Barn Door Cafe not cream of crop
The first thing I noticed upon entering the Barn Door Café in Topsham was its conspicuous lack of decent beverages. As I pondered the soup and sandwich offerings, I wondered what food I could possibly order to accompany the selection of strawberry milk, chocolate milk, Gatorade, diet Snapple, Sierra Mist, and bottled water. Was a can of Coke, a bottle of Orangina, or something from Nantucket Nectars too much to ask? Apparently. I decided on a large bottle of ginger ale accompanied by the Crunchy Thai Vegi sandwich, while my friend stuck with water and the Sicilian sandwich?chicken, pesto, and tomatoes on French bread.
Travel to Brunswick's new Frontier
In spite of Frontier Café+Cinema+Gallery's corny motto, "Come in...Go beyond," the aim of this multipurpose space is sincere: to provide the Brunswick community with "food, film, and art inspired by the world."
Step back in time at local bistro
Waiting for my entrée at Renaissance Bistro, something dawned on me: Brunswick is not the same town that I came to three years ago as a first year. Brunswick is changing socially, politically, and economically?and with restaurants popping up left and right, it is experiencing something of a culinary revolution. Renaissance Bistro promises to be at the forefront of this movement.
Teahouse discovers it's sweet to be local
While options abound in downtown Brunswick for a daily latte or red-eye coffee jolt, until this past week, getting a cup of good quality loose-leaf tea was difficult. Having it alongside a piping bowl of soup or a crispy panini was next to impossible. Luckily for Bowdoin's tea drinkers, however, Brunswick's brand new Sweet Leaves Teahouse opened September 30, just in time for Parents Weekend.
Move beyond brunch at 111 Maine
Although 111 Maine opened in December of 2005, the majority of Bowdoin students probably have yet to discover this classic restaurant tucked away in the beautiful old building that once upon a time was the home of Bohemian Coffee House.
Ryan Adams flies back to country
Critics have lauded Cold Roses as a return to Adams's roots, with a more organic, lo-fi sound. It does not disappoint, measuring up quite well to all of his earlier work, but most notably to Whiskeytown's three stellar albums. More obviously than Adams's recent work, Cold Roses reflects the influences of musical greats like Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash as well as contemporary artists like Wilco, Neko Case, and Jesse Malin.
Reel Big Fish too reel big crowds with ska sound
Looking for some good live music to spice up your weekend? Search no further than the Reel Big Fish concert this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in Morrell Gym, with special guest emo/pop-punk band the Spotlight, which features Rob Reider '07 on bass.
Virginia Coalition plays music, not politics
Looking for a little southern comfort to keep you warm now that it's chilly out? Search no further than the Virginia Coalition concert this Friday in Morrell Lounge. Any Virginian worth their salt (and there are so many of them at Bowdoin, right?) listens to VACO, and all the cool kids from the D.C. area caught on after the release of its second album, Townburg. VACO is now promoting their recently released fourth album, OK to Go, but expect plenty of old favorites from its previous albums Townburg, Rock and Roll Party, and The Colors of the Sound.
Heart Huckabees if you heart existential comedies
Detective movies are fairly common, but existential detective movies? Those are harder to come by. Nevertheless, director David Russell brings us just such a movie in the form of I Heart Huckabees, out this week at Regal Cinemas in Brunswick.
Young Ché road movie revelatory
The Motorcycle Diaries follows on the heels of another superb Spanish-language road trip movie, 2001's Y Tu Mamá También, which coincidentally also stars Garc¡a-Bernal. All similarities end there because the primary focus of The Motorcycle Diaries is Ché's evolution from upper-middle class pre-med student to future revolutionary, played out on the lush and spectacular backdrop of Argentinean pampas, Chilean desert highlands, and the verdant backwoods of the Peruvian and Venezuelan Amazon.
Endangered books hiding in library
Maine's endangered flora and fauna are the unusual yet charming subject of "Threatened and Endangered," artist Rebecca Goodale's exhibit on display this month in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.
Mary Chapin Carpenter tackles love and politics
Virginia-based, Grammy-winning folk and country artist Mary Chapin Carpenter released her new album, Between Here and Gone, last week. The CD is the seasoned artist's tenth, and the first to showcase new work since Time*Sex*Love in 2001.
Greet the spring with Dance Show
"I'm really excited about the Spring Dance Show," said Karen Fossum '07, a dancer in VAGUE. "It's so great to perform and show people what we've been working on." Her enthusiasm is catching, and you too will be able to partake in it at the 33rd annual Spring Dance Show this weekend.