SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012
VOL. 4 NO. 32
PORTLAND’S DAILY NEWSPAPER
Reel diversity — Jewish film festival reaches out Marketing includes social media, novel ad techniques — Page 10
St. Patrick’s Day festivities include first float
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Irving Oil Green Night. Pirates Wear Green Jerseys on St. Pat’s Day! Volunteers at the Maine Irish Heritage Center (from left) Maureen Coyne Norris, Matt Barker, Ellen Murphy with Fergus and Pat McBride pose in the sanctuary of the center, the former St. Dominic’s church, where clusters of balloons have been set aside for construction of a float. The Irish American Club plans to enter its first float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, taking place today at 10:30 a.m. on Commercial Street. For details, see the Events Calendar on page 16. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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In sit-down restaurants, an economic indicator (NY Times) — Have you been eating more at restaurants with waiters rather than fast-food joints? If so, you are not alone, and that in fact is an indication that the American economy is improving. Over the last year, sales at what the government calls full-service restaurants were 8.7 percent higher than in the previous 12 months. That was the fastest pace of growth since the late 1990s, when the economy was booming. Moreover, as is seen in the accompanying charts, that rate was much greater than the rate of growth in sales at limited-service restaurants. Since those numbers became available 20 years ago, that difference has been a reliable indicator of how the economy is going. In tough times, people may still eat out, but they cut back. Full-service restaurants may or may not be expensive. Le Bernardin in Manhattan qualifies, but so does Red Lobster. The range at limited-service places is not nearly as wide. Americans now spend about $220 billion a year at full-service restaurants, and $211 billion at the limited-service places. (They also spend $21 billion at what the government calls “drinking places,” also known as bars. Bar sales are now rising slower than at either type of restaurant, although history does not indicate that has any particular significance for the economy.)
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Karzai sharply criticizes U.S. over shooting inquiry KABUL, Afghanistan (NY Times) — President Hamid Karzai chastised the United States on Friday, saying that he was at “the end of the rope” over what he termed the United States’ lack of cooperation in investigating the American soldier accused of going on a rampage earlier this month and killing 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan. Karzai had previously dispatched a delegation to investigate the killings in the
Panjwai district of Kandahar Province, and he said on Friday that American officials did not cooperate with the Afghan inquiry. He made the comments after meeting at the presidential palace in Kabul with relatives of those killed. The Afghan leader also questioned whether only a single American soldier was involved in the massacre, which took place on March 11. He said the accounts of
villagers — many of whom have claimed multiple soldiers took part in the shootings — did not match the American assertion that the killings were the work of a lone, rogue soldier. The Afghan leader’s comments were likely to intensify the sense of crisis that has begun to permeate the relationship between the United States and Afghanistan in recent weeks.
Defendant in Rutgers spying G.O.P. freshmen not as defiant as their reputation suggests case guilty of hate grimes NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (NY Times) — A jury on Friday convicted a former Rutgers University student, Dharun Ravi, of hate crimes for using a webcam to spy on his roommate kissing another man in their dorm room. The jury also found Ravi guilty of tampering with evidence and witnesses for trying to change Twitter and text messages in which he had encouraged others to watch the webcam. Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from
the George Washington Bridge three days after Ravi viewed him on the webcam. The case became a symbol of the struggles facing gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers and the problem of cyberbullying in an era when laws governing hate crimes have not kept up with evolving technology. Ravi looked down but did not seem to react as the jury forewoman read the verdict on Friday. Clementi’s parents and family sat with arms around one another, leaning forward as they listened to the forewoman speak.
WASHINGTON (NY Times) — House freshmen have been caricatured as the face of the Republican intransigence in Congress, portrayed as a diverse and cacophonous mob standing in the way of Republican leaders and legislative compromise. But an analysis of voting patterns on the most contentious bills in the 112th Congress shows that House members of the Republican Study Committee — a group of both veterans and newcomers that meets weekly to hammer out a conservative agenda — have cast the bulk of “no” votes on big bills, including those important to Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio. The freshmen who have joined the study committee — which was founded in 1973 — play an important role in its renewed clout, having increased its membership to 163 from roughly 110 two years ago. As a group, however, the freshmen are less homogenous and less apt to buck the leadership than the study committee itself is as a whole.
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Police: Teen killed in crash near Limerick A teenage girl was killed early Friday morning when the car she was driving crashed in Limerick, in York County, Maine State Police reported. Libby Lofgren, 18, of Newfield was killed in the single-vehicle crash, police said. Troopers said her 2004 Pontiac left Route 5 at a high rate of speed, became airborne and slammed into a tree. Troopers said speed and alcohol are likely factors in the crash which was reported just after 1 a.m. Lofgren was alone and died at the scene, police said. Her driver’s license had been suspended since January 28 for a number of prior convictions, state police reported.
HUD funds to help local families ﬁnd housing An estimated $175,000 in housing counseling grants will be allocated to the Maine State Housing Authority, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday. “As a result of this funding, Maine households will have a greater opportunity to find housing or keep their current homes,” HUD announced in a press release. In addition to the funding to Maine State Housing Authority, HUD is awarding $29 million to national, regional and multi-state counsel-
ing agencies that may also have an impact in Maine communities. The grants will help families to become homeowners, many for the first time, and to remain homeowners after their purchase, HUD reported. They also provide assistance to renters and the homeless, and offer financial literacy training to individuals and families. “These funds are complemented by the roughly $2.5 billion provided to the states as part of the $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement,” said HUD Regional Administrator Barbara Fields.
Lyseth student organizes cancer fundraiser Portland’s Lyseth Elementary School became a “sea of green” on Friday, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that was organized by fifth grade student Luke Hill, according to a news release. Luke’s mother, Amy MacDuffie Hill, died of cancer in January. Luke promised to donate a nickel of his own money to the American Cancer Society for every Lyseth student who arrived at school on Friday wearing green. “Luke presented his idea to Lyseth Principal Lenore Williams and Assistant Principal Sandra Gorsuch-Plummer on March 15,” the school reported. “They readily agreed, and wrote a note to families telling them about the event. The principals offered to match Luke’s
Rising sea levels seen as threat to coastal U.S. BY JUSTIN GILLIS THE NEW YORK TIMES
About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research. If the pace of the rise accelerates as much as expected, researchers found, coastal flooding at levels that were once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence by the middle of this century. By far the most vulnerable state is Florida, the new analysis found, with roughly half of the nation’s at-risk population living near the coast on the porous, low-lying limestone shelf that constitutes much of that state. But Louisiana, California, New York and New Jersey are also particularly vulnerable, researchers found, and virtually the entire American coastline is at some degree of risk. “Sea level rise is like an invisible tsunami, building force while we do almost nothing,” said Benjamin H.
Strauss, an author, with other scientists, of two new papers outlining the research. “We have a closing window of time to prevent the worst by preparing for higher seas.” The project on sea level rise led by Dr. Strauss for the nonprofit organization Climate Central appears to be the most elaborate effort in decades to estimate the proportion of the national population at risk from the rising sea. The papers are scheduled for publication on Wednesday by the journal Environmental Research Letters. The work is based on the 2010 census and on improved estimates, compiled by federal agencies, of the land elevation near coastlines and of tidal levels throughout the country. Climate Central, of Princeton, N.J., was started in 2008 with foundation money to conduct original climate research and also to inform the public about the work of other scientists. For the sea level project, financed entirely by foundations, the group is using the Internet to publish an extensive package of material.
donation, and they also put a donation jar out for any families who wanted to make an additional contribution to the American Cancer Society.” Of the 511 students enrolled at Lyseth, 493 wore green to school on Friday. “It was heartwarming how quickly this was all pulled together,” said Gorsuch-Plummer. “The school is a sea of green.” The fundraiser netted $372.72, including $24.65 donated by Luke. Hill worked as a teacher in the Cumberland schools. She and her husband, John, had two other children who also attend Lyseth, a kindergartner, Sophie, and a third grader, Emily.
New members named to church radio board The First Radio Parish Church of America “Daily Devotions” announced additions to its board of trustees Friday. Pauline Dion has joined the board and is serving on the fundraising com-
mittee. Dion is involved with Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Region Land Trust, The Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Program Foundation, chair of the BHYC Junior Sailing and Tennis Program. Dion will replace Jack Bauman on the board Nancy Dumais joins the board, serving on the publicity committee and will be assisting in fundraising efforts, the church reported. Dumais, director of branding and design for Delhaize America, is the former marketing manager at Hannaford’s. America’s oldest continuous religious broadcast, First Radio Parish Church of America went on the air April 18, 1926 with Reverend Howard O. Hough on the microphone. Hough served the Advent Christian Church of Portland. In August 2003, Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore first began TV broadcasting on WCSH6, in Portland and WLBZ2, in Bangor. He has written and taped more than 1,000 TV programs, and recorded 260 radio broadcasts. — Staff Reports
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The cagey phase Presidents don’t fundamentally change personalities while in office, but different aspects of their personality arise at different times. The first two years of the Obama presidency were the audacious phase: doing many big things at once. It was audacious to promote a giant health care reform in the middle of an economic crisis. It was audacious to continue to support it even after a Republican won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. But, more recently, President Obama has entered his cagey phase. By saying “cagey” I don’t mean deceptive. I mean cautious, incremental, clever, maneuvering to reduce one’s vulnerabilities. I mean balancing one’s positions so as to mollify opposing forces. In Afghanistan, President Obama increased troop levels, ––––– to please his generals, while The New York simultaneously announcing Times a withdrawal date, to please his party. On deficit reduction, Obama has often said he agrees with the SimpsonBowles approach, while simultaneously distancing himself from the specific proposals. On tax reform, Obama has frequently said he wants to simplify the code while simultaneously proposing loopholes that make it more complex. President Obama has gotten tough on China while simultaneously getting friendly with China. He has ratcheted up the heat on Iran while simultaneously trying to restrain Israel. He has promoted new oil and gas exploration while simultaneously blocking the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would transport it. One of the crucial moments of his presidency came in April of last year. Usually, presidents lead by proposing a budget and everybody reacts. But Obama decided to hang back and let Representative Paul Ryan propose a Republican budget. Then, after everybody saw the size of the cuts Ryan was proposing, Obama could come in with his less scary alternative. That is cageyness personified. This is not a new element in Obama’s personality. He has always had a cautious, cool professional streak, and a tendency to see both sides of any issue. He often seems to adopt multiple perspectives and check his own impulses. Joe Klein, the Time magazine columnist, counted 50 on-the-one-hand-on-theother-hand formulations in “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama’s second book.
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The soapy art of clean elections For anyone that has ever looked into the process of making soap, it really comes close to the elements of politics. Add water, the fat of land animals, and lye (or lie, if you will) and boil the resultant mixture for a bit. Take the resultant sludge that starts to solidfy, slap some essential oil and fragrances in it to make it smell pretty, chuck it into a mold and dry it. Sounds like an election to me. Hard to believe we ever tried the “saponification” process of having clean elections. Originally, the idea was based on the whole “get big money out of politics” concept. As noble as the idea of putting a bell on a cat is to the rest of the mice, someone has to do the deed and deal with the resultant claws. As someone who has actually had to deal with the process of bathing a cat for a “flea dip,” the resistance and howling to a federal judge tossing out sections of the law sound familiar. This week, when the Maine House decided to use what some called the “do nothing” option, leaving the court opinion unchallenged and stripping the Maine Clean Elections Act of the matching funds option, it was if the cat had been given an icewater rinse.
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Daily Sun Columnist There are those on both sides that think the idea of tossing out clean elections entirely is tossing out the relatively clean new baby with the nasty bathwater. Money has always been a huge part of politics, ever since Ug The Caveman jumped up on the first big rock he saw to “run” for leadership of the tribe. Those who wanted things done their way paid larger portions of tribute. Little has changed since Ug. Whether it be the knuckleheads at Americans Elect, The RNC/ DNC, Right-Wing groups, Left Wing groups, or just plain old rich folks, money pours into political campaigns. I’m going way out there on a limb. The money isn’t the problem. The biggest problem is the lack of chasing it back to the source. Conventional wisdom from around the turn of the 20th century said that the definition of an “honest politician” is one that
“stays bought.” Sure, it’s crass, but the influence of money in politics is about as predictable as that of the moon on the tides. You can chart it years in advance. Maine could take the NEXT step, and resubmit some hastily worded but quickly overturned by the courts band-aid to fix the mess. A smarter idea would be to scrap the whole thing and start over. Picture a law, consisting of two sentences. “No donation of any kind shall be made to a political campaign without an accompanying Social Security number. EIN/ Tax ID numbers shall not qualify under this statute. All money donated to any campaign, by any individual, shall be registered with the office of the Secretary of State no later than 10 days before any scheduled election.” No last minute money. No 501c (4) corporate untraceable donations. No beleagured state treasury on the hook for potential matching funds. As a candidate, do what you wish with the money. The reporting of every dime spent on postage is sort of rediculous. Possibly keep the filing requirements, just to show your donors you were responsible with “their” money, as see HIGGINS page 5
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Senate race brings Bizarro Romney analogy So after a few weeks of political musical chairs sparked by Sen. Olympia Snowe’s decision to skip re-election, I finally heard it all: A comparison (sort of) between GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Maine senate hopeful (again) Jon Hinck. “Mitt Romney is the Bizarro Jon Hinck,” was the idea, although a Republican might have inverted the comparison. You do remember the Bizarro world, right? Likely more famous now for involvement as a Seinfeld plot, the actual Bizarro was a comic book planet populated by opposites of superheroes. My personal favorite was the Bizarro-
Batman and his “Futility Belt” holding stuff like chewed gum and other items held valuable there. Bizarro Aquaman Usually swim and so Reserved couldn’t forth. But what makes the Hinck-Romney joke-ish comparison meaningful is the apparent lack of excitement from what should be a natural base. Romney should, on paper, be a GOP dream date, with the righ private sector cred, the just-enough government experience, the money – so why do his ought-to-be swooning followers not accept him for the Big Dance? They say he lacks commitment to core values. They say he lacks the
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In many ways, this serves him well. Life is about trade-offs, and often you want a leader who tries to balance. The cagey phase has certainly served Obama well politically. Liberals pine for the transcendent emotionalism of the 2008 campaign, but, by being incremental and reducing his exposure, he has made himself more acceptable to independents. It has also served him well in foreign policy. Most military people would rather serve under a commander who led with a certain trumpet, but Obama’s hot-and-cold approaches to China, Russia and Iran have generally been excellent. In many ways, Obama’s multifaceted, maneuvering style makes him a natural foreign policy president. But I wonder if this style will serve him well domestically, given the situation he will face if he wins re-election. In December, a re-elected Obama would face three immediate challenges: the Bush tax cuts expire; there will be another debt-ceiling fight; mandatory spending cuts kick in. In addition, there will be an immediate need to cut federal deficits. During the recession, the government could borrow gigantic amounts without pushing up interest rates because there was so little private borrowing. But as the economy recovers and demand for private borrowing increases, then huge public deficits on top of that will push up interest rates, crowd out private investment and smother the recovery. These big problems won’t be solved
during the transition. They are too complicated. Congress will find a mechanism to delay, and the nation will embark on a major effort to do tax reform, entitlement reform and debt reduction. This grand project — reforming the basic institutions of government — will consume the first two years of the next president’s new term, no matter who is elected. It has to get done or a debt crisis will be imminent. Leading the country through this will require the intelligence, balance and craftiness that Obama has demonstrated. But it will also require indomitable inner conviction and an aggressive drive to push change. It will require a fearless champion who will fight all the interests that love the tax code the way it is. It will require a fervent crusader to rally the country behind shared sacrifice. It will take an impervious leader willing to spread spending cuts everywhere and offend everybody all at once. There will have to be a clearly defined vision of what government will look like at the end. Obama has talked vaguely about tax reform. He has acknowledged the need for entitlement reform and major deficit reduction. But he has never thrown himself All In. He has never displayed an inner passion, a sense that these projects are his life mission, or a willingness to bear the pain that taking on these challenges necessarily entails. It will be interesting, over the course of this campaign, to see what’s underneath the cageyness. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, arouses Obama’s passion to go All In.
Let’s scrap the whole thing and start over HIGGINS from page 4
that might be a fairly good indicator of how they’ll spend everyone else’s money if they get elected. So there is is. Do we scrap the whole system and start over, mindful of the inevitable challenge from monied
interests, or take the path of least resistance and let politics hoover up as much as it can? Make the process individually accountable, and it just might work. (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)
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So Hinck is a team player, or at least a political realist ROBINSON from page 5
clear conservative track record of True Love. They seem to fear Romney’s a liberal who lies about being a conservative to get votes, as opposed to the Speaker Badger who they figure is a conservative who sometimes lies about being a liberal to get money. Yet Romney seems to be soldiering on toward nomination. Cut to state Rep. Hinck. How to make a Bizarro Romney? How about a cofounder of Greenpeace who served as the top Democrat on the state legislature’s energy committee, where he made life a living heck for big business? He represented commercial fishermen after the Exxon Valdez spill. Consistent track record. Legislative leadership. Progressive resume in non-governmental arenas. And when they say he seems a bit — let’s say “calm” — for politics, you might retort with: Really? Ever heard of Greenpeace? Yet much of his Democratic base seems to lack real excitement for the effort, which became evident when Rep. Pingree seemed headed for a U.S. Senate race, sending the base into a frenzy usually reserved
for major sports championships or vampire stories. Then she decided against running. And in filing of 2,000 signatures with the Elections Division last week, the Big Step to getting on the primary ballot, Hinck was using the “a-word” of politics. “Hinck acknowledged,” said the campaign in a written understatement, “that the past couple of weeks were a whirlwind of activity ... after Olympia Snowe’s decision to retire, Maine’s two Democratic members of Congress expressed interest in Snowe’s seat. Hinck made plain his willingness to step aside in deference to the two members of Congress.” What he said at the time, in what was frankly a fine bit of political writing, was: “Given my respect for both Mike [Michaud] and Chellie [Pingree], I will not join such a race.” So Hinck is a team player. Or at least a political realist. But wait! Then former Gov. Angus King, a very progressive Independent beloved by the Democratic base, steps into the Senate race with an authority that left many political newcomers scrambling to determine if his was a name or a job title.
Pingree wisely wants nothing to do with that fight with her friend, thus defers to King and goes back to seeking House re-election, thus leaving Hinck moving back over to the Senate primary with what we can presume is less grin than chagrin. All this could leave a candidate looking less like a strong leader than a quality utility infielder – the Nick Green of Maine politics – and a good pick for Bizarro Romney. But here’s the flaw in the Bizarro concept: Bizarro characters have to actually have something in common with the real-world conterpart. After all, the true opposite of Superman is not really a guy in a cubed planet wearing a costume, it’s a guy in a cubed workspace wearing khakis – maybe typing on a six-year-old Mac with worn Scooby-Doo stickers to draw analogies with obscure Red Sox infielders ... but enough of that. Like his Bizarro pal, Hinck is also soldiering on. And nothing makes you look more like a real nominee for high office than becoming the real nominee. Bizarro or not. (Curtis Robinson is the founding editor of The Portland Daily Sun.)
Finding hobgoblins that can scare voters
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be lead to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) Henry Mencken spent sixty years as a skeptical and respected observer of American politics. His views are enti-
tled to respect and there has been a great deal of history to justify his practical wisdom on the subject. President Obama and the Democrats are in a dangerously low ebb in the polls right now. Hope and Change are no longer much use in fetching the suckers. He avoids mentioning his grand health care reform. The results he predicted
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from his stimulus that dangerous adjecscheme have not tive and using “undocubeen realized. He mented” instead. has abandoned all Neither of these hope of getting the strategies are of much seas to recede. use in the State of Guest His record in Maine, given its demoColumnist general doesn’t graphic profile. Since lend itself to much they view the so-called boasting, and Women’s Vote as part what’s worse the Gallup Poll reports of their base, Maine’s Democrats that 40 percent of Americans polled look to charges that Maine Republidescribed their political views as concans are part of the War on Women servative, 35 percent as moderate and to help them to victory. In the presi21 percent as liberal. In rough, round dential race their tactic at present is numbers it follows that the Demoto demand that Republicans attack crats’ hope for victory rests on holdand repudiate Rush Limbaugh for a ing their liberal base while scaring couple nasty cracks he made about a the moderates into their column and liberal activist who publicly revealed away from the Republicans by reprethat her health is in danger because senting them as wild extremists. her sex life is being impeded by lack Black Americans are the most reliof public funding for her birth control able part of their base and are likely pills. to remain as such for the foreseeable At the state level some liberal future. Since they are the hardest Democrats seem to have settled on hit among us by the perpetual recesRep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, as sion we find ourselves in, the probtheir designated commander-in-chief lem is getting them to the polling of the Republican War on Women. places on election day. The best hope Rep. Harvell delivered a speech in for achieving this is by representing the House scoffing at health care the Republican Party as dominated plans so comprehensive that it would by white racists. Hence, any proposal include pap-smear examinations for to safeguard against voter fraud is his college-age son. His speech omitdenounced as an evil scheme to return ted to explain the basic facts of male to Jim Crow laws. anatomy or physiology, so a number of The so-called Hispanic vote is less liberals are interpreting his sarcasm reliable but the Democrats can usuas opposition to pap smear examinaally count on a majority of them. The tions altogether. fact that the GOP has elected two I know Rep. Harvell well and respect governors of Mexican heritage makes his intelligence, knowledge, and characthis a little difficult, so the Democrats ter, but he has only himself to blame. It are hard a work trying to equip this is never a good idea to overestimate the minority with a grievance by implyintelligence of liberals. ing that any attempt to impede illegal immigrants is motivated by Repub(Professor John Frary of Farminglican-sponsored xenophobia. This ton is a former congressional candican be a little perilous, since many date and retired history professor, a Americans persist in believing that board member of Maine Taxpayers illegal immigrants ought to obey the United and an associate editor of the law as well as the native-born and the International Military Encyclopedia, legal immigrants. They do their best and can be reached at: jfrary8070@ to dodge this blow-back by avoiding aol.com.)
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Saturday, March 17 Rjd2 at Port City 9 p.m. Rjd2, Electronica/Funk/Psychedelic, at Port City Music Hall. Catapulted to notoriety, fame, and serious hiphop credibility with 2002’s Dead Ringer LP, Philadelphia based DJ and multi-instrumentalist RJD2 has enjoyed a thoroughly prolific career, following that debut album with 2004’s critically acclaimed “Since We Last Spoke.”
St. Patty’s Day Clash 9 p.m. U2, Pogues and the Cranberries, cover band contest, at Empire Dine and Dance. http://portlandempire.com/cal.php
Wednesday, March 21 Toots & the Maytals 7:30 p.m. Toots & the Maytals with William Kimball at the State Theatre. Doors: 6:30 p.m., show: 7:30 p.m. State Theatre. “Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; a legend whose career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence, and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica’s groups.” www.statetheatreportland.com
Thursday, March 22 An Evening with Keller Williams 9 p.m. An Evening with Keller Williams at Port City Music Hall. Acoustic dance music (aka “jazzfunkraggaelectronicagrass”). www.kellerwilliams.net
Milkman’s Union at Empire 9:30 p.m. Milkman’s Union at Empire Dine and Dance. The Milkman’s Union is an enigmatic three-piece based in Portland, Maine. While their sound can most easily be characterized as indie-rock, idiosyncrasies abound. Drawing from classical, jazz, electronic, and various non-western musics, the band infuses rock grooves with deft melodic hooks and rhythmic flourishes that combine for a unique sound.
Friday, March 23 Jenny Owen Youngs 9:30 p.m. Jenny Owen Youngs, Aunt Martha, Gregory and the Hawk at Empire Dine and Dance. Jenny Owen Youngs is a singer/songwriter and natural history enthusiast who grew up in the woods of New Jersey and currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Aunt Martha: the band, formed in late 2008, consists of Tim Noyes, Charlie McCanna, Garrett Leahy and Brian Kim. Their album “Candymaker,” blends the band’s folk, country and alternative influences while capturing the raw energy of Aunt Martha’s live shows. Meredith Godreau is an American singer-songwriter performing under the pseudonym Gregory and the Hawk (the name being derived from her brother, Gregory, and his imaginary childhood hawk).
Wednesday, March 28 Emily Wells with Live Footage 8:30 p.m. Performer, producer and songwriter Emily Wells trades in a striking mix of classical instrumentation, folk rawness and hip-hop production anchored by her haunting combination of voice and violin. Her burgeoning reputation owes as much to her hypnotic live show where, working a looping pedal, Wells becomes a one-woman orchestra, playing live drums, guitars, analog synthesizers and beat machines as well. Joining Wells will be electroacoustic duo Live Footage, composed of Mike Thies and Topu Lyo, who work with cello, drums and keyboards to craft warm, cinematic experiments in enveloping sound. SPACE Gallery, $10, 18 plus. Buy tickets at SPACE or at all Bull Moose locations.
Thursday, March 29 Excision at the State 8 p.m. Excision with Liquid Stranger, Lucky Date at the State Theatre. Taking influence from DnB, Metal, and Hip Hop, Excision is a Dubstep artist who must be heard to fully believe. Combining the morphing bass lines of Drum and Bass, the aggressive energy of Metal, and the laid back vibes of hip hop, Excision’s style is incomparable. At only 22, this young Canadian’s passion for music has already driven him to become one of the biggest Dubstep acts of North America. Doors: 7 p.m./show: 8 p.m. State Theatre. www.statetheatreportland.com
Needtobreathe built a reputation as a must-see live act built from non-stop touring. The Rinehart brothers, Bear and Bo Rinehart, are pastor’s sons who hail from the rural South Carolina town of Possum Kingdom. The band includes drummer Joe Stillwell and bass player Seth Bolt. They will play the State Theatre on Monday, April 16. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Friday, March 30 Snoop Dogg at the State 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. The State Theatre presents Snoop Dogg. Two shows. Tha Doggfather is continuing to enhance his connection with his fans through his music. Not only is Snoop utilizing his unrivaled digital presence to offer his fans inside access to the creative process behind the Doggumentary, but the album itself acts a memoir of sorts — both chronicling his journey in the game thus far and plotting where his path will lead him in the future. The latest collection reflects everything that the world has come to embrace about the man born Calvin Broadus. While delivering several of the bombastic street raps that initially propelled Snoop to stardom, his new album, Doggumentary, also boasts the sort of unpredictable collaborations that have made him a pop culture phenomenon. Portland. $40 advance/$45 day of show. www.statetheatreportland.com
Movie, Johnny Cremains and Dementia Five live 8:30 p.m. Geno’s Rock Club brings a feature-length movie of musical performances by By Blood Alone, Johnny Cremains, BirdOrgan, Hessian, Sunrunner and Dementia Five, along with Smoke and Mirror Circus, filmed on location at Geno’s on Sept. 2, 2011, will be shown at 8:30 p.m., then followed by live sets by Johnny Cremains and Dementia Five, starting at 10. Cover charge is $8 for the whole night, $6 after 10. All shows at Geno’s are 21 plus, proper ID is required. Come early to make sure you get a good seat! There will be popcorn! Venue: Geno’s Rock Club, 627 Congress St.
Saturday, March 31 Reunion Weekend!: Strangefolk at the State 8 p.m. The State Theatre in Portland and Higher Ground in Burlington, Vt. announce a reunion weekend with Strangefolk, including original members Jon Trafton, Reid Genauer, Erik Glockler and Luke Smith. This special event marks the first time the band has played together formally onstage since their farewell Garden of Eden concert in New Haven, Vt. in September 2000. www.statetheatreportland. com/event/88381
Jonny Corndawg at Empire 9:30 p.m. Jonny Corndawg, Shovels and Rope, Robert Ellis at Empire Dine and Dance. Jonny Corndawg is a country singer, not a singer-songwriter. Born in Montana, raised in rural Virginia, Corndawg has been touring on his motorcycle since he dropped out of school in 2001. He’s played shows in every U.S. state, Canada and eleven European countries, Australia, Argentina and India. But you won’t find him on CMT. His music is more in the vein of that obscure ‘70s gay country that housewives would discover on a Bear Family reissue in twenty years. In addition to pursuing the lost art of the Real Deal, Corndawg is an airbrushing, leather-working,
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Wednesday, April 4 Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar 7:30 p.m. Portland Ovations brings the young North African guitarist and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar and his four-piece band to Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine in Portland for an evening concert. “Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar is from the Tuareg region of North Africa and during his nomadic lifestyle of avoiding the politically charged rebellion in Niger, Bombino taught himself how to play guitar by watching videos of Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and others in an effort to master their playing styles. He has recorded a desert blues version of the Rolling Stones classic ‘Hey Negrita’ alongside Keith Richards and Charlie Watts and has served as Angelina Jolie’s guide to the Niger desert region. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of the Sahara with enduring notes of nostalgia, resilience and peace.”
Mastodon at the State 7:30 p.m. Mastodon will be kicking off their Spring 2012 coheadlining tour in Portland on April 4 at the State Theatre. The tour features a dream bill with Swedish metal band Opeth as co-headliners and Ghost providing support on all dates. Mastodon have just returned to the states after extensive touring throughout Europe and Australia over the past few months in support of their latest album, The Hunter. Released in Sept 2011, The Hunter entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the Top 10 and it’s first single, “Curl of the Burl” was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.” www.statetheatreportland.com
Monday, April 16 WCLZ presents: Needtobreathe, Ben Rector 7 p.m. The State Theatre. WhenNeedtobreathe’s Bear and Bo Rinehart set out to write the songs that appear on the band’s new album, “The Reckoning,” they felt something bigger awaited them. It wasn’t just commercial success either. The band’s last album “The Outsiders” hit No. 9 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart, went Top 20 on the Top 200, saw the band sell out venues such as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Chicago’s House of Blues, and score an impressive number of placements in blockbuster films and numerous prime time television-shows. Bear explains “There was always this creeping reminder that we needed to show what the last ten years on the road had taught us. If we couldn’t do that, everything we had worked for was meaningless.” Rock/Pop/Southern Rock. Ben Rector cut his musical teeth while a student at the University of Arkansas and used them over the next four years to devour the music scene in Fayetteville and floss with the surrounding states.
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Author embraces Longfellow, newspaper archives BY TIMOTHY GILLIS SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
PORTLAND — Nicholson Baker was in town this week to repay a favor. The author was inspired by the Longfellow House when he was researching a novel about poetry. "I had such a feeling of place," he said of his tour through the Portland poet's rooms, "learning where this poem was written, or that one. I imagined John Greenleaf Whittier standing in the shadows." The real-life experience infused his fictional world, much as his writing "The Anthologist" in his barn's loft mirrored the narrator's experience, a free-verse poet writing about rhyme. The Maine Historical Society provided grist for Baker's mill a second time, when he visited the Brown Library as part of his research on "Double Fold," a non-fiction work that recounts the efforts of Baker and his wife to preserve newspapers that libraries were sacrificing to microfilm. So Baker felt he owed a double debt to MHS, and Richard D'Abate, who is retiring after 16 years as the society's executive director. They met at a time when Baker was admittedly angry at many librarians, but D'Abate inspired a positive feeling. "His ideas with melding text and things, and his enthusiasm — it's a precious emotion," Baker said. In a program called "Hold On: The Privilege of Keeping Old Things Safe," Baker took the audience through his own recent work at the Brown Library, researching the Quakers first, and then, more thrillingly for him, reading the diary of Maine Civil War solider, John Mead Gould, author of "The History of the Maine Regiment." The diary adds a second layer to the military history, showing the after-effects of war on the future banker and pacifist who lamented the U.S. enter-
ing into a war with Spain. This narrative touched on street brawls inspired by an international prize fight broadcast by telegraph. The diary revealed tragedy as well, and Baker did not want to linger long on the story of Gould's 29-year-old daughter, worried about for page after diary page while missing in China with eventually the worst confirmed. Despite the sadness, he still saw a literary trip to the past one worth taking. "Reading through these diaries, especially in manuscript, is a useful, slowing down of time," he said. "We live in a shell of 'todayness.' Being in a library, you break out of your own shell, and enter another shell for a while, like a hermit crab. It's like you're reading an unpublished novel. You're forced to slow down and read a life that doesn't have as many advocates." Baker then spoke of his own "amateur" efforts to be a librarian, charmingly humble when recounting his gargantuan efforts to preserve the last remaining print copies of some of world history's most important newspapers. Beautiful bound originals were being cut up and sold for scrap — imagine buying the "Newspaper of the Day You Were Born" for $30 each. The New York Times did not even keep a print copy of its own paper. Microfilmed copies seemed a viable space-saver, but Baker's quest to preserve them helped him and others see the dramatic difference between an original artifact and a blotchy copy. "Microfilm makes history not like us," he said. "We're removed. There's nothing wrong with taking pictures, but we need libraries to hold on to the originals." Baker's efforts were eventually donated to Duke University Library, in the equivalent of five tractor-trailer trucks worth of carefully handled works of journalistic art. "Newspapers changed my life as a writer," Baker
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said. "I realized one million readers were looking at a Chicago Tribune headline ('Bomb 4 Doomed Jap Cities') and all silently assenting. There was no outrage." Baker was sufficiently seething to write "Human Smoke," about the tiny missteps that led to the bombing. He collected scraps of thoughts in his car for inspiration, much as the loft served as his writer's desk for the poetry novel. In creating "Box of Matches," he and the narrator rise early and write by firelight. Though he loves the artifact of a Civil War diary, and crusaded to save endangered newsprint, Baker still revels in new technology. He has written about video-gaming with his son, and awakens early with an iPod novel so as to leave the bedside light off. He said he misses the sound of the typewriter, especially the busy sound of other people's typewriters "Fop, fop, fop, fop — I loved that sound," he laughed. "I was always self-conscious about how much I had written. That's the benefit of computer keyboards. The double click makes it seem like you're writing more." (Baker is the author of "The Mezzanine" (1988), "Human Smoke: The Beginnings of WW II, the End of Civilization" (2008), "The Anthologist" (2009), and, most recently, "House of Holes: A Book of Raunch" (2011) among other works of fiction and nonfiction. His talk was part of a series honoring D’Abate who will retire as executive director of Maine Historical Society in May. Upcoming programs in the series include: Tuesday, April 3, noon — Perspectives on Maine History: Maine at Work, 1860-1900, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian, and William Bunting; Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., The Nature of Lost Things, Rosamond Purcell, Photographer; Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.; The Civil War of 1812, Alan Taylor, Professor of History, University of California, Davis; Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m., Saving Second Nature: The Environmental Movement in New England, Richard W. Judd, Professor of History, University of Maine, Orono; Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m., The Mysterious Penobscot Belle: Early Photography & A Forgotten Wabanaki Encampment in Portland in the mid-1800s, with Harald E.L. Prins and Bunny McBride, Kansas State University. All programs will be held at Maine Historical Society at 489 Congress St., Portland. Suggested donation: $10, MHS members $5).
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MPBN director: LePage’s cuts would be devastating BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to eliminate state funding funding for Maine Public Broadcasting Network would be “very destructive” to the nonprofit, MPBN’s chief executive Mark Vogelzang said yesterday. In an interview, Vogelzang declined to discuss how losing roughly $1.9 million per year in state funding would affect programming, but said it would have a noticeable impact on the TV and radio broadcaster. “In the short term, it would be very destructive to have any kind of significant reduction,” Vogelzang said. “I am not going to choose any one thing, but I don’t want to be in the position of thinking about reductions,” he added. “I want to be think about ways to (expand) service in the Vogelzang state of Maine.” LePage told an audience Thursday in South Paris that state funding for MPBN amounted to corporate welfare, and that the cash-strapped state needed those funds for other purposes, according to reports. The Portland Press Herald reported that LePage’s budget includes a mix of new spending, tax cuts and spending cuts. Among the cuts is roughly $1.9 million in funding for MPBN effective July 1. MPBN has an annual budget of about $11.3 million, and about 65 percent of the budget comes from community support, which includes membership
“We certainly had understood that this was the governor’s position, so we have been having conversations with legislators here in Augusta for quite some time.” — MPBN’s chief executive Mark Vogelzang drives and business underwriters. The state allocation is about 17 percent of its total budget. Indeed, the network has also slimmed down in recent years. Vogelzang said it now has 85 employees, compared to about 130 five years ago. “We do everything from high school basketball to the state high school jazz festival. We produce daily news programs on radio,” Vogelzang said. “We have classical music, we produce 'Maine Watch,' we offer PBS kids' programming.” According to Vogelzang, state law requires the state government to pay for MPBN’s transmission costs, or the amount it costs the broadcaster to transmit across Maine. He says the governor is also trying to change that law that requires the state to pay the network’s transmission costs. LePage, a Republican, also tried last year to eliminate $2 million per year in funding for MPBN. Legislators approved a $255,000 cut, Vogelzang said. A message left for Adrienne Bennett, LePage’s press secretary, was not returned Friday. Vogelzang, who came to MPBN about two months
ago from Vermont Public Radio, said the organization had long expected LePage would try to cut its funding again. Vogelzang succeeded Jim Dowe, who left in January. “We certainly had understood that this was the governor’s position, so we have been having conversations with legislators here in Augusta for quite some time,” he said. In fact, Vogelzang was in Augusta yesterday waiting to meet with lawmakers while he spoke to The Portland Daily Sun. Although he admits that many people don’t like spending taxpayer money on public broadcasting, Vogelzang noted that the BBC in England and the CBC in Canada are almost entirely taxpayer funded. “Public broadcasting in this country is funded in a unique way. There is a little bit of state and tax-base dollars and a lot of private dollars. That partnership has worked,” he says, adding that such a model is “a uniquely American solution.” MPBN is urging listeners and members to call their representatives in Augusta and ask them not to support additional cuts. The phone numbers and emails of elected officials on the Appropriations Committee, which is reviewing the supplemental budget next week, are listed on MPBN’s website. Now, as always, the network is looking at ways to get more private donations to offset the cost of programming. “You know us, we’re always in the midst of a campaign,” Vogelzang joked. “We never miss an opportunity to ask for your support.”
With guilty plea, Cruz to serve four years in Oxycodone bust BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
A Portland man whose Presumpscot Street apartment was searched last October, leading to his arrest and the seizure of 360 Oxycodone pills, $10,700 in cash and five guns, will serve the next four years in jail after pleading guilty this week, the Maine State Police reported. Nicholas Cruz, 27, pled guilty Thursday in Cumberland County Superior Court, according to a state police press release. Last October, Maine Drug Cruz Enforcement Agents and Portland Police raided Cruz’s apartment, and he was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in Oxycodone and violation of bail. Cruz was sentenced to
a 12-year prison term, with all but four years suspended and another three years of probation. The money and the guns were also forfeited. Cruz was arrested by the Portland Police Crime Reduction Unit and MDEA agents on Oct. 19, 2011, based on an investigation stemming from information concerning drug trafficking out of his residence at 297 Presumpscot St. in Portland, state police reported. Cruz at the time was out on bail for an Aug. 18, 2011 arrest in Portland for operating after suspension, violation of bail, and trafficking in Schedule Z drugs, where Cruz was found to be in possession of 90 Xanax pills and $5,972.00 in cash, police said. Agents subsequently drafted and obtained a search warrant for the residence. Agents seized 360 Oxy-
codone pills, with a street value of approximately $11,000, that were concealed inside an M&M candy container; three grams of suspected heroin, with a street value of approximately $700; a small amount of crack cocaine; and $4,751.00 in cash, police said. Agents also seized four rifles and a Glock .45 caliber handgun. During the search, agents discovered that the main door to the residence had been barricaded. All seized items were located in the kitchen area, including an adjacent bedroom and hallway. Present during the initial contact with Cruz was his 4-year-old daughter, police said. The child was turned over to the mother who lives at a different location, and the Department of Health and Human Services received a referral, according to the press release.
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Reel diversity — Jewish film festival expands its outreach BY TIMOTHY GILLIS SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The 15th annual Maine Jewish Film Festival is more diverse than ever, in both its cinematic content and the audience it hopes to reach. A hip ad campaign using stereotype-bending photos and social media is aimed at bringing in first-timers who will be in for a variety of visual treats. Kari Wagner-Peck, executive and artistic director, credited the way local groups have worked together for the festival's unprecedented offerings this year. "We've been able to add a day to the festival, and more free programming than ever, thanks to this community," she said. The Quimby Foundation gave MJFF $28,000 (the organization's largest-ever donation), Garrand advertising agency helped with marketing, and local venues opened up their spaces. Larry Vine, chief creative director at Garrand, said, "It's important to help expose people to other cultures. It's how we learn to appreciate each other, how we get along." Hoping to combat misconceptions about the festival as appealing only to a Jewish audience, he said of a festival feature,
"It's like any foreign film. A good movie is a good movie." Vine, who is also a board member of MJFF, said Garrand helped out by sponsoring the opening night, as well as offering pro-bono work on the ad campaign. "They were great," WagnerPeck said. "Because of them, we basically had our own 'Mad Men,'" she said, referring to the hit television show about ad executives. Joe Rosenfield, board member of MJFF and its marketing director, said the advertising campaign this year was aimed at attracting a new and younger audience. The nonprofit arts group received a $1,500 visibility grant from the Maine Arts Commission with the specific purpose of targeting 18- to 36-year-olds, using social media. "We've had great results. Our Facebook page (search Maine Jewish Film Festival) has 160 'likes' in just three weeks," he said. "We're not really targeting just people of the Jewish faith, as much as film buffs." The ad campaign features photos of people — a priest, a blond family, someone with tattoos — representing people from all walks of life, a variety of
potential fans. The slogan ("You don't have to be Jewish to love these films") comes from a 1950s advertisement for Levy's rye bread, Vine said. "We are trying to bring a bit of humor to the campaign," Rosenfield said. He also touted the diversity of this year's films. "Thursday night, we feature a film from France (‘The Names of Love’ by Michel Leclerc), ‘The Hebrew Hammer’ (directed by Jonathan Kesselman) is from the United States.” see FESTIVAL page 19
ABOVE RIGHT: A movie poster for “In Heaven Underground.” “The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery is an enchanting journey into history that celebrates life and the immortality of memories,” states a summary of the film. “North of Berlin’s noisy city centre, surrounded by a jungle of trees and lush foliage, lies the peaceful and secluded 130-year-old Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the largest Jewish cemetery still in use in Europe.” The film screens at the Maine Jewish Film Festival. RIGHT: “Dolphin Boy” is taking the United States by storm this month, including a special screening at the festival. Details can be found at www.mjff.org. (COURTESY IMAGES)
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By Holiday Mathis and make a soul connection, as well. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Gender differences will be a part of today’s story. You may realize your own subtle biases and make slight adjustments to your approach with the opposite sex. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Using your charming social graces may just help you get exactly what you want. However, you’ll only be able to keep your object of desire if you also happen to be qualiﬁed to receive it in the ﬁrst place! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A project is coming together, and there are many people around you who could help you move things along. The one whose personality and skills are equal to and extremely different from your own will be the perfect partner. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your body is getting stronger, and because of this you also feel more in control of your emotions than you did earlier in the week. There will be a sense that a pressure is off of you for now. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Loved ones may have expectations that you are unaware of, and it’s important to be open. Inquire about what they think should happen and what they are really wanting from you. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 17). People will like what you’re doing and giving. Receiving compliments with grace takes practice, and you’ll get plenty of it this year. Your connection with a special friend grows continually stronger. Spring brings different ways of getting around and new rituals and habits. You’ll cash in on long-term projects in June. Taurus and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 1, 24, 19 and 40.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are becoming wiser as you get to know yourself better. Research your past, and compare it to the present. Family pictures and mementos will be a springboard to broaden your sense of who you are. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You often get accused of being stubborn -- and for good reason. However, that same ﬁxed quality may be your saving grace today. Besides, you have earned the right to be unreasonable once in a while. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll be attracted to the tasks that take a herculean effort. You may have the sense that a job is too overwhelming to even know where you should start. Start where you are and with what you have. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Each new generation has the sense that what worked for their parents isn’t going to work for them. And they’re mostly right. The world is changing fast. But past generations still have much to offer you today, so listen up. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Taking care of household tasks is more challenging than you thought it would be. Things have a way of very quickly becoming a mess. Devote twice as much time to getting your surroundings in order than you think it will take. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You strive to listen more than you talk, and this habit will put you in a prime position. People love it when you listen to them. You might be the only one who makes someone feel heard. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your aesthetic is honed now, and you’ll be most attracted to people who have similarly strong tastes and a deﬁnitive style. However, be sure to look deeper
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Saturday, March 17, the 77th day of 2012. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 17, 1912, the Camp Fire Girls organization was incorporated in Washington, D.C., two years to the day after it was founded in Thetford, Vt. On this date: In A.D. 461 (or A.D. 493, depending on sources), St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul. In 1762, New York’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place. In 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War. In 1910, the U.S. National Museum, a precursor to the National Museum of Natural History, opened in Washington, D.C. In 1941, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C. In 1942, six days after departing the Philippines during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur declared, “I came through and I shall return” as he arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater. In 1950, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a new radioactive element, “californium.” In 1966, a U.S. midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain. In 1970, the United States cast its first veto in the U.N. Security Council. (The U.S. killed a resolution that would have condemned Britain for failure to use force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.) In 1992, in Illinois, Sen. Alan Dixon was defeated in his primary re-election bid by Carol Moseley-Braun, who went on to become the first black woman in the U.S. Senate. One year ago: The U.N. Security Council paved the way for international air strikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, voting to authorize military action to protect civilians and impose a no-fly zone over Libya. U.S. drone missiles hit a village in Pakistan; U.S. officials said the group targeted was heavily armed and that some of its members were connected to al-Qaida, but Pakistani officials said the missiles hit a community meeting, killing four Taliban fighters and 38 civilians and tribal police. Today’s Birthdays: Jazz/New Age musician Paul Horn is 82. Rock musician Paul Kantner is 71. Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 69. Singersongwriter John Sebastian is 68. Rock musician Harold Brown is 66. Actor Patrick Duffy is 63. Actor Kurt Russell is 61. Country singer Susie Allanson is 60. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 58. Actor Mark Boone Jr. is 57. Actor Gary Sinise is 57. Actor Christian Clemenson is 54. Actress Vicki Lewis is 52. Actor Casey Siemaszko is 51. Writerdirector Rob Sitch is 50. Actor Rob Lowe is 48. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 45. Actor Mathew St. Patrick is 44. Actor Yanic Truesdale is 43. Soccer player Mia Hamm is 40. Rock musician Caroline Corr is 39. Actress Amelia Heinle is 39. Actress Marisa Coughlan is 38. Actress Natalie Zea is 37. Actress Brittany Daniel is 36.
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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: Ten years ago, I fell in love with “Brandon” and had the two happiest years of my life. Then he changed. We broke up, and I found out he had been having sex with another coed. His deception and harsh words put a stop to any fantasies of reconciliation. I soon began a relationship with “Travis,” and we remain together. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I know he loves me and our values align. Despite everything, however, I have never been able to get over Brandon. I know it’s absurd. Brandon and I have been in sporadic contact through mutual friends. He married the coed, a manipulative type who has made it clear she doesn’t want to hear my name. The life he leads now is not one I would want for myself. I’ve been told that Brandon would like to see me, just as a friend, but he has made no move to initiate contact. I ought to know better than to believe it, but I feel a pain at the core of my body whenever I think of him. Tears come to my eyes when I recall the joy we had together. I love Travis, but I don’t feel for him what I felt for Brandon. Travis doesn’t deserve such divided affections. Am I doing a disservice to him by ignoring these persistent feelings? Is it realistic to want that joy again? -- Hopelessly Unhealed Dear Hopeless: You have an idealized version of Brandon based on the two years of bliss you had together. But that person doesn’t exist (and maybe never really did), and the relationship is dead. You need to mourn its loss, move forward and force yourself to stop romanticizing and clinging to the past. Young love, especially ﬁrst love, has an aura that cannot be duplicated, but it doesn’t mean you cannot ﬁnd something equally wonderful if you are open to it. If Travis isn’t the right guy, it would be a kindness to set him free. But don’t do it because you dream of reconnecting with Brandon. You’d only be setting yourself up for disappointment.
Dear Annie: My 96-year-old widowed mother has been in a nursing home for six years. Her mind is sharp, but she has a hard time taking care of herself. Mom has made many friends at the home and is loved by all who meet her. My siblings and I visit as often as we can, and Mom is always happy to see us. The problem is her grandchildren. They claim they are too busy or can’t bear to see Grandma in a home. But they don’t even phone. The same goes for her many nieces and nephews. My siblings and I have told them how much it would mean if they visited, but it doesn’t help. Why do people ﬁnd time to go to a funeral, but can’t manage a visit when the person is still alive? I worry they will someday realize what a huge mistake they are making by ignoring Mom in her ﬁnal years. Please tell your readers to visit someone in a nursing home. I hope and pray that when I get old, my children and grandchildren ﬁnd some time to spend with me. -- My Heart Is Aching for Lonely Seniors Dear Heart: Sadly, those who don’t make time to be in touch with a loved one will certainly have regrets. We hope your letter will be a wakeup call. Feel free to send a copy to all the offenders. Annie’s Snippet for St. Patrick’s Day: Always remember to forget the things that made you sad. But never forget to remember the things that made you glad. Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you. Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away. But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.
Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to: email@example.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
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The weekly public radio program “This American Life” said on Friday that it was retracting a story about Apple’s suppliers in China because of falsehoods in it, exposing tensions between journalism, storytelling and theater. The story by Mike Daisey, originally broadcast on Jan. 6, was an adaptation of his one-man theatrical show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” which dramatically conveys and condemns the working conditions at Foxconn, a factory in China where Apple products are made. The episode became the most popular podcast in the history of the program, the show said on Friday. In the staged performance and in the radio excerpt from it, Mr. Daisey describes meeting mistreated Foxconn workers, relying on a translator to carry on the conversation. But in a later interview with Rob Schmitz, a correspondent for another radio program, Marketplace, the interpreter who traveled with Mr. Daisey disputed some of the details of the meetings, suggesting that Mr. Daisey did not witness what he said he did. The disparities will be explained in detail this weekend on “This American Life,” which will devote its entire hour to the retraction and the explanation. On the program, Mr. Schmitz says: “What makes this a little complicated is that the things Daisey lied about are things that have actually happened in China: Workers making Apple products have been poisoned by hexane. Apple’s own audits show the company has caught underage workers at a handful of its suppliers. These things are rare, but together, they form an easy-to-understand narrative about Apple.” Mr. Daisey helped to spread that narrative with his one-man show and his radio broadcast. In a statement on his blog Friday afternoon, Mr. Daisey said, “I stand by my work.” The retraction is an embarrassing episode for “This American Life,” a beloved product of WBEZ, a radio station in Chicago, that is distributed nationwide by Public Radio International. “We’re horrified to have let something like this onto public radio,” Ira Glass, its host, wrote on a blog post Friday afternoon. “Many dedicated reporters and editors — our friends and colleagues — have worked for years to build the reputation for accuracy and integrity that the journalism on public radio enjoys. It’s trusted by so many people for good reason. Our program adheres to the same journalistic standards as the other national shows, and in this case, we did not live up to those standards.” Mr. Glass asserted that Mr. Daisey “lied” to him and to Brian Reed, a producer of the program, during the fact-checking process leading up to the Jan. 6 broadcast date. But “that doesn’t excuse the fact that we never should’ve put this on the air,” Mr. Glass wrote. “In the end, this was our mistake.” Over a dozen people were contacted in the factchecking process, Mr. Glass said, including “journalists who cover these factories, people who work with the electronics industry in China, activists, labor groups.” And “nobody,” he said, “seemed very surprised” by the working conditions described by Mr. Daisey. Indeed, Mr. Schmitz and other journalists had independently been covering the subject. On Jan. 26, a front-page article in The New York Times detailed the ways in which “the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions.” The Times article included on-the-ground reporting in China and cited numerous sources, including some inside Apple.
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Saturday, March 17 West End’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration 8 a.m. “The Maine Irish Heritage Center will host the West End’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration beginning with a procession and flag raising in honor of the late Eddie Murphy. Eddie was a local community activist who was referred to by many as the ‘Giant Leprechaun’ he was instrumental in developing this traditional ceremony. We will depart from the steps of the Maine Irish Heritage Center (former St.Dominic’s Church, corner of State and Gray Street) at 8 a.m. led by a color guard and members of the Claddagh Mor Band. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the MIHC will be open for tours and we will be serving tea and soda bread. Local musician Joe Markley will be playing traditional Irish tunes during the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Please join us all are welcome. At 10:30 a.m. the Irish American Club will lead this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Commercial Street in Portland. The parade will begin at the Portland Fish Pier and parade to the Maine State Pier. Local dignitaries will make remarks at the duration of the parade.” www. maineirish.com
Freeport Foray with Maine Audubon 8 a.m. to noon. Maine Audubon invites the public on a walk in Freeport. “The habitats and locations of Winslow Park and Wolfe’s Neck State Park will offer us the opportunity to get close to the region’s animals and plants.” $25/$35. www.maineaudubon.org
Dress For Success Maine Winter Clearance Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dress For Success Maine at 565 Congress St., second floor. Call 780-1686 for more information. http:// www.dressforsuccess.org
25th Annual Boat Builders Show 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continuing Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St. www.portlandcompany. com/boatShow
Auditions at Freeport Factory Stage 1 p.m. Freeport Factory Stage is seeking a large ensemble cast of adults and teenagers for “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. At the Freeport Factory Stage. Open auditions will consist of readings from the script. Callbacks, if needed, will be on Sunday, March 18 at 6 p.m. Director is Julie GeorgeCarlson. Show dates: June 7-23 with special performance on July 4. 865-5505. The Freeport Factory Stage is located at 5 Depot St., downtown Freeport, one block east of L.L. Bean. www.freeportfactory.com
Scholastic Aptitude Test practice 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “Are you a high school student getting ready to take the SAT’s? If so, the Portland Public Library would like to help you out! The Portland Public Library Teen Team is sponsoring an event which allows teens getting ready for the SAT’s to come to the library to take a practice test. The following subjects are available using the library’s own Learn-a-Test program offered through the Learning Express Library: SAT Critical Reading Practice Tests; SAT Math Practice Tests; SAT Writing MultipleChoice Practice Tests; SAT Writing Practice Essays; SAT Preparation Courses and Guides. This event will be held in Meeting Room No. 5 on the Lower Level of the Portland Public Library. This program is made possible by a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant awarded to the Maine State Library which provides 107 libraries statewide the opportunity to enhance or establish public computer centers, broadband access, and information training to our community. Portland Public Library is also one of 11 libraries in the BTOP program statewide to become a video conferencing regional hub which will allow the library to enhance training for librarians and patrons via a video conferencing unit.
‘Certified Copy’ at the PMA 2 p.m. Movies at the Museum, Portland Museum of Art. Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. NR “The film is set in Tuscany and focuses on a British writer and a French antiques dealer, whose relationship undergoes an odd transformation over the course of a day.” http://www.portlandmuseum.org
‘Cinderella’ by Windham Center Stage 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical fairy tale “Cinderella,” is presented by Windham Center Stage Theater. “First seen as a television spectacular in 1957, and remade for television in 1965 and 1997, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ spins its own version of the traditional story, woven through with such beloved songs as ‘In My Own Little Corner,’ ‘Ten Minutes Ago’ and ‘Impossible.’ With the script and score lovingly adapted for elementary and middle school performers, this classic seems as fresh as today. After all, even if we know the story by heart, we still hold our breath until we are sure that the slipper fits. Windham Center Stage is a community theater serving the
Jeff Tarling, city arborist, pauses in the Valley Street Community Garden on the West End. On Monday, March 19, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall, Portland’s Department of Public Services and Healthy Portland, a program of the Health and Human Services Department, will host a public forum to discuss community gardening in Portland. Attendees will share ideas about the program and provide input for how this program can fit into the local food network of Greater Portland. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) Sebago Lakes Region of Southern Maine. The theater produces the only children’s show in the area in which every child receives a part. ‘Cinderella’ is directed by Mary Wassick, music directed by Diane Hancock, and features more than 75 local children in two fantastic casts.” Through March 25. Shows will be performed Friday evenings at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. All seats must be reserved. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 5. Call 893-2098.
‘South Pacific’ at Merrill 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. “South Pacific” at Merrill Auditorium, Portland. “This breathtaking new production of South Pacific is based on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Bartlett Sher. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,’ ‘This Nearly Was Mine’ and ‘There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”
Perform For A Cure variety show 2:30 p.m. The Perform For A Cure variety show “featuring some of the most talented kids in the Greater Portland area” will be held at South Portland High School Auditorium (doors open at 1:30 p.m. for raffle/concessions). “The Perform for a Cure variety show is the creation of a 15-yearold Portland resident, Rachel Friedman. Her family has struggled with cancer since 2000. She has combined her talent and passion for the performing arts to raise money for the disease that has challenged her family over and over again. Rachel’s mom, Hannah Friedman, has battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma three times. With the help of family and friends, Rachel has raised over $40,000 for cancer research and community programs in the last seven years. She currently attends Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Mass.; but, has remained active in her role with PFAC.” Concessions and raffle proceeds will benefit the Cancer Community Center in South Portland. Tickets are $12 adults/ $10 students and seniors. Call 671-8857 for tickets, www.performforacure.org
‘Hidden Tennessee’ at Portland Stage 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. “Hidden Tennessee” at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. February 28 through March 18. “An evening of one-act plays from a 20th century master of lyrical snapshots of human nature. From the dreams of lonely, threadbare teenagers to the quiet fears of an aging spinster, these revealing short plays, stories, and letters showcase Williams’ unmatched talent for uncovering truths
both beautiful and sad, hidden behind closed doors.” March 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.; March 17 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; March 18 at 2 p.m. For full schedule, visit www.portlandstage.org
Maine Roller Derby 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Maine Roller Derby’s Port Authorities vs. Connecticut RollerGirls’ Stepford Sabotage at Happy Wheels. Tickets $5 (all ages). Season tickets are $40 and available online. Lucky Lass Throwdown After-Party at 9 p.m./Asylum 21 plus, no cover.
The Maine Jewish Film Festival 6 p.m. The Maine Jewish Film Festival will return to Portland’s Nickelodeon Cinemas March 17-22, for its 15th year. Opening Night Party is at Akari, 193 Middle St., Portland. “Join us for appetizers and drinks to kick off the 2012 Maine Jewish Film Festival!” Compliments of Akari all ticket holders will receive a gift bag of $50 value. “Little Rose” plays at 8 p.m. at the Nickelodeon. The Festival curates a selection of films that explore the Jewish experience through independent documentaries, feature films and shorts. The 2012 Festival line-up includes American and foreign films as well as a local short film. Highlights include: “Little Rose” (2010, feature, Poland) a political thriller based on the real life events of the spring of 1968; “Between Two Worlds” (2011, documentary, U.S.) a groundbreaking personal exploration of the community and family divisions that are redefining American Jewish identity and politics; “David” (2011, feature, U.S.) through an act of good faith, Daud, a young Muslim boy inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who mistake him as a fellow classmate at their Orthodox school, in the neighboring Jewish community; “Dolphin Boy” (2011, documentary, Israel) about the devastating havoc that human violence can wreak upon the human soul, and about the healing powers of nature and of love; “In Heaven, Underground” (2011, documentary, Germany) an enchanting journey through the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, one of Europe’s oldest Jewish cemeteries. It is s surprisingly sweet, funny and sober film; “This Is Sodom” (2011, feature, Israel) a raucous and bawdy biblical comedy in the best tradition of Monty Python and Mel Brooks that leaves no sacred cows untouched; “Burial of Names” (2011, documentary, U.S./Auburn, Maine) members of a small Jewish community gather to bury Jewish artifacts. “Since the festival began in 1998, it has presented over 300 domestic and foreign films, brought more than 70 guest artists from the U.S. and around the world to Maine and sold over 30,000 tickets to Jewish and non-Jewish attendees in venues throughout greater Portland and the state. Portland is the smallest city in the nation to boast an independent, professional Jewish film festival.” Tickets on sale through mjff.org. see next page
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Lyric’s Saint Patrick’s Day Fundraiser 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lyric Music Theater’s Saint Patrick’s Day Fundraiser at Anthony’s Italian Kitchen, 151 Middle St., Portland. “The festivities will feature your choice of Irish tunes, hits from musicals, and all the favorite standards! Complementary appetizers will be provided, with soda, beer, and wine available for purchase.” Call the Lyric box office at 799-1421. Tickets also available at the door of Anthony’s that evening. Tickets are $25 each all proceeds benefit Lyric Music Theater. For more details, visit www.lyricmusictheater.org or www.facebook.com/lyricmusictheater.
Boghat on Peaks Island 7 p.m. Boghat will return to the Shipyard Pub on Peaks Island for its sixth consecutive St. Pat’s there! “No admission fee but call now for dinner or room reservations. This is a fun night, easy ferry rides with no crowds, nice food and a great alternative to the mad scene in town!” 7 p.m. until last ferry! Ferry over at 5:35, 7:15 or 8:15 p.m. Return at 9:40 or 10:55 p.m.
‘Little Me’ at St. Lawrence 7:30 p.m. “Little Me,” the musical comedy by Neil Simon (book), Cy Coleman (music), and Carolyn Leigh (lyrics) will be presented by Good Theater March 7 to April 1 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. on Munjoy Hill in Portland. “Little Me” is directed by Brian P. Allen with musical direction by Victoria Stubbs, leading the three-piece band, and choreography by Tyler Sperry. Performances for Little Me are as follows: Wednesdays 7 p.m. ($20), Thursdays 7 p.m. ($20), Fridays 7:30 p.m. ($25), Saturday 7:30 p.m. ($30), Sundays 2 p.m. ($30) with a special added matinee on Saturday March 24, 3 p.m. ($25). Call 885-5883 for reservations and information. www.goodtheater.com
val force with a Phil Shiva Jones, a recognized expert in spiritual sound and breath meditation.” Unity of Greater Portland, 54 River Road, Windham will be hosting a rare workshop by Jones. It will be titled “Discovering the Sacredness of Breath and Sound.” A donation of $20 per person is requested for this event. 893-1233 or visit www.unitygreaterportland.org.
Summer Children’s Camp Fair 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Camp fair at East End School Gymnasium, 195 North St., Portland. Free admission; 70 camps participating. “Meet camp staff and find a great summer fit for your child, ages tots to teens. Overnight and day camps. See Sea Dogs mascot Slugger. Only camp fair in Southern Maine this year.” Info: www.mainecamps.org or 518-9557.
Harlem Globetrotters at the Civic Center 2 p.m. “Learn the Globetrotter way and experience special tricks and magical fun first-hand. Plus, have an exclusive opportunity for a free autograph when you meet Harlem Globetrotter players and our world-famous mascot, Globie. ... Magic Pass begins 90 minutes before show time and lasts for 30 minutes.” Game Tickets: $80 (courtside), $46 (VIP), $32, $25 and $14. Magic Pass Tickets: $15 additional charge and are available at the Civic Center and Ticketmaster. www.theciviccenter.com/events
Chris Van Dusen and Matt Tavares at USM’s Portland bookstore
2 p.m. Chris Van Dusen and Matt Tavares will present their new children’s books about baseball at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the University of Southern Maine Portland Bookstore. Van Dusen’s book is titled “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit” (2012), and Tavares’ is called “There Goes Ted Williams — The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived” (2012). Both books will be available for sale after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Chris Van Dusen USM presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is the author-illustrator of “The Circus Ship” 7:30 p.m. March 15-17, 7:30 p.m.; March 18, 5 (2009) and “Randy Riley’s Biggest Hit,” which p.m. The smash hit musical, “The Drowsy Chaperis his second children’s book. Van Dusen says one,” comes to University of Southern Maine. “Who he always loved robots when he was kid, and says they’re not making great musicals any more? has wanted to write a book about robots for a This smash hit received more 2006 Tony award than while. Although he admits his first tries weren’t any other Musical! When a die-hard fan plays his successful, he believes combining robots with favorite cast album, the show miraculously comes another passion, baseball, helped the story fall to life! Toe-tapping tunes and silly situations abound into place. Van Dusen lives in Maine with his in this hilarious valentine to the golden age of musifamily. Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of cals.” Russell Hall, Gorham Campus. many children’s books, including “Zachary’s The steeple of the State Street Church towers above the West End in this view up State Street Ball” (2002), “Oliver’s Game” (2009) and “Henry ‘A Nervous Smile’ 7:30 p.m. Dramatic Repertory Company’s season from Gray Street. The church is having a vigil “for all who wish to meditate or pray for peace in Aaron’s Dream” (2012). The subject of his most this world, that ways be found to address critical issues without the violence of military force recent book, Ted Williams, is best known as the continues with “A Nervous Smile” by John Belluso. The show will run for nine performances or occupation. The church will open its chapel from noon until midnight on Friday, March 23.” legendary Red Sox slugger and World War II fighter pilot. Tavares says he wanted to write only, March 8-18, at the Studio Theatre at Port- (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) “There Goes Ted Williams” because “the Ted land Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. “Four parSunday, March 18 Williams I grew up hearing about seemed larger than life. ents are connected by a shocking choice in this surprisingly He could do just about anything.” Tavares lives and writes funny, lyrical, poignant and gripping drama. You think you in Ogunquit. For more information about this event, contact know what you would do, but how can you be sure? John ‘Digital Imagery in the 21st Century’ Barbara Kelly, USM Portland Bookstore, at 780-4072. Belluso bravely treads were few playwrights dare to go, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The award-winning nature and fine tackles difficult subjects with honesty, humor, compassion arts photographer Tony Sweet will conduct a seminar titled and skill. He holds up the mirror, and gives us the ability to “Digital Imagery in the 21st Century.” The workshop, which Monday, March 19 see and understand our world in new ways. Belluso (1969is open to the public, is being sponsored by the Portland 2006) began using a wheelchair at the age of 13, and was Camera Club in celebration of its 112th year, and is one of ‘The Face of the Ghetto: Pictures by Jewish a pioneering champion for artists with disabilities. ‘A Nera series of public workshops sponsored by the club. Sweet vous Smile’ was his last complete play before his untimely Photographers from the Lodz Ghetto 1940-1944’ is the author of several books on photography and a welldeath.” March 14-18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Studio Theatre at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The Maine Jewish Museum will be disrespected teacher who leads workshops nation-wide. The Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. playing The Face of the Ghetto from March 19 through seminar will take place on March 18 at the South Portland May 1. The exhibition is currently on display at The United High School, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland. Sweet has ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Nations. The Maine Jewish Museum will be the first designed the program to be valuable to beginners as well Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds’ at Lucid Stage museum in the U.S. to host this exhibition as it begins a as advanced amateurs and will cover both technical and 8 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company presents the American two-year tour throughout the country. This exhibition presaesthetic areas for improving one’s personal photo skills. classic with the tongue twisting title, “The Effect of Gamma ents recently discovered photographs of community life in The cost of the program is $99 until March 11, and $125 Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” by Paul Zindel. The the Lodz Ghetto, taken by its Jewish inhabitants. The exhithereafter. For further information, visit www.portlandcamplay opens March 15, and runs Thursday to Sunday through bition is curated by the Topography of Terror Foundation, eraclub.org and to know more about Sweet and his work, April 1, at Lucid Stage in Portland. “Zindel’s masterpiece, Berlin (Germany) in cooperation with the State Archive in www.tonysweet.com. which won an Obie Award, a New York Drama Critics Circle Lodz (Poland). While researching in the National Archives in 25th Annual Boat Builders Show Award, and the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Drama, tells the Lodz, historian Dr. Ingo Loose and curator Dr. Thomas Lutz 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Concludes Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. story of single mother Beatrice Hunsdorfer, and her teenage came across 27 photo albums. Inside were about 12,000 to 4 p.m. Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St. “A daughters, Ruth and Matilda. Abandoned by her husband contact prints in small format, sorted thematically and taken gathering of the fi nest fi berglass and wooden custom boat and saddled with two children, Beatrice hates the world. by Jewish photographers at the request of the ghetto’s builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manShe thinks she just needs the right opportunity, and everyJewish Council. This collection of images — which is hardly ufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, thing will get better. Older sister Ruth knows the reputation known, even among experts in the field — shows a decisive canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there her mother has around town, but she seems sadly fated to step in the persecution of Jews in the Lizmannstadt Ghetto. to discuss and sell their work. www.portlandcompany.com/ repeat her mother’s mistakes in her own life. Shy Matilda, or Through this exhibition, these photographs are accessible boatShow Tillie, is the joke of her school and her family, until a teacher to the public for the very first time.” Monday through Friday, opens her eyes to the wonders of science. When Tilllie’s Spiritual sound and breath meditation 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., project on the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. “All of us feel a strange sense of and other times by appointment. Maine Jewish Museum, marigold seeds is chosen for the school science fair, the awe when confronted with the eerie sound of an Austra267 Congress St. www.treeoflifemuseum.org dysfunctional family dynamic comes to a head.” www. lian didgeridoo. It seems to awaken a primal link to spiritual see next page lucidstage.com forces within us. Now is our chance to explore that prime-
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Community gardening forum 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Portland’s Department of Public Services and Healthy Portland, a program of the Health and Human Services Department, will host a public forum to discuss community gardening in Portland. Attendees will share ideas about the program and provide input for how this program can fit into the local food network of Greater Portland. Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall, Myrtle Street. For more information about the city’s community garden program, visit the city’s website at http://publicworks.portlandmaine.gov/communitygarden.asp.
Pathways to Success forum 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Students, parents and other community members are invited to two forums about the Portland Public Schools’ high school initiative, Pathways to Success. “Funded by a multi-year, $5 million grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the initiative will implement new models of student-centered learning in the high schools, including internships, other opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and stronger partnerships with community organizations.” The forums will be held March 19, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Portland High School auditorium; and March 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Deering High School auditorium. Parents, students and community members may attend whichever forum is most convenient. Translators will be available at both forums. Additional meetings will be planned later in the spring to provide more detailed information about the plans for Pathways to Success. www.portlandschools.org
‘Uncle Bob’ by Mad Horse Theatre Company 7:30 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company’s Dark Night Series returns with Austin Pendleton’s “Uncle Bob.” “The reclusive Bob is an angry old man who has never done anything meaningful in his life. He is a failed actor and writer, he has driven away his loving wife, and he is dying of AIDS. A surprise visit by his nephew, Josh, who carries his own baggage, is more than Bob can handle. Josh, an unemployed college drop out, arrives on Bob’s doorstep uninvited and declares that he is there to take care of him. A loving family reunion this is not. The visit filled with name-calling and open scorn as the two men reconnect and discover, much to their chagrin, that they are kindred spirits. ‘Uncle Bob’ boldly explores those perplexing questions about life and death that existential philosophers ponder endlessly.” “Uncle Bob” marks the directorial debut of Mad Horse Theatre Company member Nate Speckman. It stars guest artists Jacob Cote and Paul Haley. The production opens Monday, March 19, and will run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings through March 28. All performances will be at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, in Portland. Show time is 7:30 p.m. All performances are Pay What You Can, with a suggested donation of $10.
‘Sailing Down to Rio on The Queen Mary 2’ 7:30 p.m. “Sailing Down to Rio on The Queen Mary 2” presented by Doug Jones at Catherine McAuley High School Auditorium, 631 Stevens Ave., parking lot off Walton Street. “In 1934 The Cunard Line launched the Queen Mary. It was the largest ship of its time and it set a new standard for ocean liners of the era. In 2004, the fourth Queen to sail under the Cunard flag was launched, The Queen Mary 2. At 150,000 tons she is the longest, tallest, widest, biggest ocean liner of the world. And to commemorate the launch, Cunard sent the Queen Mary 2 on a voyage to Rio de Janeiro for the largest party on earth, Carnival.” Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, Portland. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was founded in 1815 as a craftsman’s guild to teach and promote excellence among Portland’s various mechanical and artistic trades. Program starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Open to the public. Free for MCMA members, a $2 donation for nonmembers. http://www.mainecharitablemechanicassociation.com
Tuesday, March 20 ‘Facebook for Seniors’ 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Portland Public Library will continue to offer three-session workshops titled “Facebook for Seniors” for folks wanting to learn how to use the popular social media tool. The course will be held on Tuesdays in March: March 20 and 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The course will cover building a Facebook account, privacy settings and advanced settings like uploading videos and sharing web links. Participants must have an email account. Patrick Therrien from the Maine State Library will be teaching the course. Registration is required and those who do not get in will be put on a waiting list for the next session. 871-1700, ext. 708.
Trek Across Maine orientation event 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Resolve to get fit in 2012 and discover
The Maine Irish Heritage Center is shown from Gray Street this week. At 10:30 a.m. today, the Irish American Club will lead this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Commercial Street in Portland. The parade will begin at the Portland Fish Pier and continue to the Maine State Pier. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) an exciting new way to renew or maintain an active lifestyle. Team up with the oldest voluntary health organization and register for the American Lung Association’s 28th annual Trek Across Maine event. Join the American Lung Association at Allspeed Bicycle & Ski, 72 Auburn St., Portland. “Meet new people while American Lung Association staff members discuss the Trek Across Maine cycling event, the organization’s largest fundraiser nationwide, scheduled for the weekend of June 15 across the beautiful state of Maine. The Trek Across Maine is a three-day, 180-mile adventure, from the mountains to the sea, providing breathtaking views, adventure and an unmatched sense of camaraderie. Proceeds from the bike trek benefit lung disease research, advocacy, and programs as well as the Fight for Air.”
Health care discussion with the CATO Institute 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Maine Heritage Policy Center invites the public to attend a reception and briefing: “Maine on the Front Lines in the Fight Against ObamaCare with Mr. Michael Cannon, director of Health Policy Studies, CATO Institute,” at the Cumberland Club, 116 High St., Portland. Tickets $30 and include hors d’oeuvres. “Please join us for a cocktail reception and briefing with national expert Michael Cannon to hear the latest update on the most important health policy issue facing Maine. ... ObamaCare. This law is already increasing the cost of health insurance and will cause greater premium increases in the years to come. Michael Cannon will discuss how Maine is working to halt the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and will provide you with an opportunity to hear the latest from Washington, D.C., as well as share your views and concerns.”
Foreside Garden Club 7 p.m. The next meeting of the Foreside Garden Club will be held at the Falmouth Public Library. The program will feature a presentation on clematis by Cindy Tibbetts of Hummingbird Farm. All are welcome to attend. FMI call Mimi Hinkel at 829-3578
Franklin and Spring Streets issues in design 7 p.m. Downtown Corridors: Franklin and Spring Streets, (Re) Designing the Greater Portland Landscape: Issues in Contemporary Design and Development (Program 2 of 4) with Maine Historical Society. “Downtown corridors move us through and help define Portland’s urban landscape. Roadways like Congress and State Streets connect, bisect, and/or bypass neighborhoods. These corridors are defined by architecture, travel patterns, business and residential development, pedestrian routes, and landscape features. But certain corridors — like Franklin and Spring Streets — are the source of much dissatisfaction. Efforts to modernize and streamline traffic flow through the city in the 1960s and ‘70s disrupted neighborhoods, demolished buildings, and fundamentally altered the historic feel of parts of the city. What are our options moving forward? Stakeholders will share their ideas, discuss current initiatives, and consider what future development along these routes might
look like. In Partnership with Greater Portland Landmarks. Open to the public. Suggested donation: $10 ($5 for MHS/ GPL members).”
Wednesday, March 21 Attracting Birds to Your Backyard 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ‘Join Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist Mike Windsor and Bill Cullina, executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to learn how to attract birds to your backyard.” $15/$20. www.maineaudubon.org
Brown Bag Lecture Series with Robichaux, Peavey noon to 1 p.m. Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Portland Public Library.”Join Celebrated Maine painter Marguerite Robichaux and her friend, award-winning Maine writer Elizabeth Peavey, at the Brown Bag Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 21 when they talk about their new book Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship. The book takes readers on adventures through the woods and towns in their home state of Maine. Glorious Slow Going consists of nine stories of their various adventures written in Peavey’s humorous voice and is illustrated with Robichaux’s oil paintings and watercolors. The lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium with a book signing afterward.
Food and Wine Extravaganza 6 p.m. Mercy’s seventh annual Gourmet Gala for Gary’s House Food and Wine Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay and will feature 16 restaurants and chefs from greater Portland’s restaurants and caterers. Hosted by comedian Joe Ricchio with guest judge Sam Hayward, James Beard Award winner and Chef at Fore Street, this food and wine extravaganza includes both a silent and a live auction, as well as live music by Paper Street Jazz Band. And all new this year — beer tasting! This event is open to the general public, details follow: Doors open at 6 p.m., judging is 6-7:30 p.m. Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Cost: $40 per person Highlights: Ricchio as the guest MC and auctioneer, Hayward. Auction items include airline tickets, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, art and much more.
Thursday, March 22 Trey McIntyre Project 7:30 p.m. “McIntyre is one of the most sought-after choreographers today, creating works for Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and others as well as his own company. In its Maine premiere, his company of 11 exquisite dancers bring works guided by Trey McIntyre’s unparalleled ear for musical structures, ‘Blue Until June’ featuring the music of Etta James and ‘The Sweeter End’ with an original score by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Merrill Auditorium, Portland.
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Film festival tackles stereotypes with its marketing campaign FESTIVAL from page 10
According to its promotional materials, the film, “Dolphin Boy” is “a true story about the healing power of nature.” The movie will be screened during the Maine Jewish Film Festival in Portland. (COURTESY IMAGE)
Akari at 193 Middle St. offered its salon for the sold-out opening night party, which is tonight at 6 p.m. Allan Labos, the owner, said it was his first year involved with the festival, and he was looking forward to helping kick it off. "We've changed the layout and design to accommodate 200 plus people," he said. Their proximity to the Temple Street theater, the Nickelodeon Cinemas, made Akari a natural venue for the soiree. "There will be live music, hors d'oeuvres, beverages. We'll be promoting the films on large-screen TV's. Hopefully, we'll reflect what's going on at the festival," Labos said. For information on the festival schedule, visit www.mjff.org/films.
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DAILY SUN STAFF REPORTS Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a drug-related home invasion that occurred early Friday morning in Standish. Capt. Craig Smith said officers were called to a home at 1187 Pequawket Trail at about 6 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery. On the scene, deputies learned that three or four male subjects cut power to the home, forced their way in and used “flex cuffs” to bind the hands of two of the four adults at home at the time. A six-year-old child was at home when the subjects burst in, police said. Authorities say the intruders identified themselves as federal drug enforcement agents, and pointed a firearm at the head of one of the male victims. The sheriff’s office said the intruders ransacked the home and stole money, cigarettes and narcotics before fleeing. Nobody was injured, and nobody is in custody at this time.
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day, the Catholic Diocese of Portland is focusing on tradition and holding a special service at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception this morning to honor St. Patrick. According to a church press release, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the secondary patron of the Diocese of Portland. He was born in Scotland around the year 387 and was active as a missionary in Northern Ireland from 430 onward. When he was about 16 years old, he was captured from Wales by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland where he lived for six years; it was there that he turned to God in prayer. Six years later he escaped and returned home. After entering the Church, he returned to Ireland as a bishop. His preaching converted many and churches were built all over the country thanks to his message. St. Patrick died March 17, in the year 461. The Mass will take place at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., in Portland. St. Patrick will be honored and St. Patrick medals will be blessed by Fr. Louis Phillips and given to everyone in attendance.
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Friday afternoon in Farmington, WGME-TV reports. Smith is charged with kidnapping, and four counts of criminal threatening, the TV station reports. The surrender of Smith of Norridgewock to the Maine State Police tactical team occurred after several hours on the telephone with members of the State Police negotiations team, the state police reported. Smith had held mill manager Mark Conner, 43, for several hours at gunpoint in Conner’s office on the mill complex; according to state police, Smith had been armed with a shotgun.
Problem gambling focus of USM talk The University of Southern Maine School of Social Work in partnership with the Maine Office of Substance Abuse will offer a presentation on problem gambling by Joe Turbessi, author of the autobiography “Into the Muck,” Tuesday, March 20, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Luther Bonney Hall’s Talbot Auditorium on the USM Portland campus. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and Turbessi will speak to students and community members about his life experiences.
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Sales up at sit-down restaurants BY FLOYD NORRIS THE NEW YORK TIMES
Have you been eating more at restaurants with waiters rather than fast-food joints? If so, you are not alone, and that in fact is an indication that the American economy is improving. Over the 12 months through January, sales at what the government calls full-service restaurants were 8.7 percent higher than in the previous 12 months. That was the fastest pace of growth since the late 1990s, when the economy was booming. Moreover, as is seen in the accompanying charts, that rate was much greater than the rate of growth in sales at limited-service restaurants. Since those numbers became avail-
able 20 years ago, that difference has been a reliable indicator of how the economy is going. When times get tough, people may still eat out, but they cut back. Full-service restaurants may or may not be expensive. Le Bernardin in Manhattan qualifies, but so does Red Lobster. The range at limited service places is not nearly as wide. Americans now spend about $220 billion a year at full-service restaurants, and $211 billion at the limited service places. They also spend $21 billion at what the government calls “drinking places,” also known as bars. For what its worth, bar sales are now rising slower than at either type of restaurant, although history does not indicate that has any particular significance for the economy.