Arts & Culture

Movies: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Movies: "Dallas Buyers Club"

 

In his earlier film career, Matthew McConaughey seemed lazy and laid-back, letting his well-toned body do most of the acting for him.   But with this year’s “Mud” and now “Dallas Buyers Club,” he is putting all he’s got into his craft, even dropping almost 40 pounds to play the whippet-thin AIDS patient Ron Woodroof.

 

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

In my 2D Design class, we've learned about more than creating good design. We also learned something about nature's designs and the impact we humans can have when we try to intervene.

Our professor, Jan Piribeck, is involved in the Envisioning Change project, which aims to visualize sea level change in Portland and the Casco Bay region over about a 200- year period — from 1900 to 2100. Read more ...

Stellar lineup for Comedy Fix IX

Stellar lineup for Comedy Fix IX
Five of New England's best comedians will bring the laughs to Auburn for Comedy Fix IX, a stand-up comedy fundraiser benefiting the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. The show will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Auburn Fireside Inn. Comedy Fix founder Mark Turcotte will host Paul Hunt, Kevin Neales, Tim Hofmann, Bryce Hanson and Justin P. Drew.  Hunt was named Maine Funniest Comic in 2008 and has been seen on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Neales was a runner-up in Portland's Funniest Professional contest and has performed at the Ice House in Los Angel es. Hofm ann has dished out laughs at COMIX in New York City and Seattle's Comedy Underground. Drew and Hanson, both originally from Maine, are regulars at Boston's Comedy Studio and perform throughout New England.  All net proceeds from the show will be donated.

Movies: "12 Years A Slave"

Movies: "12 Years A Slave"

 

“The past is never dead,” wrote William Faulkner.  “It’s not even past.”  That old Southerner’s observation certainly holds true for this movie, in which we are called upon to witness the ugly truth of America’s original sin, and are left wondering how much of it still lives on in some hearts and minds.

 

Life Model: There's Something About Mary Stanford

Life Model: There's Something About Mary Stanford

Mary Stanford got the birthday surprise of her life last spring when she opened the door to what she thought was a sale. She loves to go junking and so, that's the ruse her friends Emily Barker and Lynn Hart had cooked up to get her there. Read more ...

8 Reasons to read 11/22/63

8 Reasons to read 11/22/63
"The past is obdurate.  It doesn't want to be changed."  (p. 232) ob-dur-ate [OB-duu-rit] adj. Stubborn; unyielding. Alright, maybe I'm pandering to the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, but listen, I just HAD to read Stephen King's 11/22/63, and second, why NOT think and talk and write about it this week? True confessions: I read it a year ago.  But it's one of those books I've wanted to let ferment. There's a heap of reasons I liked 11/22/63, but here are my top 8 reasons: READ MORE