Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Language workshops taught by students

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Kate Rogers, Staff Writer The University of Southern Maine has direct exchange programs with universities in 10 countries. This means that study abroad students can go to those schools on Maine tuition and even keep their USM scholarships. It’s an amazing opportunity. Three of the available countries are The Netherlands, Japan and Korea. However, USM […]

SOJA gets back to roots with new album

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Ben Theriault, Staff Writer   The South is not the first place one would expect to find an alternative reggae band, let alone a successful one with a multi-million fan base. The band Soldiers of Jah Army (SOJA) formed in Arlington, VA in 1997. Members include, Jacob Hemphill on lead vocals and guitar, Bobby Lee […]

Vintage-style cafe offers quiet study space

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Noor Ibrahim, Contributor   The Portland Pottery Cafe is a local cafe and pottery shop located on one of the busiest avenues in Portland. An inspection of the exterior will draw guests into what almost feels like an earth-vintage era. Once they walkthrough the red door, they will find a spectacular amount of balance between […]

Security measures of local music venues

Posted on February 12, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Samantha Hallowell, Contributor Over the past few years, the world has witnessed several unspeakable tragedies, targeting concertgoers and musicians alike. In Nov. of 2015, 89 people were killed at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan in Paris, France. In 2016, former contestant of The Voice and YouTube personality, Christina Grimmie was gunned […]

SPA brings life to Elephant’s Graveyard

Posted on February 07, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Kate Rogers, Staff Writer “It was September. And there was a town, and there was a circus, and there was a railroad, and there was a man with red hair, and there was…an elephant.” Put on by USM’s Student Performing Artists (SPA), Elephant’s Graveyard by George Brant is a play about a circus visiting the […]

Movie Talk: Call Me By Your Name

Posted on February 07, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Ben Theriault, Staff Writer Luca Guadagnino’s newest film and final addition to his thematic Desire trilogy—Call Me by Your Name—proves to be a beautifully devastating meditation on sexual awakening, first love, self acceptance and loss. The film stars Timothee Chalamet as a precocious 17 year old, Elio, and Armie Hammer as a 24 year old […]

Melding mediums, presence of art in nature

Posted on February 07, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Mary Ellen Aldrich, Arts & Culture Editor The idea of art in nature, both as human-generated pieces and as a naturally occurring phenomenon, is something that is of intrigue to many people. Everyone will at some point look at some small product of nature and marvel at its existence. However, these things are all around, […]

Danny Evarts’ new exhibit creates a nostalgic and bittersweet time

Posted on February 06, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Eliza Bachkovsky, Graphic Designer The “Stolen Dreams, Plundered Memories” exhibit found in the Gorham Art Gallery  depicts how humanity is united under a universal and collective idea of memory that has shaped us all. The collection of items here will have you reflecting on your own childhood, and pondering the vague feelings and associations of […]

Local artists, diverse representation at PMA

Posted on January 28, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Ben Theriault, Staff Writer The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has an eclectic array of art from all over the world. The museum boasts a collection housing 18,000 individual works, with artists featured such as Edward Hopper, Rene Magritte, Edvard Munch and Andy Warhol; PMA has a prestigious variety. Despite having countless pivotal pieces, PMA […]

Movie Talk: Phantom of the Paradise

Posted on January 28, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Eliza Bachkovsky, Staff Writer   A forgotten cult classic called Phantom of the Paradise (1974) can be equally appreciated by both those looking for a timeless, clever, sophisticated classic or by more casual moviegoers looking for an immersive, funny, action and drama packed storyline. Phantom of the Paradise draws the general shape of its emotionally […]