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The mentor

Kudos to Bill Hutchinson; party patter; farewell to a jazz giant
Last Sunday, your superior correspondents were at Nick-a-Nee’s for the raucous “Bedtime Revue” Christmas show.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 24, 2013

Sorrentino turns up the heat

More on the WPRO imbroglio; a theatrical giant; bad snow job
Longtime Vo Dilun radio listeners are very familiar with P&J’s friend Mary Ann Sorrentino.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 18, 2013

Independent Mannequin

DePetro puts both feet in his mouth; honoring Mandela
WPRO News Talk 630’s “Independent Man” John DePetro is involved in another controversy, to no one’s surprise. And, as usual, it is a quagmire of his own making.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 11, 2013

Octocopters -- pull!

Amazon dreams of drones; farewell, Norman and John; the return of the Ditchdiggers CEO and innovator extraordinaire Jeff Bezos triggered a buzz this week when he announced that his company is looking into using drones to deliver purchases to customers within a 10-mile range.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 04, 2013

Pulling the money plug

Alex and Ani and John DePetro are strange bedfellows
Plus, Rhody film news and notes from the Phoenix 's 35th anniversary bash
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 26, 2013


Along for the 35-year ride

The origin story, the kerfuffles, the nicknames, and who's who
It is only fitting that Phillipe and Jorge would hit their 35th year of writing our “Cool, Cool World” column along with The Providence Phoenix celebrating 35 years of telling you whose what is where, when and why in The Biggest Little.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 21, 2013

Roll tide

After the tsunami; big jaws in Newport; songs for Joyce
In 2004, P&J were involved in the aftermath of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that inflicted its most damage on the coasts of Indonesia and Thailand.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 13, 2013

Speaking truth to power

Bill honors Bobby; the governor's race has a loooong way to go
There was a very nice piece by Urinal sportswriter and old friend Bill Reynolds on November 3 about his now-former colleague, Bobby McGarry.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 06, 2013

The Brute fan club

Flanagan's fingerprints; trouble afoot; so long, Jackie and Lou
Phillipe and Jorge believe we saw the fine hand of our old pal Bill Flanagan in October 20 edition of CBS’s wonderful Sunday Morning show.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 30, 2013

Roots rerouting

Changes for Providence Inner City Arts; Magaziner gets in the race
For those of you who have enjoyed the Roots Cultural Center for the past two-plus years, we’re sad to note that they sent out a press release Monday announcing that the building at 276 Westminster Street that housed Roots has been sold.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 23, 2013

A hundred pounds of clay

More election intrigue; hey Moe!; the Pope is born to be wild
P&J were interested to read a report this week that Clay Pell, the grandson of legendary United States Senator Claiborne Pell, is mulling a run for Vo Dilun governor in 2014.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 16, 2013

Crapio family reunion

Dreaming of a Vo Dilun Camelot; where's the rooster?; Greg's get-together
Big Daddy Frank Caprio, star (honk!) of the local TV staple 'Caught In Providence' and chief municipal judge in Providence, has obviously put down his foot and made his son, Frank “Shove it” Caprio, run for state general treasurer once again.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 09, 2013

Happiness is a warm gun

Taking aim at gun ads; Taibbi grills Raimondo; Plus"R"Us
P&J don’t know whether to laugh, groan, or puke at local radio ads aimed at “gun enthusiasts” selling firearms to anyone who doesn’t come in the door drooling, with meth caked around their nose.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 02, 2013

Bits and pieces

For what it's worth, Bunky; the best of Blackstone Valley
P&J were thinking about a few things this week and, as a way of sharing them all with you, we’re blatantly going to steal a trick that The Urinal’s Pinky Patinkin and Bill Reynolds use on a regular basis: filling up space with bulleted items in their columns.
By:  |  September 25, 2013


Our Muffy, a real Vo Dilun hero

Remembering Susan Farmer; damn Yankees; Cowsillsmania
Yes, these days are very sad at Casa Diablo as our dear friend and a true Rhode Island icon and hero, Susan Farmer, has passed on.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 18, 2013

The independent man

Another eulogy for Linc; the return of Ut; the Culpo caper
Governor Linc Chafee’s decision not to run for another term upset P&J last week, if only for the fact that he didn’t consult us so his announcement wouldn’t come after our publishing deadline. Selfish bastard.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 11, 2013

Paging George Santayana

Syria? Let's not; the dating game; all roads lead to Pawtucket
Professional wiseasses like Phillipe and Jorge don’t ever mean to come across as scolds, but is there anyone in Washington, DC, who knows the famed 1905 quote by the Spanish philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”?
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 04, 2013

Flawed gene pool

Valicenti blows his own horn; more toll woes; Hollyweird East
There is no more ruthless self-promoter in Vo Dilun than Phillipe and Jorge’s friend and occasional adversary Buddy “Vincent A.” Cianci, who makes his living these days as a talk show host/opinion-shaper/wild man on WPRO and Channel 6. But a challenger appears to be stepping up.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 28, 2013


A bridge protest goes too far; not-so-Little League; GOP follies
P&J love the idea of civil disobedience when it’s done thoughtfully and aimed at deserving targets. But pardon us if we think that committing arson on the tolling equipment at the new Sakonnet River Bridge toll station over the implementation of a new 10-cent toll doesn’t quite fit that description.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 21, 2013

Deepwater, deep doo-doo

Winning with wind; world-class fragrance; a hollow Victory Day
A few years ago, Phillipe worked on the offshore wind energy mapping survey that evolved into the Deepwater Wind project that figures to make Little Rhody the first place in the nation to have offshore wind power generation.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 14, 2013

International intrigue

Not crying wolf; after-the-war stories; journalism notes
Phillipe and Jorge know a bit about US embassies abroad, so when the US government starts shutting down more than 19 of them throughout the Middle East and Africa as they have in recent weeks, be afraid. Be very afraid.
By: PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 07, 2013

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