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  • December 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The New York Times has published a lengthy Big, Important news story on each of the last two Sundays, first looking at the media-military industrial complex constituted by Barry McCaffrey, and then yesterday examining how a putative fiscal watchdog like bond-rater Moody's performed in the run up to the economical debacle.

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  • December 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the Foundry Artists:

    Do your holiday shopping early!!!

    Foundry Artists Holiday Show
    The Pawtucket Armory
    172 Exchange Street
    Pawtucket, RI 02860

    Opening Reception
    Thursday, December 4th, 5-9pm

    Show and Sale
    Friday, December 5th, 12-8pm
    Saturday, December 6th, 10-6pm
    Sunday, December 7th, 10-6pm








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  • December 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In this week's Phoenix, Greg Cook writes about how the bad economy is affecting arts and culture in RI:

    In September and October, Trinity's The Dreams of Antigone played to 90 percent capacity, Columbus says, but that was driven by the sale of discount tickets. Audience members seeking bargains seem to be the reason previews of A Christmas Carol have sold out — an unusual occurrence — but more pricey seats during the regular run remain.

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  • December 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From City Hall:

    PROVIDENCE – Mayor David N. Cicilline today urged the Providence City Council take action on two proposed pension ordinances that have been pending before the Council for nearly two months. “Every week they remain stalled is an insult to our residents and the dedicated City employees who work hard every day,” said the Mayor in a letter to City Council Members.

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  • December 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The latest incarnation of this cool Providence holiday tradition -- focused on a chance to buy works from local creative types -- returns with an opening from 5-9 pm this Friday.

    Craftland is an annual holiday sale in downtown Providence, RI that celebrates all kinds of sparkly handmade objects and the people who make them.

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  • December 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The just-past holiday has a big food component, so if you missed the Q+A with David Byrne in last week's Phoenix, check out the musician's answer to this all-important local query:

    I'VE SAVED THIS QUESTION FOR LAST, BUT I AM COMPELLED TO ASK. IT IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN LOCAL LORE THAT THE FOREARM-CHOPPING MOVEMENT IMMORTALIZED IN THE "ONCE IN A LIFETIME" VIDEO IS, IN FACT, A NOD TO YOUR DAYS WORKING IN A PROVIDENCE WIENER JOINT.

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  • November 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    This Brown University event sounds like a winner:

    As part of the opening celebrations for the student-curated exhibition Jews and American Comics: The New Generations, famed comic artist and director of the Center for Cartoon Studies, James Sturm, will give a keynote address and participate in a panel discussion that will explore Jewish themes in comics strips and comic books, and the ways that Jews have shaped this popular American art form.

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  • November 13, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    You've heard about this underground. Now it's time for the real thing. In this week's Phoenix, Greg Cook writes about the unexpected world that Peter Goldberg found in Providence's combined overflow sewer project.

    The steely, gritty black and white photos that he's printed in his studio show silhouetted men walking toward bright lights at the end of tunnels, a couple workers hanging out in a makeshift underground lounge, a bearded driver of a boxy mine train snaking down the dark tunnel, a man wading in the water licking the top of the tracks.

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  • November 07, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    House Speaker William J. Murphy gets a cameo in the current (third) season of Showtime's Brotherhood. He calls it "a very small cameo appearance," and he would not disclose further details. However . . .

    WARNING -- SPOILER ALERT.

    If you are a fan of Brotherhood, and don't want to lose a certain element of surprise, stop reading this post NOW.

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  • October 31, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Shaula Clark has the skinny on the Steel Yard's annual Iron Pour:

    Fiery infernos, white-hot metal, spooky devil music, and a "pumpkin-flinging trebuchet" -- surely, this is what Halloween was created for. Furnaces and spectators are officially stoked for the Iron Guild's third Halloween iron pour at the Providence Steel Yard (a DIY-craftsmanship playground where the metalheads play).

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  • October 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Earlier this year, I reported on the demise of Luke's Record Exchange, a long-running music emporium in Pawtucket. As it turns out, the story has taken an unexpected turn.

    When Luke T. Renchan announced in March that his landmark record shop, Luke’s Record Exchange in Pawtucket, was closing after 29 years in business, it was a sad and not very unsurprising story.

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  • October 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    30 on 30

    The Providence Phoenix, born as the NewPaper, has been on the Rhode Island scene for 30 years, and we celebrate the anniversary this week.

    The highlight in this week's Phoenix is a series of Q+As -- kind of like Vanity Fair's famous Proust questionnaire or our own Almost Famous -- with a series of Ocean State luminaries.

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  • October 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Marc Levitt, AS220, and the Action Speaks! crew do a great job every year in staging a provocative and thought-provoking discussion series. The focus this year is race in America, and tomorrow evening's forum will view this through the prism of Norman Mailer's essay on white hipsters.

    I previewed tomorrow's event in last week's Phoenix:

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Mark Tribe, a professor in Modern Culture & Media at Brown, and best known for creating the new media art news and archive Rhizome, has a project in which he recreates some of the anti-war speeches and demonstrations from the Vietnam era.

    Does this offer a prism for rethinking Iraq, or is it a way of not contending with today's issues? Greg Cook writes about the topic in this week's Phoenix.

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  • October 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    And that's good news for local music fans, says Chris Conti, who also has the scoop on local faves Lightning Bolt and their appearance tonight at the Living Room.

    The new and improved Jake’s Bar & Grille on Richmond Street reopens tonight (the 9th) and kicks off a Columbus Day welcome back weekend with three highly diverse shows, something this modest venue has always excelled at, thanks to [Jackie] Nichols and her son Jake.

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