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Alfred & Jakobine

‘Alfred & Jakobine’ At Columbus Theatre Wednesday

One night only, the Columbus Theatre will be screening the documentary “Alfred & Jakobine: The 48,000 km Story of a Man, a Woman & an Old London Taxi.” This is quite a story and it has a local connection. It’s 1955 and newlyweds Alfred Hobbs

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‘Days Of Heaven’ At MotB

(8.25) This week Movies on the Block features ‘Days of Heaven,’ the hyper-atmospheric drama from the golden age of cinema. Not everyone thought this one was golden. Tepid review from the New York Times, At the beginning, it is as though this is going to

wordy shipmates

‘Wordy Shipmates’ Fans — Meeting Cancelled

[Attn. Meeting cancelled.] Head down to ‘Books & Bourbon’ at New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Monday at 6pm to discuss “The Wordy Shipmates” by Sarah Vowell. While this examination of the early Puritans and Separatists — including our own Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson —

RW National Memorial

Music At RW National Memorial

(8.20) What a lovely spot this is. Bring chairs or blankets and sit around relaxing to live music tonight by the ‘Mericans and Cowboy and Lady. And it’s free. (Facebook event page.) Be advised, this is a WaterFire night. This is the last show in

Rocky Horror at Columbus

Rocky Horror Convention At Columbus

(8.20) The 41st annual world Rocky Horror Picture Show Convention tonight at Columbus Theatre! The International Rocky Horror Picture Show Unconventional Convention returns to Providence in 2016.  For those here in 2013, you know what an event this was.  Join us for the Penultimate Event

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Girls Rock Camp Showcase At Met

(8.19) This is your last chance to check out a Girls Rock! RI showcase this summer. So what goes on at the Girls Rock camp? From the Facebook event page. Over 5 days, 50 campers form 11 bands, learn instruments, and write original songs. Then,

HPLFF

Lovecraft Film Fest

(8.21) H.P. Lovecraft was born here in Providence on August 20, 1890, and the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council will be hosting a weekend of movies and events to celebrate. From the Facebook event page. 3 days of Lovecraftian film and activities, including author readings,

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Riverfront Repair Project — Volunteers Needed

(8.17) Not too late to volunteer for Part II of the Riverfront Repair Project tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17th. The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA), and a gang of volunteers, already scraped and painted the lower part of the riverwalk railings last month, starting down by the

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‘Clue’ Movies On The Block

(8.18) This week at Movies on the Block: The 1985 comedy whodunit, “Clue,” starring Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Tim Curry. The role of Colonel Mustard is played by comedic actor and musician, and artist, Martin Mull, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of

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Money Earmarked For New Pedestrian Bridge

The Providence River pedestrian bridge just got one step closer to becoming reality. On Monday the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission authorized spending up to $2 million on construction, but they are having to move some money around to accomplish this. Clarification of the resolution was

Lovecraft A&S Council

Lovecraft’s Providence In New York Times

Today’s Sunday New York Times features a piece in the Travel Section, “How to Find the Spirit of H.P. Lovecraft in Providence,” by writer Noel Rubinton. He has written a useful and comprehensive piece with discussions of the history, architecture, and literary legacy of Lovecraft’s

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The DEA Protects Its $2 Billion Budget

Condemnation for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision to keep marijuana listed as a Schedule I drug has been universal. The DEA defines Schedule I drugs, substances, and chemicals as “. . . drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

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New Horses For Mounted Command

Three new horses have been donated to the Providence Police Mounted Command. Seen here is Charlie a 4-year-old Clydesdale coming in at 17.1 hands . . . for now. He may still be growing. John Hill has a nice piece in today’s ProJo “Charlie, Goliath

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Look, Up In The Sky . . .

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s K-Rob! Also considered were: “Look Ma, no hands.” and “Hey, I can see my house from here.” It was a heated, if uninspired, argument. Fun fact: This guy probably can see his house from there. Four-time X Games

Bown University

Brown To Neighbors — Kiss My Asphalt

Last January The Dose posed the question, “Can BrownZilla Be Stopped?” Well, we have our answer. Seven old, architecturally interesting, multi-unit houses on Brook Street — between Cushing and Meeting Streets — are history. Brown University may be in danger of destroying the very neighborhood

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‘Superman’ MotB

(8.11) This week’s Movies on the Block is the 1978 Christopher Reeve vehicle, “Superman.” Vincent Canby of the New York Times provides some odd historical context for 21st century viewers; The movie does nothing lightly or quickly. After opening credits that are so portentous they