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Mark Baumer Remembered At Granoff

(2.4) Last month, writer, librarian, and environmental activist Mark Baumer was struck and killed by an S.U.V. as he walked along the shoulder of a highway in Florida. This was day 100 of his barefoot walk across America, a one-man campaign to raise awareness of

AS220 February Galleries

Head downtown Saturday for the opening of the February Galleries at AS220. Seen here is ‘Web of Lost Dreams,’ acrylic on canvas, by Rhode Island artist Zach Prosser. His ‘Visions of Energy’ will be in the Open Window Gallery at 115 Empire Street. Prosser also

Senator Whitehouse Faces The Music

And one of his answers scared the hell out of me. First it must be said that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gets points for showing up Sunday night and facing a very large, very angry crowd. It can’t have been easy and our other senator has

Lewis Black At PPAC

(2.3) This picture calms me. Tickets are still available for the Lewis Black “Rant, White, & Blue” tour Friday night at PPAC. Black discussed recent events with Stephen Colbert. (Daily Beast) “I did a lot of hallucinogens when I was younger in order to prepare

PPS 2017 Most Endangered Properties List

How is this possible? New to the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties List is the Welcome Arnold House on Planet Street off Benefit. The PPS site has several views of the house. Given its location, it’s incredible that this wasn’t scooped up and restored

Happy Year Of The Rooster/Capon — Make Some Noise!

How fitting that the Chinese Year of the Rooster coincides with our own Congressional Year of the Capon. How to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Make some noise! The first day is for the welcoming of the deities of the heavens and earth . .

Ottessa Moshfegh At Ada Books

(1.27) Good get for Brent Legault over at Ada Books, and he sounds pretty excited. This Friday, writer Ottessa Moshfegh will be reading from her new collection of short stories “Homesick for Another World.” (Facebook event page.) The irreproducible Ottessa Moshfegh, shortlisted for the freakin’

Spelling Bee At AS220

(1.28) We knew he couldn’t stay away. Spelling is much like the Mafia. Just when you think you’ve gotten out, it’ll just keep pulling you back in. Bee Maestro and Word-Knower Nonpareil, Matthew Lawrence, sent out this invitation via his weekly ‘Law & Order Party’

Endangered Specie?

Nah, we love the Avon’s Kennedy half dollars. Is there any other business in this entire country that still uses these things? I never see or receive them anywhere else. The people at the U.S. mint would probably discontinue them . . . if it

Sen. Whitehouse Q&A — Nathan Bishop

(1.29) Last summer the statue of “America” in front of the Federal Building was briefly enshrouded, just as the horror of the presidential campaign raged on. It was such a fitting symbol I wasn’t altogether sure it wasn’t an art installation. The shroud should have

‘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 –