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Lovecraft At Central Congo — Reading And Slideshow

(8.20) Celebrate the 124th birthday of author Howard Phillips Lovecraft with a double-bill of Lovecraftian entertainment. First, experience a journey into madness as H.P. Lovecraft’s horrific masterpiece, “The Call of Cthulhu” comes to life in this twisted one-man performance from storyteller David Neilsen. Discover a


Happy Birthday HP Lovecraft

On this day in 1890 horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft was born in his family home on Angell Street in Providence. Since his death at the age of 46, his work has been spun into countless movies, and inspired generations of writers, artists, and musicians.

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Say ‘No’ To Con Con

It always sounds like such a good idea. On election day in November, Rhode Island voters will be asked if they want to hold a Constitutional Convention in 2015. Dr. Pablo Rodriquez, former medical director for Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island and one of the

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Time To Retire “The Mikado”?

I will never ever see Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta “The Mikado.” My reasons however have more to do with mental health than cultural politics, in that I once shared a small apartment with a man who was learning, and diligently rehearsing for, the lead role

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Arctic Theatre Royal — Burnside Park

(8.19) The Wonder Show presents an evening of spectacle, The Arctic Theatre Royal, a magic lantern show featuring images and text sourced from the Providence Athenaeum’s Special Collections. Original moving panorama and lantern slides with views of sublime, yet awful grandeur. Don’t miss this special

Rise of the Warrior Cop

Bad Police Work

“Once a town gets a SWAT Team, you want to use it.” Radley Balko — who writes on criminal justice, the drug war, and civil liberties for The Washington Post — was speaking to Slate about his recent book “The Rise of the Warrior Cop:

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10th Anniversary For Steel Yard

(8.15) And what is the correct gift for the 10th? Tin, and also Aluminum . . . or some cool molten melty alloy of same. Head over to the Steel Yard Friday for an anniversary celebration of this unique and wonderful Providence institution. Join the

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Movies On The Block — Annie Hall

(8.14) Starring Christopher Walken. The New York Times review made note of the excellent cast. Annie Hall contains more fine supporting performances than any other American film this year . . . Most prominent are Paul Simon as a recording industry promoter, Carol Kane as

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Marijuana Roundup — Oaksterdam Comes To Town

(8.17) Citing the latest statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Washington Post reported last week, “Forget Colorado or Washington — tiny Rhode Island is the marijuana capital of the United States, at least as measured by the percent of state residents

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The New New Plans For Kennedy Plaza

Once again Kennedy Plaza is being torn up. Will the resulting public space be worth the major inconvenience to pedestrians, drivers, and RIPTA riders, caused by the construction? Or are we getting an unlovable, featureless void. Last month ProJo architecture critic David Brussat revealed that

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Woonasquatucket Greenway Bike Path — New Spur

This new spur of the Woonasquatucket Greenway Bike Path allows pedestrians and cyclists a new perspective of the Rising Sun fish ladders and adds another stretch of the bike path. From the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council website, The green linear park revitalizes the major hidden


Aid To Liberia — What You Can Do

DeContee’s African Restaurant at 711 Broad Street is one of four drop-off points accepting donations of emergency supplies to be shipped to Liberia. According to the World Health Organization, Liberia has reported 516 cases of ebola in the current crisis, with 282 deaths. Providence Journal


Minor Fish Kill In Seekonk River

While not a major episode, locating fish in distress near the shore on River Road was not difficult. Seagulls pulled this one out of the shallows, so . . . circle of life and all that. According to the ProJo, On a routine boat trip

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Death Vessel — Burnside Music Series

(8.7) This week the Burnside Music Series features Death Vessel — with Joel Thibodeau — fresh from their performance at the Newport Folk Festival. What a set of pipes on this guy — their album Island Intervals, recorded in Iceland with Sigur Ros, is brilliant.