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When the hipster label hurts

Religious Studies
Don't call it a "cool church," pastor Andrew Mook says.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 09, 2012


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 pitchman Bill Cosby. But it was, in a way, perfectly logical.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  May 15, 2012


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

Loving embrace?
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.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 25, 2012


Concert tickets: how the public got scalped

As the founder of, the author of The Phishing Manual: Compendium to the Music of Phish (1996), and an editor of Relix magazine, Dean Budnick knows how live music works.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 18, 2012


Coffee with Brown University’s Puzzlemaster

In September of 2010, the New York Times published a week's worth of crossword puzzles created by Brown University students
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 11, 2012


ULTRA takes in the Pauly D Project

It was just after 10:30 at the ULTRA nightclub in Providence last Thursday night and general manager Garry Williams was sitting in the office, watching one of the club's former bouncers, "Big Jerry" Gialanella, on television say, "You got the fog goin'. You got the music bumpin'. The lights are strobin'."
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 04, 2012


Meditations on 'My Friend Dahmer'

Comics Dept.
It's possible that you already know how the cartoonist, Derf Backderf's, latest graphic novel ends.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 21, 2012


At the hip-hop high school

Education Dept.
In his new book, Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education , Sam Seidel describes a sign hanging at the juvenile detention facility in Cranston.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 14, 2012


Cirque de Ville will go over the top at the Dorrance

Three-Ring Dept.
It doesn't take a particularly agile imagination to step back in time at the Dorrance, the restaurant and bar that opened in the old Union Trust bank building downtown last fall. The marble floors, the high ceilings, the stained-glass windows — they all summon the structure's pre-Prohibition past.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 22, 2012


The Providence Postcard Project: Love letters to a city

The Big Blue Bug is here.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 01, 2012


At StyleWeek: Mops, Marie Claire, and the Mayor

Techno music is thumping through L'Apogee, the bar at the top of the Providence Biltmore.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 25, 2012


A throwback to the bombshell

Pretty Pictures
"Is this really my life?" LuLu Locks asks. "I'm waking up this morning to go play Barbie dress-up with grown women?"
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 18, 2012


Staring down Whitey Bulger

Jon Land's latest thriller begins in a South Boston basement where a man named John McIntyre has been handcuffed to a chair, slammed in the head with a chair leg, and strangled with a length of sailing rope.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 11, 2012


The piano man lands on Point Street

Music Dept.
When Point Street Dueling Pianos opens its doors in the coming weeks, some patrons will recognize the bare brick walls and angled windows as the former home of the Hi-Hat — the respected, if slightly under-attended, jazz club that closed earlier this year.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 14, 2011


Geoffrey Wolff and the ‘pee-wee metropolis’

English Dept.
Jeffrey Eugenides entered a select club last month when he published his novel, The Marriage Plot . His ticket for admission was a sentence on page 9 that began, "Providence was a corrupt town, crime ridden and mob-controlled . . . ."
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 01, 2011


Carl and Keith Johnson are spreading the ghostly gospel

Supernatural sleuths
Rhode Island's Ghost Rush — the books, the TV shows, the tours — often seems built to squeeze a little money out of a haunted economy.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 26, 2011


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.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 12, 2011

Pizza paradise

Hungry? You've come to the right place
Friends don't let friends order Domino's.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 27, 2011


The best places to lace 'em up

Run for it!
Rhode Island was founded by a man on the run, so it's no surprise the state has become a runner's paradise.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 27, 2011

Providence's pianos play happily, thanks to a tuner

The 88s
You might not know David Cutler, but you know his work. If you've played a piano in Providence over the last 15 years — from the dusty upright in Hudson Street Market to a posh baby-grand on the East Side — it's likely the city's go-to piano technician was there before you, tweaking the strings to make "Rocket Man" and "Für Elise" sound just right.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 25, 2009


One hundred years of rackin' 'em up on Smith Street

City history
When Gustavo Costanzo purchased pool and liquor licenses from the city of Providence in 1909, first-class stamps sold for two cents and 46 stars adorned the US flag.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 11, 2009

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