Student filmmakers host auditions

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture


Mary Kearney, senior media studies major and Emily Pierce, senior media and communications major look over paperwork to learn more about the people auditioning.

Last week, student filmmaker’s set out to cast roles for their films, taking the first step in the process of their hort movie creation. This film project is for an Advanced Field Video Production class, where USM students majoring in media or communications get the chance to cast, direct and film their own movies. These […]

Catch Me If You Can

Posted on March 23, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Stealing the USM main stage this month was the ridiculously catchy, deliciously sixties con artistry set to music: Catch Me If You Can. Premiering in Maine for the first time, this euphoric bang of a show features a wide range of student talent. “It’s a great showcase of the talent here at USM,” said musical […]

Digital Dreams: A group of students in the C12 lab work together on video games

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture


Sophomore computer science major Sam Capotosto puts on the virtual reality headset called the Oculus Rift and plays a game he created that simulates being in space. Adjunct professor of electrical engineering Rocco Sbardella works on his own project next to Capotosto.

On the fifth floor of the science building, students with an interest in helping in the collaboration of technology savvy projects can venture into the CI2 lab to put their ideas into actions and their dreams into reality. One group in particular focuses on video game creation. Jonah Sanville, a sophomore computer science major and […]

Art aims to expose American dream

Posted on March 09, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

USM’s latest visiting artist really stuck it to the man with his presentation last Friday. Danish artist Lars Jelash and British artist Helen Stringfellow’s collaborative art partnership, Tectonic Industries, tackle the myths and fake realities that pop culture creates. They essentially make a living off of biting the hand that feeds them and they do […]

“Strange Nights” in the local music scene

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture


From left to right: band members Tim Churchill, Nicholas Rier and Cody Mitchell.

Portland has always been known for its local music scene, where bands are constantly forming and taking the stage in hopes of making it big one day. One new band that has emerged from Portland, called “Strange Nights,” is making its way up in this music scene and has advice for aspiring bands in the […]

Solargraphy slow moments in time

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Johanna Moore’s solargraph exhibit is located on the 5th floor of Glickman library.

The new USM solargraphy exhibit consists of 28 images that show the whole length of the Kennebec River. These photos, taken with a pinhole camera and given long exposure, act as a diary that tells the story of the river as it goes through seasonal changes. To make the pictures into a diary, the artist […]

Top Five: Coziest places in Portland

Posted on March 02, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Tandem Cafe on Anderson Street Nothing beats the frigid winter blues like a big mug of steaming coffee. With numerous places in Portland to help fix your coffee cravings, the best place to go is somewhere cozy and warm. Head over to Tandem Cafe and Roastery, located at Anderson Street in East Bayside. The roasting […]

Portland takes the title of coziest city in the U.S.

Posted on March 02, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Listen up frozen-fingered driveway shovelers and take comfort, frost covered students, there is hope in the midst of this long and treacherous winter: Portland has been named the coziest city in America. Honeywell Heaters consulted a team of scientists at Environmental Health and Engineering to determine the winner of their second annual “America’s Coziest Cities” […]

Top Five: Alternative Valentine’s Day Dates in Portland

Posted on February 10, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Kristin Ouellette 1.) “80 Shades of Awesome” at Port City Music Hall on Congress Street Time to pull out your mom’s old pumps and rummage through thrift shops for a pair of legwarmers – and leather pants, if you so choose. Grab your significant other  or friends and come dance away at Port City […]

Haven’s handcrafts their chocolate treats

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Employees  pour melted chocolate into molding trays.

Valentine’s day is often associated with the typical romantic gestures of dinner dates, sending roses and seeing a romantic comedy to wrap up a cliche date night. One of the most typical gifts of romance, chocolate, is being produced all over the world. At Haven’s in Westbrook, the smell of freshly melted chocolate lingers in […]