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My misbegotten creative career

Still waiting for Slugot; fan feedback; Gatorgate
Vo Dilanduhs know R.J. Heim, the veteran Channel 10 meteorologist and news reporter, as a charismatic and engaging fellow but, primarily, as a local weatherman.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  August 03, 2011


Oh Captain, my Captain

Bruce Sundlun was larger than life; judicial musings
Dominating the news in the Biggest Little at the end of last week and over the weekend — and rightfully so — was the passing of former Governor Bruce G. Sundlun.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 27, 2011

That sense of entitlement

Musing on “me, now, more”; hope in RI; marriage doesn’t need defending
I read myriad newspapers. I also listen to radio and television news reports (with an affinity for the BBC, which has always seemed to know how to do broadcast news).
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 20, 2011

Tips for young artists

Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 13, 2011

Bus stopped?

The proposed RIPTA cuts are totally unacceptable
Last week, the Rhode Island chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFBRI), sent an email blast to folks around the state, which contained the first two paragraphs of a press release issued by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority on June 30:
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 06, 2011

Another town, another story

Rodney King has advice for North Kingstown. Plus, a few clarifications
One of the great things about my day job as director of Insight Radio (part of Insight, a non-profit in Warwick that promotes independence and opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired) is that I get to see just about every news website or publication in the state.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 29, 2011


Charm City looks for inspiration

Where? La Prov and the Bucket. Plus, how to stay plugged in
This is not the only area in which Maryland and the Biggest Little are seeking synergy.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 22, 2011

Talkin' 'bout a revolution

Parading in Pawtuxet; a matter of Pride; perlow heats ’em up again
As Vo Dilunduhs with the slightest sense of our state's history know, we have just finished Gaspee Days, a celebration of what was one of the first (and most dramatic) blows for freedom in the years leading up to the Revolution.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 15, 2011


Notes from the New York Underground

All Phoebe, all the time; "An Orgy of Corporate Gluttony" at the ProJo
When I last saw Ms. Phoebe Legere, she was smiling and waving goodbye from the backstage area of the Met, where she'd opened for my band the Young Adults.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 08, 2011


Spoonem's turns 30

Celebrating an Edgewood treasure; it’s time for Waltonpalooza!!
If I want to experience the best of Vo Dilun, all I have to do is walk around the corner from my house.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 01, 2011


State struggles, Gina good!

The treasurer has integrity; resurrecting baseball; other musings
I don't know the solution to our state's fiscal and political problems. If I did, I'd probably run for public office.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 25, 2011


The Great Tattoo Protest of 2011

An inky situation; Weekly World News; Farewell to Cornell
Last Saturday was just another typical day in the Cool, Cool World. Joe Kernan, the features editor and author of the best police log reports in the Biggest Little for the Beacon Communications string of newspapers, was coming to my place.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 18, 2011


Thanks all around

Words for Waldrop; GOP = fun; some god news; random notes
"Thanks All Around" is the title of the opening section of Jaimy Gordon's novel, Shamp of the City-Solo (published in 1974).
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 12, 2011


Obama, Osama, oh Mama!

Life after Bin Laden; Trump the Clown; under the big top; all we need is love
The news story of the week, of the year, of the decade — the military taking out Osama bin Laden — will lead, I predict, to a classic example of what I like to call Moon Landing Syndrome.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 06, 2011


Bob's Karma: A little more red meat

Woe is Watson; the Chi Chi cha-cha; getting warmed up in East Providence
What has befallen Republican State Representative Bob Watson — arrested for driving under the influence and caught with marijuana in his car — is not all that surprising to me.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 27, 2011


Culture notes

Poetry and prose; not-so-young adults; the return of invective
You have to give the BeloJo some credit for publishing Tom Chandler's missives on the local poetry scene.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 20, 2011


Conflict or what?

The Journal takes out an ad; siding with Keith; mad about Phoebe
With Passover just around the corner, I detected a decidedly non-kosher element in the Other Paper on Monday.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 13, 2011

The State vs. the People, Pt. 1

A variety of cesspools; the right to know; taking aim
On Monday, the most prominent headline on the front page of our daily paper or, as the Bud-I calls it with a unique mixture of glee and sadness, "The Pamphlet," was "Cesspools given notice."
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 06, 2011

Chi chi chi chi changes

Cicilline's rapid decline; riding RIPTA; the art of architecture; two artistic losses
The title of this item sounds like I blatantly lifted if from some old David Bowie song. Would I stoop so low? (Don't answer that.)
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  March 30, 2011


Looking for proof

Give credit to film; Armenia calling; on the town; the shaper of our spaces
Denise Perreault reports in this week's Providence Business News on the ongoing battle over whether or not to retain the controversial Rhode Island Film and TV Motion Picture Tax Credit. The Lincster, Governor Chafee, proposed eliminating the film tax credit in his March 8 budget address as part of an effort to close the fiscal 2012 budget shortfall.
By: RUDY CHEEKS  |  March 24, 2011
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