Andy Smith, Providence Journal

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Providence, RI, United States

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Past articles by Andy:

What does RI Comic Con have planned for its 10th anniversary? Here's the scoop

People-watching is the best attraction, but you can also meet celebrities like "Star Trek" icon Brent Spiner and join the anniversary afterparty. → Read More

Rhythm & Roots revival: How a RI music festival was rescued by a Connecticut producer

In February, fans mourned news that the festival would end for good, but a Hartford company rode to the rescue. Here's what the new owner has in mind. → Read More

Acclaimed novelist Don Winslow launches a new trilogy set in his native Rhode Island

The author of the "Cartel" novels at last writes about his home state with "City on Fire," about warring crime families in the 1980s. → Read More

Must-see events at 2021 Rhode Island Comic Con: William Shatner, Kevin Smith and more

A fan's guide to the 2021 Rhode Island Comic Con, which returns to downtown Providence Nov. 5-7 after a COVID-forced layoff last year. → Read More

J.P. Spoonem’s celebrates 40 years of success in Cranston

Joe and Pat Mangione started the Edgewood breakfast/lunch spot in 1981 → Read More

Atomic journey gets graphic in Warwick artist's new book, 'Carbon'

Through exquisite pencil drawings, John Barnett traces the journey of a carbon atom, from an exploding star to a neuron in his own brain. → Read More


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House of the Week: S. Kingstown home an Asian inspired mid-century contemporary

House: Shingled contemporary on Wash Pond, with decks on three sides and central courtyard, at 2717-D Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Highway, South → Read More

Raptor weekend returns to R.I. Audubon Society

Visitors will get an up-close look at eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. → Read More

House of the Week: Former church in Foster resurrected into spacious home

House: Converted church at 109 Danielson Pike, Foster. It has two bedrooms (with a potential third), two and a half bathrooms. Owners: Carol and Stephen GouletHistory: The house began life as an Episcopalian church built in the 1960s. The Goulets purchased the building in 2002 and slowly renovated it into a home. Carol Goulet said she was drawn to the building because of the architecture and as… → Read More

Supernatural horror drama TV series to be filmed in R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — AMC is planning to film a new TV series in Rhode Island, "NOS4A2," a supernatural horror drama based on Joe Hill's 2013 novel.Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, said the production will probably begin shooting in the state sometime after Labor Day. The story was first reported by news website GoLocalProv.Feinberg said an official… → Read More

Newport Jazz Festival fields rainy second day

In Saturday's rain, the crowd clapped along to performances and huddled under tents. Performances included Andra Day and Jon Batiste. → Read More

Newport Folk Festival a thrill for musicians, fans alike

This weekend's event, sold out months ago, features a diverse array of acts including The Lone Bellow, Fantastic Negrito, Bermuda Triangle, even stoner comics Cheech & Chong, who will sing at the fest. → Read More

Quite a voyage for 'Yellow Submarine' animator

"Yellow Submarine," the animated Beatles film celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be screened at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport on Wednesday, July 11. Also coming to the Jane Pickens next week is Ron Campbell, one of the last living animators of "Yellow Submarine." → Read More

2nd Story Theatre in Warren to close for good

WARREN, R.I. — Ed Shea, artistic director of 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market St., in Warren, announced Tuesday the theater will close its doors for good after the final performance of "Dancing Lessons" on Sunday, July 1."All good things must come to an end," Shea wrote in an email to theater subscribers."We are very grateful to the hundreds of actors, technicians, designers, directors, staff and… → Read More

Review: Connick brings old-time variety show feel to PPAC

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Harry Connick Jr. brought his "New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration" to the Providence Performing Arts Center Thursday night, and it had the feel of an old-school variety show, with Connick as the genial host.He had a superb 10-piece band with him that included scene-stealers such as Lucien Barbarin on trombone, Jerry Weldon on tenor sax and guitarist/gospel singer/preacher… → Read More

Review: Griffin heaps profane contempt on Trump at Vets

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Comedian Kathy Griffin is still a profane, unfiltered motormouth who likes nothing more than dissing her mom, Megyn Kelly, Fox News, the Kardashians, and Brooke Shields trying to read "The Vagina Monologues." Now, of course, she has something new to talk about, ever since she posted a tasteless picture of herself holding an effigy of President Donald Trump's bloody, severed… → Read More

WaterFire announces 2018 schedule

PROVIDENCE, R.I.— WaterFire Providence has announced its 2018 schedule, which so far includes eight full lightings and two partial lightings. WaterFire is still seeking sponsors to add additional lightings to the lineup.The schedule so far:May 26: Full lighting at sunset, 8:09 p.m., sponsored by Bank of America and The Providence Journal.June 10, Basin lighting at sunset, 8:20 p.m., sponsored by… → Read More

'Marvel Universe Live!' is truly a marvel — if you're 8

The live show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center uses video, lasers, smoke, acrobatics, fire, motorcycles, lots of pyrotechnics, flying platforms and a loud soundtrack to keep the eyes and ears of the audience occupied. → Read More

Learning a few stunts from the 'Marvel Universe Live!' show

"Marvel Universe Live!", which will be at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Thursday through Sunday, combines aerial maneuvers, martial arts, pyrotechnics, motorcycle stunts, video projection, elaborate costumes and more to depict nothing less than a battle to defend the universe from evil. → Read More