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Classic burlesque star swings into town

Octogenarian dedication
"I've always been a class act," says Tempest Storm, the 82-year-old Burlesque Hall of Fame dancer. "I have a personality that really connects with the audience — the expression on your face, your eyes, your smile — I've been told that . . . when I hit the stage, something transforms over my face."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 03, 2010

The circus came to town

Tea Party
In the days leading up to November 2, voters here and across the country heard a lot about the Tea Party — what various wins and losses would mean for the staying power of this relatively new political phenomenon, which candidates represented real Tea Party values, how much credit the Tea Partiers were to be given for conservative victories in Congress and in statewide races.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 04, 2010

Keeping Close Buy

Going green
Masey Kaplan's children used to bring home fundraising catalogs — the ones from which part of the proceeds go to the school — from their Portland school, full of wrapping paper and plastic toys and goods "from god knows where." Kaplan, a graphic designer who lives in Portland, was torn.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 27, 2010


What women want

And what they need to run — and win — in Maine
It doesn't make much sense, on the surface. In the 60 years since Maine made history by being the first state to send a woman to the United States Congress, women have been regular, and stalwart, members of Maine's Washington delegation. But the state’s chief executive chair — and the only statewide elected office — has eluded women.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 13, 2010


Film links native languages with human nature

Language lesson
There's a boggy area Downeast in Passamaquoddy territory — near the Canadian border — known to locals as "elomocokek."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 06, 2010


Where Maine reads

A decade into Portland's indie-bookstore movement, brick-and-mortar shops are holding their own
Perhaps the most exciting part of my day working at Longfellow Books was The Spider Incident, which involved said arachnid emerging from a potted plant around 10:30 am to terrorize staff members and scurry, unscathed, underneath a shelf.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 29, 2010

Mo' money, fewer problems

Going green
Now is the time to weather- and winter-ize our homes, and not just because the temperatures are dropping (the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a milder-than-usual winter).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 29, 2010

Food co-op gets cash infusion, storefront space

Downtown dispatch
North Haven business maven and philanthropist Donald Sussman has donated space (five years, rent-free) and money ($40,000) to the Portland Food Cooperative (PFC), which will allow that organization to have its own distribution space and eventually operate as a public storefront.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 29, 2010


Going Gaga for gay rights

Rally report
Maine became a gay-rights battleground again this week, complete with junior-high-style political maneuvering and pop-culture madness.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 22, 2010


Fall Preview: Get out...and play

Fall may be the best time in Maine
This issue is bursting with ways to amuse yourself this autumn — art, theater, books, TV, movies, food. We’ve rounded up a few more activities that defied such classic classifications — outdoor fun, mostly, but some suggestions for rainy days as well.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 15, 2010


Fall Books Preview: Reading list

Smartening up the seasonal transition
Even if you’re not back in the classroom, autumn inspires a desire to learn, to restore the intellectualism that was fried by too many beers and barbecues and sunburns. Fortunately, Portland is full this fall with opportunities to spark your smarts.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 15, 2010

Does Portland want an elected mayor?

Local ballot
The campaign to bring an elected mayor to Portland, a proposal championed by the city's charter commission as well as several arts and business groups, officially launched at a City Hall press conference on Tuesday.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 08, 2010

Not giving up on the climate-change bill

Going green
This summer, US politicians gave up. Faced with backroom roadblocks and scattered priorities, Democratic leaders announced in July that they were abandoning attempts to pass a comprehensive energy and climate-change bill.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 01, 2010


The new homeschool

Edupreneurs apply a DIY ethic to education
This might not be what you want to read as you're settling into the new semester and shelling out hundreds of dollars for textbooks, but we're going to tell you anyway: The traditional model of higher education is doomed.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 31, 2010


Immigrant voting heads for the ballot

Broader democracy
Portland voters will decide in November whether non-citizen, legal immigrants should be able to vote in municipal elections.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 18, 2010


Building up the Baysides

Looking forward on the peninsula's last frontiers
Perhaps you've been bowling and boozing at Bayside Bowl on Alder Street. Or maybe you've been biking down Fox Street and over to Whole Foods, throwing a glimpse over to Anderson as you pass — you just might see someone you know.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 16, 2010


Rising up

Alt-performance-art rebels stage a 'Revolution!'
Almost two years ago, Byron Nilsen was walking home from a night downtown when he was attacked by two men on Cumberland Avenue who took issue with the way Nilsen was dressed (he "looked like a faggot," they said).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 16, 2010

Preservation techniques: canning, freezing, drying, and pickling

Going green
This is the time of year when abundance can be guilt-inducing; too much of a good thing often ends up as rot.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 04, 2010

BP oil spill impacts might be more than hypothetical

What if?
Less than a month before the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, more than 400 representatives from New England government agencies, maritime businesses, and relevant non-profits like the Friends of Casco Bay gathered at Portland's Holiday Inn by the Bay.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 04, 2010

Relieve road rage — with coloring books?

Traffic report
Traveling north this weekend? Leave some extra time, but don't be terrified by last weekend's dire reports.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 28, 2010

Street scene

New program forges personal connections with the homeless
Walking down Congress Street with John Dana and Jesse Flynn on a Friday afternoon, I am struck by how many people's names they know.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 21, 2010

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