interested in cultivating…

8 Days a Week: Dark Crystals, Half Moons, All Black Everything

THURSDAY 21 FOISTED EAST | One of the summer's successful music series, Are You Kidding Me? Tapes' Thursday night showcases of weird, experimental, and next-wave rock, has moved from Geno's Rock Club to Bayside's Urban Farm Fermentory. Besides bands of unpredictable and high-personality musicians, the prime virtue of this series, the project of a DIY tape label project by musician Chris Gervais and Jason Engler, is its ubiquity. A cheap weekly showcase of local rock…

Modeling a Crisis: Hal Cohen's 'Intervention' Cuts Deep

We encounter the statistics almost daily now: opioid addiction is killing far too many of us. But statistics, as I once heard someone say, never made anyone change their understanding or their life. Stories do that, and in the face of the crisis, we’ve been hearing more of them, both true and invented. Local playwright and physician, Hal J. Cohen, consulted with present and former addicts, and those close to them, for his fictional “dark comedy” Intervention, which he also directs and produces (with On A Dare Productions).…

8 Days a Week: Posi-Jams, Lawn Hangs, and Street Talk

THURSDAY 14 HERE'S YOUR CHANCE | Tell you what. You could skip this whole weekend and drive to New York right now to see the Fall, the legendary post-punk band from Manchester, UK, fronted by the brilliant and asinine Mark E. Smith. They play the first of five consecutive nights in Brooklyn tonight, a mere six-hour drive. No? Okay, then. Closer fantasies at hand, the fine folks at Bayside’s elevated barbecue joint Terlingua get weird…

Binge On This: What's New On Netflix This Fall

Though many of us sell the pleasant fiction that we spend our autumn moments outside, embarking on foliage hikes, spooky road trips and bonfire adventures, let’s confront a more likely reality. We’re going to spend a great deal of time in front of a screen. Although we deeply encourage our readers to enjoy Maine autumn in all its resplendent beauty, we've made peace with the fact that Netflix holds a big chunk of our daily…

The fall theater season is here — Our roundup of dramatics to come

Tracey Conyer Lee as Billie Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.  Whenever presidential politics hit a new benchmark for gross, mean, and ignorant, perhaps some musical satire is in order. Mad Horse Theatre Company is here to help with its season opener, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (September 21 through October 15), which explores the class divisions, racism, and rabble-rousing populism of an earlier era and president — and with a rock soundtrack, too. In our…

Art in the Elements: Surface First Tilts West coaxes visitors to an uninhabited island

It started like any art opening: A small crowd gathered outside, many of them holding coffee due to the early hour, standing and mingling. Some were artists themselves, others were more the outdoorsy-type wearing Patagonia jackets and sports sandals. They laughed and talked while waiting for the doors to open. But the doors didn’t open. Instead, the Elizabeth Grace, a water taxi, pulled up to the Portland Yacht Services dock, and the laughing, talking, and…

Clits Reigning Men — 'WILD FAMILY' creates a world at Border Patrol

You wanna know about Border Patrol? I'll tell you about Border Patrol. Elizabeth Spavento came here a year or two ago to head the visual art programming at SPACE Gallery. She and her partner, Border Patrol co-director and artist Jared Haug, came from the other Portland or somewhere like that, but they also brought a connection to a larger art world that our Portland is missing. Not to say that the artists here aren't amazing…

8 Days a Week: Six-Fingered Men, Victorian Revivals, and Badass Poets

THURSDAY 7   TO BLAVE | One of the most quoted, celebrated, and influential movies of a generation, the '80s fantasy film The Princess Bride gets a one-night-only screening at the Nickelodeon tonight. Some of this film's lines have been embedded in my vernacular so long I'd forgotten where they came from. (I've been addressing my entire family the way Andre the Giant calls up to Princess Buttercup for about 20 years now.) The late…

Is this play just about music? — Portland Stage and MSMT combine for 'The All Night Strut'

If the late-summer blues, or just the mind-numbing present, have you yearning to escape into yesteryear into breezy musical nostalgia, Portland Stage and Maine Stage Music Theatre have your ticket. For their second summertime collaboration on PSC’s mainstage, they present The All Night Strut, a concert production of hits from the 1920s through the 1950s, performed by four singers and a three-piece band. There’s no story to distract from the tunes. There’s barely even any…
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