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Matt Jerzyk goes to City Hall

From activist to insider
Not long after helping David Cicilline win election as mayor of Providence nearly a decade ago, Matt Jerzyk, then a ponytailed activist and budding political operative, made a decision that has come to define his place in the rough-and-tumble world of local politics.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  April 18, 2012

Here's the essence of Rhode Island

The nifty fifty
Long after you've left the state in search of greener pastures and cheaper taxes, there will come a time when you have to explain to a child, lover, friend, or therapist why you chose to attend school in Rhode Island.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 24, 2012

Gaming: the next level

Providence will be the center of the video game universe this weekend when it hosts Major League gaming's national chamionships
Remember the days when being a video game champion meant having the high score on Pac-Man at your local arcade?
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  November 16, 2011

We the People don't like Washington

The Tube
If you can't quite figure out where Brian Crowley and his buddies stand on the issues, neither can they. All they know is that they love America, the First Amendment, and public access television.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  September 07, 2011

The Old Timer’s Tap, once a dealmaker’s den, looks for a buyer

Watering Holes
Tucked away in the most forgotten neighborhood in Providence, a little piece of the city's colorful political history sits on its last legs.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 17, 2011


How a Rembrandt wound up on a pig farm

Stealing Beauty
The next time you're bored on a Friday night and considering a caper at the RISD Museum, Anthony Amore wants you to consider this: you're more likely to make a few bucks begging the high school crowd on Thayer Street.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 10, 2011

Don’t fear the sphere: The tao of wiffleball

The Sporting Life I
If you're the type of person that spent your youth perfecting that Nomahh Garciaparra batting ritual, or you still find yourself bragging about the wicked riser you used to throw in your backyard, then head to Slater Park this weekend and show your stuff.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 03, 2011


Tales of the Providence Ghost Tour

You know what you get when you're a 375-year-old New England city where many homes are known more for their past occupants than their current ones? Ghosts. Lots of ghosts.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  July 13, 2011


First step for the freak fest

Rave On
The three key components to any successful underground music concert are good bands, cheap booze, and a sketchy venue whose identity is a semi-well-kept secret.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  June 29, 2011


Bringing the noise at Brown

Sounding Off
Remember when you were just a little tyke and you considered banging Lincoln Logs on the heads of Gobots music to your ears?
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  May 12, 2011


Obama's medical marijuana crackdown

Weed Dept.
Rhode Island's medical marijuana community took another hit this week — only this time it didn't result in any healing.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  May 04, 2011


After 'Black Friday,' a local poker player's lament

Know When To Hold 'Em
If you think the only thing on television these days other than those silly P90X infomercials is poker, then you're probably on to something.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  April 27, 2011


Of King Midas and ancient beer

The next time you're chugging that seemingly endless cup of stale Keystone Light following a losing game of beer pong, Patrick McGovern wants you to think of it as a liquid time capsule.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  March 16, 2011

The Renegade Wrestling Alliance vs. the Town of Cumberland

In his career as a backyard wrestler, Anthony “T-Phoenix” DiIorio has faced challenges from cults, masked men, and a scoundrel named Dirt Deville. Now the 29-year-old squares off with a villain that made the Iron Sheik look cuddly: the town of Cumberland.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  February 23, 2011


The Renegade Wrestling Alliance goes Raw

For most boys growing up, professional wrestling, with its salacious storylines and otherworldly characters (who could forget the Ugandan Giant, Kamala?) serves as a rite of passage into adulthood. Most grow out of it, but not Anthony DiIorio.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  February 02, 2011


A guide to the real Rhode Island

From A to Z
Why don't you do yourself a favor and make a belated New Year's resolution to actually enjoy the quirky city you'll call home for the next four, five, six years? To help, we've put together an A-Z survival guide complete with everything you need to know (and plenty you don't) about Lil Rhody.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 27, 2011


A room of your own

What to do — and not to do — when you're ready for your first apartment
It's about time you move into your own place, where you don't have to hide the bong and friends can visit whenever they want. But first, you probably need some advice.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 27, 2011

Corsets, goggles, and game geeks in Warwick

Role playing
Are you an aspiring warlord, dragon slayer or munchkin? Do you find Queen Victoria strangely sexy? Well TempleCon 2011 might be right up your alley.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 26, 2011


Four questions for a hypertext pioneer

As both an author and illustrator, Shelley Jackson has looked beyond the limitations of singular genres or techniques to create a novel style of work.
By: DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  December 08, 2010
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