Sometimes people refer to me and my artwork. That always makes me uncomfortable. I don’t consider myself an artist. I have zero art training. My degree is in English literature. I’m more of an artisan, someone who crafts things with an obvious purpose. In my case, the pictures, video — and music — I create […]
I was at Hadlock Field in Portland on Friday night to catch Rusney Castillo, who just inked seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, play some ball with the Portland Sea Dogs. Portland beat the Binghamton Mets, taking a 2-1 game lead in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division Championship Series.
Tattoos are commonplace in Portland. When the warm temperatures of summer reign and skin is revealed in abundance, you see them everywhere. Full sleeves of intricate imagery creep from shoulders to elbows. Skirts hover above decorated legs and sweetheart’s names blaze across many a sternum for the world to see. But one tattoo stood out […]
The wooden, beer-soaked floor bounced like a trampoline upstairs at Bull Feeney’s under the weight of over a hundred dancers Thursday night while Hello Newman belted hits from the 90s one last time. The popular, and unapologetic cover band has packed sweaty bodies into the historic building at the corner of Fore and Exchange Streets […]
The sky was crying outside the rehearsal shack in Falmouth last week. Inside, an electric guitar wailed right back, telling a story of whiskey and a lost love. Then Scott Link’s voice rolled in behind, filling in the woeful details. Link used to be known as Diesel Doug. That was back when he and his […]
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 […]
Last fall, the owners of a boarded-up storefront on Congress Street, near its intersection with High Street, asked painter Fletcher Curran to beautify their patch of plywood. He painted a ravishing, pale woman with technicolor tresses flowing past her purple shift. It was a 100% percent improvement over the plain particle board and a a far […]
While development of the “Forefront” — which will include a home for the Maine Red Claws and a clown college — goes forward, bands are losing their homes. It’s the same all over town. As Portland becomes cooler and more upscale, the rents go up and space for art gets hard to find. Ben McCanna and […]