A&C Recommends: USM Theatre presents “Doubt”

Posted on February 01, 2014 by caldrich in Arts & Culture, Recommends

(From left to right) Junior theatre major Ashley Rood, sophmore theatre major David Bliss, and senior theatre major Hannah Perry rehearse a scene from Doubt, a show full of suspicion, paranoia and accusation.

This week four USM students will take on the Portland Stage in a production of Doubt, the 1960s drama set in St. Nicholas’, a New York catholic school. A Pulitizer-prize winning stage play written by John Shanley will be under the direction of USM professor of theatre William Steele. Amidst the aftermath of Kennedy’s assassination, […]

Solidarity through literary arts: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts on display in London, Cairo and USM

Posted on February 01, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture, Features

A letterpress made by contributors Sara Bodman, a printer, and Nadia Chalabi, a calligrapher, whose simple yet powerful statement embodies the message of the entire exhibition.

Seven years after a car bomb exploded in Iraq, killing 30 people, wounding over 100 and destroying the entire perimeter of Al-Mutanabbi street the cultural epicenter of Baghdad, a powerful art exhibition has arrived at USM entitled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here that displays the significance of what happened on that day through visually impressive pieces […]

Arts & Culture Recommends: the Portland Comedy Showcase

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

The host of the show, Mark Turcotte greets the guests, while opening with a few jokes of his own.

A Wednesday night at Bull Feeney’s on Fore street helps you realize that Portland has more to offer than just its restaurants, breweries and music events. It also has a thriving comedy scene. Some of the most successful comedians from all over New England gather at the Irish pub every Wednesday for the Portland Comedy […]

A&C Album Review–Gunther Brown

Posted on January 27, 2014 by dkelly in Arts & Culture

Good Night for Daydreams, released by Portland-based band Gunther Brown, shows expert songwriting matched with classic Americana styling. The regular hard-strummed acoustic guitar is an excellent compliment to vocals that are deep and gritty, but not muddy.  The drums sit on top of the beat, giving rhythms that bounce, and hard thumping and simple bass […]

Alumni artists return for campus exhibition

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

A couple of guests admire the “Best of Show” art piece “A Unanimous Decision” by 2007 alumnus Tyson Jacques.

A new semester has begun and with it an opportunity to enjoy art from former students with a new exhibition in the AREA Gallery of the Woodbury campus center entitled Transitions: Juried Art Alumni. It opened last Thursday to a reception of students, professors and alumni artists. The gallery is part of a series of […]

50 years in education

Posted on January 20, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Robert McClure At 75, George Burk stands over six feet tall, a gentle giant whose size is only outdone by his kind nature and love for teaching. And now, after nearly 50 years of teaching, USM associate professor of painting and drawing, Burk has retired.  He is an accomplished painter and sculptor, whose resume […]

Local Review: Farewell Drifters following played-out trend

Posted on January 20, 2014 by dkelly in Arts & Culture

Tomorrow Forever, set to be released next Tuesday, shows The Farewell Drifters in the midst of development. The tracks off of Tomorrow Forever stick close to the folk-rock sound that has risen to prominence in recent years. Ambient drums are mixed with driving rhythms, strummed mandolin and acoustic guitar are matched with loud vocals. Electric […]

Looking ahead: Must-listen winter releases

Posted on December 09, 2013 by dkelly in Arts & Culture

1. Bruce Springsteen High Hopes Due out Jan. 14, High Hopes is a highly anticipated album. With guitar work coming from Tom Morello, and a few tracks with deceased sax player, Clarence Clemons, this album is not one to be missed. The title track, released in November as a single, presents Springsteen in a modern […]

Portland catches a case of those winter brews

Posted on December 09, 2013 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

The Greater Portland area is home to a plethora of independent brewing companies, including Geary’s Brewing Company. Shipyard Brewing Company and Sebago Brewing Company.

Although we haven’t seen any significant snowfall yet in Portland, we’ve definitely felt the cold chill of the season. While many warm up with a hot cocoa or peppermint coffee, others choose to celebrate with the return of another seasonal beverage––Maine winter beers. This time of the year, Portland’s bars and restaurants stock up with […]

USM’s 14th Annual Royal Majesty Drag Show And Competition Photos

Posted on December 02, 2013 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture, Uncategorized