WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
Stolen laptop reports its whereabouts; now what?
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See Maggie Knowles on page 5
Irish music on tap See Music Calendar, page 16
Cutler joins rally to defend Clean Air Act BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
At a Monument Square rally Tuesday, Eliot Cutler, a 2010 gubernatorial candidate and one of the architects of the Clean Air Act, said the federal law has been “a
See Bob Higgins’ column on page 4
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LEFT: Eliot Cutler, gubernatorial candidate and former assistant to Sen. Ed Muskie, recalled the environmental issues in 1970 that fueled passage of the Clean Air Act. He spoke at a rally for the 40th anniversary of the federal law on Tuesday. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
remarkable success” and deserves to be preserved. A coalition of health professionals, public officials and citizens is waging a public campaign partly in response to a proposal by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who seeks to delay for two years Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gases. Cutler and others spoke out in Portland. “The Clean Air Act is too young to die,” Cutler declared. see CLEAN AIR ACT page 6
County toasts 250-year mark BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Talk about your long lunch break — some local officials spanned 250 years on Tuesday. And noontime ceremonies celebrating the halfway mark of a third century for Cumberland and Lincoln counties — both were cre- “The county charter was ated Nov. 1, 1760 — also gave officials passed in the election, a chance to glance at the future, now that there’s a new county charter and that’s sending us on passed by voters. to the next 250 years, it’s The Nov. 2 midterms were an important election for the future of giving us the opportunity Cumberland County, with passage to move into the 21st of a county charter to update some of the county government’s operat- century.” — Cumberland ing rules, officials said. Ironically, the County Commission Chair election also postponed an anniverDick Feeney sary celebration from earlier in the year. “It’s been 250 years in coming,” Cumberland County Commission Chair Dick Feeney said. The midterm election prompted ceremony planners to delay festivities, he said. see ANNIVERSARY page 6 RIGHT: Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett poses in the garb of 1760, with a period staff to boot, inside the Cumberland County Courthouse on Tuesday during a 250th anniversary celebration for the two counties. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
Up in lights: Holzer’s well-traveled projections hit PMA BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Her installations have been projected on some of the most recognizable sites in the world, embossing Rome’s Spanish Steps, lighting the iconic pyramid of the Lourve in Paris, and splashing text on the undulating facade of New York’s Guggenheim Museum.
And soon, the Portland Museum of Art. Next week, conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, Holzer will add Portland to the list of 35 iconic cites that have hosted her unique, text-based projections as the museum brings Holzer to town as part of the 2010 Nelson Social Justice Fund Program. In projecting messages onto famous
facades in highly visible location, the New York City-based Holzer aims to use the language in a critical manner designed to examine issues of social justice. “Her work for decades has really been about calling people’s attention to situations of unfairness and injustice around see LIGHTS page 3
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‘Ordinary’ Kate shows class divide MARLBOROUGH, England (AP) — A middle-class girl studied hard, got good grades, went to university, fell in love, became a princess. A fairy tale? An aspirational dream? A snob’s nightmare? Kate Middleton’s story is all these — and a window on the intricacies of Britain’s complex, inescapable class system. For some, the fiancee of Prince William is an ordinary woman from a hardworking family whose acceptance into the royal “firm” shows a monarchy embracing modernity in a country where class is no longer a barrier. For others, media obsession with Kate’s class background shows a country still ossified by status envy. In the eyes of an elitist few, the descendant of coal miners is not good enough for the future king. “There are those purists who say he should marry a princess from one of the European royal families,” said William Bortrick, editor of “Burke’s Peerage and Gentry,” the genealogical bible of British blue bloods. That is not a widely held view in Marlborough, the prosperous market town 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of London where Middleton went to school. Many here welcome the infusion of ordinary English blood into the aristocratic Euro-hybrid of the royal family. “It hasn’t really worked out, marrying a cousin, has it?” said photograph vendor Lou Eastham, dismissing centuries of royal matchmaking. Down the street at the Marlborough Conservative Club, retiree Peter Goddard agreed that Middleton’s “humble origins” were an asset. “Two hundred years ago, her family didn’t live in a castle,” he said. “Good for them.” Since nothing is ever simple when it comes to class in Britain, it’s not surprising there’s a furious debate about just how common Catherine Elizabeth Middleton really is. Unlike the United States, whose most powerful uniting belief is that anyone can rise to the top through hard work, for centuries in Britain birth was destiny — and that legacy still resonates. If you were born into the upper classes, you’re likely to remain there — even if you lose your fortune. The penniless aristocrat who can’t afford to heat his castle is no less aristocratic than the wealthy one.
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Memo leaks complicate picture in NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A top South Korean official dismisses China’s nuclear negotiator as “incompetent.” A Chinese envoy mocks North Korea as a “spoiled child.” After a major escalation of sporadic skirmishes between the rival Koreas, an international effort is trying to rein in rising tensions. But U.S. diplomatic memos leaked this week call into question whether regional powers — most notably China — have any insight into or influence over enigmatic and defiant North Korea. South Korea’s military drill last week from
an island along a disputed maritime border sparked a North Korean artillery attack that killed four South Koreans and wounded 18 others. U.S.-South Korean war games — including the presence of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the waters to the south — are threatening to draw a new round of North Korean fire. China is pressing for an emergency meeting in the coming days to discuss the attack and ways to defuse tensions, saying the session should be convened by the two Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the United States
— the members of the stalled North Korean nuclear disarmament talks. “China consistently supports dialogue between the North and South sides of the Korean peninsula to improve their relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday. The talks would be just what North Korea wants. After walking away from the talks in April 2009, Pyongyang has made clear in recent months that it is ready to restart the negotiations to gain much-needed fuel oil and aid in exchange for nuclear disarmament.
Afghanistan ﬁghting claims 3rd Mainer this month AUGUSTA (AP) — For the third time in November, a Mainer has died while on duty in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Army Pvt. Buddy McLain, 24, of Mexico, was killed by enemy fire Monday, according to the governor’s office. McLain was a cavalry scout with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. McLain’s wife and son live in Peru, and his parents live in Mexico, said David Farmer, spokesman for Gov. John Baldacci. “Private McLain died serving his country. He has earned the lasting gratitude
of his state and nation. We will honor him for the hero that he is,” Baldacci said in a statement. “During this tragic time, we all should keep his family and friends in our prayers.” One of three brothers, McLain graduated from Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, school officials said. When McLain entered high school, he didn’t like to read, said Bob Fulton, a special education teacher at Mountain Valley. By the time he graduated in 2006, McLain was a good student who was proud of his reading abilities and liked to
read out loud in class, Fulton said. After McLain joined the Army, he would visit the high school in uniform, carry himself with confidence and look people in the eye, Fulton said. “It seemed like all of the sudden the light went on,” Fulton said. Two other Mainers died in Afghanistan this month. Another soldier from the 101st, Spc. Andrew Hutchins, 20, of New Portland, died on Nov. 8 in Khost Province. Marine 1st Lt. James R. Zimmerman, whose parents live in Smyrna Mills, was killed Nov. 2 in Helmand province.
Missing Mich. boys’ father charged with kidnapping MORENCI, Mich. (AP) — The search for three young Michigan brothers darkened Tuesday as authorities warned the public to expect the worst and charged the children’s father with their kidnapping. Despite the somber news, a small army of volunteers spent a fourth day scouring corn fields, campgrounds and wooded areas near Morenci, a small community 75 miles southwest of Detroit along the border with Ohio, looking for the smallest
scrap of evidence. Searcher Bill Foster said everyone in the town of 2,000 was hoping for a “Christmas miracle” and the safe return of 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-yearold Tanner Skelton, who were last seen at their father’s home on Thanksgiving. Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks’ admission Tuesday that police don’t expect a “positive outcome” to the case after talking to the boys’ father, 39-year-old John
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Micah Borton, captain with the Morenci ﬁre department talks to volunteers and rescuers as the search for 9-yearold Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton continues in Morenci, Mich. on Tuesday. Authorities “do not anticipate a positive outcome” in the search for three Michigan brothers who have been missing since their father’s attempted suicide, a police chief said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)
Skelton, is not what you want to hear, Foster said. “We’re very saddened by the news, but the search has to continue. We won’t quit the search until we bring the boys home.” Locals began combing through fields and woods on Saturday, the day after the boys’ mother reported them missing and the day after John Skelton tried to hang himself. Skelton, who was released from a medical facility in Lucas County, Ohio, on Tuesday, initially told investigators that he gave his sons to a female acquaintance to hand over to his estranged wife. Police say he was lying. The FBI arrested Skelton after his release Tuesday, and he was charged in Lenawee County, across the state line in Michigan, with three counts of parental kidnapping, Weeks said. Weeks said Skelton has requested an attorney, and his officers had not spoken to Skelton on Tuesday. Tanya Skelton, 45, filed for divorce in September. A judge gave her custody of the boys, but she and John Skelton reached an agreement on visitation. Police on Tuesday had the grim job of telling Tanya Skelton’s family — her mother, specifically — that it was growing unlikely the children would be found alive. Her reaction: “Imagine your worst nightmare come true,” Weeks said. “How would you respond?” The search is expected to continue for at least several more days, and then whenever a tip comes in, authorities said.
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Prints reﬂect Holzer’s focus on social justice LIGHTS from page one
the world,” said Dana Baldwin, Peggy L. Osher director of education for the PMA. For her installation at the PMA, titled “For Portland,” Holzer will project short passages from the work of Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska on the exterior of the museum from Congress Square. Using her own words in her work for many years, Holzer began appropriating the work of poets in the mid 90’s. Holzer told the Boston Globe in July that she was attracted to Szymborska’s “enormous intelligence,” saying “she is explicit without being didactic, she doesn’t preach, she lays it out.” “I’m also drawn to her subject matter, which includes everything from broken-heartedness to poems about terrorism, refugees, war, and humor,” said Holzer. In the “For Portland” installation, Holzer with project lines from Szymborska’s poems “The Terrorist, He’s Watching,” “Torture,” “Children of Our Age” and “Life While You Wait,” according to Baldwin. Founded as a means of honoring artists whose commitment to social justice is manifested in their work, the Nelson Social Justice Fund is used by the PMA to fund projects, installations and lectures. Baldwin said the social justiceminded fund is largely responsible for Holzer’s decision to bring her work to Portland.
“It’s a fund for artists who are really committed to making art that is about social issues, that’s provocative about social change and justice, it’s an endowment dedicated to bringing artists to Portland to speak about their work,” explained Baldwin. “It’s going to be an amazing event for Portland, we’re especially excited because Jenny’s projections are works that have been all over the world in cities much bigger than Portland,” said Baldwin. Baldwin will also hold a free lecture prior to the event at the Holiday Inn By the Bay from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “That’s also a pretty rare occurrence,” said Baldwin. While known for her light projections, Holzer does not limit herself to the medium. The PMA has owned Holzer’s piece “Left Hand” and “Formica Report,” among others, for several years. “Lately she’s been doing work that borrows imagery and text from redacted and unclassified documents from the war in Iraq,” said Baldwin. The two large-scale prints stick close to Holzer’s focus on social justice. “Left Hand” features a reproduction of a hand print of a war criminal taken by the U.S. Military. “Formica Report (Green White)” is a series of U.S. Military document, reports which herself Holzer redacted, imposing a heavy black line through every word in the report. “One of the things that’s really exciting about Holzer, she has never been tied to any one medium for her
Conceptual artists Jenny Holzer will bring her light projection installation to the Portland next week, projecting lines from the poetry of Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska onto the facade of the PMA. This photo from a similar Holzer projection at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum in 2008 gives an example of what the Portland installation might look like. (COURTESY PHOTO)
message,” said Baldwin. Holzer has printed her short, provocative messages on everything from canvas and t-shirts to benches and stickers. This summer, Holzer lent her work to a series of sneakers to benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the Keds Whitney Collection. The sneakers were produced in white, grey and black, bearing one of Holzer’s more popular phrases from her projection work “Protect Me From What I Want.”
Baldwin said Holzer and her team have enjoyed working with Portland to bring the project to the city. “The Holzer Studio has consistently commented on what a pleasure it is to work with a city like Portland that embraces something exciting and different like this,” she said. “It’s fun to be part of representing Portland is such a positive light to these people who have been all over the world doing things like this,” said Baldwin.
Hostages of Wis. school gunman tried to put him at ease arrangement, and doing worksheets about the Greek demigod Hercules. Shortly after class began, Hengel told the teacher he was sick, said 15-year-old Austin Biehl, another student in the class. Burd allowed Hengel to go to the restroom. He returned with a backpack, which police later said contained two semiautomatic handguns, ammunition and a knife. He had more bullets in his pockets. Burd, a 39-year-old teacher with 10 years of experience in the district,
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In the end, Samuel Hengel himself was the only loss. Monday’s standoff unfolded on the same day that students and teachers at Marinette High School returned from a long Thanksgiving vacation in this city of 12,000 people along the border with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, 50 miles north of Green Bay. Teacher Valerie Burd’s Western civilization class, the second-to-last of the day, began about 1:30 p.m. as students began filing in. Among them was Hengel, dressed in his favorite Tomand-Jerry T-shirt and blue jeans. The teens took their seats in a fan-shaped
started showing a film about Hercules. Hengel asked his fellow students how they were doing, Biehl said, then he snapped. He shot a hole in the wall, then fired two more rounds at the film projector, breaking a piece off of it. The sound of the shots was deafening, said Biehl, who questioned why no one else in the school seemed to hear them. Principal Corry Lambie told reporters he could not say how loud the shots were.
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European Union: R.I.P.? When communism collapsed in Moscow, Prague and Belgrade at the end of the Cold War, ethnic nationalism surged to the surface in all three nations and tore them apart into 24 countries. Economic nationalism is now resurgent across Europe. And it is hard to see how a transnational institution like the European Union, run by faceless bureaucrats, and the 16-nation eurozone it created long survive. As of Monday, Greece and Ireland had been bailed out — Greece with $145 billion, Ireland with $89 billion. All eyes have now turned to Iberia, to Portugal and Spain, where bond prices are sinking and interest rates are rising, and investors are eying the exits. Monday’s stock and bond sell––––– off across Europe testifies to a Creators belief that this storm is far from Syndicate over. Why cannot a series of bailouts, cobbled together by the EU and International Monetary Fund, contain these serial crises? Two reasons: populism and a return of economic nationalism. Consider two telling comments from the Irish about the terms of the bailout of their country. “(S)enior bank bondholders are to be protected, while the lowest paid and those most vulnerable
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Stolen laptop reports its whereabouts, but now what? My laptop got stolen at my favorite bar last year, and I got a bit smarter. Over the weekend, the new wisdom paid off at least marginally — not for me, but for a friend of mine. “She who will not be named” got one of those snazzy little netbooks last year. She can be kind of careless sometimes, perpaps wandering off to get a coffee refill or help the needy. She loses phones the way other people lose socks. When I replaced my stolen laptop, I started looking around at tracking programs, those tiny bits of software you can install to “retrieve your stolen laptop.” Some are expensive, some are free, and most of them actually work. After installing and testing, I was telling her about it, and suddenly she thought it was a good idea to get it installed on her latest and greatest netbook. After a little tweaking, we got it to work. The software uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) modem to pinpoint the netbook location down to about a 15-foot circle, anywhere on the planet. It also uses the built-in webcam to take a picture of the user, grabs a
Bob Higgins ––––– Daily Sun Columnist screenshot of whatever they are looking at, and passes on other tracking information. The idea is, should your laptop or netbook get stolen, you go online and report it as missing. Every five to 10 minutes, the software sends a report to a separate email address. You print it off, hand it to the police, and the case is closed faster than you can say “book ‘em, Danno!” She The Nameless called me Saturday afternoon. “Honey? Fire up the missing laptop thingie. I lent it to someone who was supposed to come back with it this morning, and they haven’t.” A few short clicks and taps of the keyboard later, and the waiting game began. Sometime around midnight Saturday, the reports started to come in. A quick glimpse at the map
attached made me shake my head a bit. Her netbook has found its way to the town of Fall River, Massachusetts. There, it is being used by a person I’ll refer to as “B.O.” at least until the cops get the laptop back. By the way, great parenting letting your five-year-old use the stolen netbook at 1 a.m. So what next in our little mystery? I told Jess to report the netbook stolen, which she hasn’t done yet. If she finally get around to it Monday, whatever police officer takes the report is going to get a rude but pleasant surprise. So far, I have the location of the netbook, the name of the person who has it, all of her e-mail addresses, her friends list, still image photographs of pages she has been looking at, all on a continuing to arrive every-five-minutes basis. Think that should be enough to get it back? I thought so to. But in a brief conversation Sunday with a Portland Police officer who chose not to be named, I described the situation. He shrugged and said there was a slight possibility, but the look on his face told me the real see HIGGINS page 5
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Facing a cardboard mountain of memories Cleaning out the basement is about as fun as putting on a wet bathing suit in February. But it is a necessary evil when the farrago overtakes the walking space (more importantly when Darling Husband starts leaving unsubtle notes requesting termination of the blob munching away at the subterranean level). Oh, but where to start? I am frozen in knee-deep infancy, baby and toddlerhood — more literally, the boxes that represent those years. I face a cardboard mountain; its climbers are gurgling babies whose slightly dusty faces smile in protest against the proverbial bathwater. If I get rid of the bouncy seat, won’t I forget how happy Baby Boy was spinning into the doorframe? Should the vibrating chair find a new home, will the vision of the cat sleeping in it more than the baby fade? When the bathtub has a new bum sitting in it, how will I recall refusing to bathe my son because I had no idea what temperature to make the water? When he is older, I don’t want him to be disappointed when he asks to see his first mitten and I confess to tossing all his effects. (Or I can
Maggie Knowles ––––– Use Your Outdoor Voice borrow my mother’s line of reasoning when she was confronted with the growing olio in her basement, “I am saving it for when you have kids.” To date, I have received none of it.) One problem of holding on to all this stuff is that you open yourself up to a world of recalls. I heard a stroller that was made in 1992 was just recalled because babies were losing fingers. It isn’t the stroller’s fault per se, but rather the parents that stored them in moldy cellars until their kids were teenagers. It finally hit Mom that she wasn’t going to have another baby and off to consignment went Dad with the rusty pram. I am a hoarder of memories (unfortunately, my memories come in the form of unorganized bins, bags and binders). My mom asked me to come clean out my bookcase at her house
(I have not lived there for almost two decades). Instead of purging, I spent hours looking at my yearbooks, picture albums, and opening boxes of love letters that still reek of Drakkar Noir. There were dried flowers from first dates and proms, ticket stubs and even a note someone had left on my 1980 Rabbit at the movie theater: “Roses are red, violets are blue, you are the worst parker I have ever seen.” (It wasn’t my fault. First gear didn’t work. You try to parallel park going 20 mph.) I am supposed to judge what years are most worthy for the dumpster? Perhaps I can part with a crackled up carnation, but nothing else. There is no better way to boost your ego than to read old love letters. When else but at seventeen were you the most glorious, talented, beautiful beacon of sparkle — in the eyes of seventeen-year-old boys, anyways. Blame it on my nostalgic gene, but when I am long gone (or hiding in an Italian villa) I imagine my greatgreat grandies sitting around sorting through my legacy reading in awe at what an amazing person I must have
been. (We never did that with my grandparent’s things. We just opened up books hoping one was hollowed out and filled with cash. But I can dream.) I was at a seminar yesterday and upon the restroom wall someone had scrawled in fuchsia lipliner, “Youth is dead.” Perhaps that is my fear, that when I toss out these items, along with it goes my youth. I’ve seen The Notebook. I realize how vital it is to be reminded of yore or it all fades to black. I may never have much to leave my children insofar as a corporation named after them or a racehorse dubbed Break a Leg. But I can leave them their past. Even when they are 40, they will always be the little beans I held at 4 a.m., read to, sang to (sorry about that, kids), danced around, cried over, laughed with. By hanging onto this stuff, I hope that they can not only reconnect with who they were, but who they are to me. (Maggie Knowles is a columnist for The Portland Daily Sun. Her column appears Wednesdays.)
Technology is one thing, but the ethics of this behavior are another HIGGINS from page 4
story. I have a better chance of spotting Elvis riding in on a UFO and landing in Monument Square than my friend ever seeing her netbook again. So what other options are there? In my younger days, it would have been a simple matter of a car ride and a kicked-in door. As I’ve grown older I’ve become, to use the correct term, “Jail Averse.” Having the person’s entire social network at my fingertips could be helpful, with messages along the line of “Hey, that friend of yours B.O. is now guilty of receiving stolen property. Ask her about it!” Then
there is the fact that her three email accounts are on public servers, and it is a trivial matter to lock her out of her own email. So at this point, I’m waiting. Waiting for she who will not be named to get down to the police station and make a formal report. Waiting for more reports to come in. Waiting for the missing netbook to move. Waiting to drop a social network bomb, and let the shards of a person’s life scatter to the winds. Waiting to decide whether to just sign on, seize control of the computer completely, and lock it down tighter than that aforementioned county jail
cell that remains a surprisingly top-of-mind deterrent to other options. Even though the technology is in my corner, the ethics of such behavior are less than clear. Just because I can do these things, does that mean I should? I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Isn’t technology wonderful? Ethical stolen property retrieval ... hey, there must be an app for that. (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)
Populism and a return of economic nationalism spread throughout Europe BUCHANAN from page 4
people dependent on public provision are to be crucified,” said trade union leader Jack O’Connor. “I think the government should default on the bonds,” said writer Valerie Wilson. “We are suffering so the bondholders don’t suffer. It’s capitalism gone mad.” Translation: Put Irish people first, before any foreigners holding bonds. Angela Merkel, whose Germany is fronting much of the bailout money, has been demanding that bondholders take a haircut — lose some of the face value of their bonds — in all future bailouts. Sunday, the EU agreed to consider it for all bailouts after 2012. But we may not get there before nervous investors decide to dump their bonds first and the European house of cards comes crashing down. For if bondholders know they will be among the first victims burned in bailouts in 2013, they may suspect a singeing even before then. This will impel them to start shedding the bonds of any nation with deficit and debt problems, which will deepen those deficit and debt problems. While the EU-IMF bailout fund is now sufficiently flush to handle a Portugal, Madrid has an economy twice the size of Greece, Ireland and Portugal combined. If Spain is forced into a bailout, and Italy, which has a huge debt, totters, a European panic is on — and a
global panic may not be far behind. Moreover, the Germans, who will have to cough up more euros for any new fund to rescue the governments and banks of nations that are neither as conscientious nor work as hard as they, are fed up with bailing out the La Dolce Vita nations of Club Med. If Merkel does not mirror the mood of her people, her CDU could find itself out in the cold. These bailouts come with painful conditions. The governments rescued must cut deficits and debt, which translates into cuts in public salaries and services affecting the middle classes, students, the vulnerable and the poor. Yet though the time of austerity has only just begun, there have been mass protests in Dublin, riots in France, anarchist assaults on Tory Party headquarters in London and lethal violence in Athens. And while austerity may be necessary to restore fiscal and financial health, austerity alone cannot restore prosperity. That will take years. Which returns us to the character of the people of Europe upon whom these stringencies are being imposed. How long will Greeks, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish, British, French and others, facing a savaging of social safety nets, accept austerity, without searching for populist candidates and parties who will default on the debt and let banks go under? Why not break free of the discipline of the euro,
restore the old national currency, devalue and stiff the creditors? Argentina did it. If one or two of these countries, even the smaller ones, default, America may not be directly affected, as we own little of the debt of these countries. But what if the big banks of Europe face wipeouts of capital and equity due to defaults? Are America’s banks so well insulated from Europe’s that their end of the boat can sink and ours stay afloat? The Credit Anstalt crisis of 1931 leapt from Austria to Germany to Japan to Britain to the United States. How long will Germans play the “good Europeans” and use their savings and a solid credit rating earned through years of sacrifice to bail out deadbeat nations whose welfare states are more lavish than their own? After constant repetition, the Three Musketeers’ slogan of “all for one, and one for all” can get rather tiresome. Having seen how the Asian crisis of the 1990s leapt from country to country and continent to continent, it is hard to believe the European debt-default crisis stops with Ireland and Greece. As Dubya once said, “Boys, this looks like a fivespiral crash.” (To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.)
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LEFT: Jim Campbell, former Republican and independent representative from Newﬁeld, tells media that pollution was threatening to reach dangerous levels in 1970 when the Clean Air Act was passed. He spoke at a rally for the 40th anniversary of the federal law on Tuesday in Monument Square. RIGHT: Dr. Lani Graham, cochair of the Public Health Committee of the Maine Medical Association, speaks at the rally, discussing medical beneﬁts of the law over the past 40 years. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)
Clean Air Act defended as an important health protection CLEAN AIR ACT from page one
Cutler helped write the historic legislation as an assistant to Maine’s Senator Edmund Muskie. Cutler, who ran for governor as an independent candidate this fall, called on Maine’s Republican U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, to protect the Clean Air Act. “In 1963, fully seven years before the Clean Air Act was passed, Ed Muskie determined that the public health was at risk,” Cutler said. “Our Maine senators now need to take a page out of Ed Muskie’s book and follow his lead. Ed Muskie didn’t want the Congress second guessing science,” he said. Jim Campbell, former Republican and independent representative from Newfield, said pollution was threatening to reach dangerous levels in 1970 when the Clean Air Act was passed. “In the first 20 years, the Clean Air Act prevented
more than 200,000 premature deaths, 800,000 ashtma attacks and 18 million child respiratory illnesses,” he said during Tuesday’s rally. “As we look forward to the next 40 years, let’s remember the original goals of the Clean Air Act. We want our air to be clean for everyone, for the healthy and for the sick, for the young and for the old. The Clean Air Act has done its job protecting Americans because our representatives continue to put the health of our citizens first,” Campbell said. The Natural Resources Council of Maine and Natural Resources Defense Council led Tuesday’s rally, counterpart to a similar event in Bangor, held in celebration of the Clean Air Act’s 40th anniversary. The coalition of public health groups and professionals urged Maine’s senators to preserve the Clean Air Act in its entirety by voting against proposals in the U.S. Senate that would weaken the law. A letter sent to both Senators was signed by the Maine Medical Association, Maine Public Health Association, Maine
Nurse Practitioner Association, Maine Physicians for Social Responsibility, American Lung Association of New England, and more than 50 Maine health professionals. A year ago, the EPA declared there was compelling scientific evidence that global warming from manmade greenhouse gases endangered Americans’ health. The controversial finding has been assailed by climate skeptics who say that the science of global warming remains in doubt, an argument given additional attention last year with release of intercepted e-mails, revealing that British climate scientists had discussed ways to withhold certain climate data from public scrutiny and suppress contrary evidence. Speakers at Tuesday’s rally declared greenhouse gases a real threat. “We know that greenhouse gases damage public health,” Cutler said. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Clean Air Act covers carbon emissions.
County’s namesake rated as one of the worst Britons of his century ANNIVERSARY from page one
“This is a big deal for us, 250 years of county government, and it’s important at this time,” Feeney said in an interview Tuesday in the rotunda of the Cumberland County Courthouse. “The county charter was passed in the election, and that’s sending us
on to the next 250 years, it’s giving us the opportunity to move into the 21st century. It’s great to celebrate 250 years, it’s great to move forward.” A county charter commission made up of three appointed and six elected members developed a charter to more efficiently run Cumberland County government. Voters approved the document. But yesterday, most of the focus was on the past. About 100 people gathered in the courthouse to hear historian Herb Adams recap some of the historical highlights. “We bear the name of the Duke of Cumberland, his given name was William Augustus of Hanover, he was the youngest son of King George II of Great Britain, so he knew he would never be king,” Adams read in his oratorical style. “William Augustus became duke at age 4 in 1725. Cumberland County men had already been cutting maps here for his father, the king, for 25 years at that point.” The Duke of Cumberland didn’t come off as a lik-
able inspiration for a county name. He was depicted as a ruthless military leader who earned the designation of “worst Briton of the 18th century” in 2005 by BBC Magazine. He died of a heart attack at age 44, and he never visited his namesake county, Adams noted. Today, the county is comprised of three cities: Portland, South Portland and Westbrook and 25 towns. Tuesday’s gathering was an exciting event for “any history buff who follows the evolution of government and follows especially the evolution of early America,” Whitten said. Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett was dressed in period clothing, carrying a staff of wood. The staffs were a symbol of the office of authority. They would serve in lieu of a gavel and could be pounded on the floor like a wizard’s staff to call people to attention, he explained. see HISTORY page 9
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Dress codes: Eateries vary their attire to suit their customers The expression, “the clothes make the man,” is a literal metaphor for credibility and perception of appearance. The right suit, along with a finelytuned resume (embellished or not) makes any job candidate appear more worthy. Take it one step further and put Swarovski crystal Jimmy Choos and a ball gown on Cinderella, and poof... she’s a princess. Such is the case with any restaurant staff. Personal appearance, over-thetop body piercings and ink, and sadly, bad hygiene are all commonplace, ––––– ongoing battles for many managWhat It’s ers and owners. Like In a town that prides itself on Buying Local and staying independent, uniforms are loosely crafted around jeans, white collar button down shirts, long or short black sleeved tees, various lengths of pocketed, tie-in-the-front (if you’re skinny) bistro aprons, and universally classic black Dansko clogs. The standard accessories for the get-up is a hinged wine key, multiple pens, and a cheat sheet with the daily specials tucked away in a “check minder” book that is often courtesy of American Express. Most casual pub/coffee shop type places such as Binga’s at the Stadium on Free Street and Coffee By Design have logo-ed tee-shirts and wish they could merchandise the walking billboards as well as money magnets like Hard Rock Cafe and Hooters
have managed to do. More eclectic (dare I say funky?) eateries like Local 188 on Congress and The French Press in Westbrook pride themselves on keeping every consignment shop within a fifty mile radius in business as their staffs tend to dress retro-vintage, and it only adds to the charm and “je ne sais quio” of the dining experience. These, and all uniform choices should be well thought out strategies when deciding how the restaurant wishes to present itself to the general public; and falls under the “atmosphere” category when choosing a dining destination. For example, the mainly conservative, late-boomer Portland Symphony Orchestra crowd is more likely to be drawn to the chic, yet slightly formal attire at Old Port Sea Grill on Commercial Street or the classically dressed wait staff at Maria’s Restaurant on Cumberland Avenue. It’s just part of the package and interestingly enough, doesn’t always coincide with menu sophistication or pricing structure. However, all that glitters is not gold and far too many quality places are overlooked at first glance because the Excecutive Chef in an open kitchen is wearing a NASCAR tee-shirt, the dishwasher kid carries out racks of glasses with head of hair that would make Steven Tyler jealous, and the hostess repeatedly forgets to take out her lip, nose, and eyebrow rings. Forget the Board of Health, creative freedom, or form over fashion, it just doesn’t work when perceived expectations of how things should appear are not met. Even the Emperor knew something wasn’t quite right with his new clothes Not long ago, Aly Ladd was considering Cheverus
as a high school choice. We were thrilled with the prospect of a high quality education and college scholarships down the road, but it never happened at Cheverus and here’s why... Aly was allowed to dye her hair Hendrix purple as a reward for getting high honors the semester before and the diligent, very kind, admissions folks at Cheverus found this unacceptable. Her grades, recommendations, and test scores were all stellar, but her physical-appearance peg didn’t fit into their perception-image hole. As a parent, I struggled with opportunity lost, but supported her inclination to scrap the whole thing and go to public school. Restaurants don’t have this luxury as the dining decision-making process is a one-way street with lots of competition. It’s a shame to loose out on head count and revenue because your best server forgot to put her hair up or didn’t have time to iron her shirt. The negative perception of these things cannot be fixed on the spot like an overcooked steak or a bad bottle of wine. It isn’t just about the individual offender anymore. It becomes a blemish on the establishment as a whole. SO ... Restaurant Owners and Managers, take heed! Not surprisingly, personal appearance and an appropriate dress code matters a great deal to most people outside the industry, and even if consulting Project Runway isn’t your style, it may be time consider fresh threads and and a good hard look at yourself from the outside in. (Natalie Ladd is a Daily Sun contributor. Her column appears on Wednesday.)
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A semiquincentennial celebration
Historian and erstwhile legislator Herb Adams discusses the history of Cumberland County in the courthouse rotunda on Tuesday. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
History buffs turn out for anniversary HISTORY from page 6
Sheriff’s Deputy Kim Emery stands at attention while Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett poses in 1760 garb during a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Cumberland and Lincoln counties Tuesday. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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ABOVE: A crowd listens to presenters in the Cumberland County Courthouse rotunda. BELOW: The Cumberland County Courthouse from Federal Street. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)
“The staff is simply a symbol, not just of the office of sheriff but of the court, the governor’s office, it’s a symbol of authority,” Brackett explained said. Six feet tall and hand hewn out of oak by historical experts, the staffs added a touch of realism to Tuesday’s ceremony. Whitten flourished one of the staffs as well and clearly relished Tuesday’s goings-on. “We’ve got about 100 people here ... more than we expected,” he said. “This has been going on for the whole year; June 19 was when the actual act was pronounced to separate Lincoln and Cumberland from York County, because up to that time it was just York County as the whole state of Maine, and, of course, we were still part of Massachusetts in 1760.” “An Act for Erecting and Establishing Two New Counties in the Easterly Part of the County of York” was signed by Lt. Gov. Thomas Hutchinson on June 20, 1760, and took effect on Nov. 1 of that year. Lincoln County officials noted their own history during Tuesday’s ceremony. In Lincoln County, “Pownalborough was the original shire town named for Thomas Pownal, who served as Colonial Governor of Massachusetts from 1757 to 1769,” according to the Lincoln County website. “Lincoln County received its name in compliment to Governor Pownal who was born in Lincoln, England. In 1790 Wiscasset became and still is the county seat. The county was governed by the Court of General Sessions until 1831 when government was transferred to the Court of County Commissioners and remains so today.”
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EU probe delves into core of Google’s business BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators are tackling a puzzle that could shift the balance of power on the Internet: Is Google stifling competition by juicing its search results to favor its services over its rivals? Hoping to find an answer, regulators announced an investigation Tuesday that will take the first major look into the heart of Google Inc., focusing on the very thing that corporations from Coca-Cola to KFC go to enormous lengths to keep secret. In Google’s case, the mathematical formulas that determine its search engine’s prized recommendations. The rankings of Google’s results can make or break a business these days, whether it is a blogger or a multibillion dollar company. Knowing how Google makes its decisions, or persuading regulators to dictate changes, could be of enormous value to competitors. Word of the investigation caused Google’s stock to tumble $26.40, or 4.5 percent, to close at $555.71. It was the largest one-day drop in the company’s shares since mid-July. The company is also dealing with national antitrust probes in Germany, Italy and France. The inquiry’s timing also threatens to complicate Google’s efforts to expand an empire that will bring in nearly $30 billion in revenue this year. U.S. officials are reviewing its $700 million acquisition of a leading travel technology provider, ITA Software. Perhaps most troubling to Google, the European Commission conceivably could require it to divulge information about the algorithms that decide the links listed at the top of its search results. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has zealously guarded those formulas in much the same manner as the Coca-Cola Co. protects the recipe for its signature drink or KFC guards the ingredient mix for its chicken. Although any confidential information that Google shares with regulators probably would remain under seal, the company’s executives may not want to run the risk of opening its trade secrets to outsiders, Boston University antitrust law professor Keith Hylton said. “They are probably going to think long and hard about what to do in Mountain View and they may end up saying, ‘Let’s just cut a deal,’” Hylton said. “And that decision may not have anything to do with whether Google is in the right or in the wrong on this issue.” It’s still too early to say whether the commission will ask Google to disclose the algorithms, said Amelia Torres, the spokeswoman for Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. In a Tuesday statement, Google said it will attempt to answer the commission’s questions. If regulators conclude Google acted illegally, the company could face billions of dollars in fines, similar to what Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. faced in recent antitrust cases brought by the commission. The investigation marks the first time a government has delved so deeply into Google’s core business practices, although there have been other antitrust inquiries that have touched upon the company’s dominance of the Internet’s lucrative search market. It wouldn’t be surprising if the commission’s probe spurs similar investigations in the U.S., Hylton said. “State attorney generals will probably look at this and see an opportunity to get their names on the front pages of newspapers, too,” he said. Google processes about two of every three search requests on the Web, even though there’s nothing to prevent people from using other services, such as Microsoft’s Bing and Yahoo Inc., the next two biggest search engines. People have become so addicted to Google in Europe that it commands a 90 percent market share in some countries.
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Senate shuns push for ban on pet projects WASHINGTON (AP) — By a nearly 3-2 margin, the Senate voted Tuesday to let lawmakers keep sprinkling bills with home-state pet projects like roads, bridges, water treatment plants, grants to local police departments and special interest tax breaks. But with anti-earmark GOP reinforcements arriving in January, the curtain may soon come down on the practice. Most Democrats and a handful of Republicans joined in a 56-39 majority to reject a ban on funding for home-state projects not included in the budget proposal that the president submits to Congress each year.
in the Berkshires and inspired “the stories that my parents told for many years ... it was a destination for a group of people who had known each other in New Jersey, they’d all meet there,” Vigeland said. “It was just a fun place, you never knew what to expect, and it changed all the time. It was just a memory that stayed with me.” For nearly nine years, 101 Folly has featured gift items, including home decorative items, seasonal gifts, soaps, lotions, candles and other merchandise.
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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are some kinds of crazy you simply should not be a part of. Getting involved will make you crazy, too. When the red ﬂags go up, don’t take it as a warning -it’s a directive to run in the other direction. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have a stack of magazines that is growing by the month. You will be inspired to dig in and hit the highlights and then do your ecological duty at the recycling bin. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When you make the ethical choice, you win. Your gains may not be as immediate as they would be if you took the easy street, but they will be real and lasting. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be lucky when you enter a new and unknown arena. Knowing the rules and the limits puts you in the same category as the others. If you don’t know what can be done, you will stand out from the crowd. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As the sign of the ﬁsh, you realize how difﬁcult it is to swim against the tide. And yet, sometimes (and you can ask any salmon you know) it is absolutely necessary to head upstream. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 1). You don’t guess or wonder what to do next; you just know. It’s worth it to do what you really want to do this month, so rearrange your priorities and make it happen. Next month, there’s a favorable shift in your ﬁnances. A new family addition comes in March. July is your chance at a new professional position. Pisces and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 3, 11, 28 and 18.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You feel like you need to present an idea all ﬂeshed out. But be careful not to overdo it. You’ll be most successful when you leave a little room for others to ﬁll in some details with their imagination, too. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You have a terriﬁc sense of purpose. There are people around you who know the way to the prize you desire. Find out what they recommend for you going forward. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You have two wonderful options available, and unfortunately, there is no way to do both of them. Your conscience will be your guide in making the optimum choice. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You are amazingly adaptable, especially when it comes to work. You’ll be making inroads in an area you know little about. Do your research to ﬁnd out what has historically been effective in this regard. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Self-consciousness is the enemy of creativity. Give yourself over to the spirit of your work -- lose yourself in it completely. And if you’re not working today, give yourself over completely to your play. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your approach softens today. You’re just not in the mood to move and shake -- you’d rather whisper and glide your way through. You still want what you want, but you’re ﬁnding a different way to get it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Intellectual knowledge is all well and good, but knowing better won’t necessarily affect your habits, attitudes or behavior. It’s not about learning solutions; it’s about living them.
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2010. There are 30 days left in the year. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. The incident sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks. On this date: In 1824, the presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. In 1860, the Charles Dickens novel “Great Expectations” was first published in weekly serial form. In 1909, the first kibbutz was founded in the Jordan Valley by a group of Jewish pioneers; the collective settlement became known as Degania Alef. In 1921, the Navy flew the first nonrigid dirigible to use helium; the C-7 traveled from Hampton Roads, Va., to Washington, D.C. In 1934, Soviet communist official Sergei M. Kirov, an associate of Josef Stalin, was assassinated in Leningrad, resulting in a massive purge. In 1944, Bela Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Serge Koussevitzky. In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II. In 1990, British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel between their countries finally met after knocking out a passage in a service tunnel large enough to walk through and shake hands. One year ago: President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 more U.S. troops into the war in Afghanistan but promised during a speech to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to begin withdrawal in 18 months. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Paul Picerni is 88. Singer Billy Paul is 76. Actor-director Woody Allen is 75. World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino is 71. Singer Dianne Lennon is 71. Country musician Casey Van Beek is 68. Television producer David Salzman is 67. Rock singer-musician Eric Bloom is 66. Rock musician John Densmore is 66. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 65. Singer Gilbert O’Sullivan is 64. Actor Treat Williams is 59. Actress Charlene Tilton is 52. Actressmodel Carol Alt is 50. Actor Jeremy Northam is 49. Producer-director Andrew Adamson is 44. Actor Nestor Carbonell is 43. Actress Golden Brooks is 40. Actress-comedian Sarah Silverman is 40. Actor Ron Melendez is 38. Actor-writer-producer David Hornsby is 35. Singer Sarah Masen is 35. Rock musician Brad Delson is 33. Actor Nate Torrence is 33. Rock musician Mika Fineo is 29.
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our possible liability if this neighbor hurts someone or damages property. Also, I have not been working for the past several months and am home alone all day. I wonder if this neighbor keeps track of my comings and goings in order to mow while I am out and wouldn’t see him. That scares me a bit. I think the mowing should be reported to the police in order to have a record in case something goes wrong. My husband says that getting the police involved might make matters worse. He also said that no harm was done and most people would tell me to be grateful this guy saved me some work. So, should I laugh this off or report it? -- Nervous in the Nutmeg State Dear Connecticut: We suspect your neighbor has a power mower that he likes to use and simultaneously believes he’s doing you a favor. Still, good neighbors respect one another’s boundaries. Since the situation makes you uncomfortable, have your husband speak to the neighbor and make it clear that he is creating a problem, and if he doesn’t cease and desist, you will be forced to report it. If you have a homeowners or neighborhood association, ask for help in resolving this. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Lonely but Afraid,” the 21-year-old virgin who is afraid to seek out relationships. She may be more likely to meet someone who would take the time to get to know her if she were to join a church group, or several. If her church does not have an active social group for young people, she should look around at other churches in the area, especially larger ones. Places of worship are more and more interested in outreach for young people. -- Sandy Out East Dear Sandy: Thank you for mentioning this useful and often overlooked resource. To All our Jewish Readers: Happy Chanukah!
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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– EVENTS CALENDAR––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jewish communities in the early part of the twentieth century. Mendele the bookseller is the narrator who links the three one-act plays together. Performances take place Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Acorn Studio Theater, a small, black-box theater in the Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St. in Westbrook. Note that in observance of the Jewish Sabbath, there are no performances on Friday night. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 students and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 854-0065 or visiting www.acorn-productions.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 1 Portland Ovations presents ‘Wired’ 10:30 a.m. Portland Ovations presents a play about the alarming rise of cyberbullying, “Wired,” written by Betty Quan. The performance, intended for school groups, is at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center located at 471 Stroudwater St. in Westbrook. This presentation is the second of Ovations’ SchoolTime Performance series that offers educational programming in support of Maine’s curriculum guidelines.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Old Port Playhouse 7 p.m. Pay what you can preview. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, directed by Whitney Smith, at Old Port Playhouse. The production runs Dec. 3-19. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Ofﬁce, 773-0333, http://oldportplayhouse.com
Gingerbread house workshops 2 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine presents a family tradition. “Create your own sweet masterpiece; we’ll supply instruction, materials, hot cocoa and a sturdy pre-constructed house. Ages 3 and up. $30/house for museum members and $35/house plus admission for non-members.” FMI: www.kitetails.org
‘Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields’ screening at SPACE
World AIDS Day event at Frannie Peabody Center 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join friends, family, current and former staff and supporters at the Frannie Peabody Center at 30 Danforth St. on World AIDS Day as members gather to remember and reﬂect on the past 25 years of the epidemic, honor those who’ve come before and ofﬁcially open the center’s new headquarters. RSVP at www.peabodycenter. org or to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Victoria Mansion Holiday Gala is Thursday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (FILE PHOTO)
First night of Chanukah celebrated at Temple Beth El
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lighting the Menorah! Live music with the Casco Bay Tummlers. Latkes, soups, salads and desserts. Crafts for kids of all ages. Surprise giveaways and rafﬂe. Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland. www. tbemaine.org
Knitting Night at Lucid Stage 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays twice a month (Dec. 1 and 15, Jan. 5 and 19) the public can visit this cozy space, Lucid Stage at 29 Baxter Blvd., to sit and knit or just drink tea and listen to live ﬁddle music. www.hopehoffman.org.
Grand Menorah lighting at Portland City Hall 6 p.m. Grand Menorah lighting in honor of Hanukkah at Portland City Hall. A light dinner including latkes and donuts in the Maine State Room. Live music. Children’s entertainment. Arts and crafts. www.chabadofmaine.com
Hall School hosts talk by anti-bullying expert 6:30 p.m. Stan Davis, a national expert on strategies to prevent bullying, will give a presentation titled “Empowering Bystanders: Strategies Parents Can Use in Guiding Their Children” on December 1 at in the library of Hall Elementary School, 23 Orono Road, Portland. The event is free and open to the public. Davis is the author of “Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies in Reducing Bullying” and “Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention.” “This is the third year in a row that he will visit Hall as part of the school-wide Peaceful Hall initiative to sustain a welcoming, inclusive and responsive school culture. Davis will spend the Dec. 1 school day working with Hall students and staff on how to empower bystanders to act in the face of conﬂict. He will work with a team of Hall students to demonstrate problem-solving skills and other effective strategies to prevent bullying, using an interactive playback theater approach. After school, Davis will conduct a workshop for all Hall staff on empowering and responding to bystanders effectively. The Hall School Parent Teacher Organization provided the funding for Davis’ visit.” Details: call 874-8205.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Old Port Playhouse 7 p.m. Pay what you can preview, Wednesday and Thursday. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, directed by Whitney Smith, at Old Port Playhouse. “The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life!” It runs Dec. 3-19. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Ofﬁce, 773-0333, http://oldportplayhouse.com
Thursday, Dec. 2 Meet the Jewelry Designer: Patricia Daunis 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Portland Museum of Art features “Meet the Jewelry Designer.” “Well known for the inspired, dazzling jewelry she creates, Patricia Daunis of Daunis Jewelers, Portland will share her insights into jewelry design and discuss how the love of the sea has inﬂuenced her work. She will feature a special selection of her jewelry for purchase.” All sales support the exhibitions and programs of the Portland Museum of Art. www.portlandmuseum.org
Victoria Mansion Holiday Gala 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Don’t miss the Mansion’s most elegant and spectacular event of the year. Get an early look at two ﬂoors of period rooms transformed by local designers with dazzling decorations inspired by this year’s theme: The Twelve Days of Christmas. Fabulous food and drink provided. Tickets are $50/person, all proceeds to beneﬁt the restoration and operation of Victoria Mansion.” Call 7724841, ext. 10 for reservations. www.victoriamansion.org/ mansion.html
Middle school students, parents invited to an information night about high school choices 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Middle school students and their parents are invited to an information night about high school choices in the Portland Public Schools at Lyman Moore Middle School, 171 Auburn St. Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr. will welcome families and provide an overview of the district’s high school program. The principals of Casco Bay High School, Deering High School, Portland High School and Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) will describe their schools’ academic and extracurricular offerings, schedules and other unique characteristics. The principals also will answer questions from parents and students. Students in the Portland Public Schools are allowed to choose between Casco Bay, Deering and Portland High, space permitting. All high school students in the district may take courses at PATHS. Eighth graders may arrange to visit each of the high schools and to shadow a student. The deadline for choosing a high school is Jan. 31, 2011.
‘The World of Sholom Aleichem’ 7:30 p.m. Acorn Productions, a nonproﬁt organization dedicated to nurturing and developing the performing arts in Southern Maine, begins a new holiday tradition for the Jewish community in Southern Maine with a production of “The World of Sholom Aleichem,” by Arnold Perl, which performs from Dec. 2 to 19. The play is directed by veteran actor Harlan Baker, and features a cast of local actors, including members of the Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble, students from the Acorn Acting Academy, and several guest artists. The play is a collection of three short plays depicting life in Eastern Europe
7:30 p.m. “With his unique gift for memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings that blend classic Tin Pan Alley with modern sounds, Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary pop’s most beloved and inﬂuential artists. Both a proliﬁc recording artist and composer of theater and ﬁlm scores, he performs most famously as the Magnetic Fields, whose 1999 three-disc opus 69 Love Songs is widely considered a masterpiece of traditional songcraft and irresistible synthpop. Ten years in the making, ‘Strange Powers’ explores Merritt’s songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his bandmates and longtime manager Claudia Gonson, revealing an artist who has produced one of the most engaging and confounding bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.” $7/$5 for SPACE members, all ages. www.space538.org
Friday, Dec. 3 China, Japan and Korea: Perspectives on East Asia 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. China, Japan and Korea: Perspectives on East Asia, a one-day conference presented by the Maine Humanities Council, will take place at Thornton Academy in Saco. Primary presenters will include Brad Babson, former World Bank employee and expert on contemporary issues in North and South Korea; Tom Conlan, Asian Studies professor at Bowdoin College and Japanese historian; Brad Dearden, Geography professor at UMF and Jai Zhao, History professor at USM and specialist in Chinese history and culture. The day will also include several break-out sessions to enable deeper conversation about speciﬁc topics. “This is very timely and important, especially in Maine,” noted Martina Duncan, assistant director of the Maine Humanities Council. “Programs such as these give us a deeper understanding of ourselves, our communities and our global cultures.” The Maine Humanities Council offers several public programs throughout the year. To register for this, or any of the other programs the Maine Humanities Council offers, please visit www.mainehumanities.org or call 773.5051.
Firearms training simulator dedication at Kaplan University’s South Portland campus 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kaplan University’s South Portland campus is hosting a ceremony to introduce a new ﬁrearms training simulator (FATS) and dedicate it to the more than 80 ofﬁcers in Maine that have fallen in the line of duty. The FATS is designed to train criminal justice students in decision making when using a ﬁre arm, the simulator walks students through various scenarios a law enforcement ofﬁcial could encounter while on the job. The FATS will help students develop their critical thinking, tactical and problem solving skills. Following the dedication, the campus will demonstrate the capabilities of the new FATS. Campus faculty and staff will also be available to answer any questions regarding the new simulator and Kaplan University’s criminal justice program. Kaplan University’s South Portland Campus is located at 265 Western Ave. Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which includes more than 70 campus-based schools, as well as online programs through Kaplan University and Concord Law School. Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. For more information, please see thewebsite: www.portal. kaplan.edu. see next page
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Photos with Santa at the Children’s Museum 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. “Santa wants to know your holiday wishes! Meet Santa, sit on his lap, and have your photo taken with him. Afterwards, Santa will make a guest appearance in the play Santa’s Reindeer Revue. Cost is $7/photo for members and $8/photo plus admission for non-members. Sign up at the front desk upon arrival.” http://www.kitetails.org
Rudolph’s Workshops TBA. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine presents Rudolph’s Workshops throughout the month. Creative holiday gift-making workshops throughout the month of December. Visit www.kitetails.org for times and registration. $8/child for museum members; $9/child plus admission for non-members.
First Friday Art Walk 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Art galleries and stores in downtown Portland will be open. Enter free and enjoy refreshments at participating businesses. Visit www.portlandarts.org
Local Sprouts Holiday Art and Craft Show 5 p.m. Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St. features a Holiday Art and Craft Show with Music by the Vauhti Band, Papadello and others. Art starts at 5 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Local Sprouts staff will be covering the walls with their beautiful art. There will be tables with holiday craft creations as well. All ages, free, donations encouraged.
The Artist Studio marks First Friday 5 p.m. The Artist Studio at 536 Congress St. opens its doors for First Friday. Free. Over 30 local artists open their studio doors to share recent works for the annual December First Friday. “Don’t miss amazing art, a live performance by South China, the internationally acclaimed experimental-folk ensemble and a chance to meet your favorite local artists. For 20 years, The Artist Studio at 536 Congress St. has been providing work space for 35 professional Portland-based artists whose artwork has been featured regularly in prestigious exhibitions like the Portland Museum’s Biennial as well as in galleries locally and throughout the country. Coming together to create a vibrate work community, these artists display a range of approaches to their practice and work in media including painting, printmaking, photography and illustration. Pickwick Independent Press, a membership based print collective of Steamroller PrintOff fame, housed in The Artist Studio, will also be open to the public with works available for sale.
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association Art Walk 5 p.m. Artists Reggie Osborn and Christina Siravo will be exhibiting “Mixed Media” at the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, 519 Congress St. Authors Dr. Laura Trice, ”The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook” and Author Dianne LeCoste, “A Girl of the Past,” are featured. http://mcma-art. blogspot.com/2010/11/mcma-december-events.html
Lighting of the Copper Beech Tree at the PMA 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Portland Museum of Art presents a night of winter activities. “Come to our wintery First Friday family night at the museum. Art activities, family-friendly performers, and holiday lights get everyone in the spirit at this annual museum tradition. Join us for special performances in our auditorium, milk and cookies in our Café. Performances by Deering High School Handbell Choir, Cool Yule Swing Music with Lex and Joe, and Longfellow School Choral Group will ﬁll the Great Hall with lovely sounds. The ﬁnale: a candlelit walk to a spectacular Copper Beech Tree lighting ceremony.” 5 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.: Deering High School Handbell Choir; Café, 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Art-making, Cookies, and milk; Great Hall Performances, 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Cool Yule Swing Music with Lex and Joe; 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Longfellow School Choral Group; 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Cool Yule Swing Music with Lex and Joe; auditorium, 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: Deering High School Handbell Choir; outside under The Copper Beech Tree, 6:45 p.m.: Maine Gay Men’s Chorus; 7 p.m.: the lighting ceremony: countdown to tree lighting sing-a-long. All children must be accompanied by an adult. www.portlandmuseum.org
Lucid Stage Art Walk and Art Auction 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk and Art Auction at Lucid Stage on Baxter Boulevard. Art Walk featuring Arthur Fink’s “Lucid Stage Renovations” and silent bidding auction. The art auction is a fundraiser for Lucid Stage. All of the donated pieces will be available for silent bidding in the theater from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2 and 3. On Friday, Dec. 3, Lucid will be open from 5-8 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk. Live bidding will start at 8 p.m. at the highest recorded bid from the silent auction. This enables folks to participate whether or not they can attend the live auction. Artwork in the auction will include pieces from: Jobani Cohen; Creative Trails; Kathleen Daughan; Neill Ewing-Wegmann; Arthur Fink; Elizabeth Fraser; Ed King; Carol McMa-
Jill Crochere (right) and Sarah Mckay (left) from Chelsea make a donation Friday night during the Portland Pirates ﬁrst ofﬁcial night of the Holiday Toy and Donation Drive at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Volunteers from the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund raised more than $1,300, and more than 300 unopened toys and books were donated and will be distributed to WGME’s Joy of Sharing and Toys for Tots. Fans received a pair of free tickets to a future Pirates game for a cash donation of at least $5 to the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund or a donation of an unopened toy or book. The next night for the Pirates Holiday Toy and Donation Drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, when the Pirates play the Norfolk Admirals at 7 p.m. (COURTESY PHOTO) hon; David Marshall; Margery Niblock; Julie Vohs; and Gail Wartell.
Flights of Fantasy at The Green Hand 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening of Flights of Fantasy, whimsical artwork by David Stoddard, at The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St. This exhibit will be on display through the month of December, until Jan. 5. The whimsical artwork of Portland artist Stoddard features wizards, faeries and dragons, as well as robots, vampires and mad scientists. Throw in a healthy dose of steampunk and there’s something for everyone. Stoddard works in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil. Additional super-fun December First Friday Bonus: “Those of you who had the chance to swing through November’s First Friday may remember hearing the mysterious surf stylings of The Watchers. Rumor is, they will be setting up and swinging again during part of the evening!!! Santa hats and some sort of Christmas madness may be involved. ... PLUS: KittyWitch Perfumery will be on hand with their delicious handcrafted essential oil scents in case you are looking for an irresistible stocking stuffer for yourself or someone special!.” Contact Michelle Souliere at450-6695 or email@example.com
Goodwill’s Art for Everyone: Collection of donated art 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join Goodwill for its ﬁfth bi-annual art sale featuring drawings, oils, pastels, posters, prints and watercolors donated to Goodwill stores. “All artwork will be affordably priced just in time for the holidays. Come see the incredible pieces of art community members donate on a regular basis and learn about Goodwill’s job training and support services in the Portland community.” Part of First Friday Art Walk. 353 Cumberland Ave. Free. 774-6323. www.goodwillnne.org
Shop-A-Do Craftastic Art Sale at SPACE 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. SPACE Gallery art sale. Also Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Come revel in handmade bliss with one of our most popular events: Shop-A-Do! Browse through an inspiring collection of local crafters’ goods including prints, handmade clothing, original artwork, books, t-shirts, cards and more! Grab a hot beverage, don a cozy sweater and come on down for some good old fashioned holiday cheer. The gallery is no longer accepting vendor applications for this year’s sale. www.space538.org
Maine College of Art holiday sale 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. MECA will once again hold its annual holiday sale in the Porteous Building at 522 Congress S. in the heart of the Arts District. “The much anticipated holiday sale provides an opportunity for MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff to sell affordable handmade arts, crafts and gifts for the holiday season. The college also opens the doors of the department studios to allow shoppers to meet local artists, get a behind-the-scenes
look at the art-making process, take tours and watch demonstrations.” Admission is free. FMI: www.meca. edu/holidaysale
1930s Night at the State Theatre 5 p.m. The State Theatre presents a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Over A Cardboard Sea, Portland’s premiere nostalgia act, will set the mood with a pre-show performance of classic vaudeville tunes. An old-timey photo booth, Shirley Temples at the bar, and Depressionlevel ticket prices complete the transformation. $5. “The State Theater revisits its glorious beginnings as it transforms itself back into a 1930s Movie House with a screening of The Wizard of Oz. Forget 3-D ... Bring the family to the Ultimate Technicolor Triumph!” www.statetheatreportland.com
USM School of Music Scholarship Gala marks 20th anniversary this year 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year marks the 20th anniversary celebration of the University of Southern Maine School of Music’s Scholarship Gala at the Abromson Education Center, USM Portland. The evening highlights the talent of USM School of Music students, entertains hundreds of guests and raises more than $60,000 for USM music scholarships. This year’s theme, “The Stars Are Brightly Shining,” a line from a beloved carol, also reﬂects on the talent that is found in the student body at the USM School of Music. Gala attendees will enjoy music throughout the evening’s festivities, which include hors d’oeuvres during cocktails with a backdrop of holiday music performed by USM student music ensembles; reserved seating at a festive dinner banquet with complimentary dinner wine and tableside serenading; a welcoming champagne toast in Hannaford Hall by University President, Selma Botman, followed by a spectacular live auction, leading to the grand centerpiece concert performed by talented USM School of Music students. The evening concludes with desert and coffee in the grand lobby accompanied by more seasonal music. This year’s banquet will feature a traditional holiday menu. The gala is sponsored by Portland Volvo and Portland Saab. Cash Bar — black tie optional. Reservations are required. Tickets cost $90 per person ($40 deductible per person) or $900 for reserved Table for 10 ($400 deductible per table). Purchase tickets by calling 780-5003, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. edu. Additional gala information can be found at www. usm.maine.edu/music/holiday10/Gala_Home.html.
Society for East End Arts Holiday Art Sale 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. East End Community School Center, 195 North Street, Portland. Free admission; light food available in PTO Café. www.SEAportland.org see next page
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Thirty Kitty Christmas Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted by Friends of Feral Felines, Thirty Kitty Christmas Fair features seasonal items, local artwork, thrift store items, books, and much, much more. Donations are also welcome. Friends of Feral Felines, 651 Forest Ave. (corner of Woodfords Street and Forest Avenue). For more information, contact Friends of Feral Felines at info@.feralfelines.net/ or call 797-3014 or visit their website at www.feralfelines.net.
Season of Light at the Planetarium 7 p.m. Season of Light: Southworth Planetarium’s annual holiday show that explores the astronomy and history of the holiday season: from Christmas to Hannukah to the Solstice. We also examine the “Star of Bethlehem.” Assuming it was a natural event, what might it have been? A supernova; a planetary conjunction or some other celestial event. Southworth Planetarium, 96 Falmouth St., Portland. Also Dec. 4-5. Check times at 780-4249. www.usm.maine.edu/planet
‘A Christmas Carol’ 7 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage. “Portland’s favorite holiday event! Full of music, spirits, special effects, and all your favorite characters, Portland Stage brings to life the magical and poignant transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge as he rediscovers the true meaning of giving ... perfect for ages 5 to 95!” Times vary. Dec. 3 through Dec. 24. Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. www.portlandstage.org. 774-0465
United Maine Craftsmen’s Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at the USM Sullivan Gym 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craft fair at 66 Falmouth St. featuring 95 Maine artisans. All Maine crafts. Find that special gift that will be cherished long after the holiday is over. Free gift-wrapping and hourly door prize. University of Southern Maine Sullivan Gym. Admission $2. FMI: 621-2818 or www.unitedmaine“Live-in Maid” will be screened at the Portland craftsmen.com. Saturday, 9 a.m. to Museum of Art on Dec. 4 and 5. It’s part of Movies 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; at the Museum, which aims to showcase the best in $2 admission at the door, children under 12 free. www.unitedmaineforeign, classical, and art ﬁlms. (COURTESY IMAGE) craftsmen.com/
Toys for Tots fundraiser concert in Biddeford 7 p.m. Toys for Tots fundraiser, Friday and Saturday, Alumni Band Concert, Biddeford Middle School, Hill Street Extension, Biddeford. Christmas concert; $10 donation plus toy donation/per person.
Portland Playback Theater holiday theme
‘Welcoming the Dark’ workshop 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Welcoming the Dark” workshop with Deena Prestegaard and Tom Cannon. $25. Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland. FMI www.SadhanaMe.com.
Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale at Cheverus High
8 p.m. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, directed by Whitney Smith, at Old Port Playhouse. “The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life!” It runs Dec. 3-19. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Ofﬁce, 773-0333, http://oldportplayhouse.com
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cheverus Haiti Solidarity Club will hold its annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale at Cheverus High School on Dec. 4 and 5. The sale is a fundraiser for the Cheverus Haiti Solidarity Club. Proceeds from the sale will go to support Cheverus’ sister school in Bassin Bleu, Haiti. Their sister school is a small Catholic school in desperate need of help. Proceeds from the sale will also help defray the cost of a spring Cheverus student immersion service trip to the Dominican Republic. Trees are available in all sizes. All trees and wreaths are from a local Maine Christmas tree farm. The Cheverus Haiti Solidarity Club began in the spring of 2005 and has now grown to over 70 active student members. The Club’s primary goals are to raise awareness about global poverty and to live out the gospel message to help the poor. To this end, the Club has organized several fundraisers and awareness-building events surrounding issues of global poverty. Members of the Club sell fair trade chocolate bars in the fall; this sale is accompanied by a campaign to teach students and other sale patrons about fair trade and the unfair trade practices which often inhibit small farmers and businesses in developing countries from being proﬁtable and sustainable. The fundraising efforts of the Club also help to support a small Catholic School in Bassin Bleu, Haiti. This “twinning” relationship is new and we continue to ﬁnd ways to be in solidarity with the school and its students who are in great need of ﬁnancial support. The Club also provides Cheverus students an opportunity to take a service immersion trip to a developing country. The trip is to the Dominican Republic; the Dominican shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. While in the Dominican, students work primarily in an orphanage for children with disabilities.
Dark Side Of The Rainbow
2010 Shaker Christmas Fair
7:30 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 3: Holidays from Heaven and Hell. “Join Portland Playback for its popular annual improv performance of your best and worst holiday moments. With how rich and emotionally complex the holiday season is, this is always a theme that draws up a memorable range of stories. Share your story from holidays past — from Thanksgiving turkeys gone terribly wrong to the most meaningful gifts you found under the tree — and watch our actors bring them back to life on the spot. What better way to get ready for the holiday season! Every month, Portland Playback Theater puts ﬁve talented improvisors at your disposal to put stories of your life on stage. Tell your story and see what happens. Find out more at www.portlandplayback.com.” At the First Parish church at the intersection of Congress and Temple streets in Portland (just up from the Nickolodean.) $5-$10 donation.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Old Port Playhouse
10 p.m. Dark Side Of The Rainbow has been announced at the State Theatre. A mash-up of the movie the “Wizard Of Oz” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon.” Tickets are $5 and on sale at any Bull Moose store. Movie is at 10 p.m. (after the 7 p.m. showing of “The Wizard of Oz” for 1930s night).
Saturday, Dec. 4 New Gloucester History Barn open house 9 a.m. to noon. The New Gloucester History Barn and the studios of the New Gloucester Cable TV Channel 3 will be open to the public for an open house. The History Barn is directly behind the New Gloucester Town Hall on Route 231 and the Cable TV Studios are located in the New Gloucester Meetinghouse next to the Town Hall and also in the Community Room of the former ﬁre barn behind the Town Hall.
Holiday Fair — A Winter Wonderland at UU Church 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hand-made crafts, white elephant, ecofriendly gift items, theme-basket rafﬂe, children’s activities while you shop, baked goods, breakfast and lunch cafe, holiday wreaths and so much more at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 2010 Shaker Christmas Fair will be held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester. Gifts for all ages including Shaker home baked holiday goodies —nine rooms of holiday cheer — “come one, come all.”
Photos of pets with Santa 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PetSmart in Biddeford will host the Animal Welfare Society for photos of your pet with Santa; $5 from the sale of each photo goes directly to the Animal Welfare Society. Also Sunday.
Cookie Walk at Ogunquit 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ogunquit, Christmas by the Sea hosts a “Cookie Walk” upstairs at the Dunaway Center at 23 School St. The Village Food Market, 230 Main St., will supply cookies for the Animal Welfare Society table.
Debating Modern Photography gallery talk 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Imogen Cunningham: A Change of Focus by Mickey Friedman at the Portland Museum of Art. Free with museum admission. “Join us for a gallery talk in the exhibition Debating Modern Photography: The Triumph of Group f/64 with Museum Docent Mickey Friedman.” www.portlandmuseum.org/Content/5373.shtml
‘Live-in Maid’ screened at PMA 2 p.m. Movies at the Museum, “Live-in Maid.” Saturday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m.; NR. “Dora is the maid of Mrs. Beba and has worked and lived with her for 35 years. Beba used to be a well-to-do socialite but successive economic and personal crises have worn her out, reducing her to a purveyor of decadence. Nowadays she ﬁnds herself forced to sell door-to-door beauty products. Her thick gold earrings, and her maid, Dora, are the last bas- KittyWitch Perfumery will be on tions of a lifestyle of hand at The Green Hand bookstore which she refuses to let at 5 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk go. At 17, Dora came with handcrafted essential oil from the Chaco province scents. (COURTESY IMAGE) to work as a full-time maid at Beba’s apartment. Since then, she has managed to start building a house in one of the shantytowns outside Buenos Aires. However, she is unable to complete the construction of her own house because Beba owes Dora six months salary. Dora, tired of listening to Beba’s promises of payment, is now determined to resign. Beba asks her for more time to get the money together. Dora accepts. During this period Beba tries to mine the conﬁdence of Dora, discouraging her not to venture into a new phase of her life.” In Spanish with English subtitles. www.portlandmuseum.org/ events/movies.php
‘The Little Lady Bug’ debuts 3 p.m. Miss Periwinkle and the Giggle Gang’s debut of “The Little Lady Bug” takes place at GreenLight Studio. Free performance for children ages 4-9 at Greenlight Studio, 49 Danforth St. in Portland. “Experience singing, dancing and laughter with the giggle gang! Children of all ages will enjoy sneezing along with the teen theater troupe! ‘The Little Ladybug’ is an original, heartfelt musical story of the little ladybug, Lucy, and her search for unconditional friendship– in spite of her incessant sneezing!” Miss Periwinkle is an animated storyteller and the Giggle Gang is a teen theater troupe that combines music, dance, masks, storytelling and interactive theater to entertain and amuse children of all ages Miss Periwinkle and the Giggle Gang original stories are developed by singer/songwriter Sara Therrien of Portland, who has studied acting and storytelling. Sara is also the mother of a teenage daughter. For more information about Miss Periwinkle, go to www.missperiwinkle.net.
First Saturday New Gloucester Arts Alive 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Artisan Showcase: Local artisan and painter, Jacinda Cotton-Castro will showcase her work at an art opening in the Community Room. 7:30 p.m. Village Coffeehouse featuring: Maine singer-songwriter Lynn Deeves. Deeves honed her musical and stage skills as a lead singer in high energy rock bands in her earlier years, where she once earned the title “Maine Female Vocalist of the Year.” She has since released four independent CD’s of original songs, which meld folk, rock, blues and gospel inﬂuences, with an apt description of “equal parts power and peace.” Community Room of the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. For more information see also: www.lynndeeves.com. To ﬁnd out more about the Village Coffeehouse go http://www.villagecoffeehouse.org.
Portland Pirates Holiday Toy and Donation Drive 7 p.m. The next night for the Portland Pirates Holiday Toy and Donation Drive will take place when the Pirates play the Norfolk Admirals at 7 p.m. Make a cash donation of at least $5 or donate an unopened toy or book to Operation Tribute and receive a pair of tickets to a future Portland Pirates game. All cash and toy donations will go to Operation Tribute to help provide gifts to the children of active military families. It’s also the third annual State Farm Teddy Bear Toss. Bring a teddy bear to the game, and throw it on the ice when the Pirates score their ﬁrst goal of the night. All teddy bears will be donated to local charities.
Genuine Old Time Square Dance at Mayo Street 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music and calling by The Dolly Wagglers and Friends. “The second of monthly Square Dances at Mayo Street Arts, this is a great way to get those feet moving and blood pumping on a cold winter’s night. Fun for all ages.” Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. Admission: $5. http://mayostreetarts.org see next page
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MUSIC CALENDAR –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all ﬁltered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Fishman’s performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller’s sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The All-Music Guide has called him “an important force in creative music,” and The New York Times has written that his work “transcends time and idiom.” $17 advance, $20 day of sale. One Longfellow Square.
Thursday Dec. 2 Lady Lamb The Beekeeper at Geno’s 9 p.m. No-longer-local indie sweetheart Lady Lamb The Beekeeper brings out her banjo and harmonica one more time (or a lot more time, who knows) for a beneﬁt show for Nick Stevens of the 13th Cookie. Samuel James and Sontiago join. 21 plus.
Pete Miller at One Longfellow 8 p.m. Pete Miller’s honest songwriting and musical stylings stem from an intimate upbringing in Southern Maine, an intuitive awareness of the aesthetic world, and a passion for spending time among waves and snowy peaks. A blend of indie and folk, his songs explore the unmasking of human tendencies. Miller’s lyrically clever offerings delve into the raw nature of humans—exposing, proposing, desiring, and accepting. $8 adv/ $10 day of show. All ages
Friday, Dec. 3
Thursday, Dec. 9 HillyTown Presents: Acoustic night at Mayo Street Arts 8 p.m. Local music blog Hillytown hosts a night of acoustic music at Mayo Street Arts in East Bayside. The all ages, 8pm, $5 show will feature all acoustic performers, including Jacob Augustine, Denise Dill, D. Gross, and Irish Christmas in America comes to One Longfellow Square on Dec. 9. (COURTESY PHOTO) Nate Martinez (of the Brooklyn-based band Thieving Irons). $5, all ages Saturday, Dec. 4
1930s night at the State Theatre 5 p.m. (Movie starts at 7 p.m.) The State Theatre revisits its glorious beginnings as it transforms itself back into a 1930s Movie House with a screening of The Wizard of Oz. Forget 3-D… Bring the family to the Ultimate Technicolor Triumph! Over A Cardboard Sea, Portland’s premiere nostalgia act, will set the mood with a pre-show performance of classic vaudeville tunes. An old-timey photo booth, Shirley Temples at the bar, and Depression-level ticket prices complete the transformation.
John McCutcheon at One Longfellow 8 p.m. John McCutcheon is America’s balladeer. His songs sing of the nation’s heritage. His words channel the conscience of our people into streams of poetry and melody. Think of McCutcheon as an incarnation of Pete Seeger and Mr. Rogers, Will Rogers and Bruce Springsteen. The most versatile and compelling performer you will see this year. $20 advance, $23 at the door, all ages.
State Theatre presents: Dark Side of the Rainbow 10 p.m. Dark Side of the Rainbow (also known as Dark Side of Oz or The Wizard of Floyd) refers to the pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd music album “The Dark Side of the Moon” with the visual portion of the 1939 ﬁlm “The Wizard of Oz.” This produces moments where the ﬁlm and the album appear to correspond with each other. Band members and others involved in the making of the album state that any relationship between the two works of art is merely a coincidence. $5, all ages.
Matisyahu’s Festival of Lights at The State Theatre Casco Bay Concert Band in Gorham 3 p.m. Casco Bay Concert Band, consisting of musicians from 29 surrounding communities, will present “The Many Moods of Christmas” at the McCormack Performing Ars Center, Gorham High School. CBCB is under the direction of Dr. Peter Martin and is welcoming New Associate Conductor Will Wohler. $7 Adults, $6 Seniors, free for children/students. Wheelchair accessible. www.cascobayconcertband. org (501(3c)). The program will feature Russian Christmas Music, Sleigh Ride, a musical reading of The Night Before Christmas, works by local arranger Terry White with guest solists Nicole Rawding, mezzo-soprano and David Delano, Bass-Baritone, a traditional sing-along and much more.
George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic 7 p.m. George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American musician and the principal architect of P-Funk. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and is a solo funk artist as of 1981. He has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown and Sly Stone. Clinton is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with ﬁfteen other members of ParliamentFunkadelic. $30 adv / $35 dos, all ages. State Theatre.
Howard Fishman album release 8 p.m. Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today’s most agile interpreters of the American songbook.
7:30 p.m. A Hasidic Jewish musician from New York City singing reggae songs about his religious devotion, fans responded to this one-of-a-kind voice, driving Youth, Matisyahu’s Grammy-nominated 2006 studio disc, to the top spot on Billboard’s reggae albums chart. That album, as well as Matisahu’s previous recording “Live at Stubb’s,” went Gold. His new album, “Light,” which debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard charts, is out now on Epic Records. Produced by David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, Sublime), Matis recorded the album in Brooklyn, NY and Jamaica and got an assist from several guests Stephen McGregor, Sly & Robbie, members of Fyre Dept. and Fishbone, and others. $26 in advance/$28 day of show, all ages. State Theatre.
Irish Christmas in America 7:30 p.m. Irish Christmas in America tours throughout the USA with some of Ireland’s top traditional artists. Now in its sixth year, Irish Christmas in America features members of leading Irish traditional band Téada, vocalist Séamus Begley, and other top traditional artists performing Irish ballads and holiday carols, lively ﬁddle tunes and old-style Irish dancing. Narration brings to life ancient customs and stories, while photos provide a backdrop of rich historical context. It’s a family friendly show steeped in traditional music and perfect for getting into the spirit of the holiday season. At One Longfellow Square, Also Dec. 7 at Unity Center for the Performing Arts and Dec. 8 at South Carthage’s Skye Theatre.
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The Rat Pack Christmas Show 7 p.m. The Rat Pack Christmas Show with a surprise ending. Anthony’s Dinner Theater and Cabaret. Special sixcourse Christmas dinner, $39.95. www.anthonysdinnertheater.com/shows.html
Kirtan with Muraladhir Pai 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Kirtan with Muraladhir Pai, born in India, son of two Sat Gurus. He is an accomplished classical musician who will share original bhagans including ones written by his parents. Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland. FMI: www.SadhanaMe.com.
‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Old Port Playhouse 8 p.m. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, directed by Whitney Smith, at Old Port Playhouse. “The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life!” It runs Dec. 3-19. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Ofﬁce, 773-0333, http://oldportplayhouse.com
Viva Lebowski beneﬁt at Bayside Bowl 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Bayside Bowl will host Viva Lebowski, a tribute to the Coen Brothers’ cult classic, “The Big Lebowski.” The event will feature an evening of bowling, trivia and costume contests, and will also include a screening of the Coen Brothers’ ﬁlm. Part of the event’s proceeds will go to beneﬁt local business owner Nicholas Stevens, a Port-
land resident who has been struggling with the cost of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis since opening his bakery, 13th Cookie. “This is going to be a really fun event, and we’re so pleased at the number of businesses which have offered sponsorships,” said event coordinator Dave Cousins. “The interest is there, because of the vast appeal of the ﬁlm. College students, older folks, there’s so many people who love The Big Lebowski. We’re glad to use this as vehicle for a good cause, too.” Bayside Bowl is located at 58 Alder St. For information and directions to ﬁnd Bayside Bowl, visit their website at http://baysidebowl.com/. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the evening of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.vivalebowski.com or at Bayside Bowl. For further information, go to vivalebowski. com or email the event at email@example.com.
Sunday, Dec. 5 ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Old Port Playhouse 2 p.m. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, directed by Whitney Smith, at Old Port Playhouse. “The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life!” It runs Dec. 3-19. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$22. Box Ofﬁce, 773-0333, http://oldportplayhouse.com
Levey Day School Hanukkah Party 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Levey Day School, 400 Deering Ave.,
Portland. Hanukkah Party. RSVP: 774-7676 or leveyday@ maine.rr.com. Suggested Donation: $3/child over 2 years. Latkes, Donuts, Games, Crafts and Entertainment.
Wreaths Across America Project 4:30 p.m. The annual Wreaths Across America Project convoy will make a stop at Cheverus High School on its way to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The public is invited to attend. The convoy will consist of as many as 12 tractor trailer trucks and their escorts en route with handmade Maine wreaths to lay on the graves of veterans at Arlington. The ceremony at Cheverus will take place in the school’s gymnasium beginning at 4:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour. The event will consist of a roll call of all branches of the military; a speech by Karen and Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company; Fr. William R. Campbell, S.J., President of Cheverus High School, will deliver a blessing the wreaths, including wreaths to be given to local area high schools, and one which will be hung on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Shannon Moss of Channel 8 News will be the ceremony’s emcee. “Cheverus High School is proud to be a part of the Project. Stopping the convoy at Cheverus was the idea of long-time Cheverus swimming coach, Kevin Haley. Haley, also a Portland Police ofﬁcer, felt it was important to involve ‘our kids and all high school kids in the area. I have been here for over 21 years and thought the Cheverus community would beneﬁt and learn from their mission, ‘To honor, To Teach, To Remember.’” The Project means a great deal to Haley as his brother, William Haley, Cheverus class of 1970, is buried at Arlington. “I started ﬁve years ago going down to Arlington and volunteering. I want other Cheverians, staff and families to experience what the Worcesters do for our nation and honor our fallen heroes that gave the ultimate sacriﬁce.” The Arlington Wreath Project and the wreath convoy was the brainchild of Morrill Worcester, President of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrison, Maine.