Scene and Heard: Reggae stalwart Toots plays on

Don’t let years of studio inactivity deceive you: Toots and the Maytals have not fallen off artistically, despite a break of nearly nine years between albums of original material.

In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better spokesman for reggae music than the man who invented the term. Frederick (Toots) Hibbert, whose 1968 single Do the Reggay brought the Jamaican music to the masses, enjoyed a rise to international popularity that pre-dated that of Bob Marley by a year or two — which is worth noting, because Hibbert is one of the few reggae giants left standing.

Toots and the Maytals last played Victoria in 2012, when they headlined the Victoria Ska Festival at Ship Point. They are coming back this summer to headline again at the newly rebranded Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival, just their third local performance since 2001.

Toots and Co. were announced this week as part of the

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Portland real estate market flourishing

The real estate market is on fire in Maine’s largest city.

In many cases, homes are being snapped up even before they hit the market. Some say the market conditions are mimicking that of 2006.

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Homes are being listed for sale and they’re going under contract within days, if not hours in many cases.

A three-bedroom home in the North Deering neighborhood of Portland listed for just under $290,000. After seven days on the market and an open house, there were five offers, four of them above asking price.

“I had some buyer clients from out of town. We identified six condos to look at. I set those up on a Monday and by the time they arrived on Wednesday afternoon to look at them, four of them were under contract,” said Marc Chadbourne of Oceangate Realty.


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Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs Announce Supergroup Show in New Orleans

A supergroup comprised of renowned singer-songwriters Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs will perform at the Joy Theater in New Orleans on July 31.

The all-female trio will take the stage under the moniker case/lang/veirs, which will laso be the name of their upcoming 14-track collaborative album. The record–slated for release on June 16–will find the artists sharing lead vocal duties equally, often on the same track.

caselangveirs press (1)Evidently, the project came to fruition a few years ago, when lang sent an email to Case and Veirs that read, “I think we should make a record together.” Despite being little more than acquanitances, the three musicians admired each other’s work and quickly agreed to the propsoal.

“She lit the flare,” says Case. “She shot it into the air and we said, ‘Let’s do this.’ Laura and I both responded immediately. There was

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Rent Your Home for Fun and Profit

Beth Everett and her husband, Glenn, built a cottage in their backyard in 2014 for their son Jordan to live in when he’s home from college. But while the studio sits empty, visitors to Portland, Ore., can rent the cozy space through Airbnb for $99 a night. Fox Lair, as it’s known, offers heated floors, a small sitting area decked out with guitars and bongos, and plenty of eclectic artwork. Everett estimates that in 2015 they earned about $9,000 from a steady stream of visitors, which she used to help pay for editing and cover designs for her self-published books, the Lee Harding mystery series. “It was the easiest money I ever made,” she says. “And it was fun.”

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Airbnb wasn’t the first website to help owners, or “hosts,” rent out their homes directly to travelers. But the rental

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Portland council approves less lenient handling of tax-acquired properties

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to streamline the process for selling properties it has seized because the owners didn’t pay property taxes.

The new policy removes the council from the process of selling certain properties and eliminates a prohibition against selling a property if it would result in the displacement of a resident. It also would prevent an owner from entering into a payment plan after the city has acquired the property.


The goal of the program is to return nearly 100 properties to the tax rolls. The city’s inventory of tax-acquired properties is valued at $12 million, representing $500,000 in unpaid property taxes.

The new policy was implemented over the objections of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, a nonprofit law firm that helps low-income people.

Attorney Frank D’Alessandro urged the council to amend the proposal in ways that would keep

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For sale: 7 stunning homes in Portland, Oregon

Arlington Heights. Tucked away in the hills yet near downtown, this four-bedroom modern home has floor-to-ceiling windows with eastern views of Mount Hood.

The open-concept house includes polished concrete slab floors, walnut cabinet ry, hardwood stairs, and a fireplace. The exterior features a wraparound deck with mountain and city views. $1,950,000. Darrin Amico, the Hasson Co., (503) 802-6446.

Pearl District. Built in 1923, this two-bedroom, two-story townhouse has been completely renovated. The home includes an open floor plan, exposed pipes and ducts, walls of factory-style windows, 12-foot-high ceilings, and maple floors.

The patio features city views. $784,000. Dave Davis, Pearl District Properties, (503) 799-2212.

Mount Tabor. This

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Broadway in Portland brings ‘Rent,’ ‘Matilda,’ ‘Cabaret’ in 2016 season

You don’t have to travel to New York City to see Broadway-caliber plays and musicals, not when they travel right here to Portland.

This year, seven crowd-pleasing shows including “Rent” and “Matilda the Musical” will jump from the theaters of New York to the Keller Auditorium as part of U.S. Bank’s Broadway in Portland series. Tickets have yet to go on sale, but here’s an early look at what’s to come.

“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”: Witness King’s rise to stardom as told through the music that got her there.

November 1-6, 2016; Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St.

“Finding Neverland”: A musical adaptation of the hit movie starring Johnny Depp, the show follows “Peter Pan” author J.M. Barrie as he finds the inspiration to create a whole new world.

January 3-8, 2017; Keller Auditorium.

“Rent”: It’s been 20 years (10.5 million minutes) since this story of artistic struggle and love in the big

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