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Rapping up 2013
From Swann Notty to Sage Francis and much more - BY CHRIS CONTI

Off the Couch: Festivus at AS220

With your hosts Gertrude Atherton and Invisible Hours
Plus, the McGunks get busy
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 18, 2013


Offbeat treat

The Wilbury's 'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant'
Very odd, very brave, and curiously interesting. The Wilbury Group’s staging of  'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant' is all three because it’s. . . well, a children’s pageant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2013


Exploring otherness

"It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping" at AS220 Project Space
“The racism, particularly how it affects black and brown people, it’s devastating,” artist Nafis White says. “And it makes me angry. Even as a woman and a black woman in Providence, I am profiled. The whole situation is infuriating.”
By: GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2013


Musical merriment

Ocean State's 'Miracle On 34th Street'
You might be able to find a more amiable and Christmas-spirited entertainment than 'Miracle On 34th Street,' the charming 1947 film with Maureen O’Hara and a precocious eight-year-old Natalie Wood.
By:  |  December 18, 2013


The Season: Local literature

Food, history, addiction, and a kid who can fly
The past year has brought a bumper crop of books from the little speck of earth we call “Rhode Island."
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 11, 2013


The Season: Volunteer!

Holiday gifts, no shopping required
When I think of volunteering during the holidays, I’m usually reminded of Karen Allen’s character Claire in the movie Scrooged .
By: LIZ LEE  |  December 11, 2013


The Season: Season's screenings

Holiday diversions for your living room or laptop
We all know the holidays can be hectic, stressful, and overwhelming. But they’re also a perfect time to take a step back, relax, and laze around with the people you love (or tolerate).
By: JESSE PAPINEAU  |  December 11, 2013


The Season: A Pauly D Christmas

Ho, ho, yeah, buddy!
We don’t present the following list of Pauly D merchandise because we think you should buy any of it.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 11, 2013


The Season: Bountiful boxes

Add to life's soundtrack with musical gifts
The modest renaissance of the record player has led to something of a golden age in the music-reissue industry.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 11, 2013


The Season: Dynamic discs

 Gifts for tele- and cinephiles
Christmas shopping was a lot easier five years ago. Not only did most of us own DVD players back then; we actually used them.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 11, 2013


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

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


Fill your glass with cheer

Beer gifts, local liquids, and hoppy holiday bashes
For weeks we’ve been planning to do a detailed gift guide; we hit a few stores, made some notes, and then realized that you don’t need much hand-holding if you’re buying for the beer lover on your list.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 11, 2013


Blurred (state) lines

Territorial rights and wrongs
Does Massachusetts honor medical marijuana patient cards from Rhode Island? And vice versa?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 11, 2013


Living the dream

Mark Cutler makes his escape
Revered veteran musician Mark Cutler has officially escaped the cube farm, and he’s feeling like a billion bucks.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2013

Off the Couch: Cold chillin'

Reggae, a jazzy little Christmas, and more
Plus, a koupla kool Kickstarters
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2013


Life after death

William Schaff and Meredith Younger's "Bearing Witness" at 186 Carpenter
“In our culture in general, we have all these twisted ideas of how you’re supposed to deal with death,” Meredith Younger said when I visited “Bearing Witness,” a poignant art installation and a shrine to the dead.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 11, 2013


A twisted 'Christmas'

The RI Shakespeare Company and Big Nazo's 'Carol'
At this time of year, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is such a cash cow for theaters that you can almost hear the mooing.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2013


Aching to be

Out Loud's raucous 'Cowboy Mouth'
Sam, Patti — how the hell did you ever survive your misspent youth?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2013


News that you need

Can ecoRI News sustain its efforts to be a vital environmental watchdog?
When was the last time you saw a news organization share the details of its finances with the world?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 06, 2013

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