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Happy Birthday Hubble

On this date 25 years ago the Hubble telescope was launched into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery and it has been beaming back this spectacular van art ever since, although a minor repair had to be performed first. “Hubble’s primary mirror, polished so carefully


Urban Vintage Bazaar — Arcade Saturday

Over 15 vendors of vintage clothing, housewares, accessories, jewelry for men and women, linens, ephemera, lighting, mid-century, books, vinyl will gather in the Providence Arcade Saturday for the Urban Vintage Bazaar. Rain or shine, natch — it is America’s oldest indoor shopping mall after all.

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Brown Folk Fest Saturday

The weather looks promising for the annual Folk Festival at Brown University, a two-day festival of music featuring dance, food, and crafts. Numerous students bands will be performing April 24-25 at the Pembroke Field House and Lincoln Field, respectively — but only Saturday’s event is

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Weekend In Music

Friday — @Lupo’s, the Fab Faux @the Met, Macx Creek @Dusk, Rich Ferri and the Wealth on the Water, the Quins, Jetty, Tomorrow and Tomorrow @AS220, Getting Famous, the Whole Facade, Weld Square, Naked Nick @the Spot, Pink Talking Fish,  @Psychic Readings, the Attending, Jargon

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Low Tide At Waterplace Park

Coming soon to a river near you . . . SiltFizzle™! Dredging is badly needed in the basin of Waterplace Park, and further downriver as well. Barnaby Evans of Waterfire held a kookie Mad Hatter Tea Party photo op last Friday calling attention to a

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Obligatory Earth Day Post

I give up. It’s impossible for me to continue my years-long rant against bottled water and plastic shopping bags since the explosion of K-Cups. These evil pods are not only plastic but they can’t be recycled (NPR 1.28.15). That their popularity follows the publication of


Mayor to Address CHNA

(4.22) The original agenda of tonight’s scheduled meeting of the College Hill Neighborhood Association (CHNA) was “Plowing, potholes, and parking” but it looks like the stadium proposal might also get an airing. According to the website the agenda does include a Q&A with Mayor Jorge

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Week In Music

Monday — @the Spot, Spiritual Rez, Viva la Hop Tuesday —  @the Columbus Theatre upstairs, the Juliana Hatfield Three Wednesday — @AS220, the Moose Progress, Feng Shui Police, Sad Family, Anthony Mattera Thursday — @AS220, Brzowski, Lunchbagg, MJC, Height Keech, PT Burnem, Passalacqua @the Met,

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Opposition To Stadium Growing

And these bumper stickers are now available. A Facebook page calling itself “No new stadium for Providence” has this succinct overview of the situation. If the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox need a new stadium, paid for through subsidies, tax breaks and funding

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‘Buy Into Spring’ Free 2-Hour Parking Saturdays

Parking meter relief has been declared in certain commercial districts for Saturdays through May 9 (follows holiday rules). Mayor Elorza announced a ‘Buy into Spring’ campaign to encourage people to get out and shop and buy locally. “Let’s support our local businesses at the start

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Weekend In Music

Friday — @AS220, Weak Teeth, Violent Sons, New Strange, Public Policy @Dusk, Anicon, Grue, Morgirion, Noose @the Spot, Rico Lewis, the Fritz @the Met, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique @Firehouse 13, Vudu Sister with Dead Girls, Aloud, Jets Can’t Land, Huckleberry War @Fête, Seryn, Great Caesar,


Stadium Proposal A Lose/Lose

Bad for the state/bad for the city. When it first became clear that the PawSox were moving I hoped they would relocate to Providence, just not to the site the new owners had selected. But now I want these grasping boors as far away from


Record Store Day

(4.18) Okay let’s start with What Cheer Records and Vintage located at the corner of Thayer and Angell, opening an hour early this Saturday from 10am to 8pm. the live music will be happening in the mid-late afternoon going into the evening and there’s no

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Cable Car Garners RI Foundation Grant

Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian, owners of the Cable Car Cinema, have won the Rhode Island Foundation’s fourth annual Innovation Fellowship of $300,000 over three years! Couldn’t happen to nicer people — I’m sure we will all end up benefiting from this award. Kate Bramson


Student Exhibition At Bell

The 35th annual Student Exhibition featuring the work of 44 students will run through April 26 at the Bell Gallery. Organized by students Zachary Korol-Gold and Andrew Alexander, the juried exhibition is open to all Brown University students, regardless of major, and encourages artists to

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Cathedral To Be Slave Trade Museum

(4.16) First an update on this formerly endangered property from the Providence Preservation Society (PPS). The iconic 1810 Cathedral of St. John, designed by Providence Architect John Holden Greene, was included on the PPS Most Endangered Properties List for seven years due to increasing maintenance