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‘Flux’ Ceramics Exhibition At Woods-Gerry

Organic shapes abound in the ceramics on view at the Woods-Gerry Gallery: pods, husks, fungi, twigs, antlers, urchins, and the suggestive melty, drippy blobs seen here. Only a few members of the RISD Ceramics Department seem interested in geometric shapes. But there is a lot

Farmers Market At Arcade

(1.22) The Sunday Farmers Market returns to the Arcade Providence tomorrow with crafts, produce, baked goods, dairy, meats, etc. (Facebook event.) Fans of Providence history: The Westminster Street photo seen here is one of several old postcards and Library of Congress photos compiled by Carmen

Women’s Rally At State House

(1.21) These rallies are taking place in cities all around the country and I hope the crowds look angry and dangerous. Because future demonstrations (let’s retire the word “rally” for now) must be targeted directly at Trump-owned properties, especially his D.C. hotel (where, by Saturday,

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

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 –

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

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

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

AS220 January Galleries

[Opening delayed due to weather. Will be rescheduled.] The work of Deborah Forman (BFA, RISD ’92/MFA, Parsons) will be featured in the AS220 Galleries this month. (Opening reception: Facebook event page) Deborah specializes in teaching the fundamentals: drawing, two-dimensional design, color theory, beginning to advanced

Invenergy Eyes Providence Water

Just 200,000 gallons of water a day if you don’t mind. Great work by Steve Ahlquist over at RI Future who brings to light some “backroom negotiations” taking place last summer. It seems that while we were busy gobbling Zoloft and clicking on 538, Invenergy

Faces By Dan Gosch — Memories Of Leo’s

Whatever happened to that mural at Leo’s? Artist Dan Gosch gets that question a lot. In addition to the enormous mural in the front room of Leo’s — the pioneering downtown bar opened by John Rector back in 1974 — there was a vast gallery

It Wasn’t All Bad — 2016 In Review

There was this for one thing. West Fountain Street once again has a fountain (horse watering trough) thanks to the Luongo Square Enhancement project of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA). The new bump-out in front of The Avery has been nicely executed with good