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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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,’

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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

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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

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‘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

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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,

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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‘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