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|Light snow predicted for Monday, temps rise on TuesdayWMTW / 6 min. ago more|
About 1 to 2 inches of light, fluffy snow will coat entire state
|Sarah Palin’s son arrested on domestic violence claimsWMTW / 24 min. ago more|
Court documents say that Track Palin, the oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was arrested on charges related to domestic violence again.
|Collins says tax reform includes proposals she fought forWMTW / 24 min. ago more|
Sen. Susan Collins says the tax reform overhaul now contains proposals she backed concerning state and local taxes, retirement savings and medical expenses.
|Man charged with reckless conduct after shooting dogWMTW / 27 min. ago more|
Police chief calls it "poor judgement."
|Patriots mount epic comeback, beat Steelers, win AFC East titleWMTW / 29 min. ago more|
The New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, led a massive 4th quarter comeback, beating the Steelers in a heart-stopping win.
|Grandmother sentenced for putting Oxycontin in toddler’s sippy cup, killing himWMTW / 34 min. ago more|
A 46-year-old South Carolina grandmother put Oxycontin in her 14-month-old grandson’s sippy cup, causing his death.
|Man fed up with package thieves sells booby-trapped box that scares crooksWMTW / 1 h. 25 min. ago more|
He says business is booming.
|Power restored to several parts of Atlanta airportWMTW / 3 h. 49 min. ago more|
More than 600 flights to and from Atlanta were canceled, including 350 departures, according to Flightradar24.
|Virginia puppy headed for Maine in time for Christmas - Press HeraldGoogle News / 5 h. 53 min. ago more|
Press HeraldVirginia puppy headed for Maine in time for ChristmasPress HeraldThe puppy, a 14-week-old border collie named Tessa, was adopted by the woman – identified only as Chris on the Bangor police Facebook page – who had no way of transporting the canine to Maine before Christmas. Lt. Tom Cotton, who presides over the ...and more »
|Sons of Quint will play benefit concert - Press HeraldGoogle News / 7 h. 58 min. ago more|
Sons of Quint will play benefit concertPress HeraldThe toy fund uses donations from readers to provide toys to thousands of Maine children who might otherwise not receive holiday gifts because of hardships faced by their parents. Now in its 68th year, the fund is accepting applications for toys from ...
|WWE Portland, ME, live results: Last stop before Clash of Champions - Figure Four Online (blog)Google News / 11 h. 56 min. ago more|
Figure Four Online (blog)WWE Portland, ME, live results: Last stop before Clash of ChampionsFigure Four Online (blog)With a card that featured some of the same matchups that will be on the pay-per-view, the SmackDown roster was in Portland, Maine on Saturday night for their final house show before Clash of Champions. - SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos defeated ...WWE Clash of Champions, ROH Final Battle, WWE weekend (reports needed), ROH TV taping (reports needed), next ...ProWrestling.netall 272 news articles »
|Christmas tail: Europe deal could slow yuletide lobster bizPortland News / 18 h. 43 min. ago more|
A trade deal between Canada and the European Union could amount to a lump of coal for the U.S. at Christmastime. The Christmas season is typically a busy time of year for American seafood exporters, as the type of lobster that is native to North America is popular in some European countries around the holiday.
|Hill hits 6 3s, scores 23; Seattle beats Portland 89-76Big News Network.com / 20 h. 4 min. ago more|
Jordan Hill hit six 3-pointers and finished with 23 points, both career highs, to help Seattle beat Portland 89-76 on Saturday night for its seventh consecutive home win. Matej Kav
|Saturday Night Five: Royce Freeman shows up, Oregon doesn’t; the Ducks’ alternate search; and those must-keep ASU coordinatorsBig News Network.com / 20 h. 15 min. ago more|
Turns out, the Ducks weren't in the LVB. Boise State was on one side of the matchup; nobody was on the other; and the Pac-12 lineup gets underway after Christmas, it turns out
|PPB’s Sunshine Division has 95th annual food box drop offBig News Network.com / 20 h. 30 min. ago more|
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Officials say more than 30 people have been killed mostly due to landslides set off by a slow-moving storm in the… ...
|Dine Out Maine: Noble Barbecue elevates barbecue to realm of art - Press HeraldGoogle News / 23 h. 31 min. ago more|
Dine Out Maine: Noble Barbecue elevates barbecue to realm of artPress HeraldBOTTOM LINE: Ask Ryan Carey – who, along with his twin brother Richard, is one of the co-owners of Portland's Noble Barbecue – about the type of barbecue he makes, and he balks. “We're not really sticking with a certain style,” he said. “There's ...
|Maine Observer: Well-versed in Christmas cards, but not sending anymore - Press HeraldGoogle News / 23 h. 31 min. ago more|
Maine Observer: Well-versed in Christmas cards, but not sending anymorePress HeraldAs the years have gone by, my family and friends have sent me updates on and pictures of their children and now their grandchildren. What I can send are pictures of my childhood dolls decked out in their holiday finery. Fifty-plus years later, but they ...and more »
|Military veteran says she was attacked, had dog stolenPortland News / 1 d. 1 h. 41 min. ago more|
Now dog lovers across New Hampshire and beyond are trying to help find Jax, who belongs to Ashley McCall and George Frank Glass. The story of what happened to McCall and her dog has been spreading across social media this weekend.
|VIDEO: Aminu's Block, With An Assist From Turner, Saves The Game In CharlotteBig News Network.com / 1 d. 2 h. 5 min. ago more|
Al-Farouq Aminu has been known as the Trail Blazers' best defender since signing with the team as a free agent in 2015, but this season, the 6-9 forward is also their most accurate three-point th
|Jealous much? Andrea Martin has TV nights with Tina FeyPortland News / 1 d. 3 h. 56 min. ago more|
The term "overdoing it" does not exist in Carol Wendelson's vocabulary when it comes to Christmas. As this week's episode of "Great News" amusingly illustrates, she likes to control the holiday, believing the only way to celebrate it is to achieve perfection.
|Trail Blazers hold off HornetsBig News Network.com / 1 d. 5 h. 53 min. ago more|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- CJ McCollum scored 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers held on for their third straight victory with a 93-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night at the Spectrum Ce
|Bowl roundup: No. 25 Boise State tops Oregon in Las Vegas BowlBig News Network.com / 1 d. 6 h. 12 min. ago more|
LAS VEGAS - Brett Rypien passed for 362 yards and two touchdowns and Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown as 25th-ranked Boise State spoiled the Oregon coaching debut of Mario
|Boise State rides arm of Rypien to Las Vegas Bowl winBig News Network.com / 1 d. 8 h. 4 min. ago more|
LAS VEGAS - Brett Rypien passed for 362 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown as 25th-ranked Boise State spoiled the Oregon head coac
|Caught in the act: Career criminal caught by man, 95, and his daughterWMTW / 1 d. 15 h. 56 min. ago more|
A career criminal who was interrupted as he broke into a West Allis home is now in custody.
|Burglar caught by 95-year-old veteran and his daughterWMTW / 1 d. 16 h. 19 min. ago more|
A career criminal in Wisconsin learned you don't mess with a Marine Corps veteran and his daughter.
|Miniature QSR Restaurants - A Mini KFC Location is Operating in Portland, MainePortland News / 1 d. 17 h. 41 min. ago more|
To show its fans what goes into the making of the items inside of its $5 Fill Up Box, KFC created a video that depicts mini KFC foods being made. Across YouTube, miniature cooking sessions that involve small-scale appliances and tinier-than-bite-sized treats are all the rage.
|War, what is it good for? Raising lots of penniesPortland News / 2 d. 1 h. 1 min. ago more|
A group of Edward Stone Middle School students descended upon Walmart's shelves and clothing racks Friday in search of the perfect gifts for six children they adopted for Christmas. The shopping trip was made possible by $1,656 raised in nine days through a school-wide penny war, the idea for which sprung from the minds of students in the Community Builders Club, a seventh-grade leadership club Principal Angie Butler started at the school this year. "The whole purpose of the club is to build climate and culture within the school and the community," Butler said.
|Lillard, McCollum lead Blazers past MagicBig News Network.com / 2 d. 5 h. 48 min. ago more|
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Damian Lillard scored 21 points and CJ McCollum added 20 as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Orlando Magic 95-88 Friday. The Blazers won their second straight game while handi
|Home for the Holidays, with Ghost of Paul ReverePortland News / 2 d. 6 h. 4 min. ago more|
Our Town Belfast invites the community to this year's second Home for the Holidays dance Wednesday, Dec. 27, beginning 8 p.m. at United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring St. There will be fun, food and dancing well into the evening as everyone meets up with visiting friends and family and shakes off the holiday blues with one of Maine's hottest music acts - The Ghost of Paul Revere. Maine's own holler roots band's 2017 tour shows in Gardiner and Portland are already sold out, so the dance is the last chance this year in Maine to take in GOPR's critically acclaimed blend of bluegrass, folk and old-school rock.
|Maine Turnpike Authority Throws Itself a Birthday PartyPortland News / 2 d. 8 h. 54 min. ago more|
The Maine Turnpike Authority, which is typically more concerned with managing its open road tolling system, rebuilding exits, and keeping the highway between Kittery and Augusta safe for travelers, took a few moments to celebrate its achievements Dec. 13. Erin Courtney, spokeswoman for the MTA, said the highway held a 70th birthday party at its Portland headquarters. The highway opened on Dec. 13, 1947.
|Magic leading scorer Gordon cleared to returnBig News Network.com / 2 d. 10 h. 4 min. ago more|
Leading scorer Aaron Gordon cleared the NBA's concussion protocol and will return to the lineup when the Orlando Magic host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Gordon suffered a concussion ag
|The top 10 most-read Threads and Laces stories of 2017Bizjournals.com / 2 d. 10 h. 40 min. ago more|
Thank you, PBJ readers, for following along this year with our coverage of Portland's booming footwear and apparel industry. There has been no shortage of interesting shifts and shake-ups. And thank you, too, for continuing your loyal readership even as my esteemed colleague and mentor, Matt Kish, took off mid-year for a fellowship at Columbia University. In the meantime, I've loved learning about and reporting on the global leaders, fledgling start-ups, educational programs and all things in between…
|Lyft to roll out carpool service in PortlandBizjournals.com / 2 d. 11 h. 35 min. ago more|
Want to carpool with a stranger? Here's your chanc.. Lyft brought its carpool service — Lyft Line — to Portland on Thursday, the San Francisco-based tech giant announced in a news release. The company said the service makes a ride from the Belmont district to downtown available for about $7.25. The option is being rolled out in Portland and Nashville this week. In January, a study by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory found riders using carpooling services provided…
|Puppies and kittens invade the PBJ as the Humane Society spotlights its stars (Photos)Bizjournals.com / 2 d. 11 h. 50 min. ago more|
The Portland Business Journal team, like many businesses around town this week, got our puppy and kitten fix. And we didn't have to leave the office to do it. The Oregon Humane Society's Snuggle Express went off without a hitch, bringing youngster dogs and cats to a variety of spots in what's become a crowd-pleasing fundraiser. The visits took place throughout Portland on Wednesday and Thursday. Each Snuggle Express delivery included experienced OHS representatives who monitored the adoration given…
|A high-profile Oregon liquor brand gets a new south-of-the-border ownerBizjournals.com / 2 d. 12 h. 2 min. ago more|
A prominent Oregon whisky brand has a new multinational owner. The Associated Press reports that Hood River Distillers has sold the Pendleton Whisky brand to the parent company of Jose Cuervo tequila. AP reported the price, paid by the beverage conglomerate Becle, at $205 million. Hood River Distillers will continue to bottle the whiskey. The deal's expected to close during 2018's first quarter. According to the company's website, Pendleton Whisky is tied to the Pendleton Round-Up, one of the…
|Specialty Maine beer bottles that make great giftsMaineToday / 2 d. 15 h. 57 min. ago more|
Throughout most of the year, I stick to drinking flagship and seasonal beers from Maine breweries. My fridge is steadily stocked with staples from my favorite brewers spiced with the occasional special release beer. The holiday season, however, is the time to splurge and buy specialty bottles from Maine breweries to share at ugly sweater parties, pop open at a holiday meal or gift to fellow craft beer lovers. Maine brewers offer a range of specialty beers in handsome bottles with artistic labels that hit different notes on the palate. Whether you’re looking for a barrel-aged beer with wild yeast or a big boozy bourbon barrel-aged dark ale, Maine brewers have you covered. The following list is, as they say, just the tip of the iceberg — Maine brewers offer a myriad of specialty bottles. Hit up your local beverage store for a full view of the vast catalog available. Here are six specialty bottles available at beer stores and breweries sure to please the palate this holiday season. Photos by Dave Patterson Nikita || Rising Tide Brewing Co. ($13, 375 ml) Winter is the perfect time to break into a bottle of this small-batch Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels from Rising Tide. Like a great Russian imperial stout, Nikita is a balance of flavors: buttery bourbon, oaky wood, roasty malts and an assertive boozy underbelly. Nikita also boasts a nice hop finish from the addition of Magnum, Cascade and Mount Hood hops. Hibernal Fluxus || Allagash Brewing Co. ($17, 750 ml) True to its name (“fluxus” is Latin for change), each year Allagash Brewing revamps the recipe for this winter release. The 2017 version is a blend of a milk stout and a saison. On paper, the two different styles of beer shouldn’t work; however, in the hands of the alchemists at Allagash, Hibernal Fluxus is a triumph of flavors. The bright saison yeast interplays with the dark malts of the stout to create a supple beer. Cletus || Oxbow Brewing Co. ($18, 500 ml) This strong ale is aged in bourbon barrels and offers big flavors of bourbon and Oxbow’s signature house yeast. The sweet flavors from the dark malts and the barrel-aging, along with the 10 percent alcohol content, make this a great digestif to sip after a big holiday meal. Oxbow offers a wide range of specialty bottles with striking labels, so be sure to check out all their offerings. Barleywine || Sebago Brewing Co. ($13, two 12-ounce cans) Packaged in an innovative sleeve holding two 12-ounce cans, Sebago’s Barleywine makes a great stocking stuffer. At 11.8 percent, this bourbon barrel-aged beer is brimming with complexity and is another great beer to sip after a big meal. Heck, with all those flavors of sweet malts, vanilla and caramel, you could even serve this beer for dessert. Saxual Revolution || Liquid Riot Bottling Co. ($45, 1.5 liter) The playful name, wax seal, fetching packaging and innovative liquid inside make Saxual Revolution a great gift for beer lovers. True to Liquid Riot’s outside-the-box approach to brewing, this is a tripel ale brewed with 150 pounds of candy sugar and aged with Brettanomyces yeast on gin barrels. Your palate will be unlocking different tasting notes from this kaleidoscopic flavor ride with each sip. Pomology: Blueberry || Foundation Brewing Co. ($15, 500ml) Since most of the beers on this list are dark beers with big roasty flavors, I want to mix in this sour ale aged on wild Maine blueberries from Foundation Brewing. Pomology: Blueberry is a small batch release that boasts a palatable sour undercurrent on top of sweet notes from the blueberry and malts. This is a refined sour that, like a bottle of wine, would be a great compliment to a holiday feast. A bite of salty turkey and cranberry sauce washed down with a sip of Pomology: Blueberry will surely induce instant holiday bliss. OTHER BEER HAPPENINGS ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ screening at Rising Tide Brewing 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Rising Tide Brewing, 103 Fox St., Portland. On Facebook. What would the holidays be without a screening of the ubiquitous American classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Rising Tide is offering a screening in their newly opened East Room. The event includes eats from Locally Sauced food truck and a performance by cellist Alexa Ciciretti. Check out the new space as Rising Tide continues to expand in its Fox Street location while quaffing the brewery’s delicious lineup of beers. And you can pick up a bottle of Nikita Russian Imperial Stout while you’re there to boot. Little Tap House Presents: 4th Annual Wicked Mainah’ Holiday Party 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 106 High St., Portland. On Facebook. For years now, Little Tap House has been a veritable institution of Maine beer. The cozy beer-forward gastropub has close ties with many Maine brewers, allowing them to offer some of the best brews in Maine. This will be highlighted on Thursday for its 4th Annual Wicked Mainah’ Holiday Party. Expect brilliant one-off beers from local brewers and an inspired food menu to compliment all that great beer. There will even be a gathering of brewers on hand to chat up as you sip their beer. Dress in your finest flannel as you imbibe for the holidays and listen to live music.
|Get off the highway and hit up happy hour at Muddy RudderMaineToday / 2 d. 16 h. ago more|
The Muddy Rudder is a familiar site from the highway. Photos by Colleen Katana You’ve probably heard of — or at least seen — the Muddy Rudder, perched on Route 1 in Yarmouth in clear view of cars on the highway. But have you ever gotten off and gone in? If you’ve passed it over thinking it was the sort of place your grandparents would go for dinner at 4 p.m. and not where you’d meet friends for happy hour, you should reconsider. The Muddy Rudder may be quiet, but it’s still a solid choice for a fantastic cocktail. Yes, OK, it’s a bit monochromatic with its various green carpets and green painted walls. And the bottom half of the bar counter is green, as are the dining tables. You’re not likely find yourself shoulder to shoulder with a hip Maine crowd. And sure, you’re not going to hear any cool new indie bands on the radio. But if you can stomach the endless Christmas music, I think you’ll find this bar makes for a really nice evening out. The bar at Muddy Rudder on Route 1 in Yarmouth. The holiday décor is tasteful and understated with simple red ribbons, poinsettias, holiday lights and a classically decorated tree. And, I have to say, it complimented that aforementioned green décor very well. At least for this time of year, the green walls and carpet work. I’ll let you know if I feel the same come July. The cocktail list was impressive. Creative spins on classics included the Wicked Maple Whiskey Smash ($10) with Chadwick’s maple craft whiskey, maple syrup, blueberries, fresh rosemary, fresh lemon juice and club soda, and the Maine-mosa ($12), made with Hardshore gin, champagne, elderflower liquor, cranberry juice, fresh lemon and simple syrup. The cocktail list was creative and appropriate for winter and the use of maple and cranberry as ingredients was notable and effective. Mixed drinks are $3.50 at Muddy Rudder’s daily happy hour. My favorite drink was the Spiced & Stormy ($10). It was a simple mixture of Queequeg spiced rum, Capt’n Eli’s ginger beer, and lime. Though it was simple in its creation, the spiced rum and ginger beer complemented each other perfectly and the splash of lime was just enough to add a pop of citrus to the flavor. Beyond the creative cocktails, there was a mix of craft beers and domestic staples on tap, ranging from Bud Light to Newburyport Maritime Lager to Sebago’s Slick Nick Long Winter Ale. As with the many amazing happy hours I’ve discovered in the area, Muddy Rudder’s specials did not disappoint. Every day from 3-6 p.m., all bottled and draft beers are $3.50 and house wines are $4. Single-liquor well drinks are $3.50, and for only $4.50, you can get well martinis and multi-liquor drinks. At $6, the calamari is a great deal at happy hour. Not enough to pull you in the door? Is the older clientele’s early dinner still deterring you? Well, the Muddy Rudder sweetens the pot with amazing appetizer specials during happy hour, including $5 spinach and artichoke dip, $5.50 Rudder Chips and pork pot stickers, $6 poutine and — what I ordered — calamari. Usually $10.95, it’s a great deal at only $6 and pretty tasty (although they could have eased up on the Asian chili sauce). So, here’s the thing, I think a lot of people have written The Rudder (as locals call it) off. And I get why. Once upon a time, it was the fanciest schmanciest place in town where locals would dress up in their nicest L.L. Bean apparel and come out for a high-end dinner. These days, not so much, but the Muddy Rudder is worth a second look, and for me, a second visit. The Muddy Rudder WHERE: 1335 Route 1 PHONE: (207) 846-3082 WEBSITE: muddy-rudder.com HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday AMENITIES: Happy hour 3-6 p.m. daily, TV at the bar, outdoor seating in the summer, water view, dock, lots of parking, full menu at the bar, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. BOTTOM LINE: With all the trendy new bars popping up, people seem to be forgetting about Muddy Rudder. However, its cocktail list is creative, seasonal and delicious, and the happy hour deals are good enough to entice you to enter those doors, at the very least, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes
|5 things to know on a Salvation Army bucket-filling FridayBizjournals.com / 2 d. 16 h. 41 min. ago more|
One of my favorite sounds is the sustained clang of a stream of change hitting the bottom of a Salvation Army kettle around the holidays. Indeed, I save up my change through the year just so I can enjoy this aural sensation. Rotary Club members will be around Pioneer Courthouse Square today ringing their bells (that's another sound I love) imploring passers-by to contribute. Wouldn't it be a kick if the one who happens to get my coins reads Five Things? Oh, what a moment we'll have. Enough about…
|Oregon schools' MBA programs interact with wide array of industries amid slight enrollment declineBizjournals.com / 2 d. 17 h. 37 min. ago more|
MBA programs are competing with a bullish state economy but still finding many executives, and professionals looking to advance or shift careers.
|Time is running out to buy health insurance— and keep your same Oregon providers next yearBizjournals.com / 2 d. 17 h. 54 min. ago more|
Consumers have until midnight to select individual insurance plans for 2018. Meanwhile, many insurers have more narrowly focused their networks.
|Willamette MBA dean on the value of marketing and how Trump is hurting enrollmentBizjournals.com / 2 d. 20 h. 42 min. ago more|
Debra Ringold says the president's immigration policies have encouraged more students to look overseas for graduate degrees.
|NYCFC trades forward Khiry Shelton to Sporting KCBig News Network.com / 3 d. 7 h. 50 min. ago more|
Sporting Kansas City acquired former No. 2 MLS draft pick Khiry Shelton from New York City FC in a trade for right-back Saad Abdul-Salaam on Thursday.Shelton, 24, has scored six goals with 1
|Providence Oregon, United Way execs on tax bill's potential $13B hit to nonprofitsBizjournals.com / 3 d. 9 h. 56 min. ago more|
Tax bill provisions will weaken America’s safety net, endanger vulnerable children and families, and erode the capacity of our most important nonprofits.
|Why Viewpoint bought a competitor and why the deal won't be the lastBizjournals.com / 3 d. 9 h. 57 min. ago more|
The construction software firm's CEO on digital transformation, buying a competitor, and more deals to come.
|‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is a grandiose, epic space operaMaineToday / 3 d. 14 h. 6 min. ago more|
This image released by Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” in theaters on Dec. 15. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm via AP Writer/director Rian Johnson goes for broke during his turn at bat in the “Star Wars” franchise, and he delivers an epic space opera with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” a film that is as indebted to the previous installments and “Star Wars” canon as it is to classic Westerns, sword and sandal epics, and martial arts films. After this impressive showing, it’s no wonder producer Kathleen Kennedy has hired Johnson to make a trilogy of “Star Wars” films with a whole new cast of characters. But first, in classic non-linear “Star Wars” fashion, “Episode VIII.” Picking up where “The Force Awakens” left off, “The Last Jedi” reunites audiences with the host of new characters we fell in love with two years ago. Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and BB-8 are back, still fighting in the Resistance against the First Order, led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and prodigal Solo son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). This image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” in theaters on Dec. 15. Photo by John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP Our heroes are scattered to the wind, as Rey has been dispatched to an isolated planet to recruit Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to the cause, while hotshot flyboy Poe tangles with the pecking order of Resistance leadership. Finn and a new ally, Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), have their own secret mission they’re undertaking to protect the Resistance fighters who are being chased all over the galaxy by the First Order. WATCH THE TRAILER “The Last Jedi” is a sweeping and grandiose film, and also, far funnier than possibly any other “Star Wars” film has attempted to be. Johnson pitches the tone just right, with actual jokes and visual gags peppered amongst the stunning action set pieces, as well as earnest and emotionally moving moments of heroism and self-sacrifice. Johnson leaves it all on the screen – everything you could want and more from a “Star Wars” film can be found in “The Last Jedi”. There are cute and mysterious creatures (don’t try to resist the porgs, the porgs will rule us all), gripping action sequences and fight choreography, a wacky party scene, spiritual discussions of the Force and what it means to be a Jedi, and most importantly, a group of heroes who know they will persevere if they save what they love, not destroy what they hate. This image released by Lucasfilm shows John Boyega as Finn in a scene from, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm via AP That desire to do it all and more in “The Last Jedi” does come with its drawbacks. Thankfully, the pace never lets up, with masterful editing by Bruce Ducsay, hopping nimbly from spaceship to planet and back again as we follow our space heroes dispersed among the stars. But “The Last Jedi” is overstuffed with plot – by the time the last showdown happens, it feels like a set piece that should have been saved for the next film, as visually intoxicating and eye-popping as it is. At a whopping two hours and 32 minutes, “The Last Jedi” overstays its welcome just a tad. For the fresh, unique visual style and lovable new characters of “The Last Jedi,” this is a film that ultimately pays beautiful tribute to the people who first made us fall in love with “Star Wars” – Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Hamill is at a career best as the legendary Jedi Luke, stealing the film, while Leia’s journey receives a fitting finale. It’s the blend of reverence for its roots and embrace of the new that makes “The Last Jedi” a triumph. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI starring Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran. Directed by Rian Johnson. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence. Running time: 2:32 HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT
|Blogger credited for helping solve 37-year-old cold case murderWMTW / 3 d. 16 h. 13 min. ago more|
Police opened up cold case after interested was gained in the death of a 14-year-old girl
|Maine processors who make pot products facing state crackdown - Press HeraldGoogle News / 3 d. 23 h. 22 min. ago more|
Press HeraldMaine processors who make pot products facing state crackdownPress HeraldMaine plans to start cracking down on the growing number of labs and kitchens that specialize in turning cannabis into a product that doesn't have to be smoked. The state Department of Health and Human Services says processors, labs and kitchens that ...
|Escape the pressures of the holidays with the drama of WWEMaineToday / 4 d. 15 h. 46 min. ago more|
Wrestler Sami Zayn may be flying high here, but who knows what’ll happen when he competes during the WWE Live Holiday Tour’s stop at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Saturday. Below, Montreal native Sami Zayn. Photos courtesy of WWE Body slammed for the holidays? Pro wrestling has been so popular for so long, and so ingrained in our cultural consciousness, that now it’s become a treasured part of the holiday season. Trim the tree, light the lights, bake some gingerbread and then go watch some grapplers tossing each other out of the ring. The WWE Live Holiday Tour will be at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland Saturday with some two dozen big-name wrestlers. The same wrestlers fans see on TV will be in Portland, with holiday cheer in their hearts and destruction on their minds. One of the wrestlers on the card, Montreal native Sami Zayn, is looking forward to driving down to Portland a day early and taking in some sights. He’s heard the area has some beautiful coastal scenery and great food. But once he steps into the ring, he won’t be a starry-eyed tourist, he’ll be the brash, loud-mouthed, arrogant cuss fans have come to loathe. In wrestling, it means you’re doing your job well if people hate you. Wrestler Sami Zayn will be grappling for you holiday enjoyment, when the WWE Live Holiday Tour comes to Cross Insurance Arena in Portland Saturday. “What we do is take people on a journey, help people forget about life for a while. We give them people they want to cheer on and people they want to slap in the face,” said Zayn, 33. “And it’s rewarding for us, as athletes, to be able to do things we do in the ring.” Yes, pro wrestling is not a real competitive sport, like baseball or football. It’s more theater combined with sports. But the flying through the air, the incredible kicks, the tossing of 250-pound humans around like basketballs — that’s really happening. And the passion, from both fans and wrestlers, is real. Zayn, for instance, wrestled for small, independent wrestling outfits in Quebec for about a decade before getting his shot at the big time with the WWE about five years ago. On the independent circuit, he wrestled for very little money in bars, garages, comics stores and community centers. He’s wrestled in front of 20 people, in a rec center in rural Quebec, and in front of more than 100,000 people last year at WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Zayn grew up wanting to be a hockey player or a wrestler. He remembers watching Hulk Hogan, clad in yellow and posing his sculpted body, and just being in awe. “I remember watching with my dad and seeing Hulk Hogan, drenched in sweat and blood after the fight of his life,” said Zayn. “I loved every aspect of it, the athleticism, the drama, the theatrics.” Zayn never played organized hockey, partly because of the expense and the time demands, and by his teen years he was focused on wrestling. He was lucky enough to find an indie wrestler willing to train him. Then he put in his dues. The event in Portland will feature a championship match between AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal, a three-way championship match between Bobby Roode, Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin, and a tag-team championship between The Usos and Benjamin & Gable. There’s also a women’s championship “Fatal Five-Way” match with Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Natalya, Carmella and Tamina. Zayn thinks the continued appeal of wrestling lies in its combination of escapism and athletic feats of daring. “At the end of the day, it’s characters and stories; it’s the same reason people go to the movies,” said Zayn. “People need a little break from reality, which can be pretty tough sometimes.” WWE Live Holiday Tour WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland HOW MUCH: $15 to $95 INFO: crossarenaportland.com
|Portland’s favorite food and drink in 2017MaineToday / 4 d. 18 h. 28 min. ago more|
Let’s face it: Portland is food- and drink-obsessed. And, frankly, so are we. So, we decided to see what the most popular stories were from our Eat & Run and Bar Guide columns this year, to gauge what was tickling Portland’s taste buds. Although there was the most enthusiasm for new places, from a wood-fired pizza joint to fast-casual poke, readers also showed their loyalty to a beloved dive bar, a fondness for crepes and no fear of heights. Here were our top 10 food and drink columns from 2017: Staff photo by Derek Davis 10. Lazzari Many of Lazzari’s patrons might not even remember Mesa Verde, the Mexican restaurant that occupied the Congress Street spot until 2014 — about the same time talk surfaced about the owner of Taco Escobarr taking over the space. After years of planning and renovations, Lazzari opened to the open arms of the Arts District. Despite its proximity to the original location of much-loved Otto, this pizza place offers something different than the slice bar — for one thing, booze, including a bevy of bellinis and spritzers, but also small, shareable plates and a more upscale atmosphere. And it serves its full menu until 1 a.m. daily, appealing to fellow restaurant workers. Read our Bar Guide and Dine Out reviews.Staff photo by Brianna Soukup 9. Cafe Crepe It was hard to watch the closure of K. Horton Specialty Foods, with its hunks of cheese and handwritten labels that gave the Public Market an old-world air, but with it, another door opened — to something else with a European flair: crepes. Even if you’re unsure the right way to say it (crape? krep?) or what accent to put where, it’s hard to debate the deliciousness of crepes with fillings for every craving, from eggs at breakfast to meat and cheese at lunch to Nutella for dessert. Although there’s still some turnover, the Public Market seems to be finding its sweet spot, serving a variety of cuisines to satisfy the whims of business district’s lunch crowd, and crepes fit right in. Read our Eat & Run review. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette 8. Big Fin Poke Mainers got their first taste of poke, the Hawaiian raw fish dish that’s been infiltrating the Lower 48, with the opening of this fast-casual Westbrook joint. Apparently we liked it enough to encourage the owners to open a second location in South Portland. If you’re not familiar with this food trend, it’s like a deconstructed sushi bowl that you order Chipotle-style, picking your protein (mostly fish), choosing lettuce or rice as the base, and adding a sauce, mix-ins and toppings, like seaweed, avocado, crispy garlic or chili flakes. The Press Herald’s restaurant reviewer calculated that, from Big Fin’s build-your-own menu, you could order 3.2 billion unique combinations of ingredients. We don’t do a lot of math around here, so we’ll take his word for it. Read our Eat & Run and Dine Out reviews.Staff photo by Carl D. Walsh 7. Flip Creperie We warned you about the crepes. They’ve been popping up all over the place, and South Portland’s Willard Square is one of the lucky neighborhoods to get a creperie of its own. Flip started flipping its version of the paper-thin pancakes in July with some simple fillings, like butter and sugar or a medley of cheeses, and others more complex, like the French Farm, with roasted chicken, potatoes, onion soubise and dijon mustard, or the French Breakfast Custard, with an egg custard-cake and brandied prunes. Read our Eat & Run review.Staff photo by Ben McCanna 6. Lincolns Clearly Lincolns has been a success, as the owners have recently opened a second location in Burlington, Vermont, sticking with its same two gimmicks — secret-passageway entrance and single price point: $5 for everything (hence the name). Even though there’s no sign and the address is kept under wraps, people are managing to find the place, packing it on weekends and for comedy nights when the cover is, you guessed it, $5. Read our Bar Guide review.Photo by Samantha Schnare 5. Rooftop deck at Bayside Bowl Something (h)uuuuuge happened this year, and it had nothing to do with Donald Trump. Bayside Bowl opened its rooftop deck, part of a multimillion-dollar renovation that also included new lanes, a new mezzanine and three new bars, most notably, the one on the roof. With rose sangria, frozen drinks and the best craft beers you can get in a can, it was probably the hottest spot to be in Portland this summer. Completing the ultra-hip vibe was the Airstream trailer that served as a taco truck. Read our Bar Guide review.Photo courtesy of Noble Barbecue 4. Noble Barbecue Our resident, in-office Southerner declared the new Noble Barbecue the best around, and we’re inclined to believe her. In the former home of Taco Trio on Forest Avenue, this BBQ joint is serving up monster, meaty sandwiches, brisket, loaded fries and a lot more. If you want to make your mouth water, follow Noble on Instagram. It’s almost unbearable. Read our Eat & Run review.Staff photo by John Ewing 3. Downtown Lounge This place was hipster before most of Portland’s hipsters were even born. We’re actually not sure exactly when it opened because it doesn’t have website or Facebook page, solidifying its aforementioned hipsterness. Retro booths and solid food elevate DTL, as its known, from dive status, unless you’re judging it solely on its Post-It-sized bathrooms, but the atmosphere is super casual and the happy hour specials are some of the best around. We don’t know why this review took off, but can only assume it’s because so many people love this place. Read our Bar Guide review.Photo by Colleen Katana 2. Dessert drinks Apparently Portland’s got a sweet tooth. This selection of the city’s finest places to get dessert drinks, beyond your typical espresso martini, included Opium and its Sake Snow Cone (pictured); Sur Lie, for its cordials, ports and dessert wines; The North Point, which serves a caramel vanilla bourbon drink and a martini with smoothie-like raspberry puree, and (duh) Bar of Chocolate, particularly for its Peanut Butter Cup martini. So next time you go out to a fancy dinner in the Old Port, cap your night with one of these delights. Read our Bar Guide review.Staff photo by Derek Davis 1. Izakaya Minato You could point to the opening of Izakaya Minato as the turning point for inner Washington Avenue between up-and-coming and arrived. Terlingua and Drifter’s Wife set the stage, and The Shop and Cong Tu Bot brought it home. But, in between, came Izakaya Minato, a Japanese gastropub that had the makings of everything Portland loves – as evidenced by our web analytics – and it chose inner Washington, the still-gritty on-ramp to I-295 that separates the gentrified Munjoy Hill from the industrial brewery hub of East Bayside. OK, it kind of makes perfect sense. Read our Bar Guide review.
|Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump's Gillibrand tweet was sexual...Portland News / 5 d. 9 h. ago more|
During Tuesday's White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders excoriated reporters inquiring about President Donald Trump's controversial comments to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand , saying their minds were "in the gutter." Sanders was responding to a question from April Ryan, Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, regarding a tweet Trump had sent earlier in the day, in which he claimed Gillibrand was "used," that she "would do anything" for campaign donations, and had previously "begged" him for money.
|Drive-through crab rangoon? Get it soon on Forest AvenueMaineToday / 5 d. 20 h. 19 min. ago more|
Sun Bakery Restaurant in Portland Photos by Meredith Goad Get ready, Portland. You may soon have access to drive-through dumplings and crab rangoon. That’s the plan, anyway, at the new Sun Bakery Restaurant on Forest Avenue, where I was told the drive-through – a remnant of Thurston’s Wicked Good Burgers – is ready to go, but they don’t have enough employees to run it yet. (The restaurant is just over two weeks old.) Dumplings For now, you’ll have to park your car in the small lot and go inside to order. And you should because this place deserves a fighting chance. It’s not Empire or Bao Bao Dumpling House or Sichuan Kitchen, but that’s OK. It’s not meant to be. It is, however, better than the usual fast-food-style Asian restaurant. The ingredients appear fresh, the service is fast, and the prices are really reasonable. An order of four pork egg rolls is just $4, as is a banh mi, if you’d prefer a sandwich. Eight dumplings, steamed or fried, are $5.50, and bowls of pho are $9 for beef and $8.50 for chicken. The most expensive items on the menu are anything containing shrimp. Whether it’s shrimp lo mein or shrimp fried rice, it all costs $12. The odd thing about this place is that it is also a bakery. Not an Asian bakery, offering different varieties of fruity buns and cake rolls, but a standard bakery that makes doughnuts, giant apple fritters and other American-style pastries. It’s a weird juxtaposition, seeing two cases filled with muffins and cinnamon buns and croissants, and then right above it a brightly lit menu filled with photos of pad Thai and spring rolls. Breakfast sandwiches ($3.80) are also available on bagels and English muffins. The restaurant has a coffee bar and a soda fountain, or you can order a Vietnamese coffee or Thai tea for $3. Pork egg rolls I stopped in for dinner and wanted to try so many things I ended up getting two dinners and a lunch out of my order. (Yay, leftovers.) The pork egg rolls were crispy but not too greasy, and the dumplings were long, thin, and a little chewy – not the round, fat dumplings often served at similar restaurants. And that crab rangoon? It had the same shape and chewiness as the dumplings, but I confess I liked the filling. I’m not sure what they put into them besides the usual bland combination of imitation crab meat and cream cheese, but these were not bland. Chicken lemongrass with rice For an entree, I tried the chicken lemongrass with rice ($8.50), which came with well-cooked (not clumpy) white rice, chunks of white meat chicken and a ton of vegetables, including broccoli, carrots, celery, onion, green beans, and both green and red peppers. The vegetables were perfect — cooked through, but they still had a little bite to them. The lemongrass flavor was very subtle, and at times I found myself wanting more, something to elevate it above a simple stir-fry. I also tried the spring rolls with shrimp, which were incredibly fresh, if not exactly bursting with shrimp. This was the only shrimp item that didn’t cost $12, so maybe that’s why. The order consisted of two rolls cut in half, and each of the four pieces contained one whole, medium-sized shrimp. I wanted to sample the pho, but my order was already so large I’m saving that for another day. On the night I visited, though, the only other customer in the place downed a huge, steaming bowl of the beef pho and I heard him tell guy at the counter on the way out that it was “excellent.” There’s plenty of seating at Sun Bakery, partly because people have not discovered it yet, but also because a lot of customers appear to be ordering take-out. I have a feeling that, when it opens, the drive-through will be plenty busy. Check this place out, and give it a chance. I will be going back for after-work or weekend take-out — but probably not for the pastries. Sun Bakery Restaurant WHERE: 699 Forest Ave., Portland; 613-9036 HOURS: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; closed Monday WAIT: Very fast, no more than 5 minutes PARKING: Yes WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
|Fiore Art Center announces residencies, juryPortland News / 6 d. 9 h. 8 min. ago more|
Applications for the 2018 artist residencies at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, a program of Maine Farmland Trust, are open. Over the course of the summer, the center will host six visual art residencies - five for Maine artists, one of which is reserved for an indigenous Maine artist, and one for an out-of-state or international artist; one performing arts residency; and one writing residency.
|Hanson Holiday Performance Video Goes ViralPortland News / 6 d. 11 h. 19 min. ago more|
HANSON, the band featuring brothers TAYLOR, ZAC and ISAAC, have not been resting on their laurels following the success of their late 90s Pop radio earworm, MMMBop. The band is still quite active, recording albums and touring ... heck, they even created HANSON Brothers Beer Company .
|moe. Adds Portland & Albany Runs for February 2018Portland News / 6 d. 15 h. 42 min. ago more|
They'll be starting the month at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, and after a weekend off following, they'll be returning to the State Theatre in Portland, Maine and then onto the Palace Theatre in Albany, two of their favorite haunts. And don't forget about their Red Rocks show already confirmed for next July .
|Stuff your stockings with these Maine political tchotchkesPortland News / 6 d. 17 h. 56 min. ago more|
Good morning from Augusta. We're beginning this week with many tidbits and not much big news, so consider this an early stocking full of political miscellany to preview what will be a big political week from Congress to Alabama to the city of Lewiston.
|Gingerbread Spectacular, Cocktails & Comedy, Vintage Bazaar: 10 things happening in Maine this weekMaineToday / 6 d. 18 h. 1 min. ago more|
Vintage Bazaar New England: Holiday Edition 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Brick South at Thompson's Point, Portland, $10, $15 for weekend pass, free for 16 and under. mybazaarlife.com There's still time to find something unique for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. Head to Thompson's Point this weekend for a two-day show featuring vintage finds, repurposed goods, architectural salvage, fine foods and handcrafted wares from more than 85 vendors. Also, there's no law against treating yourself to a one-of-a-kind treasure, provided you've been reasonably good this year.Trekandshoot/Shutterstock.comDough Ball Preview Party 5:30 p.m. Friday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $20 in advance, $30 day of party. boothbayoperahouse.com Help support the restoration of Boothbay Harbor's Opera House while dancing to a live band, noshing on hors d'oeuvres from the Friends of the Opera House and sipping cocktails from the cash bar. Best of all, the Dough Ball preview party allows you to see all the entries in this year's Gingerbread Spectacular, and you'll even be privy to knowing the winners! As for dress, everything goes, from your favorite jeans and Bean boots to that tuxedo or ball gown tucked away in your closet.Photo courtesy of Opera House at Boothbay HarborEimskip Scandinavian Northern Lights Christmas Charity Event 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland, $125. eventbrite.com Enjoy a Scandinavian-themed holiday party complete with a succulent spread prepared by Portland Hunt & Alpine Club. You can also purchase beer, wine and the most enticing beverage of the night, Glögg, Sweden's signature festive drink. Icelandic DJ sensation Hermigervill will be throwing beats down all night and you can also hit the walk-through art exhibit and partake in some incredible raffles for prizes that include a trip to Iceland. What's more, all proceeds will go to the Cancer Community Center, so you'll very much be helping others while you help yourself to a sensational Scandinavian soirée.Sonya Illustration/Shutterstock.com Gingerbread Spectacular 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., free, donations accepted. boothbayoperahouse.com You'll feast your eyes and feel a sudden, strange urge to eat doors, windows, roofs, fences and every other part of the annual display of gingerbread houses in Boothbay Harbor. Professional bakers, amateurs and children all compete for prizes awarded for most ingredients used, best holiday spirit, most obsessive compulsive, best landscaping and most spectacular, among other fun categories. Depending on when you stop in, you'll likely hear and see a live musical performance to further entice your senses.Photo courtesy of Opera House at Boothbay HarborVictorian Christmas House Tour Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Swan Hall, 555 Cumberland Ave., Portland, $10 suggested donation. windhamhistorical.org Still lacking in Christmas spirit? We've got just the thing. Stroll through nine gorgeously decorated rooms featuring 16 Christmas trees at Swan Hall, a Victorian home in Portland that dates back to 1886. Refreshments will be available and proceeds benefit the Windham Historical Society.Photo courtesy of Swan Hall Boat Parade of Lights 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Casco Bay Lines, 56 Commercial St., Portland, $10. cascobaylines.com It's one thing seeing holiday lights on houses, it's another thing altogether seeing them on boats out on Casco Bay. The annual Boat Parade of Lights cruise is sold out, but you can enjoy it from the shore along Portland's Eastern Promenade. Dozens of boats of various sizes participate in a very merry floating parade, and you might even see a Santa or two behind the captain's wheel.Staff photo by Gordon ChibroskiSeanachie Nights Celtic Solstice 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. Bull Feeney's, 375 Fore St., Portland, $9 suggested donation. lynnecullen.com Seanachie Nights is a series of stories and music from Celtic and British culture. This month's performance features musician and storyteller Kate Chadbourne who will be sharing her Celtic solstice tales with harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute, melodian and a huge love for traditional Irish storytelling. Chadbourne holds a doctorate in Celtic languages and literature from Harvard University, where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore. She has also published two collections of poetry.Kate Vigdis/Shutterstock.comKotzschmar Christmas with Cornils 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $32 to $56. porttix.com Municipal organist Ray Cornils will be playing his annual Christmas show for the last time this year on the 7,101-pipe Kotschmar organ, accompanied by the voices of ChoralArt singers and the Kotzschmar Festival Brass in a show of gorgeous and glorious holiday songs. Cornils has been playing the Kotzschmar for an incredible 28 years, and he'll be sorely missed seated behind all those keys and pedals. So, come out and say a heartfelt thanks to Ray as you enjoy arrangements of "Wassail, Wassail All Over Town," "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" and "O Holy Night," among many others.Staff photo by Ben McCanna Cocktails & Comedy Holiday Show 8 p.m. Thursday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 at the door, 21-plus. portlandhouseofmusic.com Need a little holiday decompression time? Few things are more restorative than laughter. Add to that a festive drink and you'll thank yourself later for a fun night out. Cocktails & Comedy will properly crack you up and will remind you just how funny life can be. You'll be treated to the wise-cracking hilarity of Dawn Hartill, Phoebe Angle, Karen Morgan, Kate Ghiloni and headliner Stef Doyle. This is not a show for the faint of heart – or humor – but it is one that will have you busting a gut — big time.Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com Lantern Tours 5:30 to 8 p.m., tours every 30 minutes. Thursday. Portland Observatory Museum, 138 Congress St., Portland, $5 at the door. portlandlandmarks.org Greater Portland Landmarks invites you to a special guided lantern tour of the Portland Observatory to catch a view of Portland at night. The gift shop will be open with observatory gifts, and local Munjoy Hill artist Dominic White will be there with his work. The observatory was built in the early 1800s and is not heated, so dress accordingly and head for the hill. This is a one-night-only deal and tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.Staff photo by Ben McCanna
|Tracy Grammer, Main Street Revelers, Adam Ezra and Sons of QuintMaineToday / 6 d. 18 h. 18 min. ago more|
Tracy Grammer 8 p.m. Thursday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com Help fantastic singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer honor the memory of her late musical partner Dave Carter by catching her show at One Longfellow Square. Carter passed away unexpectedly in 2002, and since then, Grammer has continued on a musical path releasing a number of solo albums. In 2012, she released "Little Blue Egg," a collection of intimate recordings from her and Carter, done in their home studio. Expect a stirring evening of song that showcases Grammer's lovely voice and songwriting.Photo by Ben Barnhart Songs of the Season 7 p.m. Friday. First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, $12, $10 for 12 and under. 317main.org 317 Main invites you to its third annual Songs of the Season holiday show starring an ensemble of its vocal instructors called The Main Street Revelers. You'll hear holiday classics with some originals thrown in sung by Jeff Christmas, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, Emilia Dahlin, Diana Hansen, Bran Longfellow and Kathy Slack. You'll also enjoy several short performances by student groups. Show up at 6:30 p.m. for cocoa and caroling on the church's front steps. Then when the show lets out, head to Gather Restaurant and order off its special $5 drink and dessert menu.Photo courtesy of 317 Main Community Music Center Adam Ezra Group 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $30 preferred seating, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com Roots rocker Adam Ezra and his band put on one heck of a live show with infectious energy and Ezra's effervescent stage presence. Ezra forged a songwriting partnership last year with John Oates of Hall & Oates, and you'll hear some of those tunes along with a boatload of other ones at this show. Arrive on time because Maine- based Jason Spooner band is opening the show.Photo courtesy of the artist Sons of Quint 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Bunker Brewing Co., 17 Westfield St., Portland. On Facebook Bunker Brewing will be open on a day they're normally closed for a very special night of beer and music. The Toy Fund Tap Takeover features the music of Sons of Quint who will be playing a fantastic mix of blues, classic rock, country rock and more. Your belly will also be happy when you feed it Korean-Mexican fusion in the form of tacos, burritos and bowls from the Tacos Del Seoul food truck. There's no cover charge to get in but consider a donation of cash for the Portland Press Herald oy Fund. The fund pays for holiday gifts for children in need.Photo courtesy of the artist
|‘Strange’ Maine web series director talks about winning bigMaineToday / 6 d. 18 h. 26 min. ago more|
A screen shot from “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes.” Photos courtesy of Nancy Andrews When I first spoke to artist, filmmaker and College of the Atlantic film professor Nancy Andrews back in January of this year, it was to learn more about her ambitiously bizarre film-turned-web series “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes.” Well, now the rest of the country is learning about the talents of Andrews and the film’s star, Michole Briana White. The pair, along with production designer Dru Colbert, were all in New York last month to receive the award for best short-form breakthrough series at this year’s Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Gotham Awards. Dru Colbert, Michole Briana White and Nancy Andrews at the Gotham Awards in New York City. Photos courtesy of Nancy Andrews Andrews’s series about a pioneering scientist (White) whose animal experiments gradually transform her into something … unexpected won the award over projects from well-known artists like John Early (“Search Party”) and Kate Berlant (“555”) and Zoe Cassavetes (“Junior”). The Mount Desert Island-filmed series also took home its honors on the same night as the likes of Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), TV’s “Atlanta” and probable Oscar nominee (at the least) Saoirse Ronan of “Lady Bird.” Watch the trailer: Back home in Maine, Andrews talked about the experience of her surprise win, what’s next for “Dr. Myes,” and how a scrappy Maine-made sci-fi, musical drama vaulted to national attention. First off, congratulations. You, Michole White and Dru Colbert all attended the awards show. What was that experience like? For one thing, it was just a strange coincidence that we were already there. Michole lives in L.A., and we were meeting in New York to work on a continuance of “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes” – it will have some more fantastical elements but still be about the same characters – when we got the notice. As for the night, it was my first red carpet sort of experience – lot of flashbulbs, lot of people yelling, “Now look at my lens!” (Laughs.) Basically, if you’ve been to a big wedding or other big event, you get the idea, although here, we’d turn around and say, “Oh, there’s Ethan Hawke, there’s Dustin Hoffman, there’s Mary J. Blige.” We did wind up in a line with Dee Reese, who directed “Mudbound” (the Gotham-nominated feature starring Blige), which was a lot of fun. What was it like when you won? Well, we were at a table with the people from (woman-centric media organization) Refinery29, and some of them filmed us on their phones just going crazy. (Laughs.) I don’t remember my speech, but I managed to thank almost everyone except the people of Mount Desert Island, who were so great to us. I feel like a lot of the slate were much more well-known than we were, so it was a real shock. I was pretty shaken up. For a filmmaker from Maine, does your win in such a prestigious setting open up new opportunities? You know, my first impulse was that it doesn’t matter. We were told by more savvy people that we need to take this moment, where we’re bright and shiny, to make some connections, though, so that’s what we’re working on now. We’re not independently wealthy, and this does bring us to the attention of people in the business who are connected to money and other platforms. You put “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes” on YouTube. That was sort of out of necessity, although I did want the access to it to be sort of democratic. That said, I am a professional filmmaker, and the people in all our key positions were professional. Sometimes being on YouTube is like screaming into a maelstrom. There’s so much out there, how can you be heard? The goal going forward is to not have it on YouTube, but on a streaming channel or video on demand. Is the plan to stay in Maine? Originally, I planned to set it in sort of a post-industrial city like Detroit or Baltimore, but then I thought, “I can sleep in my own bed.” So I’m happy we made the decision to film here, even though we had to fly some people in. Michole loved Maine – part of it is just to get out of L.A. and be in a place where they don’t have those distractions. But it was a really huge undertaking considering the budget we had, and Mount Desert Island was a great place to be. It’s a small town, so we were already known and trusted, and everyone, from the chamber of commerce to the police to local businesses, were all so helpful. I can’t imagine how we could have done it elsewhere. That said, other places provide tax breaks, and there isn’t the infrastructure for filmmaking here. It’s possible, but we’re just a long way from knowing where we can afford and shoot going forward. It’s hard, too, if you don’t have a way to connect outside of Maine to have a national presence. (Laughs.) I’m trying to figure it out all the time. I don’t have all the answers. The Gotham Award-winning web series “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes” can be seen on YouTube or its website, thestrangeeyesofdrmyes.com. On local screens FRONTIER (BRUNSWICK) Ends Thursday, Dec. 14: “The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows.” This touring festival of 16 of the best animated short films from around the world offers something for everyone. PMA FILMS Friday-Sunday: “Human Flow.” Artist and director Ai Weiwei brings his incisive vision to the global refugee crisis in this thought-provoking, visually stunning documentary.
|Sebago’s specials are killer at all locations, but go to Gorham if you canMaineToday / 6 d. 18 h. 55 min. ago more|
Exterior of Sebago Brewing in Gorham. Photos by Colleen Katana Nestled into the curve of where Elm Street turns into Robie Street in Gorham sits one of Maine’s best known brewpubs, Sebago Brewing Company. Though this is only one of four spots where you can check out the local flavor this mini Maine chain offers (other locations are in Scarborough, Portland and Kennebunk), I think it’s the best in both quality and atmosphere. While other locations feel generic and overly spacious, this small Gorham bar felt more intimate, the sort of place you could go to with friends after work for happy hour and know the bartender by name but just as easily pop in for a quick, quiet lunch and a beer (if you’re like me and day drinking is not only allowed, but required). The bar at Sebago Brewing in Gorham The floors were tiled, the bar fully stocked, and overall the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. The staff was friendly and attentive without hovering or being bothersome, quiet holiday music crooned in the background, and the walls were painted with a scene of friends on a dock overlooking the ocean. One of my favorite things about Sebago is the amount of fun daily events and happy hours. The specials are the same at every location, as is the menu, making it easy to keep track, if you travel a lot in southern Maine and find yourself in several of the different locations. There is literally a special for every night of the week. Happy hour is weekdays from 4-7 p.m. and includes appetizer specials for $7. But beyond the typically happy hour you can find at most bars, there are daily themed specials. Is it Monday? Pop in for Burger & a Pint night where you can get any Sebago burger, fries and your choice of Sebago pint for only $10.50 from 4 p.m. until close. Is it Sunday? Pitchers are only $12.50. Thursday? Get tenders, fries and a pint for $10.50. See a theme here? In any case, it’s a cool thing to do. And a great way for them to create loyal community and repeat customers looking for those themed deals. My favorite special they offer is Tito’s Tuesday where any Tito’s vodka cocktail is only $5. A cocktail and an appetizer at Sebago Brewing On my latest visit, I started with sangria ($7), which is consistently good, hitting that perfect blend of wine and fruit, fusing together nicely without being too sweet or too wine-y. Since it felt wrong to base my opinion on only one drink, I also ordered a limoncello ($8). Sebago does not skimp on the alcohol in its drinks. The limoncello was delicious, strong and citrusy, with just enough sweetness to offset the vodka and not be too candy-like. This one managed to be just the right amount of light sweetness to take the bite of the tart citrus out of the flavor. The appetizer selection is perfect for those bar-bite hankerings we all get from time to time. The potato nachos ($9.50) were piled high in a heaping plate of waffle fries, cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, and chives with sides of sour cream and salsa. If you get there for happy hour, it’s only $7, making it a fantastic deal. The mozzarella planks were more than just your standard fried bar bite. They were a creative spin on mozzarella sticks; perfectly fried and not too heavy on the breading, they were served alongside a spicy honey sriracha sauce that was delicious and unique. At $7.50, it’s a great deal and the perfect fried starter. Granted, the happy hour price of $7 isn’t all that special (50 cents off isn’t exactly worth sitting in rush hour traffic to get there in time). But regardless of the time of day or night, Sebago’s Gorham location is a solid choice whenever you want something fun, fast and easy. Sebago Brewing WHERE: 48 Elm St., Gorham PHONE: (207) 874-2337 WEBSITE: sebagobrewing.com HOURS: 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday AMENITIES: Happy hour 4-7 p.m. weekdays, themed daily specials, tons of space, TVs, outdoor seating (summer), full menu at the bar, late night food and drink specials (typically beginning at 10 p.m.), trivia nights BOTTOM LINE: More so than its other locations, Sebago’s brewpub in Gorham is cute and intimate and a solid choice if you’re looking for a bar with tons of options and lots of specials. Its menu is eclectic and solid, and the cocktail list is abundant with lots of local flair. This is a great choice whether you’re in the mood for booze, brews or bites. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes
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