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    February 21, 2010

    Soup’s on in a big, bold way at Veranda Noodle Bar

    Customers bow over the steam rising from huge china bowls of noodle soup at Veranda Noodle Bar. With patient pleasure, they start swooping up ribbons of thin noodles with chopsticks. Since slurping is entirely essential, dining takes on an aura of play as they poke and prod, diving after wontons and fishing out slivers of […]

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    February 21, 2010

    The way we were

    Back in her hometown of Allagash, Cathie Pelletier collaborates with other residents on a book celebrating local lore.

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    February 21, 2010

    Alice shares tales from ‘Wonderland’ set

    Tim Burton is back in theaters on March 5 with ”Alice in Wonderland” but, unlike the filmmaker’s ”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” this bookshelf adaptation veers from its namesake source material in major ways. We spoke about that and other matters with 20-year-old Aussie newcomer Mia Wasikowska, who has the title role in the film, […]

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    February 21, 2010

    Arts Dispatches

    PORTLAND: MECA receives three grants for Porteous Building project Maine College of Art recently received three grants to complete the restoration of the Porteous Building. The Maine Arts Commission provided $15,000 to equip Osher Hall, MECA’s 112-seat lecture hall, with Americans with Disabilities Act technology to ensure full accessibility. The Quimby Foundation supported the overall […]

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    February 21, 2010

    Arts Planner

    This week • At 8 p.m. Saturday at Gorham Middle School, the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra will perform the premiere of ”The Lost Art of Steam Heating,” a new piece by composer and teacher Travis M. Ramsey, a 2003 alumna of the University of Southern Maine — for orchestra and two cast-iron radiators. Yes, radiators. […]

  • Published
    February 21, 2010

    Forget the oompahs and hear what a tuba can really do

    Everybody knows what a tuba is. As usual, everyone is wrong. There is no clear definition of the instrument, and there are more than a dozen that have been given the name. Wagner invented two of them so he could have an eight-voice bass choir. Despite the children’s book ”Tubby the Tuba,” there aren’t many […]

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    February 21, 2010
    LONGFELLOW

    Honan channels the worst poet ever in Portland Stage’s ‘Real McGonagall’

    Portland actor Mark Honan stars in the Portland Stage Company production of ”The Real McGonagall,” on stage in the studio theater beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. The one-man show was to have opened last week, but Honan took ill and opening night was postponed. Honan portrays Sir William Topaz McGonagall, who on the eve of […]

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    February 21, 2010

    I’ll have the chilly

    Warm-hearted Mainers brave icy waters to raise money for Camp Sunshine.

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    February 21, 2010

    Maine State: Transition and a fond farewell

    BRUNSWICK – The curtain rises on the Maine State Music Theatre summer season in four months, and Steven Peterson is ready. He’s lined up the shows and hired the directors, and is making casting decisions about the season-opening production of ”Always … Patsy Cline,” scheduled to open June 9. Before then, there are a million […]

  • Published
    February 21, 2010

    Signings, etc.

    DWAYNE RAYMOND

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