John Taraborelli

A West Side Resurrection

A surprising Christian revival is bringing young people back to church.

It’s 10 a.m. on a warm autumn Sunday and the Feast Church is packed. It’s an intimate space — only sixty or so people make it feel full — but that’s enough for a celebration.

Goat Hill Gathers Writers in Rhode Island

The group is hosting food writers at Chez Pascal on November 6.

It’s not easy to become a landmark in a state that was founded in 1636, but Goat Hill has firmly established its place on the map. “It is, of course, not a specific place in Rhode Island, but is evocative of a gathering place,” explains novelist Taylor Polites, one of the three founders of the writers’ group. “When people think…

Channel Your Inner Sleuth With Escape Rhode Island

Compete to solve a nefarious (and fictitious) crime first.

I try to avoid activities of the cloak-and-dagger sort on the weekend. But duty calls: A new operation, Escape Rhode Island, set up shop in Providence and someone needed to see what they are up to. Civilian teams are locked in a room (but not really, for fire safety reasons), then try to escape by following clues and solving puzzles….

Q-and-A with Avenue Concept Founder Yarrow Thorne

The Providence-based organization advocates for public art.

Yarrow Thorne’s public art organization, the Avenue Concept, is named after the idea of an avenue, a space layered with activity and one that creates connections for people in their daily lives. Three years ago, it was one of only twenty emerging arts organizations nationwide to win three years of seed grant funding from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. While a…

Mayor Elorza Runs On

Hit the pavement with Providence's mayor.

The man walking his two dogs in Roger Williams Park on a Sunday morning almost doesn’t notice the group of runners approaching him, but when he finally does, he breaks into a wide smile and says, “How you doing, mayor?” Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, leading the pack, does his best to return the greeting, but it’s hot and we’re…