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Eat Your Veggies: Plant City X takes root on Aquidneck Island

Plant City, the popular 100% plant-based food hall and marketplace on South Water Street that opened in 2019, now has a sister “fast food” franchise churning out quick and healthy eats in the corporate-dominated gauntlet of West Main Road in Middletown.  And according to patrons, many of whom waited months in enthusiastic anticipation of its […]

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Capture the Block — Stories from Ward 15: Building community block by block

The Wilbury Theatre Group has teamed up with The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ Culture is Key Initiative, and will soon be presenting the fruits of their labor with Capture the Block: Stories from Ward 15. Culture is Key is an initiative to understand, test and evaluate the role of cultural participation on our state’s civic […]

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Writing Toward a Better World: 2021 PEN America Literary Award finalists with local ties

Ninety-nine years ago, Thomas Hardy sent a message to a dinner gathering of writers in London: “The exchange of International Thought is the only possible salvation of the world.” The collection of poets, essayists and editors, and novelists contributed their literary skills to the group’s acronym: P.E.N. Club, which celebrated the opening of organizations in […]

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Ready for Reform: The Progressives Challenging State House Leadership — An Interview with Senator Jonathon Acosta

“If we reform the Senate Rules, then we can create a space where you don’t need a majority to govern; each member of the assembly has equal power to propose and vote on legislation,” says freshman State Senator Jonathon Acosta, who declined to support existing Senate leadership. “I’m committed to advocating for a more democratic […]

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Ready for Reform: The progressives challenging state house leadership — an interview with Senator Tiara Mack

“I think the 2016 presidential election has a lot to do with people getting involved in their communities and learning more about local politics and leaders,” said State Senator Tiara Mack about the progressive wins in 2020. “When the spotlight was on local elected officials who had previously gone under the radar, the voters could […]

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New Flexibility in Business Restrictions Announced: A summary of the weekly COVID-19 press conference

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, commerce director Stefan Pryor and incoming governor Dan McKee gave the weekly press conference today at 1pm. “It’s exactly the direction we want to continue to go,” said Dr. Alexander-Scott about today’s data. DoH announced that COVID-19 data continues to trend down. There were 416 new cases since yesterday for a 2.1% […]

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Resilience is the Name of the Game: grizzlies. drummer, Harrison Reed Dolan, shares how he keeps the rhythm

Harrison Reed Dolan is the drummer for grizzlies., an alt-funk bank recently covered in Motif. But he also has a solo career with a song to be released on February 12. I recently had a conversation with him about his creative process, collaborating with grizzlies. and some of his proudest moments. Angelina Singer (Motif ): […]

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Ready for Reform: The progressives challenging State House leadership — an interview with Representative David Morales

“What our campaign did was center our message on the needs of working families and the most vulnerable. And people saw that we weren’t in it for self-interest, or to be a part of the good ol’ boys’ club at the state house,” says Rep. David Morales about his victory in the polls last November. […]

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Kevin’s Culture Picks: Stay entertained like Kevin does this month

Every week, I’ve been doing a deep dive into cultural issues, usually theater-related, that are bothering me or that deserve a second look. But who needs another thinkpiece, right? I host two weekly programs on my theater company’s Faceboook page ( where I ask guests what has been keeping them creatively engaged or excited, and […]

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