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The best things in life are free (or at least inexpensive)

Rhode Island has a lot going against it. The state ranks last or close to last in most economic indicators. Taxes are high and jobs are scarce. Our most prominent cultural export may be Pauly D.
Cheap thrills
By VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  January 25, 2013

At the Athenaeum, Moby-Dick turns 160

It's been 160 years since the publication of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and the Providence Athenaeum has been celebrating with a lecture series, "Hark! The White Whale!"
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 28, 2011

Savor these urban (and suburban) oases

It's not a huge state, but Rhode Island, you may be realizing, is abuzz with activity. There's music, poetry, theater, gallery shows, social gatherings, and all sorts of events at the colleges.
Quiet, please
By MARION DAVIS  |  September 30, 2011

The art of the Micro-Memoir at the Athenaeum

It's a Thursday evening, downstairs at the Providence Athenaeum. Hardwood floors, white bookcases, a bit of sunlight still coming through the windows.
Story Time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 13, 2011

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