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Have a weird summer!

We take you to places a little less predictable and, perhaps, a little less scenic.
Five Ocean State oddities worth seeking out
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 2010

Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009


It's not quite right to call "Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!" the AS220 biennial.
AS220’s ‘Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!,’ and Holly Ewald
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009

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


Unexpected and improbable spontaneity is a trademark for What Cheer?, one of a number of groups that blend punk rock ethos with the mobility of marching bands  
Mixing old and new, Providence’s What Cheer? Brigade takes a stand against pre-fabricated culture
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 09, 2008

Labor of love

The last glacier that passed through New England did its part, stopping here and releasing its burden of boulders, rocks, and stones as it receded.
The Narragansetts’ Stories in Stone
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008


Carcieri and his pals: much ado about nothing?

“There are no relationships.”
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008

Rhode Island’s famous for you

How about a Providence Mobster Museum and Hall of Fame on Federal Hill, to celebrate our bygone years as New England’s headquarters of organized crime?
The time has come to capitalize on our scandalous past
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 12, 2007

Rhode Island in ’06: same as it ever was

Imagine a year when the Narragansett Indians were energetically pitching a casino, cynical Rhode Islanders had plenty of reason to reinforce their jaundiced views, and state house Democrats maintained the upper hand over hapless Republican opponents with
Democrats on top, a casino quest, and a dose of corruption
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006

Providence endorsements

The Providence Phoenix enthusiastically endorses Sheldon Whitehouse.
Whitehouse for US Senate; Fogarty for governor; Kennedy and Langevin for Congress; lynch for attorney general; “yes” for the casino
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 01, 2006

S.O.S. in the Biggest Little

What a joyful time in the Ocean State.
The possible private takeover of Harrah’s is more bad news
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  October 04, 2006


The blacks try to get back in the game

If ever there were a golden opportunity to increase black political representation in Rhode Island, it would be this fall’s City Council elections in Providence, home to the largest black community in the state.
Increased political organizing is targeted after years of lethargy
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 18, 2006

O’Neill Properties bids for Newport Grand

Real estate mogul J. Brian O’Neill, who has made headlines by attracting Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, and other international luminaries to his Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, is among the bidders seeking to buy Newport Grand, one of Rhode Island’
High Roller
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 19, 2006

Poll dancers

There has been so much controversy about Peter D. Hart Research Associates’ recent poll on the proposed West Warwick, Rhode Island casino proposal — a world-class hummer rigged by Harrah’s — that Phillipe & Jorge thought we should shed some light on
No wonder Harrah’s didn’t want to release the survey questions
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  February 09, 2006