Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A closer look at Dobra Tea’s multi-cultural experience

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Dobra's tea wall contains lots of teas from around the world.

By Dionne Smith and Cara DeRose A popular destination for Portland’s tea drinkers, Dobrá Tea, which is located on 89 Exchange St. and is one of eight Dobrá Tea tea rooms in the United States, differs from the bustling city outside its walls. For owners Ellen Kanner and Ray Marcotte, the tea-drinking experience isn’t solely […]

Fantastic Beasts most enjoyed by J.K. Rowling fans

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

John Rocker and Aaron Halls, Free Press Staff Plot Taking place seventy years before the events of the Harry Potter series, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York carrying a suitcase full of magical creatures. When a No-Maj accidentally releases the creatures, it’s up to Newt and an Auror named Tina Goldstein to get […]

Dance USM! kicks off the holiday season at Russell Hall

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Dionne Smith, Free Press Staff Dancing is a sport that can express emotions, tell stories and leave the viewers in awe. From Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, the USM Department of Theatre  gave a spectacular performance of “Dance USM!” directed by Maria A. Tzianabos in Russell Hall on the Gorham campus. It was a […]

MAJOR! brings ignored conversations to the fore

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Cara DeRose, Chief Copy Editor When we think of documentary films, we think of films that are meant to reveal the unknown facts of unfamiliar subjects. Yet MAJOR!—which premiered on Nov. 17  in Maine during an event sponsored by USM’s Women and Gender Studies Program in the Glickman Library—is a documentary film that does not […]

University Jazz ensemble made up of students from various majors

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

The vocal quintet, instrumentalists, and Taylor O'Donnell perform.

Matthew Craig, Arts & Culture Editor On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Taylor O’Donnell, performed a set of jazz standards at Corthell Music Hall. Songs performed included “In a Mellow Tone” by Milt Gabler and Duke Ellington, arranged by Kirby Shaw, and “Come and See” by Pat Metheny. The concert […]

J.K. Rowling’s first original screenplay is an immediate success

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Katie Harris, Free Press Intern J.K. Rowling does it again. The woman who wrote all seven Harry Potter novels has recently come out with another masterpiece, titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, which served as the screenplay for the recent film, and fans around the world may be a […]

Annual Taste of Portland enters fourth year

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Colin Cundy   Last Thursday brought the fourth annual Taste of Portland event to USM’s Portland campus. The event invites a host of Portland’s eateries and food trucks to the curbside parking and green spaces outside Glickman Library and the Wishcamper Center. Taste of Portland serves as an initiation of sorts for incoming transfer […]

Makers at the hall

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Matthew Craig On Wednesday, August 31 the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, a craftsman’s guild, held a panel meeting. There were quite a few panel members, all with very different professions. Present was a labor historian, a boiler-maker, a software engineer, photographer, blacksmith, and a violin maker. This is only a brief description of the […]

Rocker and Halls reviews – Hell or High Water

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Aaron Halls and John Rocker About Our Rating System Hello readers! Before we begin with our review, we would like to explain our rating system. Most of the time, critics like to attach a number or a letter to grade a film. We think giving a film a value like that doesn’t really explain […]

All I Know review

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Matthew Craig Recently, I had the pleasure of listening to Alejandra O’Leary’s latest album, entitled “All I Know”. As a Portland local, she is a ‘new’ artist in the process of establishing herself as a musician. She describes her music as a combination of, “classic raw rock with a contemporary pop vision.” Let me […]