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  • Local video by Allen Baldwin expresses feelings about violence, race and justice

    Portland filmmaker Allen Baldwin, musician Samuel James and dozens of others create a thought-provoking short film. Read on

  • Zach Jones releases a new record with special guests Lady Lamb The Beekeeper & Old Soul at Empire tonight

    Plus The Awesome covers all of your favorite 80s tunes at Port City Music Hall, The Band Apollo celebrates the release of their new record at Easy Street Lounge in Hallowell, Sparks The Rescue rocks Jimmy The Greek’s in OOB and lots more fun times to make your Friday more festive! Read on

  • Drink in the cold: 6 Ice Bars in 2015 for cocktails and revelry in a frigid Maine winter

    Think bars made of ice, martini luges and beers cupped in mittened hands. Plus complimentary grub. And if things get too chilly outside - and you're not in the mood to fight a stranger for space closer to the outdoor heater - you can head inside to warm up and hang out. Read on

  • Portland restaurants: The best and brightest endured in 2014

    From the best dishes at the best restaurants in Portland and beyond, here is a look back at the 50-plus dishes (out of many hundreds) that made a difference in 2014 Read on

  • Bring on 2015: New Year’s Eve events in Maine

    From galas and dancing to hikes, bonfires and polar dips, this New Year's Eve has something just for you. Read on

  • Beyond Champagne: A sparkling wine primer for New Year’s Eve

    Even if you do drink sparkling wine more regularly than just at midnight on Dec. 31, it can be confusing to choose from the increasing number of options on the wine shop shelf. Read on

  • Buttermilk pie: An irresistible dessert to serve during the holidays (recipe)

    As part of a holiday dessert table, custard pies are a fine fit. This old recipe, which dates from the Borden Dairy Company of yesteryear. is a fabulous dessert--sweet and luxurious to serve now. Read on

  • Story of ‘Big Eyes': Tim Burton talks about the movie and its stars

    The director felt a connection to the paintings of Margaret Keane, then her experience as a silent partner grabbed him. Read on

  • Rustic Overtones celebrates 20th anniversary with four-CD box set and New Year’s Eve Show at State Theatre in Portland

    Rustic Overtones began playing around Maine in the early 1990s, when many of the members were in high school. The band's new box set has hard stuff, pop stuff and even a cover of a Miley Cyrus song. Read on

  • 14+ can’t-miss winter events in Maine (most of which are in the snow!)

    The cold season can ice our spirits and bury our good natures under a half-ton of ash-colored slush. But we can break free from winter's frigid clutches with a little help from a toboggan, an ice bar, and a few well-placed snowballs. The key is strategy. Read on

  • ‘Into The Woods’ Q&A with Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim and Rob Marshall

    Three of the biggest names in musicals and film sit down for french fries and wine to talk about how they adapted "Into The Woods" from stage to screen. Read on

  • Maine restaurants serve up special menus, good times for New Year’s Eve

    The grand finale to 2014 is less than two weeks away. If you're planning to ring out the old and ring in the new with a special meal at a Maine restaurant, it's time to make reservations. Read on

  • Stevie Wonder Tribute Night on Saturday is not to be missed

    This year marks the 5th Annual show and it's gotten so big they've moved it to Port City Music Hall, where praise will be bestowed upon a musician known as The Messenger of Peace and The Father of Melodic Love. Read on

  • New Year’s Eve Music Events: Ring in 2015 with Live Music

    Welcome 2015 with some live tunes. Read on

  • Own the snow: Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing events, lessons, rentals and trails

    Imagine it: Just you, the trees, and an expanse of snow. Cross-country skiing is a fine winter way to get outside and get one with the white stuff. Many of the XC spots on our roundup also offer rentals, so first-timers can give the sport a try even if they don't already own equipment. Read on

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