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 […]

Portland trampoline park promotes wellness

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

Get Air, a Utah-based trampoline park company, recently opened a new warehouse in Portland and is offering a fun place for adults and children alike to get exercise while experiencing the fun of a variety of jump-centric activities. “Its a great alternative to outdoor sports for individuals who aren’t into those kinds of things,” said […]

Longfellow’s Haunted House Tours In Portland

Posted on October 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Recommends

By Anastasia Muca Everyone has been enjoying pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather and foliage pictures on Instagram this fall. However, October cannot end without getting into the Halloween spirit. The Maine Historical Society, located on 489 Congress St, is opening the Wadsworth-Longfellow House to the general public as “Longfellow’s Haunted House,” this season. The Wadsworth-Longfellow […]

MMPA Local Photography Exhibit

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Most people would say that a picture paints a thousand words. However, the work of photographer Valeri Nistratov creates a thousand stories. Each photo he captures depicts unique individuals in unusual predicaments. Located on the fifth floor of Glickman Library, USM’s latest exhibit from the Maine Museum of Photograph Arts showcases, “The Local Identity of […]

Sin city: Las Vegas and the culture of surveillance

Posted on October 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Sydney Donovan With high-stakes gambling, legal brothels and quick and dirty Elvis-themed marriages, sin is a word often attached to the city of Las Vegas. However, one USM professor uses the word as an acronym with a more complex meaning: Security Information Network. In the first series of English department lectures, professor Jane Kuenz […]

Film Review: The Judge

Posted on October 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Sergey Miller There are many movies that center on courtroom action and the execution of law in the form of drama. There are also movies that focus on family relationships and the complexities of human relationships which are sometimes ignored. The Judge, directed by David Dobkin, is a movie which blends these two ingredients […]