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Celebrate What Cheer Day

(10.22) Heads up netops, this is our unique and baffling cultural inheritance, embrace it. But first, what does it all mean? In 1636 Roger Williams was forced to escape the pious nitpickers running the Massachusetts Bay Colony and he headed south. After crossing the Seekonk

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Pumpkin Carving At E&O Tap

(10.22) Bill Barry brings his “world famous” Pumpkin Carving Party to the E&O Tap, Saturday starting at 1pm. Lighting at night. Mike Kelly says, “Trust me, it’s the Cadillac of pumpkin parties….or was that a Lincoln?” (Also, Sunday at the E&O is Oktöberfest.) Pumpkin Carving


Lovecraft Walking Tour/ Vortex Film Fest

Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) launches its17th annual Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Film Festival “a phantasmagoric symphony of international films.” On Saturday and Sunday, the festival includes a return to its popular H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour presented in collaboration with the RI Historical


‘Eat The World’ — Sunday On Benefit Street

The RISD Center for Student Involvement (CSI) will be taking over a block of Benefit Street this Sunday with their ‘Eat the World’ celebration, described as a . . . cultural food festival that celebrates the diversity of RISD students through food. We have booths

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Beatles Doc At The Avon

(10.20) Still time to catch Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary “Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years” at the Avon Cinema . .  at least through Thursday. It starts with early footage in Hamburg and Liverpool, but the primary focus of the film is the


BaoBao Open On Westminster Street Downtown

The long-awaited Tom’s BaoBao is now open on Westminster Street. And bao (steamed buns) is the only thing they serve. Gail Ciampa announced the opening yesterday in the ProJo, The Providence restaurant, in the Kinsley Building, features 55 stools and communal table seats. There’s a

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Yeah, I Got Your Uber Right Here

Well, here we are 40 years later and in a weird way Travis Bickle’s vision for New York City has come true. Midtown is all cleaned up now, and while “the rain” did wash away the scum, the pimps, the filth, the dogs, I can’t

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Arc Iris Album Release At Columbus

(10.14) Tickets still available for the Arc Iris album release party at the Columbus Theatre. This trio puts on a show and the new album ‘Moon Saloon’ is getting great reviews (check out the video at NPR). Also on the bill is Superhuman Happiness, and

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Infrastructure Bond — City Council Slush Fund?

[Update October 13: From Councilman Yurdin, “Providence voters should vote ‘NO’ on the proposed $40M bond unless the public is provided with meaningful disclosure and removal of council slush funds. I am glad to stand with four of my colleagues on this important issue.” Also


Rosenkrantz On Bourdain Web Show — Raw Craft

Local luthier Rachel Rosenkrantz will appear on the new season of the Anthony Bourdain web show ‘Raw Craft.’ The series, created to promote the Balvenie Distillery in Scotland, is itself well-crafted, and features “artisans who make incredible things by hand.” (Makezine.) Go here to watch


Pronk! Providence Honk Fest

(10.10) Brass bands from around the region converge on downtown Providence this holiday Monday for The Providence Honk Festival a.k.a. Pronk!. Starting in the afternoon with performances at Burnside Park, followed by a parade down South Water Street, and ending with a party of sorts


Bucktown On West Fountain

Fried chicken and biscuits and banana pudding? And honey butter? I don’t know what that is, but I know I need it. Just reading the review of this place in today’s ProJo made me ravenous. Bucktown, a new little restaurant just down from Luongo Square,

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Sunflower Bean At Columbus

(10.5) Tickets still available for tonight’s show at the Columbus. NYC trio Sunflower Bean kick off their fall tour in support of this year’s excellent ‘Human Ceremony’ an album loaded with hooky, up-tempo poppers. Guitarist Nick Kivlen weaves muscular Wolfmother riffs into his chimey, effects-laden


Nobel Prize Goes To Brown Scientist

Congratulations to Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz for winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, for “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.” Colleagues and well-wishers at Brown University spoke with the modest professor today; he is currently on sabbatical in Finland. He

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New Awning Idea (S = k. log W) Entropy

Sorry folks, but the bangle bubble has burst. Maybe Alex & Ani CEO Carolyn Rafaelian can have thermodynamic states (as relates to gas) explained to her by her real live “vital force” scientists. I’m sorry for the people who may be losing their jobs this

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‘Young Frankenstein’ Providence Place

(10.5) Attention fans of Gene Wilder: If you have never seen this movie on the big screen, get some friends together and make a party. Sure it means going to the mall, but that’s where the movie is. Fathom Events has more screenings on tap