A student’s guide to Maine Restaurant Week

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

A vegetable, three-cheese, mac-n-cheese, featuring a roasted almond tomato sauce.

The 6th annual Maine Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to break free from the doldrums of frequenting the same eateries and explore new flavors  at an especially  discounted  price. Over 90 restaurants all over the state are offering new 3-course dinners for either $25, $35, or $45 and lunches for a fixed price of […]

Top 5: Food Apps

Posted on March 03, 2014 by elledavis in Arts & Culture

In honor of Maine’s Restaurant Week, let’s take the stress out of finding somewhere delectable (and local!) to eat by exploring our top five apps that can be used to locate restaurants catering to every palate and wallet.  Many people today indulge in the technology of smartphones. This information especially serves those of this demographic, […]

Local Album Review: A dose of whole-hearted rock’n’roll

Posted on February 24, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Whale Oil’s self-titled release isn’t complicated, technically proficient or even polite. What it is, however, is rock’n’roll, pure and simple. Whale Oil is on the front lines of keeping the power trio tradition alive. Brian Saxton pounds his drumkit for all it’s worth and sings (well, screams) with an astoundingly high level of energy. Bill […]

Arts & Culture Recommends: Delta Rae rocks the State Theatre

Posted on February 24, 2014 by nathanbaril in Arts & Culture, Recommends

The harmonious choruses of Delta Rae and The Falls’ heartbreak ballads will echo through the halls of Port City Music Hall this Friday. Delta Rae is a folk-rock group out of Durham, N.C., who will headline Friday’s show, offering crisp harmonies compounded with a modern yet traditional sound. The ensemble includes Ian Hölljes, Eric Hölljes, […]

National Album Review: Terrestrials is a dark and ambient musical collaboration

Posted on February 24, 2014 by elledavis in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Sunn O (pronounced as just “Sunn”) and Ulver’s drone metal collaboration, Terrestrials, is pristine.  There is a perfect combination of the two groups on this album, which was released on February 3.  With this collaboration, the two bands have come far from where they first musically started yet strike a good balance with their roots. […]

Dark comedic musical written by Holocaust survior has english world premiere at USM

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

The USM Department of Theatre is debuting the English language world premiere of In the Underworld, a darkly comedic musical written by the French ethnologist Germaine Tillion who secretly wrote the three-act script while imprisoned at the Nazi all women’s concentration camp of Ravensbrück in northern Germany. The operetta was originally titled Le Verfügbar aux […]

Film Review: American Hustle

Posted on February 23, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

David O’Russell is perhaps one of the most curious directors working in Hollywood.  Hanging on the periphery of celebrity status since “Three Kings” in 1999, O’Russell sprang into the spotlight with “The Fighter”, a grim look into the violent life of a Lowell boxer. He returned to critical acclaim again two years later with “Silver […]

Local Album Review: The Border

Posted on February 14, 2014 by elledavis in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Successfully executing the traditionally untraditional, and predominantly disfavored, integration of punk and country genres, here’s one stampede of an album fresh out of Dirigimus, Portland’s very own DIY music cooperative.  Seriously, listen up and listen well. The Coalsack in Crux released their second album, The Border, in January, and it’s by far one of the […]

McConaughey’s perfomance may be career best: Film Review of Dallas Buyers Club

Posted on February 14, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Sporting a bucket-sized cowboy hat and thinner than a cornstalk, Ron Woodruff is nevertheless a very familiar character to us.  He’s a womanizing, alcoholic, rugged, obnoxious, insulting, son-of-a-gun.  Loved in a certain cautious way by his friends, and appreciated for a compassionate heart under all the grime, Woodruff is still repulsive to us, as his […]

Finding love in the digital age

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

Can apps like Tinder spark an off screen romance? Whether we care to admit it or not, technology is changing every aspect of our 21st century world and, of course, dating and relationships are not exempt. Single people in the digital age have numerous tools at their disposal for finding love in the form of […]