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It's Alex and Ani's state...

...we only live in it. An in-depth look at the 'positive energy' powerhouse
Has Rhode Island ever seen a company as ambitious or as hungry to broadcast its name as Alex and Ani?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 18, 2013


Black powder, mobsters, and 'clandestine graves' at URI

Back to School
“Anybody here take LSD?” Bob Fitzpatrick says.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 18, 2013


Lincoln Chafee's political eulogy

Rhode Island’s 74th Governor Lincoln Davenport Chafee called a press conference on Wednesday, September 4 at 2 pm. The details were mysterious.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 11, 2013


Dan Yorke enters Rhody TV talk

On the Airwaves
If you’ve been wondering when Rhode Island was going to get its very own nighttime, cable-news-inspired, Hannity - or Hardball -style talk show, the wait is over.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 11, 2013


Mission to Mars

Brown University's John Mustard explains why the Red Planet matters
There are four seasons on Mars and about 144 million square kilometers of surface land — almost exactly the same amount that the Earth has above sea level. The planet tilts at an angle of around 23 degrees, like the Earth, and its days are 24 hours and 40 minutes long.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 04, 2013


With galas, gardens, and grants, the WBNA turns 30

West Side Story
The WBNA, has a knack for making successful grants — for new street lamps on Westminster Street; for the installation of cobblestones, a fountain, and an outdoor seating area in Luongo Square, a project scheduled for completion in 2014 — seemingly fall from the sky.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 04, 2013


Extracurricular activism

Back to school with the Providence Student Union
How you feel about the Providence Student Union will likely depend on how you feel about public education in America. And race in America. And income inequality. And acts of political theater. And the word 'union.'
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 28, 2013


Vinny Paz, uncensored

Small state, big screen
The trouble with publishing an alt-weekly newspaper is that, sometimes, events take place in the hours before our deadline that we can’t tell you about until the following week.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 28, 2013


Have you met H.P.?

 NecronomiCon Providence resurrects Lovecraft
If you live in Rhode Island in 2013, it is increasingly inexcusable not to know H.P. Lovecraft.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 22, 2013


From Dam Nor to T'yog

Excerpts from 'An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia'
The star of NecronomiCon Providence is, of course, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. But unless some seriously freaky Lovecraftian stuff takes place this weekend, H.P., himself, will not actually show up.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 21, 2013


The Doctor is in. And on TV, radio, podcasts, and a stage near you

The Summer Curcuit
Dr. Drew Pinsky wasn’t sure how to describe his upcoming gig in Newport during a recent phone call with the Phoenix .
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 21, 2013


In an upside-down media world, one local newsman isn't sweating

Swagger and slideshows
“We feel strongly that we’ve broken the code on some important elements of the business model,” GoLocal's Josh Fenton says.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 14, 2013


Twelve hours of Foo!

An annotated guide to AS220's freakadelic fest
“Frankly, AS220 wants to be all things to all human beings on the planet,” AS220 co-founder and artistic director Bert Crenca told us recently.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 08, 2013


On tour with Westboro: bubbles, condoms, and a gay pope from Pawtucket

Say what you want about the Westboro Baptist Church — that they’re a flaring rash on the ass of humanity that itches too much to be completely ignored, for example — but you’ve got to give them credit: those people know how to travel.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 10, 2013


An atheist's Sunday sermon

Church and state
A Q&A with Steve Ahlquist: president of the Humanists of Rhode Island, and a tireless advocate for reason-driven government and other progressive causes.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 07, 2013


Hitting the high notes

Five musicians on what the Newport Jazz Fest means to them
There’s a tinge of sadness to conversations about this year’s Newport Jazz Festival. After all, it’s the first one since the loss of Dave Brubeck.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 31, 2013


Rebirth in West Warwick

Manchester 65 is the first music venue to open in West Warwick since the Station fire.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  August 01, 2013

From Washington, three views on a House vote

State of surveillance
On the evening of Wednesday, July 24, in Washington, DC, just as this newspaper was going to press, the US House of Representatives voted on whether to continue the indiscriminate collection of Americans’ phone data.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 31, 2013


'You gotta make them laugh'

Bill Maher on stand-up comedy, pot, and the state of the union
Bill Maher is so ubiquitous that the distinctions between author, host, commentator, filmmaker, and talk show guest have all seemed to blur. Just what is he, exactly?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 24, 2013


The 'Journal' feeds the meter, but does it buy them more time?

As The ProJo Turns
The last few months have brought an extraordinary amount of change to Rhode Island’s paper of record.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 25, 2013


A senator walks into a bar in Matunuck...but it's no joke

Climate Change
There’s a sea breeze whipping through the Ocean Mist in Matunuck on Friday afternoon, but the place is still sweltering.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  July 24, 2013

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