Category Archives: What’s Happening

Meet the Portlander who killed Iron Man

(Reuters file photo)

You may have heard the name Alex Irvine. If not, he’s one of Portland’s most prolific contemporary authors, and I guarantee you’ve heard of some of the main characters of his books: Batman, the Transformer Optimus Prime and Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow are among them. In addition to his own original works, Alex writes […]

Mainer’s cave-diving ‘Monsters Underground’ show gets bumped up to Discovery Channel, premiere date announced

Former Portland doctor Casey Onik, a scientist on the "Monsters Underground" team, explores a cave during an episode of the show. (Photo courtesy of Destination America)

In the days before “Monsters Underground” was scheduled to premiereĀ on the cable channel Destination America — Aug. 22 — I received word from the channel’s publicist that it was a no-go, and that she’d be able to announce a new premiere time as soon as details became available. While it certainly sounded like the show’s […]

Portland one of ‘the Best Towns Ever’

Part of the Portland skyline. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

We’ve seen Portland lauded by national publications for its beer, coffee, economy, farmers markets, environmental friendliness, healthy living, second career opportunities, and on and on and on. It’s really kind of become a bit of a running gag how frequently Maine’s largest city is pumped up by magazines in search of the best places in […]