Derek Kimball, whose I Want You To Know won Best Drama in the Phoenix's Film Festival this year, has begun work on a new movie: The Bully. He'll be filming it during March and April in Wisconsin, capitalizing on a film-production package that was the prize for winning the Jury Award at the 2008 Milwaukee Show festival.
(Um, yeah, they both voted no. Here's what they had to say for themselves. And no, they're not likely to vote for it in the future, either.)
“Having been fully immersed in this issue for this entire year and as
the only Republican to vote for health reform in the Finance Committee,
I deeply regret that I cannot support the pending Senate legislation as
it currently stands, given my continued concerns with the measure and
an artificial and arbitrary deadline of completing the bill before
Christmas that is shortchanging the process on this monumental and
In October, the city of Portland was awarded an honorable mention by the League of American Bicyclists in their Bicycle Friendly America program. We fell short of "Bicylce Friendly Community" status, a laureled classification for which municipalities everywhere vie. Though the title carries no monetary reward, "this program offers awards of national recognition for communities that already
understand the benefits of bicycling by providing safe and plentiful bikeways
for bicyclists, bicyclists access to safe and convenient bike parking,
encouragement, and 'share the road' programs for non-cyclists," according to the Web site.
We're sure there's no connection with this.
Peanut Butter Jelly Time is up and running in the upstairs of the Portland Public Market House (Deirdre told you about the expansion earlier in the week). Owner Steve's a nice guy who makes a mean PB&J (mine was crunchy, raspberry, white), though my suggestion is skip the P and J and go straight to the cashew butter and Nutella (CB&N doesn't have quite the same ring to it, though, does it?).
The folks at Black Bear Entertainment are getting a lot of attention lately for their petition drive to bring a casino to Oxford County.
But yesterday's press release contains two fascinating claims about the impact a casino will have in Maine.
In a paragraph talking about how much the casino will benefit education, we find the following: (see the full press release below)
I visited the new upstairs of the Public Market House last week. So far, vendors are: Peanut Butter Jelly Time (namesake; set to serve countless variations of everyone's favorite sandwich, plus cereal); Pie in the Sky Pizza (Tuscan-style pizza made by the same people who own Big Sky Bread); and Market House Coffee (serving Rock City coffee, hooray, plus Tony's Donuts and baked goods from Two Fat Cats and Standard Baking Co.
Here's the first video (remember those?) from Twisted Roots' album Vol. I (on Rat Pak Records). The song is called "Hollow Earth." And the video is by Zenfilm.
Check it out - and it might even add fuel to that "tunnels-under-Portland" rumor...
Robbie Kanner over at Vision for Viewers sent along another great slideshow of local music, from the Labor Day Records fifth anniversary party. Lost on Liftoff, Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Sidecar Radio, and Cosades!
The Animal Legal Defense Fundranks Maine among the top five states in the country for animal protection.
Answering a question from Oprah recently, Barack Obama gave his performance in office so far a "solid B-plus."
The Phoenix has a different answer, and it's in this week's editorial.
You can read it here, and find out our thoughts on what Obama has accomplished, and what's left to be done.
Take a look, and comment at the end with your own grade of how Obama is doing for you.
Richard Connor's office has issued the following statement. See my column in tomorrow's Portland Phoenix addressing these events.
As the US Senate continues debate on an increasingly anemic health care bill, two political action organizations are chastizing Democratic representatives who voted for the anti-choice Stupak-Pitts amendment in the House's version of the legislation. The Senate seems safe from such a provision, but the issue will certainly come up for debate when the House and Senate conference to reconcile their different bills.
I posted a few days ago about a mostly-rational, not-especially-vitriolic Christian evangelical from Waterville who is offering his take on various issues of the day online.
Norton Webber, the man in question, sent out an advisory to a number of people, after he was clued into the post by none other than Mike Hein of the Christian Civic League of Maine Maine Family Policy Council.