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Brown Students Put a Satellite into Earth Orbit

Brown Students Put a Satellite into Earth Orbit

Sep 19, 2018 | No comment

“The flashing is what we use to get people excited about” the satellite, designed and built by Brown University undergraduate

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This Ain't No Party: Lessons from the primaries

This Ain’t No Party: Lessons from the primaries

Sep 19, 2018 | No comment

As polling places closed in RI on the evening of a rainy primary election day, there was a 50-minute period

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Shooting Our Mouths Off

Shooting Our Mouths Off

Sep 19, 2018 | No comment

After the recent shooting of William Parsons, Motif‘s writers had a lot to say about gun violence in our state.

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Fear and Loyalty Collide at RIC: What role do our college theater programs play in a crowded performing arts community?

Fear and Loyalty Collide at RIC: What role do our college theater programs play in a crowded performing arts community?

Sep 19, 2018 | No comment

As a theater performance major at Rhode Island College (1988-1992), I was fortunate enough to experience part of what many

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AltFacts: Modern Patriots: Burning Your Sneakers to Spite Your Face

AltFacts: Modern Patriots: Burning Your Sneakers to Spite Your Face

Sep 19, 2018 | No comment

Take a Nike, Kaepernick Since the cloudy dawn of humanity, snot-nosed children have been stomping their feet and smashing their

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RISE's And Then There Were None Is a Thrill-Ride

RISE’s And Then There Were None Is a Thrill-Ride

Sep 17, 2018 | No comment

There is something uniquely demanding in staging a production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. As one of

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Now Hear This: Aural Sex brings queer-positive porn to the masses

Now Hear This: Aural Sex brings queer-positive porn to the masses

Sep 15, 2018 | No comment

“Love can’t pay the rent, but lust…” / “Bo leans into Delilah, their nose touching her cheek as they lock

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  • Brown Students Put a Satellite into Earth Orbit
  • This Ain't No Party: Lessons from the primaries
  • Shooting Our Mouths Off
  • Fear and Loyalty Collide at RIC: What role do our college theater programs play in a crowded performing arts community?
  • AltFacts: Modern Patriots: Burning Your Sneakers to Spite Your Face
  • RISE's And Then There Were None Is a Thrill-Ride
  • Now Hear This: Aural Sex brings queer-positive porn to the masses

Books

Twenty Stories
September 5, 2018 No Comment

Twenty Stories

Imagine you live in California and you go to a local coffee shop often; parked outside is a teal and ...

Cannabis

All the Kids Are Doing It! Should getting high keep you out of higher ed?
September 19, 2018 No Comment

All the Kids Are Doing It! Should getting high keep you out of higher ed?

Many of us are familiar with the nightmare that is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a ...

Dare Me

Global Scavenger Hunt
April 19, 2017 No Comment

Global Scavenger Hunt

“Win a Free Trip Around the World!” the subject line said. Because I suffer from wanderlust, I apply to every ...

Environment

How I Became the <i>Motif</i> Weatherman
February 28, 2018 No Comment

How I Became the Motif Weatherman

Weather is an endlessly fascinating topic: It affects everybody and can literally be a matter of life and death. Forecasting ...

Film

One Room, One Set, One Take: The latest Schwartz/Suher collab is about to hit the big screen
September 5, 2018 No Comment

One Room, One Set, One Take: The latest Schwartz/Suher collab is about to hit the big screen

“I discovered several years ago that writing is not my strongest attribute, although bringing stories to life from the page ...

Fine Arts

Designing for Doris: David Webb Jewelry and Newport’s Architectural Gems and “To Preserve and Restore”: Newport Restoration Foundation at 50
April 25, 2018 No Comment

Designing for Doris: David Webb Jewelry and Newport’s Architectural Gems and “To Preserve and Restore”: Newport Restoration Foundation at 50

  What happens when you put jewelry and Newport history in parallel exhibitions? Amazing things. The Newport Restoration Foundation marks ...

Food

We Got to Install Microwave Ovens: These recipes will have you going gourmet with the push of a button
September 19, 2018 No Comment

We Got to Install Microwave Ovens: These recipes will have you going gourmet with the push of a button

We’re a few weeks in, and I’ll bet you’re already tired of your dining hall. You’re tired of the late ...

Got Beer?

More Beer Near Heah: Pack a lunch and cross the border for a change
September 19, 2018 No Comment

More Beer Near Heah: Pack a lunch and cross the border for a change

  We like to keep it local in Got Beer? Land. In this edition, however, we’re daring to cross a ...

Keep on Moving

Keep On Moving: Alt-Nation Gets a Makeover
June 20, 2018 No Comment

Keep On Moving: Alt-Nation Gets a Makeover

After like 13 years of writing under Alt-Nation, it is weird to say fuck that, but I’m nobody’s go-to for ...

Lifestyle

Brown Students Put a Satellite into Earth Orbit
September 19, 2018 No Comment

Brown Students Put a Satellite into Earth Orbit

“The flashing is what we use to get people excited about” the satellite, designed and built by Brown University undergraduate ...

Lunar Notes

Lunar Notes
September 19, 2018 No Comment

Lunar Notes

Aries: Conversations, pleasant and otherwise, take place between you and the significant others in your life.  Conversations that you are not ...

News

Top 5 Fun Things To Do: September 19 - September 25
September 19, 2018 No Comment

Top 5 Fun Things To Do: September 19 – September 25

SAT 22 Downtown Rising: Free all-day music festival successor to Rocktucket — the musical capstone to this year’s Pawtucket Arts ...

Opinion

Opinion: Our Cover Is a Lie
September 19, 2018 No Comment

Opinion: Our Cover Is a Lie

Our cover artistically renders bullet holes as if this magazine has been shot through with a gun, motivated by the ...

Phillipe & Jorge

Phillipe & Jorge's Cool, Cool World: Leader of the Free World ... for Me to Poop On!
August 1, 2018 No Comment

Phillipe & Jorge’s Cool, Cool World: Leader of the Free World … for Me to Poop On!

Trump, the Insult Dog Every day, Phillipe and Jorge awaken in hopes that America and President Pussy-Grabber will have finally ...

Pin-Up/Profile

Pin-up: Kayla Girard
September 5, 2018 No Comment

Pin-up: Kayla Girard

  What’s your favorite part about fall in RI? The color change in the trees. What’s your favorite book? I’m ...

Roots Report

The Roots Report: Summer Is Bitchin' and So Am I
July 4, 2018 No Comment

The Roots Report: Summer Is Bitchin’ and So Am I

Okee dokee folks… Have I mentioned that I #%@*<!@ hate summer? (I am refraining from profanity; Mom was mad that I ...

Shopping

Locale Profile: The Joint on 6
April 18, 2018 No Comment

Locale Profile: The Joint on 6

  Sometimes, a spontaneous idea quickly comes together, turning into a successful business model. Christopher Langevin lost his job as ...

Sports

PRD: Wrapping up the shakeup
September 19, 2018 No Comment

PRD: Wrapping up the shakeup

The year of the skater shakeup is coming to a close in Providence Roller Derby. Many of the veterans of ...

Theater

CCRI Puts Students on the Right Path
September 19, 2018 No Comment

CCRI Puts Students on the Right Path

CCRI’s theater program offers students the opportunity to explore the theatrical arts academically, professionally and in performance. “I had a ...