We've got a strong Providence Phoenix hitting the news rack tomorrow. On the cover, our man David Thorpe recalls how he got the Internet to exile rapper Pitbull to a Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska.
Seems the retail behemoth, in a bid to drive consumers to the Facebook pages of local stores, had promised to send the musician to the store that garnered the most "likes" and, well,let's just say David excels at mischief. Great read.
Correspondent Phil Eil has a great little piece on rock star composer Nico Muhly returning to Providence, where he grew up, for a mini-, two day residence at Brown University. As Phil notes, Vogue has called Muhly “prodigiously gifted…the poster boy for a new generation of composers.” The New Yorker has dubbed him “the ebullient star of New York’s young-composer scene.” The BBC recently labeled him “the musician who is often touted as the best composer on the planet.”
I've also got a Q&A with Harvard bioethicist I. Glenn Cohen, who will be appearing on a lively biotech panel at Providence art space AS220 next week. This is the kick-off for the fall season of Action Speaks, the always interesting panel discussion series. The theme for the eight-week program: "Private Rights and Public Fights." It's a look at the ever-blurrier line between public and private.
And a little tease here...I'm working on a long-brewing investigative piece that will run next week. Hence the spotty blogging and tweeting of late. Stay tuned.