Category Archives: Malarkey

VIDEO: “The Sunset” dancers, a little late

Steve Rukongi (right) directs Salua Umuhoza in his play "The Sunset" last summer at Portland Stage.

Last summer, stemming from a nearly random series of events radiating from the International Women’s Day Fashion Show in Portland, I had the good fortune to meet Steve Rukongi. He was directing a play he’d written in French (one of his native languages) and translated into English. It was called “The Sunset.” It was about the history […]

VIDEO: The other accordion player’s tattoo

Gary Chapin plays a button accordion given to him by his mentor, Sylvain Piron of France, at his house in Gardiner on Wednesday. Chapin has a tattoo of the instrument on his left arm. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Tattoo Tale: Gary Chapin was visiting his friend and accordion mentor Sylvain Piron in France. They were at a dinner party and, as he is known to do, Piron began to play his accordion. But the crowd wanted Chapin to play and shouted for, “L’Autre Diatoniste,” which is French for ‘the other accordion player.” The moniker stuck. […]

UMaine Black Bears win at “Slushy Fenway”

University of Maine's Ryan Lomberg celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period of a hockey game hockey game against Boston University, at Frozen Fenway Saturday just before a rain delay was called. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

The rain came down. The temperature soared into the 50s. Then the flashes of lightning stung my eyes. Next came the roar of thunder. The ice at Fenway Park puddled up. The puck splashed and skipped. The crowd huddled under the overhangs of the grandstand. Somehow, a hockey game happened and my cameras didn’t quit […]