101 Ways to give your life meaning, #3

Get to know Joe Strummer. [youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DNdPM65KPCo] If all you know about Joe Strummer is that he was the lead singer for the The Clash then go pick up Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Global A Go-Go, or Streetcore the albums he recorded with his get-up The Mescaleros. In my admittedly all-over-map opinion these albums

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Obama’s rhetoric biting him in the ass

This is the problem — now that he’s gaining ground, and leading in Iowa, he’s going to get whacked. Especially where he’s usurping right-wing, fear-mongering talking points. It’s not truthful, and not tactically useful. And I’d argue it’s a good part of why much of the left hasn’t come on board. It’s also kept him

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Beating back the crazies

  This is sweeter news than I usually wake up to: PROVIDENCE — Religious leaders from several denominations reaffirmed their support for same-gender marriage today and announced an advertising campaign intended to get that word out and to dispel any impression that religion doesn’t support the policy change. “We wanted to make the point that

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Happy Birthday, Martin Van Buren

  Wednesday 12/5 at the Providence Athenaeum Happy Birthday, Martin Van Buren – The Final Round. Last year we set out to quietly honor The Red Fox of Kinderhook, who was president when the Athenaeum opened in 1838–and the rest is history. Given the wild emotions that we now know MVB to provoke, we decline

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US Air thinks Providence is swell

  The Projo’s happy to report that there’s some high praise for Providence (from 30,000 feet up) in US Airways’ in-flight magazine. Check it. Now, I know that this is exciting news. But before you succumb to the flattery and get all giddied-up on civic pride, you might first consider moving to Syracuse, Chattanooga, Rochester,

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You Should Cut Down On Your Parklife Mate, Get Some Exercise.

[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bKCoBt43HWE] It’s Tuesday, and of course it’s time for Loaded! Join us at the beautiful Local 121 Taproom, where we will be playing British and American popular music from the late 20th century, including but not limited to composers such as Blur, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis, the Charlatans (more like composuers. Zing!) the

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Review: Gavin Castleton’s A Bullet, a Lever, a Key

As impossible as it truly is to pigeonhole Providence’s own Gavin Castleton, the Phoenix could probably do better than “Best Local DJ/Electronica Act 2005, 2006, and 2007” — the singer/composer/rapper/producer rarely spins wax and isn’t exactly a dance music auteur. What he is, however, is a truly brilliant musician who takes risks in crafting his

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Sunday — Rock and Roll Yard Sale

Busy week at AS220, as usual.  We’ll start you off with fair warning of this Sunday’s annual Rock and Roll Yard Sale: Sunday, December 9, 2007 12-5pm the PROVIDENCE RECORD SHOW + ROCK & ROLL YARD SALE The PROVIDENCE RECORD SHOW returns to AS220! Can you believe it? VINYL records are making a comeback! The

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Hey, guys — have you heard about the Armory?

Ugghh… I like the Armory and all. I just don’t understand who the hell these articles are written for. (Or, I mean, with the heavy focus on property values, I guess I do.) To write so antiseptically about a neighborhood as “heterogeneous” and “affordable” as the Armory, without a discussion of its politics, clashes of

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Mike Townsend, at Brown

The Projo has coverage of Townsend and crew’s talk at Brown tonight: When developers tear down historical buildings in Providence, they tell people that they are capitalizing on underutilized spaces and that they create communities where none exist, according to Townsend. By creating a home in an underutilized mall space, the eight participants in effect

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Lupo goes loco

It’s been a few years coming. (Very happy to welcome him to the club.) This week’s line-up: Weds: Trendkill (The Ultimate Pantera Tribute!!!) Thurs: Cake Friday: Gwar, fresh off of Joan Rivers: [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWRKlNlRsgI]

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Valerie Plame at Brown on 11/4

Valerie Plame Wilson speaks at 8pm on Tuesday night in Brown University’s Salomon 101, and signing copies of Fair Game: My life as a spy, my betrayal by the White House. For better or worse, here’s the thrust of the Washington Post’s take on the book: There is no reason to doubt that Wilson wrote

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