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filed under: Downtown | art

April Gallery Shows At AS220

10PM ON 06/04/2014
BY Daily Dose

AS220 Gallery April New works up at the AS220 Galleries now through April 26th.

AS220 Project Space, 93 Mathewson Street — Generations|8 Chapters Blooming: Collage and Ceramics by Meredith Stern

The Reading Room, 93 Mathewson Street — The Paper Dolls Project: Jiyoung Chung, Jacqueline Frole,
Holly Gaboriault, Francoise McAree

Main Gallery, 115 Empire Street — New Work by Ian Gaudreau & Paul Roustan

Open Window, 115 Empire Street — Through the Eyes: new work by Diana Castelleone

Youth Gallery, 115 Empire Street — Square Mile: Project by Central Falls High

filed under: Downtown | Good Ideas

‘Building AS220′ Campaign Kicks Off At Trinity

8AM ON 24/03/2014
BY Daily Dose

Building AS220 (3.24) Founded in a one-room rental above the Providence Performing Arts Center in 1985 with a budget of $800, AS220 now owns three buildings in downtown Providence, representing an investment of $25 million. They now employ a staff of 60+ and are looked upon internationally as a model of sustainability in the non-profit arts sector.

Bert Crenca, AS220’s Artistic Director and Founder, will take to the stage Monday night at Trinity Repertory Company, as the “BUILDING AS220″ campaign is officially launched. And he won’t be alone; AS220 plans to touch on and pay tribute to its past, and decode the people and processes that make the organization work with the goal of encouraging more community participation in every aspect of AS220.

Attendees will also certainly be grateful for carefully planned “art breaks” with singer-songwriter, musician Orion Rigel Domisse, spoken word artist and musician Jared Paul, poet Christopher Johnson, and video animation from the AS220 property manager and artist Susan Clausen. Those present will also receive, free of charge, brand new AS220 tote bags stuffed with goodies.

Program leaders and staff will discuss what they do and how you can access it and become involved. Half-price parking next to Trinity Rep at the Civic Center Parking Garage (165 Washington St): $5 for the evening with a validated ticket.

Free, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday, March 24, Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street

filed under: Downtown | Get Out of the House

Last Day For Skating At The Providence Rink

8AM ON 23/03/2014
BY Daily Dose

skating rink (3.23) Sunday, March 23rd, is the last day of the ice skating season at the downtown skating rink.

Did you know that helmets are available for children free of charge in the skate rental office? Simply ask the attendant.

. . . hats, gloves, gators (neck warmers), and hand warmers for sale at the ticket counter if you are in need!  Sizes available for adults and kids.

10am to 10pm, Sunday, March 23, the Providence Rink, Kennedy Plaza

filed under: Downtown | Music

Deer Tick At Lupo’s

2PM ON 13/03/2014
BY Beth Comery

deer tick (3.14) Providence band Deer Tick headlines this Friday at Lupo’s. They then head out to tour the country, and beyond, in support of their latest album ‘Negativity.’ (Oy, they have two nights in Toronto — keep that mayor away from our boy.) It would appear that the band has opted to stay home on March 17th as well. Good move.

Frontman John McCauley had a couple of tough years there and he poured the turmoil and heartbreak of a bad breakup, getting clean, and of course his dad, into his music with this critically well-received album as the result. Most listeners noted a maturity and depth in the songwriting that his earlier beer-fueled rockers may have lacked (Paste). This may not be the most original rock ‘n’ roll trajectory but he’s landed on his feet. From Rolling Stone;

Tight songs flash their roots: “Thyme” echoes Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ sexy menace; “In Our Time” (with Vanessa Carlton) recalls the battle-hardened duets of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. McCauley unspools frank memoir here. “Mr. Sticks” is about his imprisoned dad; the folksy “Big House” gives a junkie friend a dress-down worthy of Skynyrd’s “That Smell.” If he gets personal, he’s not self-indulgent. He’s just a bruised craftsman, impressively plying his trade.

Fun Fact: McCauley and Carlton were wed last December in a ceremony officiated by Stevie Nicks.

Doors open at 8pm/show 9pm: Openers — You Won’t and King Sickabilly and his Full Moon Boys.

$23 day of, show 9pm, Friday,  March 14, Lupo’s, Washington Street

filed under: Downtown | Technology

AS220 Industries Open House

3PM ON 03/03/2014
BY A-S-2-2-0

AS220 Lucie Way (3.4) Interested in learning more about AS220 Industries? Please join us for our monthly open house on Tuesday. Staff and members will be doing demos using the laser cutter, letterpress, and offset press, and will be available to answer your questions.

This month we are gearing up for the 20th Anniversary of the Paul Krot Community Darkroom, so we’ll be offering tours of the darkroom on Empire Street. Meet us over at the industries space in the Mercantile Building and we’ll walk you over to the darkroom.

We will also be doing a demo on the laser cutter that foreshadows another upcoming event, our Building AS220 Community Meeting on March 24th. We will be laser cutting cinder blocks and turning them into magnets for you to take home.

Stick around for the Media Arts Lecture at 7:30pm. This month features May Babcock our papermaking instructor. AS220 Industries is located at the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street, 1st floor. The entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way aka Martha Street.

6pm to 8pm, Tuesday, March 4, AS220 Labs, Mercantile Building, Lucie Way

filed under: Downtown | Fashion

Myopia Utopia — Cool Eyewear Downtown

1PM ON 26/02/2014
BY Beth Comery

providence optical Forget the Lasik. Frames are now highly desirable fashion accessories and way too much fun to give up just so you can actually see things . . . all the time. Frankly, a low rez start to the day is not such a bad thing.

Stylish myopics, tired of the mass-produced Luxottica labels, can head down to Providence Optical on Westminster Street and let licensed, board certified optician Lee Kuczewski hook you up with unique, often vintage-inspired, eyewear (check out the flocked (!) shades after the jump) from independent eyewear companies from around the world.

Or really step it up with some custom, bespoke frames; Kuczewski also happens to be creative director of Lee Allen Eyewear, founded 10 years ago with business partner Declan Halpin. For the interesting origin story of this local custom design and manufacturing firm check out Jenna Pellatier’s piece last October in the ProJo — more proof of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Success is a function of persistence” hypothesis. The frames are made mostly out of vintage acetate.

While Kuczewski, 31, and Halpin, 37, consider Lee Allen Eyewear Providence-based, they design and manufacture frames — custom work as well as two collections each year — in a Fall River mill space.

. . . Their frames are sold at Providence Optical as well as at Labrabbit Optics in Chicago and Silver Lining Opticians in New York. They have also worked on collaborations with other brands, including New York shoe designer Oliver Clark.

This is not an inexpensive shop but these frames are good value. Plus, good sunglasses protect your eyes.

Providence Optical, closed Sunday, 210 Westminster Street, 401.351.4994

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filed under: Downtown | New Media

‘Human + Computer’ New Media At Exposé

11PM ON 12/02/2014
BY Beth Comery

human + computer [Update: Another "Opening" is scheduled for Thursday night, February 20th. Yay!

The snow did not stop some exceptionally hardy new media types from gathering last night, but without the refreshments and provisions it did not quite satisfy. So Thursday then!]

New show opens Saturday at RISD’s student-run gallery Exposé, presented by RISD STEAM, Brown STEAM, and the MIT Media Lab.

STEAM is a movement championed by and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals over the last several years. An acronym for adding the Arts to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), STEAM represents an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to learning and making. More info at

Example works include a device that communicates ones heartbeat wirelessly to a loved one, a garment that resembles a swarm of butterflies that challenges one’s perception of the real, and a silicone cast brain that visualizes the cognition of the person holding it.

Opening night will include music, refreshments, interactive works, and limited-edition prints will be distributed to attendees. The show will remain up after the opening for one week.

Opening 7pm to 10:30pm, Saturday, February 15, Exposé, 204 Westminster Street, Facebook event

filed under: Downtown | employment

New AS220 Stickers/Manager Needed

12PM ON 04/02/2014
BY Daily Dose

AS220 stickers Show your love with new stickers from AS220. Suggested uses: “Stick ‘em on your car, your bike, your board, your guitar, phone, laptop, door, window, trapper keeper, helmet, fridge, here, there, everywhere, anywhere!” Well . . . not anywhere. Available at The Bar at AS220 or AS220 FOO(D).

AS220 is also looking for a new 95 Empire production manager.

The 95 Empire Production Manager is a part time job position (minimum 20 hours per week) with AS220′s theatre and live arts program, 95 Empire. The Production Manager is responsible for dealing with all technical logistics of the 95 Empire program, including the audio/visual setup and supervision during 95 Empire events. Tasks may include working with theatrical lighting, sound, set design for outside rentals of the space, preparing the space for performance, communicating with artists in regards to their needs and our capacity to reach those needs, plus small repairs, improvements and day-to-day maintenance of the physical spaces.

Go to the Jobs and Opportunities page for details.

filed under: Downtown | Preservation

Narrowest Downtown Building Getting Rehab

12PM ON 09/01/2014
BY H.L. Parker

arnold building Another cool old building is getting a second act. The Providence Journal reports;

The Providence Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday transferred ownership of the historic and vacant building, located just blocks from City Hall, to 100 Washington Street LLC, a private entity.

Developers Dave Stem and Lori Quinn, in partnership with the the Providence Revolving Fund will rebuild the structure. The city is providing $220,000 in federal block grant funding to help jump start the project.

This structure has been on the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties List for a couple of years.

Constructed in 1923 by a real-estate developer, the George C. Arnold Building is a three-story, brick-sheathed structure, typical of low-rise structures built in the area during the years following WWI. Only 12 ½ feet deep, it is the narrowest office building downtown. In September of 2009, a fire damaged the building, rendering it completely vacant. Few repairs have been made since the damage from the fire was incurred, creating a noticeable void in this active section of Washington Street.

That’s 12½ feet. The Arnold building is across from Lupo’s on Washington Street.

filed under: Downtown | art

AS220 “In the Galleries”

11PM ON 03/01/2014
BY Daily Dose

project space AS220 holds its January “In the Galleries” opening reception Saturday at three locations. (Show runs through January 25th.)

AS220 Project Space (93 Mathewson Street)

The Fantasy Worlds of Doug Nichols/New Sculptures by Doug Nichols

The Reading Room — Top Draw: Selections from the Flat File Project (93 Mathewson Street)

Resident Gallery —  GULL, INTERRUPTED: New Work by Jason Curzake (131 Washington Street)

AS220 Main Gallery (115 Empire Street)
Into Their Stare – New Photographs by by Anibal Melo
From The Garden – New Photographs by Shahnaz Siddiqi

Youth Gallery — New Work by Justin Espinal & Jessica Reyes (115 Empire Street, 2nd Floor)

Open Window — Refuge Photographs by Todd Sabelli (115 Empire Street)

Opening reception, free and open to public, 5pm to 7pm, Saturday, January 4, AS220 Galleries

filed under: Downtown | Technology

Betaspring Application Deadline January 16

10AM ON 26/12/2013
BY Daily Dose

Betaspring Betaspring, the Chestnut Street start-up accelerator, is now accepting applications for the Spring 2014 session which begins on March 17th.

Twice a year, companies from around the country–and increasingly the world–come to Providence for Betaspring’s intensive 13-week accelerator. Our full-immersion program, which runs in Spring and Fall, enables teams with a strong start on a high-growth venture to rapidly transform into fundable, scalable companies.

Betaspring provides a 12-week, mentorship-driven program along with work space, seed capital, legal counsel and access to investors and industry experts.

Go to the Betaspring website to see a list of its successful and varied alumni, including: an expense-sharing platform, a digital bespoke tailoring platform, liner-free label technology, biomedical manufacturing solutions, and a “seriously badass auto-shifting bike.”

Applications are accepted online and teams are selected through a competitive interviewing process. Read more about the process here.

filed under: Downtown | Good Ideas

The Dean Hotel Opening Soon On Fountain Street

3PM ON 19/12/2013
BY Beth Comery

The Dean Exciting news in this week’s Phoenix about the soon to open The Dean Hotel on Fountain Street (they seem to be booking in mid-January). This new hipster-y boutique hotel will bring back to life a charming old building that started out as an Episcopal Mission but devolved over the years into a bar, a flophouse, a brothel, and a strip club, and even for a while — the ultimate horror — a Roger Clemens Chicken joint. But now Brooklyn-based designer/developer (and Providence native) Ari Heckman has teamed up with Steel Yard co-founder Clay Rockefeller to turn it all around. Phoenix contributing editor Phil Eil elaborates on the creative talents the duo have brought to bear on the project asking . . . How do you pull this off?

You rent out not one, but two, first-floor spaces to the visionary (and notoriously press-shy) barman and restaurateur, Mike Sears, who will lend his Kubrickian passion for detail and ambiance to a German-style beer hall called Faust and the Magdalenae Room, “an intimate and discreet cocktail lounge reminiscent of the fine hotel bars of Europe.” Upstairs, you equip every guest room with bed frames by RISD grad Nate Nadeau’s fabrication shop, Iron Origami; a concrete elephant bedside table made by another RISD grad, Will Reeves; and wall hangings that will include work by local photographer Stephanie Ewens, who documented the premises before its renovation.

And it will be affordable with rooms starting at $79 for a room that sleeps two guests in a bunk bed. And for what it’s worth, The Dean Facebook page shows a giant vintage disco ball from France going up even as I write. (Were the good ones made in France? Did everybody else know this already?)

So this is all excellent news, but I need to speak for a moment regarding the memories this building holds for certain people. For the police officers and rescue squad crews who decades ago got sent on various calls to the upper floors of the then Civic View Inn — and I speak from personal experience — the sights and aromas have taken years of therapy to suppress.  So while I can’t wait to see the new hotel, I’m not sure I will ever be spending the night.

filed under: Downtown | holidays

For The Rest Of Us — Festivus At AS220

1AM ON 19/12/2013
BY Daily Dose

festivus (12.20) Join these four fine bands at AS220 for an evening of rock, just in time for Festivus* for the rest of us!

[The Invisible Hours] – paisley-saccharine-psych-punk-noir for your stockings
[Gertrude Atherton] – riffy dirges for under the mistle-toe
[Karma Rocket] – gritty post-punk sung with soul and a ribbon on top
[The Really Heavy] – loud guitar, loud drums, rocking bass, killer vocals, do you really need anything else?

*Festivus has traditionally been celebrated on the 23rd but retailers keep moving it up.

$6, 9pm sharp, Friday, December 20th, AS220, 115 Empire Street, facebook

filed under: Arts and Crafts | Downtown

For The Lovecraft Fan On Your List

12PM ON 16/12/2013
BY Daily Dose

artist alec thibodeau Many local print artists are represented at Craftland at very reasonable price points; this Lovecraft image is the work of Alec Thibodeau. Also for sale, huge selection of note cards/holiday cards (both letterpress and screen prints), as well as jewelry, knits, night lights, stuffed animals, T-shirts (the iconic railroad bridge is well represented), ornaments, and cat’s eyes throw pillows by Pretty Snake, a.k.a. Joseph Aaron Segal, (picture after the jump).

Sunday-Wednesday, 10am to 6pm/Thursday-Saturday, 10am to 8pm, Craftland, 235 Westminster Street, 401.272.4285

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filed under: Downtown |

Craftland Show Holiday Bash

11AM ON 06/12/2013
BY H.L. Parker

craftland (12.6) Head downtown to the 12th annual Craftland Holiday Party — always kind of a scene. Craftland features handmade goods by independent artists, from one-of-a-kind craft items to fine art pieces.

Craftland shoppers will find an expanded store filled-to-the-brim with thousands of thoughtfully made items from handmade housewares and masterfully-crafted handbags, to adorable stuffed animals, cozy crocheted and knitted goods, one-of-a-kind art pieces, beautiful books, clothing, and our now-famous print wall, featuring dozens of screen printed pieces in a variety of prices and sizes. We have a wide range of prices, promising handmade goodies for every budget. As always, purchases from Craftland are tax-free, and parking is easier than you think! Park at the Grant’s Block parking lot for two hours free with a validation stamp from Craftland.

The first 50 shoppers receive goodie bags stuffed with freebies, coupons and more. Wine and snacks provided by Whole Foods and music from DJ Rockdapus.

Holiday party, 5pm to 9pm, Friday, December 6, Craftland, 235 Westminster Street

filed under: Downtown |

Check Out The Arcade

8PM ON 28/11/2013
BY Beth Comery

Arcade: C&G If you must go shopping on Black Friday why not take a walk through the Providence Arcade. Several shops are open already as well as New Harvest Coffee and Spirits which has soft lighting and a gorgeous red tile backstop, very inviting (open until 11pm on Friday).

Go say hello to Christine at Carmen & Ginger, a shop specializing in vintage goods with a smattering of new stuff that looks and feels old-timey (the letterpress Xmas cards by Smock are lovely). Vintage clothing, gloves, and jewelry . . . cool purses (pic after the jump), figurines and Xmas tchotchkes, and vintage cameras. Carmen & Ginger will be opening its doors for the first time at 10am.

Don’t forget, new holiday parking rules will be in effect — first two hours at a meter are free.

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