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  • Old friends grunt along on the Appalachian Trail: Bill Bryson’s ‘Walk in the Woods’ hits the big screen

    "A Walk in the Woods" is a broad and congenial comedy about two age-old friends trying to hike all 2,000-plus miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. It's light on its feet even though its geriatric woodsmen are plodding and grunting. Read on

  • 5 art shows to see in September: Basket-making & The Best of Maine Contemporary Art

    We're still holding on to summer, but the fall art season is underway. There are plenty of strong visual arts shows to add to your to-do list. They start this week in Portland with the First Friday Art Walk and extend north to Freeport, Waterville and Bangor. Read on

  • Sci-fi meets horror in Maine-made ‘The Last Flight of the Freya,’ screening at ‘Damnationland’ this Oct.

    For Maine filmmaking mainstays Christian Matzke and Sarah Tarling Matzke, this year's "Damnationland" Maine-made horror anthology (the sixth) is the perfect place to show that, when done right, space is truly the place where no one can hear you scream. Read on

  • Hear the healing sounds of Weyes Blood at SPACE on Saturday

    Catch her and Little Wings at SPACE and Sunrunner at Empire, for something a bit more heavy. Read on

  • Music this week(end): Suzy Bogguss, Jo Dee Messina & Eilen Jewell

    Suzy Bogguss has three - three! - performances this weekend. You can also catch Eilen Jewell, Jo Dee Messina & New Orleans Suspects playing around Maine. Read on

  • Windjammers, monster trucks & Harbor Fest: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend

    Get your fair fun in Windsor and Blue Hill this weekend, where there will be monster trucks and pie-eating competitions for all to enjoy. The Camden Windjammer Festival runs all weekend in Camden and Boothbay's Harbor Fest celebrates the region with food, drink and apparel made from fishing nets. Read on

  • Gneiss Brewing in Limerick is a Zen beer retreat

    Located an hour from Portland, the Limerick brewery is set on a modest working farm where patrons can drink German-style wheat beers while hobnobbing with the half-dozen pigs or walking to the garden where they grow potatoes, tomatoes, and, naturally, hops. Read on

  • Eat here now (before it’s too late!): Seasonal Maine restaurants & bars that won’t be open forever

    Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days when we can eat at Maine's seasonal restaurants before they close up for the winter. And no one wants to spend Maine’s frigid months regretting what they didn’t eat last summer. So let's not let the season pass us by. Read on

  • Winner! Maine’s Greatest Happy Hour: OTTO!

    Congrats to OTTO Pizza, winner of the Maine's Greatest Happy Hour bracket! Here's what the original nomination said: "$5 beer/wine gets you a free slice! The only thing better than OTTO's pizza is free OTTO's pizza." Read on

  • ‘Turbo Kid’ is a strange, fun ride. On a BMX bike. With a laser glove.

    "Turbo Kid" should give you just the sort of gory, post-apocalyptic comedy thrills you're looking for – especially if you're a fan of early Peter Jackson movies like "Bad Taste" or "Dead Alive." Read on

  • 13 Fun Meetups in/around Portland: Meet new people who like doing what you like doing!

    The best way to meet people who you're likely to like is to do stuff you like to do. And thanks to the internet and sites like, finding groups of people who like doing what you like doing is easy. Read on

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    Photos: Maine Seaweed Festival in South Portland

    Maine Seaweed Festival proved it wasn’t a one-hit wonder with a the second year of the one-day festival being a very full day indeed. With cooking demos, hula dancing, art workshops, panel discussions, a seaweed identification beach walk, and food vendors incorporating seaweed, there was something for longtime seaweed lovers and newbies alike. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 Portland places to try for breakfast

    You probably already know about the diners and the other usual (and good) suspects for a morning meal in Portland. But if you haven't been to breakfast at these hot spots, put them on your list. Read on

  • 5 kid-friendly hikes with great views in Maine’s western mountains

    The western mountains of Maine offer some great family-friendly hikes with great views as the forest emerges from its winter slumber. Read on

  • Outdoor sculpture tour of the midcoast: 6 pieces you can see in a day trip

    There are many good pieces to see up and down the coast. We've picked six of our favorites that make for a nice day trip, and also suggest other stops along the way to enrich your cultural experience. Read on

  • Maine Mini Adventure: Camp under the stars & hike Cutler Coast (maybe the most beautiful place in Maine)

    I know these are fighting words, but, here it goes: Cutler is the most beautiful place in Maine — specifically the Cutler Coast Public Lands. It could almost be mistaken for the coast of Ireland with its steep, steep rocky drops into azure [albeit freezing] waters. Read on

  • Fine focaccias and lively atmosphere at Lil’s Cafe in Kittery

    Maine's southernmost town has become a favorite of foodies because of its vibrant and eclectic eats scene. There are a lot of interesting choices downtown, and Lil's is among them. Read on

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