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Federal Hill Festival All Weekend

Atwells Avenue will be closed to traffic all weekend for the Federal Hill Summer Festival. Dozens of food and retail vendors, games, and amusement rides will line Atwells Avenue. The festival begins on Friday June 23 through Sunday June 25 from 10am -10pm each day.

New Piece Of Bike Path Comes Online

New to me anyway, and I can’t find any reference to it on the RIDOT Bike Path page. No matter, just go. I started walking right there at the traffic light where the 195W off-ramp stops at Gano Street, see below. (Signs instruct pedestrians to

Music At RWNM

(6.24) The Downtown Sundown Music Series starts Saturday at the Roger Williams National Memorial with Jodie Treloar Simpson, Steve Donovan, Cardboard Ox, and Andy Pratt. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and maybe even a picnic basket, and sit on the lawn at the beautiful

RWP Tour — Waterways & Landscape

(6.22) The Roger Williams Park June tour series presents “Waterways and Landscape” with guides Megan Gardener, landscape architect for the City of Providence, and Brian Byrnes, the deputy superintendent of the Parks Department. (Coming up: June 29, “Statues in the Park.”) Side note: This view

Peregrines Flying The Coop

And then there were three. This was the scene this morning. The picture below was taken yesterday. You can see that the more mature of the siblings still have downy white tufts sticking out, but they have started flapping out of the box. Sometimes they

WaterFire Arts Center Ribbon Cutting

(6.19) This building is almost entirely windows with some brickwork in between to hold the structure up. The WaterFire Arts Center website explains how this excessive fenestration served the needs of the original U.S. Rubber Company: The WFAC has a great number of large windows.

Words Of Welcome

The open-minded congregation of the First Baptist Church in America has given passersby something to think about this Pride Week. The Rev. Jamie Washam has exercised wit and wisdom on the message board in the past. The Providence Journal wrote about Washam’s “audition” when she

‘After Hours’ At Columbus Theatre

(6.18) The plot of this movie completely falls apart with the invention of cell phones and ATMs. The absence of these modern conveniences is just one of its many pleasures — for instance, which of today’s gaggle of interchangeable pretty-boys could possible match the charm

PrideFest And Illuminated Night Parade

(6.17) The main Pride Rhode Island events of interest to locals this weekend are the PrideFest on South Water Street during the day on Saturday, and the Illuminated Night Parade that winds through downtown Providence later that evening. PrideFest from noon to 7pm combines over

Army Rattles Sabers — Frays Nerves

I hate to bother Senator Jack Reed right now — he’s got a lot on his plate — but the extreme nature of Friday’s army exercises may not be entirely unconnected to the dangerous idiot in the White House, so I’m going to give him

Jordan Peele Producing ‘Lovecraft Country’ For HBO

Hard on the huge success of his genre-bending horror movie “Get Out” (The New York Times called it an “exhilaratingly smart and scary freakout about a black man in a white nightmare”), Jordan Peele is teaming up with Bad Robot and writer/showrunner Misha Green to

New Proposal For Ending MJ Prohibition — ‘Incremental Legalization’

Senator Joshua Miller, Representative Scott Slater, and Regulate Rhode Island have announced a proposal to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana starting on July 1, 2018 (the date recreational pot shops are slated to open in Massachusetts) while establishing an advisory board to provide

‘Nashville’ — Movies On The Block

(6.8) This week’s Movies on the Block feature is Robert Altman’s 1975 musical docudrama “Nashville.” Four stars from Roger Ebert who wrote: It is a musical; Robert Altman observes in his commentary on the new DVD re-release that it contains more than an hour of

Whale Guitar/World Oceans Day — Cable Car

We are The Ocean State. If we trash the ocean, we’ll have to get new license plates. (Plus life will suck and we’ll all be dead.) This Thursday the Cable Car Cinema will be hosting a World Oceans Day special event — The Whale Guitar

New Work From The Avenue Concept

This mural by Cambodian artist Andrew Hem went up over the weekend, another contribution from The Avenue Concept. Text taped to the cherry-picker parked on the lot yields this background information. Born during his parent’s flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge

Providence Flea Returns To Riverfront

(6.4) Sunday marks the return of the Providence Flea to its riverfront location on South Water Street. Local vendors, food trucks, non-profits, and live music. (And I think the Bad Taste guys are threatening a pop-up presence.) Opening Day Facebook page. The Flea runs every