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, […]

The Pulps! Art exhibit

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

By Brian Gordon The headlines for The Pulps! exhibit at the Portland Public Library sound more like horror movies than an art exhibit. Titles like, “They’re Lurking Behind Buildings” and “They Strike at you from the Darkness” make for an awesome exhibit that pops off the walls with color and crime. Pulps, or pulp fiction […]

USM Royal Majesty Drag Show

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Drag kings and queens from all around Maine participated in the USM Royal Majesty Drag Show Competition this past weekend. Many of the performers made an amazing transformation and awed audiences with their abilities to change with just a little makeup. Patrick Stavens, a student at the Maine College of Art participated this year in […]

Film Review: St. Vincent

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller St. Vincent is a new comedy starring Bill Murray, Mellissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. In truth, it is not just a comedy but also a deeper reflection on many serious themes. This film is a reflection of human kindness, the ability of people to engender compassion and what constitutes a ‘saintly’ person. […]

Album Review: 1989

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Taylor Swifts new album, 1989, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling over 1,287,000 copies in its first week of release. Her new songs give off a pop vibe, and although she strays away from her country norm her popularity continues to increase. “Out of the Woods” bursts with erupting drums, fluxuating […]