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‘Uncle Jimmy’ and Miss USA do Cranston

"We've had a few people pass out. We've had a few people jump off the front of the stage because the lights are so bright . . . We've had a few wardrobe malfunctions," Jim Donovan says.
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 14, 2012

Photos: Miss Rhode Island/Miss Teen Rhode Island USA pageant 2012

Brittany Stenovitch earns the title of Miss Rhode Island and Elaine Collado wins Miss Teen Rhode Island on September 9th, 2012.
September 9, 2012 | Park Theatre, Cranston RI
By NATALJA KENT  |  September 14, 2012

Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

Short one-act plays can come across as trivial, a joke that's all punchline, or as resonant as a pivotal scene from a two-hour drama.
Lightning round
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 27, 2012

A spin in the Blues Mobile

A couple of years ago Jerry Carlson, owner of Auto Rust Technicians in Cranston, was driving through upstate New York when a white Chevrolet pulled up behind him and turned on the lights.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 18, 2011

How To Be a Lesbian In 10 Days or Less

We are a complicated species — not as complicated as clown fish or moray eels, which can change genders when their own becomes boring, but complicated enough.
Life lessons
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 30, 2011

Review: Rim Nahm

It's hard to recall without a pang, but there was a time when there were no Thai restaurants in Cranston's Pawtuxet Village neighborhood. Nowadays, diners have their choice.
Where patience is rewarded
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 08, 2011


Spoonem's turns 30

If I want to experience the best of Vo Dilun, all I have to do is walk around the corner from my house.
Celebrating an Edgewood treasure; it’s time for Waltonpalooza!!
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 03, 2011

Review: ''Four Thought'' at Candita Clayton Studio

During a heavy snowstorm in the early morning hours of January 12, a fire broke out in the second floor on the water side of the Edgewood Yacht Club on the Providence River in Cranston.
Beautiful decay
By GREG COOK  |  April 08, 2011

Cranston's King of Kong faces off with a legend

Steve Wiebe is a bit of a legend in gaming circles. He was, after all, at the center of the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters , which chronicled his push to topple Billy Mitchell as top Donkey Kong player in the world.
By PATRICK ELLIOT  |  April 08, 2011

Review: The Murder Trial of John Gordon at the Park Theatre

Who knew? Everybody knows about that frisky, independent start by Roger Williams, and the first bloodshed of the American Revolution with the burning of the Gaspee , but who knows about the dispute between the lowly immigrant Gordon family and the pres
Trial from another era
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2011

Cranston Hubbub

Lost in all the inaugural hoopla surrounding Lincoln Chafee and Angel Taveras was an entertaining coup on the Cranston City Council that had three Republicans...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 05, 2011

Review: Café Luna

You don't expect to find fine dining in a shopping center, but Café Luna does its best to make the Garden City Center live up to its name as you approach, with flowers and window boxes and hanging planters taking the edge off the urban location.
An urban culinary oasis
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2010

The Devil makes them do it

"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
Digging deep with the Benedictions
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 25, 2010

The Seeker

Salvatore Mancini has photographed factories along the Blackstone River Valley to record a local history of the Industrial Revolution.
 Salvatore Mancini’s quest for elemental connections
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010

Blowin’ up good!

Pretty shrewd. In a state that suffered through a horrific nightclub fire in 2003 that killed 100 people, the General Assembly pushed through legislation that some thought would permit people to buy the type of fireworks (called “gerbs,” which means they
Going ballistic on the fireworks bill; Baccari is at it again; more electioneering
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 25, 2010

A Rhode Island filmmaker’s tribute to the Good War

Amid the moral ambiguity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the handwringing over weapons of mass destruction, drone attacks, and the rights of detainees — there is something startling about the raw patriotism of the documentary Navy Heroes of Norman
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 04, 2010


The surreal world

Corey Grayhorse offers a style of synthetic glitz that seems to channel our society’s plastic, superficial heart.
Dreamworks by Corey Grayhorse at AS220
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010

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

Election attracting urine stains

For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
Drama queens and vampire squids
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 2010

The first Latino mayor?

Until recently, to talk about Angel Taveras was to talk about the future.
Angel Taveras’s moment suddenly arrives
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 2010


Incarcerated in a maximum-security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island, Jeff Mailhot grabbed a pen and a sheet of stationery and traced an outline of his beefy left hand.
A serial killer seeks a payoff
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 02, 2010


People gather to read a book about people who gather to read a book

Now in its eighth year, Reading Across Rhode Island is a three-month project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library. Its goal is to encourage readers across the state to read the same book and to engage in lively discussions
 ‘One Book. One State. Literally’
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010

Reeling in the years

Call John Pizzarelli a mensch — he's smart, chatty, and a hot ticket. Hell of a guitarist, too.
John Pizzarelli keeps jazz moving on
By JIM MACNIE  |  February 26, 2010

Focus group: Labeless Illtelligence

It's NBA All-Star Saturday and Labeless Illtelligence representatives Chris Andrews and Tyler Edwards, better known as CasUno and ESH the Monolith, settle in for one last marathon studio session at Edwards's East Providence apartment (dubbed FrESH Ear St
CasUno and ESH the Monolith streamline the cipher
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 19, 2010

Terms of Endowment

I'm in Cranston and love someone in New York's Adirondack area ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 15, 2010

Finally, a GOP gubernatorial contender!

Speaking of the GOP, it appears the party has a candidate — at last! — for the gubernatorial race, provided he doesn't wimp out like Rory Smith did when he realized he was in a no-win, not-ever situation.
Robitaille gives it a go. Plus, voter unrest, Reid puts his foot in it, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 15, 2010


It will not be a dull year!

The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010

Bienvenido a federal hill

My grandfather's house still stands on Westminster Street in Providence, its yard overlooking the Armory field where my uncles would gather to play bocce.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 01, 2010

Channel surfing

In May 1978, Providence police raided the exhibition “Private Parts” at the Electron Movers loft on North Main Street to enforce a then-new state obscenity law.
Videos at Gallery Z, animation at AS220
By GREG COOK  |  November 20, 2009

Mesa Café and Grill

Usually there's something special about a neighborhood restaurant, which by definition is as much about community as about commerce.
Imaginative choices, low prices
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2009