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Neal Walsh and Scott Lapham at 186 Carpenter
One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Providence art scene is how the city itself has been such a rich subject. A decade ago, the city became a galvanizing topic as artists fought to protect the old mills that served as their homes and studios from demolition — with mixed success. But lately, the community's industrial architecture itself has attracted artists' attention.
By GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2013

For Cluck!'s sake

Urban Agriculture Dept.
A turf battle on Providence's West Side
By PHILIP EIL  |  April 17, 2013

Smokestacks and stereopticons: 19th-century Providence in 3D

History Dept.
Forty strangers walk into a bar, turn off the lights, and put on 3D glasses. It's not the build-up to a bawdy punch line; it's the Tuesday evening scene inside the Roots Cultural Center on Westminster Street.
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 30, 2013

''X-Tra Zeus!'' showcases Providence’s comics superheroes

Astonishing visions
Providence is so flush with creative talent that it's easy to take it for granted and assume that most towns have it this good.
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2013

Jonathan Levine returns to Providence, zombies in tow

Film Studies
Director Jonathan Levine is a genre guy. But he's never told it straight.  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 23, 2013

A Providence designer steps onto the Runway

"I worked as a sugar cookie decorator," Joseph Aaron Segal says.
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 16, 2013

At the Arcade, micro-living

Real Estate
Once upon a time, Providence's Westminster Arcade represented a novel idea: an indoor shopping mall where customers could find a variety of merchants under one roof.
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 26, 2012

Bill McKibben’s climate change crusade comes to Providence

Environmental activist and journalist Bill McKibben was at the heart of the remarkable uprising that forced President Obama to delay approval of the Keystone pipeline, which would funnel oil from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 28, 2012

The Providence Craft beer Week 2012 lineup

A bounty of brews
All locations are in Providence unless otherwise noted.
By PROVIDENCE CRAFT BEER WEEK  |  October 10, 2012

Getting loud with Lightning Bolt

What is noise?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012

Hitting the road to discover the region's best eats

Food tripping
It's fair to say we're spoiled by choice in Boston, as far as eating goes.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  July 27, 2012

Andy Kaufman’s Bohemia West premieres in Providence

Man On the Moon
It's just four days until the premier of Bohemia West and the cast and crew, assembled at black box theater 95 Empire in downtown Providence, are working out some final details.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 11, 2012

Photos: Rhode Island surfers

Wet and wild
Wet and wild
By JASON EVANS  |  July 05, 2012

On politics, the media, and Providence’s ‘hidden gem’

Week In Review
It was quite the week in local news and here at Chez Phoenix .
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 02, 2012

The launch of PVD Pudding Pops

Valeria Khislavsky woke up in the middle of the night last summer with an idea: she was going to sell pudding. It was a mysterious vision, she says. She didn't have any particular attachment to pudding as a child; she isn't obsessed with pudding pop pitchman Bill Cosby. But it was, in a way, perfectly logical.
By PHILIP EIL  |  May 15, 2012

Making the RISD Museum sizzle

Can new director John W. Smith polish Providence's hidden gem?
The Rhode Island School of Design Museum is one of New England's — and America's — most underappreciated and underperforming cultural treasures.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 02, 2012

The Providence Postcard Project: Love letters to a city

The Big Blue Bug is here.
By PHILIP EIL  |  February 01, 2012

Fête and Dusk are stepping it up

Class acts
While Providence clubs and live venues seem to come and go "in this economy" (RIP Club Hell and the 201), two band- and fan-friendly venues are stepping up as viable outlets focused on delivering a wide array of artists and musical styles, from heavy metal to sultry singer/songwriters.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 26, 2012

What's next for Occupy Providence?

After the park, a search for phase II
It was only a week ago that members of Occupy Providence huddled in a pedestrian tunnel on a rainy afternoon and voted 36 to 11 to leave Burnside Park, if and when the city opens a daytime shelter for the homeless.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 28, 2011

Brian Chippendale and Jungil Hong’s dazzling new work

A sense of wonder
Brian Chippendale and Jungil Hong were at the center of the gang of artists who pioneered the rascally psychedelic art that boiled out of Providence's screenprinting/postering/comic book/puppet show/wrestlemania/noise rock underground in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
By GREG COOK  |  November 29, 2011

Photos: Providence celebrates 375th Birthday in style

Providence Performing Arts Center | November 22, 2011
Providence celebrated its 375th birthday at The Providence Performing Arts Center, November 22, 2011.
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  November 23, 2011

In Providence, Pokémon perseveres

Pokémon — the video-game, trading-card, and anime franchise — may have reached its high water mark in the late 1990s. But at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence this past weekend, the 20th Century geekery lived.
By STEPHEN BEALE  |  November 16, 2011

Deer Tick, Jeffrey Osborne, and the RISA gang serenade Provy

Divine party
Mayor Taveras sure knows how to party. The capital city's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism has co-sponsored more than 200 events over the past six months commemorating the 375th anniversary of Roger Williams arriving here and setting up shop in Providence.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 15, 2011

ESH & Dox and Meta P get busy

Rhody rhyme time
Don't sleep — the Rhode Island hip-hop scene is flourishing, arguably more than ever.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 02, 2011

On the rebound

Months after his political career seemed doomed, Congressman David Cicilline has made a slow, steady comeback. Will it hold?
Nine months ago, first-term Congressman David Cicilline's Washington career seemed over before it had begun.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 02, 2011

Review: 15 Point Road

Dishes both inherited and original
How is it that seafood at a restaurant located on the water's edge is more appetizing than at one located inland, even a few blocks up the street? I don't recall ever salivating because a steakhouse was next to a cow pasture.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 25, 2011

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Photos: Deer Tick at The Met

Deer Tick performs live at The Met on October 12 & 13, 2011.  
Deer Tick performs live at The Met on October 12 & 13, 2011.
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  October 19, 2011

The ugly side of Providence’s 375th birthday

I do not envy the person assigned with reducing 375 years of Providence history to four words.
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 12, 2011

Looking back on An American Family

Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall series with a look back at An American Family , a documentary that chronicled the lives of the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 12, 2011

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