The Open Bench Project creates space for innovators

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

On Thompson’s Point in Portland is a warehouse that looks ordinary on the outside but inside is a buzzing hub of creative and productive energy. In this vast 7,000 square foot industrial space, robots are assembled and tested out, while quadcopter drones fly over head. In one corner, a group of children are being taught […]

Hypnotist makes puppets out of students on stage

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Comedian hypnotist Eric Mina wowed audiences at USM with an act that had USM students making a fool of themselves on stage. Mina explained that his routine is a simple one and that everyone has the ability to hypnotize themselves. With a bachelors degree in psychology and a certificate in hypnotherapy, Mina told his audience […]

A&C recommends: Concerning Violence film screening

Posted on January 22, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Recommends

By Dora Thompson Next Monday, you can take a journey into the depths of Africa as it struggles for liberation from the Third World with the premier a new documentary called Concerning Violence. USM staff and students gain free entry to the screening at Space Gallery with a valid university ID as the audience gets […]

S(her)lock web series gives a fresh look to an old time classic

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

A team in the USM community is hard at work on a new web series that aims to explore femininity through the world’s most famous fictional detective: Sherlock Holmes. The gender-swapping scenes of S(her)lock began as a collaborative senior project headed by senior media studies major Kate Tracy last spring and the project has only […]

Arts department spring overview

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

This semester, USM students and staff will be performing and directing a variety of events that are sure to enthrall anyone who attends. From an instrumental concert to a Shakespearean comedy, this spring is full of exciting shows and exhibits that are sure to both educate and entertain its audiences. 1.) Book Arts paper Trail […]

Heavy Rotation Reviews

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews, Music, Recommends

Eminem, Shady XV Eminem’s new album “Shady XV” features one disc of his new material and one that has his greatest hits. His song, “Detroit Vs. Everybody” reminds listeners of how far he has come from being a man on the streets of Detroit to a world-renowned rapper. He raps, “Comin’ from them streets where […]

Film Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Posted on December 09, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller Although movie sequels can sometimes be predictable and annoying, the film Horrible Bosses succeeds to define the norm or boring sequel stereotype. The comedy of the first film centers around three workers trying to murder their respective bosses. This classic tale extended into Horrible Bosses 2 with a respectable twist. The new […]

Local shopping supports local families

Posted on December 09, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Local shopping around the holidays can be a fun way to buy unique gifts for the people in your life. With big name franchises seemingly taking the stage, Portland residents believe that shopping local is more important than ever this time of year. Ranked by the business review website yelp as the top city in […]

Online holiday gift guide: 10 items for under $10.00

Posted on December 09, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

1.) Barbosal Stash Storage Can: $10.00 at Spencers.com Looking for a way to hide your personal belongings from roommates? This storage can disguised as a shaving cream can will allow for you to hide items in the most obvious spots without giving it away.   2.) Fun Coffee Mugs: $9.99 at Spencers.com Looking for a […]

A&C Recommends: Maine fiberarts exhibit in Glickman library

Posted on December 09, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture, Recommends

The typical art exhibit one may imagine consists of painted canvas or pastel drawings. However, Fiberarts is a form of art that takes everyday items and makes it into something new. Located in Glickman library on the 7th floor, USM is hosting a new exhibit titled, “Maine Fiberarts” which  showcases woven textiles, netted june bugs, […]