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New Best Thing In Town

The tomato sandwich at the new North Bakery downtown . . . and I haven’t stopped thinking about how soon I can get back there and have another one or two. And where have pretzel crisps been all my life? The North Bakery tomato sandwich

street painting fest

Chalk Painting Fest

(9.17) The downtown skating rink will be transformed this Saturday by chalk artists — individuals and teams — all vying for ‘Best of Show.’ But they are really just in it for the glory and because it’s fun. Good, smooth surface too. Images inspired by

hailee steinfeld

‘True Grit’ MotB

(9.15) This week at Movies on the Block is the 2010 version of “True Grit” starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld. (More on her later.) I ended up liking this movie so much, it made me go watch the original John

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Volunteer Riverfront Repair Project Continues

(8.24) Last Wednesday dozens of volunteers sanded and painted over 100 pillars along the riverwalk. So kudos to all the volunteers — it looks fantastic. But Rich Pezzillo of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) says there is more to do. So many volunteers stayed until

Burnside Park

Burnside Music Series & Beer Garden

(8.18) Special double bill — Hayley Thompson-King and Boo City — today down at the Burnside Music Series and Beer Garden. About Hayley Thompson-King: This soulful country vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (as well as New England Conservatory of Music trained Opera singer) emanates power, grit,

HPLFF

Lovecraft Film Fest

(8.21) H.P. Lovecraft was born here in Providence on August 20, 1890, and the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council will be hosting a weekend of movies and events to celebrate. From the Facebook event page. 3 days of Lovecraftian film and activities, including author readings,

superman building

Look, Up In The Sky . . .

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s K-Rob! Also considered were: “Look Ma, no hands.” and “Hey, I can see my house from here.” It was a heated, if uninspired, argument. Fun fact: This guy probably can see his house from there. Four-time X Games

boo city

Burnside Music Series Kicks Off With Boo City

Good choice. Boo City is perfect music for summer in the city. Although, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy has scheduled a good variety of acts for the Burnside Music Series and Trinity Beer Garden. More at Facebook event. Every Thursday this summer from July 7th to

nitro-cart

New Cart In Town

Tonight, at a PVD Fest event sponsored by Level Exchange to bring together music, brands, and fans, I met sweet co-owners Audrey and Sam of The Nitro Cart. Starting tomorrow, they’ll be on the corner of Westminster and Exchange (in RI speak, “under the Turk’s

one providence experience

‘One Providence Experience’ At The Ruins

(6.4) This was so much fun last year. As part of the PVDFest the Columbus Collaborative and the Imaginary Company are once again taking over “The Ruins” behind the facade, and filling it with music, beer, food. (Facebook event page.) The lineup is extraordinary with

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‘Local Food’ Panel At AS220

(5.18) Join ecoRI News for its inaugural Happy Hour Speaker Series. Guests will nibble on local fare while listening to a lively panel discussion — “The Dark Side of Local Food” — moderated by ecoRI News editor Frank Carini. Panelists will include: Ken Ayars, chief

UVB

Urban Vintage Bazaar At Arcade

(4.30) Head downtown this Saturday for the spring Urban Vintage Bazaar at the Arcade Providence. (Facebook event.) The Arcade will be full of vendors from Rhode Island and Massachusetts selling a variety of vintage goods . . . in one place, for one day. All

aurora

Q&A With Mayor At Aurora

(3.8) Head over to Aurora Tuesday at 6:30pm for a Q&A with Mayor Jorge Elorza. (Facebook event.) A strong and organized neighborhood association is crucial for any urban area to improve and grow. Since our inaugural meeting in October, the Downtown Neighboorhood Association (DNA) has

Arcade

Urban Vintage Bazaar

(10.24) The Arcade Providence opens its concourse to visiting vintage vendors this Saturday. Many reasons at this time of year to be checking out new sources of apparel, jewelry, vinyl, housewares, and ephemera. You can never have too much (too many?) ephemera. The event will

Providence Arcade

Downtown Loft/Condo Tour

(10.17) Ever thought of living downtown? Many of Providence’s swellest old buildings have been converted to residential use. Check 11 different options this Saturday at the Downtown Providence Living Tour. (Seen here are the micro-lofts at Arcade Providence.) This year, the tour will feature The 903,

burnside park

Mayor’s Chess Club — Burnside Park

(7.9) Mayor Elorza’s chess club meets year-round in City Hall. This summer they are bringing it outside for a few sessions, so head down to Burnside Park Thursday and check out the Providence Chess Club. All are invited to match up with neighbors, residents, City