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Review: The A-Team
We love it when a plan comes together - BY BETSY SHERMAN


'Fun guy rap'

Long overdue Romen Rok debut worth the wait? Absolutely !
I emailed Edgewood-bred lyricist Romen Rok last week following the release of his highly-anticipated full-length platter Absolutely ! and asked just how he would describe his brand of hip-hop to the casual listener: “Fun guy rap” was the response.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 15, 2010


Ain't that America?

Good ol’ boys and girls in Trailer Park Musical
Armadillo Acres in the Florida of The Great American Trailer Park Musical may not be a place you want to live, what with the thin walls and occasional gunfire, but it could be a fun place to visit. The Center Stage production in West Kingston is giving us plenty of reason to stick around.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 15, 2010


Majestic mysteries

Intriguing installations by Lowe, Elson, and Younger
Though your brain knows better, you can’t help getting the feeling that the moon sitting in the RISD Museum’s Farago Gallery has floated down from space.
By GREG COOK  |  June 15, 2010

It’s good to be king

TRIST takes Henry VIII outdoors
After being out of the local theater scene for a couple of decades, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) is back, staging an outdoor production of Henry VIII at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park, on North Main Street in Providence, through June 26.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 15, 2010

Getting to know you

 Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
I understand from a friend of mine that you can tell if a man has recently had sex by checking his testicles. What's the deal with this?
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  June 15, 2010


Gone but not forgotten

Henry VIII and The Tudors bid adieu
Yes, True Blood has resumed, and Futurama and Weeds wait in the wings. But let's take a moment to hail The Tudors , which bows out this Sunday night at 9 after four seasons on Showtime.
By JON GARELICK  |  June 15, 2010

Summer times

Off the Couch
First off, a huge THANK YOU goes out to all the bands and fans who attended our inaugural Best Music Poll Awards Show last week, and congrats to all the winners.


Photos: Providence Best Music Poll Awards at Lupo's

Providence BMP Awards Concert at Lupo's | June 9, 2010
Bands perform and get their BMP awards from the Phoenix at Lupo's.
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  June 11, 2010


Providence 2010 Best Music Poll

The results are in!
See this year's winners


Making waves

Can WRNI supplant the ProJo as the state’s news king?
Rhode Island’s upstart National Public Radio affiliate, WRNI, aims to be nothing less than a major media player here. And in the space of just a couple of years, the station has taken some impressive first steps.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 10, 2010


In 'The Tradition'

Bannister’s ‘Five From Providence’ honors its namesake
In 1978, Rhode Island College presented “Four from Providence.” The exhibit was a call to revitalize the reputations of four Providence artists of color who had often been overlooked since their peaks in the late 19th and early 20th century.
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2010


The Black Keys | Brothers

Nonesuch (2010)
Once just another guitar/drums garage-blues duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have moved beyond the garage and the blues and are now making quintessentially American music that’s knee-deep in funky R&B.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 10, 2010


Adventures of Cletis the Fetus

The gestational generation
By DAVID KISH  |  June 09, 2010


Pointing fingers in the Gulf

The disaster was waiting to happen; kudos for Grover; and gangsta talk
Now that we have enlisted the aid of James Cameron, Kevin Costner, Betty White, and the Olneyville New York System Oil, Olestra, and Anal Leakage Institute to help plug the BP underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, let’s take a look at what is really behind this debacle.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 09, 2010

The Barplays Fest brings theater to the pubs

Line Readings and Libations
High concept and low-budget, the BarPlays Festival is happening all around Providence June 14 to June 27.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010


Pols and blowhards beware: PolitiFact is coming

As the ProJo turns
The Providence Journal , facing the newspaper industry's twin demons of declining circulation and plummeting advertising revenue, is in an intense period of reinvention.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 09, 2010


Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

Shouldn't it be "The Kung Fu Kid"?
What happens when Will Smith wants a franchise for his boy.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 11, 2010


Review: Marmaduke

Bad dog!
Add director Tom Dey's dreadful live-action adaptation of the long-running comic strip to the pantheon of dog flicks that'll make you cry — for all the wrong reasons.
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 09, 2010


A star search is reborn

  A classic Chorus Line at Theatre by the Sea
A Chorus Line is quite a heartfelt love song to musicals and the hoofers in them.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 09, 2010
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