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Rhode Island's poet laureate on the work verse can do

When Governor Lincoln Chafee appointed Rick Benjamin to a five-year term as Rhode Island State Poet last week, he said Benjamin was already an "unofficial" state poet. He had a point.
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 16, 2013

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The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union keeps up the fight

Social Studies
"We believe in total abstinence," says Carol Mitola, treasurer of the Rhode Island branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).
By TIM LEHNERT  |  December 19, 2012

This winter, discover sex and revolution at Rhode Island's libraries

Hit the stacks
There is plenty to do outdoors during a New England winter: skiing, skating, snowboarding, ice-yachting. I just don't do any of it.
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 05, 2012

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The urban chicken roost movement hits Rhode Island

Good Eggs
Ernest and Linda Lambert, retirees living in a shaded suburban cul-de-sac just off Woonsocket's Mendon Road, have an unusual backyard project.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  November 21, 2012

Abel Collins occupies Rhode Island politics

Political Science
Occupy Providence isn't dead. But it's been pretty quiet since it decamped from Burnside Park in January.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 31, 2012

Festival Ballet’s ‘Up Close, On Hope’

New moves
Festival Ballet Providence's intimate in-studio performances, Up Close on Hope, have always offered full and varied programs of short works by local and guest choreographers, many of them new to Rhode Island audiences (and/or their work is new).
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 24, 2012

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Review: Malt

Pretty fancy for a pub
Wisely, a new addition to the Newport dining scene is starting off modestly; it's little more than a pub, but enough more that it shows good promise and even some adventurousness. Malt opened this summer with little fanfare but soon earned a growing fan base.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2012

In Killer Show, Rhode Island gets its Perry Mason moment

The Station Fire
We already know the story. On an icy night in 2003, a half-forgotten band in a half-forgotten club in a half-forgotten town ignited fireworks to kick off its set of 1980s nostalgia rock.
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 10, 2012

Where to find the real Rhode Island

Hit the road
It was the first semester of my freshman year and I had passed out in a bathroom in my friend's dorm.
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 26, 2012

They call the state Rogue’s Island. Here’s why!

Local color
Time flies when you're in college. So before you disappear, here's a cheat sheet of Rhode Island tales that you probably didn't hear on your campus tour.
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 26, 2012

Rhode Island’s marquee Congressional race may deliver the answer

Does the truth matter?
Last week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered a rousing attack on President Obama — full of distortions.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 05, 2012

How does Doherty measure up?

Can Rhode Island's GOP hopeful win over voters like golden boy Scott Brown?
After Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown pulled off his stunning victory in the January 2010 special election to fill Senator Ted Kennedy's seat, every political reporter and strategist in New England was eager to anoint the next truck-driving, populist star of the GOP.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 22, 2012

Photos: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Fort Adams State Park, Newport RI | August 3-5, 2012
The Newport Jazz Festival 2012 takes over the Fort Adams State Park in Newport RI on August 3-5, 2012.
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 09, 2012

Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Too hot to cover
Every year the Newport Jazz Festival confronts with the same dilemma: how to objectively judge music presented under such variable conditions.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 10, 2012

New Penzance = Rhode Island

A tour of the whimsical world of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom is the most profitable film in recent memory at Newport's indie emporium, the Jane Pickens Theater. And little wonder.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 26, 2012

Rhode Island surf culture: punk rock, gangbangers, and the search for the ultimate wave

Wet and wild
Surfing has been a Rhode Island fixture for decades now. But wander north of Second Beach and terms like "point break" and "south swell" fall out of the vernacular pretty quickly.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 03, 2012

Photos: Rhode Island surfers

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

RI’s homeless bill of rights

Official Rhode Island's response to the homelessness problem has been uninspiring, on the whole.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 27, 2012

New York Times misses the mark with Woonsocket column

Rhode Island's fiscal woes have attracted plenty of national press, much of it unflattering. But if the locals have grumbled a bit about the stories, they've been forced to concede their basic veracity.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 20, 2012

Review: Small Axe Café

Enchanting dining in Charlestown
Anyone who has lived in southern Rhode Island since the '70s, as we have, has almost surely discovered the then-hippie/now retro-hippie enclave of the Fantastic Umbrella Factory.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2012

Public records: a little more sunlight

This Just In
Late Tuesday night, as the legislative session came to a close, the General Assembly passed a bill strengthening Rhode Island's deplorable public records law. Governor Chafee, though he has expressed some reservations about the bill, is expected to sign it.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 13, 2012

When the hipster label hurts

Religious Studies
Don't call it a "cool church," pastor Andrew Mook says.
By PHILIP EIL  |  May 09, 2012

Are Rhode Islanders finally ready to recognize Providence-born H.P. Lovecraft's legacy as a horror writing hero?

Loving embrace?
Brett Rutherford was walking down College Street on an overcast day in the late 1990s when a car with Oregon license plates pulled up next to him.
By PHILIP EIL  |  April 25, 2012

The quiet push to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island

Pot is not a crime
The often frustrating push to get a workable medical marijuana regime up and running in Rhode Island has received plenty of ink in recent years. But the state's pot politics don't end there.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 18, 2012

Get back in the groove

For the casual music fan, the record store might seem an anachronism in the age of the iPod. And in a way, it is. That's no small part of the charm.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 20, 2012

Can Anthony Gemma’s feel-good wonkery and pent-up rage beat David Cicilline this time?

Jekyll and Hyde
There is a strange duality to businessman Anthony Gemma's all-but-official Congressional campaign.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 21, 2012

Can manufacturing save the state's economy?

Making It in Rhode Island
As the economy coughs its way toward something resembling recovery, politicians and economists are pointing to a surprising elixir: manufacturing.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 22, 2012

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