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Trump(Don't)Care: How the AHCA Should Reinvigorate the Push For Universal Health Care

It’s a stretch to say the firing of FBI director James Comey and Trump’s declassification of sensitive information to Russia are stratagems meant to distract you from the AHCA. But in case it’s having that effect, let’s gloss over the brutality in store for Americans if TrumpCare passes the Senate. In simple terms, the American Health Care Act would position Mainers and Americans vulnerable to a health care system that could be so inaccessible that…

BobbyWasabi Goes Pro: A Teenage Portland Gamer's Quest for Glory and Riches

Soccer moms load their kids in minivans, encouraging their dreams of going pro. Dads pace or squirm nervously on sidelines or in the stands. High school coaches steer young athletes toward playing sports in college or beyond. But while competitive sports can be their own reward, those seeking big money for their efforts often do so in vain. Statistics show that very few traditional athletes that play in high school continue onto college or pro…

'That Distant Holla': Daniel Minter and the Abyssinian Meeting House

Munjoy Hill is changing. Single-family homes that have stood for generations are being demolished and replaced with condos. Historically cheap rents and regional dialects are being replaced with nearly inaccessibly expensive housing and a vernacular of American English with much less distinction. In the midst of all of the new development, there is a structure as much a part of the city’s landscape and culture as the grueling incline of the hill itself. The Abyssinian Meeting House…

The 100 Best Of Portland Winners

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT  Best Art Gallery: Portland Museum of Art   It was a year of fineness for Maine’s premier art institution. It began with a powerful six-month dedication to Maine artist and educator Duncan Hewitt and his enigmatic sculptures, showing there is always room for local art on the largest of Maine stages. Add in deep studies of WWI-era painter Georges Braque, “Women Modernists in New York” like Georgia O’Keeffe and Helen Torr, and…

The Cannabis Generation: Pot and Pan Kitchen offers an array of medicinal sweet treats

For over a year now the folks over at Pot and Pan Kitchen have been quietly putting their botany knowledge and cooking skills to good use by offering up an entire menu of marijuana-infused sweet treats. One of the owners of Pot and Pan Kitchen, Andrew Doolittle, told me that the company began with Doolittle making hard candies out of his own kitchen. He would melt down Jolly Ranchers, boil them with a little water,…

Creating a World: The Secret Life of Portland's Most Shadowy Artists

By the time the opening night audience is seated, the curtain raised, and the lights brought up on any local stage around town, another cast of characters has already played their parts — vital, but behind the scenes. Well before the first line is uttered, designers, managers, and technicians have already created this dramatic world. Those in the theater business are well aware of their value, but to many a theatergoer, they are a lot…

Are Portland Bars Safe for Everyone?

“Where are you guys???” The extra question marks at the end of the text are the first hint that something might be wrong.   A friend is waiting for us at a bar by himself, while his wife and I amble down Congress Street. We’re late (as usual) but when he meets us outside The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box, his face is marked by a different sort of anxiety, not simple irritation.   “There’s a…

Information for sale: The fight for Internet privacy and why you should care

 "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power." Franklin Delano Roosevelt Republicans in the House and Senate just repealed landmark FCC regulations on internet privacy. And you don’t need to wear a tinfoil hat to…

Capturing an Animal: Legacy Artist Zoo Cain's Loving Documentary

First impressions of Zoo Cain tend to be visceral and vivid. “Something overtook me. It was like a magnetic attraction,” says a gray-haired woman in a spacious room with pink lilies. “‘Wow, look at this duck,’” a fellow with a weathered face says he thought to himself, watching Zoo turn up outside somewhere in 20-below weather and start sharpening a bunch of colored pencils. A blonde woman deems Zoo “beyond any sort of category.” Meanwhile,…

The New Sound of Portland? Prism Analog opens Vintage Recording Studio in Bayside

American life is contradictory. It’s cheaper to consume music more than any time in history, and technology has given listeners access to a truly limitless amount of recordings. Yet vinyl record sales have increased for the ninth consecutive year. It’s as if — just spitballing here — something about the mass digitization and availability of cultural commodities leaves some people with a diminished sense of meaning and connection. According to Nick Johnson, the engineer set…
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