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‘Taxidermy In Art’ Opens Saturday — Bell Gallery

This show may not be for everybody. The new exhibition at Bell Gallery Dead Animals, or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art surveys current artistic use of taxidermy through the work of eighteen artists. (And would any taxidermy/art show be complete without a

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Bernie Signature Drive — Thursday At Ogie’s

(1.21) Signatures are needed to get Bernie Sanders’ name on the ballot here in Rhode Island. Signing nomination papers has to be the easiest way to participate in democracy, you just need to be a registered Rhode Island voter. Signing for one candidate does not

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‘The Letter’ At Roger Williams Memorial

(1.21) The innovative Park Service crew running the Roger Williams National Memorial have instituted their own version of Throwback Thursdays — four dates altogether from January through April. This week Roger Williams’ 1679 letter ‘To the Town of Providence’ will be on display and the

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Can BrownZilla Be Stopped?

Brown University has announced plans to flatten seven more buildings on Brook Street, this time between Cushing and Meeting Streets. Just last October at least three lovely brick structures were demolished further down the Brook Street (see pictures below). Judging from the chain link fence

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Variety Show At Aurora

(1.14) Still bending spoons and blowing minds — mentalist Rory Raven tops the bill at Thursday’s ‘Sweet Little Variety Show’ at Aurora. Raven is the real deal, a droll and engaging performer with stupefying mind-reading skills. For Mr. Raven the “telepathy” is for fun —


Help Find Bean

Lost in the Regent Avenue neighborhood. Bean, the WaterFire mascot dog, is still missing. This is personal here at the Dose. Bean is cared for (and dressed and photographed) by Dose creator and designer, Tim Blankenship. In addition to being the man behind the curtain

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Congratulations to Journal staff writer John Hill who managed to find someone willing to speak in defense of the Fogarty Building, now slated for demolition. (ProJo 1.9.16) . . . Ned Connors, an architect and historian of the Weybosset urban renewal project, says he will


Why Can’t We Fire This Guy?

Robert Kando, the $143,131 executive director of the Board of Elections, must have compromising photographs of everybody — how else to explain this man’s continued survival. Due to be terminated today, the executive director was instead given a reprieve and ordered to take . .

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A Tale Of Two Cities

Pity poor Hartford. Turns out their new minor league stadium is costing more than originally promised and the developer is demanding another $10 million. According to the Hartford Courant in “Before You Buy a Stadium, Ask How Much,” We’re learning that despite the assurances that

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Hopkins, Brown . . . Amendola

One more Patriot calls Benefit Street home. Nobody knows why, but apparently New England Patriots’ wide receiver Danny Amendola now lives on Benefit Street and he’s already fighting with the neighbors. In a controversy that absolutely no one is calling Carport-Gate, Amendola has erected a

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‘Toy Portraits’ At AS220 January Galleries

Check out the paintings of Providence artist and muralist Sandy MacDonald at the AS220 January Galleries — opening reception this Saturday. MacDonald’s lovable Toy Portraits are never cloying or sentimental, just wonderful. MacDonald is also the talent behind the murals and butterflies at Roger Williams

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Amos Kamil Author Event At BotS

(1.9) Playwright, screenwriter, and investigative reporter Amos Kamil* will discuss his book “Great is the Truth: Secrecy, Scandal, and the Quest for Justice at the Horace Mann School” Saturday at Books on the Square. (Facebook) In June 2012, Amos Kamil’s New York Times Magazine cover

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New West End Brewery Opens

(1.9) A new entry to the brewery scene — Long Live Beerworks will hold its opening reception this Saturday. (Facebook) We believe you should be able to have good draught beer anywhere – not just your favorite pub. Come back often to taste our regularly


Birbiglia At Columbus — Two Shows

Comedian, storyteller, and frequent This American Life contributor, Mike Birbiglia, is bringing his “Thank God for Jokes” tour to the Columbus Theatre this month. Two shows, upstairs theater. Birbiglia has a Providence connection. Providence Monthly ran a profile back in 2012 when he and brother

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Stuff I Liked To Watch In 2015

MOVIES: The End of the Tour — You don’t need to have read anything by David Foster Wallace to enjoy this movie, but you may well decide you want to by the end. I will never be reading a 1000-page novel, by anybody, but I

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NYE Around Town

The Boombox at the Dean Hotel — Karaoke/complimentary swag and bottle of bubbly with reservation/no walk-ins/call (401) 861-0040. Ogie’s Trailer Park — BoOgie Night 2016: $20 day of, starts 6pm. Join us as we tear down 2015 in style/DJ’s Ty Jesso and John O’leary/Go –