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The Loop

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  • Movie review: ‘Night of the Living Deb’ less about horror, more about charm of recognizable stars

    Making its Maine premiere on Saturday and Sunday, "Deb" isn’t as ambitious an enterprise, riding along on the considerable charm of its recognizable stars, and, for Portlanders, the spectacle of familiar landmarks infested with the walking dead. Read on

  • Bare Bard, Birding Festival & Ronnie Earl: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend

    Here's what's super special about this weekend: It's THREE DAYS LONG. For most of us, anyway. For those who don't have Monday off, I'm so sorry. For those who do: hurray for us! And it's supposed to be splendid outside! Read on

  • Dining Guide: 4 Portland restaurants for a prix-fixe lunch

    Food fans in big cities like New York and Chicago know that a less-expensive way to enjoy big-ticket restaurants is at lunch. Our list includes three of Portlands top restaurants, where the prix-fixe lunch is a deal. Read on

  • Furry tales, secret pizza parties & Sea Dogs: 5 things to do with your kids this week

    Gather the kids for a night out with the Portland Sea Dogs or for story time with some local animal friends. There's also a secret party (shhhh! It's a secret!) Read on

  • Two nights of shows that rule at Empire plus more live music this weekend

    This week's column shines a light not on a kingdom or a dynasty or even a federation. It all happens at Empire. Two nights, two radically different shows, one Portland venue. Read on

  • And now a word about Music from Job Shadow Extraordinaire Eamon Kelley

    Graduating Cape Elizabeth Senior Eamon Kelley's Thoughts on MUSIC Read on

  • A walking tour of Portland sculpture: From ‘Michael’ to Longfellow, 8 public pieces worth seeing

    The city's sculpture collection includes many monuments and statues that stand in tribute to prominent figures from the past and a handful of contemporary pieces. Read on

  • The Muthah Truckah food truck in Portland serves incredible sandwiches (the Lola is a bacon-jam hit!)

    Dionne has been making the Lola, and other creative sandwiches with feminine names, in her Muthah Truckah food truck since last October. She said the names come from a variety of places, including some from songs. Read on

  • Constantly comparing yourself to others and making yourself miserable? (Guilty!)

    As the old saying goes, “to compare is to despair.” When we base our own worth on how well we measure up to those we glorify, and feel relief when the objects of our glorification fall short in some way, happiness is never a constant. Read on

  • See who’s coming to town: Maine concert tickets on sale now

    Check out upcoming concerts in Maine and get your tickets now. Read on

  • Mulligan shines in remake of ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’

    Thomas Hardy's romantic Victorian novel of class, labor and the fickle finger of love, "Far from the Madding Crowd," earns a stately yet earthy and full-blooded film treatment from the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg. Read on

  • Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s tour kicks off with sold-out show Friday at State Theatre

    A conversation with Carlile, 33, from her home in Washington state covered the new record and the fact that the tour starts here in Portland. Read on

  • 100 films from all over the world at second annual Sanford International Film Festival

    The festival, which runs from May 27-31, has expanded its ambitions along with its number and quality of films and venues, according to festival director James Harmon. Read on

  • Six-Moon Journey: Hot showers at a trail shelter? You bet!

    Wonderful walking in the warm sun over pleasant terrain leads to a unique shelter situation and more trail magic. Read on

  • 10 easy paddles in southern-ish Maine: Calm waters to explore by kayak, canoe or SUP

    You don’t have to have be an expert paddler to explore many of Maine's waterways - and you don’t have to go far to find them. Read on

  • 3 Maine islands you should stay on this summer (for cheap or free)

    You don't have $500 to blow on an island adventure, but you need to get out of dodge — like, really really really out of dodge? I have 3 islands you should know about. You can stay at them for $0-60. Sweet. Islands are magic. Read on

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