filed under: Featured | Music

Weekend In Music

11:44PM ON 04/17/2014
BY Daily Dose

the mowgli's Friday@Dusk, Tigerman Woah, Ten Foot Polecats, Cannibal Ramblers, Lucky United @AS220, Big Scythe, Sydesho and the Main Attraction, Project 401 @the Met, Fungus Amungus, @Machines With Magnets, Antti Tolvi, Hector 3, Nightmom, Mothertongue @News Café, Wind in Sails, Gypsy, Diana DeMuth, Gypsy Blue @Lupo’s, Taking Back Sunday, Tonight Alive, Sleepwave @Fête Ballroom, the Devil Makes Three, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons

Saturday@the Columbus Theatre, the David Wax Museum @Dusk, Detroit Rebellion, Us ‘n’ Y’all, Allysen Callery, Haunt the House @the Spot, Twiddle @News Café, PALS, the Down and Outs, May As Well, Overwith @Nick-A-Nee’s, Tim Taylor Blues Band @the Met, the Mowgli’s, Misterwives, Finish Ticket @Fête Ballroom, the Budos Band, Ravi Shavi @the Parlour, Chachi

Sunday@AS220, Rawsome, Night Slice, Nuda Veritas, the Trance @Machines With Magnets, Jason Lescalleet, Titans of Jazz @Fête Ballroom, Stephen Marley, Wayne Marshall @the Met, Pizza Underground feat. Macaulay Kulkin, Toby Goodshank, Baylies Band, Six Star General @Dusk, Haxen, Dendritic Arbor, Ratstab, Human Bodies

(Photo of the Mowgli’s)


filed under: Film | Music

Rock & Reel Registration Still Open

10:58PM ON 04/22/2014
BY Daily Dose

rock & reel Rock & Reel is a grassroots arts project that pairs independent filmmakers with local bands and challenges them to make a music video in just three days — you still have time to enter.

On Friday, May 2nd, bands provide three songs and film teams randomly pick a band, a song and then 72 hours of music video making begins. On Monday, May 5th teams turn in their finished films.

All films will be screened at the Rock & Reel Awards concert at Fête Music on Saturday, May 17th. According to the registration page,

Regular registration continues until the day before the “kick-off” event. If there are more musical entrants than filmmakers, “extra” musical acts will be fully refunded for their entry fees and receive a free ticket to the closing concert.

filed under: Environment |

Let’s Consign Phone Books To The Dustbin Of History

9:09AM ON 04/22/2014
BY Beth Comery

phone books For now? Please place in your recycling container. That is, after removing the plastic bags — which will persist in the environment forever — and transporting those bags to the supermarket or other bag-using store. Thanks phone book people.

This is the time of year when the blooming of the daffodils signals to apartment dwellers that they are about to take delivery of a pile of useless books: books they did not order and will never use. It is obvious that every year the phone books are getting thinner, so market forces may eventually take care of this problem. Still, what a waste.

filed under: Environment | Good Ideas

Earth Day Tuesday

2:27PM ON 04/21/2014
BY Beth Comery

Planet Earth A list of Earth Day events and activities in Providence, and around the state, can be found at What Grows On in Rhode Island.

Roger Williams Park Zoo will be holding a Party for the Planet all week.

Save the Bay conducts shoreline clean-ups (so popular some of them are filled).

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council will hold a clean-up 9am to 2pm, Saturday, April 26th. To join Clean Day on the Greenway check in at Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo Street.

(Image credit: NASA Caption: Rob Gutro)

And stop buying plastic bottles of water. It’s stupid.

filed under: Film | Music

SENE Music Video And Film Event Wednesday

9:20AM ON 04/21/2014
BY Daily Dose

Head over to Brooklyn Coffee & Tea on Douglas Avenue Wednesday for a SENE music event . . . but also kind of video and film as well.

6pm — music documentary shorts

6:45pm — music video competition (audience vote)

8pm — live music by NYC musicians Jefferson Thomas and Matthew Foster-Moore

Above is the video for ‘Singing So Sweetly’ by Arc Iris entered in the video competition.

Anne Beal’s bizarre animated world of dancing cabaret plant creatures celebrates the colorful music of Arc Iris, a Providence- based band fronted by Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem. The video is for their debut track, ‘Singing So Sweetly.’ Official music video, directed and animated by Anne Beal.

$10, doors 5:30pm, Wednesday, April 23, Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue

filed under: National Media | Religion

Lazy Network Reporting — How Is Cardinal Dolan Okay?

7:55PM ON 04/20/2014
BY Beth Comery

dante I’ve said it before, it’s because he’s jolly. Cuddly and jolly. This would be great if he wanted to be a department store Santa, but . . . oh ick, I just pictured him with a child on his lap.

At any rate, disgraced New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan continues to be the go-to Catholic for network news producers in need of a talking head for discussing church matters; this despite Dolan’s own complicity in the Milwaukee pedophile scandal. We wrote about Dolan last year during the pope-picking conclave. (He was at the time being described in the press as a reformer. You decide.)

Two other American reformers were busy getting deposed last month (NYT 2.20.13): the way-too-jolly Cardinal Timothy Dolan “. . . lawyers deposing Cardinal Dolan represent hundreds of people who say they were sexually molested by priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which he led for seven years before his appointment as archbishop of New York in 2009.” (See “Mea Maxima Culpa” on HBO for more about that grotesque situation.)

Documents concerning the Milwaukee crimes were released last summer; PBS Newshour had a report.

The documents also contain files on more than 40 priests either dismissed or restricted, including the late Father Lawrence Murphy, believed to have molested as many as two hundred deaf boys. The documents also shine a light on New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, formerly the archbishop of Milwaukee. Documents show he asked for the Vatican’s approval in 2007 to move nearly $57 million dollars off the diocesan books into a cemetery fund to protect church assets.

So why was Cardinal Dolan on “Meet the Press” this morning? Did they want to grill him on why he had been hiding church assets instead of protecting deaf children? Hardly. It was a superficial puff piece on how the pope was doing so far. The scandals were referred to in the most general terms; Dolan stated that the pope should “meet with the victims.”

It also pains me to add that Dolan seems to be an uncharacteristic blind spot for Stephen Colbert. For more on this, make time to watch last February’s Frontline — “Secrets of the Vatican.” It’s even worse than you thought.

filed under: Marijuana | holidays

Easter In Colorado

9:40AM ON 04/20/2014
BY Beth Comery

4/20 According to The Denver Post the date 4/20 has evolved into a music festival holiday with many events at different venues. On tap this weekend,

. . . Snoop, Wiz Khalifa, Wyclef Jean, Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, Mac Miller, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Talib Kweli, Leftover Salmon, B.o.B., Method & Red, Julian Marley, Paper Diamond, Nappy Roots, Collie Buddz and Pato Banton.

Red Rocks holds events on Easter and 4/20 which just happen to coincide this year. Today’s 6am Easter Sunrise Service is free. Later it’s Snoop Dogg and that’s sold out.

The date of Easter always falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

filed under: Music |

Happy Record Store Day

11:37PM ON 04/18/2014
BY Daily Dose

olympic records (4.19) We’ve already discussed the live music on tap at What Cheer Records (see below) but why not do the Grand Tour. Check out Olympic Records on Wickenden Street (between Ives and Gano) where Kevin promises huge sales as well as the special RSD releases. Olympic has been open for three years now and also features two pinball machines.

Go to the Record Store Day website for the list of special releases.

Further up Wickenden is Round Again Records which has been selling used records at that location since 1979 and has a pretty sizable CD section as well.

Armageddon Shop up on Broadway carries new and used records, CD’s, shirts, etc. with a good selection of hard-to-find underground music — noise, industrial, hardcore, punk, and experimental.

filed under: Brown | Film

Emma Watson To Graduate From Brown In May

9:21PM ON 04/18/2014
BY Beth Comery

NOAH When did she sneak back into town? Emma Watson mentioned her upcoming graduation from Brown with pride on a recent Letterman, but that segment isn’t up yet.

Will she be doing the full Van Wickle and collect her diploma with the rest of her class on May 25th? For celebrity news we turn to Showbiz 411.

“After five years, you know I will be at that ceremony,”

(Ms. Watson is seen here consulting with her faculty advisor.)

filed under: Film |

SENE Film Fest — André Gregory At Columbus Saturday

8:27PM ON 04/18/2014
BY Beth Comery

andre gregory The 6th annual SENE Film, Music, and Arts Festival will run from April 22nd through April 27th. Of particular interest is the screening of André Gregory: Before and After Dinner at the Columbus Theatre with Mr. Gregory in attendance. The film

. . . is an exploration of the life and work of groundbreaking director, actor and artist André Gregory. A witty and often hilariously funny raconteur, Gregory looks back on a career that spanned decades, shattered boundaries and established him as a cultural icon. He recalls the making of My Dinner With Andre, the Louis Malle-directed classic in which he starred and co-wrote, reflects on his pivotal role in American theatre, dishes on his brief sojourn in Hollywood, and talks about the discovery that led him to question his own identity and life’s work.

Following the screening, André Gregory and the film’s director and Gregory’s wife, Cindy Kleine, will be in attendance for a Q&A and a presentation of the SENE Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Gregory.

$10, André Gregory documentary, 2:30pm, Saturday, April 26, Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, tickets here

filed under: Music | Thayer Street

Record Store Day — Live Music At What Cheer

9:30AM ON 04/18/2014
BY Daily Dose

WC RSD (4.19) Saturday, April 19th, is Record Store Day all around the world. In Providence What Cheer Records and Vintage on Thayer Street will be having some in-store entertainment as well as the offering some of the special releases made available this year including, but not limited to, Fishbone, Pixies, Zombies, and a special limited edition ‘Peanuts’ Cruiser turntable by Crosley.

Live music will starts at 3:30pm with Arc Iris, the Brother Kite, and Cotton Candy. Sponsored by Narragansett Beer. Weather is supposed to be sunny and in the 60’s. It’s like a party. Go buy some vinyl!

RSD, 10am to 8pm, Saturday, April 19, What Cheer, 180 Angell Street (above Chipotle at the corner of Thayer), Facebook event page

filed under: Good Ideas | Marijuana

Legalizing Marijuana — Potential Tax Revenues

9:40AM ON 04/16/2014
BY Beth Comery

State House Testimony will be heard today by the House Judiciary Committee concerning Marijuana Legalization Bill 7506. In addition to the compelling social justice issues, proponents will have a strong economic argument to make to Rhode Island legislators this year, supported by the early news out of Colorado and a recent report from OpenDoors, a nonprofit that serves formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.

Nick Horton, the policy specialist at OpenDoors who wrote the report, suggests that legalization and regulation of marijuana in Rhode Island could generate from $21.5 million to $82 million in annual tax revenues. Zachary Malinowski at The Providence Journal asked Pat Oglesby, former chief tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and founder of the Center for New Tax Revenue for an assessment (“Report: Legalizing marijuana would reap millions of dollars for RI”). He predicts,

. . . that Rhode Island’s plans to legalize and regulate marijuana “would be a significant improvement” over the tax structures in Colorado and Washington. Those are the first two states to legalize the drug and the tax rate is based on the price of the cannabis.

“The Rhode Island Bill’s per-ounce tax base is more stable and harder to manipulate,” Oglesby said. “It’s a better tax plan.”

filed under: History | death

North Burial Ground Project

8:59AM ON 04/16/2014
BY H.L. Parker

north burial ground (4.17) Head over to the Lippitt House Museum Thursday for “Unearthing the North Burial Ground: Online Walking Tours of Providence’s Largest Historic Public Cemetery” another of the Providence Preservation Society’s spring programs.

Professor Francis Leazes of Rhode Island College will discuss the North Burial Ground Project, an experiment in education that seeks to present a wide range of historic themes and perspectives related to the cemetery through a series of on-line tours.

Free and open to the public, 5:30pm reception, 6pm presentation, Thursday, April 17, Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street

filed under: Music |

Typewriter Orchestra At RISD

8:16AM ON 04/15/2014
BY Beth Comery

BTO (4.17) Fans awaiting a recent Purple Ivy Shadows reunion performance noticed that a typewriter on a small table was waiting onstage along with the other instruments. The band members took the stage and started their prep when typist/percussionist Jeff Breeze turned to the band and asked “Can I have an ‘A’?” Much groaning. Breeze joined in on one song. (Video after the jump. He’s the one on the right . . . wearing the tie.)

Jeff Breeze is a member of the Boston Typewriter Orchestra,

. . . a collective endeavor which engages in rhythmic typewriter manipulation combined with elements of performance, comedy and satire. BTO aims to entertain the masses while providing an outlet for the creative urges of its members. (Facebook)

The BTO will take part in RISD Museum’s ‘Design the Night’ Thursday with two performances: 6pm to 6:30pm and again from 7:30pm to 8pm.

Free, Design the Night, FB, 5pm to 9pm, Thursday, April 17, RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street (directions)

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filed under: Democracy | South Providence

Meet Mayoral Candidates At Knight Library

3:56PM ON 04/14/2014
BY provcomlib

knight library (4.16) The mayoral candidates are participating in a series of three forums sponsored by PCL Friends groups and moderated by the League of Women Voters. The first event takes place this Wednesday at Knight Memorial Library.

  • Hear what the candidates for mayor of Providence have to say about neighborhood issues.
  • Ask questions and tell them what you think they need to know about schools, libraries, safety, and other issues of concern to you and your neighbors.

The May forum will be held at the Rochambeau Library and the June event will be held at Wanskuck. More details at Providence Community Library.

6pm to 8pm, Wednesday, April 16, Knight Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

filed under: Brown | Science

Total Lunar Eclipse

7:19AM ON 04/14/2014
BY Daily Dose

Ladd Observatory (4.15) . . .  early Tuesday morning, April 15th. The Brown University Ladd Observatory has been testing its camera in anticipation of the event resulting in this impressive image. They will not be open to the public during the early morning event, but will be open 8pm to 10pm, Tuesday night, weather permitting.

Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse occurs between 1:30am to 5:30am, with totality from 3:06am to 4:24am.

Ladd Observatory, 210 Doyle Avenue (corner of Hope Street), free and open to the public Tuesdays 8pm to 10pm, weather permitting, Facebook

filed under: Music |

Week In Music

10:43PM ON 04/13/2014
BY Daily Dose

Liz Isenberg Monday@the Spot Underground, Viking Jesus @AS220 Psychic Readings, Sick Din, VaVa Blume

Tuesday@AS220 95 Empire, Kyle Eyre Clyd, Tom Carter, Phemale

Wednesday@Dusk, Shackletons, A Deer A Horse, the Mad Clatter, Hot Jam Factory @AS220, Bloodpheasant, Ma Jolie, the Weaks, Darklands @Machines With Magnets, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Snakewagon, Rafay Rashid solo set

Thursday@Machines With Magnets, Blevin Blectum, Sontag Shogun, Hiro Kone @AS220 Psychic Readings, Jason Anderson, Liz Isenberg, No Parents @Columbus Theatre upstairs, Daniel Bachman, Jael’s Peg @the Met, Family, Dubbest @Fête Lounge, New Madrid

(Photo of Liz Isenberg performing with Death Vessel)



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