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Rhode Island's poet laureate on the work verse can do

When Governor Lincoln Chafee appointed Rick Benjamin to a five-year term as Rhode Island State Poet last week, he said Benjamin was already an "unofficial" state poet. He had a point.
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 18, 2013

RIP, Richard Walton; speaking truth to power; folks we love

Flags have been at half-mast at Casa Diablo all week as your superior correspondents mourn the passing of a great man.
An irreplaceable man
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 04, 2013

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union keeps up the fight

"We believe in total abstinence," says Carol Mitola, treasurer of the Rhode Island branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).
Social Studies
By TIM LEHNERT  |  December 21, 2012

This winter, discover sex and revolution at Rhode Island's libraries

There is plenty to do outdoors during a New England winter: skiing, skating, snowboarding, ice-yachting. I just don't do any of it.
Hit the stacks
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 07, 2012

Chilling in the Sunshine State; general mayhem; some music notes

Phillipe headed to Florida last week to meet with Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite involved in the Petraeus-Broadwell scandal.
Come on down!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 23, 2012

The urban chicken roost movement hits Rhode Island

Ernest and Linda Lambert, retirees living in a shaded suburban cul-de-sac just off Woonsocket's Mendon Road, have an unusual backyard project.
Good Eggs
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  November 23, 2012


Abel Collins occupies Rhode Island politics

Occupy Providence isn't dead. But it's been pretty quiet since it decamped from Burnside Park in January.
Political Science
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 02, 2012

Festival Ballet’s ‘Up Close, On Hope’

Festival Ballet Providence's intimate in-studio performances, Up Close on Hope, have always offered full and varied programs of short works by local and guest choreographers, many of them new to Rhode Island audiences (and/or their work is new).
New moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 26, 2012

Abel hits the web; a bit of groveling; bye, George

Phillipe and Jorge have used the case of Abel Collins, independent Congressional candidate, to highlight Rhode Island's decidedly undemocratic process for electing politicians.
Social vote-getting
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 26, 2012

Review: Malt

Wisely, a new addition to the Newport dining scene is starting off modestly; it's little more than a pub, but enough more that it shows good promise and even some adventurousness. Malt opened this summer with little fanfare but soon earned a growing fan
Pretty fancy for a pub
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 19, 2012

In Killer Show, Rhode Island gets its Perry Mason moment

We already know the story. On an icy night in 2003, a half-forgotten band in a half-forgotten club in a half-forgotten town ignited fireworks to kick off its set of 1980s nostalgia rock.
The Station Fire
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 12, 2012


Where to find the real Rhode Island

It was the first semester of my freshman year and I had passed out in a bathroom in my friend's dorm.
Hit the road
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 28, 2012

They call the state Rogue’s Island. Here’s why!

Time flies when you're in college. So before you disappear, here's a cheat sheet of Rhode Island tales that you probably didn't hear on your campus tour.
Local color
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 28, 2012

Rhode Island’s marquee Congressional race may deliver the answer

Last week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered a rousing attack on President Obama — full of distortions.
Does the truth matter?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 07, 2012

How does Doherty measure up?

After Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown pulled off his stunning victory in the January 2010 special election to fill Senator Ted Kennedy's seat, every political reporter and strategist in New England was eager to anoint the next truck-driving, populi
Can Rhode Island's GOP hopeful win over voters like golden boy Scott Brown?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 24, 2012

Photos: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

The Newport Jazz Festival 2012 takes over the Fort Adams State Park in Newport RI on August 3-5, 2012.
Fort Adams State Park, Newport RI | August 3-5, 2012
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 10, 2012


Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Every year the Newport Jazz Festival confronts with the same dilemma: how to objectively judge music presented under such variable conditions.
Too hot to cover
By JON GARELICK  |  August 10, 2012

New Penzance = Rhode Island

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom is the most profitable film in recent memory at Newport's indie emporium, the Jane Pickens Theater. And little wonder.
A tour of the whimsical world of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 27, 2012

Rhode Island surf culture: punk rock, gangbangers, and the search for the ultimate wave

Surfing has been a Rhode Island fixture for decades now. But wander north of Second Beach and terms like "point break" and "south swell" fall out of the vernacular pretty quickly.
Wet and wild
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 06, 2012

Photos: Rhode Island surfers

Wet and wild
Wet and wild
By JASON EVANS  |  July 06, 2012

RI’s homeless bill of rights

Official Rhode Island's response to the homelessness problem has been uninspiring, on the whole.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 29, 2012


New York Times misses the mark with Woonsocket column

Rhode Island's fiscal woes have attracted plenty of national press, much of it unflattering. But if the locals have grumbled a bit about the stories, they've been forced to concede their basic veracity.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 22, 2012

Review: Small Axe Café

Anyone who has lived in southern Rhode Island since the '70s, as we have, has almost surely discovered the then-hippie/now retro-hippie enclave of the Fantastic Umbrella Factory.
Enchanting dining in Charlestown
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 15, 2012

Public records: a little more sunlight

Late Tuesday night, as the legislative session came to a close, the General Assembly passed a bill strengthening Rhode Island's deplorable public records law. Governor Chafee, though he has expressed some reservations about the bill, is expected to sign
This Just In
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 15, 2012

When the hipster label hurts

Don't call it a "cool church," pastor Andrew Mook says.
Religious Studies
By PHILIP EIL  |  May 11, 2012

Are Rhode Islanders finally ready to recognize Providence-born H.P. Lovecraft's legacy as a horror writing hero?

Brett Rutherford was walking down College Street on an overcast day in the late 1990s when a car with Oregon license plates pulled up next to him.
Loving embrace?
By PHILIP EIL  |  April 27, 2012


The quiet push to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island

The often frustrating push to get a workable medical marijuana regime up and running in Rhode Island has received plenty of ink in recent years. But the state's pot politics don't end there.
Pot is not a crime
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 20, 2012

Get back in the groove

For the casual music fan, the record store might seem an anachronism in the age of the iPod. And in a way, it is. That's no small part of the charm.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 20, 2012

Can Anthony Gemma’s feel-good wonkery and pent-up rage beat David Cicilline this time?

There is a strange duality to businessman Anthony Gemma's all-but-official Congressional campaign.
Jekyll and Hyde
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 23, 2012

Can manufacturing save the state's economy?

As the economy coughs its way toward something resembling recovery, politicians and economists are pointing to a surprising elixir: manufacturing.
Making It in Rhode Island
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 09, 2012