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Opposition To Stadium Growing

And these bumper stickers are now available. A Facebook page calling itself “No new stadium for Providence” has this succinct overview of the situation. If the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox need a new stadium, paid for through subsidies, tax breaks and funding


Stadium Proposal A Lose/Lose

Bad for the state/bad for the city. When it first became clear that the PawSox were moving I hoped they would relocate to Providence, just not to the site the new owners had selected. But now I want these grasping boors as far away from


Record Store Day

(4.18) Okay let’s start with What Cheer Records and Vintage located at the corner of Thayer and Angell, opening an hour early this Saturday from 10am to 8pm. the live music will be happening in the mid-late afternoon going into the evening and there’s no

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Cable Car Garners RI Foundation Grant

Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian, owners of the Cable Car Cinema, have won the Rhode Island Foundation’s fourth annual Innovation Fellowship of $300,000 over three years! Couldn’t happen to nicer people — I’m sure we will all end up benefiting from this award. Kate Bramson

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Kate McKinnon At RIC Tuesday

This woman’s face is a marvel. Barely contained beneath the serenely gorgeous visage of SNL cast member Kate McKinnon lurks a lunatic rictus which can erupt in a flash, and just as quickly disappear. (Must have been useful/fun in high school.) There’s a great crew


Ajello Fundraiser At Ogie’s

(4.15) House Reps Edith Ajello (D-Providence) and Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown) will be holding a joint fundraiser Wednesday evening at Ogie’s Trailer Park. This will follow two days of testimony before the House Judiciary Committee regarding proposed gun-control legislation (which they support). I think it’s


Rally For Gun Control At State House

(4.16) The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence will be holding a rally Thursday at the State House to bring attention to gun-control legislation being introduced this week. Hearings before the House Judiciary Committee are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday; opposing viewpoints can be expected.

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Trout Fishing — Opening Day

And this is the place to be. Ocean State Tackle is staying open all day and all night long. The shop is normally open seven days from 5am to 9pm, but they will not be closing up tonight. From the Facebook page, Trout fishing Opening

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Antiques, Vintage & Collectibles On Wickenden

Happy hunting at Nostalgia Providence on Wickenden Street  — three floors of collectibles, antiques, furniture, and lots of vintage clothing and accessories. Proprietors Mike and Karen (Ren) Antonowicz opened the store a little over a year ago. Ren Antonowicz teaches fashion classes at Johnson &


We Endorse The Candy

But this whole religion thing is no longer serving humanity very well. Time for the Second Enlightenment! We know what causes thunder now. Science is so much more interesting than religion. Who would you rather sit next to at dinner — Neil DeGrasse Tyson or


So Much For The Knowledge District

As an engine of economic growth surely the biotech industry is to be preferred above hotdog vending and parking lot attending. But guess which way our state leadership is heading. Certainly PawSox co-owner James Skeffington behaves as if his 10,000-seat stadium on the riverfront is


Zoetical Festival Kicks Off

The Zoetical Music and Arts Festival, hosted by Providence musicians Arc Iris, will be taking over the downtown music venue Aurora Fridays in April. Each night four amazing acts will take the main stage, while intermittent performances in the front lounge keep the creativity bubbling.

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‘Wrecking Crew’ At Cable Car

I can not wait for this one. The Wrecking Crew was a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles in the 60s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan and Dean, the Monkees, Gary Lewis and

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No More Plastic Bags

Once again the general assembly will consider a bill to phase out the use of plastic bags. If passed, the bill would require large-scale retailers to stop using plastic checkout bags by January 1, 2016; smaller retailers would have an additional year to comply with

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The Last Wooden Bridge

It’s all gone now. Having finally collapsed into the Moshassuck River, this wooden pre-Civil War bridge presented a flooding hazard and had to be removed. ProJo photographer Sandor Bodo has been documenting its slow decline and the result is this charming essay, “Documenting the fall


When In LA — Go To Providence

Known as the “Seafood King of Los Angeles” Michael Cimarusti cites his childhood experiences in Rhode Island — grandparents in Providence and summers spent fishing in Narragansett — as major culinary influences. (Cimarusti has been nominated for his fourth James Beard for his LA restaurants: