In her new book “Morningstar,” author Ann Hood examines the transformative power of literature. Hood recalls how a childhood of almost obsessive reading led her to dream of leaving the small New England factory town where she grew up.
A new piece of classical music gets its American premiere Friday at the Rhode Island Philharmonic pops concert in Roger Williams Park. Composer Paul Desenne wrote the piece as a new take on a traditional Viennese polka.
Inside a restaurant on Newport’s hip Broadway Street, diners enjoy a warm summer evening. Back in the kitchen, cooks chop vegetable and plate meals while dishwashers clean pots and pans. There are 11 people in the kitchen tonight, and all but one is Hispanic.
Luthiers are woodworkers specially trained to build and repair stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and basses. Just off the town green in Peace Dale, across the street from the public library, you’ll find Beekman Violin.
At the turn of the century, Providence was at the epicenter of technological innovation. Rhode Island’s capital city was home to state of the art manufacturing facilities, and at the center of those companies was Brown and Sharpe.
The conventional Rhode Island Statehouse wisdom was that the departure of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport for a private sector job and her replacement by Dominick Ruggerio of North Providence would usher in more cooperation between the House and Senate. The theory was that Ruggerio would get along better with House Speaker Nick Mattiello of Cranston, than did Paiva Weed. All three are Democrats, but Paiva Weed and Mattiello had differences on policy and styles of leadership.