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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…

Reality Replacement: Plug Into A Virtual Version Of Portland With The Yarn Corporation

If your current reality sucks, why not try a new one? One Waking Windows event will provide the option. The Portland-based company the Yarn Corporation are launching an event called Art, Seen: Virtual Experiences of Art, Music, and Design. There they'll let Portlanders play with the technology that they market as the answer to problems, both minute and apocalyptic, that might await humanity in the future. On their website, they playfully warn that big problems…

Opening Worlds: What to expect from the Page Burner Reading Series

Waking Windows is more than just a music festival; it's marketplace for ideas. The Page Burner Reading Series returns to make this part of the festival's mission crystal clear. Organized by local musician and writer Nat Baldwin (you might know him as the bassist for the Dirty Projectors) the reading series bounces across three venues (Local Sprouts, Tandem, and One Longfellow), and offers listeners glimpses into multiple different worlds. Baldwin, who's put together the past…

Wiping the Record Clean: Will Marijuana Amnesty Make It to Maine?

Think of it as a scarlet letter: The blemish that stays on your permanent record long after your arrest for marijuana possession, cultivation, or distribution. The long-term implications of getting busted for a pot-related offense — regardless of whether the crime is classified as a civil infraction, misdemeanor, or felony — can range from annoying to life-altering. One youthful indiscretion can keep you from getting into Canada or hinder your chances of getting a job; it can limit access…

On The Cover

Our cover artist this week is Emma Holt Sawyer. Find out more on Instagram @tubscum or at www.emmaholtsawyer.com  

The Thing in the North — Camden International Film Festival prepares its 13th season

Collective action Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’s Whose Streets? (2017) Coming to screens (or VR goggles) near you are stories of a god-appointed honey harvester, Syrian refugees, an immersive experience of white supremacist indoctrination, the Ferguson community, the emotional communication of donkeys, and more: this weekend the Camden International Film Festival launches its thirteenth year of documentary films. Produced under the umbrella of the Points North Institute, Maine’s all-doc fest has been steadily increasing its scope, partnerships, and importance…
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