Roomful of Blues to raise a ‘Ruckus’ at The Grand

By Dale McGarrigle on Jan. 15, 2009, at 7:50 p.m.
As a musical form, the blues has been around for hundreds of years. Roomful of Blues has been around for only 41 years. Yet the Rhode Island band, which will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The …

Portland art museum names new director

By From Staff Reports on Jan. 15, 2009, at 7:40 p.m.
Mark Bessire, the director of the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, has been named the new director of the Portland Museum of Art. Bessire will begin his new position March 2, the Portland museum announced Thursday.

‘Friday Night Lights’ back on course after a flighty second season

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 15, 2009, at 7:32 p.m.
There are only two words to describe the new season of “Friday Night Lights” — JumboTron. Yes, Dillon Panther fans, after a long, and I do mean long, dry spell, football is back where it …

Diamonds in the rough in community radio

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 15, 2009, at 7:06 p.m.
Before I was a newspaperwoman, I was a radio girl. I remember walking into the old East Annex offices of WMEB during my first week of school at the University of Maine and asking if I could have a show.

Shallow script, stock dialogue hold film back

By Christopher Smith on Jan. 15, 2009, at 6:44 p.m.
The new Edward Zwick movie, “Defiance,” is based on the true story of a group of Jewish brothers who witnessed the murder of their family and friends at the hands of the Nazis during World War II.

It’s true: a Mainer engaged to ‘Idol’ judge

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 15, 2009, at 6:20 p.m.
Before we get to the reality subject of the week, I must tell you the latest news (which some of you already may know). Maine’s very own Mike McCuddy — a schoolteacher turned general contractor — is engaged to the newest “American Idol” judge, Kara DioGuardi.

‘American Idol’ judge to wed Mainer

on Jan. 15, 2009, at 11:23 a.m.
According to published reports, new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is engaged to former Orono High School art teacher Michael McCuddy, shown here in a 2002 Orono yearbook. …

Mark your calendar: Fest Fun

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 15, 2009, at 12:08 a.m.
The Stonington Opera House plays host to two terrifically talented teachers this week as it brings storyteller John Spelman and circus and clowning artist Randy Judkins to its space for workshops and performances.