Album Review: 1789

Posted on October 27, 2014 by elledavis in Arts & Culture, Music

1789 was the year the French Revolution began. 1789 is also the name of the new Turny Les and Connor Bruce split album, and like the war of ten years, it’ll have you humming its melodies through the horrors of existing in disarray. Not to say that the split is by any means melancholic. Most […]

A&C Recommends: Spring Awakening

Posted on October 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson Hormones will be raging this weekend at USM, where the Tony Award winning musical, Spring Awakening, will be playing. Directed by Edward Reichert, this dark coming-of-age drama is infused with catchy power-ballads. When Frank Wedekind wrote this play back in 1891, it was meant to be a criticism of the sexually oppressive […]

Emmy award winning composer, Larry Groupé visits USM

Posted on October 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Dora Thompson Last Monday in Corthell Hall, Emmy award winning film composer, Larry Groupé, hosted a lecture for all those who wanted to attend. Monday provided quite a large turnout, as professors and students alike filled the room. Some were composers, some filmmakers and some simply curious to know who makes the music in […]

Words and Images tries to make a comback after funding cuts

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture

Words and Images USM’s student literature and arts journal, lost all of its funding last semester, but Robert Perry, the student director of publication is determined to keep it going. Over the years, Words and Images has published work from a variety of students, as well as added work by a variety of individuals in […]

USM backstage crew plays an important role

Posted on October 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Theatre

By Elizabeth Friedman While the audience is dazzled by sparkling costumes, complex lighting and actor antics on stage, some of the most important work happens behind the scenes. USM Theatre Department produces a minimum of two shows per semester, and the students who work backstage contribute greatly to each theatrical success. A lot of the […]

A&C Reccomends: Banned book film series

Posted on October 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Sydney Donovan Every Thursday throughout the month of October, Portland Public Library will be holding an event celebrating banned books and the topic of censorship located at the Rine’s Auditorium. This event is the fourth annual Banned Book Film Series that will be showing film adaptations based on famous pieces of literature that were […]

Avenue Q review

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Arts & Culture, Theatre

From Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, the raunchy puppet show Avenue Q made it’s debut at Lyric Music Theater on Sawyer Street in South Portland. This unique puppet-filled comedy aimed at adult audiences left people sorting through a variety of emotions, from sadness to hysterical laughter that couldn’t be tamed. This musical told the story […]

Film Review: Manhatten Film Festival

Posted on October 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Sergey Miller The Manhattan Short Film Festival happens annually and includes 10 short films that have been selected out of thousands from around the world. The idea is to present these short films to an audience who cast votes and pick their particular favorite overall as well as their favorite actor or actress. The […]

Opposing Gestures art exhibit

Posted on October 04, 2014 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Lily Kapiloff The new art exhibit called “Opposing Gestures” has made an appearance in both the Portland and Gorham campuses. “Opposing Gestures” is the result of a collaboration between visiting artists Sama Alshaibe and Joseph Farbrook. The artists describe their collaboration as an inter-media exploration of political, existential and personal dilemmas demonstrated through individual […]

Album Review: Lady Antebellum 747

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Last month, country band Lady Antebellum released their new album, 747, which features 11 different songs that focus on the topics of love, loss and important life lessons. This band is well known for their songs such as “Need You Now” and “Just A Kiss” which were featured on their previous hit album Golden. This […]