The curator of the Peaks Island Umbrella Cover Museum, which won an Editor's Pick Best award in 2002 and is the only institution of its kind in the world, is releasing a book early next month. Uncovered and Exposed! A Guide to the World's Only Umbrella Cover Museum, is an inside look at the quirky establishment, which opened its doors in 1996.
...And we all do...check this out and email your thoughts to Markos Miller, who is collecting them at markosmiller [at] hotmail.com.
At the meeting last night, the Maine Department of Transportation, the city of Portland, and the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System discussed how to incorporate public participation and improve communication between official stakeholders and public observers, Miller says.
Richard Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Portland (which covers all of Maine), wrote an opinion piece in this weekend's Maine Sunday Telegram, addressing climate change, and arguing that the interests of "a global community for which we all must care" require us to deal with the climate crisis.
His arguments are cogent and strong.
By virtue of the simple fact that no one else really cares enough to do it, I am the Portland Phoenix's "party planner." This means basically nothing except that every six months someone will half-jokingly ask for "an update from the party-planning committee" (there used to be two of us -- hi Bridget!)...which is a subtle hint that said person wants to have a party, thinks it's time for an internal morale-booster.
Geeks, nerds, and aficionados of the strange rejoice! The San
Diego Comic-Con has graced our lives once again, delivering comics, scantily
clad women, and Storm Troopers. Lots of Storm Troopers. But over the past few
years, the invasion of Hollywood
and the video-game industry has derailed the convention's original purpose:
Sad day in SoPo - the Forecaster reports that the landmark Red's Dairy Freeze building will be demolished - though the owner plans to rebuild on the same foundation...
In this week's Phoenix, I review a show with Chris Teret, Man Forever, and the Guitar Cloud. (I'll post the link when it's live online.)Here's the link.
I shot some video of each of the elements of that show, and here they are:
Chris Teret opening (2 videos):
Man Forever (2 videos):
Chris Gray, who has eyes like a hawk and an Internet bookmark list like an erudite fox, alerted me to this: Portland, Maine, is on the Daily Beast's list of America's Top 20 Gayest Cities. "Same-sex couples make up a larger percentage of households in Portland, Maine,
than in any other city on the East Coast," the article notes.
The Onion hits the nail on the head again, with a parody report about budget cuts at a school. It's down to football or the arts...
Yes, Emilia Dahlin is back! She was elsewhere - go find her and ask about it, really - but has returned, and is playing out, with some new stuff and some old stuff. Check out a clip from her Saturday evening gig at Portland Lobster Company:
Are you a fan of campaign finance reform? In the wake of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court (which banned limits on corporation spending to influence voters), federal lawmakers are scrambling to force disclosure by those who spend to influence campaigns.
It's called the DISCLOSE Act (another backronym-named piece of legislation), and key to its passage are none other than Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, according to Sam Stein of the Huffington Post.
Doesn't really have the same ring to it, huh?
As we wait for the FDA to issue its ruling on Ella, the emergency contraceptive that can be taking with lasting efficacy up to five days after unprotected sex (the full FDA usually follows the recommendations of its advisory panels; the sub-committee on reproductive health approved the drug a few weeks ago), here's a brief Q&A between me and Christina Aplington, a PR exec for Ella-manufacturer HRA Pharma.
Different format for this installation (previous ones are from earlier this month and last). I got a book at the office today: Fresh From Maine: Recipes and Stories from the State's Best Chefs (Table Arts Media), by Michael S. Sanders with photography by Russell French. The book highlights meals, recipes, and food philosophies from 20 restaurants (and chefs) up and down the coast.
In a blog post entitled "Does Kagan Support Stoning?" Mother Jones's Stephanie Mencimer explains the twisted attempt at logic that passes for the neoconservative movement's attempt to "prove" that Elena Kagan, who if confirmed would become the eighth Jewish justice on the US Supreme Court, in some way backs Islamic sharia law.
GLAD is tweeting
that Judge Joseph Tauro ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act --
which defines marriage as between one man and one woman -- does violate the equal protection clause in the Constitution. He also issued a decision in a similar case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. I wrote about these cases last month.