First Friday a first for some, business as usual for others

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Last Friday saw over 3,000 visitors, performers and local artists crowd Congress Street in Portland for a monthly tradition: The First Friday Art Walk. For some individuals it was the first time seeing this creative side to the Old Port. Crowded Buses ran between the Gorham campus and Monument Square, which allowed students to get […]

Students get a second ‘Taste of Portland’ at a now annual event

Posted on September 08, 2014 by elledavis in Arts & Culture

Taste of Portland featured food trucks and vendors from around the city who gave free samples to wandering students on Thursday evening.

Last Thursday the lawn outside of Glickman Library was filled with tables and food trucks of various culinary styles during USM’s second annual Taste of Portland event. The event was so popular and well received last year that it’s back for a second time, proving yet again that an event that features free food will […]

Old beats new: blacksmith forges handmade metalworks with 19th century techniques

Posted on April 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

Tucked away in a side shop on Fore street, hiding behind a heavy wooden door, is a workshop that looks like it was pulled from a time warp. The Portland Forge is a soot filled shop that specializes in crafting custom ordered metallurgic items made using only historical blacksmithing techniques. By using historically accurate techniques […]

Top Five: Ways to cope with finals

Posted on April 26, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

1.  Make a list. Make a very detailed list organized by due date and include spaces set aside to allow yourself coffee breaks. Draw your own boxes for check-marks, color code it and draw hearts around the place you allow yourself to take a nap. Then make copies so you can have one on your […]

Noah is visually impressive but ultimatley sinks

Posted on April 26, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

At times reminiscent of the darker side of Jim Henson’s puppet workshop, and at other times wandering through Cormac McCarthy’s burnt-out landscape, all the while grappling with one of the oldest stories in Western civilization’s mythos, Noah is an overproduced, but impeccably acted, well thought out but poorly written, sweeping philosophical endeavor that sometimes stumbles […]

Banditos bad, but entertaining

Posted on April 26, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Straight from the Gutter, self-released by the Banditos, is old-school punk in its most unrehearsed, technically imperfect and haphazard form. The Banditos are not a good band–at all. Before playing the album, you may notice that Straight from the Gutter’s cover shows a picture of a man, whose head is a poorly photoshopped dollhead wearing […]

The Blade Society fights to preserve history

Posted on April 26, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

Every Tuesday night in the Sullivan Sports Complex a battle rages between armor-clad members of the USM Blade Society. The Blade Society is a student-run group that meets weekly to learn, practice and ultimately perfect the sword and fencing techniques of several different European styles. Made up of many different individual groups, including the Society […]

Blue Smoke brings nostaligia with familiar sounds

Posted on April 21, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Blue Smoke, released by legendary country music heroine Dolly Parton, is what you would expect—a few good hearted tunes that you should never tell your friends you listen to. First off, the title track pulls out all the country-western cliches—a train drumbeat, picked banjo, quick fiddle riffs, slide dobro and a particular backup vocalist with […]

Nymphomaniac is the sex filled journey you’d expect

Posted on April 21, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Nymphomania Vol. I and Vol. II, in many ways, is not so different from other blockbuster Hollywood films today.  There is sex, there is the glorious reveal of private body parts, the fetishization and the objectification by the protagonist of the opposite sex.  Yet, unlike most of these films, the private body parts being revealed […]

Arcadia hopes to combine beer and video games in a new venue

Posted on April 21, 2014 by matthewdonovan in Arts & Culture

Coming in June there may  be a place where games and beer come together for the people of Portland. Arcadia National Bar is looking to light up 24 Preble St. with its pixelated colors and ambery brews. With the assistance of the crowdfunding platform,, the bar’s owners Dave Aceto and Ben Culver hope to […]