Just back from buisiness incubator Betaspring's 2012 Spring Launch Day in their new, loft-space offices on Chestnut Street, right down the street from Phoenix HQ. And it was enough to give you some hope for the economic future of our fair city (full disclosure: one of Betaspring's principals, Owen Johnson, is my wife's cousin).
We've got a great cover story in this week's Phoenix on Providence's failure to embrace native son H.P. Lovecraft, a horror writer who died in relative obscurity, but has become an international icon and inspiration to the likes of Stephen King.
Why only a gravesite and a little noticed plaque on the Brown campus? Why not a walking trail and a gift shop selling Cthulu thongs? The puacity of local tributes to the man is particularly curious in a city that has gone to such great lengths to market itself as the Creative Capital.
The Occupy Providence folk are planning Occu-Stock, a "masquerade music festival," Friday-Sunday in India Point Park. There will be plenty of music - Brown electronica phenom Nico Jaar is among the scheduled performers. And Big Nazo will bring its big puppets.
Admission for the event, 4-11 pm each day, is free. But attendees will be asked to donate to Occupy Providence.
By Nicole Friedman
What Cheer! Brigade fans should have known something was up for a while.
In its summer preview blog post this year, Providence’s favorite marching band was especially evasive about its plans for Independence Day weekend:
Friday-Sunday, July 1-3- Something big is brewing this weekend, but we’re trying to figure out the best way to tell you.