Portland punk band The RattleSnakes go to old medium for newest release

Posted on February 05, 2012 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

For their newest release 'Spine', Portland garage-punk's The RattleSnakes distributed the album on cassette

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 […]

How a USM professor became an Internet meme

Posted on January 22, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

This photo and quote of philosophy professor Jason Read became widely viewed after it was posted on the news aggregator Reddit, and the blog of "Star Trek" actor Wil Wheaton.

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 […]

Efforts to increase enrollment focus on drawing residential students to Gorham

Posted on January 22, 2012 by Dylan Martin in News

Freshman psychology major Jessica Harris works on her laptop in her dorm room in Hastings Hall. Haris is one of 56 students who received a total of $88,000 this semester in housing grants.

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.

$1 million paper towel confessional takes center stage at USM Art Gallery

Posted on November 27, 2011 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

USM senior art major Cricket Klein stands in front of her untitled installation piece at the opening of the Juried Student Art Show at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham. Klein’s piece consists of several yards of unrolled paper towels and handwritten confessions.

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 […]

‘Treble Treble: Volume 3′ brings together the best of the Portland underground

Posted on November 12, 2011 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

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 […]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ brings controversial policy to the stage

Posted on November 04, 2011 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

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. […]

Nerds get their revenge on Portland, if only for a weekend at Coast City Comicon

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

A promotional poster for the Coast City Comicon. Between Nov. 11 and 13 the event will take over the city of Portland with video game tournaments, movie screenings and discussion panels.

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 […]

Damnationland film festival brings horror to Vacationland

Posted on October 23, 2011 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

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 […]

Your Plugged-In Future

Posted on September 30, 2011 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

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

Posted on September 16, 2011 by Dylan Martin in Arts & Culture

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.