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Thank You Local 121

We did not mean to let pass without notice the closing of pioneering restaurant/bar Local 121 where last weekend friends and longtime habitués gathered for one last hurrah. Back in 2007, insanely energetic hospitality visionaries, Josh and Nancy Miller, took over the former Dreyfus Hotel,

AS220 March Galleries Open

Head downtown and check out the March Galleries held at various AS220 locations. Yes it’s cold, but the galleries are very near each other. AS220 Project Space (93 Mathewson Street) — “Please Touch,” installation by Allison Paschke The Reading Room (93 Mathewson Street) — “Textures

Book Launch At Lovecraft Arts & Sciences

(2.25) Head down to the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council tonight at 6:30pm for the launch of “Agents of Dreamland” by Caitlín R. Kiernan. Facebook event. Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council is honored to host the launch party for Agents of Dreamland, a new Lovecraftian

Chamonix Antiques In Arcade

Check out Chamonix Antiques the new antique home furnishings store on the Westminster side of the Arcade. The eclectic inventory includes posters, carpets, furniture, jewelry, lighting fixtures, wall art, vases, textiles, a globe, all with an emphasis on mid-century modern, art deco, and arts and

Facelift for Soldiers & Sailors Monument

The Downtown Parks Conservancy has announced a fundraising effort for the restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors monument on Kennedy plaza and the surrounding area. The monument was designed by American artist Randolph Rogers to memorialize the 1,727 Rhode Islanders who died during the Civil

‘Short Short Film Fest’ At AS220

(11.26) Head down to AS220 today for the Short Short Film Festival 2016. It’s the films that are short, not the festival, which runs all day from 2pm to 10:30pm. Co-organizer and creative director Toni Pennacchia explains, “This year’s programs feature both live action and

WaterFire Salute To Veterans

(11.5) WaterFire celebrates veterans with a full 80-brazier lighting at their 4th annual WaterFire Salute to Veterans event. The evening will include a veterans resource fair, ceremonies, and tributes throughout the night. The WaterFire lighting begins with a 150 Veteran Torch Procession and 300 Veteran

Urban Vintage Bazaar At Arcade

(10.22) Time for the Fall Urban Vintage Bazaar hosted by Carmen& Ginger. She seems to have several swell cameras on hand. Once again the Bi-annual Urban Vintage Bazaar comes to the Arcade in Downtown Providence! Over 20 vendors will set-up, rain or shine, for ONE

BaoBao Open On Westminster Street Downtown

The long-awaited Tom’s BaoBao is now open on Westminster Street. And bao (steamed buns) is the only thing they serve. Gail Ciampa announced the opening yesterday in the ProJo, The Providence restaurant, in the Kinsley Building, features 55 stools and communal table seats. There’s a

AS220 October Galleries

Generally speaking, I am vehemently anti-balloon — environmental issues, unbearable squeakiness — but I am willing to make an exception for the work of Janice Lee Kelly whose float-balloon installations look pretty amazing. She and artist Maggie Siegel have collaborated this month on ‘Horizon Line,’

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

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

‘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

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 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,

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,