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  • The Newsroom Sessions: Paula Cole with Mark Erelli

    Grammy-Winning Artist Paula Cole visited the Press Herald Newsroom en route to shows this weekend in Bangor and Bath. Read on

  • Monica Wood’s ‘Papermaker’ premieres at Portland Stage

    Directed by Sally Wood and starring a cast of six, "Papermaker" is about what happens when a strike divides a town and a family. It pits family against family, man against son, and creates tension among generations. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 neighborhood bars in Portland

    Portland has more places to drink than ever, including urbane spaces dedicated to craft cocktails, wine bars and brewpubs. But, there are still bars where the mixers come from a soda gun and the menu runs to pizza, burgers and wings — neighborhood joints where the regulars have favorite bar stools and newcomers get a warm welcome. Read on

  • Six-Moon Journey: Drowned rats on the trail

    Some rainy days on the trail just aren't that much fun. Read on

  • The Ballroom Thieves CD release show at Empire on Friday

    Snatch up some tickets and get yourself to Empire to see and hear for yourself why The Ballroom Thieves set themselves above a crowded field. 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

  • ‘The Age of Adaline’ is a love story for the ages

    Hollywood long ago ceded "love that stands the test of time" to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so "The Age of Adaline" falls neatly into a genre that includes "The Time Traveler's Wife," "About Time" and even "Somewhere in Time." Read on

  • Feel better about you: How to increase your self-esteem

    A one-size-fits-all formula exists for increasing your self-esteem, and you can, much to the chagrin of clever advertisers everywhere, save yourself a lot of time and money by following it. Read on

  • Bona fide craft beer in Midcoast Maine: Rock Harbor Brewery and Brew Pub in Rockland

    From drink one, it's clear that owner/brewer Dan Pease doesn't want to settle for mediocre brewpub beer. He wants to make bona fide craft beer. Read on

  • It’s cleanup time: Help keep Maine lookin’ gorgeous with April Stools Day & upcoming community cleanups

    The spring cleaning is our responsibility. It's a solid "thank you, ma'am" to Mother Nature (who, blizzards and spring snowfalls aside, is pretty darn good to us). Read on

  • Theater review: ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ at Lyric Music Theater

    The Sondheim/Shevelove/Gelbart musical is a fun show that has just the right mix of music, dance and comedy to make its two-hour-plus run time fly by. Read on

  • Tiny and off the beaten path, JP’s Bistro in Portland mixes up great cocktails

    JP's Bistro is a small neighborhood restaurant specializing in Italian dishes and craft cocktails. Capacity is about 50, but the bistro doesn't leave much room left over. Read on

  • CONTEST: Win the chance to rappel down One City Center: Rappel for Rippleffect this May

    Rappel for Rippleffect returns May 16 after a successful inaugural event last year. The event last spring saw 86 rappellers go over the edge of One City Center (all also found their way safely to ground level again. That's important to note, too). It also raised $125,000 for Rippleffect. 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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