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Deconstructing the Urban-Industrial Restaurant

Picture a dimly lit room—perhaps illuminated by warm, incandescent bulbs—with hardwood floors, exposed-brick walls, and tabletops varnished until they gleam. The art on the walls feels simultaneously chic and classic. Waiters are dressed in dark-wash jeans and black button-downs. The menu features locally grown, organic ingredients in their “new-take-on-a-classic” dishes....

Your Trip to a Famous Party Hostel

When you walk into Carpe Noctem the first thing you’ll be handed is a beer. Much like the hostel itself, it will probably be something with a vaguely local veneer and not a whole lot to offer without the alcohol—maybe Arany Ászok or Kőbányai Sör – though you’ll be assured...

Uyuni, Bolivia: Photo Guide

The Bolivia-Chile border spans the Atacama, the world’s driest desert. This huge expanse receives an average rainfall of about half an inch per year and is composed of salares (salt lakes), red rocky terrain, volcanic lava geysers, and endless miles of sand. It took me three days to cross from...


New Orleans: Photo Guide

New Orleans.  She adored New Orleans. She idolized it all out of proportion. No — Make that: She romanticized it all out of proportion. To her, no matter what the situation was, this was still a town that could dance to the screeching of adversity and pulsate to the great...

Accidentally Preserved

This past year, a group of graduate students led by artist Mark Dion and Professor Steven Lubar created “The Jenks Society for Lost Museums.” The society has put together an exhibition that provides useful approaches to unraveling the university’s past. It reveals the fragility of preservation and the importance of...

Take the 6 Train, Get Off At Canal

Chinatown is the swampiest corner of Manhattan. The crooked alleys filled with hot steam from sizzling food stands. A family of six squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder on a sidewalk with red-plastic-bagged groceries in their hands. Ill-paced delivery bicycles, teenage boys with gold chains and skateboards, men in button-ups holding paper takeout boxes...

Kerala, India: Photo Guide

When tourists think of India, they usually conjure up images of pilgrims bathing in the river Ganga, or ancient forts and Mughal palaces rising up almost mirage-like from the depths of the Thar Desert. Only handfuls are aware of the other parts of India that also offer a rich cultural...

Cliffhangers Will Not Be Considered

On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, Brown Storytellers will be hosting its Fall Semester Story Slam, a showcase featuring nine performers telling 100% true stories from their lives. The stories range from raucously funny to heartbreakingly tender, and the storytellers are rehearsing in full force in preparation. As...

Art Series: Providence in the Fall

This is how we know it’s fall in Providence. An apple core, in a slick alley, a slice of light. On one side, wood painted black — the Christian Science reading room. On the other, pink brick, stained by sun, and the clean glass of the Providence Arcade. On and...