Upon returning from vacation this week, Acorn Productions producing director Michael Levine learned that Naked Shakespeare is imperiled due to a city ordinance prohibiting any bar from having an entertainment license if another establishment within 100 feet has one. The rule, passed three years ago in an attempt to dampen rowdy Old Port drunkeness, doesn't really make sense as applied to Naked Shakespeare -- a troupe of actors that's performed barebones Shakespearian works without costumes or props at the Wine Bar for several years.
Brian Jones (this one, not this one) will address some of the same things we did in "Take Back Barack" at the Meg Perry Center on Friday evening. "Yet, while Obama's victory has raised expectations and given
people hope, the actions of his administration in the months since, from the
silence on gay marriage and Palestine to the continued bailouts of the banks and
a health care proposal that falls far short of what is needed, have left many
asking how much has changed," says the press release.
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it's fielding more than 100 calls per day from people seeking copies of their registration who want to benefit from the federal Cash for Clunkers program. The initiative, which offers cash rebates to consumers who trade in their older, less-fuel-efficient cars for newer ones that aren't gas guzzlers, came close to running out of money; now the House has authorized a $2 billion recharge, and Obama's urging the Senate to do the same
...And the brochure makes it sound like an enticing purchase.
The recently moved and renovated coffee shop is going for $450,000, according to Benchmark Residential & Investment Real Estate literature available online and at the establishment. Hilltop, which is apparently licensed as a sit-down restaurant, moved to its 88 Congress Street location in March of last year.
The Portland City Council will vote tonight on implementing the set of policies that came out of the Peninsula Transit Study. Among the recommendations are the following ideas:
-- Pursue a "Park Once" Strategy -- Think of downtown parking spaces/lots as communal, so that drivers can park their car once, accomplish errands and social/shopping activities on foot, and move their car at the end of their time downtown (rather than having to move their cars between each task/activity).
Senator Olympia Snowe, whom I have previously called on to stand up for healthcare reform, though I have worried she may be missing the point of healthcare reform, but who has also shown a glimmer of starting to understand it, has responded to my writings with a thoughtful, and lengthy letter (a form letter though it is - I had sent her office a couple of links to some of what I had written).