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R.I. Independence Day — May 4th

Rhode Island independence was declared two months before the other 12 colonies got around to formally breaking ties with King George III. From the New England Historical Society, On May 4, 1776, the General Assembly of the Colony of Rhode Island declared its absolute independence

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Captain Cook’s Ship Found — Pretty Sure

Almost positive. And the residents of Cooktown must be stoked at the news. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project will formally announce on Wednesday that, “. . . it is 80 to 100 percent sure that the remains of the bark Endeavour are among the

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Marathons In The City — Why?

If you tried to get into, or through, or around downtown Providence last Sunday I don’t need to tell you what a snarled-up nightmare it was. Here is a list of the events that were being held simultaneously: New England Institute of Technology graduation Ringling

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Downcity Bocce Season Opens

The Providence Downcity Bocce League (PDBL) kicks off its season opener with heart-pounding bocce action downtown at Grant’s Block Tuesday. Who will take the title this year? Bocce-licious? Chewbocce? The Rolling Stones? In case of rain the club rules indicate that players may reschedule. If

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‘Blue Velvet’ At Cable Car Cinema

All systems go at the Cable Car! And perfect weather for slouching alone in the dark with a coffee and danish, watching David Lynch’s creepy ‘Blue Velvet.’ Or go with a bunch of friends! Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern are residents

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Week in Music

Monday — @Aurora, Gymshorts, Corners, Quahogs Tuesday — @the Met (Motif Awards) VulGarrity, Husband and Wife, School of Rock @Fête Lounge, Best Kept Secret, An Honest Year, Take a Breath, This is All Now, more @Aurora, Tovarish, more @AS220, Joe DeGeorge Sax Machine, Brian 4

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Winter’s Tale At Gamm

Shakespeare is getting a real workout lately, it being the 400th anniversary of his death. Having your work in the public domain ensures immortality, but also, Shakespeare is really really good. Gamm is celebrating with a production of The Winter’s Tale. A royal family is

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Cable Car Cinema Projector Temporarily On Fritz

[Looks good now. BC] But the café is still open! Checking out the Cable Car Cinema website this morning I came upon this alarming notice “Due to technical issues with the projector, all screenings have been cancelled until further notice.” I rushed over and checked

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Food Truck Fundraiser

(4.29) Help raise money for a good cause while enjoying the best of the Providence truck food. ‘Truck Stop’ will benefit the R.I Community Food Bank.  This is part of this weekend’s 2016 Eat Drink RI Festival. For more on Saturday’s ‘Grand Tasting’ and Sunday’s

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Weekend In Music

Friday — @the Met, the Viennagram, Eric and the Nothing, Tall Teenagers, Young Lincoln @Lupo’s, Badfish, Take It to the Bridge, Cornerstone @AS220, bloodpheasant, Goddard, the Cloth @Firehouse 13, Vital Remains, Untombed, Nucleator, Candy Striper Death Orgy, Possessed Entity Saturday — @AS220, Tiny Diamond, Paper

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Urban Vintage Bazaar At Arcade

(4.30) Head downtown this Saturday for the spring Urban Vintage Bazaar at the Arcade Providence. (Facebook event.) The Arcade will be full of vendors from Rhode Island and Massachusetts selling a variety of vintage goods . . . in one place, for one day. All

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Say Goodbye To Elephants

(4.28) The end of an era. Good thing too. Following this tour Ringling Brothers will be retiring its trained elephants, two years ahead of its original schedule. National Geographic reported on the negative publicity that forced the decision. Early in May, 11 female elephants that

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‘Purple Rain’ At Providence Place

(4.28) Let’s go crazy. ‘Purple Rain’ is the semi-autobiographical tale of The Kid, a musician navigating the Minneapolis club scene, while dealing with a romantic rival and a difficult family life. From Rolling Stone (April 21, 2016), In the film, The Kid refuses to listen

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New Urbanism Summit

(4.29) The Congress for New Urbanism New England (CNU) will be hosting the 2016 New Urbanism Summit at various locations around town. Since its birth in 1993, the CNU has advocated for walkable cities, human-scale development, and diverse, vibrant neighborhoods. Today more than ever, people

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Pub Quiz — Wednesdays At Pizza J

You think you’re so smart? Head over to Pizza J Wednesday nights when ‘Geeks Who Drink RI’ test your trivia knowledge at the weekly pub quiz. (Facebook event page.) Join Quizmaster Jonpaul for eight rounds of Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. Things academic, pop, and

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Week In Music

Monday — @Firehouse 13, Devil’s Cut, Saint Christopher, Ten Foot Polecats, Sonny Jim Clifford @Fête Lounge, Jamie Kilstein @Aurora, Triathalon, Mouni, Host Tuesday — @the Met (Bernie Primary Party), the ‘Mericans, Allysen Callery, Dan Paswell, Jared Paul @Aurora, Tangerine, Edgar Clinks, Thug Honey @Fête Lounge,