Elizabeth Rau

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At the G.I. Joe Convention: The Baroness and a ‘slice of Americana’

Roadblock flew in from Miami, and Tunnel Rat took the train from Jersey. But it was Baroness, aka Penelope Pappas, who got the cameras clicking at the 17th annual G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  May 07, 2010

Potatoes and a pennywhistle on Somerset Street

Drive south on Broad Street past the markets and churches, take a left on Somerset and there, in a clearing of raised garden beds behind a chain-link fence, you will find Phil Edmonds with his peas.
In the Garden
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 02, 2010

A Dutch treat lands in Providence

Not long ago, a Brown student with a big idea decided to bake cookies. A ho-hum sugar cookie wouldn't do. No, this budding baker wanted something a bit more exotic.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  March 12, 2010

A Palestinian student remembers his Israeli friend

Schaefer, the Brown University student recently killed by a suspected drunk driver on the streets of Providence, left behind hundreds of friends, including soldiers in the Israeli army, with whom he served for three years before coming to Brown.
Crossing Lines
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 26, 2010

Now playing — RISD: The Musical!

We all know RISD students like to paint and draw, but can they hoof it? Or belt out a show tune and carry a giant pencil at the same time? Well, yes, it turns out.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 19, 2010

A church remakes itself in the face of hunger

On a bitterly cold morning not long ago, Jerry Viou pulled into the parking lot at Open Table of Christ and a woman popped out from behind a dumpster and shouted, "Do you have food?''
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 12, 2010


In Pawtucket, a Haitian-American family anxiously waits

Their roof is a blanket held up by sticks, their bed is dirt. Every morning, they wake — the grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews — and begin their journey on foot to search for something to eat and drink.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  January 29, 2010