Bert Crenca

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What to do with the Superman building?

Some feasible — and fanciful — visions for Rhode Island's architectural icon
Some feasible — and fanciful — visions for Rhode Island's architectural icon
By PHILIP EIL  |  May 10, 2013

AS220 at 25

You might say it all began with a thumbs-down review of an art exhibit by Umberto Crenca. To Bert and his friends, it was just one more example of how they were excluded by the art establishment.
A lively oral history of Providence's artistic Mecca
By GREG COOK  |  August 13, 2010

Photos: Providence Best Music Poll Awards at Lupo's

Bands perform and get their BMP awards from the Phoenix at Lupo's.
Providence BMP Awards Concert at Lupo's | June 9, 2010
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  June 11, 2010

Friartown, redux

Phillipe and Jorge have always had a problem with Providence College basketball’s advertising campaign, which refers to the area as “Friartown” in a delusional suggestion that the squad has support throughout the local community.
PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2010

The Empire strikes back

The Empire Revue is a monthly event at AS220, happening every first Sunday at 8 pm, as predictably as political malfeasance and as reliably funny, only without the urge to strangle the perpetrators. It's only eight bucks, which is still cheaper than a
AS220's loose and lively revue
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 04, 2009

Living Colour, Michael Madsen, and Rhody's new media

The travails of the Providence Journal are the stuff of coffee house and talk radio chatter. And the troubles afflicting the local newscast fill the pages of this week's Phoenix .
Rhode Island has seen its share of media strife in recent years.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 26, 2009



In 2004, AS220's StinkTank put out a paper titled "Compost and the Arts."
"NetWorks 2008" at AS220, 5 Traverse, and the NAM
By GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2008

Culture crunch

"Since the market crash," says Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, "we've watched our ticket sales, which had been doing well, hit a wall. Almost like a cartoon animal — splat. Then we started pushing the discoun
From Trinity Rep to Festival Ballet to Gallery Z, the creative community strives to overcome economic challenges
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008

30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008

Can the Providence schools get it together?

As Rhode Island continues to struggle with budget deficits and economic development, the future of education is a piece of a large puzzle.
The answer will have a serious impact on the state’s economic future
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 11, 2008

Going underground

The project in which Michael Townsend and seven collaborators created a secret apartment at Providence Place began as an adventure in which four friends tried to live in the mall for a week.
The hidden quality of the Providence art scene is a big part of what sets it apart
By GREG COOK  |  October 10, 2007


Putting the public back in public radio

While he has globetrotting experience in reporting on an array of Big Stories, Joe O’Connor faces a more painstaking challenge while working from his smallish office at WRNI.
GM Joe O'Conner says WRNI will rise or fall on the support of Rhode Islanders
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 12, 2007

The rule: no rules

It’s been through generosity of spirit, not flagging creativity, that Umberto “Bert” Crenca has become less widely known as an artist than as an arts administrator.
Detritus and Crenca's energetic collaboration
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 07, 2007

Firehouse 13, a new arts bastion, comes on the scene

With the emergence of Firehouse 13, an open format gallery space and artist-in-residency program off of Broad Street, one more piece of Providence history will be preserved against destruction and redevelopment.
City watch
By ANDREW FOX  |  July 19, 2006