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A guide to the real Rhode Island

Why don't you do yourself a favor and make a belated New Year's resolution to actually enjoy the quirky city you'll call home for the next four, five, six years? To help, we've put together an A-Z survival guide complete with everything you need to know
From A to Z
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 28, 2011

Crossword: ''Freefallin'''

Take the plunge into random vocab.
Take the plunge into random vocab.
By MATT JONES  |  April 02, 2010


There is Pirate news, and not just that Penelope Cruz will star in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie as Blackbeard’s daughter. No, there is Portland Pirate news.
Balls, Pucks, & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 26, 2010

Tilting at Windows

Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous wit
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009

Wall Street's death wish

If you read the front page of the September 6 New York Times , P+J hope you are either dumbfounded, appalled, frightened, or so pissed off that you went and got the Uzi from the attic and looked for the Amtrak schedule for the Northeast Corridor train
Investing in mortality; plus, getting it right, and wireless, in West Virginia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 11, 2009

The odd couple

Apollo Sunshine's Jesse Gallagher recently announced that Biff Rose would be traveling from the Big Easy for a rare, one-night-only show this Wednesday at the cozy Lily Pad.
Jesse Gallagher meets Biff Rose
By MATT PARISH  |  July 10, 2009

Screw Amtrak!!!

Screw Amtrak!!!

The Boston Globe reports today that Amtrak is cutting Acela fares in the Northeast by up to 25...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 18, 2009

Burritos and Tacos to Go!

I travel to Manhattan a lot, and since 9/11 have found Amtrak's Acela service out of Back Bay Station a far more pleasant and hassle-free way to get there than flying.
Healthy bargains for starving strap-hangers
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 11, 2009

One of a kind

Phillipe + Jorge took time to attend the funeral of Claiborne Pell, in deference to all that he did for both Rhode Island and civility everywhere he went.
Rest in peace, Claiborne Pell, former senator and all-around class act
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  January 07, 2009

Downhill economy

Thrills, generally speaking, aren't cheap.
How to go skiing in New England with no car and little money
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  November 18, 2008

It's easy staying green

This summer, don't leave home without your environmentalism.
New England offers a variety of eco-friendly lodging options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 09, 2008


The trolley Svengali

When the T works, we usually don’t notice. But when it doesn’t, our reaction is swift and severe.
Why Dan Grabauskas might actually fix the T — if he can keep his job
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 30, 2008

Chafee for governor?

For now, Lincoln Chafee has the luxury of discussing his political future as a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
Running as an independent, he could thumb his nose at the worst of both parties
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 10, 2008

Gathering steam

As flight attendants do with pin-on airline wings, TrainRiders hosts used to distribute blue “I rode the Amtrak Downeaster today” stickers to children only.
Local train proposals seek funding, find support
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 06, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor: November 2, 2007

Should the governor’s trip take place? Yes.
Let the Gov go, but not the Prez

Soaring spirit

For travelers along Route 138 in South Kingstown, the monumental public art of Andean artist Peruko Ccopacatty has been visible for the past 20 years.
Peruko Ccopacatty’s fresh perspective
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2007

Not accepted anywhere

I admit Winkle — it’s OK if I call you Winkle, isn’t it, Mr. Paw? — doesn’t have a lot to do with Maine politics.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 19, 2007

The list is life

There’s a line in John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” favored by free spirits and Type-B thinkers: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
His name's not Earl
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  September 12, 2007

Ride, don't drive

This summer, with price gouging at the pumps at an all-time high, motoring vacations promise to be an even more miserable travel experience than usual.
Oil companies gouge us every time we get behind the wheel, so try a no-car vacation
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 11, 2007

Virtuous rehearsal

You’ve been seeing each other for a while and you make beautiful music together.
The ins and outs before you play out
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 21, 2007

Truce offers hope for preserving Pawtucket train station

For decades, the Beaux Arts train station has sat idle on the Pawtucket-Central Falls line, a reminder of a bygone era of more elegant transportation.
Outside Providence
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006

The measure of a mayor

This article originally appeared in the May 2, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
What have ten years of Kevin White meant for Boston?
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  November 14, 2006

Flashbacks: October 27, 2006

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  October 25, 2006

Flashbacks: October 13, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk and Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  October 11, 2006

Sand dollars

Here are some tips for making sure beach days don’t leave you broke. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Hit the beach on the cheap
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 14, 2006

Beaches are good for the soul

A day at the beach offers the ultimate sensual experience, and it’s not just because everyone shows up half-naked. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Whether you want to relax or act up, there’s a New England beach just for you
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 14, 2006

Finding Waldo

In my experience, there is a moment in every relationship when a woman hands the man she is sleeping with a self-help book and says “Read it, or else.”
Bramhall Square
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  May 24, 2006

Howie Carr blows up

It’s Friday, and Howie Carr Incorporated is in full flog for his new book, The Brothers Bulger (Warner Books).
As Whitey makes him famous, the Bulger -scribe doesn’t have to worry about facts
By DAVID BOERI  |  March 16, 2006

Planes, trains, & automobiles

Boston in winter: makes you wonder why you live here, right?
Your guide to winter-weekend escapes at any price
By NINA SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2006

Add it up, suckers

When you live in Boston, you may not notice every little price hike. But they add up.
Taxi surcharges, rising cable rates, higher oil prices — it’s gonna cost a lot more to live in Boston in 2006
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  January 17, 2006