Artist, activist, and all-around great person Katie Diamond and Michael Tobin, co-owner and artistic director of the Old Port Playhouse, both recorded messages for our local It Gets Better Project.
Watch them by clicking on the thumbnails below!
(Sorry that you can hear me say "Go" at the beginning of Katie's.
Robbie Kanner over at Vision for Viewers just slid us another slideshow, of the OK Go show at Port City Music Hall:
We were inspired by the It Gets Better Project and the Make It Better Project to record our own videos of Mainers offering encouraging messages to young people everywhere. We'll be uploading them over the next few weeks at the Portland Phoenix's YouTube site, as well as the IGB site. The first one is up now; its message is inspiring and moving.
Okay, so some computer problems and other weirdnesses caused us to neglect mentioning this in last week's "8 Days A Week," so here's your announcement:
tonight at the Apohadion (107 Hanover St, Portland), a CD-release with Aleric Nez + Viking Moses + Forest City Lovers. 8 pm | $2
And check the Phoenix on Wednesday for a review of the Aleric Nez disc!
Commenting has resumed on the Press Herald site. Time will tell whether the new system reels in the loonies.
These triangles, and a lot of purple sweaters, are all over Portland (and the US) today.
I've been working over the last few days to launch a local version of the It Gets Better project, and it looks like it's coming together! Expect to see some short videos here and on the IGB site over the next few weeks.
According to a note posted this afternoon on the Press Herald's Web site, there will no longer be online comments for any stories.
This does not appear to be the case for owner/editor/publisher Richard Connor's other newspaper holding, the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Times-Leader, which as of 5:30 this afternoon still allowed comments on every story I checked.
Mad Horse Theater Company has extended the run of Six Degrees of Separation (reviewed here by Megan Grumbling), adding another weekend of runs from Thursday, October 28, to Saturday, October 30 - plus a Sunday evening show on October 24 at 7 pm.
Also, the Dark Night series has moved from Lucid Stage to the Old Port Playhouse for its final two shows, tonight and tomorrow night, at a new time - 8 pm.
Our gubernatorial endorsement comes out in tomorrow's paper. In the meantime, check out this longshot Shawn Moody endorsement from The Maine Campus. The Maine Green Independent Party also published the results of their candidate interviews this week. Looks like Cutler comes out at the top of their analysis.
"There were so many opportunites to go to sea -- fishing, whaling, coastal carriage, long-haul trade to India, China, the West Indies, and Europe, not to mention naval service -- that a Westport boy would have had to search for a reason to reject the call."
Bath author Geoffrey Wolff, a former Washington Post books editor, Princeton and UC Irvine professor, and American Academy of Arts and Letters award winner, will be in town on Wednesday to read from his new book, The Hard Way Around: The Passages of Joshua Slocum (Knopf).
The folks behind winter's Restaurant Week (which will happen March 1-12, 2011) have organized an autumnal incarnation, which features the usual suspects and will run from Sunday, October 24-31. Three-course meals run from $20-40; you pay for booze, tax, and tip. These days, you can search for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
If you can't make it to the Colbert/Stewart rally in DC on October 30, consider heading up to Augusta from 1 to 4 pm, when the Maine Patriots and the Maine Refounders will hold a rally in Capitol Park.
Here's the release, which says they're going to let politicians and civil-service workers "know that we are here, we are watching, and the old game is over!" But they're going to do without signs, which should be left "at home."
Today's New York Times has an excellent article about how a Maine homeowner - and her volunteer lawyer, working with Pine Tree Legal Assistance - have exposed the latest round of bank misdeeds: uninformed, and possibly fraudulent, filings of foreclosure proceedings in courts in Maine and all over the country.
If you want to know how this mess has developed, read this story.
Here's the latest slideshow on the Huffington Post, which includes a link to the Find.Eat.Drink. guide to Portland and text from local chefs about other chefs in our town..,.
Three Mainers, all activists for prisoner-rights, will be honored by the Maine Civil Liberties Union on Friday, with the MCLU's Roger Baldwin Award, named for a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Reverend Stan Moody (a former prison chaplain and former state legislator), Dr. Janis Petzel (president of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians), and Emily Posner (with the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition) are being recognized "for their extraordinary contributions to the campaign to end solitary confinement in Maine," according to an MCLU press release.