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Providence Welcomes Imaginary Worlds

Somewhere towards the end of October, all begins to take on new light — the leaves change into crisp, darker colors, and cultural oddities creep to the foreground. . . This may explain how I wound up all the way in Woonsocket on a Wednesday night, alone, in a fake...

Small State, Big Scares

Trees burst into flames against the sky, air grows increasingly crisp, and jackets expand on the shivering backs of students. Foods and drinks are spiced, mulled, and excessively pumpkin-ed. This is autumn in Providence, and as the city is immersed in all that is October, thoughts turn to the adventurous...

Awe and Intimacy: Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis

Photographer Sebastião Salgado will show you the world, and he wants you to care. The famed Brazilian photographer’s latest project, Genesis, is a celebration of the beauty and fragility of life on Earth. Two weeks ago, I went to the International Center of Photography in Manhattan with the Portuguese and...

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...

Guilded Beauty: Inside and Out

Walking up the marble steps into the Great Hall, I was filled with the awe and envy that any Gilded Age noble or common person would have experienced seeing such an extraordinary level of grandeur and elegance. No inch of ceiling, wall, or floor was left undecorated. It was evident...

Here There Be Ghosts

People have died in University Hall. When the building was serving as a military hospital during the American Revolution, soldiers had their limbs sawed off in what are now offices and conference rooms. Many unfortunate young men never made it out alive. Though the bodies were taken away, many believe...

Are You Ready To Pronk?

Throughout the week leading up to Monday, October 13, I had heard murmurings of a spunky, local street festival on Wickenden called Pronk, but I almost didn’t attend, feeling that I just couldn’t be bothered. I’m glad my friends talked me into going because it was a truly unique, eccentric,...

Buddy’s Back

You cannot talk about Providence without talking about Vincent Albert Cianci, Jr.  Twice the mayor of Providence, Buddy, as he is known, has spent a total of 22 years in office. Buddy has twice been removed from office by law—first for assault, then for racketeering—but he has never lost a...