Friday, February 12th, 2016

Art exhibit looks at agression

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Amanda Melanson. On Thursday evening, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Glickman Library hosted the opening reception for local artist Cole Caswell. The title: Patterns of Aggression. USM’s website entry on the exhibit explains, “Cole investigates landscape, place, environment, and geography, through a strata of observation, technology, subjectivity, and his surroundings.” The reception itself […]

Film Review: The Revenant

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By John Rocker Films can be put into several categories. Some can be mindless entertainment that allows viewers to turn off their brains and have some fun, some can be well crafted stories with intriguing characters and some can be technical works of art. The Revenant fits under this last category. The story takes place in […]

Film Review: The Hateful Eight

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By John Rocker  There’s one thing I want to establish before I begin this review. I’m not a fan of ratings. The purpose of my reviews is to tell you, the reader, whether or not the movie I’m reviewing is worth your time and money. The best rating I give is “Go see it this weekend” […]

Dancing at Lughnasa: It was a performance that would have made Friel proud

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Theatre

By Dora Thompson A solemn air was cast over the opening night of Portland Stage Company’s Dancing at Lughnasa. On Friday, October 2nd, playwright Brian Friel passed away in his home in Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland. He was 86. Considered one of the greatest English speaking playwrights of his time and beloved by many, Friel’s […]

Picturing Maine exhibit: The way life was

Posted on October 06, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Theatre

By Dora Thompson Glossy postcards litter the shelves of gifts shops throughout our state, bearing bold bubble-letter statements like, “Maine: the way life should be,” or “Greetings from Vacationland!” These phrases are superimposed over sprawling images of Acadia National Park in Autumn, waves crashing around The Portland Head Lighthouse and a moose leisurely chewing grass […]

Portland Farmers’ Market

Posted on September 29, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson Monument Square’s cobblestones are awash with color every Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00  p.m. as the Portland Farmers’ Market rolls into town. Carts and booths teem with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Babies in strollers, hip Portland youth, and older residents alike mill throughout the well known event. At 247 years […]

Film Review: Black Mass

Posted on September 29, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By Aaron Halls A film based on true events, Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper, tells the dark and violent story of James “Whitey” Bulger, a dangerous criminal played by Johnny Depp, and John Connolly. an FBI agent played by Joel Edgerton; when the two former childhood friends settle on a deal to take on […]

Album Review: Badlands

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture, Music

The up and coming artist, Halsey, officially released her latest album, Badlands this August. Her hit single, “New Americana,” has a catchy rhythm. Her lyrics sending a clear message to her listeners that the younger generation has the power to change the world. She sings,” “We are the new Americana / High on legal marijuana […]

A&C Recommends: Free screening of To Light a Candle

Posted on September 29, 2015 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Recommends

By Rahma Ali This Saturday, USM staff and students gain free entry to the screening at USM Talbot Lecture Hall in Luther Bonney. The audience will get an inside-look at the lives of five former prisoners from Iran, who gave interviews about what life was like for them and their families living under the constant […]

The other “Portland” pokes fun at the small city and the people that call it home

Posted on September 21, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Reigning in from Portland Oregon, the unique TV series Portlandia pokes fun at the small city and the strange people that call it their home. Although this show has been around since 2011, season 5 is now available on Netflix. In many ways, Portlandia reflects what the lifestyles of people living in Portland, ME may […]