Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Graeme Kennedy / Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art reopened late last month after closing for three weeks.

  Maine’s newest charter school will focus on the performing arts.

The state’s charter school commission gave its unanimous approval this week to Snow Pond Academy, a high school that will open in September and be based in Sidney on Messalonskee Lake.

The commission is also considering a proposal for a new program at the state’s first charter school in Fairfield, focusing on pregnant and parenting teens.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A father and daughter from Maine are about to make their TV debut on "Wicked Tuna."

Pete Speeches of Scarborough fishes on a boat named for his daughters, the Erin & Sarah. The National Geographic Channel reality fishing show features them and seven other tuna boat crews filmed last summer and fall.

Speeches, his daughter, Erin, and crew will appear in Tuesday’s episode.

Speeches tells the Portland Press Herald that there will be no viewing party. He intends to watch the series at home with family.

Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

By Kathleen Pierce, Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — Coffee from Sumatra, wood-fire roasted in Blue Hill, meets chaga, the wonder fungus. On the market for just three months, the Blue Hill blend from Unrest Roasting Co. is turning heads and heating up cups in Greater Bangor.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

UNITY, Maine — For a typical chef, success might mean studying in Paris, running a starched brigade in a swanky kitchen, and getting good write ups in the food and wine guides.

Well, one rising culinary star had all that — and the stress that came with it. But he’s given it all up for something completely different: life in a rural Amish community in Unity, where former chef Matthew Secich has left the pressure cooker far behind.

It’s not your typical deli — it’s more of a traditional charcuterie, which specializes in cured meats and sausages.