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  • A new batch of songs from up-and-comer Katie MatzellA new batch of songs from up-and-comer Katie Matzell

    Image courtesy of Katie Matzell So there I was, standing outside One Longfellow Square waiting for the doors to open to the Music Video Portland Awards Show (which were spectacular) when I spied a poster for the upcoming Katie Matzell EP-release show. I’ve loved the song “Don’t They Say” since Matzell released it last fall. The song is bright and funky, with Adam Frederick on bass, Emmett Harrity on keys, guitarist Max Cantlin, drummer Chris Sweet and Lyle Divinsky, Anna Lombard, Gina Alibrio and Monique Barrett on backing vocals. In other words, Matzell assembled a cast of local superstars, and they all sound sensational. Matzell’s vocals are sweet, full and gorgeous. Suffice it to say, I was thrilled to hear a new batch of songs was ready for the world. So, right from my phone, I fired off a message to Matzell asking her to send me the EP stat. When I strolled into my office the next morning it was waiting for me via email and I put my headphones on and readied myself. Matzell is the daughter of a former radio disc jockey and grew up with access to a formidable record library in her basement. On her website, katiematzell.com, she lists major influences as The Beatles, Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin. Matzell also just spent a weekend in Massachusetts at a vocal workshop led by Lake Street Dive’s Rachael Price. Not too shabby! As for the rest of the tracks on the EP, they’re fantastic. “Brick Sideways” is a silky smooth, slow jam with bass lines you’ll feel in your toes. The song also has something of a reggae boppiness to it, making it all the more ear-friendly, and Matzell’s voice blossoms like petals opening in the warmth of the sun.  “Better Late Than Never” is a dreamy, breezy number with angelic backing vocals floating like feathers throughout it. The bass on this one is thick like molasses. Matzell and her crew turn in a wondrous, slowed-down take on the George Harrison-penned Beatles tune “I Need You.” The song is certainly recognizable, but it has more longing in it vocally than the happy-sounding original version. Well done! “On the Line” continues down the R&B path with horn, hand claps and the ever-present burly bass lines that are a key ingredient of the entire EP. “On the line, on the line/Got to get those linens on the line/Gotta get me to the church on time,” sings Matzell, stretching out vocally at the end of each verse. Matzell’s EP ends with “That Kind of Love,” and she chose it well as the final song. This is a song with teeth. Cantlin’s guitar is scathing, and Matzell’s vocals are fierce and dazzling. Hear these songs live and pick up a copy of the EP at the show, and keep up with Matzell on her website and on Facebook. By the way, you won’t want to miss Dominic Lavoie of Dominic and The Lucid. Killer guitarist, great songwriter and mighty fine singer. Katie Matzell with Dominic Lavoie 8 p.m. Jan. 27. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10 in advance, $12 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com  

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    Four South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot early Tuesday morning.

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    Police in Portsmouth were asking people to avoid Dennett Street due to an "evolving police situation," the department posted on its Facebook page Tuesday morning

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    The FairPoint name is going away.

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    New Hampshire lawmakers are again considering changing the age at which residents can marry.

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    Family members are hoping to raise awareness about this case so search efforts can continue in Guatemela.

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    How's the weather looking for your Tuesday? Get your latest Maine's Total Weather video forecast from Meteorologist Ted McInerney.

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    The owner of a North Dakota Chick-fil-A is apologizing after a woman claimed she was kicked out of the restaurant when she began breastfeeding her baby.

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    A 3-year-old girl in Oklahoma was attacked and killed by a dog her family owned for just a few days.

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  • Japanese broadcaster apologizes after false North Korea missile alertJapanese broadcaster apologizes after false North Korea missile alert

    Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

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  • Acadia: A winter wonderland no matter the weather conditionsAcadia: A winter wonderland no matter the weather conditions

    Well, I was going to tell you about the fantastic cross-country skiing on the carriage roads of Acadia National Park. And the awesome snowshoeing on the park’s many miles of trails. But I got so busy doing a lot of both recently that setting down to the keyboard has taken a big back seat. And now, of course, with a couple of oddball days in the mid-50s and a few inches of dreaded rain, things aren’t looking quite so rosy out there. But this is Maine and it’s only the middle of January, so you know full well that there’s lots more winter ahead, plenty of snow and cold to go around, that’s for sure. Yep, don’t like the weather, then wait a minute. Or maybe a day. It’s 54 degrees right now as I write this, but a look at the forecast tells me that in just 16 hours the temperature will plunge to 9 degrees. And four days from, 8 to 12 inches of snow is predicted. There you have it. Cross-country skiing on Acadia’s groomed carriage roads is a pretty amazing experience. Carey Kish photo. So, while we wait for this January thaw thing to pass, how about I tell you about the fantastic cross-cross country and snowshoeing and hiking to be had here at Acadia, which is wide open for your recreational pleasure all year long. Sure, the Park Loop Road might be closed (till mid-April), but there are plenty of other access points on the various public roads that cut through park land, including Routes 3, 198 and 233 on the east side of Mt. Desert Island and Routes 102 and 102A on the west side. Many of the trailhead parking lots along these routes are plowed to boot, and a few even have vault toilets that are open for use. Something I wasn’t aware of till recently is that the Ocean Drive section of the Park Loop Road from Schooner Head Road to Otter Cliff Road – the section that includes Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and gets you close to Otter Cliff – is plowed and open to vehicles. How cool is that! Makes for easy access to Great Head, The Bowl and Gorham Mountain, for starters, never mind the most excellent walking along the Ocean Path. Skier on the Amphitheater Loop. The Acadia Winter Trails Association grooms about 25 miles of the carriage road system. Carey Kish photo. So, about that cross-country skiing. Wow, when it’s good it is so very good. Thanks to whenever Mother Nature deposits a goodly amount of snow, and then to the amazing cadre of volunteers who machine groom and track a series of ski loops, something like 25 miles all told. These precious volunteers are members of the Acadia Winter Trails Association, part of Friends of Acadia. Whenever it dumps more than a few inches, the groomers are out the next morning doing their thing. You’ve just gotta love them. A wide swath is groomed and a traditional track is set. Signs will indicate so, but you should know ahead of time: One edge of the trail is tracked for traditional skiers, while the other edge is for snowshoeing enthusiasts, booted hikers and dogs. Skate skiers get the middle of the corduroy swath, as well as traditional skiers who don’t care to stay in the track. Please follows these simple rules of etiquette and we’ll all get along just fine. Probably the most popular jumping off point for carriage road skiers is the parking lot on Route 233 at the north end of Eagle Lake. This provides access to the Witch Hole Loop, a sweet 6.5-mile circuit to the north at Paradise Hill, as well as the 6-mile Aunt Betty Loop, which heads south along Eagle Lake. The 4-mile Hadlock Pond Loop and the 5-mile Amphitheater Loop are accessed from Route 3/198 at either the Parkman Mountain trailhead or Brown Mountain Gatehouse. Be sure to check the grooming status of the carriage road trail loops before heading out so you know what’s been worked on and what hasn’t. Carriage road users need to follow a few simple rules. Traditional track skiers, skate skiers, and snowshoers/booted hikers/dogs all have their place on the groomed trail. Signs make it clear. Carey Kish photo. In addition to skiing the carriage roads, the entire park is open to snowshoers and hikers. That’s something like 130 miles of trails. Carey Kish photo. View of Sand Beach, the Beehive and part of Gorham Mtn. from the trail on Great Head. Carey Kish photo. Hiker enjoying a winter’s day on Great Head. Carey Kish photo. On the Wonderland Trail on the west side of Mt. Desert Island not far from Seawall. Carey Kish photo. More info to help plan your Acadia winter visit: Acadia National Park Acadia Winter Trails Association Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Southwest Harbor-Tremont Chamber of Commerce Cadillac Mountain Sports    

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  • Mom convicted in daughter's drowning charged in death of second babyMom convicted in daughter's drowning charged in death of second baby

    A Michigan woman facing charges in the 2016 death of her infant daughter was convicted nearly seven years ago after another daughter died while taking a bath with her in Oklahoma.

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  • Raymond E. Malley Jr., 70 - The Sun ChronicleRaymond E. Malley Jr., 70 - The Sun Chronicle

    The Sun ChronicleRaymond E. Malley Jr., 70The Sun ChronicleWESTBROOK, Maine — Raymond E. Malley Jr., 70, passed away on Dec. 20, 2017 after a lengthy illness. He was the beloved son of Raymond E. Malley and the late Lillian (Heaver) Malley. Raymond was a 1964 graduate of Foxboro High School before attending ...

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  • Maine NAACP hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day dinner - WGMEMaine NAACP hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day dinner - WGME

    WGMEMaine NAACP hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day dinnerWGMEPORTLAND (WGME) – Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and this year marks 50 years since his death. Every year people from across the state gather to celebrate his legacy. At the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, a room full of people from all ...Maine celebrates Martin Luther King DayThe Republicall 4,348 news articles »

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  • After bashing homers at Hadlock Field last summer, Barfield gets another shot with Red Sox - Press HeraldAfter bashing homers at Hadlock Field last summer, Barfield gets another shot with Red Sox - Press Herald

    Press HeraldAfter bashing homers at Hadlock Field last summer, Barfield gets another shot with Red SoxPress HeraldBarfield's 27 home runs (in only 93 games) was a Sea Dogs' record as a Red Sox affiliate (The distinction from Portland's original Marlins affiliate is notable because the 37-foot “Maine Monster” left-field wall was built when the Sea Dogs linked with ...

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  • Jon Fishman Jams With Local Band At Maine Political Awareness Event [Watch] - Live for Live MusicJon Fishman Jams With Local Band At Maine Political Awareness Event [Watch] - Live for Live Music

    Live for Live MusicJon Fishman Jams With Local Band At Maine Political Awareness Event [Watch]Live for Live MusicOn Sunday evening, January 14th, Phish drummer Jon Fishman continued to extend his involvement in local Maine politics by participating in a Portland event aimed at gaining support for reinstating ranked choice voting in the state. The event, dubbed ...and more »

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  • Democrats say fake news posted on conservative website, shared by Republican Party, tainted Lewiston mayoral race - Press HeraldDemocrats say fake news posted on conservative website, shared by Republican Party, tainted Lewiston mayoral race - Press Herald

    Press HeraldDemocrats say fake news posted on conservative website, shared by Republican Party, tainted Lewiston mayoral racePress HeraldFake news – misleading stories that have mushroomed in the age of social media and that became Internet fodder during the 2016 presidential election – had found a way into Maine politics, Chin's supporters said. Of even more concern to some Democrats ...and more »

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  • Beehive shows its activist art in PortlandBeehive shows its activist art in Portland

    Members of the Collective at work. Photo courtesy of USM Photo courtesy of USM One of Maine’s most progressive and socially aware art collectives will show its work this winter at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. “Cross Pollinating the Grassroots: Works of the Beehive Design Collective” opens Monday at USM’s Area Gallery. For nearly 20 years, members of the Beehive Design Collective have created elaborate, narrative graphics for use by social movements and communities in struggle in the United States and elsewhere. Derived from the ancient tradition of sung stories, these graphics are animated by dozens of artists around the world. Longtime members of the collective, known as “bees,” also lead hands-on skill-sharing workshops with activists. While at USM, the collective will develop graphics alongside campaigns for justice in southern Maine. The exhibition will run through March 29. The collective is based in Machias. Emily Simons, a Pittsburgh-based cultural organizer, illustrator and graphic designer, will talk Feb. 16 on the Gorham campus. Simons began her work in art activism as a member of the collective. For more than a decade, she traveled around the U.S. presenting the Beehive’s graphic works to communities in struggle and using arts-based education in social movement contexts. Simons will be an artist in residence at USM through March 9. “Cross Pollinating the Grassroots: Works of the Beehive Design Collective” WHEN: Monday through March 29 WHERE: Area Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, USM, Portland TALK: Collective member Emily Simons will discuss the work of the Beehive from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall, Gorham

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  • Get high-end drinks and snacks in historic Bolster, Snow & Co.Get high-end drinks and snacks in historic Bolster, Snow & Co.

    One of two bar areas at Bolster, Snow & Co. Photos by Colleen Katana There is nothing I love more than a beautiful, historic building. In fact, my house is a stop on a historic trolley tour here in Maine (no, I won’t tell you which one), but that’s how much I love historic properties – to willingly take on a decade-long restoration project, which, let’s be honest, will probably last more like two decades. So, I was thrilled to check out Bolster, Snow & Co. I watched that property sit abandoned for 10 years, and I dreamed of a life where I had the funds to buy it myself and bring it back to its glory, and I’m so excited that the DeLois brothers did just that, turning the 1881 property into a 15-room boutique hotel called The Francis, named after the original architect, Francis Fasset. The two-year renovation project is so beautifully done that you would never even know the property had once been home to a funeral parlor after the mansion served as a private home. Inside, hardwood floors and several lounge areas surround crackling fires. Beautiful, carved woodwork complements the original fireplace tiling, creating a gorgeous intertwined combination of contemporary and historic. Walk a little deeper inside and you’ll find the bar and restaurant, its name a nod to Mellen E. Bolster, a wealthy merchant for whom Francis Fasset originally designed the house. While the inside of the hotel lobby is beautifully historic, I was surprised that the bar itself didn’t reflect more of the building’s history within it. The bar and restaurant is composed of two very small rooms and two small bars, one of which faces the (rather brilliant) chef, Nicholas Verdisco and team, as they work to create your food. The floors are hardwood (and likely original), the walls are painted gray and white, and generic posters adorn the walls. Where was the nod to the rich history of the building? Why weren’t there photographs of what the home used to look like or even old photographs of the streets of Portland? There was nothing wrong with the ambiance, except that I was surprised, and it didn’t seem to fit the rest of the property. The Winter Sour ($9) has Campari, lemon, honey The cocktail list had seven specialty cocktails to choose from, as well as a full bar and huge wine list, most of the selections available by the bottle. I started my evening with the Honey Buck ($13), which was made with Stroudwater vodka, lemon, ginger and honey. It was a simple mixture and quite delicious. I could have used a touch less lemon and a pinch more ginger, however, that’s just my preference since I’m not a big sour flavor person. Because of that, I was nervous to try my husband’s drink, the Winter Sour for $9. However, this drink was unique and delicious. I loved how the smoky Campari offset the lemon and honey, and the egg white added a frothy, slightly creamy texture that complemented all the flavors. In fact, I liked it so much that my husband and I switched drinks. Truffled deviled eggs are one of the delightful snack offerings. We were also feeling peckish and decided to try some of the snacks ($6 each or three for $15). We tried the much talked about carrot fries, the pickle bowl and the truffled deviled eggs. As I mentioned above, the drinks were great, however, this food was outstanding. The carrot fries were a fresh take on that beloved old side – delicious and crispy with a nice sweetness that you find with certain root vegetables. Deviled eggs are becoming pretty trendy, but I had to admit, Bolster, Snow & Co. knew just how to make them, drizzled with truffle oil and sprinkled with paprika. They were delicious and simple without too many bells and whistles. And I assumed the pickle bowl would just be fine, but it was an assortment of freshly pickled vegetables, including beets, kimchi, cucumbers and other seasonal veggies. The food was so incredible, we found ourselves making a reservation to come back for the next prix fixe night, which happens every Wednesday. In the future, if I’m just going for drinks, I would opt out of the dining area and sit instead in the front parlor so I could really enjoy all that beautiful historic architecture Francis Fasset gave to us. Bolster, Snow, & Co. WHERE: 747 Congress St., Portland PHONE: 772-7496 WEBSITE: bolstersnow.com HOURS: 5-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday AMENITIES: Prix fixe menu every Wednesday night, seasonal menu, full bar, parking (across the street at Tandem after 6 p.m.), fireplace, chef’s counter, dinner, weekend brunch BOTTOM LINE: The drinks are good, well thought out and made with care. However, the food here is where it’s at. Get the best of both worlds by sitting at the chef’s counter and watching the magic happen or, if you’re not eating, sit out in the front lounge by the fireplace and enjoy one of the fabulous cocktails. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes

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  • Florida Trail offers unique hiking experienceFlorida Trail offers unique hiking experience

    Alligator at Big Cypress National Preserve Photos by Carey KishAlong the Suwannee RiverBig Cypress National PreserveCarey Kish in Cypress National PreserveEvening glow Gulf ISlands National SeashoreFlorida Trail crossingLongleaf Pine ForestOpen country on Florida TrailPines and prairies on the Florida TrailSunset Gulf Islands National SeashoreWater moccasin or cottonmouth at Bradley Bay Wilderness Apalachicola One year ago, this Mainer was in the early days of an unlikely long hike in a rather unusual place. While the Pine Tree State was locked in the deep freeze of January, I was in the Sunshine State, trekking northbound on the Florida National Scenic Trail, an extraordinary journey from the edge of the Everglades to Pensacola Bay. It would take 72 days to cover the 1,100-mile distance. It’s minus-8 degrees as I write this, and glancing at the television, I see the Weather Channel guy is showing a map of southern Florida, where it’s 72 degrees. As I load another log into the woodstove, you know darn well where I’d rather be right now, hiking happily along in shorts and T-shirt with a big smile on my sunburned face. A lot of Mainers apparently have the same thoughts about escaping the snow and cold. I checked in with AAA Northern New England the other day and learned that bookings to Florida from the Portland and Bangor airports are strong from now through April. The theme parks of Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World are the big attractions, so too are the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico beaches. For me, Florida never held much appeal until recently. I went once for a conference in Orlando and then again for a long weekend of carousing in Key West. Other than that, though, forget about it. The place was too flat, too hot and humid, and there were too many people. And then, quite by accident, I discovered Florida’s wealth of hiking trails, bounty of public lands and astounding ecological diversity. In early March 2015, on the way south to begin a second Appalachian Trail thru-hike, my wife and I overshot Georgia and didn’t stop until we reached the Florida Panhandle. Before tackling the rigors of the AT, I needed a good dose of sun and warmth, and we found both during a week of camping and hiking at Gulf Islands National Seashore and Apalachicola National Forest. Both of these federal lands contain good stretches of the Florida Trail. We spent many delightful hours following the orange blazes through sandy scrub and along beaches, into deep woods of pines and palms and oaks, through dark and swampy thickets, and across savannas of long grass and saw palmetto. These wild landscapes were so unfamiliar to my experience that I completely fell for the place and knew I’d have to come back for more. The Florida Trail is the only long-distance trail in the U.S. that you can hike in wintertime without the need for serious cold-weather gear, making it an obvious draw for hikers from around the country and across the northern hemisphere. There are big loops around either side of both Orlando and Lake Okeechobee, an alternate finish at the Alabama border, and several other side trails. All told, the Florida Trail system tallies an impressive 1,400 miles of hiking. While you could easily spend your winter vacation time lounging with a cocktail on Fort Lauderdale’s beaches or wandering through the fantasy world of Mickey Mouse and Sleeping Beauty, you should also consider a hiking adventure on a portion of the Florida Trail. My favorite part was the 72 miles through Ocala National Forest, with its crystalline springs, scrub forests and expansive prairies. Big Cypress National Preserve offered the most excitement, 30 miles of mostly wet walking through sawgrass prairies and cypress strands, including the memorable Black Lagoon. The Suwannee River is a meandering 62-mile hike that’ll surely have you singing the old Stephen Foster tune. St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge, Ecofina Creek Conservation Area and Blackwater River State Forest are also worth a good look-see. Hiking in Florida is unlike anything you’ve done before, believe me, so a good measure of preparation is in order. There are alligators, yes, but they’re generally not interested in you if you keep your distance. Four types of poisonous snakes require vigilance, especially the cottonmouths and rattlesnakes. There are mosquitoes even in winter. Consider yourself lucky if you see a panther or bear. Florida Hikes! is a fantastic resource for information and inspiration on the Florida outdoors; visit floridahikes.com.  

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  • Back in Maine, filmmaker brings famous faces to ‘Lady Psycho Killer’Back in Maine, filmmaker brings famous faces to ‘Lady Psycho Killer’

    Nathan Oliver on the set of “Lady Psycho Killer.” Photos courtesy of Nathan Oliver Sometimes, making it as a Maine filmmaker means leaving Maine – and coming back. That’s part of Nathan Oliver’s journey, anyway. The Caribou native, who has contributed to the 2015 iteration of Maine’s own annual horror anthology, Damnationland, chased his filmmaking dreams out of the state – and the country – spending 10 years working in Montreal. But Maine is hard to break away from for good, and now Oliver, living in South Portland, is preparing for the national DVD release of his latest horror film, “Lady Psycho Killer.” Daniel Baldwin is one of the recognizable faces in the film. Filmed in 2015 in Atlanta, Montreal and Ontario, the film is about a young woman (played by Kate Daly) who embarks on the titular psycho killing spree against the various sleazy and otherwise disappointing men in her life and boasts an impressive roster of “name” actors as the anti-heroine’s roster of deserving victims. The bloody dark comedy will be in stores – including Maine’s own Bull Moose Music locations – next month, so I talked to Oliver about his experiences and advice as a hard-working Maine filmmaker whose hard work has started to pay off. Watch the trailer:  So where did “Lady Psycho Killer” come from? In a way, it’s very much a tribute to ’90s teen drama, like “Dawson’s Creek,” just with more blood and more sort of “off” scenarios.” (Co-writer) Albert Melamed and I found out we were both individually bingeing these things and not telling each other. (Laughs.) Also, the heroine was inspired by a friend of mine from college who’s the sort of short, frail-looking woman who, if you have a disagreement, you’re going to lose. She also used to threaten to chop you up and bury you out in the woods. (Laughs.) I’m really influenced by the Italian horror filmmakers like Dario Argento and (Lucio) Fulci and found some of that style and mentality creeping in. Basically, it looks like something that could air on the WB, and no one would notice the difference – until the blood and guts started. For a low-budget indie film, having well-known faces, like Malcolm McDowell, Daniel Baldwin, Michael Madsen and even (adult film star) Ron Jeremy, is impressive. How did you secure their involvement? My casting guy knew we’d need a star to be able to sell the film, and he was instrumental. Michael Madsen (who also co-starred in Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” the same year) was with us from the beginning. We got the script to him and he said yeah. While we were prepping, we kept sending word to other guys the casting agent knew. He thought it would be funny to just have them die, so he asked them. Malcolm McDowell loved the idea of playing another villain, but he’s not the main villain. He’s just a lech. (Laughs.) He happened to be at ComiCon in Montreal when we were filming and could just kind of swing over. He loves working with first-timers, and when I apologized that part of his day would just be playing a corpse, he said he’d be happy to be able to take a nap! Daniel Baldwin seemed happy that I told him how great he was in John Carpenter’s “Vampires.” And Ron Jeremy just thought it was great he got to get killed – he’s compiling a reel of movies where he dies. As a Maine filmmaker “breaking out,” so to speak, what has your experience taught you about making movies here? Leaving is important, but if you want to come back, it’s OK, too. The indie scene means you can do this anywhere in the world, so it’s important to see things outside of your own bubble. Portland is a bubble. People who don’t leave think that’s how it’s done, and it’s not. Get on a film set, which isn’t very hard to do, and then return to set up shop. I wanted very much to shoot “Lady Psycho Killer” in Maine, but the fact that Maine doesn’t provide tax incentives meant financiers just laughed at me. That’s something that’s not really understood outside of the industry – raising money is like pulling teeth. Every penny in incentives we got (from Atlanta and Canada) went into our budget. It matters. Other than that, my advice to young filmmakers is that the road map for where you go is built on failure. Expect to fail, often and every time. That’s not about setting expectations low, it’s more about not being crushed, because if you get crushed in any part of the process, that’s it. Everything from PR to marketing to pushing to get noticed after your festival run – each one of those steps is a mountain. Every step of the way, we were crushed, but it’s the yeses that matter. Look for Nathan Oliver’s darkly comic horror film “Lady Psycho Killer” under its DVD release title “Psycho Killer” in February at your local DVD retailers, including all Bull Moose Music locations. For more info on the film, including news on other ways to see it, check out the film’s distributor, Portland, Oregon’s Parade Deck Films at paradedeckfilms.com.  

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  • Two classic 80s films, ‘Snow White’ dance performance, “Out” skating party: 8 things to do in Maine this weekendTwo classic 80s films, ‘Snow White’ dance performance, “Out” skating party: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend

    'Voices in Our Midst' Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Runs through March 3. Pho Pa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland. phopagallery.com Now through early March, catch a compelling show of street photography and portraits shot in Portland by Sean Alonzo Harris. Harris focuses on the human experiences and identities and aims to tell untold stories and speak for the forgotten voices through the photographic image. He honed his skills as the Art Institute of Boston and Maine Media Workshops and works in commercial, fine and editorial photography in Maine, Boston and New York.Photo courtesy of Sean Alonzo Harris 'Dirty Dancing' 8 p.m. Thursday. Cinemagic Stadium Theater, 183 County Road, Westbrook, $8.75 all seats. cinemagicmovies.com Now you've had the time of your life and you've never felt like this before! Oh wait, you probably did if you saw "Dirty Dancing" back in 1987. The Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey mega-hit is back on the big screen for one night only. Now more than ever, nobody puts baby in the corner. Frances, Johnny and the entire "Dirty Dancing" gang have been hanging around back in 1963 at Kellerman's waiting for you to drop in. So head on over to Westbrook with your hungry eyes and have at it.Image courtesy of Vestron Pictures PMA Family Day: Winter Sculptures 11 a.m. Saturday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, free for 14 and under. portlandmuseum.org Gather up every young person you know and bring them to the Portland Museum of Art on Saturday for a fun and flaky winter-themed activity session. Winter sculptures will be constructed by twisting paper into symmetrical snowflakes, and just like real ones, no two will be alike. Visiting artist Sarah Yakawonis leads the session, and after making art, you can explore the galleries or join a docent-led gallery tour just for kids.Kekyalyaynen/Shutterstock.com 'Snow White' 4 p.m. Saturday. Drouin Dance Center, 90 Bridge St., Westbrook, $15. tickets.shovation.com It's a classic 19th-century fairytale that's being given a new lease of life with a cast of more than 100 children dancers. Drouin Dance Center's take on "Snow White" showcases ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop and more. So gather up every Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleep, Dopey, Bashful and Sneezy you know and head to Westbrook for a wonderful Saturday afternoon performance.Photo courtesy of Drouin Dance Center Out on Ice! 5:30-7:30 p.m. (students, youth, families), 8-10 p.m. community members (both sessions open to all) Saturday. The Rink at Thompson's Point, 10 Thompson's Point, Portland, $8, $2 skate rentals. On Facebook Support Equality Maine and GLSEN (programs to create safer schools for LGBT youth in southern Maine) and do it on a skating rink. Blake and Eva from the Coast 93.1 morning show will be hosting the third annual Out on Ice! party, which features music and dancing with DJ Foxy and DJ Disco Dungeon along with drag performances, food trucks, fire pit, warming hut and a cash bar for the 21-plus crowd. Even if skating's not your bag, you're still invited to come hang out.Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com 'The Karate Kid' 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Allagash Brewing Co., 50 Industrial Way, Portland, $10 includes movie, popcorn and cookies.

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  • Roomful of Teeth, The Devil Makes Three and Samuel JamesRoomful of Teeth, The Devil Makes Three and Samuel James

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