Monday, June 27th, 2016

Indie film on Netflix a noteworthy watch

Posted on March 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By John Rocker Dope is an Indie film that came out last year. The reviews for this film were positive and it got an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. The story takes place in present day, but based on how the main characters are dressed, you wouldn’t believe that. The main characters are three teenagers who […]

Graduate Showcase Concert presented outstanding work

Posted on March 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By  Jimmy Dority While performances by USM School of Music students are always held to a high standard, this semester’s Graduate Showcase Concert was outstanding, presenting the budding expertise of some of the university’s most gifted and ambitious artists. Before the concert Ellen Chickering, Associate Professor of Voice at USM, anticipated that it would “be […]

Logic

Posted on March 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Music

By Matthew Craig   On Friday, March 11 the rapper Logic played a sold out show at State Theatre. Opening for him was Dizzy Wright who, also a rapper, is a much different performer than Logic. Together the two put together a very energetic show, filling State Theatre with more concertgoers than I’ve seen in […]

400 years later, Shakespeare’s memory stays alive in Portland

Posted on March 22, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Amanda Melanson The works of William Shakespeare are so deeply woven into the English-speaking world that most folks are unaware of the extent of its impact. This April 23rd marks the 400th anniversary of the passing of The Bard, and the Portland area is not letting the event go off without a bang. Three […]

Feminism & Socialism: Fighting for Both

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Amanda Melanson Wednesday evening, from 7pm to 9pm on March 2, a group discussion was held by USOnM’s Socialist Club to speak on various issues surrounding the current Primaries, due to take place the first weekend of March – the Republican Primary scheduled for Saturday and the Democratic Primary scheduled for Sunday. Both sides […]

Reefer Madness will light up Russell Hall’s stage

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson The explosion of a musical Reefer Madness will light up Russell Hall’s stage this spring from March 11th through the 20th.  As USM’s main stage spring production, the play is a satirical piece, mocking the 1936 movie of the same name, a black and white cautionary tale about the growing threat of […]

Open Mic Night at Empire

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Matthew Craig Last Sunday Empire held their weekly open mic event known as The Couch. From six to eight, musicians are encouraged to play and later on they hold a comedy segment. The Couch provides aspiring artists with a great opportunity to get on stage and test their material in front of an audience […]

Kendrick Lamar Has Done It Again

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Bradford Spurr/Free Press Staff Kendrick Lamar has done it again. He is not the rapper we want, but rather the rapper we deserve. With his short eight track orchestration of untitled cuts and songs from the To Pimp A Butterfly cutting room floor this peak behind the curtain of the creative process can show […]

Graduate Concert at USM

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Jimmy Dority Ellen Chickering, Associate Professor of Voice at USM, anticipates that this Friday’s Graduate Showcase Concert will “be on the highest level of performing. These students are all tops in their field and have made great accomplishments in their years here… As an educator it is a wonderful feeling to see [my] and […]

Rocker Reviews: The 2016 Academy Awards

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By John Rocker Well, I think I did all right when it came to my predictions. Five out of six isn’t too bad. I know the article didn’t mention Best Director, but I did pick Alejandro G. Iñárritu back when I was making my predictions list. I think Best Director is  certainly an important category. […]