Kris Johnsen just sent us this funny image. We knew we loved the Nick, but we love it even more now.
Maine has an online "freedom watchdog," available on YouTube, with very interesting viewpoints and questions. While perhaps more right-of-center than others, Jarrod LeBlanc nevertheless takes a fairly even-keeled approach to issues, and is direct and clear with his concerns.
Check him out!
Black black smoke is pouring from the former Jordan's building, which is also home to Hugo's, Rabelais Books, Dean's Sweets, Pepperclub/Good Egg, and I think one other business whose name eludes me at the moment (sorry). A huge plume soared over the city a few minutes ago, and sirens are still sounding around Portland as fire trucks rush to the scene.
If you want to sell pot legally in Maine, now's your chance.
There are a few catches:
-you have to incorporate as a non-profit
-you have to have a place in a convenient location
-you have to agree to be one of eight legal pot dealers in the state
-you will need prior business experience, including handling inventory, quality control, security, and staffing issues (perhaps best not to tout any street-corner experience.
No, we're not prognosticating on who is going to win.
But if you want to learn about what the gubernatorial candidates think about the arts and the "creative economy" there's just one place to go:
Andres Verzosa of Aucocisco Galleries has taken it upon himself to interview each of the candidates on their views on the arts and creativity in Maine, and has posted the video of those conversations online.
This has nothing to do with Portland, but it's tremendously cool. From Jason Freeman's Piano Etudes site:
"Inspired by the tradition of open-form musical scores, I composed
each of these four piano etudes as a collection of short musical
fragments with links to connect them. In performance, the pianist must
use those links to jump from fragment to fragment, creating her own
unique version of the composition.