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French Film Festival Starts Saturday

Time once again for Brown University’s annual Providence French Film Festival to be held at the Cable Car Cinema. Seen here is Comme un avion, or The Sweet Escape, une comédie de Bruno Podalydès. Michel, la cinquantaine, est infographiste. Passionné par l’aéropostale, il se rêve

Durk’s Bar·B·Q Does Takeout

Fatty Brisket . . . my new country western name. Durk’s is great and now they have take-out service. On my first visit, I chose the brisket. You can specify fatty or less fatty. But c’mon people; the fat is where the flavor hides. Can’t

Week In Music

Friday — @the Columbus Theatre upstairs, Taboo, Humanbeast, Virusse @Lupo’s, Young the Giant, Lewis Del Mar @Aurora, Beta Days @Firehouse 13, Ignite, Reason to Fight, Cutthroat, more @Nick-A-Nee’s, Becky Chase Band @the Met, Rich the Kid, JDuce @AS220, Lunchbagg, Dre Raw, Hammer Hendrix, Seis Nino

Brown Prof On BrainGate Team — Advances In Mind-Typing

This is nuts! BrainGate, a team of physicians, scientists, and engineers, including a neuroscientist in the Brown School of Engineering, has developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) that allows people with paralysis to type using only brain control. No more blinking. According to the ProJo (2.22.17)

Anti-Fascist Cinemas At Cable Car

(2.23) Magic Lantern will present “Anti-Fascist Cinemas: A Global Perspective” Thursday at the Cable Car Cinema. The first screening in this ongoing series will reexamine the case of Germany through the lens of a militant post-war avant-garde. The program consists of a short film by

Happy PEZidents Day

Ugh. What do we do with this holiday, this year? Why not head over to Julian’s, eat, and view his epic Pez collection (in the bathroom). More about Pez, or PEZ, from Wiki: Pez was first marketed as a compressed peppermint sweet in Vienna, Austria

Dirt Palace Takes On Wedding Cake House

[Update: The sale has been approved. Plans for a bed-and-breakfast. See ProJo 2.23.17) Back from the brink. Looks like the famed Wedding Cake House on Broadway will soon have a new owner. The Providence Preservation Society has included this imperiled confection several times on its

Week In Music

Monday — @Aurora, Cuddle Magic, Thug Honey, Harrastronauts Tuesday — start your own band Wednesday — @the Columbus Theatre upstairs, No Joy, Way Out, the Midriffs @the Met, Rhetoric, Sneaker and the Dryer, Session 9, Toreba Spacedrift, Massappeal @Nick-A-Nee’s, Wilbur Hill @AS220, Black Wampum, Lord

Greycork Furniture On Thayer

I have never stepped foot in an Ikea. And yet, the cultural penetration of the brand is such that I get the Ikea jokes: couples fighting (both shopping and assembling); missing parts; and something distressing about horse meat. Rhode Island company Greycork has been moving

Lol Tolhurst At BotS

(2.19) In 1976 Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst and Robert Smith formed the seminal British punk rock . . . gothic doom . . . post-punk . . . I don’t know, I’m way too young to remember any of this . . . anyway, they formed

Ribbon Cutting At RW National Memorial

(2.18) New and Dangerous Opinions, the new permanent visitor center exhibit at the Roger Williams National memorial, is now open. To celebrate, a ribbon cutting and other events are scheduled for all day Saturday, starting in the morning at the Roger Williams National Memorial and

Weekend In Music

Friday — @AS220, Cat Has Claws, Tickle Tickle, Aloud, Wildlife @Columbus Theatre upstairs, Julie Byrne, Death Vessel (solo) @Nick-A-Nee’s, Tanya McIntyre, the Professors @the Met, Hip Bobsha, Yopoh, Tai Chi Funk Squad @Dusk, the Moonstones, Tim Mercer, Torn Shorts Saturday — @Aurora, Z-Boys, P. Everett,

Children’s Film Festival Starts

The 2017 Providence Children’s Film Festival kicks off Friday with an Opening Night Party at the RISD Museum’s Metcalf Auditorium. This ticketed event will begin at 5:30pm with treats and beverages. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a 30-minute screening of Short ‘n Sweet Shorts,

‘Science Denial’ Lecture At Brown

(2.16) Biology professor Kenneth R. Miller will deliver a lecture titled “Science Denial: from Anti-Vaxers and Climate ‘Skeptics’ to the Ark Park — Why it Continues and Why it Matters,” as part of the Reaffirming University Values series. Miller’s research work on cell membrane structure

‘The Great Dictator’ At Cable Car

(2.15) Look at that tie. I suspect Chaplin was making a statement with that. The Cable Car Cinema kicks off its Civics & Politics Film Series tonight with Charlie Chaplin’s iconic 1940 talkie “The Great Dictator.” Chaplin plays two totally opposite roles in his first

‘Songs Of Freedom’ Exhibit Downtown

“Memories of Inhabited Space: Songs of Freedom Played on Canvas” runs through February 24th at the URI Providence Campus. The exhibit features paintings by Bob Dilworth, Nixon Leger, and Evans Molina Fernandez. There’s a lot to like in this exhibit. I was drawn into this