Matthew Lawrence

My name is Matthew and I am on the internet a lot.

This Time It’s About The Buildings, Actually

Back in July 2009, the Providence Public Library (PPL) agreed to hand over nine neighborhood libraries to the Providence Community Library (PCL), and the transition thusfar has been very successful.  There’s just one problem: the PPL still owns seven of the nine library buildings. The PPL won’t do any structural repairs on the buildings, and […]

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Anti-Marriage Political Group Claims It’s Not A Political Group To Avoid Finance Laws

The National Organization for Marriage, the multi-lingual group that vocally opposes any kind of marriage they don’t agree with, has filed suit in Providence for the right to ignore existing campaign finance laws, reports the AP. In a case filed last week in District Court, NOM claims that expenditure reports and spending limits imposed on

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Banned Books Week Kicks Off Early

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week kicks off this weekend with events taking place nationwide, but a group of Rhode Island authors is getting an early start on Friday at the Providence Athenaeum.  Adam Braver (November 22, 1963), Thomas Cobb (Crazy Heart), Rosemary Mahoney (Down The Nile), Stephen O’Shea (Sea of Faith), Mike Stanton

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Nightmare On Weybosset Street

Bad publicity is still publicity.  Or something.  Which is presumably why the folks over at Downcity are so anxious to tout their forthcoming appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, the FOX TV program where a British man walks into a failing restaurant and then throws a series of conniptions about how bad the food is

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From The Department of Extremely Short Notice

[youtube]9ZrQ33NbSbY[/youtube] Back in 2001, I e-mailed Avengers frontwoman Penelope Houston to ask her a question for this music project I was working on at the time, and she didn’t respond for months and then when I followed up she apologized and told me that her computer had been struck by lightning.  Maybe she just had

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The Wheels On The Bus Go NOM, NOM, NOM

This Sunday the National Organization for Marriage and their Hateful Nonsense Wagon will be pulling up on Smith Hill to remind us that God only wants certain people to receive health care benefits and death rights.  Their One Man One Woman Summer of Hate tour kicked off yesterday in Maine and drew about a hundred

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Pass That Dutch

[youtube]QOaqgrtoMGo[/youtube] At long last, the main performer at this year’s Pride festival has been announced, and amazingly it’s not a moppet from the Bush Sr. era.  (My Martika prediction was off, I guess.)  No, this year the headliner is the comparatively au courant Amber, the forty-year old Dutchwoman whose lone venture into the American Top

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When You Walk In You’re American…

Sorry to be both a Last-Minute Larry and a Self-Promoting Samuel, but tonight Mr. Ben Legg and I will be hosting a big celebration of European pop music at the 201, to kick off Eurovision season. Eurovision, if you’re not aware, is this big pageant of schmaltz, wherein all the countries of Europe compete for

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Micro-Memoir! Part II

Ever dreamed of churning out your life story but never had the time? Your problems will be solved tonight at the Providence Athenaeum, where a roomful of people will get thirty minutes to write their story in 200 words or less.  Everybody can, if they want to, read their story out loud afterwards and, if

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Washington Park Turns 1 (Sorta) Thursday

After a few years in disrepair/bureaucratic limbo, the Washington Park Library re-opened in historic Firehouse No. 11 on May 6, 2009, less than two months before its ownership transitioned from the anxious-to-close Providence Public Library to the anxious-to-stay open Providence Community Library.  To celebrate one year of (renewed) existence, there’s a celebration tomorrow from 6-8pm

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Look Up From Your Vermouth On The Rocks Tonight At Perishable

[youtube]X0Vp-nb98EY[/youtube] Tonight, Wednesday, at 5:30pm, join a group of queer-thinking curators for a panel discussion at Perishable Theater called Into The Void: Nurturing a Queer Canon.  It’s moderated by occasional Dose contributor Micah Salkind and features Elmo Terry-Morgan, producer of The Black Lavender Experience at Brown; Noah Anacleto and Sarah Kern, the forces behind Paint

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RIP Malcolm McLaren

[youtube]kXVnjm-jrXc[/youtube] Malcolm McLaren, perhaps the only person to have ever worked with both KRS-One and Yanni, has died.  Primarily known in America as the manager of the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols, McLaren was also responsible for the success of Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow, and he also released several

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Say It! Say Liquid Eyeliner!

[youtube]pd2Gzkkwe9Q[/youtube] Tomorrow night the Biltmore will be looking more like Baltimore* when the hotel’s Grand Ballroom is transformed into a den of sin.  The theme is Divine Intervention, as in film star Divine, and it’s presented by Paint It Pink and the RISD Queer Student Association.  Musical entertainments will be provided by Mahi Mahi, The

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Aziz Ansari: Sexy As A Bollywood Movie About Elephant Gods Working In A Call Center

The Phoenix has just released its annual list of the 100 Unsexiest Men of the year, and while the list is mostly made up of people who are unquestionably unsexy (The Pope, Jay Leno, the toad from Owl City) there are a few surprises on there. Like Aziz Ansari, 25-year old actor/comedian who plays Tom

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