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Michael Bilow
Michael Bilow


RI COVID-19 Daily Press Conference: April 3, 2020

Cloth-based face coverings RI Department of Health (DoH) Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, following new federal guidance, advised everyone to wear cloth-based face coverings, such as bandannas, that cover the mouth and nose. Face coverings can be hand-sewn or improvised from T-shirts and scarves. These are not intended to protect the wearer but to prevent the wearer, […]

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News Analysis: Cannabis Proposal Focuses on Medical as Lead-In to Recreational

There is a famously sarcastic aphorism “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made,” but the Rhode Island General Assembly despite all of the unpleasant grinding often fails even to produce sausage. While the legislature has dithered for nearly a decade about legalizing recreational use of cannabis, […]

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Letter from the Distribution Manager

After considerable discussion and research, Motif decided to publish our regularly scheduled print edition. We regard it as a valuable public service. We are safely distributing it with due regard for the coronavirus. Physical magazines cannot carry infection. Virus droplets break down harmlessly on paper or cardboard in a few hours even if coughed or […]

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RI restaurants ask help and compassion from state government as COVID-19 shuts them down

A group of four independent food service operators sent a letter to RI Gov. Gina Raimondo on March 17, desperately asking for help from state government: “The COVID-19 crisis, and the necessary government-mandated gathering restrictions, [have] shuttered most of us. Those still left open are seeing as much as a 75% decrease in sales. While […]

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Something for Everyone: The Providence French Film Festival returns

The Providence French Film Festival 2020 (“PFFF20”), now in its 22nd year, will screen all of its events on the Brown University campus at the Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell St, PVD. All screenings are open to the public, and tickets may be purchased on the web either in advance or by entering […]

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Natural Shocks: lets slip the cute little pet dogs of war

This is not a theater review. Kelly Robertson performed the one-woman show Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Erin Cawley, for a single sold-out night at Wilbury Group on Feb 18. Robertson has demonstrated impressive ability on stage, as I’ve noted previously in such shows as Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo […]

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