Category Archives: What’s Happening

Bubba’s Sulky Lounge in Portland named one of America’s best dive bars


Somewhere along the way, the term “dive bar” became something of an endearing badge of honor, the way science fiction and comic book enthusiasts have grown up and owned the once derogatory term “nerd.” A “dive bar” is now considered a kind of a cozy, unassuming neighborhood spot, in contrast to sleeker upscale bars or […]

#CongressStCat: Social media follows rescue of cat stuck on Portland building ledge

A Portland firefighter stands by as a cat rescued from a Time & Temperature Building ledge is reunited with its owner. (Photo by Jim McCarthy)

Nothing thrives on social media like a cat. This is what happens when old fashioned, small-town-type news intersects with 21st century news distribution methods. Veteran Maine journalist and MaineBiz senior writer Jim McCarthy was out for a walk in downtown Portland when he came upon what he called “this moment of drama” at the recognizable Time […]

Thompson’s Point overhaul takes shape after museum, web developer join project

Developers' renderings of the $100-plus million Thompson's Point development as of early 2014. (Image courtesy of city of Portland)

The talented Dylan Martin of the trade publication Mainebiz reported this morning that Portland app and Web developer Big Room Studios will be the first office tenant at the much ballyhooed Thompson’s Point development, a long-anticipated overhaul of one of Portland’s most visible properties. With the announcement, the picture of what the peninsula will look […]

Portland podcaster, ‘voice of a generation’ explains 5 things you didn’t know about becoming ‘Internet famous’

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(Contributed photos above from Ben Severance) Less than five months into Megan Tan’s foray into podcasting, she’s captured the hearts of thousands of listeners and the rapt attention of new media critics. The 24-year-old Portland resident has been called “the voice of a generation” by podcast analysis site The Timbre as well as “insightful” and “consistently engaging” […]

AARP: Portland, South Portland among the best cities for folks over 50 to make new friends

Class instructor Joe Mizda (left) helps Flow Hawkes with uploading her photos to her Facebook account during a class to help senior citizens with social media and computers Thursday at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor.  (BDN photo by Ashley L. Conti)

The AARP — formerly known by the spelled out American Association of Retired Persons — issued its new livability index Monday, rating the country’s cities on a variety of metrics important to the group’s age 50-plus clientele. The two neighboring cities of Portland and South Portland shined particularly bright, according to the AARP, in its analysis […]