Monday, January 22nd, 2018

A personal journey shines in Moonlight

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By John Rocker and Aaron Halls Plot: Moonlight is directed by Barry Jenkins and tells the story of Chiron, a young black man living in a rough neighborhood of Miami. The film follows Chiron in three parts of his life, first as a young child, then as a teenager and then as an adult. While […]

Historical drama denies the typical melodramatic feel

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Aaron Halls and John Rocker Plot Loving is a historical drama written and directed by Jeff Nicholas. It tells the true story of Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), a white man and black woman who, after getting married, are jailed and forced to leave their home and families in Virginia […]

Ani DiFranco brings message of hope and activism to full house in Portland

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Johna Ossie, News Editor Long time singer-songwriter, political activist and entrepreneur Ani Difranco played to a full house on Nov. 15 at the State Theater in Portland. DiFranco’s message has always been one of political activism paired with raw emotion, strength and vulnerability. She and her band have been on the road performing her “VOTE […]

A closer look at Dobra Tea’s multi-cultural experience

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Dobra's tea wall contains lots of teas from around the world.

By Dionne Smith and Cara DeRose A popular destination for Portland’s tea drinkers, Dobrá Tea, which is located on 89 Exchange St. and is one of eight Dobrá Tea tea rooms in the United States, differs from the bustling city outside its walls. For owners Ellen Kanner and Ray Marcotte, the tea-drinking experience isn’t solely […]

Fantastic Beasts most enjoyed by J.K. Rowling fans

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

John Rocker and Aaron Halls, Free Press Staff Plot Taking place seventy years before the events of the Harry Potter series, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York carrying a suitcase full of magical creatures. When a No-Maj accidentally releases the creatures, it’s up to Newt and an Auror named Tina Goldstein to get […]

Dance USM! kicks off the holiday season at Russell Hall

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Dionne Smith, Free Press Staff Dancing is a sport that can express emotions, tell stories and leave the viewers in awe. From Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, the USM Department of Theatre  gave a spectacular performance of “Dance USM!” directed by Maria A. Tzianabos in Russell Hall on the Gorham campus. It was a […]

MAJOR! brings ignored conversations to the fore

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

Cara DeRose, Chief Copy Editor When we think of documentary films, we think of films that are meant to reveal the unknown facts of unfamiliar subjects. Yet MAJOR!—which premiered on Nov. 17  in Maine during an event sponsored by USM’s Women and Gender Studies Program in the Glickman Library—is a documentary film that does not […]

University Jazz ensemble made up of students from various majors

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

The vocal quintet, instrumentalists, and Taylor O'Donnell perform.

Matthew Craig, Arts & Culture Editor On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Taylor O’Donnell, performed a set of jazz standards at Corthell Music Hall. Songs performed included “In a Mellow Tone” by Milt Gabler and Duke Ellington, arranged by Kirby Shaw, and “Come and See” by Pat Metheny. The concert […]

J.K. Rowling’s first original screenplay is an immediate success

Posted on December 10, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Katie Harris, Free Press Intern J.K. Rowling does it again. The woman who wrote all seven Harry Potter novels has recently come out with another masterpiece, titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, which served as the screenplay for the recent film, and fans around the world may be a […]

Annual Taste of Portland enters fourth year

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Colin Cundy   Last Thursday brought the fourth annual Taste of Portland event to USM’s Portland campus. The event invites a host of Portland’s eateries and food trucks to the curbside parking and green spaces outside Glickman Library and the Wishcamper Center. Taste of Portland serves as an initiation of sorts for incoming transfer […]