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With soda under siege, Yacht Club
If soda were a person, it would need a publicist. Those sweet, sugary bubbles — once the image of wholesome Americana — have lately been blamed for rotting teeth, obesity, even teenage aggression.
| June 20, 2012
Mothers News tackles cheesecake and Left-Handers Day
This Just In
"No offense, but you guys are no competition," Jacob Berendes tells me.
| June 06, 2012
In DeSilva’s mystery Cliff Walk, fact and fiction blur
There is a moment in Bruce DeSilva's new book, Cliff Walk , when the novel's hero — a wisecracking, coffee-swilling investigative reporter named Liam Mulligan — flops on his mattress to read a book by former Tampa Tribune reporter Ace Atkins. "Crime novels were his parachute out of the newspaper business," Mulligan says. "If only I had that kind of talent."
| May 30, 2012
A spoon-bending mentalist takes on the Gaspee affair
Plaques and parades are nice, but the real story of the HMS Gaspee — the British customs schooner looted and burned off the coast of Rhode Island in the run-up to the Revolutionary War — is not rated "G."
| May 23, 2012
OBEY THE GIANT debuts
A black Lincoln Town Car drives through the darkened streets of Providence.
| May 16, 2012
When the hipster label hurts
Don't call it a "cool church," pastor Andrew Mook says.
| 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.
| May 15, 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.
| April 25, 2012
Concert tickets: how the public got scalped
As the founder of jambands.com, 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.
| 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
| 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'."
| April 04, 2012
Meditations on 'My Friend Dahmer'
It's possible that you already know how the cartoonist, Derf Backderf's, latest graphic novel ends.
| March 21, 2012
At the hip-hop high school
In his new book, Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education , Sam Seidel describes a sign hanging at the juvenile detention facility in Cranston.
| March 14, 2012
Cirque de Ville will go over the top at the Dorrance
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.
| February 22, 2012
The Providence Postcard Project: Love letters to a city
The Big Blue Bug is here.
| 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.
| January 25, 2012
A throwback to the bombshell
"Is this really my life?" LuLu Locks asks. "I'm waking up this morning to go play Barbie dress-up with grown women?"
| 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.
| January 11, 2012
The piano man lands on Point Street
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.
| December 14, 2011
Geoffrey Wolff and the ‘pee-wee metropolis’
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 . . . ."
| December 01, 2011
Carl and Keith Johnson are spreading the ghostly gospel
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.
| October 26, 2011
The Current Issue
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Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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