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LePage gaffes: Shooting ﬁsh in a bucket See Bob Higgins’ column on page 4
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Spring is in the air for high school sports BY JEFF PETERSON SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The snow is melting, the weather is a little warmer, and it is time to talk about high school baseball and softball. Pitchers and catchers start practice on Monday at schools all over Maine. It makes perfect sense because the first day of spring is Sunday. Even though many teams can finally see their fields, most practices will be held indoors for a while. “Most of the time we don’t
get outside until the first or second week of April anyway,” said new Portland head coach Tony DiBiase. “The weather is getting better and I can’t wait to get going.” The first full day of practice and tryouts for baseball and softball then take place on March 28. It has been a long time coming for the players and the coaches. “Several players have been coming down to my office and bugging me non-stop,” said see SPORTS page 8
Spring equinox cause for celebration BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Those dusting off their Birkenstocks and readying their chakras for Sunday’s spring equinox are a little behind the game, according to one local Tai Chi instructor. “What a lot of people are unaware of is that the equinox by definition is 12 hours from sunrise to sunset and that varies with latitude, so we already passed that phase. The closest we got was on [Thursday],” said Larry Landau of Dragonfly Taijiquan.
Bennett to launch campaign for Portland mayor Erick Bennett checks his notes while speaking with WGAN’s Mike Violette on the “Maine Points” radio program Friday afternoon. Bennett, who is ofﬁcially announcing his candidacy for the mayor of Portland next Tuesday, spoke with Violette about a variety of issues, including the Portland Public School budget, his background and the future of the waterfront. “Maine Points,” which is pre-recorded, airs on all Portland Radio Group stations on Sunday mornings at 5 a.m. See the story of Bennett’s appearance on the radio and his ofﬁcial announcement Tuesday exclusively in The Portland Daily Sun. (JEFFREY S. SPOFFORD PHOTO)
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Study undercuts college stereotype (NY Times) — The popular stereotype of college campuses as a hive of same-sex experimentation for young women may be all wrong. To the surprise of many researchers and sex experts, the National Survey on Family Growth found that women with bachelor’s degrees were actually less likely to have had a same-sex experience than those who did not finish high school. “It’s definitely a ‘huh’ situation, because it goes counter to popular perceptions,” said Kaaren Williamsen, director of Carleton College’s gender and sexuality center. For years, sex researchers, campus women’s centers and the media have viewed college as a place where young women explore their sexuality, test boundaries, and, often, have their first — in some cases, only — lesbian relationship. According to the new study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on 13,500 responses, almost 10 percent of women ages 22 to 44 with a bachelor’s degree said they had had a same-sex experience, compared with 15 percent of those with no high school diploma. Women with a high school diploma or some college, but no degree, fell in between. Six percent of college-educated women reported oral sex with a same-sex partner, compared with 13 percent who did not complete high school. Although 13 percent of women over all reported same-sex sexual behavior only one percent identified themselves as gay, and another 4 percent as bisexual. Anjani Chandra was the lead author of the report, based on data from 2006 through 2008. To get accurate answers to intimate questions, the researchers asked those surveyed to enter their responses directly into a computer.
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WASHINGTON (NY Times) — President Obama told Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Friday to carry out an immediate cease-fire and stop all attacks on Libyan civilians or face military action from the United States and its allies in Europe and the Arab world. In one of his most forceful statements as president, Mr. Obama said that his demands were not negotiable: Colonel Qaddafi had to pull his forces back from Libya’s major cities or the United States and its allies would step in. The president said that he was forced to act because Colonel Qaddafi had turned on his people and
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American war in the Middle East. Mr. Obama said flatly that American ground forces would not enter Libya. “Muammar Qaddafi has a choice,” he said. “The United States, the United Kingdom, France and Arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. That means all attacks against civilians must stop.” “Let me be clear, these terms are not negotiable,” Mr. Obama said. “If Colonel Qaddafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. The resolution will be enforced through military action.”
Judge blocks Wisconsin Dozens of protesters law on union bargaining are killed in Yemen CHICAGO (NY Times) — A judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday that prevents Wisconsin’s new law cutting collective bargaining rights for public workers from taking effect, at least for now. The decision, issued by Judge Maryann Sumi of the Dane County Circuit Court, temporarily bars Wisconsin’s secretary of state from publishing the controversial law, one of the procedural requirements for it to come into effect in the state. Publication had been expected late next week, but Judge Sumi’s ruling delays that until at least March 29, when she plans to hold a full hearing on a lawsuit that questions the validity of the collective bargaining law based on the speedy manner in which it was carried out earlier this month. An appeal is possible even before then. “This legislation is still working through the legal process,” said
Cullen Werwie, a spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker, the Republican who led the measure to cut bargaining rights for public workers, including teachers. “We are confident the provisions of the budget repair bill will become law in the near future.” The bill, which Mr. Walker signed a week ago, would significantly alter most public-sector union rules, limiting bargaining to matters of wages and limiting raises to changes in the Consumer Price Index unless the public approves higher raises in a referendum. It would end the state’s collection of union dues from paychecks, and would require most unions to hold votes annually to determine whether most workers still wish to be members. Firefighters and law enforcement personnel would be exempt from the changes.
SANA, Yemen (NY Times)— Yemen’s pro-democracy protests exploded into violence on Friday, as government supporters opened fire on demonstrators in the capital, killing at least 45 people and wounding more than 200. The bloodshed failed to disperse the throng of protesters, the largest seen so far in a month of steadily rising demonstrations calling for Mr. Saleh’s ouster. President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared a state of emergency shortly after the shootings, denying that security forces had been involved and promising a full investigation. The state news agency said the state of emergency would last 30 days. The shootings seemed certain to provoke more violence in Yemen’s tribal society, and analysts said they could further weaken Mr. Saleh, whose rivals have already used the protests to undermine him. Although the United States has voiced sympathy for pro-democracy protesters here and elsewhere in the Arab world, it has concerns about the stability of Yemen, a strife-torn country that is home to one of Al Qaeda’s most active branches and has been an American ally in the fight against terrorism. Protesters have been killed here in recent weeks, but the violence on Friday dwarfed that seen in earlier clashes. There were different accounts of how the shooting started; most Yemenis are armed. Some said it began with a fight between protesters and residents near Sana University — known as a pro-Saleh neighborhood — who have been trying for days to build barriers to protect their homes.
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Bahrain tears down monument as protesters seethe MANAMA, Bahrain (New York Times) — Bahrain tore down the protest movement’s defining monument on Friday, the pearl at the center of Pearl Square. The destruction of the 300-foot sculpture, a stone pearl held by six sweeping arches, was part of a chain of events that in a matter of days turned the country from a symbol of hopeful pro-democratic protest into one of repression. The official Bahrain News Agency reported the change as a “facelift” to “boost the flow of traffic.” But Bahrain’s foreign minister, Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, told a news conference, “We did it to remove a bad memory.” He added of the month-long anti-government rallies: “The whole thing caused our society to be polarized. We don’t want a monument to a bad memory.” Pearl Square had become a tent camp with free food and a carnival atmosphere modeled on Tahrir Square in Cairo. But Bahraini troops forcefully cleared it out on Wednesday. In removing it, the country cost itself a landmark designed to honor the six gulf states whose economic life was based, before oil, on pearls. The six, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, make up the Gulf Cooperation Council — which sent in 2,000 troops in a show of force just before Bahrain’s own security forces moved to crush the protests.
Mr. Khalifa said the troops would stay “as long as they are needed to protect our country.” He said they were being kept away from direct contact with Bahrainis, serving in support roles at installations. He said defended the authorities’ actions over the past week as necessary because of “terrorist activity” and “sabotage” seeking to destroy Bahrain. Whether the Pearl Monument’s destruction — coming after the rout in the square and a rash of arrests of opposition figures — represented a definitive death blow for the protest movement was unclear. But even as it was being removed, the funeral of one of the anti-government activists killed this week offered a different kind of symbol. The family of Ahmed Farhan, 30, who was killed on Tuesday by security forces in Sitra, an activist Shiite village, was finally given his body. There were shotgun pellet wounds to his back and a gaping hole in his skull. The day he died, martial law was declared, making it illegal to hold rallies. Still, 5,000 people came to help the Farhan family bury Ahmed. Sitra turned into a sea of raised fists and tearful wailing, piety and political indignation. The Farhan family is poor, like many in this village and like many of the 70 percent of the country that is Shiite. Ahmed Farhan, who never married, lived with his family in a ramshackle structure around a
Panel: FDA should review menthol cigs (New York Times) A federal advisory panel on Friday said that removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health in the United States, but stopped short of recommending that the Food and Drug Administration take any specific actions, like restricting or banning the additive. The advisory panel’s chairman, Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, a professor of medicine at the University of Southern California, said the committee had found ample scientific basis supporting its finding that menthol cigarettes were more harmful than regular cigarettes, a decision that could provide
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courtyard, having lost his job as a fisherman some years ago. His body arrived swathed in white cloth, the face exposed, the skull covered in netting to hide the wound. As it was slid from the van, there were shouts of “God is great.” The body was washed and placed in a coffin draped in the Bahraini flag and covered with his photographs. “There is no god but God,” those watching chanted. Prayers were recited. Men crowded the main street. Women, draped nearly all in black, stood to one side. After praise of God and his prophet, the leader turned to insults of the Bahraini royal
family. “Down with the Khalifas!” he shouted to thunderous repetition. “Occupation forces out! Death to the Saudis! Death to Khalifa! Freedom for Bahrain!” They chanted: “With our soul and our blood, we will redeem you, O martyr.” A military helicopter circled high in the sky, and at the village entrance, troops and tanks awaited trouble. None came. Ali Hbel, a taxi driver injured in the police action at Pearl Square on Wednesday, was at the funeral. He showed his splintered arm and pointed at the coffin of Mr. Farhan and said, “This is not going to go for free.”
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Like shooting fish in a bucket I was sent a link to a story in the Lewiston Sun Journal on Thursday regarding comments Governor Paul LePage made to a crowd of well wishers in Lewiston gathered to celebrate Franco-American heritage. In the story, along with the accompanying video, LePage confessed that when he was 12, he hid between buildings and robbed neighborhood kids of their Halloween candy. “Isn’t that awful?” he quipped. “Now, I’m Governor of Maine.” After a minor bit of heckling from the audience, a shout about “Don’t steal OUR candy!” Lepage continued the thought. “Now that I’m Governor of Maine ... there’s nothing left to steal.” Some days, my job here can be challenging, what with all the chasing down quotes and verifying information. Days like Thursday, it can be as easy as shooting fish in a bucket. Without going down my usual road remarking about the silly remark, I went and watched the video. Taken in context, he was relaying a story from his childhood, and relating it to the current state of the economy in Maine. He was essentially stating that the people of Maine have been robbed for years before he got there. But it won’t be spun that way. After the events of the last few months, the comments, the good natured off the cuff remarks, I’ve come to an inescapable conclusion. Paul Lepage is trying to kill his spokesman, Dan Demeritt. I’m sure they like each other and get along fine. I can’t think of any other reason for the almost daily gaffe though. This one was a humdinger, designed to have Demeritt down on his knees, puking blood into a toilet. There isn’t enough antacid in the world to chase back a comment like this. I’m beginning to wonder of former city manager Joe Gray has any of the duct tape left. There were times that I’m quite sure he had to wrap said tape around his head to keep it from exploding, based on a few columns that were highly critical of city administration. Joe, if you have any of that tape left, send it on up to Augusta. I’m sure Dan needs some of it. His supporters eat it up daily, figuring that folks like me want to see him crash into the ground like a lawn-dart, and are cherry-picking the best gaffe of the week. Might be something to that, but when you are handed something like this, it begins to look as if the gods of pithy comments have fallen in love with you. Communications directors don’t have easy jobs.
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They have to deal with real reporters asking tough questions, and they have to deal with folks like me, editorial columnists looking to trip them up. A good example is Nicole Clegg, communications director for the city
of Portland. Every time I’ve called her, she’s been on it. I call asking really stupid stuff, like “how many of those stupid A-frame signs that clutter the sidewalk are actually licensed by the city.” She looks into it, gives me the answers, and awaits the inevitable explosion of colorful language a few days later. I’m sure that, depending on the question that gets asked, there are quite a few stomach rumbling nights. Just the thought of some of the really big questions out there give me haunting memories of that habanero chimichanga that almost put me off solid food. This week was “Sunshine Week,” where we among other papers were supposed to talk about the wonderful Freedom Of Information Act, and its Maine counterpart, the Freedom Of Access Act. Those are two wonderful tools for ordinary citizens that give folks the right to ask for documents regarding what the state is doing. Much kerfuffle was made by me about the Governor and his resistance of the FOAA with regards to meetings between business, education, and regulatory officials. He thinks that we don’t need to know who he is meeting with, and why. Just this week, I encountered the stone wall of silence, when calling officials in Maine regarding nuclear safety issues. Since radiation was the “hot” topic of the week, I was curious about the waste still stored at the former Maine Yankee site. State Nuclear Safety Inspector
Much kerfufﬂe was made by me about the Governor and his resistance of the Freedom Of Information Act with regards to meetings between business, education and regulatory ofﬁcials. He thinks that we don’t need to know who he is meeting with, and why. Patrick Dostie would not talk to me about it at all unless given a “mother-may-I” from Dan Demeritt, the LePage spokesperson. After calling Demeritt, he was supposed to call Dostie, so I could ask him pointy-stick-tar-andfeather questions like “Since you are required under Maine law to give a monthly report to the legislature on nuclear issues regarding storage in Wiscasset, why hasn’t that been done since April of 2010?” Gulp. Pass the Tums, please. It may have been done, and he may have lived up to his job requirements, but the state website doesn’t reflect that. A simple answer with verification would have chased me away, but instead we get a process of obfuscation. We’re coming to the end of “sunshine week.” The gut-rumbling will continue, and I’m sure that more statements will cause Demeritt to continue to enrich his gastroenterologist. But we can make this pain-free. End the policy of “checking with the governors office first,” and that pain will just melt away. At least until the next time. After that, you’re on your own. (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)
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Of dish-rinsers, courting and bad whethers... Last week in the sixth episode of Season 2 of the Sun’s serial novel, The Port City Chronicle, Gretchen Reingren, a 44-year-old, divorced, criminal defense attorney, had to watch her brother Ethan getting it on with her friend Nicole at dinner. Not that the conversation was particularly romantic, especially since Gretchen’s nephews Henry and Marcus were there. “I like to eat wild animals because at least they were happy when they were alive,” Nicole said, explaining why she’d ordered fish. “So why couldn’t we eat the happy animals at Wendy’s?” Marcus asked. He was still annoyed that Nicole had nixed their top choice for dinner. “Well I’m having lobster,” Ethan announced. “You boys can share it with me if you want.” “I don’t eat lobsters,” Henry said. “I only eat happy animals like Nicole.” “How do you know they aren’t happy?” Marcus asked. Henry snorted. “Then why do they have to be handcuffed?” So Ethan decided he didn’t want lobster either, in case it offended Nicole. Now this week, Gretchen has to deal with her friend Tim’s romantic ideas about life. The Port City Chronicle is the continuing story of a woman and her family seeking love and happiness in Portland the midst of the Great Recession. You can buy Season 1 in book form, “Getting Off the Earth,” from GettingOfftheEarth.com or from Longfellow Books on Monument Square. And now for this week’s episode of Season 2:
When Your Only Option is an Unmanned Flight Into Space “I feel like I’m dying a little everyday at this job,” Tim said, while we were having lunch during the court break. Charles had put him to work part time in the office in exchange for room and board. I wasn’t that sympathetic. “You are dying a little every day. So you might as well be doing it at this job.” Then I softened a little. “What is it you really want to do?’ “I’ve always wanted to be a meteorologist,” he said. Which was appropriate in a way since he was already so far out in the stratosphere he could report on what was going on there based on personal experience. But it didn’t seem helpful to point that out. “Why don’t you take a class in meteorology and see what you think?” I asked. He shrugged. “Why do anything today you could put off until tomorrow? Granted you lose hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, the esteem of your peers, and the possibility of a mate, but think of what you gain.”
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I could see what he meant considering those were such nominal losses. “At least this work is only part time,” he added. “You’ve said you might have some real employment for me and I’m always worried that maybe you will.” So I wondered whether his problem was fear of failure. “If a real job comes up you shouldn’t be afraid to take it,” I said. “Whatever you end up doing, just realize you’re always doing your best and that’s all anyone can expect of you.” He shook his head. “Not only do I not always do my best, even my second best would usually be overdoing it. At most I generally do my tenth best.” Then I wondered if he was rebelling against parents who’d put too much pressure on him as a child. But that wasn’t it either. “Not only did my parents not push me too hard,” he said, “but they never did anything else either. They were like two cars coming to an intersection that are both too polite to go forward so they just sit there waiting for the other one to go first until they’ve run out of gas.” I sensed he might be feeling some resentment toward them. “Maybe you’re still a little angry your parents put you in a mental institution when you were a teenager. I know it was just a few months but I can see why it would have a lasting effect.” But I was wrong again. “I loved it that my parents put me in a mental institution,” he said. “I got so much attention.” So there wasn’t an easy answer to his problems. “Look,” he said. “Something’s just wrong with me. I’m a round hole in a square peg.” He couldn’t even get that right. “That’s not the expression,” I said. “If you’re going to use a cliché you should at least get it right. That’s the whole point of clichés, they’re supposed to be easy.” He ignored me. “I just don’t know you can go on practicing law year after year when no one’s making you,” he said. “When you’re drafted it’s hard to understand the volunteers. They came and got me. But why are you here again?” But I still wasn’t convinced the job was the real problem. “Maybe you just need more excitement in your life,” I said. “When was the last time you had a girlfriend?” “I had one for awhile before I left Boston,” he said, “but she only stuck around for a few months and then took off.”
“What happened?” I asked. He shrugged. “I don’t really know. She started getting mad at me when her lease was up last fall. I said I’d help her look for a place but she split up with me instead.” “I wonder why,” I said. “Nothing speaks true love like I’ll help you look for a place.’ It’s just like I’ll be home if you need me.’” He didn’t get the sarcasm. “She also got mad at me for watching too much football.” “But didn’t she already know you’re a football addict?” He shook his head. “I didn’t watch it when I first met her. Inevitably during courtship the man is not watching football.” “What did she like to do?” I asked. “She liked plays and things where you have to sit for a long time,” he said. “I didn’t go with her much.” I rolled my eyes. “Why couldn’t you just enjoy it because she did?” “Because I’m very selfish,” he said. I sighed. “I know, that’s your worst quality.” “It’s also my best quality,” he said. “For me.” I could certainly see why his girlfriend left him even though he was attractive on the outside. But the important thing was to focus on the positives to snap him out of his dismal mood. “You must at least have fit in well in college,” I said. “Wasn’t everyone at Antioch weird?” He shrugged again. “I was the weirdest by far.” “What about your friend Nate? He’s weirder than you.” “He’s not human.” “But wasn’t it better than the University of New Mexico?” I asked. “Or why did you transfer?” “I only went to Albuquerque to study Quechua but the guy who taught it left the university five minutes after I arrived.” So apparently things had never gone smoothly for him. But I still needed to get him thinking positively. “At least you have a comfortable place to live.” He made a face. “Except those guys never do anything around the house. I have to do all the dishes and laundry.” “Don’t you have a dishwasher?” I asked. He shrugged. “There are no dishwashers in this world, only dishrinsers. You have to
scrub everything off first anyway. If there really were dishwashers, why would they have guys washing dishes in restaurants? The only thing dishwashers do is run dishes through water that would boil the human hand.” He seemed to have over-thought it a little. Then I wondered aloud about how well he was doing with the laundry, considering how rumpled everyone looked in that house. “Yes, I can do laundry,” he said. “First, I put it in the washer and then in the dryer just like a woman would do.” I was still skeptical. “Well, Charles said you might need to get some new shirts for work.” That made him sneer. “He thinks he’s sartorial. I’ll show him sartorial.” He pointed to his shoes, a pair of cordovan wing-tips that had probably been fashionable twenty years ago. “You’re surprised to see me in these, aren’t you?” I was always surprised to see whatever he wore, but not because he was in it. “When you asked me to have lunch I figured this was an occasion for me to lace up.” Apparently I was supposed to let Charles know Tim had reported for work in uniform. Since that was not going to be easy, I suggested Tim talk to Charles about it himself. But he wasn’t up to it. “Talk to him just like you would a client or a judge,” I said, trying to be helpful. “I’ve seen you do a great job communicating with people.” He shook his head. “If I didn’t have to, I would never speak to anyone. Ideally if I needed to talk to someone I would leave notes under a rock at the end of the street.” So I began to understand why he dreaded working as much as he did. And I doubted he’d be much happier as a meteorologist, unless maybe he could go on an unmanned flight into outer space. Then I realized even that wouldn’t help. “I don’t know what you people think it’s like out here,” he said, looking intently into my eyes. “But it’s freaking anarchy out here.” (Heidi Wendel is a former editor of the Columbia Law Review and has written for The New York Times, among others.)
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Killer conversation: Hanging with Braden Merrick Last year, I was really array of styles. The label is lucky to have met and home to a few like Jimmy started a friendship with Gnecco of the band Ours Braden Merrick. Over (and my vote for greatest lunch at J's, Braden talked singer in the world), '80s to me about a new band legends OMD, alternative called Middle Class Rut gems The Wombats and soon to be released on the the great rock duo called record label he is president Middle Class Rut, which of Bright Antenna. has a huge song on the rock I could tell instantly that radio charts around the his passion and focus were country. extremely honest. I've been Braden's got a good around quite a few people thing happening that he in my 23 years or so in the could easily hang his hat ––––– music "thing" and I like to Though he deserves to The Circle Push on. think I can get a feel for also hang that hat on other people pretty easy. Braden things; like finding The Killseemed like the real deal ers, getting them signed and instantly. Smart with the music thing managing them for their first amazing sure, but just good people overall. years up to the "Sam's Town" record. We talked music, all kinds. We talked I've realized, excitingly, Braden about the local music scene. We talked shares the EXACT same philosophy about clubs, records, album covers, live I have on music and working a record shows, rumors about bands, tours. It label. When I started my label, Labor was a music fan's conversation, which Day Records, back in 2004, I planned to is needed by me on a daily basis like put out great music and great artists. If water and/or breathing. I usually can't you do that, the business will happen get that out of anyone I meet in the because people will always want great music industry. music and great bands no matter why To me, that's the first sign that things style. Stay true and believe infinitely on are awful in the industry. If you can't the music and your artists. talk serious-and-deep about music with I caught up with Braden just after he someone in the game, they don't belong. arrived to this year's South by SouthPeriod. Braden does belong front and west conference in Austin, Texas to talk center in this game. a bit more about his life in music, breakHis roster at Bright Antenna shines ing artists... and, oh yeah, about being with amazing talent and glistens a wide from Maine! Did I mention that?
I met the band (Sweet Virginia) through a guy I met (who has a relationship with Gregg Allman) at a wedding in Aspen, Colorado. The drunken bride came up to me and said, “Braden, you have to meet the singer in our wedding band because he’s from San Francisco, too!” It was one of those moments that changed everything for me and put me on track to where I am today.
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Braden Merrick managed The Killers in their early years and remains you could get healthy doses an active part of the music community. (COURTESY PHOTO) of remixes from The Cure,
SO, YOU'RE LIVING IN SAN FRAN NOW, BUT YOU ARE IN FACT A MAINER. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? I was born in Norway, Maine and raised in "A Town Called Malice." Just kidding. Am I obsessed with music or what? Actually it was Otisfield, near Casco but I'd like to think I grew up hanging around Portland in the late '80s early '90s seeing shows and admiring staff member's at Daddy's Junkie Music Stores guitar chops. Being in this town prepped me for my eventual move to San Francisco. WHAT ARE YOU FIRST REMEMBRANCES OF MUSIC AS A KID GROWING UP IN VACATIONLAND? I have my father to thank for this. He was a great bass player and played in many bands at town halls and bars. He and my mother played tons of records in the house from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, with plenty of Elvis. They would continually head to the Civic Center to see acts like Aerosmith, The Doobie Brothers, Styx and Elvis ... but they came home that evening crying because Elvis had passed on. My brothers and I were left with a babysitter who would first introduce me to Van Halen's debut (which blew my 6-year-old mind), The Grateful Dead and KISS. I think the babysitter got help from WBLM (when theywere in Lewiston), and WIGY as well to keep us kids in line. IF THERE'S A CERTAIN GENRE OR STYLE THAT SEEMS TO BE A MAJOR PART OF WHO YOU ARE, IT IS CERTAINLY ALTERNATIVE MUSIC. WAS IT TOUGH FOR YOU FEEDING THAT INTEREST LIVING IN MAINE, FAR AWAY FROM MORE ALTERNATIVE SCENES? Indeed. Thank God for friends in highs school who had cable and a VCR. I'd supply the blank VHS tapes and we'd watch 120 Minutes with Headbanger's Ball thrown in to stay on top of things. Matt Pinfield was the guy, college radio was a saviour as well because I got turned onto all the seminal acts and sneaking out to those dance clubs where
The Smiths, Sisters Of Mercy, New Order, Stranglers, Depeche Mode, etc. It always seemed like I was hanging around with Robert Smith look-a-like girls who always knew about GREAT acts. I have to give a shout out to WMPG for turning me onto 'Gish' (I had dinner with Smashing Pumpkins in '96 and told Billy about his Zootz show) Then WCYY happened when I was already in San Francisco. WHAT PUSHED YOU AWAY FROM US TO THE WEST COAST? A girl I met in a bar called Tommy's North Shore in Naples, Maine while Jenny Woodman was playing. Haa. HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO WORKING WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY? My first paying gig was guitar teching. I tuned guitars for a popular San Francisco act named Sweet Virginia who were selling out every venue they played in during the mid '90s. I met the band through a guy I met (who has a relationship with Gregg Allman) at a wedding in Aspen, Colorado. The drunken bride came up to me and said, "Braden, you have to meet the singer in our wedding band because he's from San Francisco, too!" It was one of those moments that changed everything for me and put me on track to where I am today. (Editor’s note: Merrick went to Las Vegas and helped launch The Killers, which became an international success. He managed the band until 2006.) I CAN IMAGINE THE KILLERS EXPERIENCE OPENED YOU UP TO A LOT. WHAT DID YOU WALK AWAY WITH FROM THOSE DAYS IN TERMS OF EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THIS MUSIC THING? Managing and co-producing their debut LP "Hot Fuss" made me learn to trust my instincts. That aside, I'd say learning how to manage an act and the team supporting the act is a skill that nobody can really teach you. And I had worked with Billy Joel's manager and The Grateful Dead's manager so I had see CURDO page 7
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Merrick: ‘Great music wins and the money will come later’ CURDO from page 6
seen and been involved with those types of situations. BRIGHT ANTENNA IS GREAT, THE LABEL IS OFF TO A TREMENDOUS START. FIRING UP A LABEL IN THESE TIMES IS TO SOME A CRAZY THING TO DO. TO ME, IT'S THE GREATEST THING TO DO IF YOU ARE A TRUE MUSIC PERSON WITH THE APPROPRIATE PASSION FOR IT, WHICH YOU ARE. WHAT WERE THE INTENTIONS STARTING THE LABEL? Thank you so much. Some say suicide. We have a joke around the office, "We aren't in this to make money, we're in this to make music." GREAT music wins and the money will come later. After two years of developing Middle Class Rut we are seeing the expense of breaking them shrink daily. It is a tough time for some, but if you do smart partnerships with artists that have GREAT songs and a compelling presence, live show, you can win. YOU HAVE SOME GREAT DIVERSITY IN YOUR ARTIST ROSTER. WILL THAT ALWAYS BE THE CASE? Really appreciate that, Mark. Yes. Whatever moves us passionately to get up out of bed daily and put in the long hours will have a place here on this roster. Songs are KING and the artists’ translation of those has to be compelling. MIDDLE CLASS RUT IS A COOL TWO-MAN BAND FEATURING DRUMS AND GUITAR WITH BOTH SINGING LEADS. I KNOW YOU'RE VERY HIGH ON THESE GUYS. WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS DUO FROM SACRAMENTO? I got tipped off about them by a mutual friend at Live 105 in San Francisco named Aaron Axelsen (he's a tastemaker like you, Mark!) and from a spiritual advisor to Muse named Lee. The first song he sent me was, "New Low" and I was blown away. I caught one of the band's first live shows in Sacramento with 25
I expect more from musicians who have made it and ﬁnancially don’t have to worry, but it seems that the big acts take less risks, the more coin they have. people in the room and followed them ever since. The band's show was visceral and emotionally compelling. Their local station (now defunct) KWOD 106.5 added their record, "New Low" and within six months the band are selling 600 tickets. Now the band are selling 700 tickets in places like Columbia, S.C. On a side note, it did take me six months to sign them because we had competitive labels chasing the band like Octone/Interscope. I did send the band an eight-page manifesto of why they should work with us. It worked! The band are a great story to be a part of. I can't wait for them to play Maine, thanks to CYY. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY TODAY? Lack of true development by labels. Giving something the time to develop before pushing the button and attorneys who blow up deals to such an expensive level that it leaves an artist no room to develop to feel real and it puts a ton of pressure on the label to recoup its investment in a hurry to see if the bloated signing sticks with the public. Responsible deals equal success for everyone on some level. IS IT SAFE TO SAY WE CAN THROW OUT WORDS LIKE "TRENDS" NOW? SEEMS CONSISTENCY IS GONE EVEN FOR THE BIGGEST NAMES IN MUSIC AND ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE SUCCESS-WISE? Yes. I expect more from musicians who have made it and financially don't have to worry, but it seems that
the big acts take less risks, the more coin they have. WHAT'S YOUR BEST ADVICE TO LOCAL MUSICIANS TRYING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN? Really do everything you can to write GREAT songs. When you've done that, guys like me and Mark will find you. There's an incredible history of music to learn from. Study the greats and apply it to your craft. WHAT'S BEEN THE BEST SHOW YOU'VE SEEN IN RECENT MONTHS? The Wombats in Liverpool, O.M.D. at Terminal 5 in NYC, Walk The Moon at Bat Bar SXSW 2011 and, believe it or not, Ozzy Osbourne in Vegas, whom I saw at CCCC in 1988. WHAT'S CALIFORNIA GOT THAT MAINE DOESN'T HAVE? (And don't give us that nice weather crap, either) Access, exposure and incredible sushi but I dream about Maine all the time. I'll be back this summer when Maine is the greatest spot on Earth. WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU MADE A MIXTAPE? Yesterday. I made one with DeadMau5, The Naked and The Famous, Foster The People, 999, The Wombats, etc for my trip to SXSW. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE WILL BE FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY? Buyouts and consolidation for the major label system. Did you hear that Warner Music Group has 10 bids? I do think there will always be a need for GREAT music so to me the future looks really promising. Follow Braden's artists and his label at www.brightantenna.com. (Mark Curdo is a DJ on 94.3 WCYY and the owner of a record label, Labor Day Records, based in Portland. Mark is not only a board member of the Portland Music Foundation, but he loves the Boston Celtics, Ginger Ale and Jack Lemmon movies. He is a weekly Daily Sun music columnist.)
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But Sunday’s planetary equinox — the day when the sun can be observed vertically overhead from the Earth’s equator — bears its own unique cosmic profile, coming the day after a full moon. “It’s kind of sweet and pretty unusual. It’s not so common for a new moon or full moon to be right with the solstice or equinox,” said Landau. “I think it will lead to a supercharging of spring energy.” On Sunday evening, Dragonfly Taijiquan will host a gong meditation exercise from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at their St. John Street studio to get in touch with the energy afforded by this cosmic coincidence. “Gongs have been used as healing instruments for a long time — how they project sound and distribute ions into the air is very different than other instruments,” he said. “The sounds just vibrate through you. People find it can be a very healing and transformative to be immersed in the primordial, resonant, healing, sacred, vibratory sounds of the gong,” he said. The session will feature gongs, singing bowls and other sound meditation instruments in a musical improvisation by Todd Glacy of Saco River Yoga. Dragonfly Taijiquan offers group and private instruction in several styles of taiji and qigong as well as guidance in authentic breathing and meditation, and often likes to schedule events to coincide with events like the equinox and solstice. “Tai Chi is very steeped in Taoism, which is very deep into studying nature and the energies of nature — trying to harmonize with solar and lunar influences,” Landau said. The studio has hosted similar events in Visitors to the Old Port cross Commercial Street Friday in front of a mural on the the past, as Landau said the cosmicallycharged equinox and solstice provide a side of Ri Ra Irish tavern. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
good opportunity for students of Eastern philosophical and religious traditions to get in touch with the natural energy around them. “A while back I use to do standing meditation practices with each solstice and equinox with the primary intention of getting past the cerebral to see if you can really feel the difference in energy rather than just talk about it,” he said. “Pretty early on there were many people who said they could really feel the energetic difference and what started to become obvious is VERNAL EQUINOX that even the solThe four seasons are stice and equinoxes determined by chang- would be moduing sunlight (not heat!) lated by the lunar — which is determined phase,” he said. by how our planet orbits Landau said an the sun and the tilt of equinox coinciding its axis. At the start of with a full moon is spring — the vernal equi- likely to produce nox — day and night are a “rushing, racing, each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual expanding energy.” “It’s a juicy time,” time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, he said. “Springis really occurring a few days before time the vernal equinox). The sun about this rapidly crosses the celestial equator changing energy, going northward; it rises exactly the earth is really due east and sets exactly due bursting outwards.” west. — SOURCE: Old Farmer’s So with a wealth Almanac of cosmic energy in the air this weekend, is it a good time to start a new project, get to that spring cleaning, or take a nature hike? “In good Taoist fashion, I should leave to that to each individual to see how it manifests in their lives, but that’s a legitimate questions we should all be asking all the time,” said Landau. Dragonfly Taijiquan’s gong meditation class takes place Sunday night at 222 St. John St., Suite 240. The session is a suggested donation of $12-$18. Advance registration is encouraged. FMI or to register contact: 761-2142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Saturday, March 19, the 78th day of 2011. There are 287 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 19, 1911, the first International Women’s Day, the inspiration of German socialist Clara Zetkin, was observed with rallies and parades in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland. On this date: In 1859, the opera “Faust” by Charles Gounod premiered in Paris. In 1918, Congress approved DaylightSaving Time. In 1920, the Senate rejected, for a second time, the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) by a vote of 49 in favor, 35 against, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval. In 1931, Nevada Governor Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legalizing casino gambling. In 1941, Jimmy Dorsey and Orchestra recorded “Green Eyes” and “Maria Elena” for Decca Records. In 1945, during World War II, 724 people were killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacked the carrier USS Franklin off Japan; the ship, however, was saved. Adolf Hitler issued his so-called “Nero Decree,” ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands. In 1951, Herman Wouk’s World War II novel “The Caine Mutiny” was first published. In 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business. In 1981, during a pre-flight test of the space shuttle Columbia, two Rockwell International employees were killed after entering a chamber filled only with nitrogen (three other workers survived). In 2003, President George W. Bush ordered the start of war against Iraq. (Because of the time difference, it was early March 20 in Iraq.) One year ago: The White House released an online video of President Barack Obama making a fresh appeal directly to the people of Iran, saying a U.S. offer of diplomatic dialogue still stood, but that the Tehran government had chosen isolation. Today’s Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroft is 86. Theologian Hans Kung is 83. Jazz musician Ornette Coleman is 81. Author Philip Roth is 78. Actress Renee Taylor is 78. Actress-singer Phyllis Newman is 78. Actress Ursula Andress is 75. Singer Clarence “Frogman” Henry is 74. Singer Ruth Pointer is 65. Actress Glenn Close is 64. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 59. Actor Bruce Willis is 56. Playwright Neil LaBute is 48. Rock musician Gert Bettens (K’s Choice) is 41. Rappper Bun B is 38. Rock musician Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) is 35. Actress Abby Brammell is 32.
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Law & Order: Los Law & Order: Special Angeles “Hollywood” (In Victims Unit “Spectacle” Stereo) Å (In Stereo) Å America’s Most News 13 on The Office Wanted: America Fights FOX “The Job, Back (N) Å Part 1” Movie: ›‡ “Norbit” (2007, Comedy) Eddie Murphy. A henpecked husband’s childhood sweetheart moves back to town. (In Stereo) Å Favorites
Ugly Betty Betty is torn Community Scrubs WPXT between work and home. Auditions “My Jiggly (In Stereo) Å Ball” Å College Basketball NCAA Tournament, Third WGME Round: Teams TBA. From Denver, Tampa, Fla., Tucson, Ariz. or Washington, D.C. (Live) Å WPME Movie: ››‡ “Muppets From Space” (1999) Gold Rush: Alaska
Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics -- The 60s (My Music) Some of the biggest hits of the 1960s. (In Stereo) Å Entourage True Hollywood Story American “The Scene” The life of rocker Bret Dad Å Michaels. Å 48 Hours Mystery Two WGME Entertaincollege students fake News 13 at ment Totheir deaths. (N) Å 11:00 night (N) Deadliest Catch Å The Unit Å
DISC Gold Rush: Alaska
FAM Movie: ››› “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) Rupert Grint
USA NCIS “Ex-File” Å
NESN NHL Hockey: Bruins at Maple Leafs
CSNE NBA Basketball Boston Celtics at New Orleans Hornets.
NCIS “Knockout” Å Bruins
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska Movie: “Billy Madison”
NCIS “Heartland” Å
Movie: ›› “Hostage”
ESPN College Wrestling NCAA Championships, Final. (Live) Å
ESPN2 Basketball Score.
2010 Poker - Europe
News Saturday Night Live Å Fringe “Stowaway” A woman with uncanny characteristics. Å News 8 Cold Case WMTW at “Our Boy Is 11 (N) Back”
SportsCenter (Live) Å
Baseball Tonight (N)
Movie: ››‡ “The Edge” (1997) Anthony Hopkins.
SportsNet SportsNet NHRA Drag Racing
Movie: ››‡ “We Own the Night”
TOON Movie: “Surf’s Up”
King of Hill King of Hill God, Devil Fam. Guy
NICK iCarly (N)
The Nanny The Nanny
Suite/Deck Good Luck Shake it Dancing
Shake It Lopez
Lockup Orange County Lockup: Raw
CNN Murder in Mexico
Piers Morgan Tonight
CNBC American Greed
The Suze Orman Show Debt/Part
MSNBC Lockup: Raw
Basketball College Basketball
LIFE “Anywhere but Here”
Justice With Jeanine
Dateline: Real Life
Murder in Mexico Debt/Part
Geraldo at Large Å
American Greed Jour.
››› “Kill Bill: Vol. 1”
Movie: ››‡ “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008) Premiere. Dateline: Real Life
Dateline: Real Life
Dateline: Real Life
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Movie: ›››‡ “Speed” (1994)
TRAV Ghost Adventures
A&E Intervention Å
House Paralysis. Å
House “Frozen” Å
Cash, Cari Secrets
BRAVO House “Games” Å
HALL Movie: “Uncorked”
Movie: “Time After Time” (2011) Premiere. Å
“Time After Time”
SYFY “Population 436”
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
“Wrong Turn 2”
ANIM Must Love Cats
Pit Boss XL (N)
Pit Boss (N) (In Stereo) Pit Boss XL (In Stereo)
HIST Underwater Universe
Movie: ››‡ “The Five Heartbeats” (1991) Leon Å
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TVLND CSI: Crime Scene TBS
SPIKE UFC Unleashed
House (In Stereo) Å
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College Basketball UFC 128: Prelims
Movie: ›› “The Punisher” (2004) (In Stereo)
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Movie: ›› “40 Days and 40 Nights” (2002)
TCM Movie: ›››› “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986)
Movie: ››› “Tarzan, the Ape Man” (1932)
DAILY CROSSWORD BY WAYNE ROBERT WILLIAMS
ACROSS 1 Loathe 8 Rolled pastry loaf 15 Resistance to motion 16 Malaria treatment 17 Waylays 18 Remove a leg from a knee 19 Avg. 20 Location of Aleppo 22 Mining products 23 Skilled one 25 For each 26 Aircraft 27 Brief argument 28 Make public 29 Ukrainian-born violinist Mischa 30 Agility with energy 33 Summertime beverage 34 Springsteen’s birthplace? 37 Dad’s love 38 Illuminated 39 Like three-hankie
movies 40 Crackpot 41 Witty remark 44 Sixth president of the U.S. 46 “The Delta of Venus” writer 47 Lion’s plaints 51 Parking attendant 52 Chasing game 53 Loose rock debris 54 Son of Judah 55 Woman with a book club 57 Carol of “Taxi” 58 1940 presidential candidate Willkie 60 Irrigated 62 Miss Havisham’s adopted daughter 63 Fair 64 Corpse 65 Fermented
DOWN Rigg and Ross Prepare a message for a spy
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known 35 Khartoum populace 36 Mythological female runner 42 Fact fabricator 43 Mamas’ chairs 45 Repaired 48 Ark’s landing spot 49 Play an improper
card 50 Sowed 55 Spicy stew 56 “__ Gun Will Travel” 59 Horror ﬁlm street 61 Oolong or lapsang souchong
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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– EVENTS CALENDAR––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– urday, March 19, 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. NR “Lionel Rogosin (1924–2000) taught himself ﬁlmmaking in order to investigate such issues as poverty, racism, and the threat of nuclear war. Shooting ‘On the Bowery,’ his ﬁrst ﬁlm, was his way of preparing for a future project on apartheid in South Africa. Using a hidden camera and creatively staged scenes, he created a harsh documentary/ﬁction hybrid about the lives of the down-and-out in Manhattan’s Bowery, the skid row of the 1950s. The ﬁlm follows three days in the life of Ray Salyer, a fresh-from-the-road arrival in the Bowery, as he passes from the street to ﬂophouses and back, interacting with human ruins who seem to exist only to ﬁnd their next drink. ‘On the Bowery’ was the ﬁrst U.S. ﬁlm to win the award for best documentary at the Venice Film Festival. ... Stay on for ‘The Perfect Team,’ a new documentary on the making of ‘On the Bowery’ by Rogosin’s son, Michael. Using archival and recent footage, he provides context for his father’s ﬁlm by delving into the history of the Bowery neighborhood and following up on the ﬁlm’s crew and ‘star,’ Ray Salyer. ‘The Perfect Team’ features two of the few ﬁlmed interviews ever recorded with Lionel Rogosin, one of them a 1956 interview on ‘The Today Show’ that also featured Ray Salyer.” http://portlandmuseum.org
Saturday, March 19 Presumpscot River Trail, West 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Portland Trails is excited to announce a 2011 Winter Walk series. This free series, made possible by a grant from Healthy Portland, is for adults and families with children who are making an effort to get more exercise, but are stymied when it comes to winter recreation. Participants are reminded to wear warm clothing, hats and gloves and bring snowshoes if there is adequate snow on the ground. Portland Trails has snow shoes available (free for members, $5/non-members) which can be reserved ahead of time. Please register for any walk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 775-2411. For more information or to check cancellations due to the weather go to www.trails.org. Charlie Baldwin, Trail Foreman, will lead a walk on our most westerly of the Presumpscot River Trail network. Enjoy this calm part of the river and the new bridge installed by Portland Trails’ board and staff this summer. Meet at Corsetti’s (just over the town line in Westbrook), 125 Bridgton Rd.
Cat show in Portland 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 155 Riverside St., behind the Howard Johnson’s Hotel. Cat show with 10 rings of competition. Many different breeds and household pet competition. Admission: Adults $5; seniors $4/students $3. Children under 12 free and active military free. Nauticats.com. 433-0155.
Fairy Tale Players
2 p.m. In March, Acorn Productions presents the second production of the season by the “Fairy Tale Players,” an ensemble of kids, teens and adults who have studied at the Acorn Acting Academy. The troupe’s new proBig Brothers Big Sisters used book sale duction is JoJo Dubois Meets His Match, an 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 15,000 used adaptation by local writer DeLorme Taylor of books will be part of the Big BIG Book Sale Seven at One Blow, the Grimm Brothers story to beneﬁt Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southfeatured in the Disney cartoon The Brave Little ern Maine. This unique fundraising event Tailor. Acorn’s Producing Director Michael will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 9 Levine directs the story of a tailor who uses a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, from his wit to parlay a relatively minor feat into a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woodfords Club, 159 kingdom, though Acorn’s “fractured fairy tale” Woodford St., Portland. There is ample parkversion is set in 1940’s Louisiana, where the ing and the event is handicap accessible. king becomes a maﬁa don, and his enemies The books, donated by several benefactors A cat show will take place today in Portland at 155 Riverside St., featuring 10 rings of competi- corrupt government ofﬁcials. Against this around southern Maine including a huge tion. Admission for adults is $5. (COURTESY PHOTO) backdrop, JoJo Dubois Meets His Match tells collection that took more than 30 years to the story of a professor with a knack for knots amass, are in good, fresh condition and are under 7 free. Ken & Mike of the WGAN Morning Show will who ﬁnds his heart tied up over a gang boss’ daughter. new to the market. The sale includes books, ephemera be broadcasting live Saturday. More than 100 boating and The production runs from March 11 to 27 in the Acorn and sheet music. For more information or to ask speciﬁc boating-related exhibitors. Sportsﬁshing seminars with Studio Theater in Westbrook, with tickets $7 for adults questions, email email@example.com or call 773.5437 Capt. Ben Conway of Reel Action Charters & Dave Barnes and $5 for kids 12 and under. Unlike previous productions and ask for extension 50. of Clark Marine. Pre-season boat pricing. Hosted by: Berlin by the ﬂedging group, “JoJo” will feature several teenage City Auto Group, Shipyard Brewing, WGME 13, 560 WGAN, actors and is best suited for audiences 8 and up due to the Maine Boat Builders show 107.5 Frank FM, 94.9 WHOM. Outside exhibits (large boats) piece’s more mature themes. Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show times for the Maine Boat Buildfree street curb boarding. Check America’s Best Shows, Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.; Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m.; ers are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inc. out on Facebook or www.AmericasBestShows.com. Saturday, March 26 at 3 p.m. (note change in time); Sunday, Sunday, at the Portland Company Complex. “A gathering March 27 at 2 p.m. Acorn Studio Theater, Dana Warp Mill, of the ﬁnest ﬁberglass and wooden custom boat builders AWS at Portland Children’s Museum 90 Bridge St., Westbrook. Cost is $7 adults; $5 kids 12 and on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufactur10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join the Animal Welfare Society under. FMI: www.acorn-productions.org or 854-0065. ers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, of West Kennebunk Humane Educator and a shelter pet at kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to disthe Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine on Free Street Greenlight Studio fundraiser cuss and sell their work.” http://portlandcompany.com/ in Portland for a hands-on program about pets and pet care. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Greenlight Studio fundraiser, a free event boatShow. For further information contact Portland Yacht Meet some great animals and learn about Pet Care and Hanwith food,drink, music and a free day pass, rafﬂes and Services at 774.1067. dling. The Children’s Museum is at 142 Free St., Portland, many great auction items to beneﬁt a scholarship and visitMaine (828-1234). For more information, call Animal Welfare ing artists fund. www.greenlight-studio.com L.L.Bean’s Spring Fishing Weekend Society (www.animalwelfaresociety.org) at 985-3244. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the biggest names in ﬁsh‘Zimbabwe Today’ ing will be at L.L.Bean on March 18-20 for L.L.Bean’s National Surveyors Week 6:30 p.m. Round Table discussion on Zimbabwe and its annual Spring Fishing Weekend. Lefty Kreh, Dave Whit1 p.m. The Narragansett Chapter of the Maine Society of Land current political, economic situation and prospects for the lock, Emily Whitlock, Tim Rajeff, Dave Klausmeyer and Surveyors will be commemorating National Surveyors Week country’s future under the Southern Africa Development others will be available at the store from 10 a.m. to 4 with an exhibition on Portland’s Western Promenade (BramCommunity (SADC) sponsored Global Political Agreement p.m. Saturday and Sunday to visit with customers, share hall Hill) at the old surveyors’ calibration monument closest (GPA). Guest speaker: Tom Morgan, who has 10 years stories, sign autographs, books and more. And new this to the Maine Medical Center. The public is welcome to drop experience working in Africa with the Peace Corps in Nigeyear, L.L.Bean will be showing the best short ﬂy-ﬁshing by and learn more about the surveying profession and meet ria, Malawi and Nigeria, with Africare in Ghana and, most ﬁlms from The Drake Magazine’s renowned Fly-Fishing local surveyors. The project is part of a nation wide effort recently, with the Catholic Relief Services in Zimbabwe. $5. Film Awards, which are shown to audiences exclusively sponsored by the National Society of Professional SurveyThe Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., 871-7188. at the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show each year ors (NSPS). Land Surveyors throughout the United States will Third Annual Etz Chaim Purim Party in Denver. Featured celebrity ﬂy tyers include David simultaneously establish new Geodetic Control Points by the 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The public is welcome to the third annual Klausmeyer, Don Bastian and Sam Kenney, who at only use of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment. The new Pruim Party at Etz Chaim Synagogue, 267 Congress St., 12 years old has already become a renowned tyer. Other points, with their coordinates, will then be published with the Portland. This event features: Belly dancing demonstration weekend highlights include free ﬂy-casting lessons, kids’ ofﬁce of the National Geodetic Survey and will be available and lessons with Rosa Noreen from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. on the activities, and a variety of demonstrations, clinics and to professionals that use the information for survey or engisecond ﬂoor; wine tasting in the upstairs foyer beginning seminars including presentations by the Maine Profesneering projects. The Narragansett Chapter of Maine Society at 7 p.m.; Purim Spiel for two in the small chapel featuring sional Guide Association, as well as several L.L.Bean of Land Surveyors is a local group of professionals that meet puppet show directed by Julie Goell, with Bess Welden and experts. Biologists from the Maine Department of Inland monthly to engage in topics and events of interest and to David Handwerker — performances at 7:15 and 8:45 p.m.; Fisheries and Wildlife will also be conducting a special promote the importance of using professional licensed land Klezmer Music performed by Steve Gruveman and friends; presentation on a very unique brook trout project they surveyors to the public. Members will be available during the Great Middle Eastern appetizers, desserts and hamenhave been working on. All event activities are free. For event on Portland’s Western Promenade to answer questions tashen direct from Boston; costumes are encouraged and more information, visit www.llbean.com/freeport, or call and to discuss the role of land surveyors in the community. prizes will be awarded for best male and female costumes 800-559-0747, ext. 37222. For more information about the Narragansett Chapter and the as well as best children’s costume. Admission is free but Maine Society of Land Surveyors please visit MSLS.org or The 40th Annual Maine Boat Show donations are welcome. For more information: Steve Brinn narragansettsurveyors.org. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday at 712-8237. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets: $8 adult, $7 senior, $4 youth (7-14), and children
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‘Bedroom Farce’ by Good Theater 7:30 p.m. A Good Theater Production. “Enter the suburban bedrooms of four married couples in this comedy about the trials and tribulations of relationships. Be on the lookout for a stolen kiss (or two).” “Hilarious…The stuff of gleeful recognition.” — London Evening Standard March 10 through April 3. Tickets at www.stlawrencearts.org. St Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. Cost: $15-$25.
‘Elephant’s Graveyard’ at UMF 7:30 p.m. University of Maine at Farmington presents George Brant’s award winning drama “Elephant’s Graveyard,” as the spring 2011 Theatre UMF production. Based on the true story of a traveling circus and its cultural collision with a small southern town, the play will be presented at 7:30 p.m., March 19; and 2 p.m., March 20, at the UMF Alumni Theater. “Elephant’s Graveyard” explores the public’s craving for spectacle and violence as it takes the audience on a journey to the world of the circus at the turn of the century. Building on both historical fact and legend, Brant’s drama tells the story of how a small, struggling circus is confronted by a Tennessee community when an accident occurs and how misunderstanding leads to tragedy. Critically acclaimed by Columbia City Paper as “a theatrical masterpiece,” Brant’s play is the Winner of the 2008 Keene Prize for Literature and 2008 David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award.
Bates orchestra fundraiser for earthquake victims 7:30 p.m. Hiroya Miura, conductor of the Bates College Orchestra and a native of Japan, has announced that the orchestra’s March 19 concert will serve as a fundraiser for a town where 1,000 people are thought to have died during the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The orchestra performs music by Beethoven and Richard Strauss in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. Donations to a relief fund for the coastal town of Yamamoto-cho, 24 miles south of Sendai, will be gratefully accepted. Miura was born and raised in Sendai, near the epicenter of the earthquake, and his parents currently reside in Yamamoto-cho. The orchestra will dedicate the concert to the memory of those lost in the disaster, and Miura will personally see that audience donations are delivered to the mayor of Yamamoto-cho. Donations can also be made online at www.batestickets.com or mailed to: Support for Japan, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston, ME 04240. For more information or to reserve seats, please contact 786-6135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Triumph of Love’ at USM 7:30 p.m. The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre and USM School of Music present “Triumph of Love,” a witty musical romance — in disguise, directed by Assunta Kent, musical direction by Edward Reichert. “Razzle-dazzle Broadway music energizes Marivaux’s classic 18th century play and will leave audiences laughing, sighing and humming the catchy tunes!” Performances in the Russell Hall auditorium on the Gorham campus are March 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m., March 20 at 5 p.m. $10 students, $15 seniors/faculty/staff/alumni, $21 general public. $10 at ﬁve show on March 16 at 5 p.m., all seats $10. High school matinee March 15 at 10 a.m. To make reservations please call the USM Theatre Box Ofﬁce at 780.5151 or purchase tickets online via the USM Theatre Department: www.usm.maine. edu/theatre. For more information on show times and tickets call the USM Theatre Box Ofﬁce at 780.5151 or visit www. usm.maine.edu/theatre to purchase tickets online.
‘The Late Henry Moss’ at Lucid Stage 8 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company presents “The Late Henry Moss,” by Sam Shepard, March 10-27. Performances Thursday through Saturday evenings. Sunday matinees. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, Portland. Playing times are Thursday: 7:30 p.m.; Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 p.m.; and Sunday 2 p.m. For ticket information, visit www.lucidstage.com or call 899-3993
Empire Burlesque Revue 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pulse Ballroom, Westbrook. “From two of the world’s most accomplished burlesque producers, comes a new show that promises to live up to its name, Empire Burlesque Revue. This show will feature a steady cast of the worlds ﬁnest performers of burlesque and variety in an intimate and classy ballroom environment at the newly renovated Pulse Ballroom. Producers Angie Pontani and Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions have teamed up again to bring you this new show that will have an emphasis of production numbers and high end performances, setting it apart from a typical variety show, it will draw inﬂuences from vintage Broadway, MGM Technicolor Musicals and the golden era of burlesque. The inaugural cast for the premiere will include burlesque royalty, Pontani, the dynamic voice of Broadway Brassy, the tappin’ tornado Helen Pontani, the Maine Attraction, the dance illusionist, Kenichi Ebina, NY’s choreographed
Sara Mapelli performs a ritual dance with 12,000 bees. “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers. The ﬁlm opens Friday, March 25 at the Portland Musem of Art. (Photo by Ruby Bloom) cuties, The World Famous Pontani Sisters and your evenings master of ceremonies, Albert Cadabra of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.” $20 Advance General Admission, $25 at the door. www. actionpackedevents.com
Sunday, March 20 Free Device Workshop for smartphone owners 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A device workshop is scheduled at the U.S. Cellular Mallside retail store located at 198 Maine Mall Road in South Portland. “U.S. Cellular, which was recently recognized in a survey by Consumer Reports as the best wireless carrier in the country, is hosting a free workshop at its Mallside retail store in South Portland on March 20 to guide customers through all of the functions and features of their Android-powered, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smartphones. All questions are welcome from current and potential smartphone users, and the workshop will cover both basic and advanced uses. The Device Workshop is being offered at U.S. Cellular retail stores across Maine. All smartphone accessories will be 25 percent off.”
Jewish Community Purim Parade 11:30 a.m. Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones will be leading the Second Annual Jewish Community Purim Parade parade. The city has partial street closings in effect during the parade, which will cross Deering Avenue, and conclude on Noyes Street. The parade is expected to last for a half hour until noon. The parade begins on the corners of Devonshire and Wadsworth Streets by Temple Beth El. The parade route will begin at Temple Beth El, swing around the JCA, the Jewish Community Alliance building on Ashmont Street, and conclude at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh on 76 Noyes St. The rabbis marching in the parade on Sunday (Rabbi Carolyn Braun, Rabbi Alice Goldﬁnger, and Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld) have invited Rachel Talbot Ross and the NAACP to march along with the Jewish community at the Purim parade. According to Rabbi Herzfeld: “In the biblical Book of Esther, the evil man Haman wanted to kill and destroy the Jews because of their race and religion. We are delighted that Rachel Talbot Ross will be marching in the parade alongside the Jewish community, representing the NAACP, and the cause of minorities and immigrants to Maine. In the same way that on Purim we celebrate that Jews were able to overcome persecution in the ancient world, as is narrated in the biblical Scroll of Esther, we pray that today in Maine no minorities will be singled out for discrimination because of race and/ or religion.” “A special effort was made by the rabbis marching in the parade to reach out and invite the NAACP, so that they would know that the Jewish community cares deeply about the issues relating to minorities and immigrants in Maine,” organizers reported. The community parade will include a ﬁre spinner, a pony, and a jazz band. Many Jewish children from across Maine will march in costume and in festive celebration. All the synagogues of Portland have joined together to sponsor the parade
together in a sign of communal togetherness. The synagogue sponsors are Temple Beth El (400 Deering Avenue), the Etz Chaim Synagogue (267 Congress St.) and Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh (76 Noyes St).
Summer Children’s Camp Fair 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. East End School Gymnasium, 195 North St., Portland. Free admission. Come meet camp staff and explore summer experiences for your child, ages tots to teens. This is the only camp fair in Southern Maine this year. For information, see www.mainecamps.org. Or call 518-9557.
South Portland High School Fashion Show 2 p.m. South Portland High School Project Graduation proudly presents its annual Fashion Show as well as an afternoon with Maine’s premier funnyman, Bob Marley, live at South Portland High School Auditorium. The class of 2011 will model the latest formal and casual wear fashions from area clothing outlets. Then at 4 p.m., Bob Marley will take the stage for an afternoon of humor and laughter. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, available at Willow’s, Broadway Variety and South Portland House of Pizza, all in South Portland. Net proceeds will beneﬁt Project Graduation, the chem-free organized graduation celebration to help keep the newest high school graduates safe.
Three B’s: Brahms, Britten, and the Beatles 2:30 p.m. A fresh new take on “three Bs,” this concert pays tribute to composers who have had as much impact on their eras as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms (the original “three Bs”) had on theirs. Portland Symphony Orchestra, featuring Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; Benjamin Britten, Nocturne for tenor, seven instruments, and strings, Op. 60; Peter Schickele, Beatleset; Benjamin Britten, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Merrill Auditorium.
‘Triumph of Love’ at USM 5 p.m. The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre and USM School of Music present “Triumph of Love,” a witty musical romance — in disguise, directed by Assunta Kent, musical direction by Edward Reichert. “Razzle-dazzle Broadway music energizes Marivaux’s classic 18th century play and will leave audiences laughing, sighing and humming the catchy tunes!” Performances in the Russell Hall auditorium on the Gorham campus are March 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m., March 20 at 5 p.m. $10 students, $15 seniors/faculty/staff/alumni, $21 general public. $10 at ﬁve show on March 16 at 5 p.m., all seats $10. High school matinee March 15 at 10 a.m. To make reservations please call the USM Theatre Box Ofﬁce at 780.5151 or purchase tickets online via the USM Theatre Department: www.usm.maine.edu/theatre. For more information on show times and tickets call the USM Theatre Box Ofﬁce at 780.5151 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/theatre to purchase tickets online. see next page
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‘Gong Meditation’ 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The planetary Spring Equinox comes on Sunday evening, March 20. The Full “Crow” Moon comes just before that on Saturday afternoon. “To better attune to these solar and lunar energies, Dragonﬂy Taijiquan will be hosting a ‘Gong Meditation’ the evening of the Equinox, March 20 at its studio in Portland, at 222 St. John Street, Suite 240. Gongs are ancient instruments used for thousands of years to promote healing, balance and intuition. Come, relax, and experience the sounds of gongs, singing bowls and other sound meditation instruments in a musical improvisation by Todd Glacy of Saco River Yoga. On this day of the Spring Equinox and (day after the) Full Moon, be immersed in the primordial, resonant, healing, sacred, vibratory sounds of the gong. Bring a pillow, mat or blanket to lie on, or a meditation cushion. There is a suggested donation of $12 to $18.” Advance registration is encouraged. FMI or to register contact: 761-2142 or dragonﬂytaiji@roadrunner.com
Secret Lives of Comedians at Lucid Stage 7:30 p.m. Secret Lives of Comedians is a monthly comedy variety show. Produced by Cloud Morris and Brian Brinegar, you can expect top notch stand up comedy, sketch, improv, and game shows. Live music with Pete Witham and The Cozmik Zombies! www.lucidstage.com
‘The Late Henry Moss’ at Lucid Stage 8 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company presents “The Late Henry Moss,” by Sam Shepard, March 10-27. Performances Thursday through Saturday evenings. Sunday matinees. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, Portland. Playing times are Thursday: 7:30 p.m.; Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 p.m.; and Sunday 2 p.m. For ticket information, visit www. lucidstage.com or call 899-3993
Monday, March 21 Toward a More Feminist Maine at the University of New England noon. Toward a More Feminist Maine: 40 years of NOW activism and alliances, JoAnne Dauphinee, founding member of Maine NOW, Maine Women Writers Collection, Portland Campus. “Dauphinee will present a vivid picture of feminist activism in Maine from the 1960s to the present, with a speciﬁc focus on the work of the National Organization for Women and its diverse projects. She will offer a view of NOW’s dynamic actions and events, and of the activists who gave generously of their time and talents to create a more feminist world and a more feminist Maine. Ms. Dauphinee will discuss Maine’s evolving political climate and look at how activist events responded to changing legislative agendas. Dauphinee is a founding member of Maine NOW and has served in various NOW leadership and alliance positions since its founding. Currently, she coordinates Maine NOW’s FAT Liberation Project, Maine NOW PAC and the highdonor program, which includes producing the monthly newsletter JAM — Jo’s Action Message. She represents NOW on the Coalition for Maine Women and the Maine Choice Coalition, and serves on the board of the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center in Bangor. She is actively involved in NOW’s Maine Feminist Memory Project, which seeks to collect the papers and oral histories of Maine feminist activists. Free and open to the public. 221-4334. The Maine Women Writers Collection (MWWC) of the University of New England. www.une.edu/mwwc
‘Discovering the Dutch’ 7:30 p.m. “Discovering the Dutch,” Maine Charitable Mechanic Association travel lecture by Sandy Mortimer, at Catherine McAuley High School auditorium, 631 Stevens Ave. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Open to the public, free to MCMA members and $2 donation at the door for non-members. 773-8396.
Mad Horse’s Dark Night Series ‘Home Free!’ 7:30 p.m. “Home Free” by Lanford Wilson at Lucid Stage. Tickets are a pay-what-you’re-able, with a suggested $10. “Agoraphobic couple Lawrence and Joanna await the arrival of their ﬁrst born child and with it, an almost certain upheaval. This short but full one-act play brings forth the grey areas of innocence and adulthood as it forces audiences to confront the traditional boundaries of relationships.” www.lucidstage.com
Tuesday, March 22 KinderKonzerts (Brass) 9:30 a.m. The last week of March will be ﬁlled with the sounds of brass buzzing thanks to Portland Symphony Orchestra’s “KinderKonzerts (Brass): Brought to You By
the Letter “B”.” Concerts will take place in Brunswick, Saco, Lewiston, Portland, Oxford and Poland. www.portlandsymphony.org.
Birthday of J. S. Bach 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Portland’s municipal organist, Ray Cornils, with guests baritone, Aaron Engebreth and violinist, Mark Paxson will present a concert in celebration of the birthday of J. S. Bach. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. Reserved seating $17, $10 Students, Under 12 Free, but must have a ticket, $2 discount for Seniors and AGO members. Tickets available through Port Tix, 207842-0800, boxofﬁce@porttix.com, www.ticket.porttix.com. For more information visit www.foko.org.
The U.S. Navy Band in South Portland 7 p.m. The U.S. Navy Band, the nation’s premiere orchestral group under the direction of Captain Brian O. Walden, will come to the auditorium at South Portland High School in a free concert. A limited amount of free tickets remain. “Proudly bearing the title of ‘The World’s Finest,’ the U.S. Navy Band is comprised of more than 175 U.S. Navy servicemen and women. They are broken down into six primary performing groups as well as smaller ensembles. Their performances include presidential inaugurations and welcoming ceremonies for diplomatic heads-of-state. This proud tradition of music in service to our country dates back to 1925, and now includes the continuing education of younger musicians, including Music in the Schools programs, clinics, master classes and hosting the High School Concerto Competition. This free concert requires advance tickets for admission, and a limited number of tickets remain. Free tickets are available at the South Portland Community Center, Starbird Music on Forest Ave in Portland and Music&Arts Center, 106 Gray Rd (Route 100) in Falmouth.” More information, including email requests for tickets, available at www.southportlandmusicboosters.org.
‘Muse of Fire’ at the St. Lawrence 7:30 p.m. “David Katz returns to Portland Maine on March 22 to perform ‘Muse of Fire,’ a true story and heartbreaking, hilarious one-man show about a modern-day Sorcerer and Apprentice — of a young conductor eager to learn the secrets of great music, and the terrifying teacher who will stop at nothing — not laughter, not even death — to make you feel its wonder.” For more information on ‘Muse of Fire,’ please visit http://museofﬁreplay.squarespace.com.” The St. Lawrence Arts Center features unique, eclectic, arts and cultural activities while preserving a distinctive National Historic Landmark that has served Greater Portland since 2001. $20 (general seating).
Wednesday, March 23 Public input opportunities for city manager search 7:30 a.m. The Portland City Council City Manager Search Committee, comprised of Councilor Cheryl Leeman (chair), Councilor John Anton and Councilor Jill Duson, will host a series of meetings with stakeholder groups as well as a public meeting to get the views of the community on what they believe are important qualiﬁcations for the city of Portland’s next city manager. Throughout the day of March 23, the City Manager Search Committee as well as Colin Baenziger of Colin Baenziger & Associates, the national search ﬁrm selected by the council to assist in the hiring process, will meet with local nonproﬁts, business groups including the Portland Community Chamber, the Portland Downtown District, and Creative Portland, neighborhood associations, city employees, School Board members as well as Portland Public Schools employees, and the city’s Multicultural Advisory Committee. The day will end with an opportunity for members of the public to provide input to the City Council at City Hall. Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Meeting with local nonproﬁts; State of Maine Room, City Hall. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Learn with the Portland Community Chamber, Portland Downtown District, Creative Portland, Greater Portland Council of Governments, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, and Cumberland County; Residence Inn Marriott. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., meeting with city of Portland employees; State of Maine Room, City Hall. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., meeting with Mul-
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ticultural Advisory Committee and members of the multicultural community; State of Maine Room, City Hall. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., meeting with Portland School Board and Portland Public Schools employees; State of Maine Room, City Hall. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., public meeting with City Council; City Council Chambers, City Hall. For members of the public unable to attend, but interested in providing feedback, they can email their suggestions to email@example.com.
Chamber meeting on city manager search noon to 1:30 p.m. The City of Portland has hired a consultant, Colin Baenziger, to assist in the hiring of a city manager. Councilor Cheryl Leeman, who chairs the City Manager Search Committee, has arranged for the Portland Regional Chamber, 60 Pearl St. to discuss the city manager search with Baenziger. “Ultimately, the manager will be hired by the Council, but that will occur after the Search Committee and the consultant have performed the preliminary search and have narrowed the ﬁeld of applicants. This is a chance for the business community to articulate what it would like to see in a city manager and to understand the process moving forward.” At The Residence Inn Marriott, 145 Fore St., Portland. Admission and lunch, $9 for members; $15 for non-members. Catering by USM Catering.
180th Birthday Party for James Phinney Baxter 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Maine Historical Society and Friends of the Eastern Promenade invite the public to an 180th Birthday Party for James Phinney Baxter. “Join us to celebrate one of Portland’s most important civic fathers. A businessman, historian, and philanthropist, James Phinney Baxter (18311921) served as mayor of Portland for six years. Among many other accomplishments, Baxter led efforts to create what is now Baxter Boulevard, to secure the land between the Eastern Promenade and harbor as public space, and to build the original Baxter Library. The father of Maine Governor Percival Baxter, James Phinney Baxter was also the president of MHS during a period of unprecedented growth (1889-1921) that included MHS’s move to Portland, the Longfellow family’s gift of the Longfellow House, and the planning and construction of the MHS library. This event will include a reception and birthday cake, and State Historian Earle Shettleworth, Jr. will present a brief illustrated introduction to Baxter’s life, career, and contributions to Maine.”
Dine Around the World 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland. The sixth annual Dine Around the World to beneﬁt Gary’s House at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Tickets are $40 each or $500 for a reserved table of ten. Register by March 18.
Family Finances Seminar 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Institute for Financial Literacy has launched a new interactive personal ﬁnance seminar series. Taught by certiﬁed educators and open to the general public, the seminars are designed to improve ﬁnancial literacy in Maine. In this session, you will learn how to manage your family ﬁnances like a business, teach your children important ﬁnancial literacy skills and gain valuable insight into important family decisions involving credit, debt, insurance and retirement planning. All seminars are being held at the Institute’s new campus conveniently located near the Maine Mall at 260 Western Avenue in South Portland. Cost is $50 per adult/$75 couple. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. To register, please call 221-3601. www.ﬁnanciallit.org
Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association series of workshops starts in Scarborough 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a new series of workshops for families caring for a loved one with memory loss or dementia. The new Wednesday evening series will begin on March 23 with a workshop on recognizing the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The workshops will run weekly at the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter’s ofﬁce at 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C in Scarborough. For more information or to register, call the Maine Chapter at 772-0115.
Peace Rally for Darfur 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., featuring speakers from the Darfur community and local activists and a documentary ﬁlm to be determined. Free and open to the public.
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Thursday, March 24
St. Paddy’s Weekend Rock-n-Roll Punkfest 4 p.m. Bands from Maine and all over New England explode onto the stage for this 21-and-older show; however, anyone age 16 and older can attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bands include Sex Tax, Jodi Explodi, Dept. of Offense, The New 45, The Burls, The Tin Thistles, Rio Bravo, Connelly, The Skummy Men, Better Than and Death Buy Radio. Racks Sports Bar And Grille, 272 Saint John St.
King of the Hill Presents: Pass the Mic II 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. King of the Hill Presents: Pass The Mic II. With MC Leslie Downes, Atomic Trash, Dirty Dishes, Lord Byron and Lady Zen. $12 adv/$15 door. One Longfellow Square.
Bates College Orchestra with Hiroya Miura 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Hiroya Miura, the Bates College Orchestra performs Beethoven’s landmark Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) and Richard Strauss’ Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston.
The Bayside Hellride: Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies / Willam Moretti 8 p.m. Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies w/ Opener Willam Moretti (Denver Boot, Fury III). Raging Rockabilly... Twisted Americana. .. and Fire and Brimstone. Bayside Bowl.
Soulive with Karl Denson at the State 8 p.m. Soulive with special guest Karl Denson at the State Theatre. “Not many bands can say they’ve recorded with Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli and John Scoﬁeld. Nor can many bands open for The Rolling Stones on one tour and have Stevie Wonder sit in with them on the next tour. The musical relationships Soulive has developed, from the aforementioned artists to Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Fred Wesley, The Roots, Ivan Neville and so many others, speak volumes about both how versatile these talented musicians are. Jazz, hiphop, rock, soul, funk, R & B, Blues – musically, there is not much the band hasn’t done. ... Karl Denson has led a storied career as a multi-faceted recording and performing artist who ﬁrst came to prominence as a member of Lenny Kravitz’ band. ...” http://www.statetheatreportland.com
Samuel James with Joe Fletcher and The Wrong Reasons, The Loomin’ Ten 8:30 p.m. “The last of the great, black, American troubadours, Samuel James is a performer of stunning singularity. He has irreversibly changed what it means to be a solo act.” The Loomin’ Ten is the new project of Aleric Nez, Dave Noyes (Seekonk), and Burdie Bird (Over A Cardboard Sea). SPACE Gallery. $8, 18 plus.
Unleashed: A Documentary Film and Concert from Marion Grace 8 p.m. A showing of the documentary ﬁlm created at Marion Grace’s sold out CD Release concert at Port City Music Hall one year ago in Portland. The documentary was ﬁlmed by Acadia Studios and this night will feature the premiere screening of this ﬁlm as well as live music performances by the band and special guests. Marion Grace was conceived years ago by namesake lead singer and songwriter Ralph Marion Graceffa and the current members have been together since 2008. $8, all ages. One Longfellow Square. http:// onelongfellowsquare.com
Angeles Philharmonics; the London, Cincinnati and San Francisco symphony orchestras; and the Royal Concertgebouw. Possessing a soulful stage presence, the young pianist has over 30 major concertos in his repertoire, ranging from Bach to Rachmaninoff.” Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $34, public; $31, members, $10, students: www.portlandovations.org
Bad Seeds: Dead Man’s Clothes, Panda Bandits, and the Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue
7:30 p.m. The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. For this show, the Panda Bandits will be releasing their debut cassette EP, titled REVOLVER. The seductive and subversive Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue offer an inspired feast. And Dead Man’s Friday, March 25 Clothes return home from their SXSW Tickets to experience Nikolai Lugansky on Sat- tour. Has there ever been a better Steve Forbert at One Longfellow urday, March 26 at 3 p.m. are $31 for Ovations’ reason to venture down the back 8 p.m. “Given the mythic nature of members and $34 for the general public. A lim- alleys of Biddeford? Email your mailForbert’s early career, one can be ited number of $10 student tickets are also avail- ing address to theottersden@gmail. com to request a hand printed show forgiven for wondering what he’s done able. (COURTESY PHOTO) invitation designed Kris Johnsen’s since parting company with Geffen Emblem Studios. $10 if you are a Good Seed. $6 if you are Records after they released The American in Me in 1992. Bad Seed. Good Seeds will receive a ﬂower at the door. The fact is that Steve Forbert has never stopped writing, All advance ticket holders will receive $1 off the purchase singing and performing and has released twelve studio of the Panda Bandit’s REVOLVER EP. Get your tickets. albums, three live sets and four DVDs since 1978 - to say Bad Seeds: $6 / Good Seeds $10. http://theoakandtheax. nothing of the several compilations and archival releases that blogspot.com/ are available through his website (www.steveforbert.com) The freedom to release music when he chooses to and follow his Kevin Burke and Cal Scott own muse without having to cowtow to the ﬁckle whims of 8 p.m. “Legendary Irish ﬁddler Kevin Burke of Bothy Band musical fashion has ironically resulted in his creating albums and Patrick Street fame teams up with versatile American like Evergreen Boy, Mission of The Crossroad Palms and guitarist Cal Scott in celebration of their critically acclaimed Strange Names and New Sensations that must surely be release Across the Black River. Since the early 1970s Kevin considered amongst the best releases of his career.” http:// has been a well-known ﬁgure in the Irish music world. His onelongfellowsquare.com 30 years of recordings and performances have made him a highly inﬂuential ﬁgure both as a soloist and as a member of such esteemed groups as the Bothy Band, Patrick Street Saturday, March 26 and The Celtic Fiddle Festival. In 2002 Kevin was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in acknowledgement of his Nikolai Lugansky on piano valued contribution to traditional music. Cal Scott is a native 3 p.m. “Hailed as the next in the line of great Russian Oregonian who has played in folk, rock and jazz ensembles pianists, Nikolai Lugansky has been a prizewinner at the for three decades.” One Longfellow Square. http://www. Tchaikovsky International Competition, the International onelongfellowsquare.com/ Bach Competition, and the All-Union Rachmaninoff Competition, among others. With a glittering career that Monday, March 28 spans the globe, Lugansky frequently performs with esteemed ensembles such as the Tokyo and the Los
Decompression Chamber Music Season
6 p.m.“Concert No. 3 ‘USA’ music by our own violist, Mark Berger, and Schubert. Bring someone who has never been to a Chamber Music Concert and the newbie gets in free! This ‘rush hour’ concert series is designed for you! Stop in for an entertaining hour on your way home from work. Bring a date! Have glass of wine, listen to beautiful music, become a connoisseur.” ($10 adv/$12 door, 6 p.m.) One Longfellow Square.
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Gordon Lightfoot at Merrill 8 p.m. Larry Shaeffer Presents, Gordon Lightfoot at Merrill Auditorium. “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down…” are lyrics from one of his most famous ballads, but they just as easily could be used to describe the phenomenal career of iconic singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot. Fellow Canadian, Robbie Robertson calls him a national treasure, while millions of fans the world over continue to be touched by Gordon Lightfoot’s remarkable contributions to music history. Lightfoot, who celebrates his 72nd birthday later this year, shows no signs of slowing down.”
Titus Andronicus with Brenda at Space Gallery
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8:30 p.m. With critics falling over themselves to cite Titus Andronicus’ epic second album “The Monitor” as one of 2010’s top releases, the New Jersey band is poised for further ascension in 2011. They effortlessly glide through ambient drones, blazing saxophone, pianos homages to “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” complete marching drumlines, Thunder Tube solos, fourteen-minute Billy Bragg knockoffs, backwards liturgical pieces, bombastic country duets, garbage cans hit with tambourines, choirs of angels with bromantic faces, probably too many spoken word interludes lifted from cassette tapes, and, of course, the hissy-ﬁt punk songs and off-key warbling that suggest Conor Oberst in a vat of acid. In summary, this band rules. Portland’s own indie rock darlings, Brenda, start out the night right. $10, 18 plus. www.space538.org/