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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…

Free Knowledge: Eight Podcasts You Should Download Right Now

It’s nice to see the popularity of podcasts take off — the same amount of people that use Twitter listen to them, which is something like 57 million Americans — because it’s one of the best forms of free infotainment. It’s also a particularly useful way to transform mundane moments in the day to an engrossing time you’d rather prolong than go to class. And from commutes and workouts, to chores and work-study, students experience…

The Reclusive Artist's Walking Tour of Safe Creative Spaces

Portland’s Arts District can be daunting to the young artist who would rather think about strangers than interact with them. There are so many creatives (I’m looking at you, theater folk) who want to embrace the public in a very enthusiastic, face-to-face manner, and the places for quieter community engagement can be more difficult to spot. For this little walking tour, we’ll be going to East Bayside. 1. Ease into it. Step one, of course,…

Meet Veronica from The University of Everyone

Editors Note: This article is SPONSORED CONTENT. The University of Southern Maine (USM) prides itself in its rich mix of students. It’s why we are called the University of Everyone.  We are the university of high achievers, the first-in-the family to attend college, the New Mainer, the working adult, and those who have served our nation. We’re also the university of the creative and talented, whether it is on the athletic fields — or in…

Dancing on the Edge of Summer — Alison Chase's 'NO PLAN B' takes over Thompson's Point

This weekend, the choreographer Alison Chase and her dance company, Alison Chase/Performance, take over Thompson’s Point for a multimedia tent show, merging her team of six trained contemporary dancers with sound and visual design from some unexpected sources. Teaming with multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay, who played with rock group The Hold Steady as well as vaudeville-punk group World/Inferno Friendship Society; and video artist Gene Felice, director of the University of Maine’s CoAction Lab, the cohort have…

Never Turning Back — Cast Aside's 'Hedwig' Blurs Gender and Spots a Star

Holding court this weekend at the Portland Ballet Studio Theater is a captivating glam-rocker, a fabulous chanteuse who will rock, rage, dish, and tell all — of love, division, unification, and the genital stub that was the cost of her emigration to America. Yes, it’s Hedwig, the “internationally ignored song stylist” of John Cameron Mitchell’s wildly beloved Hedwig and the Angry Inch, onstage in a tight, zinging show by Cast Aside Productions, directed by Celeste!…

Finding A Common Tongue — How Immigrant Women's Organization In Her Presence Does the Good Work

“The hardest was to find snow suits for the babies,” Penny Carson tells me as she gestures to the navy toddler suit lying next to the heaps of English Language Learner workbooks and vocabulary flashcards on the couch. Penny Carson, a retiree in her seventies, volunteers as an English teacher to newly arriving refugees and asylum seekers at local non-profit In Her Presence. “There will always be more need this winter you know, so I’ll…

The 2017 Portland Cheap Eats Guide

Welcome to Portland, Maine. Food is good here. (We get it.) Real talk, though. The praise heaped on the high end of city cuisine is totally well deserved. But sometimes, y’know, that’s not what we’re about. Here, we carved out space for some amazing meals Portlanders can get on a tight budget. If you’re someone with a busy lifestyle who juggles a love of food with an appreciation for “old Portland” aesthetics (and maybe class…

The Horse in the Room — Watching 'The Bachelorette' as a POC

When sociologists look back through the annals of television at Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette — which comes to an end this Monday, August 7 — they will get a closer look at America’s collective anxiety about race and culture.  Will they find it odd that Rachel, the first black Bachelorette in history, has two white best friends? Or that several of her relatives are in interracial relationships? Will they be as shocked as…
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