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In Boston, Chris Faraone reports from Heartbreak Hell

Chris Faraone was a block and a half from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, en route to a bar called Forum on Boylston Street, when the bombs went off. The day's shift from carnival to chaos is preserved impeccably on his Twitter feed.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 24, 2013


The guru of advanced hindsight

A talk with Dan Ariely
A talk with Dan Ariely
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 24, 2013


For Cluck!'s sake

Urban Agriculture Dept.
A turf battle on Providence's West Side
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 17, 2013


Crate diggers

Record Store Day
On Saturday, April 20, indie music merchants in Providence — and Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and other cities — will celebrate the sixth annual Record Store Day, a way for artists, fans, and record shop owners to bask in their mutual love through sales and in-store events.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 17, 2013


At Yellow Peril Gallery, foreclosed dreams

When Providence-based photographer David H. Wells set out to document the American foreclosure crisis, he started by snapping photos of workers as they cleaned repossessed houses in California's central valley in 2009.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 10, 2013


Charlie Hall drinks and dabbles

The Arts
The Industrial Trust Building in Providence looks like a hairspray can with a condom on top. This is what Charlie Hall — Rhode Island's unofficial comedian laureate — is telling a room full of boisterous guests at Chester's Restaurant in Harmony, Rhode Island.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 03, 2013


At Brown, torture in watercolor

Foreign affairs
Stroll down College Street from Brown University during the next few weeks and you'll find Providence's iconic spires and skyscrapers slightly obscured by a banner hanging from a streetlight outside Brown's List Art Building.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 03, 2013


The not-so-liberal case for guns

At the Range
"I'm an absolutist," Robert Farago says. "I believe that American citizens should be able to walk into a gun store, show their driving license, purchase a firearm — no background check — purchase some bullets, put the bullets into the firearm, and walk out of the store."
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 01, 2013


Vaseline and blood: the writings and writhings of Eli V. Manuscript

Eli V. Manuscript says he kept his performance tame at the debut of his "The Empty Room" reading series earlier this month in Providence.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 21, 2013


H.P. Lovecraft gets his due

"I'm generally up to my armpits in the creepiest, slimiest, nastiest kind of critters that the ocean produces," Niels Hobbs says.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 13, 2013


David Shields on How Literature Saved My Life

In the fourth chapter of his new book How Literature Saved My Life , Brown alumnus David Shields contemplates nothing less than the meaning of life: "Isn't everyone's project, on some level, to offer tentative theses regarding what — if anything — we're doing here?"
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 06, 2013


On the Providence River: oysters, slaves, and the ‘Moses Plan’

The Waterfront
Robert Geake remembers the smell.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 27, 2013


In the woods with the Rhode Island Men’s Gathering

Beat the Drum
In the 1950s, President Dwight Eisenhower occasionally traveled to the backwoods of Rhode Island to hunt and fish on the sprawling property of oil tycoon W. Alton Jones.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 20, 2013


At Rhode Island College: ‘Bee School’

Honeybees have sex in mid-air, Betty Mencucci tells her audience in a Rhode Island College lecture hall.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 06, 2013


Gordon Fox’s Motown moment

Music Dept.
If there are partisan grumblings at the Rhode Island School of Designs's Fleet Library amid Speaker of the House Gordon Fox's "History of Motown" lecture, they're drowned out by the music.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 06, 2013


Smokestacks and stereopticons: 19th-century Providence in 3D

History Dept.
Forty strangers walk into a bar, turn off the lights, and put on 3D glasses. It's not the build-up to a bawdy punch line; it's the Tuesday evening scene inside the Roots Cultural Center on Westminster Street.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 30, 2013


Paul Geremia joins the Rhode island Music Hall of Fame

Blue Notes
"I've played in almost every state in this country," says Paul Geremia.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 23, 2013


Digital Rhode Island: Vital links and apps for your tablet and phone

Vital links and apps for your tablet and phone
The streets overflow with slush. The sun goes down shortly after lunch.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 23, 2013


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 16, 2013


A Providence designer steps onto the Runway

"I worked as a sugar cookie decorator," Joseph Aaron Segal says.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 16, 2013


Last tango in Pawtucket

Dance Dept.
"This is an end of an era for Providence Tango," Robin Pfahning says.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 07, 2013

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