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On the right to privacy

Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall season October 24 with a discussion of Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), the landmark Supreme Court decision that overturned a law banning contraception and fou

By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 19, 2012
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Review: Girl Model

As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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An object lesson in research as storytelling

John Brown's body may now lie a-mouldering in his grave, as the song suggests, but in life the Connecticut-born Kansan settler who led an assault on a federal installation in Virginia almost never stopped moving in his passionate zeal to rid the United
Living history
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: Dream House

You'd have to be crazy to quit your job in the depths of the recession, but that's just what New York publishing exec Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) does in Dream House , planning to write that novel and spend more time with his wife (Rachel Weisz) and ki
Haunted house chills and mind games
By ANNE LEWINSON  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: Dream House

You'd have to be crazy to quit your job in the depths of the recession, but that's just what New York publishing exec Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) does in Dream House , planning to write that novel and spend more time with his wife (Rachel Weisz) and ki
Haunted house chills and mind games
By ANNE LEWINSON  |  October 07, 2011

Is same-sex marriage the 2012 comeback kid?

A few years ago, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders — a Boston-based legal advocacy organization — launched a "6 x 12" campaign to secure marriage rights for gay couples across New England by 2012.
Crystal ball
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2011


Blue, Blue New England


As you probably are aware, you can freely drive all around New England without fear of wandering into a Republican congressman's district. As you probably...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 21, 2010
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Ghana baby Ghana

Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
A Letter from South Africa
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 02, 2010
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You call this winning?

President Barack Obama scored.
Afghanistan complications multiply. Plus, Congress is heading for a weak wrap-up.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 02, 2010

Going hyperlocal: AOL sets its sights on Aquidneck Island

Rhode Island's increasingly crowded media landscape may have a new player soon: AOL is recruiting journalists to run hyperlocal news web sites in Newport, Portsmouth, and Middletown.
Media
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 02, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010


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Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses

Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2010
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Have beer, will travel

Culture and experience have taught us that beer in a can is of lesser quality. But with several craft brewers' recent foray into the world of canning, it may be time to put this crude stereotype to bed.
Craft beer in a cooler? Can do!
By JOSH SMITH  |  June 04, 2010
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Fighting back

Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security
Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 2010

Can the Netroots triumph in Rhode island?

Stories of State Representative David Segal’s nascent, underdog run for Congress invariably make a nod to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. And rightly so.
On the Hustings
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010
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Lady of Leisure’s Prison Memoir

In prison, Piper Kerman had to get used to, among other trials, a bathroom infested with insects.
Crook Book Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010


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Making the rounds

The Spot offers a pair of quirky halls that sprout smaller nooks and crannies.
New exhibits at the Spot and AS220
By GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2010
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The question of Iran

Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
Choice
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010
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The joy of risk

The solo performances of Michael Moschen have many elements to them: dance movement, juggling, theater, pantomime, the balancing and acrobatic skills of a circus artist, the illusion-making craft of a magician.
Michael Moschen is alive!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2010
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Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 12, 2010


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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010
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The Cultural Caucus's big gamble

The recently formed Cultural Caucus, a loose, formal coalition comprising a dozen arts-friendly state legislators, appears poised to christen its political life by inserting itself into what could be the most intense statewide political battle of the spr
Formed to be a savior of the arts in the Bay State, a political coalition is playing high-stakes poker by putting casinos in its sights
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2010

Amid the gloom, a one-man optimism offense

Seven or eight years ago, with the state's economy aflutter and Providence in ascendance, Scott Wolf thought Rhode Island was finally starting to shed its inferiority complex.
Chins Up Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 26, 2010

Bouquets all around

While it is difficult to be very jolly during February, P+J are in a generous mood and are willing to salute a few people, rather than dissect them. Yes, we are just wonderful.
P+J spread the love; haigiography; hate-mongers in the Biggest Little
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 26, 2010

Worshipping the woods

From its first sentences, Susan Hand Shetterly's Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town drew me in with lyricism: "I leave a window open on April nights and put my pillow close to that cold slice of air because I want to hear spring come back
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 19, 2010


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The power of money

While a cadre of conservative Democrats continues to conspire with Washington's mendacious Republican minority to block national health-care reform, the nation's largest health-benefits company — amusingly called WellPoint — is going about its business
Shame on the natoin's biggest health insurer; shame on the Black Caucus
By EDITORIAL  |  February 19, 2010
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The next Scott Brown?

Republican Scott Brown's victory last month in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has every two-bit GOP hopeful in the Northeast claiming the mantle of the pick-up truck populist.
John J. Loughlin’s suddenly high-profile campaign to oust Patrick Kennedy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 12, 2010
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5 for '10

I love baby bands, and I hope the ones I mention here don't mind my calling them that.
New locals to love right away
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010
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Bob Blank | The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975 - 1985

These days, Bob Blank spends his time in his Connecticut studio, producing profitable music for ads and ringtones for the likes of Susan Boyle.
Strut (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 15, 2010