Features (208)

Privacy in Peril: Facial recognition technology is getting popular, but should it be?

Last spring, local John Hobart traveled to Amman, Jordan with a small team of developers from Coria, a tech company he co-founded, with the lofty goal of utilizing data science to come up with a useful response to the refugee crisis. The mission technically started three years ago when Hobart launched Coria right here in Portland, and since then it’s grown to employ over 40 people. Its main focus involves consulting with clients — typically…

Women Are Seizing Their Power — Is 2017 The Beginning of Herstory?

“I honestly don’t even know.” Several weeks ago, in the wake of the Weinstein maelstrom, I posed a question to my friend Olivia, “What will the world look like when women seize their power?” We were sitting in her kitchen, having tucked away a bottle or three of wine, impatiently waiting for a Moroccan-inspired chicken dish to finish cooking while the smell of cinnamon and roasting apricots surrounded us. The silence of our unknowing drew…

From Portland to Puerto Rico — Mainers discuss the island post-Maria (and how you can help)

It’s been six weeks since the worst natural disaster to hit the Caribbean, and more than half of Puerto Rico is still without power. Last month, as President Trump briefly visited to toss paper towels and tweeted that Puerto Ricans “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” two Mainers with connections to the island flew there to help. Jo Silver and Todd Weeks touched down in the city…

Your Election Day Cheat Sheet

We know it’s exhausting to remain motivated when politics seems toxic and all-consuming, but you’ve got to get out and vote this November 7. Democracy needs you! To help you come to a decision on this year’s slate of ballot questions and city council bids, here are our endorsements. Maine Election Question 1: Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and…

Meet the Halloween Monster Squad

In honor of one of the world's best films, 1987's Monster Squad, we present to you the Phoenix's list of the area's hottest Halloween parties — in disguise as classic monsters, ghouls, and undead zombies.     Frankenstein In a large, cavernous dwelling on the edge of town, a mish-mash of once-useful songs are stitched together by a team of creatives wickedly skilled in their command over instrumentation. They reanimate a lumpy pile of limbs, flesh,…

The Battle For Fair Rent — What You Need To Know About Question 1

It's no secret that Portland is changing — and fast. Tons of development money is pouring in, and with it, a different class of people who can afford higher rents, a process that has accelerated the displacement of long-term residents and exacerbated the housing crunch in the city. On November 7, Portlanders will vote on Question 1, the ordinance proposed by the upstart citizens' group Fair Rent Portland, which aims to cap the rate of rental…

Haunt Me Again — Your guide to Damnationland 2017

Time to preen that gnarly werewolf fur. You’re going to the theater! This weekend marks the eighth annual Damnationland festival, which kicks off with a screening at the State Theatre on the truly fiendish date of Friday, the 13th of October. One of the homegrown horror film festival’s most notable quirks is that each year features a new batch of directors. This doubles Damnationland’s function. It’s not just an entertaining festival of horror film made…

'Maine has its own Standing Rock' - The Penobscot River Fight Explained

In September, Portland followed Bangor, Brunswick, and Belfast and voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. While the holiday recognition — which lands on October 9 this year — is informal (it's not federally recognized), we think it’s a useful time to reflect on Maine’s contentious relationship with some of its indigenous residents, specifically the Penobscot Nation.  About 150 miles north of Portland on a reservation called Indian Island, a long-simmering conflict between…

Portland artists share their Waking Windows dreams

The Waking Windows festival throws dozens of local performers onto bills with artists blowing up elsewhere in the country.  But with so much going on, it can be difficult to know how to map it. So we thought, who better than to ask the artists themselves what path to take?  Here are some Maine performers we've spotlit to tell us what they're looking forward to in the festival.   Name: Jeff Beam Instrument: guitar/vocals Statement:…

Chances Worth Considering: Special Events At Waking Windows

A Chance To Shop For Vintage Tunes Over 20 vinyl dealers from across the Northeast will converge for an epic sale. Peruse their collection, and add to your own, while these guest DJs perform: Disco Phantom, No Wolfpack, Precious Style, and Ash & Herb. Stopping here could make for a nice, chill, primer before the day's events really kick off. Portland Record Fair | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm | Maine Ballroom Dance, 615 Congress…
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