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  • Esduardo Mariscal presents ‘Carne,’ a dance, music and multi-media performance piece at Portland Stage

    The cast includes dancers from at least three companies, including Portland Ballet, Maine State Ballet and Art Moves. It is experimental in process, with a result that may change with each performance. "The only one who knows the whole vision of it is me," Mariscal said. Read on

  • Artemisia Cafe in Portland: Still delicious after all these years

    Artemisia and I go back many years and I'm as invested as ever because the quality of their lunches has remained steadfast with new offerings folded into their menu over the years. Read on

  • Nary a dull moment in Portland Players’ classic ’60s musical ‘Hairspray’

    With its 23 songs, 40-plus performers and large handful of subplots, the show could easily have been a little too much of a good thing. But, there's nary a dull moment in this well-constructed production directed by Michael Donovan. Read on

  • Salsa in the park, Obscura Day & dinner via trolley: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend

    The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel is a popular place this weekend. On Thursday the hotel hosts a Throwback Thursday event complete with cocktails and old hotel memorabilia. On Friday, the public park outside the hotel will become a dance floor for some free Salsa dancing. There's also a Spring Festival this weekend, burlesque and a progressive dinner that includes a trolley. Oh, and a super-rare fish. Thanks, Obscura Day. Read on

  • Concert Review: Something for everyone at Carlile show, plus a special birthday treat

    At her State Theatre performance Friday, which drew heavily from her latest album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter," she played loud rock, a song without any amplification, solo songs on guitar and piano, a song without any lead vocals at all and a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain." Read on

  • Father John Misty, Cibo Matto & more: 6 indoor summer concerts you shouldn’t miss

    As Portland gears up for the biggest summer of outdoor music since The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach hosted concerts, one shouldn't forget to look at the slate of indoor concerts. Read on

  • Five places to dine down on the farm in Maine this summer

    From casual dinners on picnic tables under the stars to elegant evenings in historic barns, Maine offers a variety of places to enjoy fresh-from-the-field food in a bucolic setting. Read on

  • Six-Moon Journey: The 600-mile mark is passed!

    Trail Days is happening now through Sunday. Love it. Nothing like an empty shelter. The Aussie and me are liking it just fine, with plenty of room to spread out. Read on

  • Summer art highlights: Exhibits to see at 8 Maine art museums

    From "Directors' Cut" at the Portland Museum of Art to the University of Maine's "With Ties to Maine" exhibition, there's plenty of impressive art to see this summer. 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

  • 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

  • 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

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