Film Review: Nightcrawler

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

The pulse-pounding thriller Nightcrawler, directed by Dan Gilroy, tells the story of a man who is desperate for a job and discovers the high-speed world of crime journalism in Los Angeles. If you find twisted human behavior both fascinating and psychologically thrilling, than this film is a must-see. Nightcrawler tells the story of a sociopath […]

Album Review: Lazaretto

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Kyle Cumiskey Yet another critically acclaimed album by the musician Jack White has just been released. This new album, titled Lazaretto embodies a unique garage sound. White explains that many of the songs on his new album were written in his younger years, therefore depicting teenage issues. The song “Lazaretto” produces a hip hop […]

USM graduate gives advice on the audition

Posted on November 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson Any performing acts major knows the terror and importance of the dreaded audition. It’s their link to the real world and one of the most important things about getting a career after graduation. On Friday, USM school of Music presented a master class with Metropolitan Opera singer Megan Marino to help students […]

Map exhibit gives a tangible link to the past

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Accurate and detailed maps are just a finger-swipe away with today’s technology. It’s easy to forget map making used to require serious scouting and a steady hand. For the next few months, USM’s Osher Map Library will showcase a collection of maps made entirely by hand, the oldest dating back to 1583. These maps are […]

Top 5 staff picks: local fall snack favorites

Posted on November 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

1.) Fall flavors at the Holy Donut Waking up in the morning before going to work is a job in itself, so one of my favorite things to do is drive over to Holy Donut in Portland and get a small coffee with extra cream and sugar to dip my pumpkin donut in. I love […]

Muse Paintbar comes to Portland

Posted on November 04, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Muse Paintbar in Portland can make a Picasso out of anyone by adding alcohol to the mix. Individuals from across Maine gather there to sit back, relax and learn to paint while sipping from an elegant glass of wine or taking shots in between brush strokes. The combination of these two relaxing activities creates a […]

Film Review: John Wick

Posted on November 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller The newest action movie, John Wick, directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, has a generic plot that mixes such movies as Taken and Man on Fire. However the film is still very memorable and rises above most movies that fall under the common man-takes-revenge plot. Trying to connect the idea of […]

Album Review: Asleep in the Forest

Posted on November 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Kyle Cumiskey Hailing from Portland, the band If and It has just released their eighth studio album on Aug. 30, titled Asleep in the Forest. Complex vocal harmonies and captivating guitar jams induce a feeling of intimacy throughout the album. “Space Suite 2000,” is a seven minute escapade into the life of a man […]

Album Review: Bummer But Whatever

Posted on November 04, 2014 by elledavis in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Carver Arena, Maine native relocated to West Chester, Pennsylvania for college, released an EP through his solo project, Festiva, earlier on this month.  The EP, Bummer But Whatever, gives listeners a hearty dose of lo-fi configuration in only four tracks. One of the tracks, titled, “Hell Week,” which goes against everything that could  describe lightheartedness. […]

Film Review: Gone Girl

Posted on November 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller The newest movie directed by David Fincher, titled Gone Girl explores the deeper psychological outlook on what it means to build relationships. Gone Girl shows the audience a very real and complex human relationships we call marriages. Based on the book written by Gillian Flynn, this movie creates ripples upon the serene […]