What’s the value in a cassette tape? For Brian Cohen, lead guitarist of Portland punk outfit The RattleSnakes, the answer is simple: it’s in the aesthetic, sonic and nostalgic quality of the medium. That’s why the band has been releasing albums on tape for the past seven years. “The fidelity on the tape is a [...]
Two weeks ago, a familiar face from the University of Southern Maine Philosophy Department became something of an Internet star, appearing on the popular news aggregation site Reddit and the blog of Wil Wheaton, an actor best known for his roles on “The Big Bang Theory” and as Wesley Crusher in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” “The [...]
Jessica Harris, a freshman psychology major, is one of the students who received a housing grant for this semester. Without it, Harris said she would have to move back home and forgo an education in Gorham, where she has also developed a new social life.
“I wouldn’t have met half the people I’m friends with if I didn’t live on campus,” Harris said.
What does it take to get art accepted into USM’s Juried Student Exhibition? For senior art major Cricket Klein, it took more than 10 hours in a bathroom and several yards of paper towel. The result is a roll of paper towels etched with Klein’s obsessive thoughts, and it’s one of 41 works accepted into this [...]
As the support network for local music continues to grow, another compilation nears its release. But it’s not just another music compilation; it’s the embodiment of one man’s efforts to share the best and most fascinating music in Maine with the rest of its inhabitants. Treble Treble Volume 3 makes its debut at SPACE Gallery [...]
In 1999, Private Barry Winchell was brutally beaten and murdered by fellow soldier Calvin Glover for being gay. The incident ignited a national debate about the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and compelled the USM Department of Theatre chair, professor William Kilroy, to inform people about the multiple tragedies caused by the U.S. [...]
Over the past few decades, comic conventions have become mainstays of the industry. They unite people — or nerds, as you might call them — for one general purpose: their passion for comics and related sub-cultures of geekdom. And all the meanwhile celebrities visit, games are played and parties are thrown. From the night of [...]
Throw aside the Hollywood-horror drivel and go local this Halloween. A Maine-based film festival hits the state for a second year with Halloween-inspired shorts created by some of the state’s best filmmakers. Between now and Oct. 30, Damnationland infects eight independent theaters across the state. Locations include Auburn, Orono, Bangor, Bridgton, Waterville, Brunswick, and Rockland. Most [...]
Earlier this year, an IBM supercomputer by the name of Watson defeated two of Jeopardy!’s best competitors, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. Now Watson is getting ready to help diagnose and treat patients at the Columbia University Medical Center. The computer marks a major accomplishment in artificial intelligence, which means a greater chance of a [...]
A&C Recommends: ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest’ at Portland Museum of Art
This weekend, the Portland Museum of Art will show “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,” a 2011 documentary that follows the group on their 2008 reunion tour. Directed by actor and comedian Michael Rapport, who’s a self-professed diehard Quest fan, the film follows the group and attempts to unearth the conflicts that led to their demise.