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‘The Spaceship’ settles in Portland

Ann Basu Inside a well-lit warehouse somewhere between Portland’s East and West ends, five friends create. They make gestures on canvas, develop film, produce sound and cut video content. Sometimes they lie on the couch and scroll through Instagram, at others they gather around to critique one another’s art, like they did in college.

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Green Day meets modern day in ‘American Idiot’

Ann Basu This weekend in Wish Theater, Masque and Gown will present ‘‘American Idiot,” a rock opera brimming with youthful angst and frustration. Based on the Green Day concept album of the same name, the show includes several of the band’s most beloved songs—including the title track “American Idiot,” as well as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “21 Guns”—and weaves them into a story in which three central characters confront relationships, drug use and their own social and political disillusionment in a bleak, post-September 11 American landscape.

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‘The Poets and the Assassin’ spotlights Iranian women

PJ SeelertDAUGHTERS OF IRAN: Bates student Gabriella Shpilsky performs in “The Poets and the Assassin—Daughters of Iran” on Thursday. The play, written by Reza Jalali, tells the stories of Iranian and Muslim women. Despite their centuries-long battle for human rights, the stories of Iranian and Muslim women have traditionally been overlooked in American society.

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The Aux Cord

Hippo Campus to bring ‘college rock’ to Portland

Phoebe Zipper In an industry where artists are usually discovered on a streaming platform rather than onstage, building a live show or even having stage presence seems no longer necessary to “make it.” But for this series showcasing artists with upcoming concerts in the Portland area, we are lucky to have Hippo Campus, a Minnesota indie band that rose to fame mainly due to a knack for electrifying live performances.

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Ashley Gavin: comedy and social commentary

Courtesy of Ashley Gavin New York City-based Ashley Gavin has a range of talents: she’s primarily a comedian, but is also a writer and an actor, delving into topics like feminism and homophobia. She tours at colleges, hosts open mic nights, acts in the web series “Gay Girl Straight Girl (GGSG)” and has starred in television shows and movies.

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Campus and community unite for Longfellow Days

Courtesy of Curtis Memorial LibraryCELEBRATING LONGFELLOW: Poet Gary Lawless (center), dressed as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poses with Manager of Adult Services at Curtis Memorial Library Sarah Brown and poet Patty Sparks during Longfellow Days. This month, poet and co-owner of Gulf of Maine Books Gary Lawless will once again don his Henry Wadsworth Longfellow costume and roam the town reciting poetry to passersby.

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