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Meet the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's 2014 inductees
This year the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame honors its third crop of local musicians, educators, and industry professional who have carved out a legacy in our state and beyond.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  April 30, 2014


Student Survival Guide: Take the plunge

Rhode Island's real dive bars are alive and well
Proper folks once referred to dive bars as sinister places where low life boozers escaped to get even lower. To “dive,” if you will. That’s no longer true — if it ever was. There’s a difference between a dive and a dump.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  January 22, 2014


Rhody's real-life cop/on-screen mobster

Film Dept.
East Providence Police Lieutenant Armen Garo is a senior shift commander in the city’s patrol division with 29 years on the job.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  December 11, 2013


A Multiverse opens in Providence

Print Matter
“There are so many incredible settings and realities that exist in the comic book world that there exists a story for everyone to identify with,” Brandon Amorin says.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  October 23, 2013


In Lincoln: A new name, a dash of glitz, and dogs on TV

Table games
The days of greyhound racing at Lincoln Park ended when a dog named Ajo Big Thunder won the last race ever held on August 8, 2009.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  July 17, 2013


Jukebox heroes

Holding the Line
The sign behind the bar reads: "Nick–A-Nee's: Best Jukebox, 2012." At the time it was an honor. Today it's a relic. The Phoenix dropped the "Best Jukebox" category this year. There just aren't many true jukeboxes left in the state.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  April 17, 2013


In search of Cumberlandite

Geology Dept.
Rhode Islanders are fond of saying "only in Rhode Island," even when it's not true. This isn't the only state teeming with corruption, long-toothed palookas, or landmarks that "used to be" something else.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  March 06, 2013


The best things in life are free (or at least inexpensive)

Cheap thrills
Rhode Island has a lot going against it. The state ranks last or close to last in most economic indicators. Taxes are high and jobs are scarce. Our most prominent cultural export may be Pauly D.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  January 23, 2013


In East Providence, raffling meat and lobster

It is Saturday night at the Lincoln Bar & Grille in East Providence and Big Bill is in firm command of the room. He's the kind of guy known in these parts as "funny as a bastard." Flirts with the women. Zings the men.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  November 21, 2012

At Muldowney’s, the dive bar lives on

Saddle Up
There used to be more dive bars in this city. The Safari Lounge, the One Up, Splinter's. I got to thinking about this over a short glass of bourbon at one of the city's last dives — Muldowney's Pub on Empire Street.
By: VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ  |  October 31, 2012
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