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Sheldon Gets The Colbert Bump

Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, appeared on Monday night’s The Colbert Report to promote his new book “On Virtues” and, I suppose, the virtues themselves. His publisher must be happy. The full title of the book is “On Virtues: Quotations and Insight to Live

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Rice Cakes To Play Newport Folk Festival

The music of Providence band Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes (winners of the 2012 BRU rock hunt) defies easy categorization but vocalist Roz is okay with being hard to describe. If no single genre can quite capture their sound, Roz has no trouble coming

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Del's In Gotham

Good news for those in the Del’s diaspora, you are not imagining things — that’s a Del’s truck you see on the horizon.  New York magazine found it newsworthy. Gothamist made a major and crucial frozen-lemonade discovery just in time for summer: Apparently, Rhode Island’s

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Great New Music From Eric Barao

Today marks the release of singer-songwriter Eric Barao’s eponymous new power pop album and it’s really quite remarkable. This is a relief for me personally because he’s a friend and I am a terrible liar . . . in that I’m not that good at

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Tasting And Signing With Chef Jody Adams

(4.3) On Wednesday, April 3, James Beard award-winner Chef Jody Adams returns to her alma mater for a cooking demo and book signing at the Brown Faculty Club. The Providence native, and recent contestant on the second season of Top Chef Masters, is the owner

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Olivia Culpo Wins Miss Universe Pageant

I’ll bet the Sisters of Mercy over at Bay View Academy are doing a jig right about now. Normally, we here at the Dose would not be discussing the whole beauty pageant thang (least of all the one owned and operated by the most loathsome

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An Interview: Low Anthem On The Columbus Theater Grand Reopening

The Low Anthem are a wonderful folk rock band who tour the globe but call Providence home.  This Saturday they reopen the Columbus Theater on Broadway for the first of what I hope will be many, many shows and communitarian happenings.  (I’m pretty sure the

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Bands From Here — Fangs, Bolts, and Arks

“Major” — as in major chords and major fun — is the latest album from Fang Island, another band to come out of RISD (they’re in Brooklyn now). The band, who describe their sound as “everyone high-fiving everyone,” are currently touring everywhere but here. The

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Strange But True — Republicans Created The EPA

Hard to believe that this is the same party now sneering at the rising sea levels (somebody tell Romney that the U.S. Navy is not laughing). Today the New York Times reported the death at age 92 of renowned conservationist and advocate Russell E. Train.

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Lovecraft Double Feature At Cable Car

The Cable Car Cinema celebrates the birthday of horror writer, Rhode Island’s very own, H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890) with a double feature — two nights only (note different times). The main attraction is The Whisperer in Darkness. Loft Cinema had this to say, In

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Movie About Providence, In Providence

One entry in the Rhode Island International Film Festival was made right here in Providence — “Breakfast with Curtis” was written, directed, and shot by Laura Colella, teacher of directing and film production at RISD. She writes of the film’s unique genesis in the Wall

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Another Medal For Elizabeth Beisel

Rhode Island’s Elizabeth Beisel won the bronze medal in the 200m backstroke to add to the silver she won in the 400m individual medley. Very cool. And a big thanks to Rhode Island Public Radio for blurting out the results this afternoon as I drove

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Obey — The Movie

This new movie “Obey the Giant” looks like a pretty polished production. Filming on location around town — and with the blessing of Shepard Fairey himself — RISD senior Julian Marshall has crafted this short narrative film about the early life of Fairey, and the

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Block Party — Jeffrey Osborne Way

(4.21) An invitation from City Hall, The public is invited to a free block party and concert to dedicate Olney Street in Providence’s Mount Hope neighborhood as ‘Jeffrey Osborne Way,’ in honor of Jeffrey Osborne, who grew up in Providence and went on to become

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Small Factory Reunion Saturday At The Met

The dream of the 90’s is alive in Pawtucket . . . Tickets are still available for the reunion of beloved Providence indie band Small Factory. People of a certain age are pretty excited about this event, hoping to hoist a few with people they