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Humboldt Salon At Brown

(5.9) The influence of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in his day is comparable to that of our 20th century science heroes, Jacques Cousteau and Carl Sagan; brilliant observers, who brought the natural world and the universe to the masses. Fans of science and natural history

‘The Damned’ At The Cable Car

(5.10) Two screenings of ‘The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’ have been added to the schedule at the Cable Car Cinema. Saturday, May 7, 11pm & Tuesday, May 10, 9pm From Lemmy filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers

Reading At Ada Books — Mann & Mark

(5.7) Brent Legault invites you to a reading and meet the authors — Mann & Mark: A Reading. Lucas Mann (Lord Fear) and Mark Polanzak (POP!) will read towards you (while you sit in dumbstruck wonder, sighing contentedly, or possibly issuing hoots of encouragement) from

End Legislative Grants

All of them. While we all wait for the other, more salacious, shoe to drop regarding the investigation of former State Rep and House Finance Chairman, Ray Gallison, D-Bristol, the Providence Journal has been focusing on the general abuse of what are called legislative grants.

‘Paper House’ At Yellow Peril

Opening reception Saturday, May 7, for Joan Backes’ installation ‘Paper House.’ Paper House (2007-2016) welcomes visitors into Backes’ artistic heart and home. After stepping through the door, viewers will see an interior featuring samples of amber, slices of fossilized bark and jars filled with acorns,

Weekend In Music

Friday — @the News Café, Glass Machines (CD release party), Tiny Diamond, the Stupid Robots, Julius @AS220, Junior Beat, Nymphidels, Rhode Kill, Civility, Frenzy of Tongs, Doctor Baby, Soaps, Clox King, Sugar Cones @the Met, Warbler Roost, Julia Rhodes, John Faraone, Oliver Penn @Fête, Insane

RISD Apparel Design Seniors — Runway Shows

(5.7) Apparel design seniors at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will debut their creations on the runway at Collection 2016. Two fast-paced runway shows, 4pm and 7pm, take place at the RISD Fleet Library on Westminster Street this Saturday. The eye-opening designs shown at Collection are

Cinco Block Party Downtown

(5.7) Yes, today is Cinco de Mayo but the big wingding will be held Saturday at Grant’s Block when What Cheer Records & Vintage and InDownCity will be throwing their Cinco de Mayo Rock ‘n’ Roll Yard Sale and Block Party. (Facebook event.) DJ Studebaker

Peregrine Chicks Have Hatched!

Three out of four of the eggs in the ASRI peregrine nesting box hatched yesterday and they are already eating solid food. Very solid, stringy, feathery food. The fourth egg, a dud apparently, has been kicked to the side on the left, and bits of

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

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

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

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

‘Blue Velvet’ At Cable Car Cinema

(5.5) 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

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

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