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In the city

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Providence art scene is how the city itself has been such a rich subject. A decade ago, the city became a galvanizing topic as artists fought to protect the old mills that served as their homes and studio
Neal Walsh and Scott Lapham at 186 Carpenter
By GREG COOK  |  April 26, 2013
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For Cluck!'s sake

A turf battle on Providence's West Side
Urban Agriculture Dept.
By PHILIP EIL  |  April 19, 2013
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Smokestacks and stereopticons: 19th-century Providence in 3D

Forty strangers walk into a bar, turn off the lights, and put on 3D glasses. It's not the build-up to a bawdy punch line; it's the Tuesday evening scene inside the Roots Cultural Center on Westminster Street.
History Dept.
By PHILIP EIL  |  February 01, 2013
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''X-Tra Zeus!'' showcases Providence’s comics superheroes

Providence is so flush with creative talent that it's easy to take it for granted and assume that most towns have it this good.
Astonishing visions
By GREG COOK  |  February 01, 2013
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Jonathan Levine returns to Providence, zombies in tow

Director Jonathan Levine is a genre guy. But he's never told it straight.  
Film Studies
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 25, 2013
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A Providence designer steps onto the Runway

"I worked as a sugar cookie decorator," Joseph Aaron Segal says.
Fashionisto
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 18, 2013


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At the Arcade, micro-living

Once upon a time, Providence's Westminster Arcade represented a novel idea: an indoor shopping mall where customers could find a variety of merchants under one roof.
Real Estate
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 28, 2012
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Bill McKibben’s climate change crusade comes to Providence

Environmental activist and journalist Bill McKibben was at the heart of the remarkable uprising that forced President Obama to delay approval of the Keystone pipeline, which would funnel oil from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast.
Q&A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 30, 2012

The Providence Craft beer Week 2012 lineup

All locations are in Providence unless otherwise noted.
A bounty of brews
By PROVIDENCE CRAFT BEER WEEK  |  October 12, 2012
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Getting loud with Lightning Bolt

What is noise?

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 21, 2012
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Hitting the road to discover the region's best eats

It's fair to say we're spoiled by choice in Boston, as far as eating goes.
Food tripping
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  July 27, 2012


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Andy Kaufman’s Bohemia West premieres in Providence

It's just four days until the premier of Bohemia West and the cast and crew, assembled at black box theater 95 Empire in downtown Providence, are working out some final details.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 13, 2012
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Photos: Rhode Island surfers

Wet and wild
Wet and wild
By JASON EVANS  |  July 06, 2012
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On politics, the media, and Providence’s ‘hidden gem’

It was quite the week in local news and here at Chez Phoenix .
Week In Review
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 04, 2012
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The launch of PVD Pudding Pops

Valeria Khislavsky woke up in the middle of the night last summer with an idea: she was going to sell pudding. It was a mysterious vision, she says. She didn't have any particular attachment to pudding as a child; she isn't obsessed with pudding pop pit
Sweets.
By PHILIP EIL  |  May 04, 2012
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Making the RISD Museum sizzle

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum is one of New England's — and America's — most underappreciated and underperforming cultural treasures.
Can new director John W. Smith polish Providence's hidden gem?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 04, 2012


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The Providence Postcard Project: Love letters to a city

The Big Blue Bug is here.
Missives
By PHILIP EIL  |  February 03, 2012
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Fête and Dusk are stepping it up

While Providence clubs and live venues seem to come and go "in this economy" (RIP Club Hell and the 201), two band- and fan-friendly venues are stepping up as viable outlets focused on delivering a wide array of artists and musical styles, from heavy met
Class acts
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 27, 2012
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What's next for Occupy Providence?

It was only a week ago that members of Occupy Providence huddled in a pedestrian tunnel on a rainy afternoon and voted 36 to 11 to leave Burnside Park, if and when the city opens a daytime shelter for the homeless.
After the park, a search for phase II
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 30, 2011
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Brian Chippendale and Jungil Hong’s dazzling new work

Brian Chippendale and Jungil Hong were at the center of the gang of artists who pioneered the rascally psychedelic art that boiled out of Providence's screenprinting/postering/comic book/puppet show/wrestlemania/noise rock underground in the late 1990s a
A sense of wonder
By GREG COOK  |  December 02, 2011
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Photos: Providence celebrates 375th Birthday in style

Providence celebrated its 375th birthday at The Providence Performing Arts Center, November 22, 2011.
Providence Performing Arts Center | November 22, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  November 25, 2011


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In Providence, Pokémon perseveres

Pokémon — the video-game, trading-card, and anime franchise — may have reached its high water mark in the late 1990s. But at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence this past weekend, the 20th Century geekery lived.
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By STEPHEN BEALE  |  November 18, 2011
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Deer Tick, Jeffrey Osborne, and the RISA gang serenade Provy

Mayor Taveras sure knows how to party. The capital city's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism has co-sponsored more than 200 events over the past six months commemorating the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams arriving here and setting up shop in
Divine party
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 18, 2011
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ESH & Dox and Meta P get busy

Don't sleep — the Rhode Island hip-hop scene is flourishing, arguably more than ever.
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By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 04, 2011
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On the rebound

Nine months ago, first-term Congressman David Cicilline's Washington career seemed over before it had begun.
Months after his political career seemed doomed, Congressman David Cicilline has made a slow, steady comeback. Will it hold?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 04, 2011

Review: 15 Point Road

How is it that seafood at a restaurant located on the water's edge is more appetizing than at one located inland, even a few blocks up the street? I don't recall ever salivating because a steakhouse was next to a cow pasture.
Dishes both inherited and original
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 28, 2011


Occu-Stock!


The Occupy Providence folk are planning Occu-Stock, a "masquerade music festival," Friday-Sunday in India Point Park. There will be plenty of music - Brown electronica...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 25, 2011
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Photos: Deer Tick at The Met

Deer Tick performs live at The Met on October 12 & 13, 2011.
Deer Tick performs live at The Met on October 12 & 13, 2011.  
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  October 21, 2011
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The ugly side of Providence’s 375th birthday

I do not envy the person assigned with reducing 375 years of Providence history to four words.
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By PHILIP EIL  |  October 14, 2011
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Looking back on An American Family

Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall series with a look back at An American Family , a documentary that chronicled the lives of the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 14, 2011