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Monthly Archives: January 2017

New Lovecraft Lager Launch At Arcade

(1.19) The latest in the Lovecraft-themed brews makes its debut Thursday night at the Arcade Providence. These so-called block parties take place indoors on the ground floor avenue, with people wandering in and out of participating shops and restaurants. (Facebook event.) About the beer: Made

Geek Dinner At AS220

(1.18) Before there was iPod, there was . . . Compaq Personal Jukebox! The PJB was the first hard-disk-based MP3 player made available on the market. This picture is from the “Interesting Items” section at the Rhode Island Computer Museum website. Good stuff. The Providence

Visit The J&W Culinary Arts Museum

[Additional note: It was just reported that the museum will be permanently closed to the public on February 27. Was not informed of this at the time of this writing. BC] This way to the diner exhibit featuring, among other exhibits, the restored Ever Ready

Criminal Justice Reform A Priority

On Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and I would like to echo the suggestion made by Jim Vincent, president of the Providence NAACP, in today’s ProJo — “Honor King with probation reform.” Rhode Island has the second-highest probation rate in the country –

Week In Music

Monday — @News Café, the Radiographers, the Black Kennedys, Aquatic Symphony, Hrvygrbg Tuesday — @the Dunk, Twenty-One Pilots @AS220, Power Monster, ADULT, Dog Hospice @Aurora, Cal Folger Day, Benjamin Shepherd, EDT, Rotgut God Wednesday — @Aurora, The Body, Muslin, Lingua Ignota, Sandworm, Work/Death @the Met,

Legalize It — 2017

We are back. Legislation to tax and regulate marijuana — making marijuana legal for adult recreational use — will be introduced in the new legislative session by Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) and Representative Scott Slater (D-District 10), two of the most enlightened and informed legislators

‘Live Film Score Festival’ At AS220

(1.14) This could be fun. Head down to AS220 for the First Annual Live Film Score Festival. Have a seat and enjoy an evening of short films where everything is scored LIVE by musicians set up in front of the screen. Thirteen films, each under

Weekend In Music

Friday — @Columbus Theatre upstairs, Club D’Elf (cd release), John Medeski, Sara Azriel @AS220, Mease, the Stupid Robots, evenodd Saturday — @Psychic Readings, Twin Foxes, Tyler Daniel Bean, Choke Up, Reservoir @the Met, Daddie Long Legs, Little Compton Band @Nick-A-Nee’s, Tim Taylor Blues Band @Machines

Singin’ In The Rain

(1.18) Make me laugh. This may be just what we need — a little escapism, a balm for our wounded psyches, Debbie Reynolds. “Singin’ in the Rain” — and this is a musical for people who don’t like musicals, I don’t like many musicals —

‘The Children’s Hour’ At Gamm

I used to teach girls this age and I think I speak for teachers everywhere when I say  . . . aaaarrrrgghhh!  I first encountered this startling image walking up Angell Street where a bus shelter features a large poster for the play. A flashback

John Cleese Brings Grail To PPAC

(1.14) Tickets are still available for an evening with John Cleese (seen here on the right) this Saturday at PPAC. First there will be a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” followed by a conversation, and audience Q&A, with John Cleese. I personally

Two East Side Fire Stations Close

Budget cuts and reorganization have forced the closing of two Providence Fire Stations. The new union contract stipulates that Engine 5 at Humboldt Avenue be disbanded, while continuing its air-supply operations. Engine 4 at Rochambeau Avenue has also been decommissioned. Saturday was the last shift.

Durk’s Bar·B·Q On Thayer

Durk’s Bar·B·Q on Thayer Street has opened. It seems to be just dinner for now. From RI Monthly, Chef consultant Jake Rojas of Tallulah’s Taqueria and Tallulah on Thames and Jay Carr of the Eddy worked together to launch Durk’s. The restaurant is owned by

Week In Music

Monday — @Aurora, Lina Tullgren, Jaye Bartell, Derek Knox Tuesday — @AS220, Jillian Kay, Wes Swing, Rigel Orion Dommisse @Aurora, the Hemlocks, Set the Record Straight, Dying Below Zero Wednesday — @Columbus Theatre upstairs, Steve Gunn, Lee Ranaldo, Meg Baird @AS220, Bad Luck, Puppet Club,

Roger Williams Creates The “Freest Place On Earth”

Should you head out into the storm today think of Roger Williams who spent 14 weeks surviving outdoors in just such conditions — exposed, hungry, and wearing 17th-century boots. Following his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his “new and dangerous opinions,” Roger learned

Weekend In Music

Friday — @AS220, Hairspray Queen, Way Out, Black Beach, Goon Planet, Funeral Cone @the Met, Collington, Anyone Anyway, Forest Fires, Emily Correia @Lupo’s, Badfish, Spiritual Rez, the Z Boys @Machines With Magnets, Boy Harsher, the Wheal, Lingua Ignota, Kurt Snell, Strap-on Ritual @Firehouse 13, Deadlands,