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Our Local Heroes(1)

In the 13th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
We are all in their debt

Haiti earthquake relief resource guide

As ever-more horrific dispatches from Haiti pour in, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the carnage. But even though Haiti requires an almost incomprehensible amount of relief aid to merely staunch the bleeding, there are myriad opport
How Bostonians can get involved
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 15, 2010

Halloween Weekend Overdose

Halloween is in six days and you still have no idea what party you're going to. You simultaneously feel as though you have everything to do and nothing to do. You haven't even got a costume anymore, because your lazy stoner friend stole your zombie  Bill
34 Sugar-Fueled Hours of Halloween

Miles for meals

Wiping out hunger in Massachusetts isn't quite as simple as mauling a fistful of cheese puffs and calling it a day.
Marching on Empty Stomachs
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 10, 2009

On street level

It is impossible not to wonder how Louisiana might have fared after Hurricane Katrina, had Barack Obama been in office a term sooner. There are so many questions about what went wrong and how it could have been handled differently, which have gone unans
As Katrina hit New Orleans, filmmakers went to work
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 19, 2008


Probably most music lovers wouldn’t head their greatest-composer list with Carl Orff, despite the popularity of his violent, garish, sumptuously tuneful Carmina burana .
The BSO’s Carmina burana, the Cantata Singers, the Boston Camerata, and BLO’s Tales of Hoffmann
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 11, 2008


McCain’s crooked talk on torture

It might surprise some that McCain’s record in opposing torture and the Bush administration’s terror-war approach is more complicated than his comments suggest.
Critics, including a local former army interrogator, say he’s trying to play both sides of the issue
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 17, 2008

Local heroes 2008

In this, the eleventh annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s “Best” issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Ramon Martinez, Bill Harley, Ren Whitaker, and Bob Fusaro

Hittin’ trees in the deep blue sea

There are jokes to be made about playing for people who are a pint down, hooked to an IV, and woozy, but I’ll let you make them.
Spend a Portland Afternoon with Bob McKillop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008

The wasted land

Richard Kelly’s wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
Richard Kelly goes for broke in Southland Tales
By ROB NELSON  |  November 16, 2007

Back a’ town healers

The band sang that New Orleans would come back.
New Orleans-brand soul music comes to the Music Hall
By LYDIA BREEN  |  May 18, 2007


Ducking the question

Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are — relatively speaking — gay friendly.
Snowe and Collins don’t discriminate against gays, so why are they letting the military get away with it?
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  May 09, 2007

Rhode Island Foundation makes staffing changes

Although the Rhode Island Foundation rarely makes the 6 o’clock news, the financial powerhouse touches every corner of the state.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  January 03, 2007

Mississippi blues

Ever wonder what became of all the tax dollars and personal donations you sent to the Gulf Coast over the past year in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Slideshow: Annie Card photographs the survivors and wreckage of Hurricane Katrina.
How a local Hurricane Katrina volunteer is changing the shape of relief work
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 29, 2006

Flashbacks: August 25, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  August 23, 2006

Activist Yurdin targets Ward One council seat

In 2002, David Segal emerged victorious in a four-way City Council race in Providence’s Ward One, becoming the first and only Green Party member to win election in Rhode Island.
Talking Politics, Pt. 1
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 28, 2006


Who’s footing the gov’s latest bills?

Sadly, Mitt Romney’s staff members have cut way back on the use of his gubernatorial-campaign credit card, which had made it easy for us to track their cross-country sojourns.
Romney watch
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 17, 2006
The Syrian Bride (5)

The Syrian Bride

The iconic image from Eran Riklis’s nuptial allegory is title character Mona crouched alone in a wedding dress, legally unable to move from the small patch of land between the Golan Heights and Syria.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 19, 2006