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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: One last go round on Thompson’s Point before they tear it down

Casey McCurry, leader of the Portland band Sunset Hearts, performs at his longtime rehearsal space in an unused industrial building on Thompson's Point Friday night with his lyrics painted on the walls. The band hosted a show in the space to say goodbye. The building is slated for demolition as the point is redeveloped. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

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 […]

VIDEO: Portland. Yes, the weed’s good (and sort of legal) here

BDN photojournalist and songster, Troy R. Bennett, puts two of Portland's best stories of 2013 in one song.

Well, it’s been an interesting year in Portland, my home town. We’re getting our floating link to Nova Scotia back and the city has wrestled with what to do about panhandlers in the median strips. There’s even been talk about replacing city lawnmowers with sheep. But the two stories that have been kicking around in my noggin are […]