Sunday, December 4th, 2016

“Time and Winds” offers instrumental education to students

Posted on November 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Kelly Scrima, Free Press Staff “Don’t feel like you’re trapped in a dark concert hall,“ said Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Dr. Trae Blanco to the audience in attendance. “Time and Winds” was performed by members of USM’s Wind Ensemble, including Blanco, who played the harpsichord and conducted. The performance was […]

“Top Five” secret places to wine & dine in Portland, Maine

Posted on November 03, 2016 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Because our city prides itself on its foodie culture, the places that are suggested to tourists are often very high-class and expensive. However, there are so many places that only locals are aware of that offer high quality food and drink at very reasonable prices. If you’re new to Portland and want some advice for […]

Album Review: Drake’s Young Money/Cash Money Records

Posted on May 04, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Bradford Spurr, Multimedia Editor The Six God is watching. ‘Six,’ a reference frequently made by rapper Aubrey Graham (Drake) as a term of endearment for Toronto, was dropped from the highly anticipated fourth studio album with hip hop royalty Lil Wayne’s Young Money/Cash Money records (YM/CM). Anecdotally, because I personally had no clue for […]

Banana peels, coffee grinds and egg shells: Making Portland prettier

Posted on May 02, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Matthew Craig, Free Press Staff Today, Portland’s Garbage to Garden service offers an easy way to compost food scraps, as well as to obtain compost for growing things. The nonprofit organization was created by Maine resident Tyler Frank, who was living in the East End of Portland in 2012 when he recognized the fact […]

Rocker Reviews: Five Films to Watch This Summer

Posted on May 02, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

John Rocker, Free Press Staff With the semester coming to a close and the summer months just within our grasp, I thought I would make a list of some films that I’m excited to watch this summer. A reminder that this is simply my opinion and the list is only a selection of the films […]

Adult puppet shows: Re-mastering the ancient folk art for a wider audience

Posted on May 02, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Jimmy Dority, Free Press Staff Anyone who has had the good fortune to meet Blainor McGough can’t help but be struck by a certain gleeful, silly lightness of feeling that follows her around. Whether she’s behind the bar, on the microphone or conducting the strings of a marionette, her creativity is magnetic. The founder and executive […]

Retiring music professors bring alumni community together

Posted on April 26, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Jimmy Dority, Free Press Staff There are good teachers,  who present cogent solutions and answer questions succinctly, with wisdom and wit. There are also not so good teachers, who can describe the house of knowledge but don’t open the doors to it. Then there are transcendent teachers: those whose work in the classroom stretches […]

WMPG to offer media class next semester

Posted on April 26, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Meaghan Gonsior, Free Press Staff The western mindset has largely been impacted by Descartes’ philosophical declaration I think, therefore I am. In the world of education, there could be a parallel assertion made, something to the tune of: I do, therefore I learn. “The best and deepest learning that occurs is when we engage […]

Bahá’í students gather for discussion over tea

Posted on April 26, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson, Arts & Culture Editor Last Wednesday, the Bahá’í student organization gathered in the Woodbury Campus Center for tea and snacks. Shervin Sabeti, a member of the organization made little pastries, and tea was served out of pristine China. The Bahá’í faith is a relatively new religion, founded in 1844 by the prophet […]

The Dapper Gents – A cover band with a classical sound

Posted on April 26, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Amanda Melanson, Free Press Staff Formed in 2012, The Dapper Gents have been a mainstay of Portland’s nightlife with weekly visits to Bull Feeny’s Irish Pub and Restaraunt and Ri Ra’s Irish Pub, among other popular locations. The band consists of a rotating lineup of immeasurable talent, featuring Jacob McCurdy on vocals and rhythm guitar; […]