Remember when the Ice Bar used to be free? That was great - you could go, buy a couple drinks, have them served in various creative ways using ice (slides, etc), see a bunch of people, and then head out.
Then, apparently, organizers decided there was too much riff-raff and started to charge admission at the door. Ten bucks put a big dent in the drink-buying budget, but it was once a year and still fun, and the cover charge went to charity.
The Portland Press Herald did not charge the Portland Regional Chamber for $46,507.74 in political advertising the chamber placed on behalf of the Elect Our Mayor - Yes On 1 campaign in November, in which Portlanders narrowly decided to have a popularly elected mayor. (Image of the form is below.)
Whether this is a donation to the campaign on the part of the Press Herald - or a donation to the chamber on the paper's part - is at present unclear.
Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley has an article in the latest issue of the Boston Review. It's called "The Worst of the Worst: Supermax Torture in America," and is largely based on his five years of reporting on the Maine State Prison in the Phoenix. Go check it out!
Watch the video here.
Sadly, it didn't work. Snowe, it's your turn.
This Monday, December 13th, the Portland Phoenix is teaming up with the Portland Public Library and GLSEN-Southern Maine for a full day of anti-bullying and tolerance programming at the Rines Auditorium in the library. Here's the press release:
Portland, ME – Portland Public Library is a hosting an
informational event on Monday, December 13 from 11:30 AM to 8 PM titled
“It Gets Better: A Portland Partnership to Prevent Bullying.
LaMontagne's newest album, God
Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise, has been nominated for three awards,
including song of the year for "Beg Steal or Borrow," plus Best Contemporary
Folk album and Best Engineered Album (non-classical). The latter is slightly
ironic considering Ray ditched uber-producer Ethan Johns this time around and
recorded in his Western Mass.
RawFaith, the ship that was moored in Portland harbor for a while a year or so ago, while its owner tried to keep raising money to keep building it, has been abandoned 100 miles off Cape Cod, after its owner and one crew member radioed for help from the Coast Guard. Here are the Coast Guard announcements about it - the latest, and the initial call
First we had singers, then we had models, then we had chefs, now we have...belly dancers! Following in the footsteps of scores of other reality competition shows, Project Belly Dance is The Search for America's Next Top Belly Dancer. Episodes, the first of which will air on January 3, 2011, will be watchable online -- and local shimmy-er Lindsey Feeney is one of the two dozen competitors from which a winner will be chosen.
The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes, a film about Al Hawkes, Event Records, and Maine country music, will be on the television stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network tomorrow and Saturday, as well as New Year's Day and January 6.
(Times: Thursday, December 2 at 8 pm | Saturday, December 4 at 3:30 pm | Saturday, January 1 at 11 am | Thursday, January 6 at 10 pm)