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Corsets, goggles, and game geeks in Warwick

Are you an aspiring warlord, dragon slayer or munchkin? Do you find Queen Victoria strangely sexy? Well TempleCon 2011 might be right up your alley.
Role playing
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 28, 2011

In Chafee we trust

In a year that finds most top-tier politicians promising jobs, jobs, and more jobs, independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee is betting his political future on a different message: trust me.
But is trust enough in this volatile political season?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 15, 2010


WBRU’s free summer concert series at Waterplace Park is in full swing, and expert blues outfit SIT DOWN BABY get the call on FRIDAY (the 25th) at 7:30 pm.
 Plus, Pints For Paws at Nick-A-Nee’s

Blowin’ up good!

Pretty shrewd. In a state that suffered through a horrific nightclub fire in 2003 that killed 100 people, the General Assembly pushed through legislation that some thought would permit people to buy the type of fireworks (called “gerbs,” which means they
Going ballistic on the fireworks bill; Baccari is at it again; more electioneering
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 25, 2010

Messi situations

Can’t you just imagine the high-level meetings taking place daily in the British Petroleum war room these days, full of top execs and engineers, neither of whom speak the others’ language, or have even close to the same concerns?
A giant tampon for BP; plus, the World Cup, and a big bash in Pawtuxet
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 04, 2010

Not a class act

I think the asshole label is apropos ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions 
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 28, 2010

Where It’s At

Kick it like a sleep twitch.
Off the Couch

Reefer gladness at the Crowne Plaza

Thirty-five years ago, a doctor took Elvy Musikka aside and told her that she’d go blind from her glaucoma if she didn’t start smoking. Marijuana, that is.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 23, 2010

Breakfast of champions

The Slip have been a fixture on the jam band scene for 15 years. Over the past six years, the Slip’s core members — bassist Marc Friedman, guitarist Brad Barr, and his brother Andrew behind the kit — along with pianist Marco Benevento and singer/songwri
Slipping into Surprise Me Mr. Davis
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 09, 2010

Sonoma Grille

Sonoma Grille has a lot going for it.
A lot more than retsina
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010

Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 12, 2010

A wake-up call

Some months back, Judge Richard Posner, a prolific author and longtime leading figure in the laissez-faire-oriented Chicago school of economics published his latest tome, a little bit of conservative heresy titled A Failure of Capitalism .
Ranting about money and media; musical musings; and notes from the road
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 29, 2010

Shout it out!

Sharks Come Cruisin' founder Mark Lambert is a Warwick native with a penchant for reworking and penning sea shanties from centuries past, often revised with rollicking punk flare — all thanks to the golden pipes of Quint, the shark-obsessed skipper in J
Sharks Come Cruisin’ corner the punk rock/sea shanty market
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 08, 2010

Regarding Henry

Since P&J heard that our friend Henry Shelton had suffered a stroke on December 28, we have joined tens of thousands of other Vo Dilunduhs, in praying for his full and speedy recovery.
The Steadfast Mr. Shelton. Plus, vetoing The Don and doubting Linc.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 08, 2010

Pop your cork!

Rockin’ into 2010
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Local flavor

Local journalist and acclaimed hip-hop scribe Andrew Martin has corralled a flavorful roster of Rhody-based rap talent on the Ocean State Sampler , 10 exclusive tracks available for free download.
Andrew Martin serves up fresh Ocean State Sampler
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 01, 2010

Bienvenido a federal hill

My grandfather's house still stands on Westminster Street in Providence, its yard overlooking the Armory field where my uncles would gather to play bocce.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 01, 2010

Biker gang

You’re looking over the handlebars of a bike, down the narrow canyon between a pair of city buses heading right at you.
 ‘Procycle 2009’ at Machines with Magnets
By GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2009

A turbine grows in Warwick

If all goes well, Shalom Housing in Warwick, a division of Jewish Seniors Agency, will be the home of a 100-kilowatt wind turbine, part of new federal “green” stimulus award of up to $1.5 million from the US Housing and Urban Development to retrofit the
Windy City
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  November 06, 2009

Ghoulish grooves

Misfits and Sasquatch rock Day of the Dead
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October already!

Only 11 weeks and counting of Christmas shopping remain, so head out to some budget-friendly shows in the meantime.
Folk + blues + noise + alt-pop + Mr. Young
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 02, 2009

Newbie nudies

I have a wonderful relationship with a man. We have been living together for four years and we are happy in many ways. There is one thing that he does that I am not so comfortable with ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 25, 2009

For the benefit of vegan awareness and a princess

Kick off the weekend THURSDAY (the 17th) with a recession-friendly evening with local legend MARK CUTLER & FRIENDS at the Greenwich Hotel (401.884.4200), 21+ and no cover.
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009

Trucking along with the Mobile Art Project

When the Hera Gallery left its customary perch on Main Street in Wakefield last fall for a time, artist and curator Viera Levitt started thinking of ways to bring art back to the heart of South County. She struck upon the idea of the Mobile Art Project a
Street Art
By GREG COOK  |  August 14, 2009
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Places that are gone

It wasn't until the 1970s that O. Winston Link got noticed by the art world. The New Yorker had been a professional photographer since the 1930s, shooting publicity shots for an advertising firm before World War II and doing freelance commercial photog
O. Winston Link and Carmel Vitullo document an era
By GREG COOK  |  August 07, 2009
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In the blood

“We don’t have five dudes on stage pounding out power chords, so we need to find other ways to fill up all that space,” said Shawn Garrity, one-half of the multitasking siblings known as VulGarrity (sister Tracy is three years younger). “It forces us to
VulGarrity is humming on all cylinders
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 12, 2009

Surviving the econopocalypse

If you're like the more than nine percent of Americans currently unemployed, your "Yes We Can!" has lately lost some of its gusto. You've hit up everyone you know for work, including your mom, your ex, and your ex's ex.
Want to keep your head above water in post-meltdown America? Here's some ways to get your own bailout bucks — without a W2.
By LISSA HARRIS  |  June 12, 2009
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Passion players

"If music is your passion, then promote it. Get people to your shows. I honestly think people don't push themselves enough."
Rap-rock vets Mastamindz stay the course
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 29, 2009
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Is the party over for the GOP in RI?

In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 15, 2009

Sugar-coated pop, anyone?

With lines such as "chock-full of sunny melodies and intimate, introspective lyrics with bright, polished production," I clearly didn't stumble onto the next Jesus Lizard here.
Jonas Dream's merry melodies
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 01, 2009