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Tom Sgouras At Woods-Gerry Ends Wednesday

9AM ON 21/09/2013
BY Beth Comery

sgouras at woods-gerry (9.25) Only a few days left to check out “Remembered Landscapes” at the Woods-Gerry Gallery. The impact of these glowing oil on linen landscapes does not depend on knowing how “remembered” they are, but the fact that artist Tom Sgouras was losing his eyesight during their execution does place him in some pretty exalted artistic company. Let’s see, there’s him . . . there’s Beethoven . . . who else? From the ProJo review of the exhibit,

A longtime professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Sgouros spent the last few decades of his life suffering from macular degeneration, a chronic eye disease that slowly robbed him of his sight and, potentially, his ability to make art. Yet rather than giving up, Sgouros fought back, forcing himself to keep working and teaching himself to paint by touch to compensate for his fading eyesight.

In addition to this luminous array are some of his earlier watercolor still lifes from a sojourn in Italy. Sgouras was on the RISD Illustration faculty from 1962 to 2007. Go to Cade Tompkins Projects for a comprehensive slide show and video of the artist.

Woods-Gerry Gallery, 1st floor, 62 Prospect Street, Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm/Sunday, 2pm to 5pm

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filed under: East Side | Music

Eric Barao Duo + Karma Rocket @Parlour

8PM ON 16/09/2013
BY Beth Comery

eric barao (9.19) A special heads-up for a cool night of music Thursday at the Parlour. (Yes, these musicians are personal friends of mine, but they also happen to be good — thank God.) Singer-songwriter Eric Barao — seen here playing with full band at the Red Star Union — will be opening with guitarist Matt Gillooly in what the duo is calling “an acoustic(ish) set.” Barao and Gillooly have added that ish with the use of backing tracks and vocal effects that fill in a whole lot of sound.

Uptempo, fun core, party punks Karma Rocket (formerly Local Lights) have been rocking so hard lately they’ve been chipping their teeth. At rehearsal! Very metal.

Sandwiched in between these two acts will be Secret Beast, friends I have yet to meet.

9pm, Thursday, September 19, the Parlour, 1119 North Main Street, Facebook


filed under: East Side | Music

Summit Music Festival

2PM ON 22/08/2013
BY Daily Dose

Lippitt Park (8.24) The Summit Neighborhood Association invites you to the 4th Annual Summit Music Festival this Saturday at Lippitt Memorial Park (north end of Hope Street). Featuring music by:

The Stooges Brass Band (New Orleans)
Marco Benevento (New York)
Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes (Providence )
The Sugar Honey Iced Tea (Providence )
Extraordinary Rendition Band (Providence )
Plus a performance by up-and-coming singer-songwriter Emeline Easton (Providence )

The Stooges Brass Band is the premier brass band in New Orleans.  Their blend of traditional New Orleans brass with contemporary urban beats has garnered international acclaim and fans everywhere.

Beer Garden courtesy of Trinity Brewhouse. Eats by Poco Loco Tacos, Rocket Fine Street Food, FanCheezical, Sprout!, Clam Jammers, PVD Pops, and Like No Udder.  And craft vendors.

Free, 1pm to 6pm, Saturday, August 24, Lippitt Park, Hope Street at Blackstone Boulevard, directions and map


filed under: East Side | Film

‘The Haunted Palace’ At Rochambeau

7AM ON 21/08/2013
BY Daily Dose

haunted palace (8.22) Head over to the Providence Community Library’s Rochambeau location for a free screening of the 1963 film, “The Haunted Palace,” starring Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr., and directed by Roger Corman. The film was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” and a poem by Edgar Allen Poe (fun fact: additional dialogue by Francis Ford Coppola). Emerson College professor Moe Methot will provide a short introduction and commentary. According to the Wiki entry for Lovecraft work,

In August 1925, Lovecraft’s Aunt Lillian sent him an anecdote about the house at 140 Prospect Street in Providence. Lovecraft wrote back: “So the Halsey house is haunted! Ugh! That’s where Wild Tom Halsey kept live terrapins in the cellar–maybe it’s their ghosts. Anyway, it’s a magnificent old mansion, & a credit to a magnificent old town!” Lovecraft would make this house—renumbered as 100 Prospect—the basis for the Ward house in Charles Dexter Ward.

Terrapin ghosts . . . the horror.

The Rochambeau Library Community Room can accommodate 70 people so be sure to arrive early to get a seat. Presented in partnership with the Arkham Film Society and the Friends of Rochambeau.

Free, 6pm to 8pm, Thursday, August 22, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street


filed under: East Side | Music

Boulevard Summer Concert Series Kicks Off

9AM ON 19/06/2013
BY H.L. Parker

trolley hut The annual Blackstone Boulevard summer concert series — “In Concert With Nature” — held at the trolley hut kicks off today, Wednesday, June 19, with performances by the Classical High School Jazz Band and the Classical String Ensemble.

More information about upcoming concerts at the Blackstone Park Conservancy. Rain dates are the following Wednesday; today looks fine.

Free, 6pm to 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 19, Blackstone Boulevard (at north end of Elmgrove Avenue, opposite Swan Point entrance)


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RI Black Heritage Marks Historical Site

10AM ON 07/06/2013
BY H.L. Parker

RIBHS (6.8) The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is hosting a community event Saturday at 15 Pratt Street to commemorate the state’s first neighborhood recreational/educational center for African Americans, the John Hope Settlement House at its original site.

First known as the Crispus Attucks Association during the late 1920’s, the agency was reorganized in 1937 and named the John Hope Community Association in honor of the late John Hope.  In 1939 the founding Articles of Incorporation said: “The Corporation is constituted for the purpose of developing and maintaining civic, cultural and recreational interests to serve all ages and both sexes and to direct character building and community betterment programs among the citizens of Providence.”

The plaque installment ceremony is free and open to the public and is part of The Society’s ongoing mission to preserve and maintain Black History in Rhode Island. Whole Foods will provide light refreshments and there will be live music and prize giveaways. Guest speakers: RI Speaker of the

House Gordon Fox and former John Hope Settlement House Executive Director Thomas Whitten.

Free and open to the public, 3pm, Saturday, June 8, 15 Pratt Street, facebook


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Hope Street Block Party

7PM ON 15/05/2013
BY Daily Dose

hope street (5.18) It’s been a challenging year for the merchants of Hope Street.  Pfizer viagra Construction, noise, and detours have disrupted the retail climate for business owners and customers alike, and they want to reward your patience with a bigger and better Spring Block Party . . . in and around the construction. It’ll be fun.

Join Providence Monthly and the Hope Street Merchants Association for our annual Hope Street Spring Block Party . . . bigger and better this year. ‘Beers for the Ballet’ will feature five great local breweries: Foolproof Brewing Company, Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Trinity Brewing, Narragansett Brewing Company and Newport Storm Brewery. New this year — win an iPad or a Grand Prize gift certificate package in the Street Scavenger Hunt.

Also: Gourmet Food Trucks * Sidewalk Sales * Kids Zone * Hayrides * Pedicabs * Outdoor Open Dance Classes * Roaming Street Entertainment.

The music lineup looks like this: 12:30pm Ben Walsh; 2pm the Silks; 3:30pm Ravi Shavi; 5pm the Rice Cakes.

Noon to 6pm, Saturday, May 18th, rain or shine (it’s totally going to shine), Hope north of Rochambeau


filed under: East Side | Music

Free Eyesores At Rochambeau

7AM ON 18/04/2013
BY provcomlib

AKR & Eyesores (4.18) The Rochambeau Library will host Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores Thursday at 7pm.

Shake off the winter blues with some stomping Gypsy rhythms, Appalachian dirges, Irish fiddles, Kraut rock and multi-layered percussion. Truly something for everyone.

Free concert, 7pm, Thursday, April 18, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, all ages


filed under: East Side | art

Coral Bourgeois At Cade Tompkins

9AM ON 01/03/2013
BY Daily Dose

Ode to Wolfe E. Myrow (3.2) A reception Saturday, March 2nd, from 6pm to 8pm, opens the new exhibit by artist Coral Bourgeois at Cade Tompkins Projects — Life Series: Focus on Hands 2013 — with an additional installation of 1400 black and white and decorative tiles surrounding the works.

The images in Life Series depict multiple interactions such as men and women in nature, women in traditional Middle Eastern dress and silhouettes of a young boy’s head with mathematical symbols.

In addition to the Life Series four other seminal works are included in this fully tiled room in the gallery: Ode to Wolfe E. Myrow (seen here), a lushly patterned and intensely beaded work with a nod to Morocco, Dreaming of India, a work that plays with the idea of the exotic world of India both real and imagined, If You Only Knew, a glorious combination of French Empire personalities and architecture pulled together with intense blues and a multiple of beads, and Layers, a geometric conglomeration of lines and circular apertures which reveal images of nature and wildlife in their optical vibrations.

Runs through April 27th, Hours: Saturdays 10am to 6pm/weekdays by appointment, Cade Tompkins Projects, 198 Hope Street


filed under: East Side | art

Double Legacy At Cade Tompkins — RISD Faculty and Alums

2PM ON 22/02/2013
BY Daily Dose

khronos Contemplate artists in pairs at “Double Legacy: RISD Masters · RISD Alumni” now through February 23rd at Cade Tompkins Projects.

Cade Tompkins Projects is pleased to exhibit an extraordinary body of work created by RISD Faculty and Alumni whose symbiotic relationships have informed their respective careers. The exhibit debuts a curated selection of work at Cade Tompkins Projects, January 19 – February 28, 2013.  New work consists of drawings, prints, sculpture, and painting.

The artist pairs include: Nancy Friese and Sophiya Khwaja; Daniel Heyman and Stella Ebner;  Julia Jacquette and Tedd Nash Pomaski; Dean Snyder and James Foster; John Udvardy and Huckleberry Starnes.

Seen here is Khronos by Dean Snyder; metal flake paint over epoxy composite.

(Thursday’s New York Times happened to run a short, unrelated piece, about the fabric Ms. Tompkins recently used to reupholster a chaise longue.)

Winter hours: Open Saturdays, 10am to 6pm; or weekdays by appointment.

Cade Tompkins Projects, 198 Hope Street, 401. 751.4888, entrance actually on Fones Alley west off Hope Street, picture after the jump, (directions)

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filed under: East Side | art

Abbot Low Paintings At BankRI Pitman

3PM ON 11/02/2013
BY H.L. Parker

BankRI Gallery Check out the new exhibit at the BankRI Gallery “Animal Fantasy: Paintings by Abbot Low” now through March 6.

Low took classes at the Rhode Island School of Design, experimenting with sculpture, drawing and painting and had a particular fondness for drawing animals. He attended both the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Maine College of Art, graduating in 1989. In 1992, he left for Santa Cruz, California, far from the evergreen landscape of the northeast.

For eighteen years he lived in California, painting wildlife and gradually developing a style all his own. Bright, vivid colors, strong graphic compositions and animals created from his own imagination and sense of humor, graced his canvases. Three years ago, Low moved back to Rhode Island and took up residence in Bristol.

Through March 6, BankRI Pitman Street Galleries, 137 Pitman Street


filed under: East Side | West End

I Heart Providence (East Vs. West)

9PM ON 03/02/2013
BY Daily Dose

I Heart Providence (2.5) What better way to show your love for your city than by pitting one neighborhood against the other in a steel cage, grudge match, food fight to the death! Head down to City Hall Tuesday for the 4th annual “I Heart Providence” celebration and cheer on your team.

The two sides in the culinary competition will be:

East Side: Nemo Bolin of Cook & Brown Public House, Brandy Schwalbe of The Duck & Bunny, and Paul Jalaf of Vanity

West Side: Mike McHugh of Julians, James Mark of North, and Jonathan Dille of the (soon-to-open on Broadway) Grange.

Participating stores and restaurants include Abyssinia, Ebisu, El Rancho Grande, Eye Cookies, Fertile Underground Grocery, Kabob and Curry, Los Andes Restaurant, Olneyville New York System and Whole Foods. Music by Bored with Four and Miss Wensday and the Cotillions.

6pm to 8pm, Tuesday, February 5, City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street


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New Owner For Clarke Flower Shop

10AM ON 12/01/2013
BY Beth Comery

clarke flower shop Real estate developer and life-long Providence resident Peter M. Scotti has purchased the Clarke Flower Shops property at 398 Hope Street. An effort in 2011 by the former owner to raze the building and develop a new drive-through coffee shop was abandoned in the face of vehement neighborhood opposition who expressed traffic and safety concerns. Scotti tells the Providence Journal that he is optimistic a more appropriate use can be found for the property.

Scotti, who lives and works on Hope Street, said he wasn’t “overly concerned about it,” but said, “The big problem with that was the drive-through.”

It would be hard to find a developer with more genuine affection for the structure — a teenaged Peter Scotti actually worked there when it was McCarron’s Flowers — but the building and greenhouse have fallen into disrepair. Providence Preservation Society president James Brayton Hall hopes that at least the façade can be saved.


filed under: East Side | holidays

Hope Street Holiday Stroll

9AM ON 06/12/2012
BY Daily Dose

frog & toad (12.6) Hope Street will be blocked off today between Rochambeau and Sixth Streets for the holiday stroll and pub crawl.

This year’s stroll will be HUGE! Musical trolley rides, hay ride, petting zoo, food trucks, fire jugglers, The Extraordinary Rendition Marching Band, tree and wreath sales, Children’s Film Festival Outdoor, blacksmithing, glassblowing, carolling, pictures with SANTA, local celebrities, Human Dreidel, Holiday Parade, Bar Crawl and MORE!

Restaurants on the pub crawl have special deals — map after the jump.  Fire jugglers should go on about 7:15pm near Burlington Street.

4pm to 8pm, Thursday, December 6, Hope Street, Facebook page

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filed under: East Side | photography

Photography Exhibit At Pitman BankRI

5PM ON 10/10/2012
BY Daily Dose

BankRI Galleries Check out the new exhibit up now at the BankRI Galleries on Pitman Street — “Construction Zone: High Contrast Photographs by David DeMelim.”

Although DeMelim originally attended the University of Rhode Island to study marine biology, he found himself taking art classes, primarily in photography and printmaking. “Pretty soon,” DeMelim says, “I had enough credits to graduate with a BFA.”

DeMelim uses high contrast imagery and strong singular colors to find and isolate his subjects. The results, abstracted portraits and landscapes, are quite unlike the high dynamic range photography so in vogue today.

(Seen here: “Modern Rewrite,” high contrast Ultrachrome print)

Runs through October 31, BankRI Galleries, 137 Pitman Street


filed under: East Side | Get Out of the House

Hope Street Fest Sunday

6PM ON 20/09/2012
BY Daily Dose

Hope Street Hope Street will be closed to traffic between Fifth and Burlington Streets this Sunday afternoon for Fall Fest.

Live music and hay rides ($2). Food trucks and a Grilled Pizza Duel between Pizzico and Blaze Restaurant.

“Call Me Maybe” flash mob workshop (Festival Ballet parking lot at 3:15pm). The flash mob itself will take place at the First Works Festival on the 29th. Pumpkin patch (free pumpkin for the first 150 kids).

Noon to 4pm, Sunday, September 23, Hope Street between Fifth and Burlington Streets


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