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  • July 26, 2012
    By David Scharfenberg

    Call it a Rhode Island-size blockbuster.

    Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom - though it won't gross Batman-like returns - continues to blow up the indie circuit. And the film's success here - Kathy Staab of the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport tells me it's her highest-grossing movie in memory - owes something to a local tie: it was filmed in Rhode Island.

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  • May 30, 2012
    By David Scharfenberg

    RISD President John Maeda has championed a shift from STEM to STEAM, adding "Art" to the "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)" drive animating American education and economic development these days.

    Maeda's push is, among other things, a bid to recognize the importance of design in our economy (the iPod is as much a triumph of design, after all, as it is a triumph of technology)

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  • April 25, 2012
    By David Scharfenberg

    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.

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  • April 19, 2012
    By David Scharfenberg

    Actually, there's nothing criminal about Matt Jerzyk. Not since he cut off that ponytail, anyway. I was just smooshing together our two main features in this week's Phoenix.

    Jerzyk is a (formerly ponytailed) activist-turned-insider: a lefty bomb thrower and shrewd political organizer who now holds a key post in Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' administration.

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  • April 19, 2012
    By David Scharfenberg

    In February, as you may recall, there was a bit of a flurry over the shooting of a film chronicling then-RISD student Shepard Fairey's breakout performance in 1990: plastering his "Andre the Giant" figure over a Buddy Cianci-for-mayor billboard.

    The erection of the billboard left some wondering if, perhaps, Cianci was making an improbable political comeback.

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