Fenix Theatre Co. Brings Shakespeare Back To The People

Quick refresher of what your high school English teacher taught you.  Shakespeare's plays were performed in daylight.  The common folk attended the plays and spent much of the performance eating, drinking, talking, and waiting for one of the Great Bard's dirty jokes -- of which there were always plenty.  In Elizabethan England high theater would … Continue reading Fenix Theatre Co. Brings Shakespeare Back To The People

Concert Review: Lake Street Dive at the LL Bean Concert Series (7.20.13)

The name Lake Street Dive doesn't exactly invoke classy connotations.  The band name makes me think of smoky bars in backwoods towns where shiftless people drink cloudy beer and think shiftless thoughts. The band that hit LL Bean's outdoor stage on Saturday night (7.20.13) was anything but shiftless.  With lush, tasteful harmonies, beautiful pop grooves, … Continue reading Concert Review: Lake Street Dive at the LL Bean Concert Series (7.20.13)

Concert Review: The Moth Main Stage Event at the State Theater (6.6.13)

The Moth is a storytelling godsend.  For those who haven't listened to The Moth Radio Hour on NPR (Sunday nights at 7 on MPBN), here's how The Moth works: a storyteller takes the stage without any notes and tells a true story for ten minutes or less.  Other than that, there aren't any rules.  Their … Continue reading Concert Review: The Moth Main Stage Event at the State Theater (6.6.13)

Concert Review: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Reach New Heights

If you've found yourself on my blog before, then you most likely read the post where I gush over Josh Ritter.  Gush might be too minor a word.  Lyrically, the guy can ne'er do wrong in my ears.  I'm even willing to let slide the occasional musical shortcoming because atop that shortcoming is usually a … Continue reading Concert Review: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Reach New Heights

Experience the Spatial Bliss of Portland’s In’finiti Distillation and Fermentation

I once heard the poet Derek Walcott read a poem where in it he vows not to write any more poems about the moon.  That's the way I feel about writing about beer and beer joints.  Wolcott has the moon; I have beer.  If I indulge every writing whim I have for praising an IPA … Continue reading Experience the Spatial Bliss of Portland’s In’finiti Distillation and Fermentation

Giving Sugarloaf its Propers: An Update to My Sunday River Love Story

It's Monday in late March.  My legs ache beautifully.  The strong sensory memory of a Bag Burger lingers.  The vista seen from the Snowfields still moves my skier's soul.  And those turns a few days after 15" of snow: damn it's good to be alive on the same planet as Sugarloaf. I was lucky enough … Continue reading Giving Sugarloaf its Propers: An Update to My Sunday River Love Story