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  • 3 things to see during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk in March

    In anticipation of the spring blossoms - they will eventually make a re-appearance! - examine life through the microscope at the Portland Library, embrace the detailed etchings of a naturalist illustrator and celebrate 10 years of art with the Logan Place community. Read on

  • How to be an optimist: 4 steps for putting optimism in action

    "The Power of Positive Thinking" was a revelation when Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s classic self-help book debuted in 1952. Now, over sixty years since we started seeing the glass half-full as the secret to happiness, positive thinking as a success strategy is more popular than ever. Read on

  • Lots of comedy, cocktails, Downhill 24 & STRIVE Rocks: 14 things to do in Maine this weekend

    Laugh your cares away this weekend with local comics in Portland, Paula Poundstone in Waterville or improv in Gardiner. Or manage your emotions the way most of us do: with food. Maine Restaurant Week continues, including the Signature Cocktail event on Sunday and food theater all weekend. Read on

  • Maine Restaurant Week Chronicles: Bueno Loco in Falmouth

    The special restaurant week menu at Falmouth's only Mexican restaurant, Bueno Loco, offers a great deal at lunch: three courses for $15. The flavors are fresh and preparations inventive. Read on

  • Classic American and California-Mexican-influenced breakfasts and lunches at Blueberries in Topsham

    The offerings looked enticing; lots of sandwiches, salads and some warming soups and plenty of burrito options. But the lunch specials included a few tacos and I was curious about how a place that called itself Blueberries -- so Maine, right? -- was going to pull off Mexican. Read on

  • Opening a new brewery is a process. Case in point: Norway Brewing Company

    On a snowy evening in February, I sit down with Charles and Erika Melhus at Little Tap House in Portland. The husband and wife team are in the midst of starting Norway Brewing Company, a brewery, tasting room and restaurant slated to open in Norway, Maine in late 2015. Read on

  • Excellent craft cocktails and the ambiance makes you feel like royalty: Natalie’s in Camden

    The atmosphere is elegant with a nod to the pre-depression era, and the overall mood at Natalie's is refined and high class. This is easily one of the best places in town for a craft cocktail. Read on

  • Concert Review: Kaki King at SPACE Gallery

    Kaki King resembled nothing less than an outrageous character in an anime film, or even a comic-book superhero – and then she went on to play like one. Read on

  • For Portland runners who drink beer: Join Old Port Pub Run for a run followed by beer every Thursday

    "People who run and drink beer tend to be really good people," joked Dillon. And judging by my inaugural run with Dillon and the group, they're a friendly and welcoming sort, too. Read on

  • Jenny Hval at SPACE, Kat Edmonson at Jonathan’s

    Here are four words that you just don't hear everyday: experimental pop from Norway. Jenny Hval's music is sometimes polyphonic and sometimes sprinkled with quiet spoken word and whispery singing. Read on

  • 3 harsh truths you need to get over when dating in Portland

    There are three harsh realities that keep many people from fully committing to dating in Maine. And they are facts people cling to like life preservers as excuses for being alone forever. But there is hope, and it comes in the form of tough love. Read on

  • STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon 2015: Shake it up March 7-8 at the Maine Mall

    You'll dance. You'll do something good. The STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon raises funds for STRIVE, a locals program that helps young adults with disabilities grow their academic skills, social skills, leadership potential, work skills, and more. And make lifelong friends while they're at it. Read on

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